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Action Alert - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 news articles and announcements. We also post breaking stories and exclusives. Be sure to check not only today's news, but take a look at the headlines from the past several days as well. Articles often come to our attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Editor
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 2 pm.
Art is for the birds, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

This arts workshop invites community members to collaborate on a sculpture that will provide winter shelter for birds. At Kingdom Woods Conservation Area, Blue Hill, September 22, 10 am-noon.
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Administration announces plan to streamline oil and gas extraction in national forests
Other - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

The Hill - The Trump Administration plans to submit a rule that would make it easier to explore oil and gas drilling, as well as mineral mining, in National Forests. The new rule would aim to "streamline" procedural requirements for oil and gas leasing and extraction from the 154 national forests and 20 grasslands managed by the Forest Service. Oil and gas is currently being developed on 44 national forests and grasslands.
Column: In fall, the beauty in an ending
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

“Most (people),” Thoreau observed near the end of his life in 1862, “appear to confound changed leaves with withered ones, as if they were to confound ripe apples with rotten ones.” The autumn leaves, he said, are signs of ripening, not decay, and the red blazes in the maples are fruits, not signs of bitter death. Still, there’s no escape from the fact that the first September chill, whenever it appears, is the first breath of winter, so how do we find our bliss in that? Maybe our love of cool air, withering grass and goldenrod, and falling leaves is a deep-set feel for the beauty in an ending. ~ Dana Wilde
King gives thumbs down to Trump's Supreme Court pick
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Sen. Angus King today said he opposes the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Among the many reasons King cited for voting against the confirmation of Kavanaugh is that "he has ruled that the EPA cannot limit air pollution crossing state lines, a decision with a profoundly negative impact upon Maine given our geographic location at the end of the nation's tailpipe."
Sen. King says he’ll vote no on Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Sen. Angus King said late Tuesday that he will not vote to confirm Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. King, an independent from Maine, said his decision followed careful deliberation and a thorough review of Kavanaugh’s record.
Maine’s geography not a protection from hurricane destruction
Journal Tribune - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Despite its considerable distance from the tropics and the direct path of devastating hurricanes and tropical storms, Maine residents are reminded to remain vigilant and prepared in the event one of these powerful forces of nature makes its way up the coast to the Pine Tree State. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast calls for 10 to 16 named storms this year, with five to nine becoming hurricanes. Its 2018 prediction is that one to four hurricanes could become major rising to Category 3 or higher with sustained winds in excess of 110 mph and this follow’s 2017 unusually active season.
Maine Citizens Recognized by EPA for Environmental Achievements
Other - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Three Maine individuals were recognized today at the 2018 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony of the US Environmental Protection Agency's New England regional office:
• George MacDonald, Department of Environmental Protection, Belgrade
• Margaret Shannon, Maine Lake Society, Belgrade Lakes
• Dale Mitchell, Passamaquoddy Tribe – Sipayik, Perry
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Western York County, Maine
Maine Government News - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

State entomologists have confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer in western York County. This alarming new development follows a spring discovery in northern Aroostook County. The emerald ash borer is a highly destructive, introduced pest of forest and ornamental ash trees. Since its initial detection in southeastern Michigan in 2002 it has been found in 35 states, and four Canadian provinces including Maine. Emerald ash borer will have significant ecological and economic impacts on the state. There are no practical means to control it in forested areas, though pesticide treatments can protect individual trees.
Maine gets $431,000 for rural energy efficiency projects
Associated Press - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Nine rural businesses in Maine will receive nearly $432,000 for energy efficiency projects. The money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program will be used to purchase, construct and install solar panels or mechanisms to convert wood into pellets.
A healthy fox population means chickens need protecting
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Foxes and other wild animals have always been a problem for livestock, especially chickens, which are small enough to be easy prey for a wide variety of critters. Recently, many of these predators have been thriving in Maine. “Red fox are really healthy in the state,” said Shevenell Webb, a furbearer and small mammal biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “There hasn’t been an increase [in population] that we’re aware of, but that being said, this explosion in the squirrel population we’re experiencing right now is going to put a lot of predators in a really good place, nice and healthy with good pup survival.
More needs to be done to protect biodiversity
Other - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

In November of this year, governments from around the world will meet in Egypt for the United Nations Biodiversity Conference. At this crucial meeting, delegates will discuss enhanced actions needed to protect the biodiversity that underpins sustainable development and life on Earth. They will also agree on the shape of the negotiations that will lead, in 2020, to a new Global Deal for Nature – the post-2020 framework for biodiversity. In this interview, Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, tells us what is at stake in the negotiations.
Why Maine forestry officials are releasing parasitic flies
Associated Press - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service will release parasitic flies as a pre-emptive strike in Bath on Wednesday. The service says the flies only attack winter moths and have been successfully used to control the moths in Canada and New England. The winter moth is originally from Europe. Their larvae feed on the leaves of trees and shrubs, some of which yield important Maine products such as maple and blueberries. The flies are in cocoons for the winter and will be placed in a cage that is buried in the ground. The cage will be opened in early May.
New England herring fishing to be limited in September
Associated Press - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Interstate fishing regulators say the quota is almost tapped out in one of the most productive herring fishing areas of the Northeast, and they’re shutting the fishery down for the rest of the month. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says 97 percent of the quota has been harvested from the inshore Gulf of Maine. Herring is the source of a major fishery on the East Coast. The schooling fish is harvested for food, bait, oil and other uses. Recent assessments show the stock is in decline.
Tribal historian: Rising sea levels threaten ancient artifacts and burial sites
York County Coast Star - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Wells Reserve at Laudholm recently hosted Chris Sockalexis, the historic preservation officer for the Penobscot Nation, who spent the day introducing people to the long history of the indigenous people of Maine. Sockalexis said environmental changes, like sea level rise, along with modern day infrastructure projects are threatening the historic sites of these ancient civilizations.
Nine Maine businesses receive over $431,000 to invest in energy efficiency
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Nine Maine businesses will get federal grants to help with energy-efficient investments. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program granted $431,725 to Maine businesses. Most of the money will partially pay for roof-mounted solar panels, but almost half the total, $200,000, was awarded to T&D Wood Energy, a company building a mill in Sanford to convert wood residue and waste into pellets.
Maine author chronicles outdoor adventures, tragic loss in latest book
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

At its best, Earl Brechin’s book “Return to Moose River” is a moving ode to adventures taken, trusted friends and loved ones who have been lost too soon. The book provides a wealth of insight into Maine, its people and the wild places that help make the state special.
The high cost of recycling is hitting these Greater Bangor communities hard
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Soaring recycling costs that show no sign of reprieve have forced at least six Greater Bangor towns to stop offering the service, and more are likely to follow. Clifton, Dedham, Eddington, Hampden, Holden and Orrington have opted to no longer pay for normal recycling services, which have increased 600 percent in some cases, officials in each town said. Except for Orrington, each town is landfilling its recyclables and other waste until the new Fiberight facility in Hampden comes partly online, which should be sometime this fall.
Column: Ten tips to help you get the most out of this year’s Common Ground Fair
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

For three fleeting days Sept. 21-23, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association holds the Common Ground Country Fair. The fair began in 1977 and has always been a place to learn about organic agriculture, self-sufficiency, solar power, herbal medicine, green living and meat-free food. Today it’s easy to forget that in the 1970s these were all considered counterculture ideas. I attended the first Common Ground Country Fair at age 4. In the years since, I’ve followed the fair as it outgrew the fairgrounds in Litchfield and then Windsor before taking up permanent residence at the more than 300-acre MOFGA campus in Unity. Along the way, I’ve learned how to get the most out the event. Here are 10 tips for a successful, plant-powered visit to the Common Ground Fair. ~ Avery Yale Kamila
Column: States taking the lead on climate change
Sun Journal - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

As large parts of America burn or drown under weird weather conditions made more extreme by global warming, California and other states are doggedly pursuing solutions. What do you say to those who deny climate change is happening — or who dismiss the scientific consensus that humankind is making the problem worse? You say nothing and move forward. It’s long past time to expect any guidance from the environmental saboteurs now running Washington. The only remedy left — besides voting the wreckers out of office — is to help the states that are already doing the work. ~ Froma Harrop
Letter: Aroostook County won’t snub salmon farm
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Sen. Susan Collins issued a statement in January that Nordic Aquafarms’ decision “to build an innovative, environmentally friendly aquaculture facility in Belfast will help expand this important industry and create new jobs for Mainers.” Should Belfast wish to snub this opportunity for economic development and prosperity, I would encourage Nordic Aquafarms CEO Erik Heim to look north to Aroostook County. ~ David Basley, Ashland
Letter: Golden for Congress
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

The author of the anonymous New York Times OpEd tells us Trump is dangerous. But he and others are preventing the worst of it. And he boasts they are getting things done, including “de-regulating,” which will, for example, cause increased levels of air pollution in Maine from the Midwest. In this time of increasing peril, Poliquin, a Republican, has been unaccountable to us and to the nation. Jared Golden has demonstrated by his service in Augusta and the military that he will not duck the responsibilities of office. ~ Gail Marshall, Mount Desert
Letter: Practice compassion toward animals
Sun Journal - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

PETA’s lobster memorial would have encouraged people to show compassion to our fellow members of God’s creation by filling our plates with nutritious vegetables, fruits and grains instead of animals, whom God created to have thoughts, feelings and desires — as well as the ability to experience pain, fear and suffering. Christians are called to be merciful, but there is nothing merciful about boiling a living, feeling being to death in order to gratify human taste buds. ~ Daniel Paden, PETA’s Christian Outreach Division
Letter: Reject court nominee Kavanaugh for his radical views, hostility to Maine values
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

Long-held Maine values reflect conservation and environmental protection. Yet Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh consistently supports corporate polluters against environmental regulations. He always seems to interpret laws in favor of corporations and actively works to weaken our government’s ability to regulate. I urge Sen. Collins to vote for our Maine values and reject Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Sue Hawes, Portland
Opinion: Plastic bag ban would make a difference in Waterville
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, September 12, 2018 

There has been a flurry of misinformation and lies spread about our citizen-led effort to reduce plastic bag pollution in Waterville, mostly from Mayor Nick Isgro. Each American uses approximately 300 plastic bags per year. There are 16,406 Waterville residents. That means over 4.8 million plastic bags are used by Waterville residents every year. Many of those plastic bags end up polluting our neighborhood. When they do make it into our purple trash bags, they end up at the landfill in Norridgewock, where it takes 1,000 years for them to break down. Question 1 on the city ballot would only ban plastic shopping bags at Waterville businesses that are 10,000 square feet or larger. It would not affect thin plastic bags without handles we use at the grocery store. ~ Todd Martin, Waterville
Interior Secretary Orders Bureaus To Defer Wildlife/Fisheries Issues To States
National Parks Traveler - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

Though the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 clearly directs the National Park Service to "conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has directed the agencies under his purview to defer wildlife and fisheries matters to states. At the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks, Mike Murray said, "The Secretary has conveniently overlooked some of the core principles described in the regulations, most likely because those principles do not support his political agenda."
The GOP Has Turned Its Back on Conservation
Outside - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

It’s hard to believe in 2018—when every day brings news of a fresh attempt by the Trump administration to roll back environmental protections—that the Republican Party has a deep tradition of environmental stewardship. Why, and how, did the Grand Old Party turn its back on the environment over the past 40 years? Those questions form the subject of an upcoming book, "The Republican Reversal: Conservatives and the Environment from Nixon to Trump," out October 15. To understand what happened, you have to understand the rise of conservatism and how the Republican Party has really been transformed.
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