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Tall Tales, Fish Tails, & Damn Lies, Jun 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 20, 2019 

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries will hold a night of music and words from a fishing community with performances and story-telling by Frank Gotwals, Dennis Damon, Bob Quinn and many more. At Stonington Opera House, June 27, 6:30 pm. Proceeds benefit a sustainable future for local fisheries and communities.
Can environmental action be good for business? Jun 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 20, 2019 

An informal policy and issue-based discussions held at local businesses over coffee or beer. Speakers: Kristan Porter, Maine Lobstermen's Association; Abe Furth, Orono Brewing Company; Brad Ryder, Epic Sports. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Maine Environmental News
Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond; hey, we're all connected). We have posted summaries and links to 60,000 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
Save Right Whales
Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 

New England’s iconic whale is on the brink of extinction. A bill in Congress called Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (“SAVE”) Right Whales could help this key species recover. ~ Conservation Law Foundation
Water: What is has to teach us, Jun 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 18, 2019 

Learn about fresh water ecosystems and new aquaculture operations in the MidCoast region. At Topsham Public Library, June 25, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Proposed Coyote Center, Jun 24
Event - Posted - Monday, June 17, 2019 

Biologist Geri Vistein will share an informative film about the future Coyote Center in Maine, followed by a discussion of Maine’s coyotes. At Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, June 24, 6:30 pm.
Teen Wilderness Expedition, July 23-25
Announcement - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

The Teen Wilderness Expedition is a 3-day, 2-night, all-inclusive adventure for 12-16 year olds at Little Lyford Lodge, July 23-25. Offered by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and Appalachian Mountain Club.
Maine State Museum hosts Bike Day, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join the Maine State Museum, Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine State Library in a free family event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and learn about the benefits of safe, relaxed bike riding. At Maine State Museum, June 22, 10 am - 1 pm.
Woodland Management with Birds in Mind, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A Forestry for Maine Birds workshop for landowners, foresters and loggers interested in learning how they can support Maine’s forest songbirds. At Somerset County Cooperative Extension office, Skowhegan, and on the adjacent Yankee Woodlot Demonstration Forest, June 22, 9 am - noon.
Hike Puzzle Mt., Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A moderate to strenuous hike of 8.5 miles. Cross several exposed granite boulders and ledges offering views of the Sunday River ski area, Grafton Notch, and the Presidentials, June 22, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Androscoggin River Canoe & Kayak River Race, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

This event is open to all to launch canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, (and more) into the Androscoggin River and complete one of three courses of varying length and challenge. At Festival Plaza, Auburn, June 22, 9 am, $15 for single paddler, $25 for a double, benefits Androscoggin Land Trust.
Plants of Corea Heath, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join Jill Weber, botanist and co-author of The Plants of Acadia National Park, to learn about carnivorous plants, orchids, stunted trees and shrubs and cotton-grass. At Corea Heath, Goldsboro, June 22, 8:30 am. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Maine Wildlife Park open house, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Friday, June 14, 2019 

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray will hold an open house with free admission, June 21, 5-8 pm. Feeding times for moose, lynx, foxes, cougars, vultures and bears will be posted.
Call for a presidential primary debate on climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has rejected a presidential primary debate on climate change. 15 Democratic presidential candidates have joined the call. So can you. ~ CREDO Action
Trekking through Time
Announcement - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

From June through October, Lakes Environmental Association, Loon Echo Land Trust, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, and Western Foothills Land Trust will host the Trekking through Time Series. Once a month throughout the summer and early fall, each organization will host a historical tour of one of its conservation properties.
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News Items
Crude oil safety agreement will not apply to Maine railroads, at least initially
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 21, 2014 

The nation’s largest freight railroads agreed Friday to lower speed limits and implement other safety measures for trains hauling crude oil, in response to a series of fiery derailments. The deal will not immediately apply to the smaller rail companies operating in Maine, but members of Maine’s congressional delegation and rail industry representatives said they hope smaller firms will soon sign onto the voluntary agreement.
Maine wood stove manufacturer, dealer say new emission standards will drive up costs, thwarting desired effect
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 21, 2014 

The federal government is proposing new emission standards for wood-burning stoves that some in the industry say will increase the cost of stoves for consumers and discourage people from investing in new, cleaner burning stoves — an effect contrary to the government’s intended goal. The Environmental Protection Agency has drafted new performance standards for residential wood stoves that it believes will introduce new, more efficient and cleaner burning stoves to the marketplace. Bret Watson, president of Jotul North America, a wood stove manufacturer founded in Maine in 1980, believes the opposite will be true. The Maine DEP also opposes the new draft rules. Even Gov. Paul LePage weighed in to support Jotul.
First Five Sportsmen Say Survey Questions Deliver Interesting Results
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, February 21, 2014 

Since launching the Sportsmen Say Survey on my website a few weeks ago, I’ve been pleased with the response and level of participation. Survey questions are generally linked with a column I’ve posted about a specific issue, and give you a chance to voice your opinion on those issues. I share the results of the surveys with reporters, bloggers, legislators, state agency staff, and the public.
Newly formed Baxter Outdoors to host adventure races, events
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Friday, February 21, 2014 

Baxter Brewing Company recently announced the creation of Baxter Outdoors LLC, a subsidiary of the brewery tasked with creating adventure races and outdoor excursions throughout New England. Their races and events will cover a variety of outdoor activities, from ski mountaineering to trail running to rock climbing, and will feature New England’s most scenic, natural terrain. While race courses will be designed with the competitive athlete in mind, they will also be great events for people looking for a more relaxed experience.
LePage orders state treasurer to stop issuance of $100 million in bonds
Maine Environmental News - Friday, February 21, 2014 

Gov. Paul LePage, in an email to State Treasurer Neria Douglass, has canceled his authorization of $100 million of bonds. In November 2012, Maine voters approved several bond issues, including $5 million to be matched by $5 million in private funding to purchase land and easements for outdoor recreation purposes, and approximately $8 million for loan funding of drinking water and wastewater facilities.
Pollutants in wood smoke ‘can take years of people’s lives’
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 21, 2014 

On cold, snowy nights, many Mainers light the wood stove or the fireplace to beat the chill and enjoy the flickering ambience of an open flame. But that treasured tradition comes at a cost, according to the American Lung Association. Smoke from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces contains harmful gases and tiny particles that, when breathed in, can aggravate and contribute to a host of health problems, including premature death.
Scientists scale back assertions that state knew for years about contaminated lobsters at mouth of Maine river
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 21, 2014 

Members of the court-ordered Penobscot River Mercury Study Panel said on Friday that while state agencies had some information about tainted lobsters, it wasn’t enough to merit immediate action. The scientists had said on Thursday that results from a study ordered by a federal judge in Maine as part of a lawsuit against a chemical company in Orrington accused of dumping mercury into the river was available to Maine officials in reports shared with the state in 2008 and 2009, and in a meeting in 2010.
Baxter Brewing to hold adventure races
Sun Journal - Friday, February 21, 2014 

A local brewery has formed a company that it hopes will encourage the community to be active and enjoy the outdoors. Baxter Outdoors, a subsidiary of Baxter Brewing, is planning adventure races and outdoor excursions throughout New England. They promise to hold competitions based on skills such as ski mountaineering, trail running and rock climbing. They want to appeal to competitive athletes and casual adventurers. Baxter Outdoors plans to develop, market, and produce all of their own events. “It’s never been just about the beer for us here,” says Luke Livingston, founder and CEO of Baxter Brewing.
Maine wild blueberry industry may benefit from farm bill pilot program
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 21, 2014 

The farm bill signed by President Barack Obama earlier this month includes a provision for a pilot program that potentially could benefit Maine’s blueberry industry, which had a hand in seeing the provision included in the federal legislation. The pilot program, which would be implemented in five as yet unchosen states, would allow frozen fruits and vegetables to be used in the U.S. Department of Agriculture fresh fruit and vegetable program for schools. The test states would seek to demonstrate how minimally processed food, including frozen wild blueberries, could be a healthier, less costly option to feed students participating in the program.
Railroads hauling oil agree to new safety measures
Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014 

Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents. The agreement calls for railroads to slow down oil trains through major cities, increase track inspections and bolster emergency response planning along routes that carry trains hauling up to 3 million gallons of oil each.
Feds to tighten rope rules for lobster fishermen
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 21, 2014 

In 2009, federal regulators set their sights on groundlines that linked lobster traps on the ocean bottom. In 2014, it’s the vertical lines lobstermen use to connect their traps to surface buoys that federal officials say need to be more tightly regulated in order to protect whales from entanglements. Sometime this year, the National Marine Fisheries Service is expected to announce new restrictions for lobstermen’s buoy lines, which regulators predict will reduce the amount of vertical fishing lines in the water by between 30 and 40 percent.
Baby moose attacks worker in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 21, 2014 

Maine wildlife biologists oversaw a successful moose-capture project in western Maine earlier this month, but the effort didn’t go entirely as planned. One baby moose apparently didn’t appreciate being netted and lashed out at a member of the crew after it was released. Wes Livingston, a contract worker for Aero Tech, the New Mexico-based company that conducted the helicopter work, ended up on the wrong end of the moose’s hooves. “You won’t believe I just got my butt kicked by a calf moose,” Livingston said of the encounter, which took place near Jackman, Maine. “You know, they’re pretty tough in Maine.” [video]
Column: Little gray bird can teach us a lot about birds, ourselves…and sex
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 21, 2014 

I will never look at a junco the same way again. Read this column until you get to the part about testosterone and sex. Recently, I was invited to review a movie called “The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco.” I now understand why the movie (at juncoproject.org) was made, and why the biologists at Indiana University are so enthusiastic about it. Apparently this little gray bird has a lot to teach us, about birds and about ourselves. ~ Bob Duchesne
Cost of guns, training is a sticking point in proposal to arm Maine Forest Rangers
Sun Journal - Friday, February 21, 2014 

On Thursday, members on the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee agreed Maine Forest Service rangers should be allowed to carry firearms — much like other law enforcement officers in the state. Maine would be just the second state in the Northeast, after New York, to authorize forest rangers to carry sidearms. What committee members didn’t fully agree on was how to pay for the additional training and firearms the 74 rangers with the Forest Service.
Opinion: Regarding climate change, John Kerry is the one full of hot air
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 21, 2014 

In Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent global warming diatribe in Indonesia he said that “97 percent of climate scientists have confirmed that climate change is happening and that human activity is responsible.” He added “the science is absolutely certain,” and that warming was perhaps the world’s most dangerous “weapon of mass destruction.” But George Will, a panelist on Fox News’ Sunday morning talk show, said that when someone claims “The debate is over,” he actually means “the debate is raging hot and heavy,” and that “he’s on the losing side.” How do we know that? By looking both here and abroad. ~ M.D. Harmon
Opinion: Editorial offers no good reason for keeping Maine potatoes off WIC list
Kennebec Journal - Friday, February 21, 2014 

I am disappointed in your editorial opposing the Maine congressional delegation’s efforts to reverse the ban on fresh potatoes in the WIC program (“Our View: Don’t change WIC list for Maine potato farmers,” Jan. 28). As a former president of the National Potato Council and owner of a family-run potato farm in Exeter, I am very concerned that the federal government is telling the public that potatoes are unhealthy and deserve to be left out of a major nutrition program. There is no scientific basis for keeping nutritionally rich potatoes out of the program. ~ Steve Crane, Exeter
Letter: Is Searsport propane storage tank golden opportunity for Maine?
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 21, 2014 

Tux Turkel’s article Feb. 18, “Propane’s promise as Maine fuel in jeopardy,” covered the situation remarkably well, except for one hole. He notes in passing the proposed propane storage tank in Searsport, which “had the potential to be used for export.” That completely misses its declared intent: to import propane. I hope Mr. Turkel investigates whether the Searsport tank was a golden opportunity Maine missed. ~ Chalmers “Chop” Hardenbergh
Letter: Orono water quality
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 21, 2014 

The talk of the town in Orono seems to be about buying water filters. Residents are concerned about their families’ long-term exposure to trihalomethanes, and though I am equally troubled by this carcinogen, I would love to see our water quality addressed at a public level, so drinking clean water out of the tap doesn’t become a privilege for those who can afford water filters. I would be happy to see my quarterly payment go up as a contribution toward improving water quality and information about water quality. ~ Katie Quirk, Orono
Opinion: Making the best world we can in Maine
Times Record - Friday, February 21, 2014 

Practicing biological vegetable farming on an ex-dairy farm in Monmouth and in Phippsburg for the last 32 years, I had daily opportunities to see changes already occurred in Maine from climate change. Spring came earlier each year and the first heavy frost came one month later than my neighbors reported in the past. Mainers owe it to our children, grandchildren and wildlife to practice best stewardship now of the abundant natural resources to which we have been entrusted, live frugally, minimizing our use of materials as well as fuels. When your grandchild asks you why she has asthma or can’t play sports on increasing numbers of smoggy days, why there is no beach left on which to walk, will you be able to say, I tried to make the best world for you that I could? ~ Nancy Chandler, Phippsburg
Scientist: State knew for years about mercury-contaminated lobster at mouth of Maine river
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, February 20, 2014 

The head of a research team that found high levels of mercury in lobsters at the mouth of the Penobscot River said Thursday that the state had the test results for years but took no action to close the area to fishing until this week. But a state scientist who reviewed the early findings of that team said the results in 2009 were based on a limited sampling of lobsters and contradicted the state’s own test results from the same period. Officials said the state received no more findings from the team until last year. In 2011, the panel got permission to bypass the judge’s gag order when it discovered high mercury concentrations in American black ducks from the Lower Penobscot River and Frenchman Bay. That information was forwarded to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. This time, instead of sharing the final report with a state agency, the federal court posted on its docket that the report was available in CD format at the court clerk’s office in Bangor.
Ferry operator seeks Nova Scotia’s help with financial backing
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, February 20, 2014 

Just 11 weeks before its scheduled maiden voyage, the operator of the ferry service planned between Portland and Nova Scotia is asking Nova Scotia’s government to help it obtain financial guarantees required by the U.S. government, according to a company spokesman and an official with the provincial government. Nova Star Cruises plans to start service May 1, but before it can begin booking reservations or even advertise fares, it needs a certificate from the Federal Maritime Commission showing it has the financial resources to give people refunds if the service is canceled.
Madison residents, businesses anticipate arrival of natural gas
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, February 20, 2014 

After delays, Madison Paper Industries expects to have natural gas as a more affordable energy source within three weeks. Madison is the end point for the 68-mile natural gas pipeline being built by Summit Natural Gas that will stretch to south to Pittston. Numerous setbacks including weather delays and a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by a subcontractor working on the pipeline have caused delays in its completion.
Railroad seeks safer tank cars to haul oil and ethanol M
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, February 20, 2014 

BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a higher benchmark for safety within an industry that’s seen multiple major accidents. The voluntary step by the Texas-based subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. comes as railroads in the U.S. and Canada are under intense pressure to improve safety for hazardous materials shipments. There’s been a string of recent train accidents involving oil and ethanol, punctuated by a crude shipment that derailed in Quebec last July and killed 47 people.
Opponents of Searsport harbor dredging project will have chance to speak
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 20, 2014 

Opponents of a major dredging project in Searsport harbor plan to come out in numbers Monday night during a public information meeting held in Bangor by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The two-part project would dig up nearly a million cubic yards of sediment in order to greatly expand the federal navigation channel and turning basin in the harbor that leads to Mack Point, the state’s second-busiest industrial port.
Elver agreement is slipping away
Ellsworth American - Thursday, February 20, 2014 

Elver season opens March 22 and, as of Tuesday, there was no agreement on how to allocate Maine’s strict landings quota among fishermen licensed by the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and by Maine’s four federally recognized tribes. Ultimately, it will be up to the legislative Marine Resources Committee to come up with a plan that that is acceptable, enforceable and that can get through the Legislature before the season opens next month.
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