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Action Alert - Friday, August 23, 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
Rangeley Outdoor Film Festival, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Friday, August 23, 2019 

The Rangeley Trail Town Festival features a variety of short films about the outdoors. At RFA Lakeside Theater, Rangeley, August 30, 7 pm, $6 for adults, $3 for Appalachian Trail hikers and children under 12.
LightHawk Paper Plane Contest
Announcement - Thursday, August 22, 2019 

Enter your best paper airplane design for a chance to have it mailed to thousands in LightHawk's 2019 Holiday Letter. Deadline: October 18, 2019.
BTLT Seeks Community Input on Future Conservation
Announcement - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is seeking community input on its current and future conservation work in Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin. A community survey is available online until September 2.
Butler to speak on conservation, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Conservationist Gil Butler will discuss his efforts to establish outdoor education programs and conservation projects in Maine and throughout North and South America. At College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, August 27, 9 am, free, parking on campus is by permit only.
Solo Paddle of Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Laurie Apgar Chandler will read from and discuss her book “Upwards,” which tells her story as the first woman to solo paddle New England’s 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Bailey Library, Winthrop, August 27, 6:30 pm.
Keeping Acadia Healthy With New Science, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Abraham Miller-Rushing and Rebecca Cole-Will will discuss how Acadia National Park is facing a triple environmental challenge: global warming, acid rain, and increased visitation. At Bar Harbor, August 26, 5 pm.
Maine’s Seaweed Scene, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Susan Hand Shetterly and Robin Hadlock Seeley will discuss the importance of protected wild habitats and the critical role of seaweed in the Gulf of Maine. At Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, September 26, 7 pm. Hosted by Downeast Audubon.
Bee apocalypse
Action Alert - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

U.S. agriculture today is 48 times more toxic to honeybees than it was 25 years ago—almost entirely because of neonicotinoid pesticides. It's part of an "insect apocalypse." But instead of taking action, the Trump administration is shredding protections for bees. Will you stand with me in the fight to save the bees? ~ Mayor Ethan Strimling, Portland, Maine
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery 20th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit, thru Oct 11
Announcement - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

To celebrate Maine Farmland Trust’s 20th anniversary, a curated retrospective featuring a selection of works that have been exhibited at the MFT Gallery over the past 10 years is on view through October 11.
National Parks Free Entrance, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone to celebrate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday on August 25.
Brechlin reading, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

Earl Brechlin, a Registered Maine Guide, will read from his book, "Return to Moose River: In Search of the Spirit of the Great North Woods," essays describing white-water canoeing, snowmobiling, and backpacking adventures in many parts of Maine. At Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, China, August 25, 2 pm.
Kennebec Land Trust annual meeting, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

At Camp Androscoggin, Wayne, August 25. The trust has conserved more than 6,300 acres and constructed 44 miles of trails on KLT protected lands.
Maine Herpetological Society Reptile Expo, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

50+ vendors, 1,000+ reptiles, plus Mr. Drew and His Animals Too. At Ramada Inn, Lewiston, August 25, 10 am - 4 pm, $7, kids under 12 free.
Families in the Outdoors, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

Learn about all kinds of Maine bugs – the good, the bad and the very strange looking. At Law Farm, Dover-Foxcroft, August 24, 9 am - noon.
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Solar panels go up at Old Orchard Beach chamber
Journal Tribune - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

Following the approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness by the Planning Board, the installation of solar panels on the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce building has begun. Chamber Executive Director Kim Verreault said that the chamber hopes to lead the community in its use of renewable energy.
Commentary: Trump’s stance on national monuments is straight out of the 19th century
Other - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

Earlier this month, more than 100 lawmakers proposed a bill, the Antiquities Act of 2019, to make clear that only Congress can change monument designations, including those made by a president. Nonetheless, the Trump administration has made its intentions clear: a return to 19th century ideologies of settlement and exploitation in which centuries of human activity are dismissed in pursuit of economic gain.
White House to pick scientists to reassess federal climate report
Washington Post - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

The White House plans to create an ad hoc group of select federal scientists to reassess the government’s analysis of climate science and counter its conclusions that the continued burning of fossil fuels is harming the planet, according to three administration officials.
Skijoring clinic: Norway goes to the dogs
Sun Journal - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

Robert’s Farm Preserve in Norway went to the dogs Sunday afternoon. Geoff Shallard, a skijoring expert from Yarmouth, taught six yelping dogs — and their owners — the basics of skijoring. Skikjøring is cross-country skiing while attached by a 12-foot cord to one or two harnessed dogs. While the dogs provide some momentum, skiers must do most of the work. The clinic, followed by a “fun run” later in the afternoon, was part of the 2019 Norway Winter Carnival, a nine-day series of events sponsored by the Western Foothills Land Trust.
Opinion: Maine should plan for energy independence by 2030
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

Maine’s energy systems place our state today at a critical decision point. Technological innovations are propelling neighboring states and provinces to capitalize on the promise and profitable benefits of clean energy generation. Yet despite abundant potential from wind, biomass, solar and hydropower, Maine lacks a comprehensive vision for sustainable energy development. All we need for Maine to become a net exporter rather than importer of energy is prudent planning and policies that support already emerging markets for renewable energy. ~ Rep. Brian Hubbell, Bar Harbor
New controls in Maine to prevent poaching of valuable eels
Associated Press - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

Maine’s lucrative baby eel industry will likely face tighter controls this year designed to thwart poaching, as officials consider requiring state law enforcement officers to oversee the packing and shipping of the wriggling critters. Elvers are typically sold to Asian aquaculture companies, so they can be raised to maturity and used as food, such as in kabayaki, a Japanese eel dish.
Feds set hearings on plan to protect bait fish vital to lobster industry
Associated Press - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

Interstate fishing regulators are holding hearings on the East Coast about a plan to protect herring off New England when the fish are spawning. Herring are among the most important fish in the Atlantic Ocean because of their role in the food chain and commercial value. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s considering measures designed to protect spawning herring in the inshore Gulf of Maine. A hearing is scheduled for March 6 in Augusta.
Maine moves ahead law to clarify legality of hemp-based food
Associated Press - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

Lawmakers in Maine have moved ahead with a bill designed to clarify that the production and sale of hemp-derived food products are legal in the state. Rep. Craig Hickman introduced the bill earlier in February as a response to guidance from state regulators to stop sales of food products that contain hemp-derived cannabidiol, which is also called CBD. The bill is designed to align the definition of hemp in Maine state law with its definition in the most recent federal farm bill, which makes clear that hemp is not marijuana.
Maine could be among first in U.S. to ban plastic bags statewide
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

With a growing patchwork of local restrictions and the rising cost of improperly disposed-of bags, Maine may become one of the first states – and the first in New England – to ban single-use plastic bags. Even retailers who once opposed bans or fees on plastic bags say it may be time to consider a comprehensive state policy.
Maine fishermen love cooking their fresh catch, and the simpler, the better
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

Though many of Maine’s 250,000 licensed fishermen practice catch-and-release, others enjoy the reward of reeling in a choice fish or two to cook in the frying pan, oven or smoker. The eaters include plenty of ice fishermen. The thing about those fishing for dinner? The simpler the dish, the better, they say.
Art review: Greenhut exhibit shows bleak future for planet, but bright one for gallery
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

It is a bit ironic that we can be so pleased to see something new blossoming at Greenhut Galleries in Portland even as it takes the form of sometimes dire warnings about environmental degradation and climate change. “Man-Made: A State of Nature: An Invitational Group Show of Activist Art” is a timely and handsome show, and it makes me look forward to the future at Greenhut. ~ Daniel Kany
Could these crops help save us from climate change?
Washington Post - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

As climate change climbs the chart of existential threats, soil is getting a lot of attention. Back when it supported forest or grassland, before we cleared it to grow crops, it stored an awful lot of carbon. By farming the land, we released the carbon. Now, there’s a major push to figure out how to put at least some of it back. The Land Institute is trying to solve the problem by developing perennial grains: Crops that come up, year after year, of their own accord.
Column: Centrists are having trouble finding enough middle ground
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

Lately, moderates have had to worry not just about the other party going after them come election time, but also about their own increasingly restive base. Even though Democrats successfully elected a number of centrists in Republican-leaning districts, they’re not the ones getting most of the attention at the national level right now. Instead, it’s the more liberal newcomers to Capitol Hill who are getting the headlines, floating ideas like the Green New Deal. Jared Golden, like all Democrats seeking re-election, ought to have an answer for his constituents as to whether he backs the Green New Deal and other radical proposals coming from the far left of his party. ~ Jim Fossel
Editorial: Climate is top concern in CMP powerline case
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

No issue facing us today has more catastrophic potential than man-made climate change. But our divided politics and a lack of trust in institutions have made it impossible for this country from taking the kind of action that can hold off the worst effects. We support the agreement signed by Gov. Mills and other stakeholders supporting New England Clean Energy Connect, a proposed transmission line between Canada and Maine that would enable Massachusetts to buy hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec. The new power line would create a visual impact, but climate change is a much greater danger to the forest ecology than a transmission line.
Opinion: Loss of our state’s native landscape should be of growing concern
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

he Maine landscape is distinct, every inch a visual, auditory and aromatic connection to place. And we must face up to the fact that here in southern Maine, the native landscape is being lost at an alarming rate, stripped out whenever we develop or redevelop property. ~ Lindsay Knapp, Portland, Master Gardener and landscape designer
Letter: Mills should back energy initiatives that help all Mainers, not just her business cronies
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

Gov. Mills should take all the money she’s spending to, in effect, facilitate heroin use and retrofit every drafty home, and provide us all with heat pumps and electric cars. New windows would be good, too, and solar panels like she’s installing in her new mansion. This would put thousands of Mainers to work and truly lower carbon emissions. She can get behind Rep. Seth Berry’s bold proposal to create a consumer-owned utility. Who was she elected to serve – her corporate buddies or the people of Maine? ~ Nancy Mosman, Frankfort
Letter: Council should act on plastic bags
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, February 24, 2019 

The persuasive presentation by Douglas Rooks on the need of our Augusta City Council to take action on the use of plastic shopping bags comes at a most critical time as we face global warming and a landfill with limited life. The issue requires leadership and a vote by the council that recognizes the existing situation cannot be allowed to continue. As Rooks points out, “Taking local action has a moral as well as a practical dimension.’ ~ John Wlodkowski, Augusta
Quite a catch: Monmouth ice fishing derby draws a crowd
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, February 23, 2019 

The Jack Traps’ annual Youth Ice Fishing Derby on Cochnewagon Lake was the largest yet, with more than 500 children fishing on the lake by noon Saturday. With guardians and family members, there were far more than 1,000 people. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife stocked the pond with brook trout Friday. Bait was free for the children, volunteers assisted new fishermen, and Monmouth Fish & Game served hot dogs, hot chocolate and other refreshments.

Column: Hatchery project nearing its completion
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 23, 2019 

Grand Lake Stream (GLS) is the next thing to paradise. Since 1875, the state fish hatchery on the stream has been part of the GLS scene, and the source of salmon that populate the stream and the adjoining West Grand Lake. Over the years, the GLS hatchery has produced annually 80,000 catchable brook trout and landlocked salmon. In the summer of 2016, disaster struck. With the surface temperature of the water on the lake hovering near 80 degrees, the hatchery lost 30,000 brook trout fingerlings. The solution was to rebuild the intake pipe and extend it 2 miles into colder water, at 52 feet. From a variety of sources, $4 million was allocated for the pipe repair project. Come spring, that Grand lake Stream will be back to normal. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Three injured in 2 snowmobile crashes; man in critical condition
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, February 23, 2019 

The Maine Warden Service warned snowmobilers to slow down after two crashes injured several people Friday. Duane Carter, 55, of Massachusetts, was critically injured near Stacyville as he traveled in a group of snowmobiles on a portion of Swift Brook Road in Penobscot County. He and Keith Sanford, 47, of Benedicta failed to negotiate a curve. Carter’s snowmobile collided with the rear of Sanford’s snowmobile. Carter was thrown from his vehicle. Karissa Bandinelli, 25, of Auburn broke her leg when her snowmobile crashed on Long Lake in Bridgton after hitting a pressure ridge. She was riding head of her father on a well-established trail when she was thrown from the vehicle while traveling at about 60 mph.
Hunting Rules Reorganized and Reformed
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, February 23, 2019 

Maine’s hunting rules have been reorganized to eliminate redundancies, inconsistencies and outdated information, and make it easier to find and understand the rules. You can access the reorganized and reformed rules here:
Leader of regional waste processing group resigns ahead of Hampden facility debut
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 23, 2019 

The head of a regional organization that handles the waste processing needs for 115 communities across eastern, northern and central Maine is resigning just as the group is due to start sending some of its waste to a new, state-of-the-art processing facility in Hamden. That organization, the Municipal Review Committee, announced Friday that Executive Director Greg Lounder will step down March 1 and pursue other lines of work. The new facility, which has been developed by the company Fiberight, is expected to start accepting some recyclables from the group’s member communities in March, before beginning to accept some household trash in April and ramping up operations through May and June.
What happens when death kills the dream of farming together
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 23, 2019 

When Susan Hunter and her husband Alan started their Unity dairy farm in 2008, it was with an eye toward a shared future of raising animals and living a life close to the land. An hour and a half away in Penobscot, Jo Barrett and her husband Dennis King were living a similar dream on their diversified farm and making plans to turn it over to a younger couple and retire. What neither couple had planned were how illness and death would leave the two widows left to figure out what was next for their respective farms.
Letter: Demand support for Green New Deal
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, February 23, 2019 

The U.S. Senate will soon vote on the Green New Deal. This is led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in an attempt to stifle constructive work on this newly drafted proposal. Like any new proposal, this document will need time to be reviewed, revised and edited before it is ready to be voted on. Bringing it to a vote so quickly stops that work. The people of the United States deserve and demand our country to aggressively address climate change. That is what the Green New Deal plans to do. Why would we not want this? Is it because many of our political leaders take massive sums of money from oil lobbyists? ~ Mary Dunn, Oakland
Letter: Maine does not need CMP transmission line
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, February 23, 2019 

Maine residents do not need Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line because it would cut a long and wide swath through some of Maine’s last wild area. If we give CMP permission, then there’s no turning back. You can’t change your mind later, because this untrammeled area would first be clear-cut, then drenched with herbicide, and unsightly enormous towers erected. All this for the purpose of making money. ~ Stu Silverstein, Waterville
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