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Action Alert - Tuesday, August 20, 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
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.
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.
Wabanaki artists, culture event, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

40+ members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms, including basketmaking, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to performances of drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling. At Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester, August 24, 10 am - 3 pm.
A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact, Aug 23
Announcement - Friday, August 16, 2019 

According to the EPA's own analysis, the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule will result in up to 1,400 more premature deaths a year by 2030. Learn about the impacts of Trump's deregulation campaign on a CNN Special Report "A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact." August 23, 10 pm.
Close Encounters of the First Kind, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Maine’s First Ship hosts Ken Hamilton for a discussion of the earliest European and indigenous people interactions, from 16th century Jacques Cartier and Basque fishermen to early 17th century French and English explorers. At Bath Freight Shed, Bath, August 22, 7 pm.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Anniversary Celebration, Aug 23-24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Dinner, music, silent auction, awards, and toast to commemorate the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s August 24th, 2016 proclamation. At New England Outdoor Center, T1 R8, August 23-24, $25.
Earth Day 2020
Announcement - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Earth Day, the global environmental movement for a cleaner, greener, safer and more just world for all, turns 50 next year. Want to help?
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Portland’s bustling port sees volume, value of goods more than double over five years
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Shipping containers are piling up on the Portland waterfront at a record pace as the state invests millions of dollars into its largest port to encourage Maine’s growing trade links to Europe and the North Atlantic region. The volume of containers moving through the International Marine Terminal on West Commercial Street has more than doubled in the past five years and so has the value of goods, to $502.7 million last year.
A sauna in the woods draws devoted disciples
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Saunas have been around for centuries and are a way of life in many European countries such as Germany, Austria and Finland. They are not as popular in Maine, but there are many who find their way to the one in Denmark – the western Maine town at the foothills of the White Mountains. At the 33-acre holistic retreat, this outdoor European tradition takes place every weekend from October through March when the sauna is open to the public. Then a small community of sauna enthusiasts hike through the woods for a $15 visit.
100-plus nominations came in for the 2018 Source Awards
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Each April for the past four years, Source has honored a handful of accomplished Mainers, Maine organizations and Maine businesses working in the arena of sustainability. We were impressed with the number of nominations that talked about bringing people together, about building bridges between scientists and ordinary people, loggers and treehuggers, new and old Mainers, farmers and eaters. Tackling the immense environmental problems the planet faces – climate change, mass extinction, population explosion and water scarcity, to name a few – is going to require all of us. We’re so pleased to announce this year’s 2018 Source Award winners. They are leading the way. ~ Peggy Grodinsky, SOURCE Editor
Mainer instrumental in state’s loon count is recognized for her expertise
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Her efforts on behalf of Maine Audubon earn her the Source Award for Conservationist.
Meet the 2018 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship winners
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

This year's crop of farming scholarship winners are full of passion, pluck and plans:
• August DeLisle
• Sarah Fallon
• Zenaide McCarthy
Maine State Prison teaches inmates to garden, compost, recycle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Their work on the prison's sustainability initiative earns Capt. Ryan Fries and Mark Hutchinson the Source Award for Trailblazer.
WindowDressers inserts help Mainers lower their fuel bills
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Research done by the University of Maine shows that the nonprofit, which earns the Source Award for Energy Saver, helped save more than $2.2 million in fuel costs.
Rosemont Market proves small shops can thrive
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The six-location market, which earns the Source Award for Entrepreneur, builds community by bringing shoppers and farmers together.
Maine Grain Alliance has ‘changed the face of bread and baking’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The nonprofit has helped bring back grain farming for baking and brewing, earning the Source Award for Farmer.
This teacher’s got a whole seed bank of apples in Waldoboro
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

'Our seeds have basically gone all over the world,' says Neil Lash, who earns the Source Award for Teacher.
Partnership between land trust, Maine Forest Service grew into something big
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

Local Wood Works is honored with the Source Award for Forester, based on its efforts to connect consumers to local wood products.
Editorial: New plant shows brighter future for Maine lobster
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

In a game-changing investment announced last week, Ready Seafood Co. is expanding its live and processed lobster business with a new 40-acre campus in Saco. In addition to their investment, they are receiving $2.4 million in research and development funds to build facilities where university and industry scientists can work alongside Ready’s in-house marine biologist to study and better understand lobsters. What they learn will be shared throughout the industry, helping the company as well as their competitors find ways to add value to a product that supports so many Maine jobs and communities.
Letter: Burying electrical lines would avert storm outages
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, March 18, 2018 

The news reports are full of accounts of fallen trees and impaired utility poles causing electrical outages that result in life safety and economic situations imperiling many individuals and businesses. The current policy of tree removal and resultant limb trimming is ineffective and does not result in an effective policy response. A more effective policy would require that all electrical utility transmission and local distribution lines be installed underground and that our monopoly utility distribution providers be required to file for justified exceptions from situations that may require exceptions from said policies. ~ Frederic W. Coulon, Rockport
Blog: Electric woes caused by industry restructuring, weak regulation
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

The failure of regulators to be more aggressive contributes to both the frequency of weather-caused outages and billing alarms such as are now occurring. The bills add up. Customers struggle with outages. Regulators belatedly investigate. Customers subsidize the very meters that may be causing their problems. Utilities maximize profits by cutting field personnel. Customers foot the bill for the utility lawyers who defend company practices. Instead of viewing the current problems as likely to be soon forgotten, now is the time for legislators to take a new look at the electric industry and how it is regulated. ~ Gordon L. Weil
Column: Big fish being caught at lakes throughout state
Sun Journal - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

This has been a winter that has brought ice anglers out on the ice in good numbers. Gouldsboro angler Ryan Bridges iced a 40-inch, 25.5-pound togue in February at Tunk Lake. At Sebec Lake, an ice-fishing grandmother hooked and landed a lake trout in the 12-pound range. Ice fishing college student Chris Parent from Biddeford brought home an impressive landlocked salmon in the 12-pound range. (The lake? He’s not telling.) Tyler Smith got lucky when he landed a 23-pound muskie that measured 40 inches at Wilson Pond in Monmouth. Dustin Harrington from Hampden, while ice fishing Moosehead Lake, caught a big-bellied brook trout that tipped the scales at 6 pounds. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Historic 150-year-old Maine inn destroyed by fire
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

A historic inn in northern Maine built more than 150 years ago burned to the ground early Saturday morning. The Chesuncook Lake House was built in 1864 for supplying logging operations. Fifty miles north of Moosehead Lake, the lake house was listed on the Federal Historic Register. Maine Forest Rangers and Greenville firefighters responded to the scene by snowmobile. The owners said all family members and employees escaped unharmed.
Editorial: Contrary to LePage claims, land conservation is good for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Even as Gov. Paul LePage continues his crusade against land trusts, a new report by a bipartisan group of lawmakers finds that these groups contribute a lot to the state, including tax dollars. The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee’s work should put an end to LePage’s false claims that land trusts and conserved lands are a detriment to Maine and its taxpayers. This report shows clearly that they are not.
Historic Maine wilderness inn destroyed by fire
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

The Chesuncook Lake House, a historic inn 50 miles north of Moosehead Lake, was destroyed by fire early Saturday. The remote inn, built in 1864 in Chesuncook Village, originally supplied logging operations in northern Maine. Accessible only by snowmobile in the winter, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The owners, David and Louisa Surprenant, said they are trying to make sense of the conflagration. The fire started about 1:30 a.m. but it took the owners, whose cellphone service was cut off, about two hours to alert the fire department. Nine firefighters set out on five snowmobiles hauling portable pumps and other equipment. By the time they reached the inn at daybreak, the fire was over.
Those Little Produce Stickers? They’re a Big Waste Problem
Other - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Produce stickers are a major problem for composting facilities. They don't break down, and sorting them out from the actually-compostable product is time-consuming and expensive. Being extremely thin and pliable, the stickers pass through screens designed to catch them, and some composting companies single them out as the worst contaminant in their entire chain. Solutions have been proposed—one company in Sweden laser-etches their avocados—but a more biodegradable solution has not yet been adopted. In the meantime, do your part: PLU stickers in the garbage, produce waste in the compost.
It’s been three years since Maine towns started banning plastic bags. How’s it working?
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Bag regulations have been enacted in Portland, South Portland, Belfast, York, Falmouth, Freeport, Kennebunk, Topsham, Brunswick, Saco and Cape Elizabeth, with the most recently adopted ordinances in the cities of Bath and Rockland. Single-use plastic bags certainly can be convenient, but non-biodegradable plastic bags can end up littering streets and storm drains, stuck high in tree branches or floating out to sea, where they break down into tiny pieces and can be mistaken as food by fish and wildlife. Sarah Lakeman of the Natural Resources Council of Maine hopes that there eventually will be a statewide ban.
Former Coal Lobbyist On Tap For No. 2 Spot At EPA
National Public Radio - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

President Trump's nominee for deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, has spent much of his career working for less oversight from the agency. A longtime aide to Sen. James Inhofe, known for his climate-denying antics on the floor of the Senate, Wheeler worked on environmental legislation for more than 15 years in various roles on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He helped to defeat a 2008 climate bill before leaving to be a private consultant and lobbyist.
Maine Farmland Trust applying for accreditation
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Maine Farmland Trust has announced it is applying for accreditation. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications.
Letter: Respect Union River
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

On Feb. 9, FERC issued notice of a new license application for the Union River dams. This starts a 60-day clock that is the last chance to comment on or protest the details of this license application. The license proposed will not stop the fish kills that are documented in Ellsworth each year as alewives and eels try to head out to sea. It does not offer any new proposal to help native fish returning to the Union River. It does nothing to change the way water levels are managed at Graham Lake. Contact DEP Commissioner Paul Mercer and encourage him to issue a water quality certificate that respects the Union River. ~ Dwayne Shaw, Columbia Falls
Letter: Water rights
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 17, 2018 

Regarding Attorney General Janet Mills and Penobscot Nation fishing rights, what is not stated in any coverage I’ve seen on this issue is the intention behind the state’s denial of tribal control over the water surrounding their Islands. The Environmental Protection Agency supports tribal water quality standards. Tribal water quality standards are tough and environmentally sustainable. The state is motivated by big business interests that lobby for the freedom to pollute. There is a word game going on and surprisingly little demand from the people for clarity. ~ Rosalie Paul, Brunswick
Industry, landowners oppose LePage bill to gut wind power permitting process
Portland Press Herald - Friday, March 16, 2018 

A longtime skeptic of the cost-competitiveness of wind power, Gov. Paul LePage imposed a moratorium on new turbine permits in January and wants to change the streamlined review process applied to most of the commercial wind energy projects in Maine. But LePage’s bill, which faces strong opposition from both environmentalists and industry, got a chilly reception from lawmakers on Friday.
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