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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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Swan’s Island special hunt kills only two deer
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Swan’s Island special hunt kills only two deer.
Everything you need to know to enjoy wild mushrooms
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Linda and I love wild mushrooms, focusing on chanterelles and black trumpets. Last year we picked 8 pounds of chanterelles. Now, you’ve got a chance to do this too, thanks to my friend Tom Seymour and his new guide, Foraging Mushrooms in Maine, a Falcon Guide published by Rowan and Littlefield.
Unusual spring weather leaves Maine maple syrup in short supply
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Maple trees release the prized, clear sap that producers around the state turn into thick, amber syrup, when temperatures fall below freezing at night and warm up during the day. Typically, the season — and the sap — runs February into April, depending on geography and weather. But this year producers fears the season in northern Maine may be over before it even really began because the sap never ran at full speed like in a typical year.
Sign ban’s end spurs cautious optimism for Katahdin monument supporters
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Its largest advocacy group hopes to get on with developing Maine’s national monument now that Gov. Paul LePage has allowed state officials to post monument signs on state roads. “We are so glad that he is come around,” said Andrew Bossie, executive director of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. “From a friends group perspective, the more this cloud lifts, the more people are likely to invest in the monument and the communities that surround it.”
With hard work and a good idea, two cousins launched a fast-growing business
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

A new book details how Cousins Maine Lobster grew from one food truck in one city to many food trucks, and more, around the country.
Editorial: Climate change policy: Pretend it doesn’t exist
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Two separate reports released in January found that the Trump administration scrubbed hundreds of website pages connected to state and local climate remediation programs, as if refusing to acknowledge climate change makes it any less real. This kind of absurd denial should not be a surprise. Trump has as his administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, who had spent a career opposed to the agency’s central mission of protecting natural resources. dumps. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has taken much the same tack. That goes against the science, which says that our continued reliance on oil, gas and coal is making us sick, and hurting the planet in innumerable ways.
Letter: Conscientious consumers can reduce plastic waste in our oceans
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

Nearly 9 million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean from coastlines every year, scientists say, or a truckload per minute. Marine life and birds consume it as microplastics, and in turn so do we; and they consume it whole and are killed. On land, plastic trash litters our roads and fields and fills up landfills, while overwhelming amounts of some plastic recyclables are turned away because too few recyclers, including China, are willing to buy it. We all can make a difference by remembering “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Manufacturers can make a difference by changing back to nonplastic packaging. Straws, milk cartons, cereal box liners and yogurt cups used to be made of paper, so they could be again. ~ Julie Stockpile, Thomaston
Letter: Trash dilemma
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

As someone who has had to think about trash for more than 40 years, I was appalled to read that tons of garbage from area towns will be landfilled, possibly for the next 12 to 18 months. Why were no contingency plans made on the assumption that Fiberight may not open on schedule? Why is the Municipal Review Committee not suing Fiberight for breach of contract, for failing to open on time? Did no one consider that winter weather might cause delays? When I cautioned Hampden town officials about this project, I feared it was too good to be true. We were sold a bill of goods, and now the worst case scenario — landfilling tons of garbage — will be occurring. ~ Kathy W. Walker, Hampden
Energy Efficiency Is Working in New England
Other - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Over the past few years, electric consumption has been declining in New England even as the population and economy have grown. This is due in large part to energy efficiency gains, which have dramatically reduced the amount of electricity consumed in the region and are projected to do so even more in the future. For the first time ever, ISO New England (the region’s electric grid operator) is predicting a decline in peak demand over the next ten years, mostly due to projected gains in energy efficiency and on-site solar generation.
How Maine’s Red Spruce Forests are Fighting for Survival
Bowdoin (College) Orient - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Philip Kiefer ’18, a member of the podcasting student team that produces The Bowdoin Commons, has made an audio story about the honors project of Hanna Baldecchi ’18, who is researching the Eastern dwarf mistletoe. This mistletoe is a tiny parasitic plant that lives on the branches of spruce trees, stealing nutrients from and slowly killing its hosts. Kiefer accompanied biology major Hanna Baldecchi ’18 on one of her data-collecting trips to the Maine island of Isleboro. Driving up the coast and walking through the woods, Baldecchi explained her research into the mystery of why the mistletoe is affecting red and white spruces differently. The red spruce appears to be better at protecting itself from the mistletoe’s threat, but scientists are not sure why.
Corporate support raises Portland's recycling game
Forecaster - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Several regional businesses are pitching in to help boost the city’s recycling efforts. In a partnership announced April 19, donations from L.L. Bean, Sappi North America and Catalyst, in collaboration with the Recycling Partnership, will pay for 18 new, high-tech bins to collect recyclables.
Portland institute's seafood bash all about local fisheries, species
Forecaster - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Encouraging people to support local fisheries and eat sustainably harvested seafood are just two of the goals behind the annual Maine Seafood Celebration. The other goal of the event is to introduce people to species such as hake or mackerel that don’t have as strong a following as more familiar fish like cod or haddock but are abundant in local waters. This is the fifth year the Gulf of Maine Research Institute has held the celebration of Maine seafood, which takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26.
Farmington considers plan to remove dam endangering salmon
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Farmington Selectmen on Tuesday reviewed a $1.2 million proposal from the Atlantic Salmon Federation for removal of the Walton’s Mill Dam and upgrades to a surrounding public park that would include new restrooms, a pavilion and event space. The proposal, which is expected to be considered by voters in a November referendum, offers an alternative to leaving the dam in place and building fish passageways at an estimated cost to the town of $750,000. The cost of the group’s proposal would be covered entirely by the organization but has been met with opposition from proponents of keeping the dam. “Either way the town has to make a decision, because right now we’re in violation of the Endangered Species Act,” Town Manager Richard Davis said.
Scott Pruitt’s Political Patron Now Questions the E.P.A. Chief’s Ethics
New York Times - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, may be losing support even from his staunchest allies. His longtime political patron, Senator James Inhofe, said Tuesday that he would like to see an investigation into the ethical allegations against his protégé. If any prove true, he said, they could “have an effect” on Mr. Pruitt’s job.
Three Rivers Kiwanis to hold grand opening for Milo/Brownville and Points North Visitor Center
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

The Greater Milo/Brownville Area and Points North Visitor Center was officially gifted to the Milo/Brownville Three Rivers Kiwanis on April 9, 2018. It is the fifth building that Tom and Nancy Harrigan have built and donated to the Milo/Brownville Three Rivers Kiwanis. One of the most significant motivations for the new Center is to better promote the Greater Milo/Brownville area and areas further north for tourism.
Ticks & Lyme: What is the outlook for vector-borne disease this year?
Maine Public - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Maine Calling guests: Rob Smith, Director & Co-Founder of the Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory as well as Director of the Division of Infectious Disease at Maine Medical Center; Chuck Lubelczyk, Field Biologist with the Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory at Maine Medical Center.
Companies Can Stave off Forest Tipping Points
Other - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Conservation Finance Network - What started as a dinner-party conversation between Apple leaders has turned into a forest-management investment initiative in the United States and China that goes beyond existing responsible sourcing practices. Apple started with a donation of 32,400 acres of conservation easements in Maine and over 3,600 acres in North Carolina. Moving past this goal involved looking into where the sourcing originates and seeing how these decisions could improve forest management.
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: Delete Decades Of Science In The Name Of 'Transparency'
Other - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Forbes - Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Administrator, has systematically removed science from environmental decisions and regulations in the United States. Now, he's working on yet another rule that would eliminate decades of scientific studies from being considered when writing regulatory standards.nNearly 1,000 scientists signed and sent a letter to Scott Pruitt urging him not to move forward with his proposed rule.
State Reports Nearly 100 Wildfires and Many Acres Burned
Associated Press - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

The Maine Forest Service says the number of wildfires in the state is approaching 100 and that more than 60 acres have burned so far this year.
Nimble deer dodges death, floats down Maine river on ice sheet
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

When the Allagash and St. John rivers finally begin moving after spending five months frozen over, it can be a spectator sport for local residents. On Monday, many of those residents got more than they bargained for as a young deer floated past on an ice floe. Video showed that the ice under the deer began to break apart, and the deer scrambled back toward more solid footing. The deer surfed its way downriver at least two miles before cheating death. [video]
Pruitt wades into a fraught science debate, declaring biomass burning ‘carbon neutral’
Washington Post - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the burning of biomass, such as trees, for energy in many cases will be considered “carbon neutral” by the agency. But the consideration of biomass as carbon neutral is contentious among scientists, who fear that forests, once cleared so that their wood can be used for energy, may not grow back as planned. “The big problem is you’re cutting old growth forests and expecting them to regrow,” said William Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies and an EPA Science Advisory Board member. “That’s totally unrealistic in 20 years and not guaranteed over 100 years.”
A Sense of Wonder: Hog Island, Maine
Yankee Magazine - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

On a small island in Maine, explorers of all ages find a wide-open window into the natural world.
How to protect your dog from tick-borne diseases
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

As disease-ridden ticks become more numerous and widespread in Maine, many veterinarians are suggesting that dog owners invest in both a canine Lyme vaccine and some form of tick preventative treatment year round. In recent years, these anti-tick treatments have been refined and improved, offering dogs better protection against tick-borne infections that can cause serious complications and even death. Lyme disease, which can be transmitted to dogs through the bite of a black-legged tick (also known as a deer tick), is now a chief concern for pet owners in Maine.
Growing population will add to Gorham’s tax bill
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

The town, which added 1,000 residents between 2010 and 2016, could see a tax rate increase of 10.5 percent that is largely tied to the cost of serving new students and a decrease in state funding.
Deep current of record-breaking warm water causes concerns for the Gulf of Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

The deep current entering the gulf via the Northeast Channel – a deep passage between the Georges and Browns banks – normally consists of chillingly cold water originating off Labrador and Greenland, and contributes to Maine’s unusually productive ocean waters. But this month researchers recorded temperatures exceeding 57 degrees at depths of 150 to 450 feet – nearly 11 degrees above normal for this time of year and the highest seen in 15 years of surveys, prompting concerns about effects on marine life.
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