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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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Maine agrees to deeper cuts in carbon emissions
Washington Post - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

Maine and eight other states that have a regional compact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have agreed to deeper cuts to carbon emissions over the next decade. The states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – known as RGGI – are pledging to cut emissions from power plants by at least 30 percent between 2020 and 2030. That’s higher than the current agreement to reduce emissions by 2.5 percent annually.
Interior Secretary's Decision On Katahdin Woods and Waters Nat'l Monument Imminent
Maine Public - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

Sometime in the next 24 hours, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is expected to recommend what, if any, changes he thinks should be made to Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Friday marks the one year anniversary since the monument’s designation by President Obama and supporters have a celebration and fundraiser planned. But the party could turn into a strategy session depending on Zinke’s decision. Katahdin Woods and Waters is one of 27 monuments that came under review by order of President Trump in April.
Maine and 8 Other States Pledge to Reduce Emissions by 30%
Maine Public - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

Nine states in the region, including Maine, say they will set more aggressive limits on pollution by electricity generation plants. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, is a market-based cap-and-trade program that sets limits on carbon-dioxide emissions in participating states. Power generators can buy and sell emission allowances under the program, and it produces revenues that the states largely invest in energy efficiency. Since 2009, regulated CO2 emissions have dropped by roughly 40%. Now the the states plan to drive down emissions another 30% by 2030. Environmentalists are applauding the consensus targets reached by governors of both parties.
Dresden woman who educated public with injured birds to retire
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

Hope Douglas ran Wind Over Wings for 29 years and recently reflected on life the lessons that can be learned from birds. On Saturday, she’ll take the last six birds under the care of her educational nonprofit Wind Over Wings to new homes, and she will retire after 29 years.
Bicycle Coalition of Maine picks new director
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has chosen a new executive director. John S. Williams, the former head of the Maine Pulp and Paper Association and Coalition board member, was announced as the new director on Wednesday. He will replace Nancy Grant, who is leaving in mid-October.
German owners of paper industry ship indicted in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

Two German shipping companies are facing federal charges of falsifying environmental records in an effort to cover up a ship’s crew dumping waste water and oil overboard. On Tuesday, a federal grand jury at the U.S. District Court in Portland indicted the owner and operator of cargo ship M/V Marguerita with failing to keep accurate pollution control records and falsifying records, according a statement from the Department of Justice.
Editorial: Science predicted the eclipse, so why do so many doubt climate change?
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

No one doubted that there would be an eclipse. No one said the scientists couldn’t possibly predict the path of the sun and moon and precisely know when they would overlap. No one said that the path of totality, derived from scientific models, was a hoax. Yet, when it comes to vaccines, climate change, pollution and other areas where there is a scientific consensus, people are quick to cast doubt on science. This is especially true of the Trump administration and climate change. Trump’s actions — such as withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord and appointing former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the very agency he sued numerous times to negate climate change-related rules — show that his administration is hostile to reducing emissions to ease climate change in favor of the fossil fuel industry.
A Portland firm will try to sell shuttered Lincoln paper mill land
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

The bankrupt Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill has picked the Portland industrial real estate brokerage NAI The Dunham Group to begin marketing its 240-acre parcel bordering the Penobscot River in Lincoln. The company on Tuesday asked a bankruptcy judge to allow it to hire The Dunham Group to start seeking a buyer for the property, much of which will require environmental remediation after decades of use making paper and tissue. Town officials voted to begin investigating whether they could put around 262 acres of the property into the federal Superfund program, which would begin a decades-long cleanup process under the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection.
Everything you need to know about the interpretive map of Katahdin Woods and Waters
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has unveiled an interpretive map of the 16-mile Katahdin Loop Road. Even if you’re not going to take all of the hikes that are listed, stop for a few minutes, stretch your legs, and listen. You’ll be amazed at how quiet the woods of Maine can be, and there aren’t many better spots to feel like you’ve taken a big leap out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
At long last, a peach of a harvest for growers in Maine
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 23, 2017 

Peaches are hard to grow in Maine, and crops the past couple of years have been so dismal that growers could practically count on one hand the number of peaches they got, if any. But this year’s harvest is peaking now, and “it’s a major bumper crop,” said Guy Paulin, owner of Brackett’s Orchards in Limington.
Katahdin monument is a must-see destination
Other - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript - Nearly one year ago today (August 24, 2016, to be exact), then-President Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act to create Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, just east of Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin. I had the chance to visit recently, camping with my wife and dog beside the East Branch of the mighty Penobscot River. As we looked up that night, the stars lit the sky like I’ve seldom seen. From one end of the horizon to the other, not a hint of light from a city or street light. Just sky and stars, mountains, trees, a hearty river and us. We were seeing this national monument in its infancy.
Isle au Haut's move to solar keeps money on the island
Mainebiz - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

sle au Haut is planning a move to solar energy that will provide entirely for the island's electrical needs. Going solar is a way for Isle au Haut to buy all its electricity locally. "That's money we keep on the island that is otherwise leaving the island," company president Jim Wilson said. Isle au Haut, six miles long and two miles wide, is one of 15 year-round island communities in Maine, with a year-round population of just under 40 residents.
Westbrook City Council resurrects proposal to charge impact fees
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

The Westbrook City Council will give impact fees another chance. The idea is popular among those concerned about the number of new housing units being built in Westbrook. City officials spent nearly one year developing formulas for school and sewer impact fees, which are designed to pay for new capacity needed as a result of a development. Under the system proposed, for example, the owner of a new three-bedroom house would need to pay a $3,245 school impact fee to offset the future costs of adding children to local classrooms.
It's the economy, stupid
Grist - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

Ahead of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Thursday announcement regarding the fate of the bundle of national monuments under review, Democrats tried to level with the conservative on his own terms. Joint Economic Committee Democrats created a packet of fact sheets urging Zinke to keep monuments as they are for their economic benefits. The areas around national monuments benefit from substantial revenue from activities such as recreation, service jobs, and tourism, as the Committee’s report outlines.
Trump administration won’t issue order to protect coal-fired plants
Associated Press - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push for a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him. The decision is a rare example of friction between the beleaguered coal industry and the president who has vowed to save it. It also highlights a pattern emerging as the administration crafts policy: The president’s bold declarations – both public and private – are not always carried through to implementation.
Lincoln firm sues Stored Solar as claims of unpaid loggers and taxes mount
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

A Lincoln contractor has sued the operator of two troubled wood-to-energy plants that lawmakers hoped to prop up with part of a $13.4 million state subsidy. Fastco Corp. filed a complaint against Stored Solar LLC in Maine District Court in Lincoln, seeking about $34,000 in return for unpaid work on a job it stopped in mid-April at Stored Solar’s West Enfield plant. The claims add to complaints from wood suppliers, who also said they’ve not been paid for months. The Town of Jonesboro, where the company has a second plant, is also seeking back payments for property taxes.
Maine Loggers Say Biomass Energy Company Fails To Pay For Wood
Maine Public - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

A biomass energy company subsidized by Maine taxpayers continues to struggle. Loggers say Stored Solar isn’t paying them for wood they’ve delivered to its plants. But another biomass energy company eligible for the incentives is hitting its targets. Dana Doran, executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine says, “The frustration with contractors that have continued to deliver to Stored Solar since the first issue arose in March is that the same issue that was brought up then has not been rectified and in fact, it’s probably getting worse.” Meanwhile, it’s a different story for Re-Energy. Its plants in Ashland and Fairfield are meeting their targets. But Downeast logger George Moon says Re-Energy’s plants are too far away to make it worthwhile to truck his biomass material to them.
Hike: Esker Trail in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

Traveling up and along the top of a sandy esker in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, a 0.5-mile footpath is the first numbered stop on the Loop Road Interpretive Map, a resource recently published by the nonprofit Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The trail is unnamed at the time I’m writing this column, so I have decided to refer to it as the Esker Trail.
Blog: Biking the Eastern Trail in Scarborough
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

The State of Maine promotes itself as a cycling friendly state. Unfortunately, that’s not really true. Many states, perhaps most, have a superior network of bike trails. Here in Maine, we only have a handful of true bike trails that allow for a decent ride. A ten mile round-trip is the minimum acceptable distance for me. Most of our scenic country roads lack a safe shoulder for bike travel. However, things are improving. One of my preferred trail rides is the Eastern Trail in southern Maine; the Scarborough to Saco section in particular. ~ Ron Chase
National Transportation Safety Board releases landmark study on speeding
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

For the first time in its 50-year history, the National Transportation Safety Board has released a study on speeding aimed at reducing speeding-related injuries and fatalities. The report acknowledges that speed is a deadly problem on our streets and roads, and that federal agencies and states can do more to address it. In response, the National Complete Streets Coalition said it "thanks NTSB for taking aim at the critical issue of speeding-related crashes that injure and kill far too many Americans each year — including many on foot or bike." What the report does not do is address the estimated one million animals killed by vehicles on U.S. roads each day.
Opinion: It’s only been a year, but the monument is already benefiting the Katahdin region
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

As the anniversary of the designation of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument approaches, this is a good time to celebrate all the benefits the monument is already bringing to Maine and its people, even those few but vocal people who opposed the monument during the years of public discussion prior to its establishment. As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke prepares his recommendations for Katahdin Woods and Waters, we need Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, who see and understand the distinct and obvious benefits, to send a clear message to Zinke and the White House. Things are going well; don’t tear off the bandage. ~ Richard H. Schmidt III, Patten
Where's the Kelp? Warm Ocean Takes Toll on Undersea Forests
Associated Press - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

Kelp forests are critical to the fishing industry but are disappearing around the world. The Gulf of Maine is the latest global hotspot to lose kelp. Scientists say the likely culprits are climate change and invasive species. A recent study in the Journal of Ecology found introduced species from as far away as Asia were covering as much as 90 percent of the Gulf of Maine's floor.
More law changes – baiting and feeding deer, altering fish, and more
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

Each day this week, I’ll post columns about all the new laws and law changes that govern hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activities. Here is column number two.
In Solar Trade Dispute, Will Proposed Tariffs Cost Industry Jobs?
National Public Radio - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

Across the country installers are stocking up on inventory as they brace for what could be a major turning point for the booming U.S. solar industry: a possible trade barrier, the possible fallout of a new trade case in front of the U. S. International Trade Commission. The Solar Energy Industries Association is calling the matter an "existential threat" that could almost immediately result in the loss of a third of all solar jobs. Many installers have relied on a cheap, plentiful supply of solar panels made overseas, mostly in China and Southeast Asia. Those low prices have helped solar compete with fossil fuels and increase its workforce to nearly a quarter of a million jobs.
Opinion: A strong carbon cap is good for Maine’s environment and economy
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

One of the unsung heroes in Maine’s drive to prepare our homes and businesses for a secure energy future is the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. It set the nation’s first multistate mandatory limit on carbon dioxide emissions and was founded with strong bipartisan support. RGGI and other carbon-pricing programs are market-based and the most cost-effective means of achieving reductions in CO2 emissions. Support also flows from the economic boost that the states have experienced since RGGI was implemented. A recent poll of Mainers found that 77 percent would favor strengthening RGGI by more rapid reductions in the cap. This would mean more revenue, more energy-efficient investments, less wasted energy and fewer emissions. We hope the RGGI directors, including officials here in Maine, can shed their timidity and make the right choice. ~ Tom Tietenberg, Mitchell Family Professor of Economics Emeritus, Colby College
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