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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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‘Mother Nature’ and Katahdin Woods National Monument
Other - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 

Canoe & Kayak - Muriel Fortier (aka Mother Nature) was one of the homesteaders who populated the west bank of the East Branch Penobscot River, leaseholders as they are called. But Roxanne Quimby, the founder of Burt’s Bees, bought up the whole township and informed Mother Nature that her lease would not be renewed. I think I know what happened to her home. It’s called Upper East Branch Campsite on the new map. What was once protected by anonymity is now protected by federal law. This certainly prevents the wanton development that we nature seekers despise. At the same time, it robs us of chance meetings with characters like Mother Nature who are the threads in the tapestry we call the Maine Woods.
How to safely cross a stream
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 

Many stream crossings, particularly in Maine, do not have bridges. This has to do with the remoteness of the locations, the effort required to build and maintain them, and the likely potential that spring melt will take them out. So when hiking in Maine you need to be prepared to cross streams even if the guide book says there is a bridge.
Report: Forest Products Industry Still Big Player in Maine's Economy
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 

A new report finds that Maine's forest products industry supports more than 33,000 jobs and will contribute about $8.5 billion to the state's economy this year, despite recent job losses and mill closures. The report, by an assistant University of Maine professor, shows that the industry's overall economic impact dropped by about $1 billion between 2014 and 2016.
Volunteers eyeing 3,000-acre site for state’s first ATV-snowmobile park
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 

John Raymond has a great location, more than 3,000 acres, for what would be the state’s first ATV and snowmobile park. It’s between East Millinocket and Millinocket, with a sterling view of the entire region, and it’s far enough away from any neighborhood so that no one would be bothered by noise from the park’s ATVs and snowmobiles. It’s also accessible from Medway via a snowmobile trail. And it’s owned by the state, which presumably wouldn’t mind helping draw more tourists to the region, Raymond said. One problem — it’s a dump.
Editorial: Maine lags behind when it comes to economic growth, but it doesn’t have to
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 

There are many reasons for Maine’s lackluster economic performance, but the most recent census data make clear that the state’s current policies of rejecting Medicaid expansion and reliance on old, shrinking industries are holding Maine back economically. For example, lawmakers agreed to take $13.5 million from the state’s rainy day fund to boost the state’s biomass industry. The aim is to avoid more timber job losses, but one company said at least one of its plants in Maine may close even with the state bailout. The same lawmakers failed to override LePage’s veto of a compromise rewrite of the state’s solar energy policy that could have created hundreds of jobs and saved Maine residents money on their electricity bills. These are two recent examples of policy decisions that further Maine’s economic stagnation while many other states grow.
Hike: Harriman Point Preserve in Brooklin
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 

With roughly two miles of shoreline, Harriman Point Preserve features the longest continuous stretch of the coast open to the public on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Gifted to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust in 2014, the 138-acre preserve features about 1.5 miles of easy walking trails that travel through mossy forests and across old fields to the rocky shore.
How long can the oceans soak up CO2?
Summit Voice - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 

For now, the world’s oceans are sucking up so much carbon dioxide that it’s helping to slow the rate of global warming. But that’s expected to change in the future, researchers warned after taking a detailed look at the rate of ocean acidification in the northeast Pacific Ocean.
Harvesting project continues at Jamies Pond despite objections
Kennebec Journal - Monday, September 19, 2016 

Scott Schiff-Slater has been against the timber harvesting project at Jamies Pond Wildlife Management Area since plans were made public several years ago. Now that the project has started, Schiff-Slater continues to voice his displeasure to state officials while understanding it might be all for naught. “It is an amazingly special and beautiful place, but it’s state owned land, so it’s our land,” Schiff-Slater said. Last month, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife started the logging project at the approximately 1,000-acre property in Hallowell, Farmingdale and Manchester. About 70 percent of the land the wildlife agency manages is near the state’s population centers. It expects to encounter more adversity as more projects are announced.
Must Economic Growth Continue?
Mark W. Anderson's Stirring the Pot Blog - Monday, September 19, 2016 

In his book "The Hegemony of Growth," Swiss economic historian Matthias points out, “The growth paradigm is ultimately unstable and self-contradictory since the expectation it raises of continually increasing levels of material production run up to the ecological limits of a finite planet.” One solution to the crisis of our age is a shift in economic paradigms to one called Sustainable De-growth.
Brunswick shellfish harvesters work to remove ‘vicious clam predator’
WGME-TV13 - Monday, September 19, 2016 

Brunswick Marine Resources says shellfish harvesters took to the Brunswick clam flats Sunday to remove a “vicious clam predator that’s been wreaking havoc” in Maine’s intertidal zone in recent years. The milky ribbon worm is believed to be causing moderate mortality to the soft shell clam population, according to the Brunswick Marine Resources. The worms are found primarily in the clam beds and are stumping resource managers on how to mitigate the problem. In the meantime, the Brunswick Marine Resources says harvesters are doing all they can to save some of their most productive flats.
Paper mills are closing, but Maine’s economy still relies on logging
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 19, 2016 

A traditional Maine industry argues it still has a bright future, no matter the headlines. Logging has big potential ahead, “despite the steady drumbeat of doom and gloom in media reports suggesting Maine should move on from its forest-based heritage,” the industry’s top representative, Dana Doran, wrote in a recent report. Even with the fall of Maine paper mills, the state relies more on the logging industry for jobs than any other place in the country. The study reflects a period before many of the state’s paper mills closed and when the market was stronger for selling lower-grade wood to biomass generators in Maine.
New National Parks movement growing
Maine Environmental News - Monday, September 19, 2016 

The United States invented national parks, but now scores of countries have designated thousands of national parks and comparable areas. One of the latest is Yanbaru National Park in Japan, which was created last week. It protects 42,727 acres of land and sea, harboring endangered species and unique geological and biological features. Eminent Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson says we need to restore and protect at least half of the Earth to sustain biodiversity. In the U.S., as part of its New National Parks campaign, RESTORE has identified hundreds of areas that qualify as new or expanded units of our National Park System.
Rising seas, bigger storms threaten sewer plants
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 19, 2016 

Throughout coastal Maine, community leaders are beginning to do a calculus about their wastewater treatment facilities. There may be no national political consensus on climate change, but rising sea levels and fiercer storms are already causing headaches for local officials along Maine’s waterways. Many communities are now discussing how to pay to protect wastewater infrastructure, according to Curt Spalding, an EPA administrator for the New England region.
Plum Creek Timber loses current use battle in Vermont
Maine Environmental News - Monday, September 19, 2016 

The Vermont Supreme Court last week reinstated a finding by the state that Plum Creek overcut trees in violation of its forest management plan. That means the timber company is in violation of the Vermont current use program, which gives forest and farm owners a break on property taxes. A trial court judge had ruled in favor of Plum Creek, but the Vermont Supreme Court reversed the ruling and sent it back to the lower court to determine what penalties the timber company should pay. Plum Creek, which is now part of Weyerhaeuser, owns more than 900,000 acres in Maine.
Newly completed Thomaston bridge uses new technology
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 19, 2016 

A new $4.3 million bridge using modern-day composite material is open to traffic. The bridge connecting Thomaston to the Cushing peninsula will have a formal opening ceremony on Oct. 5. The new bridge was built over two construction seasons because work on the water could only occur from November through March to protect Atlantic salmon, sturgeon and other protected species.
Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die
Other - Monday, September 19, 2016 

In "Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die," Chris Santella illuminates the best destinations for exploring the great outdoors. The book features the world’s top spots for sleeping under the stars and enjoying a host of outdoor recreational activities that make camping such a time-honored tradition. Featuring favorite U.S. park destinations, including Acadia and Baxter in Maine, as well as exotic locales, Santella provides helpful information and tips that will appeal to novice campers and seasoned outdoorsmen alike.
Anthropocene: An Strong Warning
TIME - Monday, September 19, 2016 

As geological epochs have come and gone throughout Earth’s vast history, shifts have often correlated with large-scale global changes like ice ages and mass extinctions. An asteroid hits the planet, wiping out the dinosaurs, and the Cretaceous period becomes the Tertiary. Until now, life on Earth—including us late-arriving Homo sapiens—was along for the ride. But on Aug 29, scientists at a meeting of the International Union of Geological Sciences in South Africa said human activity has grown so powerful that is is forcing a change of the geological calendar: Earth has entered a new epoch, called the Anthropocene, defined by humans and our effect on the planet.
Predictions for grouse, woodcock, and turkey hunting
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, September 19, 2016 

Grouse hunters may be frustrated this year, depending on where they hunt, but predictions for an increase in woodcock are exciting, and of course, turkey populations have exploded.
Despite energy deal loss, huge wind farm is still on track in Aroostook
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 19, 2016 

Despite the termination of an electricity purchase agreement, plans for what would be the largest wind farm in the state proposed for Unorganized Territory of central Aroostook County are still on track, according to the company behind the project. “We are still pursuing Number Nine. It is one of the best, most mature energy projects in New England,” Katie Chapman, project manager with EDP Renewables, said. While the estimated 119 turbine Number Nine Wind Farm originally was slated to come online by 2017, Chapman said that after several setbacks the company is working toward a goal of completion by 2020.
Group seeks designation to preserve beloved vista at Fort Sumner Park
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 19, 2016 

A small group of residents is trying to preserve the view from Fort Sumner Park on Munjoy Hill in Portland by getting a historic landmark status for the space. The group’s request appears to be a reaction to a developer’s plan to construct a condo building on a street below the promontory that some worry could obstruct a vista that overlooks the Portland skyline and Back Cove.
Letter: Regulators should reconsider net metering
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 19, 2016 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission recently recommended phasing out net metering for solar generators. We urge the PUC to revisit its stance and support the present net metering policy. Since 2010, our home system has produced over 30,000 kwh of electricity. The excess electricity that we produce goes back into the grid, for which we receive no compensation. Central Maine Power then can sell our surplus at retail rates. We also produce peak power at the time the grid needs it most. In addition, we pay CMP over $120 a year to remain connected to the grid.The PUC should continue net metering or adopt the recent proposals of the joint industry-utility-user group on fair compensation for solar power producers. ~ Robert and Connie McChesney, Bath
Letter: Kalikow's values reflect Scarborough
Forecaster - Monday, September 19, 2016 

I’m supporting Theo Kalikow in the House District 29 contest because of her track record in education, environmental protection and her support for progressive values. Her opponent, Rep. Karen Vachon, Scarborough, received low scores on legislative report cards from Maine Conservation Voters, Maine Women’s Lobby and Maine People’s Alliance. Theo received awards for work on women’s issues as well as a Green Building Leadership Award. In this election, she is endorsed by Maine Conservation Voters, Maine Education Association and the Maine People’s Alliance. ~ Deb McDonough, Scarborough
Acadia fall foliage just one highlight of rest of Centennial year
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

The days are shorter, the nights chillier, and Acadia fall foliage is getting ready to put on its spectacular color show. The season to visit Acadia National Park has been gradually getting longer, and this year, Centennial events promise to make the fall – and even winter – busier than ever.
Reentry Center inmates grow produce for Waldo County needy
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

At the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center garden in Swanville, inmates transitioning from prison to community start at level one, where they are supervised, and work their way up to level four, where they are responsible for themselves. When Waldo County Commissioner William Shorey was elected about eight years ago, he said he wanted to start a project to “help these people turn their lives around.” That project was the garden, and seven years later, it is bigger than ever.
GrowSmart Maine moves to Gardiner
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

GrowSmart Maine, an organization that works with towns across the state to promote sustainable economic development, last week moved its offices from Portland to Gardiner. The group is now paying $400 a month for a private office on the third floor of 117 Water St., a co-working space that’s leased and operated by the Gardiner Main Street program and available for a range of groups and functions. The low rent was one reason for the move, said Nancy Smith, executive director of GrowSmart Maine. But there are other reasons. For one, the group’s mission is to work with rural Maine towns that are trying to attract economic development without losing any of their authenticity of character.
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