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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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A tough transition by this couple
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, October 22, 2018 

Subtitled Tales from Behind the Canvas, Side by Side by Kim Yesis is a thoughtful story about how she helped her husband Peter leave his job as an engineer and become an artist. This was not an easy transition. His artistry and career took off when they moved to midcoast Maine. After Peter became a big success as an artist, Kim finally got to achieve her dream of becoming a writer. I enjoyed Peter’s paintings at the start of each chapter, particularly his coastal paintings and the one of Baxter Park.
Blog: Roar of drag racing snowmobiles on grass track a hit in the County
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 22, 2018 

Aroostook County may not be the hotbed of motorsports activity when compared to some locations, however, in a variety of ways County folks can view some top-notch racing. Examples include world-class land speed racing, snowmobile racing in the winter, stock car racing at rejuvenated Spud Speedway, and the largest autocross facility in New England. Add to this the Big Woods Grass Drags at the same site where the last grass drags were held 23 years ago. The land is owned by Glori and Barry Baronowski, long-time members of the Ashland Sno-mobile Club.
Katahdin monument officials welcome public’s input on management plan
Fiddlehead Focus (St. John Valley, Aroostook County) - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

More than two years after then-President Barack Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, officials are in the midst of creating a formal management plan that will strive to make effective use of the land for visitors while keeping its natural resources and history intact. During a Wednesday night meeting held at UMaine at Presque Isle, members of the public made suggestions regarding how to best divide the land between various recreational opportunities and showcase the area’s significance. The next public meeting for the management process is scheduled for Oct. 30 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer while a Portland meeting is planned for Nov. 14.
Man dies after ATV hits tree in western Maine
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

A Massachusetts man died in Carthage in western Maine on Sunday afternoon after an ATV he was riding struck a tree, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Wardens said 27 year-old Taylor Curtin of Belchertown, Mass, had been camping with friends at the Rocky Mountain Terrain Park located off Winter Hill Road when the crash occurred. Curtin borrowed a friend’s 2007 Can AM 800 ATV and was returning to the campsite when the ATV went airborne and struck a tree at about 1:30 p.m. Curtin was not wearing a helmet and speed was a factor in the crash.
Column: The inner life of the pitcher plant
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

As we approach that time of year when things get a little creepy, it seems appropriate to take a closer look at one of Maine's more charismatic plants—a plant that's carnivorous! No, I'm not talking about anything like the murderous, human-eating plant from "Little Shop of Horrors." Our killer plant, the pitcher plant, is a more passive feeder. You won't hear it demanding to be fed or see it grabbing its prey. But this bog-dwelling plant has evolved to become very good at trapping, and eating, unsuspecting flies, ants, spiders, and moths. ~ Kristen Lindquist
Climate fund approves $1 billion for projects in poor countries; Trump defaults
Associated Press - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

A U.N.-backed fund has approved more than $1 billion for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change, officials said Sunday. Officials overseeing the Green Climate Fund also agreed to start seeking fresh money next year as its initial capital of about $6.6 billion will soon be used up. The fund, considered a key vehicle for climate-related development programs, was originally meant to receive over $10 billion from rich countries by 2018. But President Trump’s decision to withhold $2 billion of the $3 billion pledged by his predecessor has contributed to a shortfall in its projected assets.
A technological match made in Newport
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Tucked in a residential neighborhood in Newport rests what some might consider the world’s greatest matchmaker. It’s not people who are coupled, but drumsticks. The site, now under the ownership of the Avedis Zildjian Company (famous for its cymbals), churns out approximately 5 million pairs of sticks each year. Its hickory and maple products are matched by color, weight and even the frequency of sound they make when struck — a complex variable no competitor has figured out precisely how to account for.
Washington farm, Camden startup receive state grant to start a commercial compost facility
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Work is underway to construct a compost facility on Bo Lait Farm in Washington where the farmers and Camden-based Scrapdogs Community Compost will team up to pick up food scraps from restaurants and private customers, and create compost to sell. Experts say the county has very few solutions for food scrap pickup and commercial compost. The companies, supported by University of Maine faculty, were awarded a $17,750 grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in September.
Sea monsters
UMaine Today - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

In the past century, sea level along the Maine coast has risen about 7.5 inches. However, over the last 20 years, global sea level rise rates have almost doubled. In 2014, with funding from Maine Sea Grant, John Cannon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, began collaborating with university researchers who have access to powerful computer models and the latest ocean data. “We can actually predict how areas will flood, and how to apply the information to other areas, such as rebuilding seawalls or making dunes taller for coastal adaptation and flood mitigation,” says Dongmei Xie, who conducted Ph.D. research at UMaine. Xie also has generated maps predicting flooding with different sea level rise scenarios.

Opinion: The Trump administration’s deregulation efforts are saving billions of dollars
Washington Post - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Since President Donald Trump took office, farmers can more productively use their land. Small businesses can hire more workers and provide more affordable health care. Innovators are freer to pursue advances in autonomous vehicles, drones and commercial space exploration. Veterans enjoy expanded access to doctors through a telehealth program. And infrastructure can be improved more quickly with streamlined permitting requirements. Over the past two years, federal agencies have reduced regulatory costs by $23 billion and eliminated hundreds of burdensome regulations. We’re projecting even more reform in 2019. ~ Naomi Rao, Office of Management and Budget
Opinion: What can one person do to save the planet?
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Baltimore Sun - If current national leaders won’t regulate carbon emissions, individuals can do the following: Write letters to governors or elected representatives; divest from fossil fuels; urge energy companies to break from “climate disinformation groups”; opt for solar or wind power to increase demand; donate to nonprofits seeking climate change fixes; demand strong candidate platforms on climate change and vote. Plant lots of trees. Urge CEOs of 100 companies apparently responsible for a whopping 71 percent of global emissions to shift financial resources to alternative fuels. Doing something can tamp down anxiety and show we do indeed care. ~ J. Cavanaugh Simpson
Orrington fifth-grader bags 5-pointer on Youth Deer Day
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Thomas Pelkey, a 10-year-old fifth-grader, showed up at the local tagging station on Saturday morning as an “old” veteran of the Youth Deer Day scene. As they say, he’s even got the hat (and rifle) to prove it. For the past 13 years, Bob Bastey, the owner of Bob’s Kozy Korner store, has offered young hunters who tag a deer at his establishment a guaranteed prize, and a chance at a bigger reward. Every youth hunter gets a hunter orange “Bob’s Kozy Korner” hat upon registering a deer. And at the end of the season, one lucky youth walks away with a .243 Savage hunting rifle. On Saturday, Pelkey showed up wearing one of those hats. And he shot his 5-pointer with the .243 Savage he won in the 2016 drawing.
Issues in the governor’s race: Energy policy
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Viewed through a lens of energy policy, this election of Maine’s next governor will be a referendum on the direction set over eight years by outgoing Gov. Paul LePage. It could read: Will Maine build a robust framework for renewable energy, or prop up existing fossil fuel systems? The candidates take different stands on:
• New England Clean Energy Connect
• PUC chairman
• Home heating
• Natural Gas
• Net metering
• Maine Aqua Ventus/UMaine offshore wind
• Land-based wind
• Biomass
Green movement grows brighter on campuses in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Maine academic institutions have led and continue to lead the charge nationally. Last week, Bowdoin College opened the Roux Center for the Environment, built to meet LEED platinum standards. Unity College was the first college in the nation to open a passive house residence hall. Colby College ranks second for “air and climate” on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s 2017 rankings for green schools across the nation. Bates College is ranked fourth on the same association’s list for energy use last year.
Camden mountain obstacle race a worthy test
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

It’s fitting that my first running race in 20 years had hurdles. And that the volunteers on the Ragged Mountain Scuttle course told me to clear these barriers with one leg out, in true track form. It’s fitting because 30 years ago I was an All-American high school hurdler, the New York state champion in the 400 hurdles and the state record-holder. And because I came to Camden to overcome a few personal hurdles. ~ Deirdre Fleming
Artist ‘redesigns’ recycled fabrics into new clothes
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Sandra Deprey of Frenchville is a longtime dog groomer and artist who is now developing her skills as a “fashion redesigner,” using recycled fabrics as her medium. Her work, sold under the name Carry the Memory, transforms old sweaters into tunics and T-shirts into boho skirts.
Get busy on new Brunswick bike trails
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Here’s a great opportunity to celebrate a collaborative effort between the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and the Six Rivers Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. Put down this paper and get outside! The organizations are throwing a party to debut four new miles of mountain bike trails at Brunswick Landing. The trails are all introductory, so the event is good for all ages. Don’t have a mountain bike? Two Brunswick bike shops are chipping in to help. Center Street Cycle will be on hand with 12 Specialized Stumpjumper bikes for attendees to try out. Gorham Bike & Ski will offer bike repair and mechanics workshops. Trail rides from 10 a.m. to noon on October 21.
UNH professor Tom Haines explores sources of fuel and how they can change
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Tom Haines’ new book, “Walking to the Sun: A Journey through America’s Energy Landscapes,” is about his trips to places in America where forms of energy are either being extracted (oil, gas, coal) or harvested or utilized (water, wind, sun). He was exploring in a literal sense (on foot) and also a figurative one – how can humans move from fossil fuels to renewables? “The book is really looking at industrial-scale stuff,” he said. “And how can the system be changed?”
Column: An unsentimental education in troublesome horsetail
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

With gardeners growing more native plants all of the time, there is still one native many hate to see. It is among the most ancient natives, dating back to the Devonian period, 350 to 400 million years ago. I’m talking about equisetum, which goes by the common name horsetail. ~ Tom Attwell
Column: Take advantage of the National Trails System Act, and go take a hike
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

In the company of two friends, I crested the craggy ledges atop Third Mountain along the Appalachian Trail several weeks ago at the height of the fall foliage. We uttered a collective “wow” as we stood in awe of the extraordinary panorama before us, a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors as far as the eye could see, muted not at all by the steely gray skies above. Given the bounty of natural beauty before us, and with our feet firmly planted on America’s most beloved long footpath, the Appalachian Trail, it was an appropriate time and place to mark the 50th anniversary of the monumental legislation that forever altered the landscape of trails and hiking and backpacking in this country. ~ Carey Kish
Column: Managing deer herd is a daunting task
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

Maine has a new plan for long-term management plan for our big-game species. A previous one called for a statewide deer population objective of 384,000. In 2001, the state's deer biologist said, “If we can succeed in restoring winter habitat to the north and east, and solve the access problem, we can safely winter 480,000 deer and hold the harvest at 50,000 deer.” The population goal in the most recently adopted big–game management plan is 210,000 deer by 2033. That’s roughly half of the previous objective and well below the optimum sustained yield level. It means even fewer any-deer permits in the future. The most obvious solution to growing the herd is improving winter habitat, which can be a daunting task in a state where 90-some percent of the forested land is private. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Wayne’s wonderful on a fall day
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 21, 2018 

October is one of the most beautiful months to go paddling in Maine. Vibrant fall colors and migrating birds make for memorable outings. Pocasset Lake and Pickerel Pond in Wayne provide two distinct experiences. Pocasset offers open water paddling and expansive views. Although the lake has many cottages along the shoreline, this time of year things are pretty quiet. Pickerel is connected to Pocasset and offers remote paddling along grass-ringed marshes, providing a cozy and serene setting. ~ Michael Perry
DIFW expanding protection of native brook trout and charr
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

The Department of Inland Fisheries and wildlife has stepped up big time to expand protection of our native brook trout and Arctic charr. Recently, they went public with their proposal.
Column: 'Too much country, too short a life' for hunters
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Sooner or later in our lives, most of us contemplate our own mortality. Those of us who really love the deer woods tend to use the number of deer seasons left as yardstick of our days. It is said, though, that most deer hunters go through stages, and tend to lose their ardor for the hunt in the twilight of their lives. Elk hunter, writer Fred Benton probably spoke for all of us diehard hunters when he wrote: “Every hunter, at some point, realizes that elk country gets bigger, steeper and tougher, more exhausting and less accessible as the seasons pass. What it comes down to is too much country, too short a life.” ~ Paul V. Reynolds
Sue Hubbell, Milbridge beekeeping writer, dies at 83
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

In the end, Sue Hubbell died as she had lived — her way. The author, essayist, farmer and beekeeper passed away Oct. 13, at the Bar Harbor home of her son Brian Hubbell, where she had been living since August. She was 83-years-old and had been dealing with dementia, according to family members. A month prior to her death, she announced she was taking matters into her own hands.
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