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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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Land for Maine's Future awards Ragged Mountain project $500,000
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

The Coastal Mountains Land Trust's Round the Mountain Collaboration has won a Land for Maine's Future grant of $500,000 to support the conservation of Ragged Mountain in Rockport, Camden and Hope. The money will go toward one of the three components of the Round the Mountain Collaboration: the 790-acre Mirror Lake Conservation Easement project, which received LMF's highest score. All together, the collaboration has raised $3 million of the $4.2 million needed to fulfill its goals. The project includes construction of a proposed nine-mile Round the Mountain Trail and the purchase of two conservation easements to protect more than 1,400 acres of land.
Lobster Catch Might be Less this Year
Associated Press - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Members of the lobster industry say Maine's lobster haul might be less this year, and prices have drifted downward for both lobstermen and consumers. American lobster fishing is in the midst of a multiyear boom, with Maine fishermen setting a record of nearly 131 million pounds last year. Fishermen in the state have caught more than 100 million pounds for six years in a row after never previously reaching that total. But market analyst John Sackton says some in the industry believe catch could be as much as 30 percent off this year. Meanwhile, prices for live lobsters are lagging behind last year. Maine is far and away the biggest lobster producing state in the U.S. Maine fishermen accounted for more than 80 percent of the nationwide catch last year.
Legal dispute snags revitalization of Old Town mill
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

The latest attempt to transform a shuttered pulp mill in Old Town into a production center for wood-based energy and fuels is tangled in a lawsuit filed by a prospective buyer, who says he was illegally pushed out of a $10 million deal in favor of a competitor. Samuel Eakin of Cape Elizabeth, the managing director of Relentless Capital Co. and an allied company, Old Town Utility & Technology Park, who hoped to sell wood-based energy to UMaine, sues over breach of contract and wants the sale to a third party blocked. The university operates the Forest Bioproducts Research Center in a corner of the mill, where it’s working to commercialize fuels, chemicals and materials made from wood. That’s why the future of the Old Town mill has taken on a broader significance.
State largely ignores role as seas grow more acidic
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Despite a bipartisan recognition of a threat to Maine's shellfish industry, leadership on the issue has fallen to a group of concerned volunteers. “For a state whose identity and economy is so heavily dependent on marine resources, I think it is really shameful that we are not doing enough to look at the threats of changing ocean chemistry,” says Bill Mook, who had to develop water treatment systems after watching acidic water kill crop after crop of newly hatched oysters. Rep. Devin says, “It’s the governor and a few of his minions that have blocked the ocean acidification bills. We’re not going to be able to do anything environmental with Governor LePage in office.”
Planting of Atlantic salmon eggs in Kennebec River starting to pay dividends
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Atlantic salmon were first listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2000 in a small portion of Maine. In 2009 the list was expanded and the salmon’s status was elevated to endangered. Since 2010 as many as 300,000 to 1 million Atlantic salmon eggs grown in a hatchery have been planted, or seeded, in the Kennebec watershed. The Sandy isn’t the only river in Maine where hatchery-grown eggs are planted. Marine Resources also has planted salmon eggs in the Sheepscot and Penobscot rivers, the Downeast Salmon Federation has in the Machias, Pleasant and Narraguagus rivers, and the Saco River Salmon Restoration Alliance has in the Saco.
Scientist Steve Eayrs knows how to build a better fish trap
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Steve Eayrs, a research scientist at Gulf of Maine Research Institute since 2007, who works in the area of fish behavior and gear technology, has designed some new spins on old gear, intended to make fishing more efficient and sustainable.
Maine farmers raising turkeys in record numbers
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Maine farmers are increasingly raising turkeys for the meat market with the number of live turkey poults being brought into the state up 30 percent in the last year. Farmers say they’re responding to a demand for locally raised meat and a lucrative market.
Column: Finish the season with a local paddle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

We are wrapping up our 2017 canoeing with the theme of getting out there one last time before the snow flies, and exploring someplace close to home. In our case that means an outing on the nearby Androscoggin River in Brunswick. The big windstorm of a few weeks ago has created extra yard work for many of us, so getting away for a daylong outing is not as likely right now. A few hours on the water in a pretty setting provides a much-needed therapeutic interlude. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Extra preparation worth it for the joy of winter hiking
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Hiking during the winter feels like a totally different exercise than the rest of the year, with a solitude and silence that don’t exist during the warmer months. The flow of rivers slows to a trickle or stops completely, and many animals migrate to warmer climates or begin to hibernate. The buzz of insects, a constant annoyance during the summer, dies completely. And, while some hardy souls enjoy hiking during the winter, the trails empty almost completely. The cold also makes winter hiking a more dangerous adventure. This isn’t meant to discourage winter hiking, but to encourage those embarking on it to take due caution and prepare. ~ Josh Christie
Column: Perspective needed in debate on deer scents
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

The threat of Chronic Wasting Disease is very real. It continues to spread, though we still don’t know how, or ultimately what impact that could have on wild deer populations. We could take the cautious approach and ban urine-based scents based solely on the possibility that something could happen, though there’s no real evidence to support that notion. Or we could let hunters continue to spend their $9 an ounce and hope nothing bad does happen. I guess the right course of action is a matter of perspective. ~ Bob Humphrey
Opinion: The rare beauty of a 64-crayon fall day
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

This was a Crayola kind of day. What’s that, you say? Well, it’s a day where if I had a box of 64 Crayola crayons and, if I could draw, I could use every single color! Oh! If I could only draw! ~ Anne Cataldo, Boothbay
Letter: Birding adds joy to exploring Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Deirdre Fleming’s Nov. 5 story about deer hunters who enjoy birding was right on the mark. My wife, Linda, and I started birding 12 years ago, and I wish we’d started much sooner. Birding adds so much to our trips, and we now often travel just to see birds. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy birding in Maine. And it sure does add a wonderful element to spending time in our great outdoors. ~ George Smith, Mount Vernon
Column: Elk hunt, part 2: The trail food search
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

This is part two of a three part column series about my fall elk hunt to Colorado. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Big backlash resurrects big-game ban
Washington Post - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

A combination of public and private pressure prompted President Trump to overturn his administration’s recent move to allow elephants shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported back to the United States as trophies, according to interviews with several individuals briefed on the decision. Trump’s announcement Friday that he was putting the decision “on hold” until he could personally review it marked animal welfare activists’ first federal victory since the president took office in January.
NASA map shows 20 years of changing seasons
Associated Press - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

NASA captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of the home planet. The polar ice caps and snow cover are shown ebbing and flowing with the seasons. The varying ocean shades of blue, green, red and purple depict the abundance – or lack – of undersea life. Two decades – from September 1997 to this past September – are crunched into 2 1/2 minutes of viewing.
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite glitches
Associated Press - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

Delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year’s global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rulebook for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn was billed as a “blue-collar” event designed to work out technical details of the 2015 Paris climate accord. But fears had loomed beforehand that the administration of President Trump, who rejects the Paris agreement, would seek to block any advances seen as counter to American interests. In the end, most agreed that U.S. diplomats had engaged constructively, while delegations from several American states, cities and businesses were praised for committing themselves to the goals of the Paris agreement.
Farmers look to extend vegetable growing season
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

While Maine’s potato farmers have a “long tradition” of growing during the summer season and storing their harvest for the rest of the year, more and more vegetable farmers are using greenhouses to actively grow hardier vegetables through December, January and February. The greenhouses employed by Maine farmers are often unheated and made of durable sheets of plastic over a metal frame. Their technology has improved, so that the structures can better withstand the snow and other elements of winter. They’re also commonly called “hoop houses” and “high tunnels.”
Hike: McPhetres Farm Forest
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

Owned by the Town of Veazie, the 25-acre McPhetres Farm Forest contains a network of marked walking trails that are open to the public year round. The quiet property is great for dog walking, trail running and snowshoeing. It’s also a good place for wildlife watching and birding.
What you should know about exploring Sears Island, a treasure of midcoast Maine
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

Birders, beachgoers, clamdiggers and history buffs — you’ll find them all on Sears Island, a 936-acre treasure conserved and open for public recreation off the coast of Searsport. One of the largest undeveloped islands on the Eastern Seaboard, Sears Island has a fascinating history, is rich in natural resources, and is connected to mainland Searsport by a causeway, making it easily accessible for visitors year round.
This once low-key fishing city could become Maine’s next big cruise ship destination
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

Cruise ships anchor in Rockland harbor far less often than they do in Portland, Bar Harbor or even Boothbay Harbor. But as the sight of huge passenger ships becomes more common in a harbor accustomed to much smaller fishing vessels, city leaders are grappling to cope with the impacts.
Letter: Trump makes America irrelevant
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

With actions taken by President Donald Trump since January 2017, we have abdicated our nation’s respected international leadership on the major economic and environmental issues. Trump talks about “America first” while making us irrelevant. Trump withdrew the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, an international trade agreement affecting 40 percent of all world trade. In June, Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement of 2015. The agreement has now been adopted by every other nation in the United Nations as response to the record breaking rising greenhouse gas emissions. I am saddened. ~ Pam Person, Orland
Estuary Beat: Fish on the York River, saving Morse River watershed, and Portand's Presumpscot
Working Waterfront - Friday, November 17, 2017 

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve conducted a survey of fishes in the York River last spring as part of a National Park Service study to determine if the river could be designated a federal Wild and Scenic River. The study, the first in more than 15 years, was intended to monitor migrations of sea-run or diadromous fish, including rainbow smelt, alewife, blueback herring, and sea-run brook trout, according to project coordinator Jake Aman. Aman noted finding more than 1,200 adult rainbow smelt and more than 600 alewives. “It appears that the York River may support the largest spawning run of rainbow smelt between Great Bay and Casco Bay.”
Finding fish in the York River
Working Waterfront - Friday, November 17, 2017 

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve conducted a survey of fishes in the York River last spring as part of a National Park Service study to determine if the river could be designated a federal Wild and Scenic River. The study was intended to monitor migrations of sea-run or diadromous fish, including rainbow smelt, alewife, blueback herring, and sea-run brook trout, according to project coordinator Jake Aman. Aman noted finding more than 1,200 adult rainbow smelt and more than 600 alewives. “It appears that the York River may support the largest spawning run of rainbow smelt between Great Bay and Casco Bay,” he said.
Phippsburg Land Trust seeks to protect Morse River watershed
Working Waterfront - Friday, November 17, 2017 

The Morse River is a small coastal river that flows through several different types of wetlands before joining the ocean at the western end of Popham Beach. These wetlands are the focus of the Phippsburg Land Trust, which has until December 31 to raise the necessary funds to acquire two separate parcels: 27 acres next to the Morse River and another 19.6 acres of freshwater marsh that connects to Spirit Pond. The cost for purchase, stewardship, and preservation will total about $225,000. In conserving these wetland parcels, the land trust hopes to maintain water quality and protect wildlife habitat.
Portland’s popularity puts development pressure on Presumpscot
Working Waterfront - Friday, November 17, 2017 

While the city of Westbrook decides whether or not to sell a public green space next to the river for hotel development, Falmouth has approved 32 condominiums on Blackstrap Road, and West Falmouth continues to debate a zoning change to allow for high-density housing between the Maine Turnpike and Piscataqua Stream, a major tributary of the Presumpscot. A focus of restoration since at least 2000, the Presumpscot River flows from Sebago Lake and meets Casco Bay just north of Back Cove. Planning boards in all three municipalities are trying to reconcile approved zoning policies with resident resistance to high-density housing.
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