December 11, 2018  
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Great Winter Treks, Dec 18
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 11, 2018 

Aislinn Sarnacki talks about great winter treks in Maine. At Orono Public Library, December 18, 6 pm.
Polar Bear Dip & Dash, Dec 31
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 11, 2018 

A benefit for the Natural Resource Council of Maine’s work to fight climate change. At East End Beach, Portland, December 31, pre-register.
Maine Environmental News
Action Alert - Monday, December 10, 2018 

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). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 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
2019 Acadia Artist-in-Residence Program
Announcement - Monday, December 10, 2018 

Art and artists have played a key role in the history of Maine’s Downeast Region, and the founding of Acadia National Park. The Artist-in-Residence program is dedicated to creating new ways for visitors to experience Acadia through the arts. Deadline to apply online for 2019: December 31, 2018.
Lessons from Maine’s Loons and Lakes, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 6, 2018 

Hear new executive director of the Maine Lakes Society and long-time director of Maine Audubon’s Loon Count Susan Gallo talk about the results of the 2018 Maine Loon Count and what it means for one of Maine’s most important and revered habitats. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, December 13, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15, pre-register.
Yale Climate Change and Health Certificate
Announcement - Thursday, December 6, 2018 

Yale School of Public Health’s 18-week, fully online, Climate Change and Health Certificate is designed for working professionals who are eager to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change on the health of their communities. Apply for rolling admission by February 1 to be considered for the February 25, 2019, cohort.
Bird & Nature Walk, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 6, 2018 

At Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary, Falmouth, December 13, 8-10 am, $8.
Glacial retreat impact on Unity area, Dec 12
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 

Kevin Spigel, professor of Geoscience at Unity College, discusses what happened to our landscape after the glaciers retreated. At 93 Main Coffee Shop, Unity, December 12, $5 donation suggested. Sponsored by Sebasticook Regional Land Trust.
Invasive Worms, Oh My! Dec 12
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 

Presentation by Gary Fish, Maine State Horticulturist. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, December 12, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Help wanted: Conservation forester
Announcement - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

The Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy seeks a Conservation Forester to manage 160,000 acres of timberland and ecological reserves at the Upper St. John River Forest. Deadline: January 3, 2019.
Tell Congress to fix our parks
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

Legislation to provide dedicated funding to fix the National Park Service’s $11.6 billion backlog of needed maintenance repairs is moving forward with bipartisan support. Email your members of Congress and urge them to get the bill to the president’s desk.
Stop climate denier appointment
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

Urge Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Angus King vote NO on Bernard McNamee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. McNamee is a long time fossil fuel industry insider who led Texas’s lawsuit against the lifesaving Clean Power Plan. More recently, he tried to get taxpayers to foot the bill for Donald Trump’s coal plant bailout scheme while working at the U.S. Department of Energy. ~ SierraRise
Protect Nonprofit Nonpartisanship
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

Congress is wrapping up year-end legislation. Language in a House spending bill would make it virtually impossible for the IRS to enforce the law (Johnson Amendment) that protects charitable nonprofits from partisanship. TODAY, December 4, call and tweet members of Maine's congressional delegation: Partisanship has NO place in charitable organizations.
Restore LWCF
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

Since 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been the lifeblood of public land conservation and preservation in the United States. But in September, Congress let it expire, leaving the future of public lands at risk. Just a few days left to convince Congress to rescue LWCF.
Learn more about CMP's proposed transmission line, Dec 11
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

CMP is proposing to build a 145-mile transmission line through Maine to deliver power from Quebec to Massachusetts. It would damage the North Woods while doing nothing to address climate change. Learn more about CMP's power line proposal. At Eureka Community Center, Durham, December 11, 6 pm. ~ Carly Peruccio, NRCM Outreach Coordinator
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Letter: Power line would scar western Maine
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, December 2, 2018 

I attended the Central Maine Power meeting in Hallowell on Oct. 17. One real estate agent said that in her experience the reason people come to western Maine is because of the lack of development and unspoiled vistas. Otherwise they wouldn’t come to Maine. The power line would permanently scar a very large piece of virgin land in Maine forever. Is it worth it? I don’t think so. But if, by chance, CMP gets their way, as usually happens, we should make it a requirement that they build a distribution station where it enters the state so that Maine gets first dibs on the electricity before it goes to the New England grid. ~ Fred Drew, West Gardiner
Letter: Power line plan has many benefits
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, December 2, 2018 

The economic opportunities presented by the New England Clean Energy Connect project are nothing short of remarkable. I keep hearing from opponents of this project that there’s no benefit to Mainers and that Massachusetts only will reap its rewards. Ridiculous. This project will pump significant hydropower into Maine and New England. Bills go down for Maine ratepayers. But the part is that Mainers don’t have to pay a single cent. Massachusetts is footing the entire bill. There is also a significant amount of property tax revenue that will help towns along the corridor of the project. I strongly encourage all Mainers to get behind NECEC. ~ Rep. Tim Theriault, R-China
Kennebunkport residents pay respects for George H.W. Bush
Associated Press - Saturday, December 1, 2018 

Kennebunkport residents are paying their respects for longtime member of the community, George H.W. Bush, who died at the age of 94. Bush spent his summers at his family's home in Kennebunkport. Tom Bradbury from the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust called him a "wonderful community member and great neighbor."
Column: Gift guide for those who love the outdoors
Sun Journal - Saturday, December 1, 2018 

For that favorite sportsman or sportswoman on your Christmas list, here are some gift ideas that may come in handy as the clock ticks down to Dec. 25. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
G-20 summit agrees on trade, migration
Associated Press - Saturday, December 1, 2018 

Leaders of the world’s top economies agreed Saturday to repair the global trading system as they closed a Group of 20 summit that saw the Trump administration at odds with many allies over the Paris accord on climate change. The joint statement signed by all 20 member nations said 19 of them reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate accord, with the United States, which withdrew from the pact under President Trump, the lone holdout.
11 times Trump got his climate 'facts' wrong
Associated Press - Saturday, December 1, 2018 

President Donald Trump got his facts about earth, water, air and fire wrong as he and his aides spent a week attacking the White House climate report. Here are 11 ways that the president bungled the basics of climate change, the Earth and of science itself.
Town increases bag prices, hopes ‘we’ll get much closer to breaking even’ on trash program
York County Coast Star - Saturday, December 1, 2018 

Kennebunk Selectmen voted on Tuesday to increase the prices of trash bags used as part of the town’s Pay As You Throw (PAYT) system. Effective immediately, the large, purple, 33-gallon bags will cost $22 for a package of five. As well, the small, blue, 15-gallon trash bags will cost $12 for a package of five. The town’s PAYT Subcommittee recommended raising the prices of the bags in order to reduce the loss of between $70,000 and $80,000 that is projected for the town’s PAYT program during this fiscal year.
Modern agriculture programs in Maine emphasize food production science, policy
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 1, 2018 

In a field where upcoming generations of farmers once learned farming from their parents and grandparents directly on the land, more and more future farmers and food systems policy makers are enrolling in Maine post-secondary degree programs focusing on agriculture, food sovereignty and sustainable growing. More and more, these programs are taking the place of that generational knowledge as there are fewer family farms in Maine than there were even a generation or so ago.
George H.W. Bush, president with deep Maine connections, dies at 94
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, December 1, 2018 

President Gerald Ford would lose to Jimmy Carter in 1976, ending Bush’s two-year tenure at the CIA. George and Barbara returned to Texas, bought a Houston home and, after his uncle Herbert Walker Jr.’s death in 1977, the Walker’s Point property in Kennebunkport. The purchase was a stretch for George, as he had to match the offer his mother received from Arab investors seeking to build condos there. But the property meant a great deal to him.
Commentary: President Trump’s immoral response to climate report
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, December 1, 2018 

Hartford Courant - President Donald Trump says that the Fourth National Climate Assessment, authored by representatives of 13 federal agencies, is focused on an extreme scenario of climate and on the year 2100. “Next time we will have better scenarios,” he said to the media while he was waiting for his helicopter on the White House lawn last week. Let’s wait (four years) for that report before worrying about the problem, if it exists, was his message. This approach is folly. It is irresponsible. It is, in fact, immoral because it would unnecessarily put human lives at risk. ~ Gary Yohe, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, Wesleyan University
Opinion: Oyster farm proposal should ring alarms along entire Maine coast
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, December 1, 2018 

I am a Brunswick resident with a house on Mere Point and a background in marine science and policy. I regularly write about marine issues for several local publications and serve on Brunswick’s Marine Resource Committee. I have worked closely with the owners of Mere Point Oyster Co. and I respect their intentions to develop a sustainable business, but I do not support their application to place a 40-acre farm in Maquoit Bay. I believe in the benefits of a working waterfront, and I believe in the benefits of aquaculture. But the path to a thriving waterfront should include community buy-in and measured, considered development. ~ Susan Olcott, Brunswick
Letter: Climate report’s dire predictions underscore need for carbon tax
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, December 1, 2018 

Thank you for giving the National Climate Assessment above-the-fold placement in the Nov. 24 Press Herald (“Climate change’s grip ‘intensifying,’ ” Page A1). If we are to have any hope of leaving a livable planet to our descendants, we need to attend to this warning now. We need a price on carbon emissions, correcting the free-exhaust market failure that’s at the root of our problem. A carbon fee and dividend program, returning all funds to citizens, per capita, has been advocated by Citizens’ Climate Lobby and other groups and economists. Information is available at ~ Allen Armstrong, Portland
Letter: Nuclear energy is the solution to carbon-based climate change
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, December 1, 2018 

We have a climate disaster on our hands, caused by emitting carbon into the atmosphere. You would think that we would be in favor of replacing energy from carbon with carbon-free energy. Nope. Instead, nuclear illiteracy has prevented a realistic approach to energy production for decades. Of course, wind, solar, tidal, hydro and geothermal energy must also be developed aggressively, but not in place of the real power available with nuclear energy. Had we begun in 1980, we might be there now. We’d also be decades ahead on nuclear technology, electric vehicles and other electric alternatives. It is not too late yet, but it may be soon. ~ George Lawson, Gorham
Coming to Terms with Tragedy Through Art
Other - Friday, November 30, 2018 

An exhibit, "OTHERED: Displaced from Malaga" continues at University of Southern Maine Art Gallery in Gotham though December 9. It features the 42-acre island, where an interracial community of fishermen and laborers lived around the turn of the 19th century until their forced removal in 1912. Today, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a conservation organization, manages it.
Franklin Savings names Community Initiative winners
Turner Publishing - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Franklin Savings Bank named the recipients of its FSB Community 150 initiative Wednesday evening at the Homestead Bakery. In all, 60 local nonprofits will share in a donation of $150,000 from the bank’s Community Development Foundation. The winners include: Thompson Lake Environmental Association, Lake Stewards of Maine, Rangeley Region Guides & Sportsmen’s Association, Somerset Woods Trustees, and Lake George Regional Park.
Loon Echo Land Trust gets matching grant for project
Other - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Conway Daily Sun - Loon Echo Land Trust recently received a $50,000 grant from an anonymous foundation to match donations received for the acquisition of the Peabody-Fitch Woods, located in South Bridgton. This conservation effort forever protects the Bridgton Historical Society’s Narramissic Farm from development encroachment. The acquisition of 252 acres of land surrounding the 18th century farm reunites the original property and keeps its character intact. The land will create a new community space for recreation and educational programming and protect valuable natural resources.
Mainers To Determine Best Drinking Water In State
Associated Press - Friday, November 30, 2018 

The title of "Maine's Best Tasting Water'' is up for grabs. Dozens of communities in Maine will vie next month for the title of best tasting drinking water in the state. The Drinking Water Taste Test will take place on Dec. 6 at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Maine Rural Water Association says the event will place community water supplies into two categories. One category will be for water with a disinfectant, such as chlorine, and the other will be for water with no disinfectant.
COP24: rewilding is essential to the UK’s commitments on climate change
Other - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Humans have cut down half the trees on Earth since the dawn of agriculture – over 3 trillion of them. This huge loss holds the potential for massive reforestation today, which would protect local environments from soil loss, flash flooding and desertification and take up large quantities of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Despite these advantages, reforestation gets very little attention in our fight against climate change.
Saviello predicts permit approval for CMP transmission line
Kennebec Journal - Friday, November 30, 2018 

Franklin Journal - Wilton Selectman Tom Saviello told fellow board members Thursday that even though some towns have pulled support for Central Maine Power Co.’s New England Clean Energy Connect project, he thinks it will get state permits. The $950 million project involves building a 145-mile transmission line to deliver power generated by Hydro-Québec in Quebec to users in Massachusetts.
The Trump administration is authorizing use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, prompting outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine li
Associated Press - Friday, November 30, 2018 

The Trump administration is authorizing use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, prompting outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine life. The National Marine Fisheries Service has authorized permits under the Marine Mammal Protection Act for five companies to use air guns for seismic surveys in the mid-Atlantic, from Delaware to central Florida. The surveys are part of President Trump's bid to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic. The plan has drawn opposition from East Coast lawmakers and governors, except Maine Gov. Paul LePage.
Amid Dire Climate Change News, Mainers Are Looking To Lower Their Carbon Footprints
Maine Public - Friday, November 30, 2018 

There's been a steady drumbeat of dire news about climate change this fall. The latest is a comprehensive government report that foretells devastating consequences for this nation's ecosystems and economy, as well as citizens' health unless significant action is taken right away. The scale of the challenge can seem overwhelming — even to those who dedicate their careers to documenting and combating climate change. But Mainers who work in the field say that change can start at home.
New tick species capable of transmitting deadly disease is spreading in the US
Washington Post - Friday, November 30, 2018 

A new invasive tick species capable of transmitting several severe diseases is spreading in the United States, posing an emerging threat to human and animal health, according to a pair of reports issued Thursday. The Asian longhorned tick is the first invasive tick to arrive in the United States in about 80 years. So far there is no evidence that the tick has spread pathogens to humans, domestic animals or wildlife in the United States. But public health officials are worried about the potential for Haemaphysalis longicornis to spread disease.
The deer he shot jumped off a cliff, but that was just the beginning of the adventure
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 30, 2018 

or the past several years, Robbie Nickels of Searsmont has been playing a game of cat-and-mouse with a rather large deer while hunting on Lasell Island 5 miles off the Maine coast. During frequent deer hunting adventures, he has been constantly outwitted by the eight-point buck. Not any more. Kind of. I let [an arrow] go,” Nickels said. “And then the race was on....Looking out into the water, there he was, about 30 yards out,” Nickels said. He just plowed through the waves, and away he went. Then the buck began swimming back toward the island. Eventually the buck succumbed to its injuries. Nickels waded out and hooked a rope around the buck. Then he hauled it into a cliffside cave and hoisted it to dry land.
Down wind: Saco removes wind turbine
Journal Tribune - Friday, November 30, 2018 

For the last decade, a 100-foot-high wind turbine atop York Hill has greeted motorists as they traveled from Main Street in Biddeford to Main Street in Saco. The familiar site will be no longer, as the city of Saco is tearing down the turbine. The turbine was purchased from Colorado-based Entegrity Wind Systems in 2008 for about $200,000. Entegrity guaranteed that for five years the turbine would produce 90,000 kilowatt-hours a year, valued at about $12,800. Unfortunately, Entegrity Wind Systems went bankrupt in 2009, and when the company dissolved so did the guarantee. The wind turbine never came close to producing the amount of energy promised, and without the guarantee in place, the city was not able to get compensated when the turbine didn’t meet expectations.
Electronic fishery monitoring gets big boost in Gulf of Maine
Associated Press - Friday, November 30, 2018 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Kingfisher Foundation and the NOAA are providing more than $570,000 in matching funds for electronic monitoring in New England’s ground fishery. Fisheries in the U.S. are subject to monitoring to help inform future rules.
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