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Announcement - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links 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
Confronting Rising Seas on Island and Coastal Communities, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Susie Arnold, Ph.D., Marine Scientist at the Island Institute will discuss the predicted impacts of sea level rise on homes, businesses, and working waterfronts. At Island Institute, Rockland, July 18, 10:30 am.
Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, Jul 18-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

The festival is a celebration of the Maine Woods and commemorates the history of the Wabanaki people and poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods.
Rare Ecosystems of the Downeast Lakes, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Justin Schlawin, Maine Natural Areas Program ecologist, will identify many special places in and around the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. At Grand Lake Stream School Building, July 17, 6 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Lakes Land Trust.
Forest Management for Wildlife Habitat, Jul 13
Event - Posted - Friday, July 6, 2018 

Learn about wildlife biology in eastern Maine and tour the habitat management techniques used at Downeast Lakes Land Trust. At Grand Lake Stream School, July 13, 9 am - 1 pm.
Former Maine Warden to speak at Rangeley, Jul 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

Former game warden Daren Worcester will discuss his book “Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service,” which deals with a time before reality TV, GPS devices and dashboard computers, a time of coming of age for the Maine Warden Service. At Rangeley Public Library, July 11, 6 pm.
A White Mountain National PARK, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Stuart Weeks and Michael Kellett discuss the vision of creating a White Mountain National Park. At Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA, July 10, 7 pm.
Swanville Fern Walk, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Learn about ferns with botanist Hildy Ellis. At Thanhauser-Chunn Farm, Swanville, July 10, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
CREA SummerFest, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Cathance River Education Alliance holds an evening featuring dinner, auction, and dancing to celebrate its accomplishments and support its future. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, July 8.
Native Gardening and Biodiversity Matter, Jul 5
Event - Posted - Friday, June 29, 2018 

Noted author, photographer and dynamic speaker, Doug Tallamy, will discuss his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” an invaluable resource for professionals and home gardeners who are looking for ways to improve backyard habitat for wildlife — from insects to songbirds and beyond. At Rockport Opera House, July 5, 7 pm.
Imagine the Maine Woods National Park art exhibit, July 2-30
Announcement - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

View the wild faces and places of the proposed 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park through a fine-art photography exhibit. At Camden Library, July 2-30. Opening reception July 5, 4-5 pm. Multi-media presentation, July 24.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. July 1, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Paddle events on Orland River Day, June 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 23, 2018 

Cheri Domina of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Karen Francoeur of Castine Kayak Adventures will lead canoers and kayakers on the scenic route to the Orland River Day festivities June 30 by joining the annual alewife run from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery to Orland Village.
Raising Outsiders, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Friday, June 22, 2018 

Three Maine authors will discuss “How to get your kids unplugged and outdoors.” At L.L.Bean, Freeport, June 29, 7-8 pm.
A Doctor, a Farmer, and a Weatherman Walk into a Bar..., Jun 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 21, 2018 

Join Maine Conservation Voters and the Union of Concerned Scientists for a panel discussion on climate change, biodiversity and extreme weather patterns. At Sebago Brewing Co., Portland, June 28, 6 pm, free, RSVP.
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News Items
Anglers need to steer clear of these spots on the Penobscot River
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Striped bass and American shad are in the Penobscot River, but local Game Warden Jim Fahey has a reminder that prospective anglers should heed. Learn about fishways and avoid them. “Regarding the newly evolving fishery on the Penobscot River at Old Town’s Milford Dam, there’s a prohibition on fishing within 150 feet of any fishway,” Fahey said. “We need to let people know that there are actually three fishways on that dam.”
Camping in Maine: Options and Tips for Campers of Every Level
Maine Public - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

Summer’s here so it’s time to break out the camping gear and head to the great outdoors. Several guests discuss the importance of camping to the Maine economy, off-the-beaten path places to check out, and safety tips for sleeping out under the stars.
Time to tell DIFW if you support lots more any deer permits
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

It’s time to let DIFW know if you support their proposal to issue the most any-deer permits ever. You can send your comments to Becky Orff by email (Becky.Orff@maine.gov) or regular mail (Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department, 284 State Street 42 SHS, Augusta. ME 04333.
Column: Time to stop arguing about climate change
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

It’s time to stop arguing about whether climate change is happening. It’s time to recognize what has already happened because of climate change, and do something about it. We must do all we can to stop climate change — now. If we don’t, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will, with great justification, blame us for their misery. Please don’t let that happen. ~ George Smith
Damariscotta improves waterfront in face of rising seas
Working Waterfront - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

Damariscotta is moving forward with projects aimed at improving its waterfront. The work comes despite the Jan. 4 “king tide,” the highest tide of the year, and the associated storm surge which flooded a municipal parking lot and the lower levels of two downtown businesses. Improvements include a new facility housing four bathrooms, a utility room, a small office for the harbormaster, and an information kiosk, along with upgrades to Riverside Park, a new green area near the maritime history kiosk, and a new pedestrian walkway and improvements to the parking lot’s asphalt surface.
Rockport, Maine, A Charming, Historic Harbor Town
Yankee Magazine - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

The tiny coastal village of Rockport, Maine, may be easy to overlook, situated as it is between the better-known towns of Rockland and Camden. But if you’re heading to Maine’s Midcoast, this is one stop you certainly want to add to your itinerary.
Environmental group plans lawsuit calling for ban on fishing ropes used by lobstermen
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

Another environmental group is threatening a lawsuit to stop Maine lobstermen from using vertical fishing lines that it says pose a danger to right whales. Whale Safe USA has served the Maine Department of Marine Resources with a written notice of its intent to sue that agency, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and individual Maine lobstermen for violating an Endangered Species Act prohibition on killing and injuring endangered species such as the right whale. That Whale Safe USA lawsuit would be the third filed in federal court this year seeking to protect the right whale.
Farmington selectmen give OK to pursue more CMP benefits
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

The Farmington Board of Selectmen is backing Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, in pursuing additional benefits from Central Maine Power Co. as compensation for a proposed power line from Quebec to Massachusetts that would run through six communities in Franklin County. On Tuesday Saviello said he is hoping to further a conversation with the company seeking to add more benefits to communities for hosting the power line, including improvements to broadband internet and cellphone service and economic development.
Maine Nature Conservancy To Implement Carbon Offset Project
Maine Public - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

The Nature Conservancy in Maine has become the latest conservation group to announce its participation in what's known as a carbon offset project to address climate change. The project signals a long-term commitment to improve forest management with bigger trees on 125,000 acres along the St. John River. The trees essentially serve as storage for carbon. Polluting companies that want to reduce emissions then purchase carbon offsets on a cap-and-trade market set up by the state of California and Canadian provinces. In return, the Nature Conservancy receives a portion of the revenue.
A Microgrid System On Isle au Haut Could One Day Be A Model For The Entire Nation
Maine Public - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are muscling their way into the country's energy mix. But they're still pretty unpredictable, creating significant management challenges and price volatility. Now, tiny Isle au Haut is the laboratory with a big solution: islanders and engineers are using artificial intelligence, complex algorithms and a bootstrapping attitude in an urgent effort to design what they are calling the next, next electricity grid.
Proposal To Increase Number Of 'Any Deer' Permits Up For Public Hearing
Maine Public - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

State wildlife biologists use the harvesting of female deer to manage population numbers. A proposal that would allow Maine hunters to take more does this fall in southern Maine, while decreasing the number in the north, is up for public hearing Tuesday evening in Augusta. Biologists with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife propose increasing the number of "any deer" permits by 28 percent. Any Deer permits allow hunters to harvest deer of either sex. More than $200 million flows to the Maine economy through hunting, with almost $800 million from wildlife viewing.
I-295 around Portland is congested, but the solution isn’t obvious, state study says
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

The Maine Department of Transportation released a report Tuesday that confirms what commuters already know – Interstate 295 around Portland is congested, unreliable, and, at times, unsafe. The report includes plans for improvements such as pull-off lanes, message boards and longer approach ramps in the next three years to ease choking traffic and reduce the number of crashes on the 28-mile stretch of highway between Scarborough and Brunswick. But, easy solutions to the increasing traffic congestion are elusive, warns the state’s top engineer. The bottom line – traffic is bad in Portland, and it is going to get worse.
Huge stretch of Arctic ocean is turning into the Atlantic right before our eyes
Washington Post - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

Scientists studying one of the fastest-warming regions of the global ocean say changes in this region are so sudden and vast that in effect, it will soon be another limb of the Atlantic, rather than a characteristically icy Arctic sea.
Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund endorses Janet Mills for governor
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund, which helps elect pro-environment candidates to public office, was joined by supporters along the banks of the Kennebec River today to announce its endorsement of Janet Mills for Governor.
Wind power to grow nationally, but its future in Maine is uncertain, experts say
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

Land-based wind turbines now generate more than 6% of the nation’s electricity and larger, more-efficient equipment that drastically cuts costs will continue to fuel expansion after a key federal tax credit expires next year, according to data presented Tuesday at the American Wind Energy Association’s Northeast regional conference. But growth in the Northeast is more nuanced. New land-based wind development in the region has slowed, challenged in part by uncertainty over transmission line connections and competition between state clean-energy mandates. The real action is happening offshore, where Northeast states are cutting deals for giant wind farms. In Maine, specifically, new wind development has largely stalled, held back in part by political opposition and technical challenges.
Madison’s backyard ‘urban’ livestock safe for now
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

Officials in Madison are asking residents to be patient as they hammer out details surrounding the livestock ordinance passed earlier this month. The ordinance, approved by a simple majority at the June 11 annual town meeting attended by 65 residents, effectively bans any livestock — including horses, donkeys, cattle, oxen, goats, sheep, llamas, pigs, emus, ostrich, turkey, ducks, geese and roosters — on lots 1.5 acres or smaller. The ordinance also limits those landowners to no more than 12 chickens and/or 12 rabbits and does not exempt or “grandfather” current holders of livestock living on small parcels.
Hike: Cliff Trail in Harpswell
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

Traveling along the shore then climbing to an overlook atop dramatic, 150-foot cliffs, the Cliff Trail is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the coastal town of Harpswell. Owned and managed by the town, the trail also features a beautiful mixed forest where visitors are welcome to build fairy houses, tiny dwellings of natural materials that add a touch of whimsy to the landscape.
Public To Weigh In On Proposal To Boost Maine Deer Permits
Associated Press - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

A proposal to allow Maine hunters to harvest more deer this fall is headed to a public hearing in Augusta. Biologists with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are recommending nearly 85,000 "any deer'' permits this year. Those permits allow hunters to harvest deer of either sex. The recommendation would be an increase of 28 percent from 2017. The proposal is up for a public hearing on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at the Augusta Armory. The state is also taking comments by mail until July 6. The deer hunt takes place in the fall every year. The state is recommending an increase in permits because many deer have been surviving over the winter in recent years.
Editorial: There’s still a strong case for cold storage in Portland
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

A year ago, state officials made a strong case about the importance of Americold’s proposed $30 million cold-storage facility on the Portland waterfront to Maine’s future as a transportation hub. Now, with Americold’s announcement that it is no longer interested in investing in Maine, those same officials will have to come up with an alternative plan that is at least as compelling. Having a multimodal cargo hub that links markets in North America and northern Europe is an asset for Maine. It’s much too soon to give up on it.
Opinion: Maine should lead fight against coastal drilling expansion
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 26, 2018 

Offshore drilling for oil and gas – as encouraged by two executive orders, one issued last year, the other last week – is shortsighted. We need leadership that goes beyond the Trump administration’s shortsighted actions, celebrated by the American Petroleum Institute and National Ocean Industries Association, whose pockets stand to be filled by drilling at the expense of the health and well-being of Mainers and residents of other coastal communities. We need forward-looking leadership to serve the common good, the health and well-being of all life on Earth. ~ Rev. Dr. Bill Gregory, Yarmouth
MCV 2018 Senate Endorsements
Maine Conservation Voters - Monday, June 25, 2018 

On Monday, Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund announced endorsements for the 2018 Maine State Senate election.
Exploring a Lost Canoe Route
Other - Monday, June 25, 2018 

We are already two days behind schedule, and I am beginning to admit that our route is a historical footnote more than a practical means of reaching Fort Kent. But we know that George Coffin and Daniel Rose came this way as they surveyed the Maine border region in 1829. The only modern traveler I know who admits to have followed this route is Ron Canter, a founder and board member emeritus of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
MPB names Fitzpatricks Farm Family of the Year
The County - Monday, June 25, 2018 

The Maine Potato Board has selected the Donald Fitzpatrick family of Houlton as the 2018 Farm Family of the Year. “My family and I are honored to represent our potato industry’s many farm families,” Fitzpatrick said. “It is my pleasure to accept and to share this recognition with Dorothy and all our family.”
Blog: Katahdin & the gift that keeps on giving!
Other - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Ian White was invited to come to Maine and paint during the campaign to raise the funds to purchase Katahdin Lake and add it to Baxter State Park. Ian wrote to me last year to tell me that a story in the New York Times showing me painting on the shore of Katahdin Lake was critical in completing fund-raising of $14 million dollars for the campaign. Ian wrote: "...it was your watercolor illustrating the article about the acquisition of Katahdin Lake in the Sunday NY Times in October, 2006, which caught the eye of an estate lawyer. His decision at he eleventh-hour to support the campaign with a bequest from the estate of a deceased client covered the last $1 million that put the campaign over the top". What a thrill to be reminded of this once in a lifetime experience! ~ Evelyn Dunphy
Lewiston officials support CMP hydroelectric project, new converter station
Sun Journal - Monday, June 25, 2018 

A multimillion-dollar project that would bring hydroelectric power from Quebec to Massachusetts through Maine received an official nod of support from the City Council last week, as Lewiston is set to become a centerpiece of the proposal. The Central Maine Power Co. project, known as New England Clean Energy Connect, received unanimous support from the council because of its potential tax impact on Lewiston.
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