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“Bringing Nature Home” in Maine, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, Eric Topper, to explore the plants, practices and perks involved in restoring native food webs in our gardens, yards and communities. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, July 26, 5:30 pm.
Little Swan Island Evening Paddle, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Leader: Warren Whitney. At Richmond, July 26, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
MEN goes Wild
Announcement - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

I will be in the wilderness for a few days. Please check back soon for more exciting Maine Environmental News. Thanks. ~ Jym St. Pierre
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

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Exploring the Night Sky, Jul 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. At Scarborough Marsh, July 25, 8:30-9:30 pm, Maine Audubon members $6, non-members $8.
Summer Nature Journaling, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

Join Master Naturalist Andrea Lani to explore the worlds of wildflowers and insects beginning with an introduction to nature journaling, then heading into the woods and fields to observe, sketch, and write about the bugs and blooms you discover. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, July 22, 10 am - 2 pm, Arboretum members $35, others $45.

Native Plant Walk, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Explore the habitats at Fields Pond with Heather McCargo and learn to recognize some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. At Fields Pond, Holden, July 20, 10-11:30 am, Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project members $7; non-members $10.
Happy Birthday, Henry
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Henry David Thoreau, American poet, author, naturalist, philosopher, abolitionist, and leading Transcendentalist, was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Mass.
Time to override the governor’s solar veto
Action Alert - Monday, July 10, 2017 

We are so close to having a new solar power law. The full Maine House and Senate enacted LD 1504 (with amendments) by overwhelming majorities. However, it was vetoed by the Governor. Tell your legislators—particularly House members—how much solar matters to you and your community. ~ Maine Audubon
The Goslings, July 17
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Visit The Goslings, one of the best-loved island destinations on Casco Bay. ShoreKeepers, a group of young conservation-minded donors, are hosting a free Open House with hot dogs on the beach to complete the perfect island getaway, July 17, 10 am - 2 pm. Meet at Mere Point Boat Launch, Brunswick, shuttles approximately every 15 minutes. Sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Thwings Point Archaeology Field School, Jul 17-28
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Lee Cranmer leads an Archaeology Field School, Woolwich, July 17-28. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Hook, Line, and Dinner, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Celebrate Maine fishermen and seafood under the tent, on the water, at Cook's Lobster House on Bailey Island, July 15, 6 pm, $55. Sponsored by Maine Coast Fishermen's Association.
Sunset Puffin Cruise, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

This boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where you will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. Jul 15, 7–9 pm, Maine Audubon members: $35; non-members $50.
Thoreau: Stepfather of the National Parks, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Presentation by Jym St. Pierre & Michael Kellett. At Thoreau Bicentennial Gathering, Concord, MA, July 15, 1 pm.
Let’s Go Birding – Van Trip, Jul 14
Event - Posted - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Naturalist Doug Hitchcox leads a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds. Leaving from Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Jul 14, 8-11 am, Maine members $20; non-members $30.
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Friends to donate new terrain models to Baxter State Park
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

After several years of planning and preparation, Friends of Baxter State Park has announced the donation of new terrain models to Baxter State Park this summer. The old models, while well-made and durable, lack much of the information that visitors need to make good decisions about wilderness travel. The new terrain models will feature extremely accurate terrain and a printed map layer with a wealth of information about Park geography. This is the largest single gift Friends has made to Baxter State Park.
Nelson Family Offers Great Sources of Lyme Disease Information
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

The Nelsons of Bath, have been impacted by Lyme disease and multiple co-infections, and have become strong advocates for themselves and others. They spent a lot of time searching for resources with up-to-date information. Daughter Elizabeth researched, vetted, and compiled a lengthy list of websites, books, and educational opportunities that the family has made available to all of us.
Work on Portland’s Fort Gorges will start with new mission in mind
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

A second round of safety upgrades will be made this week to Fort Gorges, a Civil War-era fortification that sits in Casco Bay between Portland’s East End and Peaks Island. The city hopes to make the fort accessible for historical tours, musical and theater performances, and other public events. The fort was commissioned after the War of 1812 but wasn’t completed until just after the Civil War ended. It was modeled after Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, and was last active during World War II, according to the city. Nearly 100 years after it was built, the U.S. government gave the fort to the city of Portland.
Children’s Garden at Fort Williams being damaged by visitors before it’s completed
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

The Children’s Garden at Fort Williams Park has become wildly popular since it opened last September, but what is intended to become a frog pond filled and surrounded with natural plantings has instead been treated by some visitors as a wading pool or miniature water park, said Arboretum Director James McCain. In the process, they have nearly destroyed a garden feature that isn’t even completed yet.
Letter: Ruling on river regulation ignores rights of Penobscots
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

Re: “Appeals court finds Maine can regulate hunting, fishing on Penobscot River” (June 30): Underlying the federal appeals court’s rejection of legal arguments made by the Penobscot Nation is the continued refusal of the state of Maine to recognize the sovereignty of the Penobscot Nation. It is beyond sad that after so many years of broken promises, the appeals court affirms the state of Maine’s contention that waters of the Penobscot River are not part of the Penobscot Reservation. ~ Rabbi Joshua Chasan, Portland
Letter: Despite governor’s antics, state’s attractions remain
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

The government was closed down for three days, but we in Maine were not threatened by a bully. State parks are still open. Sebago Lake is as beautiful as a Longfellow poem describing the Songo River and Mount Katahdin, two examples of nature’s beauty in Maine that still exist from long ago, before Gov. LePage, and will be there after he is gone. Between our wonderful natural resources, beautiful climate, great restaurants and wonderful museums, we are not threatened by Gov. LePage’s shutdown of the government. ~ Patricia Davidson Reef, Falmouth
Letter: Stand up for solar
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 

I want to thank my representative, Jeffrey K. Pierce, for standing up and supporting the bipartisan solar bill, LD 1504, as amended. Solar electricity, unlike electricity from coal, oil and natural gas, does not require Maine dollars to go out of state to buy the fuel. Having attended many of the hearings and work sessions this spring on the various solar bills, this bill is a compromise. But LD 1504, as amended, is clearly better for ratepayers and solar than the Maine Public Utilities Commission rule, which would have taken effect on Jan. 1, 2018. ~ Dot Kelly. Phippsburg
Historic walking tour debuts in Gardiner
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

Gardiner's historic pathway through the city, linking the Waterfront Park to downtown has panels that recount the history of the region, from the earliest settlements along the river by the Abenakis to the development of Gardiner as an industrial and cultural center. The historic pathway, completed in late June, is the result of a number of years of work.
Town of Warren frustrated by thousands of tons of waste
Courier-Gazette - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection signed a contract with Triumvirate Environmental Inc. of Somerville, Massachusetts, in October 2013. Triumvirate agreed to remove all the fiber waste from the site of the former R.D. Outfitters rifle range, and truck the material to a manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania, where it would be converted into composite lumber, at no cost to the town or state. But that deal has crumbled, and the state is starting over to figure out how to get rid of the thousands of tons. Only 1,000 of the 27,000 tons of fiber waste have been removed.

Acadia’s carriage roads getting upgraded
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

The National Park Service says it has completed the resurfacing of 13 miles of carriage roads in time for the Fourth of July holiday. Officials say that workers will be able to work on another eight miles of carriage roads thanks to the speedy work. Acadia’s 45-mile carriage road system was a gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his family. The system has to be resurfaced every 10 to 15 years because of Maine’s harsh weather.
Adventurer criss-crosses MDI in 14 hours
Mount Desert Islander - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

Some use their birthdays as the perfect excuse to indulge – to sleep in, skip the gym or to get outside, at least as far as a bar’s patio. But for Eli Simon, owner of Atlantic Climbing School in Bar Harbor, celebrating his 33rd birthday June 19 involved exactly none of those indulgences. Instead, Simon, along with his brother Reed Bernhard and friend Joe Carroll, hiked, swam and ran across Mount Desert Island, beginning at 3 a.m. and finishing 6 p.m. The trio completed a feat that most won’t do in years let alone an extraordinarily long day at the office.
Hike: Hinkley Cove Trail near Kokadjo
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

The family-friendly Hinkley Cove Trail is one of the many hiking trails owned and maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club east of Moosehead Lake, in an area known as Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness. This easy trail is about 1 mile in length and was recently constructed so that visitors to AMC’s new Medawisla Lodge and Cabins can enjoy a quiet stroll through the woods to a long, gravel point on Second Roach Pond. The trail — along with other AMC trails — is open to the general public for free.
Steamers out of steam? Maine’s beloved bivalves aren’t happy clams
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

The soft-shell clams that are harvested by hand and raked from the mud flats of Maine are becoming less plentiful, and the downward trend jeopardizes one of New England’s oldest and most historic coastal industries. Maine is the soft-shell clam capital of the country. But clammers harvested less than 1.5 million pounds last year, the lowest total in a quarter century – down from nearly 8 million pounds at the industry’s height in the late 1970s. Clams in Maine face of a number of threats, including an uptick in predation from green crabs and milky ribbon worms, and the increasing acidification of the ocean.
Opinion: Instead of a monument, how about a North Woods national park — run by Lucas St. Clair
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

Last month, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke traveled along rugged roads and paddled down stretches of the Penobscot River with Quimby’s son, Lucas St. Clair, during a visit to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Zinke said, “Everyone wants access, everyone loves traditional use.…I am confident that there’s a path forward.” That path is for the secretary to “put pressure on Congress to pass legislation to turn it into a national park,” as St. Clair said. If Zinke thinks the area warrants national park status, he should insist that it be done with a stipulation: St. Clair and his family’s nonprofit agree to run it as a park franchise — and with no appropriations from taxpayer coffers. ~ Tate Watkins, Property and Environment Research Center, Bozeman, Montana
Despite dramatic encounters, Maine has recorded fewer rabies cases in 2017
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

The recent series of high-profile encounters between people and rabid animals — including a rabid bobcat that attacked an 80-year-old New Hampshire woman — should serve as a reminder that the disease is out there, animal experts say. While the incidents might suggest that the risk has increased, Maine is actually on track for a typical year for rabies cases in wild animals, state data show.
Letter: Recognize Penobscot Nation’s sovereignty
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

Underlying the federal appeals court’s rejection of legal arguments made by the Penobscot Nation is the continued refusal of the state of Maine to recognize the sovereignty of the Penobscot Nation. It is beyond sad that after so many years of broken promises, the appeals court affirms the state of Maine’s contention that waters of the Penobscot River are not part of the Penobscot Reservation. The river is an integral part of who the Penobscot people are. ~ Joshua Chasan, Portland
Stephen Hawking: Trump Pushing Earth's Climate 'Over The Brink'
National Public Radio - Monday, July 3, 2017 

The world's best-known living physicist, Stephen Hawking, says that President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord could lead humanity to a tipping point, "turning the Earth into Venus." "We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible," Hawking told the BBC. "Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees, and raining sulphuric acid." He said that we are "at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity."
Blog: The Irrelevance of Beauty
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 3, 2017 

Beauty itself seems under siege these days, as the Trump administration guts environmental regulations meant to protect our waterways and looks on national parks as federal land grabs that should be returned to the states (which never owned them in the first place) or to private landowners to use for private gain. From northern Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters to Utah’s Bears Ears, the idea that natural places should be protected for the public because they are beautiful is portrayed as the effort of elitists to stand in the way of progress. A thing of beauty is not, as Keats thought, a joy forever; it just needs to get out of the way. ~ James G. Blaine
State Parks Functioning Normally during Holiday Weekend Despite Government Shutdown
Maine Public - Monday, July 3, 2017 

As Maine’s state shutdown enters its third day, campers at the state’s parks and beaches say they are pleased their vacation plans haven’t been adversely impacted by the budget stalemate in Augusta.
Court orders EPA to implement methane rule
Associated Press - Monday, July 3, 2017 

A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Monday that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation of a new rule requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks. In a split decision, the three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the EPA to move forward with the Obama-era requirement that aims to reduce planet-warming emissions from oil and gas operations.
‘Bumper crop’ of mosquitoes has Maine health officials on alert
Associated Press - Monday, July 3, 2017 

A wetter-than-normal spring in the Northeast is producing a bumper crop of mosquitoes, leading to worries of a corresponding spike in mosquito-borne illnesses this summer as Americans grill and play outdoors. The heavy rain that has erased last summer’s drought has put public health officials on alert as summer begins to unfold. “Anecdotally, everybody is telling me that they’re being eaten alive by mosquitoes,” said Sara Robinson, an epidemiologist for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Four Maine brewers fight EPA plan to repeal clean water regulation
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 3, 2017 

Four Maine breweries have signed on to an effort to fight the Trump administration’s plan to repeal a rule that gave the Environmental Protection Agency wide authority to regulate pollution in wetlands and other bodies of water that run into major rivers. Rising Tide Brewing Co., Baxter Brewing Co., Allagash Brewing Co. and Maine Beer Co. signed a letter to the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers objecting to rescinding the Clean Water Rule, which was issued in 2015 under the Obama administration. “We oppose any changes to the Clean Water Rule that would weaken the protections it established....Our craft breweries depend on those waterways to provide the clean water that we use to brew our beer,” the letter says. Maine breweries employed 1,660 people and contributed $228 million to the state’s economy last year.
Opinion: The Wabanaki helped us secure self-governance; it’s time we returned the favor
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 3, 2017 

The Wabanaki flourished in what we recognize as Maine. The many distinct people who once called this area home have been reduced to four federally recognized tribes: the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation. The four resilient, surviving tribes battle the state government every day to live free as their beliefs, cultures, values, spirituality, traditions and ancestors inform them to live. Why does Maine and the United States withhold from them what we declared 241 years ago as the inherent rights of all human beings? ~ Cassandra Wright, Maine Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations, Orono
Changes to Cod, Haddock, Flounder Quotas Eyed in New England
Associated Press - Monday, July 3, 2017 

New England fishermen search for cod in two key fishing areas, Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine. Regulators have enacted a series of cutbacks to the cod quota in those areas in recent years as cod stocks have dwindled. This year, regulators want to trim the Georges Bank cod quota by 13 percent and keep Gulf of Maine's quota the same. They also want to keep the Georges Bank haddock quota about the same and enact a 25 percent increase for the Gulf of Maine haddock quota. Changes are also planned for some flounder species. The National Marine Fisheries Service is collecting comments about the proposal until Friday.
Maine’s new monument offers chance for rustic adventures
Associated Press - Monday, July 3, 2017 

Maine’s new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is now welcoming guests for its first full summer as a monument. The monument was designated by President Barack Obama late last summer in a move that has caused controversy for almost a year. But it’s now open to the public, and it’s more than 87,000 acres (35,000 hectares) of forested wilderness in far northern Maine. The land is home to bears, moose, eagles and breathtaking views of Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in the state. Much of the site remains undeveloped, and a visit is a rustic experience. Here’s a guide to what awaits at Katahdin Woods and Waters, and what the future might have in store.
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