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Announcement - Tuesday, June 19, 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
Maine's Fascinating Sturgeon, Jun 26
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Dr. Gayle Zydlewski will present about sturgeon life history and habitat as well as their population in the Kennebec and Sheepscot Rivers and other parts of Maine. At Bath Freight Shed, June 26, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Midcoast Conservancy.
FarmYard Jam, Jun 23
Event - Posted - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Multiple musical acts, food trucks, farm tours, corn hole, games for kids, farm animals and mini horse cart rides. Benefits Growing to Give, which grows organic food at Scatter Good Farm using climate-friendly methods, and donates it to local people with food insecurity through food banks and pantries. At Scatter Good Farm, Brunswick, June 23, 5-9 pm, $10 per adult, 12 and under free.
Maine Forests and Their Importance to People, Nature, and Our Climate, Jun 25
Event - Posted - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Andy Cutko, Director of Science at The Nature Conservancy in Maine, will speak about special habitats and places in Maine, what is threatening them, and strategies for conserving Maine’s natural heritage. At Highland Green Community Center, Topsham, June 25, 7 pm.
Your fundamental rights are under attack
Action Alert - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Greenpeace is launching a month-long campaign to raise $500,000 between now and July 14 — money that is desperately needed as we continue our work across all our programs and defend ourselves against SLAPP lawsuits.
Urge Maine Legislative Leaders to Authorize Clean Water Bond
Action Alert - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Maine's legislative leaders are expected to strike a deal concerning water bonds on June 18. Calls needed by their constituents to:
• Senate President Mike Thibodeau, Waldo County: home (207) 223-5177, cell (207) 949-1481
• House Minority Leader Rep. Ken Fredette, Newport: home (207) 368-5562, House Republican office (207) 287-1440
Scott Pruitt's next goal: Destroy science
Action Alert - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

In one of his most outrageous moves yet, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is pushing a proposal to grant himself the power to censor science — including research that demonstrates the harmful impacts that his big polluter allies have on our clean air and water, our land, our wildlife, and our climate. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council
Field Trip: Brunswick Town Commons South, Jun 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Participate in a citizen science project to survery breeding birds along this town-owned property looking and listening for breeding birds. Meet at Brunswick Town Commons parking area off Harpswell Rd. (Rt. 123), June 24, 6:30 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Field Trip: Brunswick Town Commons North, Jun 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

Participate in a citizen science project to survey breeding birds along this town-owned and Bowdoin College property. Meet at Brunswick Town Commons parking area off Harpswell Rd. (Rt. 123), June 23, 6:30 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
48th Maine Lakes Conference, Jun 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

This year’s conference emphasizes community action and the connections between ourselves and the natural world. At University of Maine at Farmington, June 23, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.
Ferns of Merrymeeting Fields, Jun 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

Maine Master Naturalist volunteer Alan Seamans will lead the way to uncover the world of these often overlooked flowerless, seedless plants. At Merrymeeting Fields Preserve, Woolwich, June 23, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Swanville Grass Walk, Jun 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

Maine is home to around 235 species of grasses. Meet some of the common grasses with Matt Arsenault, co-author of “Grasses of Maine.” At Thanhauser-Chunn farm, Swanville, June 23, 10 am 12 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Solstice by the Sea, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 14, 2018 

Join Friends of Sears Island to celebrate the longest day of the year. At Sears Island, June 21, 6 pm to sundown.
Solar Walking Tour, South Portland, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 14, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy for a walking tour of the 1 MW solar array at the South Portland Landfill. In 2017 the City installed 2,944 photovoltaic panels on the 34-acre former landfill. June 21, 9 am.
Bald Pate Summer Solstice Hike, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 14, 2018 

Celebrate the summer solstice with the Loon Echo Land Trust annual hike up Bald Pate Mountain. Meet at Bald Pate Preserve parking area, Bridgton, June 21, 3 pm.
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Some in Maine fear cruise-ship tourism has gone overboard (Part 1)
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 10, 2018 

Twenty years ago, Valerie Peacock was assistant harbormaster here and the arrival of a cruise ship was a novel event. Two decades later, the novelty is gone. Bar Harbor expects 230,000 cruise ship passengers to march ashore on Water Street this year, a 257 percent increase from 2003, snarling traffic with tour buses and overwhelming sidewalks for blocks around on busy fall days. While merchants celebrate from the tide of passengers, which crests southward through town like clockwork before receding back onto the tenders and out to sea, four neighboring towns have imposed moratoriums on cruise ships in an effort to keep the flood off their doorsteps. Cruise tourism on the island has reached a tipping point.
‘No discharge zone’ fight comes to Acadia region
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 10, 2018 

Cruise ships and other vessels are prohibited from releasing untreated sewage within 3 miles of land, but they’re allowed to pump out treated sewage in coastal waters that haven’t been declared “no discharge zones,” a federally assigned designation that has to be requested by state and local authorities. Four of the five coastal New England states have secured such protection for their entire coasts, extending 3 miles from land or islands. Maine is the exception. Outside of Casco Bay there are just four small no-discharge zones in Maine: Boothbay Harbor; the Camden-Rockland area; the Kennebunks; and Somes Sound and the Cranberry Isles area southeast of Mount Desert.
Slowly but steadily, the travel industry cuts ties to disposable plastics
Washington Post - Sunday, June 10, 2018 

The world is drowning in plastic, and the travel industry is enabling our habit. The disposable items turn up on planes (cups, stirrers, water bottles), hotels (toiletries, breakfast utensils, laundry bags) and cruise ships (straws, straws, straws). For instance, Hurtigruten uses 390,000 plastic cups and 960,000 straws on its cruises each year. A typical limited-service Marriott hotel in North America blows through 23,000 toiletry bottles annually. Last year, Alaska Airlines handed out 22 million plastic stirrers and citrus picks. You might consider de-plasticizing your vacation.
At 93, botanist Pixie Williams is still volunteering to protect Maine’s lakes
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 10, 2018 

At 93, botanist Mary “Pixie” Williams is the oldest volunteer with Lake Stewards of Maine. But she’s also one of the busiest; she’s midway through creating a first-of-its-kind herbarium of the 232 aquatic plants native to Maine lakes, as well as the 11 invasives threatening them.
Author Christopher White asks, is it ‘Boom or Bust for Maine’s Greatest Fishery?’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 10, 2018 

Christopher White’s new book, “The Last Lobster: Boom or Bust for Maine’s Greatest Fishery?” landed on our desk with an ominous thump a couple of weeks ago. We called him in Santa Fe, where he’s living, to ask about how he reported his book (especially as an out-of-stater), what he finds to be optimistic about, and the role climate change plays in the future of lobstering. ~ Mary Pols
Floating the idea of more Maine shellfish, everywhere
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 10, 2018 

Long-term economic viability of any sustainable food enterprise happens in two ways: Existing customers pay more to cover ever-rising production costs or producers expand their market base to tap into the economies of scale. The latter is poised to happen for Maine’s exploding shellfish aquaculture industry as regional, national and international markets clamor for cold water shellfish.
Soak up the latest trend – forest bathing
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 10, 2018 

Want to check out the trendiest thing in walks? The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is collaborating with Jade Integrated Health in Brunswick for a series of Forest Bathing classes that starts tomorrow and is directed at “finding mindfulness in nature.” For a small donation, you can experience a guided walk – err, bath – through the woods in Brunswick. Cleo Wolf, an acupuncturist and former Buddhist monk, will lead the walk and meditation.
Column: A beautiful place can now be seen by all
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 10, 2018 

When I heard there was a new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant trail opening at the Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden, I knew I wanted to check it out. Enjoyment of the outdoors is something that ties all of us together, and it’s vitally important we keep expanding access to Maine’s wonderful places. So I was eager to see this new trail and when I arrived, I was delighted to find much more. This beautiful spot on the banks of the Kennebec River is a hidden treasure trove of hiking and history. ~ Jake Christie
Column: Record-setting day for bird counters
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 10, 2018 

Starting at daybreak and birding for almost 10 hours on May 28 at the Tadoussac Bird Observatory in Quebec, the team recorded 108 species of birds, including 22 species of warblers. That’s a nice total but breaking the century mark for species is not unusual during spring migration. Rather, it was the total number of migrants that was simply flabbergasting. The birding team counted over 721,000 warblers at Tadoussac. Take a look at the list, photos and videos. ~ Herb Wilson
Letter: Syrup regulation made to be hated
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, June 10, 2018 

The proposed FDA regulation requiring maple syrup and honey to be labeled as having “added sugar” gives off a whiff of an effective conservative ruse to promote public hatred of government regulation. Republicans reluctantly passed the Occupational Health and Safety Act in 1970. Richard Nixon appointed an opponent of OSHA as director and within a few months an outrageous cowboy safety regulation was proposed. The result, as planned, was widespread ridicule and distain for OSHA regulations. It appears the conservatives have now gotten to the FDA. Maine’s maple syrup producers will be suspicious of all FDA rulings, and consumers will think Maine’s syrup is adulterated. ~ Phillip Davis, West Gardiner
Number of wild Atlantic salmon drops for second straight year
Other - Saturday, June 9, 2018 

Global News - There are fewer wild Atlantic salmon in North American waters, and that’s become a cause for concern for marine experts around the world. According to the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s annual State of Populations report, the number of North American wild Atlantic salmon dropped 15 per cent in 2017. ASF says the number of salmon that successfully spawned in all continental rivers last year is well below minimum conservation limits. ASF is calling on national government delegations meeting in Portland to “take additional measures in their home waters,” including minimizing or eliminating threats from open net-pen salmon aquaculture, preventing the catch of salmon from threatened and endangered populations, and ensuring that all in-river fisheries are conducted sustainably.
Report: Maine poised to reap new jobs from offshore wind
Associated Press - Saturday, June 9, 2018 

Maine is poised to capture hundreds of jobs when offshore wind takes off and should adopt policy positions to improve its opportunities, according to a new report. The report by the American Jobs Project said Maine is well-positioned thanks to advances in floating platforms developed by the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. It suggests that Maine could see 2,100 jobs if the state adopts “forward-thinking policies.”
Maine is poised to capture hundreds of jobs when offshore wind takes off
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, June 9, 2018 

With each condominium, hotel or other nonmarine building that’s developed on Portland’s waterfront, those who depend on that land at the harbor’s edge say they lose a bit of their livelihood. “You’ve nourished us with your harvest but also with a tremendous sense of place, and we’d all be dramatically less without it,” Joanne Arnold, a photographer who often uses the city’s waterfront as a subject, told a group of about 70 fishermen and others who had gathered Saturday at Union Wharf. Arnold helped organize the protest to draw awareness to planned development on Commercial Street, which borders the waterfront, that includes a hotel and parking garage on Fisherman’s Wharf, a condo-hotel project at the former Rufus Deering Lumber site and a three-building mixed office, retail and restaurant development on Union Wharf.
Pope puts leading oil executives on notice
Associated Press - Saturday, June 9, 2018 

Pope Francis told leading oil executives Saturday that the transition to less-polluting energy sources “is a challenge of epochal proportions” and warned that satisfying the world’s energy needs “must not destroy civilization.” The Vatican said Francis held a two-day conference with the executives as a follow-up to his encyclical three years ago that called on people to save the planet from climate change and other environmental ills.
More than 1,000 turn out for moose lottery in Skowhegan
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, June 9, 2018 

At one of the biggest Maine moose lottery gatherings in 22 years, many of the more than 1,000 people who turned out Saturday in Skowhegan were hoping their names would be drawn for a permit. But others who applied for a permit said they just wanted to support the state’s work managing the moose population. The state issued 2,500 permits for the fall hunt, a 20 percent increase from last year.
Moose-calling in Skowhegan seeks to set Guinness World Record
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, June 9, 2018 

The crowd mustered up the best moose call it could and let it rip: “Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” For more than 30 seconds, the hundreds of men, women and children who packed the grandstand Saturday at the Skowhegan Maine Moose Festival belted out a collective nasal groan, seeking to break the Guinness World Record record for moose calling. To do so, the contest required that at least 995 people not only be in the audience Saturday at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, but also replicate a moose call and maintain it for 30 seconds. Collectively, what appeared to be an audience of many more than 1,000 blared out their best cow call.
Offshore Wind Industry Could Add 2,000 Jobs In Maine
Maine Public - Saturday, June 9, 2018 

A new analysis finds that Maine could add more than 2,000 jobs through aggressive participation in the region's emerging offshore wind industry. Wind farm development off Maine's coast has stalled, though, since a Norwegian company pulled plans for a $120 million demonstration project off Boothbay. The company cited regulatory uncertainty under Governor Paul LePage.
June frosts affecting northern Maine farms and gardens
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 9, 2018 

It’s early June, but the last few days have felt more like winter than summer as unseasonably cool temperatures have rolled across the state. But in Aroostook County, the cold has packed a punch. Temperatures have dropped down low enough that at least one farmer who wasn’t able to bring all his seedlings inside for safekeeping has paid a price.
Our right to enjoy Maine’s beaches must be restored
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, June 9, 2018 

In 1989, Maine’s Supreme Court took away our right to enjoy our ocean intertidal zones. Looking all the way back to when Maine was part of Massachusetts, the Justices ruled that our opportunities to enjoy the intertidal zones are limited to fishing, fouling, and navigation. Thankfully, Orlando Delogu has written a new book, Maine’s Beaches Are Public Property, that presents a detailed and thorough case proving that the Supreme Court decision, called the Bell cases, was very wrong.
The only Mainer ever to have fishing licenses permanently revoked facing eel charges
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 9, 2018 

The only person in Maine ever to have his commercial fishing licenses permanently revoked is back in hot water after allegedly fishing for baby eels without a license. On Tuesday, a warrant was issued for Lucas Lemon’s arrest. Lemoine, 36, of Southwest Harbor, has 30 criminal convictions or civil adjudications for fishing violations that date back to 1998.
Transportation advocates want more analysis before any widening of Maine Turnpike
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, June 9, 2018 

Some transportation and environmental advocates are urging the Maine Turnpike Authority to pump the brakes on apparent plans to widen a stretch of heavily traveled highway around Portland. The authority appears prepared to add two travel lanes on up to 11 miles of the four-lane highway, but some want the agency to consider all other alternatives before committing to the multimillion-dollar project. Other critics point to academic research that shows building more highways doesn’t alleviate traffic – it creates more. Other alternatives, such as increased public transportation and freight rail, ride-sharing incentives and peak-travel pricing, were considered but wouldn’t have the same impact as two new traffic lanes, said Peter Mills, the authority’s executive director.
Lucas St. Clair Turns Recreation into Political Capital
Other - Friday, June 8, 2018 

Outside - In 2017, 40-year-old Lucas St. Clair personally toured Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke through Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The charm offensive seemed to work. When the secretary’s review of monuments appeared in December, Grand Staircase-Escalante was cut in half and Bears Ears was shrunk by two-thirds; Katahdin Woods and Waters was left unmolested. He’s now running for Maine’s solidly purple, almost entirely rural 2nd Congressional District, which includes the monument. What worked in the monument campaign—and what he’s banking on in this one—is that St. Clair is warm and funny in front of crowds, even as he takes on serious issues. It’s not charisma or wit that will get him elected in Maine, though—it’s a focus on jobs and the economy.
Youth fishing, hunting license program established in name of Brandon Bubier
Turner Publishing - Friday, June 8, 2018 

Family members have created the Brandon S. Bubier Memorial Foundation of Greene program to commemorate Bubier, who was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 21. Bubier was an avid hunter and fisherman his family says. The Brandon S. Bubier Memorial Foundation is giving away lifetime licenses in his memory to children ages 2 to 15 who live in Androscoggin County through an application process.
Caution signs posted along Androscoggin River
Sun Journal - Friday, June 8, 2018 

New signs went up this week next to water access points in Auburn, including at Bonney Park, where 5-year-old Valerio McFarland and his older brother, Maxim, fell into the Androscoggin River in April. The signs, which say “Enjoy our river safely,” also have notices stating “Strong current,” “Swift water” and “Uneven shoreline.” Valerio McFarland drowned. Maxim was rescued.
Experience the world through the eyes of National Geographic photographers
National Geographic - Friday, June 8, 2018 

Spectacular photos and videos from National Geographic, curated for World Oceans Day.
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