June 19, 2019  
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Tall Tales, Fish Tails, & Damn Lies, Jun 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 20, 2019 

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries will hold a night of music and words from a fishing community with performances and story-telling by Frank Gotwals, Dennis Damon, Bob Quinn and many more. At Stonington Opera House, June 27, 6:30 pm. Proceeds benefit a sustainable future for local fisheries and communities.
Can environmental action be good for business? Jun 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 20, 2019 

An informal policy and issue-based discussions held at local businesses over coffee or beer. Speakers: Kristan Porter, Maine Lobstermen's Association; Abe Furth, Orono Brewing Company; Brad Ryder, Epic Sports. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Maine Environmental News
Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 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
Save Right Whales
Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 

New England’s iconic whale is on the brink of extinction. A bill in Congress called Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (“SAVE”) Right Whales could help this key species recover. ~ Conservation Law Foundation
Water: What is has to teach us, Jun 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 18, 2019 

Learn about fresh water ecosystems and new aquaculture operations in the MidCoast region. At Topsham Public Library, June 25, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Proposed Coyote Center, Jun 24
Event - Posted - Monday, June 17, 2019 

Biologist Geri Vistein will share an informative film about the future Coyote Center in Maine, followed by a discussion of Maine’s coyotes. At Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, June 24, 6:30 pm.
Teen Wilderness Expedition, July 23-25
Announcement - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

The Teen Wilderness Expedition is a 3-day, 2-night, all-inclusive adventure for 12-16 year olds at Little Lyford Lodge, July 23-25. Offered by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and Appalachian Mountain Club.
Maine State Museum hosts Bike Day, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join the Maine State Museum, Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine State Library in a free family event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and learn about the benefits of safe, relaxed bike riding. At Maine State Museum, June 22, 10 am - 1 pm.
Woodland Management with Birds in Mind, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A Forestry for Maine Birds workshop for landowners, foresters and loggers interested in learning how they can support Maine’s forest songbirds. At Somerset County Cooperative Extension office, Skowhegan, and on the adjacent Yankee Woodlot Demonstration Forest, June 22, 9 am - noon.
Hike Puzzle Mt., Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A moderate to strenuous hike of 8.5 miles. Cross several exposed granite boulders and ledges offering views of the Sunday River ski area, Grafton Notch, and the Presidentials, June 22, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Androscoggin River Canoe & Kayak River Race, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

This event is open to all to launch canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, (and more) into the Androscoggin River and complete one of three courses of varying length and challenge. At Festival Plaza, Auburn, June 22, 9 am, $15 for single paddler, $25 for a double, benefits Androscoggin Land Trust.
Plants of Corea Heath, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join Jill Weber, botanist and co-author of The Plants of Acadia National Park, to learn about carnivorous plants, orchids, stunted trees and shrubs and cotton-grass. At Corea Heath, Goldsboro, June 22, 8:30 am. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Maine Wildlife Park open house, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Friday, June 14, 2019 

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray will hold an open house with free admission, June 21, 5-8 pm. Feeding times for moose, lynx, foxes, cougars, vultures and bears will be posted.
Call for a presidential primary debate on climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has rejected a presidential primary debate on climate change. 15 Democratic presidential candidates have joined the call. So can you. ~ CREDO Action
Trekking through Time
Announcement - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

From June through October, Lakes Environmental Association, Loon Echo Land Trust, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, and Western Foothills Land Trust will host the Trekking through Time Series. Once a month throughout the summer and early fall, each organization will host a historical tour of one of its conservation properties.
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New, revised emoji comes with correct number of legs
Portland Press Herald - Monday, February 19, 2018 

Responding to outrage from lobster leg aficionados and the Accuracy in Emojis movement (OK, not really), the organization that decides which digital images can dress up the world’s emails, texts and tweets has literally given its new lobster emoji two more legs to stand on. Soon after the Unicode Consortium released proposed images of the 157 new emojis expected to be available in 2018, some folks noticed the little red lobster came up a bit short. Lobsters have 10 legs – including their tasty claws – but the proposed emoji showed only eight legs plus a tail that appeared somewhat malformed. Unicode Consortium’s lobster emoji is just a “sample image” of what could eventually be available
Even after reported sightings, wildlife officials declare cougar extinct in Maine
WMTW-TV8 - Monday, February 19, 2018 

Doug Jencks, of Washburn, set up a game camera to catch a thief stealing gas – but that camera ended up snapping a photo of something way more valuable, especially to wildlife biologists. The camera caught an image of what Jencks believes is a cougar, strutting right past his truck. "They're around," Jencks said. "It's not the only one we've seen." Jencks' photo, taken in mid-January, shows a cat with a long tail lurking under the cover of night. But a week after Jencks' camera snapped that photo, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service declared that Eastern pumas, also called catamounts, cougars and mountain lions, are extinct. That official extinction declaration, valid for the eastern puma subspecies, only adds to the allure that Jencks may indeed have photographic evidence of a cougar.
Maine ranger returns to black bear den and finds a gift to the world
Portland Press Herald - Monday, February 19, 2018 

While on a timber inspection in Carthage last fall, Maine Forest Service Ranger Erik Ahlquist located what appeared to be a black bear den. This week, he returned to the site with biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and this is what they found. The forest service’s social media posts didn’t say how many cubs they found or whether they woke up mom.
Letter: Great Works Regional Land Trusts pay taxes
Foster's Daily Democrat - Monday, February 19, 2018 

Governor LaPages recent scurrilous attacks that land trusts don’t pay property taxes is wrong, as approximately 95 percent of Maine land trust properties are on town tax rolls. Great Works Regional Land Trusts pays property taxes in all six towns in our service area, $97,357 over the past five years. We require fewer services from the towns than developments do for schools, public safety, roads, etc, and we provide many benefits at no cost to tax payers. Think what the cost would be for the towns to purchase and maintain these lands and trails through taxes. We have had incredible support in all the towns that Great Works serves. ~ Michael Wright, Great Works Regional Land Trust, Berwick, Maine
Maine kelp, climate, ocean acidity projects get funding
Associated Press - Monday, February 19, 2018 

The University of Maine says projects about seaweed, the acidity of Gulf of Maine waters and the way climate change is impacting fish will receive nearly $1 million in funding. The money is from the federal government and matching sources. One of the projects is an investigation into the role of rockweed in food webs. Another will seek to learn how kelp forests are responding to changing environments. UMaine says researchers will evaluate the acidity of the Gulf of Maine using current data and historical proxies. The final project will seek to find out how environmental factors such as climate change impact fish and invertebrates in coastal Maine.
Plan For Scallop Fishing Lottery Passes Key Hurdle
Associated Press - Monday, February 19, 2018 

A plan to create a fishing license lottery to get new people into the scallop fishery has passed a key hurdle in the Maine Legislature. The Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources unanimously approved the proposal on Feb. 14. It now moves to the full Legislature, which is likely to vote on it in the next couple of weeks. The average age of Maine scallop fishermen is higher than 50, and the fishery has been closed to new people since 2009. Some fishermen and fishing managers have expressed concern that the fishery could end up needing new people at a time when the shellfish are healthy.
Maine ice climber reaches new heights in Camden
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, February 18, 2018 

At 11:32 a.m. on Jan. 8, Ryan Howes reached the top of a new route about halfway up a 250-foot-high cliff covered in a blob of ice. After topping out and claiming the first known ascent of that route, Howes exclaimed: “You can’t take drugs and get this feeling. Man, I love the outdoors!” It was a feeling – and a feat – unlikely to be repeated anytime soon. Three days after Howes’ landmark ascent, the ice formation was gone and meteorologists say it may never reappear.
Father, 10-year-old son killed in Hermon snowmobile crash
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, February 18, 2018 

A father and son were killed in a snowmobile crash in Hermon early Sunday. The Maine Warden Service said in a release that Jason Tracy, 33, of Hermon and his son, 10, were killed when the snowmobile they were riding in struck a tree on the edge of a field at about 1 a.m. Sunday. Tracy’s son was wearing a helmet but Tracy was not, the warden service said. Speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash, Warden Lt. Dan Scott said.
Winter hunting seasons for hare, fox, bobcat coming to close
Associated Press - Sunday, February 18, 2018 

Maine’s winter hunting seasons are ending for the year in the next two weeks. Hunters pursue small game such as snowshoe hares and gray squirrels during the winter, as well as bigger species such as bobcats and foxes. The winter seasons start closing out Feb. 21 with the end of the bobcat hunt. The fox and squirrel seasons close out Feb. 28. The hare season lasts until March 31, though it closes on Vinalhaven Island Feb. 28. The most popular spring hunting season is for wild turkeys. That season kicks off with youth spring wild turkey day April 28.
This Portland homeowner wrestled with whether to remove a beloved old tree
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 18, 2018 

The red maple brought with it decades of history, and, in its final years, a sense of familiarity.
University official improperly advised bidders on energy contract, entrepreneur says
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 18, 2018 

A top University of Maine official participated in a previously undisclosed meeting in which he provided inside information aimed at helping one company bid on a lucrative energy contract, despite denials that he had any role in it, according to a sworn statement by a business owner. According to an affidavit from Sam Eakin, a Maine entrepreneur, Jake Ward, the vice president for innovation and economic development, provided information to parties that stood to gain if a New York energy company won the university’s long-term contract to provide renewable power
How do you go winter camping? Two Windham men develop what they call the perfect pulk sled
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 18, 2018 

For 15 years, Stephen Bailey and Jeff Anderson wilderness camped in the White Mountains. When they discovered the backcountry wilderness around Mt. Katahdin 10 years ago, it became their go-to outdoor escape in winter. It was here that they designed what they consider the perfect winter camping sled.
Forestry Yearly Reports reveal deep roots
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 18, 2018 

While I was researching my red maple tree, Portland City Arborist Jeff Tarling sent me a series of Forestry Yearly Reports from 1900 to 1934. They make for surprisingly fascinating and entertaining reading. Enjoy these excerpts.
Column: Records made to be broken in sighting birds
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, February 18, 2018 

In 2016, two birders shattered the list record for North America. John Weigel’s Big Year resulted in a list of 780 species, narrowly beating Olaf Danielson’s count of 778 species. Those records were not broken in 2017 despite three impressive Big Years. ~ Herb Wilson
Letter: Cote’s energy plan misses the mark
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, February 18, 2018 

Adam Cote prides himself as an “energy entrepreneur attorney” working for the wind and solar industries. But those industries are fighting to turn Maine into a place that supplies green energy to wealthy states south of here that do not want those towering turbines. He says 1,560 jobs are filled by wind and/or solar here in Maine; those were only temporary construction jobs. His energy plan aims to reduce energy costs; fact is, wind is the most expensive source of power available to us in Maine. He wants to provide Maine with more dependable, local energy sources; it would have to be natural gas pipelines and/or hydropower from Canada. If Cote wants to be for governor, he should represent the people of Maine, and not the wind and solar companies. ~ Richard Harris, Fairfield
Letter: Ban plastic bags to help environment
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, February 18, 2018 

Unfortunately, the pristine nature of our state is in jeopardy. Roads lined with trees festooned with plastic bags are not going to support our efforts to remain “Vacationland.” And, plastic ending up in the Gulf of Maine will not support our seafood industry. Are we ready to forgo a bit of convenience to cut down on petroleum use and clean up our state? Carrying a canvas tote while shopping seems to be a small inconvenience. Let’s consider the world we are leaving behind for our grandchildren and ban plastic bags. ~ Rob Pfeiffer, Solon
Despite GOP Criticism, Little Change To Maine Referendums
Associated Press - Saturday, February 17, 2018 

Maine lawmakers may make it tougher for citizens to get questions on ballots as Gov. Paul LePage has renewed his call to reform a system he's called too representative of liberal-leaning Mainers. LePage chastised out-of-state, special interests for pushing Maine ballot campaigns, and urged that lawmakers require the campaigns to get equal support across the state. Republicans sponsored a number of bills to reform the referendum process following the 2016 election when voters approved five out of six ballot questions and rejected a measure to require background checks for private firearm sales. Most reform efforts died. But some Democrats are supporting Republican Rep. Ellie Espling's proposed constitutional amendment to require signatures for ballot questions to come from each congressional district.
Editorial: LePage policies, not land trusts, have driven up property taxes
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, February 17, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage said Maine’s property taxes are too high, and they are rising. LePage, however, identified the wrong source of the problem. The governor, a long-time critic of land conservation, blamed land trusts for “skyrocketing property taxes” that are pushing elderly Mainers out of their homes. If LePage is serious about lowering property taxes, he should stop blaming land trusts and look at what actions his administration could take. He could restore cuts to municipal revenue sharing. In addition, the state has cut its share of local education funding by more than $500 million since 2010 and the state is $1.3 billion short of meeting the 55 percent school funding level set by voters more than a decade ago. On the other side of the ledger, the governor could restore property tax relief programs that he pushed to cut.
ATV Riders Rescued After Falling Through Ice on Maine Lake
Associated Press - Saturday, February 17, 2018 

wo ATV riders have been rescued after falling through the ice on a lake in Hancock County. After receiving a 911 call, the fire department acted quickly to pull the pair and the machines from Alamoosook Lake in Orland Friday afternoon. Officials say the two people were extremely cold but otherwise OK. They were taken to the hospital.
Opinion: Plastic bags should not be a part of Waterville’s future
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, February 17, 2018 

Plastic shopping bags have been ubiquitous in our society since first being introduced in the late 1970s. They are made from fossil fuels, they do not biodegrade, and they pollute our environment. Even worse, only about 5 percent get recycled. Sustain Mid Maine Coalition’s Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Team is working on an ordinance to bring forward to the Waterville City Council this spring. The ordinance would prohibit businesses with 10,000 square feet or more of retail space from giving out or selling plastic shopping bags at checkout. This does not apply to thin plastic produce, meat, and seafood bags at the grocery stores, dry cleaning bags, or plastic newspaper sleeves. ~ Todd Martin, Waterville
Letter: Governor's proposed fee unreasonable
Sun Journal - Saturday, February 17, 2018 

I read in the newspaper (Feb. 14) that Gov. LePage wants to impose a fee of $150 on those who own hybrid cars because they use less gasoline than regular cars and, subsequently, provide less money for highway maintenance. Instead of my being rewarded for my willingness to pay more for a car in order to save the environment, I feel that now I am being punished for it. Electric and hybrid cars are, or at least should be, the way of the future. Wouldn’t it be smarter to find another way to take care of road maintenance than to depend on taxing gasoline use that pollutes the atmosphere? ~ Donald LaBranche, Lewiston
LePage vows to push through $950M project to send Quebec hydropower through Maine
Bangor Daily News - Friday, February 16, 2018 

Massachusetts chose a $950 million project headed by Central Maine Power to be its backup option for a massive clean energy procurement that appeared headed to New Hampshire before regulators nixed it last week.
Lawmakers give Maine lobster promoters key win
Associated Press - Friday, February 16, 2018 

A state lobster marketing group is likely to keep touting Maine’s most beloved seafood export in the wake of a key vote from a legislative committee. The Marine Resources Committee voted in favor of renewing the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative for three years on Wednesday. The collaborative needs the full Legislature’s approval to continue existing beyond this year.
Natural gas company expanding service to Sidney
Kennebec Journal - Friday, February 16, 2018 

Summit Natural Gas of Maine announced Friday that the company plans to break ground on a plan to expand its services and infrastructure to Sidney starting this spring after striking a deal with asphalt and aggregate materials producer Pike Industries.
CMP’s $1 billion project to deliver renewable power to Massachusetts gets a second chance
Portland Press Herald - Friday, February 16, 2018 

A nearly $1 billion transmission proposal by Central Maine Power to bring hydropower from Quebec to markets in Massachusetts is still in the running after a competing proposal ran into trouble with New Hampshire regulators. CMP’s project, called New England Clean Energy Connect, entails building a 145-mile transmission corridor through Maine to deliver power to Massachusetts, which is trying to increase its use of renewable power by 2020. CMP’s proposal had been a runner-up in the request for proposals from Massachusetts utilities and regulators. But the initial winner, a project from Eversource called the Northern Pass, failed to gain regulatory approval to build its transmission corridor through New Hampshire.
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