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Action Alert - Friday, August 23, 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
Rangeley Outdoor Film Festival, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Friday, August 23, 2019 

The Rangeley Trail Town Festival features a variety of short films about the outdoors. At RFA Lakeside Theater, Rangeley, August 30, 7 pm, $6 for adults, $3 for Appalachian Trail hikers and children under 12.
LightHawk Paper Plane Contest
Announcement - Thursday, August 22, 2019 

Enter your best paper airplane design for a chance to have it mailed to thousands in LightHawk's 2019 Holiday Letter. Deadline: October 18, 2019.
BTLT Seeks Community Input on Future Conservation
Announcement - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is seeking community input on its current and future conservation work in Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin. A community survey is available online until September 2.
Butler to speak on conservation, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Conservationist Gil Butler will discuss his efforts to establish outdoor education programs and conservation projects in Maine and throughout North and South America. At College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, August 27, 9 am, free, parking on campus is by permit only.
Solo Paddle of Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Laurie Apgar Chandler will read from and discuss her book “Upwards,” which tells her story as the first woman to solo paddle New England’s 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Bailey Library, Winthrop, August 27, 6:30 pm.
Keeping Acadia Healthy With New Science, Aug 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Abraham Miller-Rushing and Rebecca Cole-Will will discuss how Acadia National Park is facing a triple environmental challenge: global warming, acid rain, and increased visitation. At Bar Harbor, August 26, 5 pm.
Maine’s Seaweed Scene, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 19, 2019 

Susan Hand Shetterly and Robin Hadlock Seeley will discuss the importance of protected wild habitats and the critical role of seaweed in the Gulf of Maine. At Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, September 26, 7 pm. Hosted by Downeast Audubon.
Bee apocalypse
Action Alert - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

U.S. agriculture today is 48 times more toxic to honeybees than it was 25 years ago—almost entirely because of neonicotinoid pesticides. It's part of an "insect apocalypse." But instead of taking action, the Trump administration is shredding protections for bees. Will you stand with me in the fight to save the bees? ~ Mayor Ethan Strimling, Portland, Maine
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery 20th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit, thru Oct 11
Announcement - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

To celebrate Maine Farmland Trust’s 20th anniversary, a curated retrospective featuring a selection of works that have been exhibited at the MFT Gallery over the past 10 years is on view through October 11.
National Parks Free Entrance, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone to celebrate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday on August 25.
Brechlin reading, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

Earl Brechlin, a Registered Maine Guide, will read from his book, "Return to Moose River: In Search of the Spirit of the Great North Woods," essays describing white-water canoeing, snowmobiling, and backpacking adventures in many parts of Maine. At Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, China, August 25, 2 pm.
Kennebec Land Trust annual meeting, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

At Camp Androscoggin, Wayne, August 25. The trust has conserved more than 6,300 acres and constructed 44 miles of trails on KLT protected lands.
Maine Herpetological Society Reptile Expo, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

50+ vendors, 1,000+ reptiles, plus Mr. Drew and His Animals Too. At Ramada Inn, Lewiston, August 25, 10 am - 4 pm, $7, kids under 12 free.
Families in the Outdoors, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

Learn about all kinds of Maine bugs – the good, the bad and the very strange looking. At Law Farm, Dover-Foxcroft, August 24, 9 am - noon.
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Letter: Squatters’ garbage ruins pleasant trail
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 

For years after it ceased to be the Oxbow Nature Reserve, the little wood behind the Lutheran Church on Cool Street in Waterville, used to offer a pleasant 20- or 30-minute walk where the dogs could even have a swim. Well, it isn’t a very pleasant spot now. Last summer the squatters moved in. Now the whole area is strewn with shopping carts, broken furniture, torn clothes and tents, and an entire summer’s worth of trash and garbage. Holes were dug in the paths for fire pits, branches were torn off trees and either burned or left where they fell. Why are these people allowed to move onto land that isn’t even theirs and so ruin it that nobody can ever again get any enjoyment from it? ~ John Wells, Oakland
John Oliver Skewers Ryan Zinke
Other - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Outside -“Zinke is an oil-friendly, coin-commissioning, non-Bin Laden-killing weirdo who throws second ladies around, and he is not a f**king geologist. America!” That’s how John Oliver summed up his segment on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke last night. It’s definitely worth a watch, mostly for how accurate it is.
More than 20 wildfires break out across Maine
Portland Press Herald - Monday, April 23, 2018 

More than 20 wildfires broke out across Maine on Monday, with some threatening homes and others causing damage to buildings. The Maine Forest Service had responded so far this year to more than 80 wildfires, which had burned close to 70 acres. History has proved that April and May tend to be the months when most wildfires occur.
If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Are They Making Electricity So Expensive?
Other - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Forbes - Between 2009 and 2017, the price of solar panels per watt declined by 75 percent while the price of wind turbines per watt declined by 50 percent. And yet — during the same period — the price of electricity in places that deployed significant quantities of renewables increased dramatically. Why? The main reason appears to be that the economic value of wind and solar decline significantly as they become a larger part of electricity supply. Both solar and wind produce too much energy when societies don’t need it, and not enough when they do. They require that natural gas plants, hydro-electric dams, batteries or some other form of reliable power be ready at a moment’s notice to start churning out electricity when the wind stops blowing and the sun stops shining. And unreliability requires solar- and/or wind-heavy places to pay neighboring nations or states to take their solar and wind energy when they are producing too much of it.
LePage will allow highway signs for Katahdin monument
Bangor Daily News - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage has lifted his ban of road signs along state roads showing the way to Maine’s national monument. LePage spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz said the Maine Department of Transportation “is working with U.S. Department of Interior officials to expedite the production and installation of the KWWNM signs."
Press: Why does Scott Pruitt still have a job?
Other - Monday, April 23, 2018 

The Hill - No matter how important, all the speculation about whether President Trump will fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, special counsel Robert Mueller or even Attorney General Jeff Sessions distracts from one even more immediate and pressing question: Why hasn’t he already fired Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt? Pruitt’s a walking ethics time bomb. He’s now under investigation on so many fronts he needs a whole team of lawyers to defend him: from luxury travel, to private security overkill, to lavish improvements to his office, to steep, unauthorized pay raises for key staffers, to a sweetheart bedroom deal on Capitol Hill. In a Cabinet full of grifters, he’s grifter No. 1.
18 Months After Its Creation, National Monument In Northern Maine To Get Road Signs
Maine Public - Monday, April 23, 2018 

It has been 18 months since former President Barack Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine — but there are still no road signs to direct interested visitors where to go or how to get there. Republican Gov. Paul LePage made headlines last year when he forbade the placement of signs pending the outcome of a review by the Interior Department. That review was completed months ago, and the signs are expected to be erected soon.
CEI wins $300,000 grant to study scallop farming
Associated Press - Monday, April 23, 2018 

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit corporation established by the 2014 Farm Bill, has awarded Hugh Cowperthwaite of Coastal Enterprises Inc. a $300,000 matching research grant to investigate the economic viability of a Japanese scallop production technique that has been shown to grow scallops faster and produce larger meat yields.
Scope of Koch influence on Trump climate and monuments policy under scrutiny
Think Progress - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Senate Democrats are probing the Koch brothers’ influence on a number of Trump administration policies at agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior. The move comes after a report circulated to members of a seminar last year linked to the conservative billionaire Koch family appeared to take credit for a number of policy decisions, including the rollback of the Clean Power Plan and efforts to scale back national monuments.
Farm bill forestry title potentially disastrous for national forests
Other - Monday, April 23, 2018 

U.S. House Republicans have been promoting highly controversial legislation called the “Resilient Federal Forests Act.” Many conservationists and others have strongly opposed the bill because it would undermine bedrock environmental laws and take away opportunities for public involvement.
Officials Setting Fires In White Mountain National Forest
Maine Public - Monday, April 23, 2018 

You might see smoke rising or trails blocked off in parts of the White Mountain National Forest over the next six weeks. The U.S. Forest Service will be setting as many as 20 fires across in an effort to keep the forest healthy. Fire management officer Patrick Johnson says the fires' locations depend on what the forest needs every year. He says the fires create natural clearings for wildlife to live in, and let in sunlight to help new trees grow.
Scarborough Marsh gets Earth Day TLC
Forecaster - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Volunteers pulled trash out of standing water at Scarborough Marsh on Sunday, April 22. The 25th Earth Day clean-up was sponsored by Maine Audubon, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the town of Scarborough.
Maine Towns Allowed To Ban Sex Offenders From Parks, Fields
Associated Press - Monday, April 23, 2018 

Maine towns will be able to ban sex offenders from any state or municipal park, athletic field or recreational facility serving children. A new law allows municipalities to prohibit sex offenders from coming within 750 feet of such property.
Don’t let the blackflies kill you like they did this falcon
Bangor Daily News - Monday, April 23, 2018 

As we eagerly await blackflies you may enjoy this story of a young falcon that was killed by blackflies in Minnesota. This Associated Press story was published in the Bangor Daily News on June 19, 1986. For some reason I kept this. Here it is. "Blackflies Kill Young Falcon"
Will a transmission line run through the wilds of Maine?
Boston Globe - Monday, April 23, 2018 

The broad, endless sky, curving over the vastness of the deep woods. Stillness broken only by the whooshing of white water and the squawks of wildlife. This is what drew Kevin Ross to the North Woods. “It’s pristine, untouched land — pure wilderness,” said Ross, a 32-year-old rafting guide. “It’s a place where you can say goodbye to civilization for a while.” But the grid finds even the most secluded places, it seems. Central Maine Power wants to run a new transmission line through more than 50 miles of the North Woods, the largest undeveloped forest east of the Mississippi River, to deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts.
Developer to unveil updated plan for Saco Island
Portland Press Herald - Monday, April 23, 2018 

A developer, Bernie Saulnier, Tuesday will unveil updated plans for The Waters, an ambitious $40 million mixed-use development on Saco Island. The Island – also known as Factory Island – sits in the Saco River between the downtowns of Biddeford and Saco. It links both cities’ historic mill districts, where developers in the last decade have transformed former textile factories into housing and commercial and light industrial spaces. Renderings of the development released ahead of the meeting also show a walking path along the river.
Dexter council looks to open seven streets to ATVs
Piscataquis Observer - Monday, April 23, 2018 

In an effort to help town businesses and bring in more visitors, the Dexter Town Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would open seven town streets to ATVs.
Great Maine Bike Swap draws 2,000 people
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

A crowd estimated at 2,000 people showed up Sunday morning at the Sullivan Recreation and Fitness complex, located on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine, for the annual Great Maine Bike Swap. The event, organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, offered a convenient venue for bikers to buy and sell quality used bicycles.
Animals keep getting their heads stuck in our trash
Washington Post - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Environmental and wildlife advocates have urged consumers for decades to cut up six-pack rings to prevent them from strangling birds and sea animals. But because one man’s greasy trash is another critter’s delicious snack, they say people should also give more thought to animals when disposing of containers. These should be rinsed and — if they might serve as traps — tightly lidded, crushed or cut apart, then placed in secured recycling or garbage bins.
How to spring clean without harsh chemicals
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

As sunny spring days illuminate grimey windows, cobwebs and dust that’s built up over the winter, homeowners head to the store to stock up on cleaning supplies. Bleach, degreaser, that blue window cleaner — those are the old standbys. But a growing group of people are steering away from these chemical-filled products in favor of natural, eco-friendly alternatives, some of which can be found right in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.
Beer in cans: A greener way to go
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

From an environmental standpoint, canned beer is better than bottled. “Beer cans are twice as likely as beer bottles to be recycled,” said Luke Livingston, 33, founder of Baxter Brewing in Lewiston. Environmentalists agree that cans are recycled more than bottles. Worldwide, 75 percent of aluminum is reused, and more than once. That’s one reason when Livingston opened Baxter Brewing in 2011 he went with only cans.
Earth Day: Yes, you CAN recycle that!
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

You’ve mastered paper, glass and plastic. But on this Earth Day, you’re wondering where to best ditch those old Christmas lights, antiquated cellphones, half-used paint cans, alkaline batteries and microwave. Surely not the trash. We’ve got answers.
Why drive an electric car?
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Since he started driving electric last summer, Bill Hensley’s become an enthusiast. He’s made YouTube videos sharing his experience. He’s taught an electric car workshop at Lewiston Adult Education. He even keeps an eye out for good, used electric cars, recently test driving one and posting it on YouTube. Consumers can find good, used electric cars for $12,000, he said.
Solar power one part of Geiger’s green initiatives
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Geiger’s solar field is believed to be the largest owned by a private, commercial company in Maine, said Phil Coupe of Revision Energy, the company that did the installation. Since the solar panels were planted in September, they’re generating enough electricity, on average, to provide 100 percent of electricity for the company. Geiger, publisher of Farmers’ Almanac and international distributor of branded promotional goods.
Danielle Blair: Why not wasting food is important
Sun Journal - Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Danielle Blair is careful to only buy what she needs when she’s grocery shopping. Part of that practice is the result of “being a thrifty college student,” the 22-year-old and recent University of Maine at Farmington graduate said. But her interest runs deeper than being frugal. She’s passionate about preventing food insecurity, seeing too many people who don’t have enough to eat. She’s also passionate about preventing food waste, which is bad for the economy and the environment.
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