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Action Alert - Sunday, November 17, 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
Hike with the Ranger, Nov 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

At Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport, November 24, 2 pm.
Friends of Baxter State Park online auction, ends Dec 4
Announcement - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Own a piece of Baxter State Park history. 20 retired park signs will be available in the 2019 auction. 50% of the proceeds go to Baxter State Park, and 50% supports Friends of Baxter State Park. Auction ends December 4 midnight.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail online auction, ends Dec 1
Announcement - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts can bid on amazing experiences and gear, for a good cause: supporting Northern Forest Canoe Trail stewardship and programming. Ends Dec 1, 12:59 PM.
The Original Meaning and Intent of the Maine Indian Land Claims, Nov 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Maria Girouard, Penobscot Nation tribal historian, community organizer, educator, and activist, will examine intentions and contentions associated with the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980, the historical context in which the act was framed, and ripple effects that have rocked the tribal-state relations ever since. At University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, Portland, November 21, 6 pm.
Restoring Your Historic House, Nov 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Architectural historian, Scott Hanson, talks about his latest book, "Restoring Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners." At Topsham Library, November 21, 6 pm.
Truth in Action, Nov 20-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 

Truth in Action is a daylong global conversation on the climate crisis and how we solve it led by Climate Reality Leaders, November 20-21.
Environmental Trivia Night, Nov 19
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 

Maine Conservation Voters and UMaine School of Law Energy & Environment Fellows are hosting an environmental-themed trivia night. At Maine Beer Company, Freeport, November 19, 6 pm.
Deep sea research and biostratigraphy, Nov 19
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 

Talk by Dr. Kevin McCartney, UMPI Professor of Geology. At University of Maine at Presque Isle, November 19, 12:30 pm.
Farmland Access & Transfer Conference, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Monday, November 11, 2019 

A day-long conference where farmers can learn strategies for succession planning, equity and affordability, securing farmland of their own, negotiating a lease agreement, etc. At Augusta Civic Center, November 18, 8 am - 3:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good.
Comment on Maine SCORP
Action Alert - Monday, November 11, 2019 

The 2020-2024 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan qualifies Maine to receive federal Land and Water Conservation funds and satisfies state legislative requirements associated with monitoring trends in outdoor recreation. Deadline for comments on the draft plan: November 22.
Open House: Passenger Rail's Future, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Monday, November 11, 2019 

Open house about the future of passenger rail service. Provide input on alternative schedules, inbound morning service from Wells to Brunswick, a new location for a Portland station, additional station locations, and potential expansions to Lewiston/ Auburn and Westbrook. At the Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick, November 18, 5:30 pm.
Help Wanted: Maine Conservation Corps
Announcement - Saturday, November 9, 2019 

The Maine Conservation Corps is hiring a Field Coordinator, Team Leader, and 900 Hour Environmental Stewards.
Maine Deer: Winter Weather Warriors, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 9, 2019 

Nathan Bieber, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife deer specialist, talks about wintering deer in Maine. At Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, November 16, 1 p.m.
Wabanaki Place: Language and Landscape, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 9, 2019 

Penobscot historian James E. Francis Sr. will share stories about the origin and meaning of geographic place names in what is now known as Maine, from a Wabanaki perspective. At Maine Historical Society, Portland, Nov 16, 2 pm.
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Editorial: Getting offshore wind project back on course
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 20, 2019 

Ten years ago, a task force on wind energy saw this moment clearly, when Maine would be in a position to capitalize on its human and natural resources to become players in the burgeoning offshore wind industry. Maine abandoned this vision as Gov. Paul LePage came into office with a shortsighted approach to energy, and a blind ignorance toward the climate crisis. But here we are, with a chance to get right back on track, not to where we should be, but at least pushing in the right direction. L.D. 994, would direct the Public Utilities Commission to approve a long-term contract with Aqua Ventus, a University of Maine-led initiative to test emerging offshore wind technology near Monhegan Island.
Opinion: From climate to foreign policy to trade, Trump’s White House devalues expertise
Kennebec Journal - Monday, May 20, 2019 

Researchers for the U.S. Department of Agriculture say the Trump administration is retaliating against them for highlighting how farmers are being hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade and tax policies. The pattern is familiar with this White House, which also clashes with its own experts on issues like climate change and foreign policy. When did expertise become a liability? Much of Trump’s political support comes from rural regions. Farm income has taken an especially big hit from Trump’s trade wars. Responding dismissively to unpleasant news from experts is a familiar story for this White House. Just days after an alarming Pentagon assessment of the effects of climate change on military operations, Trump was on Twitter suggesting that a cold snap meant it wasn’t happening. An administration that rejects expertise when making policy is flying blind. Real people pay the price, as American farmers can attest. ~ Editorial by St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Letter: Planned growth important to Portland
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 20, 2019 

In a recent column, Greg Kesich seems to suggest that preservation and thoughtful development can't coexist. He's wrong. The proposed Munjoy Hill Historic District will provide additional leverage for homeowners throughout the Hill who seek to prevent unbridled development – demolishing perfectly fine two- and three-unit properties with affordable rents in favor of expensive multi-unit condominiums that forever change the streetscape and nature of the neighborhoods. Let’s look for ways to protect what is good while promoting thoughtful development on Munjoy Hill and throughout Portland. There’s no reason we can’t do both. ~ Pamela Day, Portland
Letter: Climate change response requires sacrifice
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 20, 2019 

With Hydro-Quebec and the No Corridors opponents, the debate seems to be: Do we support addressing climate change impacts with our energy generation, or do we protect the North Woods and maintain the same energy generation models – nuclear, coal, oil and natural gas – that impact the forest health? My spiritual place is the woods of Maine. My love for those places, by itself, is not doing anything to address the forces of climate change, which, long term, is a much more pressing concern. This electrical power may be going to Massachusetts, but the reality is that we can have “cleaner” electrical generation that benefits Maine and addresses climate change. ~ David Hyde, Pownal
Letter: Remove chemicals from packaging
Morning Sentinel - Monday, May 20, 2019 

I believe that L.D. 1433, An Act to Protect the Environment and Public Health by Further Reducing Toxic Chemicals in Packaging, should be supported because this bill will help to protect Mainers and the natural environment from exposure to harmful substances. It is overly risky to use these toxic substances unnecessarily in our packaging materials, especially food packaging as it easily leads to exposure. As a young person who plans to stay in Maine after graduating from college, I care about living in a state that will continue to prioritize my health and the environment. ~ Julia Nelson, Waterville
Letter: Whatever CMP wants, CMP gets
Morning Sentinel - Monday, May 20, 2019 

Recall the cabaret-style hit song “Whatever Lola Wants,” with the lyrics, “Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.” I suggest an up-to-date version by substituting “CMP,” for Central Maine Power, wherever the word “Lola” appears in the song. Many recent “discussions” around the CMP project and the Public Utilities Commission cause one to wonder about the process overall. A recently seen bumper sticker sums things up: “Rule by corporate is not democracy.” ~ Wesley R. Keep, Whitefield
Letter: CMP ought to restore damage to Merrymeeting Bay
Times Record - Monday, May 20, 2019 

CMP has offered $145 million in incentives to get regulators to approve the proposed transmission line through western Maine. The incentives include burying the line under the Kennebec River so it won’t spoil the wilderness experience of whitewater rafters. The huge transmission line that CMP recently constructed along the end of Merrymeeting Bay destroyed the most historic and beautiful part of Bowdoinham. As part of the approval process, I think CMP should be made to restore this wanton damage to the environment by burying this line too. ~ William Stanton, Bowdoinham
Letter: Step up to fight climate change
Times Record - Monday, May 20, 2019 

I worry that the issue of fixing climate change is so huge and politicized that many people just ignore it. I worry that many people expect that our legislators will step up to the plate in time and ” fix it.” I worry that they are wrong. Readers can do 3 quick things right now. 1) Go to to see a very easy to understand summary of L.D. 763, which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 40% over 12 years by placing a fee on carbon pollution, and returning those proceeds to all Americans. 2) Email Jared Golden, Susan Collins and Angus King and ask them to support L.D. 763. 3) Email your family and friends and ask them to do the same 3 things. ~ Margaret Duhamel, Woolwich
Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust hosts two summer series for kids, families
Turner Publishing - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust is hosting two summer-long series for kids and families this summer.
The trust, along with the Rangeley Public Library and the Maine Forestry Museum are partnering on “Stories and S’mores” for families with children aged 4 to 6. The program is free, and families are invited to the Maine Forestry Museum at 5 p.m. the second Saturday of June, July and August. Participants will walk the MFM trails, stopping to listen to narrated stories with nature themes along the way. The trust will also host the weekly “Walk the Woods,” which will be every Wednesday evening throughout the summer.
Task force on PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ begins work this week
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

A governor’s task force will convene for the first time this week to begin studying the impact of a class of “forever chemicals” showing up in water, soil and even some milk samples in Maine. Gov. Janet Mills created the task force in March in response to growing concerns in Maine and nationwide about contamination from so-called PFAS chemicals. Used for decades in household products, food packaging and firefighting foams, PFAS chemicals linger in the environment for decades and have been linked to cancer, low birth weights and other health problems.
Fairfield junk piles keep growing on US Route 201
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

The hoarding problem at Maine 201 Antiques on Skowhegan Road has been going on for years. The town cites Dale. He tries to clean it up. They go back and forth. They’re stuck in a loop. Fairfield plans to schedule a meeting with the town attorney and town council to consider next steps for dealing with Robert Dale's property on Skowhegan Road, according to Fairfield Town Manager Michelle Flewelling.
Maine will get over $23 million for clean water projects
Associated Press - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Maine is receiving more than $23 million from the federal government for projects that help provide clean water. The money is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The money will be used to improve drinking water and water infrastructure throughout the state. It will help the Maine Department of Environmental Protection work to preserve marine environments.
Opinion: What if Green Energy Isn’t the Future?
Wall Street Journal - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

A week doesn’t pass without a mayor, governor or policy maker joining the headlong rush to pledge or demand a green energy future. Some 100 U.S. cities have made such promises. Hydrocarbons may be the source of 80% of America’s and the world’s energy, but to say they are currently out of favor is a dramatic understatement. Yet it’s both reasonable and, for contrarian investors, potentially lucrative to ask: What happens if renewables fail to deliver? ~ Mark P. Mills, Manhattan Institute
Soggy creatures
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Photos of nature from western Maine to brighten your day.
Mt. Blue State Park offers family fun, or a rigorous hike. You pick
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Whether you're interested in sitting on the shore of Webb Lake on a lazy day, watching the family swim, or tying on boots and hiking the rocky terrain up Tumbledown, Mt. Blue State Park has it all.
Column: May is the perfect month to explore Flying Pond in Vienna
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Vienna encompasses 400-acre Flying Pond, nestled among the verdant hills of central Maine. This pond offers a memorable May paddling experience. An archipelago of six islands a half-mile west of the boat launch makes this pond worth the visit. Red pine dominate one island. You can have all your synthesizers and bass guitars; give us moving air and clusters of pine needles for an auditory performance like no other. ~ Michael Perry
Opinion: Central Maine Power plan rife with conflicts of interest
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Conflicts of interest with New England Clean Energy Connect are a real problem and are almost as frustrating as the project itself. ~ Richard Ashton, Farmington, has implemented programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature
Opinion: Mainers Feeding Mainers is growing businesses, supporting communities in rural Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

In communities across Maine farmers are growing high-quality food for hunger-relief programs to nourish their neighbors in need, and those farmers are being paid for their products, thanks to a program called Mainers Feeding Mainers. This innovative program, run by Good Shepherd Food Bank, has been funded in recent years by a one-time state appropriation. This funding runs out next month, and without an ongoing appropriation, the food bank will lose approximately $1 million a year and Mainers Feeding Mainers will be drastically cut. ~ Kristen Miale, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Auburn
Letter: What’s going on, Gov. Mills?
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

I can’t help but wonder — what has happened to Gov. Janet Mills? She is so gung-ho for that transmission line foolishness that would cut through Maine. Even her home town of Farmington is against it. Signs beside the roads say “no.” It stands to reason that she should be against it. She should stop spending the taxpayers’ money and use her head, for a change. ~ Judy Baird, Lewiston
Alewives and salmon have arrived in Maine rivers. The stripers are next.
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Winter has been slow to let go of much of Maine, but anglers interested in migrating fish won’t have to wait much longer. River herring, which are also referred to as alewives, have arrived in many Maine rivers, and they’ll soon be followed by striped bass and American shad. And the federally endangered Atlantic salmon, which can’t be targeted by anglers, are also arriving in Maine.
Mills cites impacts on Maine as she pitches climate council to lawmakers
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills urged members of the Legislature on Friday to approve her initiative to create a climate change council to help Maine residents and businesses plan and prepare for the impacts of carbon emissions. Supporters lined up to offer more testimony on the bill’s behalf – but the measure also met opposition from industry figures who raised concerns about granting too much authority to the executive branch to set climate policy. Mills’ response to climate change is a sharp departure from that of her predecessor, Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who has said he is skeptical about the role of humans in climate change. LePage also frequently clashed with environmental activists and advocates during his two terms in office.
Land trusts working to preserve 300 years of open space conservation in Brunswick despite push for development
Times Record - Friday, May 17, 2019 

The Brunswick Town Commons, one of Maine’s earliest preserved tracts of open space, is celebrating its 300th year at a time when the town is under pressure to develop as continued growth in larger towns like Portland and Lewiston pushes some people and businesses into communities like Brunswick. Open space is land that a municipality has consciously decided not to develop. Brunswick has been making such a decision for three centuries.
Farmington woman to head Maine Forest Service
Sun Journal - Friday, May 17, 2019 

On May 20, Patty Cormier will begin her duties as the director of the Maine Forest Service (aka state forester). She will report to Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Amanda Beal. In her new role, Cormier will represent the forests and forestry interests of Maine, and oversee three divisions, the Forest Protection Division (Forest rangers), the Forest Policy and Management Division (foresters including planning staff such as urban forestry, water quality, stewardship) and the Forest Health and Monitoring Division (entomologists, pathologist and inventory staff). She will also serve on the Baxter Park Authority.
“Get Your Endangered Species Off My Bombing Range!”
Other - Friday, May 17, 2019 

CounterPunch - The Department of Defense is increasingly concerned about “encroachment” pressures adversely affecting the military’s use of training and testing lands. Military installations saw two main threats: nearby incompatible land uses and environmental restrictions to protect imperiled species and their habitats. Such problems are to be resolved by the DoD Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program. There are more than 93 REPI projects in 33 states. The REPI project in Maine serves the Navy’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School, which trains those at high risk of capture. This training requires a harsh climate in an isolated wilderness to teach skills needed for long term land survival. The Navy is working with the Trust for Public Land to obtain conservation easements that will remove or prevent intruding commercial activities on adjacent land. Partners include Maine Audubon Society, Mountain Conservancy Collaborative, and Trout Unlimited.
Longtime Seven Islands' CEO to retire, LaMontagne named as successor
Mainebiz - Friday, May 17, 2019 

John W. McNulty, who has spent 41 years with the company, will retire on Aug. 2 as president and CEO of Seven Islands Land Co., which manages 820,000 acres of Maine timberland for the Pingree family in Maine. Daniel J. LaMontagne, most recently senior director of land asset management at Weyerhaeuser, will be his successor and plans to join the company in June. LaMontagne began his career working for Sappi and then Plum Creek as a forester in Bingham. He then had roles with increasing responsibility at Plum Creek and Weyerhaeuser in the southern United States.
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