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Action Alert - Tuesday, August 20, 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
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.
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.
Wabanaki artists, culture event, Aug 24
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 17, 2019 

40+ members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms, including basketmaking, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to performances of drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling. At Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester, August 24, 10 am - 3 pm.
A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact, Aug 23
Announcement - Friday, August 16, 2019 

According to the EPA's own analysis, the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule will result in up to 1,400 more premature deaths a year by 2030. Learn about the impacts of Trump's deregulation campaign on a CNN Special Report "A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact." August 23, 10 pm.
Close Encounters of the First Kind, Aug 22
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Maine’s First Ship hosts Ken Hamilton for a discussion of the earliest European and indigenous people interactions, from 16th century Jacques Cartier and Basque fishermen to early 17th century French and English explorers. At Bath Freight Shed, Bath, August 22, 7 pm.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Anniversary Celebration, Aug 23-24
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Dinner, music, silent auction, awards, and toast to commemorate the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s August 24th, 2016 proclamation. At New England Outdoor Center, T1 R8, August 23-24, $25.
Earth Day 2020
Announcement - Thursday, August 15, 2019 

Earth Day, the global environmental movement for a cleaner, greener, safer and more just world for all, turns 50 next year. Want to help?
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How to get permission to hunt on private land
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

Late last year, my buddies and I learned the land where we’d spent countless hours deer hunting had been sold. Since then, we’ve made contact with one of the new landowners and were happy to learn that he plans on keeping the land open to hunters. I’m lucky I have a longtime hunting spot, but many Mainers aren’t so fortunate and regularly find themselves seeking a spot to hunt in a state where 94 percent of the land is privately held. Rick LaFlamme, landowner relations specialist for the Maine Warden Service, said hunters or recreationists seeking to gain permission to access land they don’t own should contact the landowner "way ahead of time.”
LePage urges employers to seek repeal of ‘mud season’ layoff benefits rule
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage (R) is urging 45,000 employers in Maine to push for the repeal of a new law that relaxes work-search requirements for Mainers who experience short-term job layoffs. The new law exempts laid-off employees from work-search requirements in Maine’s unemployment insurance law for up to six weeks, provided that their employers set a specific date for them to return to their jobs after no more than 12 weeks. LePage vetoed the bill in July but it was overridden on a bipartisan vote by the Legislature. The key sponsor of the new law, Sen. Amy Volk (R), said the measure is meant to help employers such as logging companies, who regularly use temporary layoffs to get through seasonal shifts in the weather.
EPA ready to demolish part of Sanford mill building, a year after massive fire
Journal Tribune - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

Part of the Stenton Trust mill, which burned more than a year ago in the largest fire in Sanford’s history, will be demolished starting at the end of September. The demolition of the rear tower at the mill is expected to take four to six months, Buck told the City Council on Tuesday. The front tower will remain and could be redeveloped. The EPA will pay the costs of the demolition.
Many of the dead seals that washed up on Maine’s coast had viruses, tests show
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

Researchers have been looking for the reasons behind a surge in seal deaths. Many of the dead seals that washed ashore in northern New England in the past few weeks tested positive for either avian influenza or phocine distemper virus, but it is still too soon to say if those viruses are the primary causes of the unusual die-off, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
If you hunt on someone else’s land, here’s a way to give back
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

Again this year, the Maine Warden Service and the Maine Forest Service are joining forces to organize their fifth landowner appreciation cleanup day on Sunday, Sept. 9. Wardens and forest rangers have identified dozens of sites across the state that need attention, and they’re encouraging civic organizations and outdoor clubs to join a good-natured trash-picking competition. The goal: Make the forests cleaner, and show the state’s private landowners that those who use those lands appreciate the opportunity to do so.
Opinion: Katahdin Woods and Waters gives me hope for the future of this region
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

While the run up to the designation as a national monument had a few bumps, most of us have agreed for some time now that preserving these 87,500 acres as a monument is a good thing. It will help to foster tourism, sustainable jobs and access to the woods and outdoor traditions that we love. In fact, Katahdin Woods and Waters represents a remarkable investment and good fortune for Maine, with the donation of private land and funds plus the resources that the National Park Service brings to this monument. This is exactly the shot in the arm that we needed to help strengthen and diversify our economy. ~ Richard Schmidt III, Patten
Apple celebrates national parks with Apple Pay, Apple Watch
Other - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

Apple is helping fans support and enjoy America’s national parks with a new Apple Pay donation program and Apple Watch Activity Challenge. Apple will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation every time Apple Pay is used in its stores, on, or in the Apple Store app between August 24 and August 31. It will also reward Watch wearers with special badges for completing National Park events. “America’s national parks are treasures everyone should experience, and we’re proud to support them again this month by donating a dollar for every purchase made with Apple Pay at one of our stores,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Some Of The Oldest Ice In The Arctic Is Now Breaking Apart
National Public Radio - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

A huge pack of floating ice along the northern Greenland coastline is breaking up and drifting apart into the Arctic Ocean — another consequence, scientists say, of global warming caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. "We've never seen anything this large in terms of an opening north of Greenland," says polar scientist Ted Scambos.
OPEGA Finds No Evidence LePage Diverted Lumber to Punish Critics
Free Press - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

The nonpartisan Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability has found “no indication” that Gov. Paul LePage was involved in a decision to divert deliveries of logs to punish two mill owners who criticized him, according to a new report released Monday. The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee commissioned the report after rumors surfaced that the governor may have ordered deliveries of spruce and fir harvested from public lands to be diverted to Stratton Lumber and away from sawmills owned by Jason and Chris Brochu, who had publicly clashed with LePage over his opposition to U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.
Opinion: Quebec hydro project a bad deal for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

Central Maine Power is pushing for a huge transmission line that would cross large areas of Maine’s undeveloped North Woods. The line would allow Hydro-Quebec to sell its electricity at a premium in Massachusetts. The Natural Resources Council of Maine strongly opposes this proposed transmission line and believes it is a bad deal for Maine and its environment. We should learn from our neighbors in New Hampshire, who wisely rejected the Northern Pass even with an offer of hundreds of millions of dollars to mitigate its damage. Northern Pass did not make sense for New Hampshire, and CMP’s transmission line makes no sense for Maine. We need to control our energy future with renewable energy projects closer to home. That is best for Maine’s economy and environment. ~ Lisa Pohlmann, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Opinion: Wildlife watchers need a seat at the table
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

Maine’s bear-feeding program has not controlled the bear population. Maine has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to kill coyotes, despite the lack of any evidence of benefit to Maine’s deer herd. Maine allows the poisoning of bald eagles with lead bullet fragments in coyote bait. The Legislature’s Committee on Fisheries and Wildlife is not representative of Maine people, 90 percent of whom do not hunt. Wildlife watching in Maine generates $1.3 billion in annual economic activity, nearly double the amount generated by hunting and fishing combined. Reforming Maine’s fish and wildlife laws and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife must include a paradigm shift away from promoting the killing of our wildlife to promoting its conservation for all Mainers. ~ John M. Glowa Sr., South China
Letter: A lot can be done locally to reduce water and air pollution
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 23, 2018 

Our elected officials have erased almost 15 percent (and climbing) of my Social Security. Part of that increase is the “rain tax,” which just went up. I call it the “rain tax” because, in our complex, almost all of the rain drains into the woods (not the sewer) and nourishes the trees. Each July Fourth, we celebrate with fireworks that add a pollutant to Casco Bay called perchlorate. The debris washes up on East End Beach and trash is thrown into the rocks, to be cleaned out by volunteers. If we add pollutants to Casco Bay, how will we clean the bay with the 35-year tax? While we have an Environmental Protection Agency that does nothing about this, the EPA is not really needed. A little common sense would tell you that, locally, we can do a lot about water and air pollution. ~ Art Sears, Portland
Critics question plan for CMP power line through western Maine
Sun Journal - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

Whether Central Maine Power should get permission to construct its proposed 145-mile electrical transmission line between Quebec and Lewiston drew sharp comments Wednesday during a session sponsored by the Sierra Club at City Hall. The $950 million project would deliver power generated by Hydro-Québec to users in Massachusetts if it wins approval from regulators. Though critics said the power-line corridor through the Maine woods would harm the state’s natural environment and crimp sight-lines in one of the most scenic areas of New England, proponents said it’s a necessary step toward a carbon-free future.
New trail at Mt. Apatite ready to ride
Sun Journal - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

Volunteers built a bridge on the new “Signature” mountain bike trail at Mt. Apatite in Auburn on Wednesday. The bridge is the final section of trail that was needed for the 1.4-mile trail to be completed and ready to ride. The project began with 30 volunteers clearing the corridor earlier this summer and finished with the bridge. The completed trail is only one-half of the project planned for Mt. Apatite, said Chris Riley, president of the Central Maine chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association.
$80K gone: Litchfield Fair bank accounts discovered empty 2 weeks before opening
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

Organizers of the annual Litchfield Fair have discovered that their bank accounts are empty, just more than two weeks before the event is scheduled to go underway. The Litchfield Farmers’ Club has run the fair for about 150 years. The group’s top officers said its accounts have been wiped out of more than $80,000. Club President Charlie Smith said the organization’s treasurer has resigned and agreed to cooperate with a Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office investigation. The group is trying to raise back $20,000 in the next two weeks to help open the fair on schedule.
NOAA Announces New Herring Catch Limits, And Some Advocates Are Worried
Maine Public - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

New England's Atlantic herring fishery could be on the verge of collapse in some areas, and federal regulators have decided to immediately reduce catch limits. Conservationists welcome the move as a way to help populations recover, but advocates for the fishing industry fear extended quota reductions over the next few years.
Wabanaki Basketmakers Want To Show That Harvesting Sweetgrass Can Be Sustainable
Maine Public - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

The Wabanaki nation, and a handful of other federally recognized nations around the country, are working toward harvest rights in some of the nation's most protected areas. A pilot project underway downeast could serve as a national model. Passamaquoddy basket makers Gal Frey and her son Gabriel are doing what no one else in the country is currently allowed to do: they're picking sweetgrass from the protected marshes of Acadia National Park.
Portland Metro rolls out its biggest expansion ever, with new bus service in Gorham and Westbrook
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

The largest public transit expansion in two decades will launch next week, when Portland Metro begins a new service to Gorham and adds a bus line across Westbrook. The expanded service includes an unlimited transit pass for University of Southern Maine students and staff, projected to add hundreds of thousands of new boardings a year for the growing transit agency.
New bike lanes to replace some parking after Portland repaving work
Forecaster - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

As many as 210 on-street parking spaces will be lost as part of extensive repaving of sections of Washington and Allen avenues. “By replacing the underutilized parking with higher quality bicycle facilities, the street space will be used more efficiently and actively so that bicycling will be a safer and more realistic option for transportation on Washington Avenue and Allen Avenue,” Senior Transportation Engineer Jennifer Ladd said.
Four people rescued from rip currents at Biddeford beach
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

Four people who got caught up in rip currents at Fortunes Rocks Beach in Biddeford were rescued by five lifeguards Wednesday afternoon. The two adults and two children are hospitalized.
More than 60 crates of live lobster lost in Brunswick crash
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

Approximately $65,000 worth of live lobster were damaged or destroyed late Wednesday morning after a box truck overturned in the northbound lanes of Route 1 just past Cooks Corner. The driver of the truck was taken to Mid Coast Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Most of the lobsters were contained in 60 to 70 crates, but some crates were broken in the crash. Brunswick police and fire personnel assisted in attempts to salvage the lobsters, which were taken from the scene by Cozy Harbor personnel.
Regulators cut back herring fishing over concerns about population
Associated Press - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

Herring harvests are being cut by millions of pounds because of concerns about the important little fish’s population, the federal government announced on Wednesday. Herring fishing is a major industry in New England and the mid-Atlantic states, where the schooling fish are harvested for use as bait, food, fish oil and other products. But a recent assessment shows the fish’s stock is in decline, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
Editorial: Trump’s proposed pollution rules will cause more Americans to die. The EPA says so.
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

Last week, we found out that the Trump administration lied when it said that weakening vehicle fuel efficiency standards would save lives. Now, it has come to light that the administration was warned that easing emissions standards for power plants would cause more Americans to die. The administration ignored the warnings and went ahead with a proposal to allow coal-fired power plants to pollute more. In November, it is imperative that we elect representatives, at the state and national level, who understand the deadly consequences of refusing to lower greenhouse gas emissions and will take action to reduce them.
Five Examples of Brett Kavanaugh’s Extreme Record on the Environment
Sierra Club - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s anti-environmental, anti-public health record shows that he will not protect and defend fundamental clean air, clean water and climate safeguards that are vital to the health of people across this country. In decision after decision, Kavanaugh has shown that he will back the right of corporations and millionaires to pollute over the right of the public to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in safe, healthy communities. With Kavanaugh, an extremist Supreme Court will threaten our nation’s bedrock public health and environmental laws—like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. Here are just five cases that demonstrate Brett Kavanaugh’s extreme record on the environment.
Road leading into Katahdin national monument to be closed Monday
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 

Potential visitors to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument should be aware of a one-day road closing that will shut down access to the most commonly traveled route into the south end of the property. Swift Brook Road will be closed about 3½ miles west of Route 11 beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, while a crew repairs a culvert. There will be no access to the popular Katahdin Loop Road via Swift Brook Road during the closure. Swift Brook Road is expected to reopen the morning of Aug. 28.
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