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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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Editorial: Ocean preserves ‘free from human influence’ necessary for research, recovery
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

With a presidential proclamation Thursday morning, Obama created the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which covers 5,000 square miles in the Atlantic Ocean. The designation will make the area off-limits to commercial fishing and oil and gas drilling. Fishing groups decried the monument designation, but few boats fish in the area, where fishing was already restricted, and lobstermen and crab harvesters have seven years to stop working within the monument. Conservation groups also are pressing Obama to protect Cashes Ledge, one of the few places left where cod are plentiful. The scientific value of preserving Cashes Ledge is indisputable.
Opinion: Federal regulatory creep would overburden railroads that support Maine economy
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

Maine’s industrial outputs consist mainly of paper, lumber and wood products. These forest products make up the bulk of the demand for shipping on Maine’s freight rail lines, which cover more than 1,100 miles across the state. The Surface Transportation Board is proposing to re-regulate certain commodities and to cap rates that railroads charge shippers based on their overall level of revenue. Combined, these proposals threaten the network and amount to re-regulation. ~ Ian Jefferies, Association of American Railroads
Most states on track to meet emissions targets they call burden
Reuters - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

The 27 states challenging the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. But most are likely to hit them anyway. States engaged in the legal battle that is set for an appellate court hearing later this month say their concerns go beyond whether they can meet the mandate. The states — most of them led by Republican governors — say they object to what they view as federal overreach by President Barack Obama and the Democrats and want to maintain flexibility to make energy decisions at the state level that reflect changing market conditions.
Remembering 40 years at the Common Ground Country Fair
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

The Common Ground Country Fair was started by the Maine Organic Farmer and Gardeners Association as a fundraiser forty years ago, and it succeeded, raising $22,000 that first year. It has endured, changing locations from Litchfield to Windsor and then settled in its own permanent location near MOFGA headquarters in Unity. Common Ground is the most famous Maine fair this side of E. B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” (which was modeled on the Blue Hill Fair). To celebrate its 40th anniversary, we asked some of Maine’s agricultural and food luminaries to share recollections of the fair over the years.
For 20 years, Dave Colson has been helping people park at the Common Ground Country Fair
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

At any given time during the three-day Common Ground Country Fair, there will be 12 to 20 volunteers helping people park. Dave Colson has a day job – he’s the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s agricultural services director – but at fair time, he’s busy running the show in the parking lot. His beige Toyota Tundra is command central for volunteers. We called Colson to get a view of the fair from the parking lot as MOFGA gears up for its 40th fair, starting Friday.
Horns Pond Campground is Maine’s most popular backcountry spot
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

The Horns Pond Campground is Maine's most popular backcountry spot. [photos]
Column: To find migrating birds, keep an eye on the weather
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

The southward migration of 5 billion birds in North America is a staggering phenomenon. These migratory movements provide us with the chance to see a diversity of birds, often in very large numbers. Migrating birds are flying on the edge of survival. Migrating birds may look for islands of habitat in areas that are heavily developed. The Evergreen Cemetery in Portland is one such magnet. Finally, migrants need water, so checking ponds, streams and rivers can produce excellent fall migrant numbers. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: There are few places that match the beauty of Kezar Lake
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

While never specifically found in print, it’s often claimed that National Geographic magazine once included Kezar Lake in its list of Three Most Beautiful Lakes in the World. After a magical three-hour exploration of the Upper Bay of Kezar Lake we concluded that the honor would have been deserved. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Now it begins, all the signs that fall is on the way
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

Autumn has a tale to tell, and like every good story there’s a beginning, a middle and an end. Some, like the deer hunters, are focusing on the first and last hour of daylight in the expanded archery zones while waterfowlers try to trim the Canada goose population. A few may even seek more eclectic wingshooting in the way of snipe and rails. And some will try more traditional endeavors like bears over bait. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: North Woods Exposure
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

The West Branch of the Penobscot River trip is a scenic, 5-day paddle of about 35 miles. Lobster Stream is a placid thoroughfare, while the Penobscot River presents just a few stretches of mild rips and rocks. Wind and waves can be an issue on the lakes if the weather comes up, especially on Chesuncook. There are no portages. Roomy campsites with a picnic table and ridgepole, fire ring and privy, are well-spaced and numerous. This is a perfect trip for reasonably experienced paddlers. But if you’re like me and could never cobble together a group, I’d recommend signing on to a guided trip with Mahoosuc Guide Service or any one of a number of other fine canoe outfitters. ~ Carey Kish
Editorial: PUC solar proposal wrong policy, process
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 18, 2016 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission, made up of three LePage appointees, is proposing the phase-out of net energy billing, also known as net metering, the one program Maine has to encourage solar investment. This is the wrong policy. It creates uncertainty for investors that would kill jobs in the solar industry, a rare bright spot in the Maine economy because of its potential for growth. Slowing solar expansion also means that the dirtiest electric plants will continue to come online in the summer to meet peak demand, contributing to air pollution and the greenhouse gas emissions that are changing the climate. But not only is this the wrong policy, it’s also the wrong process.
Trail expert: Ill-fated hiker Geraldine Largay disregarded common sense
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 17, 2016 

An Appalachian Trail expert who led the training course Geraldine Largay took before the thru-hiker got lost off the trail in 2013 and died in the woods says that the 66-year-old from Tennessee apparently did not follow his instruction to “go downhill and downstream.” Warren Doyle, who is controversial within hiking circles because of his brash methods, said he does not teach survival skills, such as how to make a fire or how to use a compass, because getting off course on the trail is so rare. Largay took Doyle’s five-day course about a year before embarking on the journey. But a warden service report on Doyle within the Largay 1,579-page case file raises questions not just about Largay’s preparedness for the challenging hike but also Doyle’s role in training her.
Column: Low-hanging fruit: sometimes berries are better than bears
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 17, 2016 

For about 10 years, Diane and I never missed bear camp. During that time, Diane shot one medium-size bear. The meat was superb, and she had the head mounted. In that 10 years, no shots were taken by me. It was after a few years at bear camp that we admitted to ourselves that the passion we held for bagging a deer was not quite as strong when it came to putting a bear on the game pole. We once joked that the most successful bear hunts were those when we came home without a bear. You guessed it. It was everything else about the bear hunt — the trappings — that really held the allure. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Penobscot tribe, climate activists to oppose pipeline at Portland rally
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 17, 2016 

Maine climate activists from 350 Maine will join the Penobscot Nation today in Portland to call on President Barack Obama to stop a proposed $3.8 billion pipeline in South Dakota. A source of nationwide protest, the proposed pipeline would carry a half-million barrels of crude oil daily from western North Dakota to Illinois. Despite a federal order to half construction near an American Indian reservation in North Dakota, the Texas company developing the Dakota Access pipeline says it is committed to the project. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, however, says the pipeline will disturb sacred burial and cultural sites, in addition to harming their water supplies.
Maine’s humpback whales enjoying better times, no longer ‘endangered’
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 17, 2016 

The humpback whales that summer off the coast of Maine are no longer at grave risk of extinction, so the federal government has officially removed them from its list of endangered species list. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced earlier this month that it has taken all North Atlantic humpbacks, plus those in eight other of their species’ 14 population segments around the globe, off the list.
Maine winters to get warmer this century, study shows
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 17, 2016 

As we start the slide toward winter, a long-range forecast should send a chill through Mainers who love the season’s snow and cold. Winters in mid-21st century America will be warmer and shorter than they are now, an article in this month’s Journal of Climate said, sounding another alarm about the impacts of global warming.
Letter: Unity College should keep consistent in the details
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 17, 2016 

I read with interest about Unity College and its new president, Melik Peter Khoury. The college’s mission – sustainability and environmental stewardship – is certainly a crucial one as we face the ever-increasing dangers of climate change. So it was shocking to read that the president was passing out water bottles to students on the day they moved in. Plastic, toss-away items are a significant reason we are facing the ecological crises on the planet. I urge Unity College to be more conscious of such an important matter. Be consistent in your mission. ~ Barbara Doughty, Portland
Blog: Judging by History, a European Ban on Maine Lobster Might Really Happen
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 16, 2016 

Earlier this year, Sweden complained about finding American lobsters in nearby waters and called for a ban on imports of the crustacean. Last week, the EU took a major step forward in the process for pursuing such a ban when a scientific review body said that Sweden’s complaint has merit. That means that a further review will now be conducted on whether the American lobster is a threat to native European lobsters and whether banning its import is a solution. If the wider review says yes to those questions, then the EU may very well halt all imports of American lobster. Unfortunately, the EU does have a history of banning or otherwise restricting U.S. food products for various reasons. ~ Phoenix McLaughlin
Katahdin area looking at complex transition to national monument
Morning Sentinel - Friday, September 16, 2016 

Lucas St. Clair, president of Elliotsville Plantation Inc., told an audience at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts on Friday that in the roughly three weeks since the announcement, more than 700 cars have visited the monument. As the area around the monument braces for growth, St. Clair said it will require thoughtful planning to take into consideration the rural economy, traditional land uses such as hunting and snowmobiling, and best conservation practices, including the impact on and relationship to next-door Baxter State Park.
Listen Up Maine, The People Have Spoken, They Want More Solar
Conservation Law Foundation - Friday, September 16, 2016 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has done it again, acting against the best interest of Maine’s citizens and businesses by proposing a new rule that will limit the growth of solar energy in Maine. Maine already lags well behind the rest of New England and the country on solar development and this new rule will ensure we remain at the back of the pack.
Maine politicians team with the lobster industry to fight Europe lobster ban proposal
WCSH-TV6 - Friday, September 16, 2016 

Members of Maine’s Congressional Delegation, scientists and people in the state’s lobster industry are coming together to show they are united in their opposition to Sweden’s proposal to ban the imports of lobsters into the European Union. They gathered Friday morning at Ready Seafood, a lobster distributor down along the Portland waterfront. This issue cuts across political lines. Sen. Angus King (I) and Reps. Chellie Pingree (D) and Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R) put their differences aside and joined forces to speak out against the ban. " this case, the science is weak and the consequences are huge," Sen. King said. "Over $100 million worth of lobsters from Maine."
Katahdin-Area Residents Air National Monument Concerns at Meeting
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, September 16, 2016 

It was just over three weeks ago that President Barack Obama designated 87,000 acres of remote Maine forestland as a national monument. But there are lots of details to work out: Recreational access, potential fees and timber harvesting were among the top concerns expressed by a crowd of more than 150 people who met Thursday evening in Stacyville to discuss the future of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Lawmakers, Scientist Express Doubt Over Maine Lobsters’ Ability to Invade Europe
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, September 16, 2016 

Maine’s Congressional Delegation is trying to step up its defense of Maine’s lobster industry now that the European Union says it will take the next step in considering Sweden’s call for banning live American lobster from the EU. Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and independent U.S. Sen. Angus King, along with Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, sent a letter to the EU calling attention to a ban’s economic effects. The U.S. and Canada sell about $200 million worth of live lobster to EU countries each year. The politicians were backed by Bob Steneck, a University of Maine marine scientist who has studied Maine’s lobster for decades. He says that while there is one example of a lobster found in the Northeast Atlantic that carried fertilized eggs that were a hybrid of the Euro and American species, there is no evidence that such eggs would hatch, or that the larvae would stand a chance of survival, never mind propagate to threatening numbers.
New England fishermen consider whether to fight Atlantic monument designation
Associated Press - Friday, September 16, 2016 

Fishermen in New England say President Barack Obama needlessly dealt a big blow to their industry when he created the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine national monument and circumvented the existing process for protecting fisheries. The new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the New England coast. The designation will close the area to commercial fishermen, who go there primarily for lobster, red crab, squid, whiting, butterfish, swordfish and tuna. After Thursday’s announcement, fishermen pondered their next move: sue, lobby Congress to change the plan or relocate.
Where do the most moose get harvested in Maine?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 16, 2016 

We compiled a list of places where the most moose were harvested, according to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife data from 2015:
T17, R2- 32 harvests
Allagash – 23 harvests
T15, R10 – 22 harvests
T5, R15 – 21 harvests
T15, R5 – 20 harvests
T15, R12 – 19 harvests
Madawaska – T12, R9 – T14, R12 – T2, R4 – 18 harvests
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