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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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Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund grants go to lots of great projects
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund has provided more than $20 million for conservation and outdoor recreation projects. Here are a few projects that received funding in the last round.
• Maine Brook Trout Coastal Stream and Pond Survey
• Reconstruction of Rainbow Dam to Protect Artic Charr and Brook Trout
• Allagash Wilderness Waterway Snowmobiles
• Improvements at Pierce Pond to Facilitate Learning about Fish Passage
• Shooting Range and Facilities Access Improvement Program
• Trail Enhancements for Year Round Recreation and Stewardship Promotion
Acadia National Park on pace to break 2017 record for visitors
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Visits to Maine’s only national park so far this year are on pace to exceed the total from 2017, when Acadia had an estimated record of 3.5 million visits, according to park officials. A notable exception to the increase in fall visits to Acadia occurred in 2013, when a 16-day federal government shutdown in October resulted in a steep drop off in park visitation. President Donald Trump has raised the specter of forcing another federal government shutdown this fall, after the federal fiscal year comes to a close Sept. 30, over funding for his proposed wall along the Mexican border.
National park maintenance backlog to draw members of Congress to Acadia
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation are coming to visit the only national park in the state this week to learn more about Acadia’s $59.8 million maintenance backlog. Sen. Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin, along with National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith are expected to meet with Acadia officials and other local leaders and tour the park Thursday. Representatives from the staffs of Sen. Susan Collins and Rep. Chellie Pingree also are expected to attend.
Editorial: New rules place at-risk species further in peril
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

The Trump administration and Republican lawmakers have put forward a series of proposals that would weaken how science is used to protect threatened and endangered species, and hand more oversight to states with serious conflicts of interest. The Endangered Species Act has saved hundreds of species on the list, many of which would now be gone without the protections the law provides. The law could use more flexibility, as long as it always leaned toward helping threatened species. That’s what you’d do if you really wanted to improve the Endangered Species Act. The bills before Congress, however, would only weaken it.
Opinion: Plan for Scarborough Downs property fits with town’s vision
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

When we had an opportunity to purchase the Scarborough Downs property, we studied the 2006 comprehensive plan and the zoning and made an offer. There was celebration that we are local developers who wish to follow the desires of residents and municipal leaders. We have kept our end of the deal. The master plan we put forth is synced to the town’s current comprehensive plan, which embodies the wishes of residents. Further, our plan delivers a balanced, planned community creating an economic hub in Scarborough – providing amenities and prosperity for decades to come. Our team will invest hundreds of millions into public infrastructure and amenities. The project will diversify Scarborough’s tax base, create thousands of jobs, generate millions in tax revenue and attract new businesses to town – all without burdening the taxpayers. ~ Rocco Risbara III, Crossroads Holdings and Risbara Bros. Construction
Letter: Tax dollars fan flames of climate change
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Hurricanes in Hawaii, raging fires in California forests, sea-level rise in Florida and Maine — these are the signs of climate change coming home to roost. What is often overlooked in discussions about carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases building up is that the Pentagon is the biggest consumer of fossil fuels on the planet. The Pentagon creates over 70 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. And these figures do not even include the Pentagon’s many contractors, including weapons manufacturers. Until we take an honest look at reducing the Pentagon’s giant carbon boot print, our tax dollars will continue to fan the flames of catastrophic climate change. ~ Lisa Savage, Solon
Letter: Carbon tax is best first step
Sun Journal - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Garrett Mason stated, “a carbon tax would raise gas and electricity costs for all consumers and have little environmental impact.” The proposal by the Citizen’s Climate Lobby includes a dividend which would give more money back to the majority of Maine households than their increased expenses. A tax will lower greenhouse gas emissions in a measured way. Alternative energy will become relatively cheaper. The cost of inaction is huge. Farmers are dealing with heatwaves, drought, downpours and increased pests and diseases. Fishermen are witnessing rapidly warming waters and ocean acidification. Loggers see the trees they harvest infested by pests that are increasing their range. An increasingly unstable climate spurs extreme weather events which costs taxpayers and homeowners billions. ~ Roberta Brezinski, Durham
Discovery of immature lobsters in deep Down East waters may be good news for industry
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Researchers feared that declines in the numbers of baby lobsters found in warmer, shallow waters might presage a population bust, but the young may merely be moving to deeper habitat, UMaine professor Richard Wahle says. “Eastern Maine used to be a [lobster] settlement desert,” Wahle said. “Not anymore.” Computer models that address rising ocean temperatures have predicted a 40 to 62 percent decline in Gulf of Maine lobster populations over the next 30 years, but Wahle’s deepwater settlement findings suggest the Bay of Fundy effect may insulate eastern Maine from these predicted declines.
UMPI Gets OK For New Agribusiness Program
Maine Public - Monday, September 17, 2018 

University of Maine System Trustees have approved a new degree program at the Presque Isle campus, which they say is designed to meet the need for highly qualified agriculture and agribusiness professionals. UMPI President Ray Rice says the program will teach current agricultural practices and support research-based approaches to improving agribusiness operations. Rice says there are already 8 students enrolled in the program.
Beavers block culverts again in Livermore
Sun Journal - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Beavers are blocking culverts on the Strickland Ferry Road in Livermore, according to town officials. Maine Game Warden Harry Weigman will get advice from a biologist on how to keep the rodents from blocking culverts. “I don’t water building up and freezing there all winter long,” he said.
Maine Public interviews Leslie about new ocean conservation database
UMaine Today - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Maine Public interviewed Heather Leslie, director of the UMaine Darling Marine Center in Walpole, about a new ocean conservation database she helped create. Leslie worked with a team of researchers to design the Conservation Planning Database after realizing there was no central location to share information about ocean conservation. The peer-reviewed database, intended to help people all over the world learn about and solve marine issues, is free and open to the public, and is available online.
Belfast police search for whoever shot seagull
WGME-TV13 - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Belfast police are searching for whoever shot a seagull, which led to the bird having to be put down. Officials say the bird, which is a legally protected species, was found with a single lead projectile lodged in it. They say the bird's wing wasn't repairable, and the bird was euthanized.
Digital big-game registration system gives Maine wildlife biologists real-time harvest data
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Up until this fall, the state’s wildlife biologists had to wait for months in order to tell how many moose, deer, bears or turkeys hunters had been harvested. Thanks to a new web-based registration system, those days are over. This new system will quickly allow tagging stations and hunters to register their animal, and also provide our biologists and game wardens with real-time harvest data.
Maine Dam Being Removed To Make Way For Smelt, Trout
Maine Public - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A Maine conservation group is beginning the process of removing a granite dam in Sullivan as part of project to make a brook more accessible to fish. The Downeast Salmon Federation says the removal of the dam from Smelt Brook is "part of a multi-faceted land conservation and habitat restoration project to bring smelt back to the stream.'' The group says the removal of the dam will connect Smelt Brook back to Smelt Cove at the foot of Frenchman Bay. That will allow fish such as smelt, brook trout and American eel to pass through the area. The removal will also restore salt marsh. The dam was built more than 50 years ago.
Waterville’s $1.5 million RiverWalk at Head of Falls open to the public
Morning Sentinel - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The RiverWalk at Head of Falls was rife with activity Monday morning with people walking dogs, a Colby College professor and his class checking out the Kennebec River and public works employees installing a conduit for electricity to an outdoor amphitheater. The $1.5 million RiverWalk features a lighted, 900-foot boardwalk along the river, a gazebo, a large interactive children’s play area, art installations and landscaping, including trees and flowers. Though the RiverWalk is open to the public, workers are still adding features. A dedication ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on October 6. Former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell, who lived at Head of Falls when he was a small child, will be the principle speaker.
Paper streets pit Cape Elizabeth residents against the town
WGME-TV13 - Monday, September 17, 2018 

After months of debate, Cape Elizabeth town councilors will make a decision on the paper streets that have torn residents apart for years. Five homeowners on the waterfront filed a lawsuit against Cape Elizabeth a year ago, because the town never developed the road only marked on paper. Owners then agreed to pay $500,000 to the town in a settlement proposal, if they gave up the rights to the undeveloped street. Behind those homes is a gravel path that allows deeded residents access to the shoreline, and now some residents feel they won’t have access to public ways. However, residents say the trail near the shoreline is privately owned. Now it’s up to councilors to make a vote on what's works best for homeowners, and the entire town of Cape Elizabeth.
Reconnecting People With Nature
Maine Public - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Bowdoin College biology professor emeritus Nathaniel T. Wheelwright shares his latest project, a series of videos filmed almost entirely in his backyard that are designed to encourage mindfulness and curiosity among viewers. Joining Nat is Patty Jones, Director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island.
Opponents, Supporters Of Canada-Massachusetts Energy Project Speak At Hearings
Maine Public - Monday, September 17, 2018 

About 200 people turned out Friday night for a pair of hearings held by the Maine Public Utilities Commission — one in Farmington and one in the Forks — on Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line known as New England Clean Energy Connect. It’s a 145-mile power line that would bring Canadian hydropower through western Maine to Massachusetts. While the majority of those who spoke Friday were opposed to the plan, CMP spokesman John Carroll says there seems to be some consensus on at least one topic: climate change.
Cape Elizabeth considering 'pay-to-park' at Fort Williams
WGME-TV13 - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Cape Elizabeth Town Councilors will discuss a proposal Monday night that would bring cashless parking meters to Fort Williams Park. The proposal would place 10 cashless meters in five parking lots across the park from April through November. The pay-to-park lots would include the parking lots closest to the Portland Headlight, the parking lot next to the Fort Williams Beach, and the Parking Lot behind the Bite into Maine lobster shack. In total, 270 spots would become pay-to-park.
Column: LePage’s *%+# up
Forecaster - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Recently, Gov. Paul LePage sent a letter to business leaders. “Employers who have the highest use of unemployment in their slow season are already socializing their costs across the system,” the governor wrote. The matter was raised by a bill sponsored by Republican state Sen. Amy Volk of Scarborough to help industries such as logging and construction, which experience weather-related interruptions caused by stuff like mud season, and are sometimes forced to institute temporary layoffs. According to dictionaries, socialization is a noun and socializing is a verb that mean “the process of learning to behave in a way that is acceptable to society.” That has long eluded the governor. It’s possible LePage is confusing these terms with “socialism,” which is when the government takes all your money and gives you free health care and food stamps. Oddly, a careful examination of the issue that has incensed the governor reveals no trace of socialism. Or, for that matter, socialization. ~ Al Diamon
Opinion: Quebec hydro line will ruin Maine’s ‘golden egg’ — our beautiful forest
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Central Maine Power’s proposal to construct a new 53-mile corridor, as part of a larger 145-mile transmission line, through the woods of the Upper Moose River Basin will degrade our treasured natural assets. Yet, CMP and Hydro-Quebec expects us to embrace this project’s extensive visual and environmental impacts, all in the name of delivering Canadian hydro power to Massachusetts? I say enough is enough. What’s next? An adjacent pipeline? An East-West Highway? Yet another expanded power line? The impacts from these possibilities will incrementally destroy the value of the natural golden eggs that nourish our quality of life, valued irreplaceable assets that feed our rural forestry, tourism and small-business economy. ~ Roger Merchant, Glenburn
Changes: Judy Berk to retire from NRCM
Maine Environmental News - Monday, September 17, 2018 

On Monday, Judy Berk, a long-time staffer at the Natural Resources Council of Maine, announced that she will be retiring from NRCM later this year. Burk wrote to colleagues, "I have worked in communications at NRCM for more than 27 years, and it has been so rewarding – a challenge, an adventure, a learning and growing experience, an opportunity to do constructive, substantive work at a great place with a great team pulling together to make the Maine we love, a better place. What more could you ask for?" The deadline for applications is October 11.
Scientists Create New Online Ocean Conservation Tool
Maine Public - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A new online ocean conservation tool has been launched. It's called the Conservation Planning Database. "So I know it sounds like a bit of a snoozer, but it's actually incredibly exciting," says Heather Leslie, director of the University of Maine Darling Marine Research Center in Walpole. "This is something that a large team of scientists from all over the world have been working on for going on 20 years now." Leslie says the free, peer-reviewed repository of information is meant to assist people from all over the world in learning about and solving ocean issues.
As Herring Fishery Closes, Maine Fishermen Turn To Plentiful 'Pogies' For Bait
Maine Public - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Good news for Maine lobstermen: Just as a scarcity of the herring they use to bait their traps has closed that fishery, state officials are expanding the fishery for another baitfish - menhaden, or pogies that have shown up in large numbers off Maine for the third year in a row. State Marine Resources Coordinator Melissa Smith says with the Gulf of Maine's waters warming, and North Atlantic currents changing, the state may see them return more often. Four southern states where pogies have not been abundant this year are transferring some of their federal quotas for the fish to Maine.
Maine communities torn apart by age-old debate: Business growth or water views?
Other - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Portsmouth Herald (NH) - It’s a special place for the 60-some residences, split between Kittery and Eliot, affixed to its shoreline. A proposal by a local shellfish company to expand its aquaculture operations to the length of three football fields within the body of water has posed a considerable question some abutters are hastily trying to answer: Who exactly owns Spinney Creek, both literally and figuratively?
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