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Announcement - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 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
Confronting Rising Seas on Island and Coastal Communities, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Susie Arnold, Ph.D., Marine Scientist at the Island Institute will discuss the predicted impacts of sea level rise on homes, businesses, and working waterfronts. At Island Institute, Rockland, July 18, 10:30 am.
Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, Jul 18-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

The festival is a celebration of the Maine Woods and commemorates the history of the Wabanaki people and poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods.
Rare Ecosystems of the Downeast Lakes, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Justin Schlawin, Maine Natural Areas Program ecologist, will identify many special places in and around the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. At Grand Lake Stream School Building, July 17, 6 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Lakes Land Trust.
Forest Management for Wildlife Habitat, Jul 13
Event - Posted - Friday, July 6, 2018 

Learn about wildlife biology in eastern Maine and tour the habitat management techniques used at Downeast Lakes Land Trust. At Grand Lake Stream School, July 13, 9 am - 1 pm.
Former Maine Warden to speak at Rangeley, Jul 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

Former game warden Daren Worcester will discuss his book “Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service,” which deals with a time before reality TV, GPS devices and dashboard computers, a time of coming of age for the Maine Warden Service. At Rangeley Public Library, July 11, 6 pm.
A White Mountain National PARK, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Stuart Weeks and Michael Kellett discuss the vision of creating a White Mountain National Park. At Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA, July 10, 7 pm.
Swanville Fern Walk, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Learn about ferns with botanist Hildy Ellis. At Thanhauser-Chunn Farm, Swanville, July 10, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
CREA SummerFest, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Cathance River Education Alliance holds an evening featuring dinner, auction, and dancing to celebrate its accomplishments and support its future. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, July 8.
Native Gardening and Biodiversity Matter, Jul 5
Event - Posted - Friday, June 29, 2018 

Noted author, photographer and dynamic speaker, Doug Tallamy, will discuss his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” an invaluable resource for professionals and home gardeners who are looking for ways to improve backyard habitat for wildlife — from insects to songbirds and beyond. At Rockport Opera House, July 5, 7 pm.
Imagine the Maine Woods National Park art exhibit, July 2-30
Announcement - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

View the wild faces and places of the proposed 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park through a fine-art photography exhibit. At Camden Library, July 2-30. Opening reception July 5, 4-5 pm. Multi-media presentation, July 24.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. July 1, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Paddle events on Orland River Day, June 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 23, 2018 

Cheri Domina of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Karen Francoeur of Castine Kayak Adventures will lead canoers and kayakers on the scenic route to the Orland River Day festivities June 30 by joining the annual alewife run from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery to Orland Village.
Raising Outsiders, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Friday, June 22, 2018 

Three Maine authors will discuss “How to get your kids unplugged and outdoors.” At L.L.Bean, Freeport, June 29, 7-8 pm.
A Doctor, a Farmer, and a Weatherman Walk into a Bar..., Jun 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 21, 2018 

Join Maine Conservation Voters and the Union of Concerned Scientists for a panel discussion on climate change, biodiversity and extreme weather patterns. At Sebago Brewing Co., Portland, June 28, 6 pm, free, RSVP.
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News Items
Homeowners and Scientists Clash With Companies Over Harvesting Of Seaweed in Washington County
Maine Public - Monday, June 25, 2018 

The blue boats owned by Acadian Seaplants, boats that carry fresh-cut rockweed out of Washington County's Cobscook Bay, are not as numerous as they were three years ago. Still, tensions are high among property owners who object to the company's harvest of seaweed near their homes. These homeowners are hoping that a pending court case will settle the question of who controls the intertidal zone.
Americold abandons plan to build cold storage building on Portland waterfront
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 25, 2018 

International cold-storage company Americold has abandoned a plan to build a massive refrigerated warehouse on the Portland waterfront. The decision dampens immediate hopes for waterfront cold storage, which has been touted as an economic game-changer for Maine’s growing food and beverage industries. Even so, state and city officials say a refrigerated warehouse will eventually be built on the state-owned land.
LePage: No bond sales because of ‘excessive 11th-hour legislative spending’
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage said Monday that he has held up $117 million in voter-approved bonds that were on track to be sold Tuesday because of “excessive eleventh-hour legislative spending” by lawmakers as they struggle to bring a special session to a close. “The governor asked me to delay the sale until mid to late July,” said state Treasurer Terry Hayes. “The bond buyers would have to agree. The answer was no. They’re not going to tie up tens of millions of dollars in the event that the governor might want to consummate the sale in mid July.”

Norwegian company behind Belfast salmon farm hires first two Mainers
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Nordic Aquafarms, the European firm vying to build one of the world’s largest indoor salmon farms, has hired its first two Mainers to fill high-level posts. Carter Cyr, a Cumberland native, will be the aquaculture facility’s production manager, and David Noyes of Kenduskeag is expected to join in October as the chief technology officer, the company announced Monday. Nordic Aquafarms plans to build an indoor recirculating aquaculture system capable of producing 33,000 tons of Atlantic salmon per year.
Katahdin Region: 5 things to know before you go
WCSH-TV6 - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Maine by the Mile Series: Tucked away in northern Penobscot County is 87,000 acres of land set aside for conservation.
‘He looked vicious’ recalls woman attacked by rabid fox
Times Record - Monday, June 25, 2018 

A Brunswick woman, Barbara Senecal, attacked by a rabid fox while getting her mail on June 17 said she wants others to always be aware of their surroundings, and to take precautions. “I saw the fox on the other side of the road,” the 72-year-old Woodland Drive resident told The Times Record on Friday. “I saw his face and thought ‘he’s going to run away from me.’ Then I see him bounding towards me and he looked vicious. I knew he was on to me.” Two officers were dispatched to the scene, where one of them shot the fox. It later tested positive for rabies.
Recycling: How Well Is It Being Done?
Maine Public - Monday, June 25, 2018 

China has drastically curtailed its import of recycled materials from the United States. Learn about the impact of this decision on recycling programs in Maine and about the right and wrong ways to recycle some everyday products.
Recycling: How Well Is It Being Done?
Maine Public - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Kevin Roche, CEO of Ecomaine, and Victor Horton, Executive Director of Maine Resource Recovery Association discuss how China has drastically curtailed its import of recycled materials from the United States and the right and wrong ways to recycle some everyday products.
NOAA won't drop climate and conservation from its mission, agency says
WCSH-TV6 - Monday, June 25, 2018 

The United States' top weather, climate and ocean science agency – NOAA – will not drop "climate" from its mission statement nor will it de-emphasize research into climate change and resource conservation, the agency said Monday. This follows a report Sunday from a science advocacy group, the Union of Concerned Scientists, that said the acting head of NOAA, Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, proposed a new mission statement for the agency — one the Union said would "undermine the agency’s vital work on behalf of the American people."
LePage stalls borrowing package, drawing criticism from House speaker
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage has stalled the sale of voter-approved bonds in a dispute with the Legislature over state borrowing and a package of new spending bills. LePage has previously withheld his signature on voter-approved state borrowing in order to compel the Legislature to take other actions. In 2015, for example, he delayed dozens of Land for Maine’s Future conservation projects for months in an attempt to make the Legislature use revenue from state timber sales for a low-income heating program, while increasing the timber harvest from state lands.
Opinion: Reducing Maine’s carbon emissions now will pay off later
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Flood zones in Maine have expanded, lobsters are moving north, and ticks and Lyme disease are on the rise, according to a University of Maine report. Cities, including Portland, are upgrading their infrastructure, and insurance policies, to cope with rising seas. Billions of dollars will eventually be spent to deal with the effects of climate change. Many of our grandchildren will live to see the ocean level in Maine rise 4 feet or more. Reducing emissions now can keep sea level rise closer to the lower end of the possible range. Today’s efforts to reduce emissions will pay off many-fold as we join with others to tackle this looming crisis. ~ Marianne Hill, Ph.D., South Portland
Isle au Haut to build solar-powered smart energy microgrid
Mainebiz - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Isle au Haut is moving ahead with an ambitious plan to get its electricity from a solar-powered microgram. Home to parts of Acadia National Park, the midcoast island is accessible via mailboat from Stonington, about seven miles away. It gets its electricity from Stonington via a 35-year-old underwater cable that's showing signs of wear and tear. Rather than replace the cable for an estimated $1.7 million, the Isle au Haut Electric Power Co. is planning a switch to solar for its 140 customers. It had also looked at diesel and wind, but found that solar was the most economical.
Bill Allowing Maine Forest Rangers To Carry Firearms On Governor's Desk
Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018 

Maine forest rangers could carry firearms and receive training under a bill lawmakers sent to Republican Gov. Paul LePage's desk. The House and Senate voted last week in strong support of the bill, which would spend $130,580 on costs including firearms, ammunition, holsters and lockboxes. The legislation also funds a firearms training program for forest rangers. The governor has 10 days once he receives a bill to veto, sign or let it become law. The House and Senate's initial rounds of votes suggest the legislation has enough support to survive a veto.
Agency To Award Grants To Help Fishing Industry Implement Electronic Monitoring
Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018 

An agency supported by the federal government says it's going to award up to $3.9 million in grants to help the commercial fishing industry implement electronic monitoring technology. Many fishing vessels are subject to monitoring to make sure they comply with rules and to generate important data about commercial fishing. Human monitoring can be expensive and inefficient, and some fishing groups have called for electronic monitoring as a viable alternative. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation says it plans to award grants that "catalyze the implementation of electronic technologies.''
Column: Pre-Carey-ous
Forecaster - Monday, June 25, 2018 

It’d be easy to explain Seth Carey’s victory in the June 12 Republican primary for district attorney by attributing it to votes cast by stupid people. So, yeah, Carey won by a sizable margin because lots of GOP voters are morons. Here’s some background for those unfamiliar with Carey, such as the people who voted for him. In addition to being sanctioned for weird and incompetent behavior, Carey’s law license is currently suspended because of allegations he committed unlawful sexual conduct and assault on one of his clients. Any voter familiar with even a small part of his history ought to have concluded that while Carey might be a perfect fit for a top administrative post at the scandal-ridden federal Environmental Protection Agency, he’s utterly unqualified to be a district attorney. ~ Al Diamon
Letter: Lobster caught in trade war
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 25, 2018 

The “trade war” between China and the United States has become a tremendous problem and threat to many industries that depend on exports for a big chunk of their revenues. Unfortunately, Maine has been sucked into this mess. European Union countries targeted in this trade war may retaliate on Maine’s seafood exports. So where does that leave Maine’s noble lobster industry and the communities that depend on it to survive? Between this “trade war,” whale entanglement issues and a few other whoppers, in very dire straits. ~ John Nicolai, Gouldsboro
Blog: Becoming a Flyfisherman. Reunion reveals the kindness of strangers.
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

Most of us were not prepared for our session of Casting for Recovery. The actual process of casting a fly line is beneficial to healing and preventing atrophy of the chest muscles that can occur following various treatments for breast cancer. We thought it was about the casting. Fly fishing itself is a therapeutic activity. One must live, Zen-like, in the moment. Being focused eliminates the opportunity to worry, to stress, to do anything other than be. We leave the waters refreshed. ~ Genie Jennings
Lobbyist linked to Pruitt’s condo rental pushed for EPA to hire family friend, emails show
Washington Post - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

The lobbyist whose wife rented Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt a room in a Capitol Hill condo at a discounted rate lobbied Pruitt’s chief of staff to hire a family friend, according to recently released agency emails. Steven Hart, who served as chairman of the law firm Williams and Jensen until earlier this year, contacted Pruitt’s chief of staff on administration policies affecting his clients and potential appointments to the EPA’s scientific advisory boards and possible agency hires. The emails, released in response to a lawsuit by the Sierra Club, show that both Hart and his wife – who rented Pruitt a condo for $50 a night, which he paid only on nights he stayed there – pushed for the EPA to hire Jimmy Guilliano, a recent college graduate.
Celebrity moose finds home at Maine Wildlife Park in Gray
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

The Maine Wildlife Park’s newest resident is already an internet celebrity.The 3-week-old female moose calf, who melted hearts across the country in a viral video of her with the dog of the family that found her in northern Maine, is now living at the 40-acre wildlife park off Route 26 in Gray. Park Superintendent Curtis Johnson said it’s unclear if the roughly 40-pound calf – named Miss Maggie by the family in the Aroostook County town of Wallagrass that found her – can be rehabilitated and reintroduced into the wild or will remain at the park permanently.
Letter: Shameful flip on solar bill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Even though I am not a constituent of Reps. Stacey Guerin, Matthew Harrington, Teresa Pierce, Matthew Pouliot and Abden Simmons, I cannot stay silent in the face of such blatant hypocrisy and cowardice. I hope their flip from initially supporting LD 1444, the solar bill, with a supposed “veto-proof” majority to upholding the anti-solar governor’s veto will be remembered by voters in their districts. Come November they should find themselves out of a job. ~ Jason Langle, Orono
Blog: Camp Directors Gather to Consider Diversity and Inclusion
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 15, 2018 

When close to 80 Maine camp directors gathered Tuesday in Portland to discuss diversity and inclusion, they were challenged to consider the impact of differences and division, and to seek to “create balance in an unbalanced world.” ~ Kristine Snow Millard
Man gets prison time for illegally harvesting Virginia eels
Associated Press - Monday, November 6, 2017 

A New York seafood dealer has been sentenced to 1 ½ years behind bars for illegally trafficking more than $150,000 worth of baby eels from Virginia. Tommy Zhou was sentenced Friday in a federal Virginia court after he pleaded guilty in April. Prosecutors say Zhou obtained a Maine elver dealer license in 2013 and then used it to cover his illegal operation.
Offshore Wind Farms See Promise in Platforms That Float
New York Times - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

The University of Maine is undertaking an elaborate physics experiment meant to simulate conditions that full-scale floating wind turbines could face at an installation being planned about 10 miles off the Maine coast in up to 360 feet of water near tiny Monhegan Island. For nearly 18 months in 2013 and 2014, an operating version of the apparatus — one-eighth of scale — sat in the waters off Castine sending electricity to the grid. That proved the technology fundamentally worked and guided refinements to the design. Now, the UMaine team is using the data collected at the lab to confirm the final form, a crucial next step in bringing the technology to market.
Blog: Singing is an act of territorialism for birds
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 7, 2016 

Birds don’t think about much, mostly just food and sex. Despite the simplicity of such a life, bird communication can be quite complex. Birds are renowned for their vocal abilities, but they use lots of visual cues, too. Perhaps nothing is more obvious than the crests sported by many species. ~ Bob Duchesne
Marco Rubio Finds Common Ground With Armed Militia In Oregon
Climate Progress - Thursday, January 7, 2016 

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R) doesn’t like that militants are currently occupying a federal wildlife facility in Oregon. But he does like the militia’s main idea: Seizing and selling off America’s public lands. Rubio explained his position on the controversial occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, now entering its fifth day. Rubio said that while he doesn’t support “lawless” activity, he does agree with the militia on its main point that federal public lands should be transferred to private ownership for activities like logging, coal mining, oil drilling, and farming. Rubio’s plan would essentially cause a free-for-all, where states can devastate national forests, parks, and other important wildlife and plantlife zones for temporary economic gain.
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