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Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 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
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
Why Natural History Matters, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Tom Fleischner, Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, will describe how the practice of natural history provides the foundation for the natural sciences, conservation, healthy society, and our own well-being. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 24, 7 pm, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15.
Save our Shores Walk, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Learn how climate change may affect our shores and how CLF is working to ensure a resiliant Maine coast. At Ferry Beach, Saco, September 23, 2:30-5 pm. Sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation.
Help restore cottontail habitat, Sep 22, 28, 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge will host a volunteer work day to help restore native scrubland habitat, home to many species including the New England cottontail rabbit. Volunteers needed. At Libby Field, Scarborough, Sep 22, 28, 29, 9 am - 2 pm.
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Interior Secretary Orders Bureaus To Defer Wildlife/Fisheries Issues To States
National Parks Traveler - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

Though the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 clearly directs the National Park Service to "conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has directed the agencies under his purview to defer wildlife and fisheries matters to states. At the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks, Mike Murray said, "The Secretary has conveniently overlooked some of the core principles described in the regulations, most likely because those principles do not support his political agenda."
The GOP Has Turned Its Back on Conservation
Outside - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

It’s hard to believe in 2018—when every day brings news of a fresh attempt by the Trump administration to roll back environmental protections—that the Republican Party has a deep tradition of environmental stewardship. Why, and how, did the Grand Old Party turn its back on the environment over the past 40 years? Those questions form the subject of an upcoming book, "The Republican Reversal: Conservatives and the Environment from Nixon to Trump," out October 15. To understand what happened, you have to understand the rise of conservatism and how the Republican Party has really been transformed.
Farmed Scallops are Coming to a Plate Near You
Other - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

Civil Eats - At Bangs Islands Mussels’ waterfront facility in Portland, Matt Moretti, the youthful co-owner, says that scallop farming dovetails with the company’s mission of producing fine seafood using environmentally sustainable methods. Bivalve farming has a smaller environmental footprint than other animal protein production, and is generally more sustainable than finfish farming. Not only can scallops, clams, mussels, and oysters grow without an external feed source—meaning they don’t deplete wild fish stocks like many species of farmed fish, or require corn and soy like livestock—they’re also filter feeders that clean the water as they grow.
First-Ever Bat Gate In Maine Will Help Protect Bats From White Nose Syndrome
Maine Government News - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently installed the first ever bat gate in the state which is designed to prevent people from unintentionally disturbing bats and spreading white-nose syndrome. White-nose syndrome is caused by a fungus and is often fatal to hibernating bats. It has wiped out entire bat colonies and killed more than 6 million bats across North America.
Art project aims to illuminate Kennebec River with fire
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

Skowhegan Selectmen got a first look Tuesday night at “Kennebec on Fire,” a collaborative public art project proposed by the Wesserunsett Arts Council and Main Street Skowhegan. That’s fire on the Kennebec River — an idea that was inspired by the Maine Arts Commission and by the long-running WaterFire project in Providence, Rhode Island, where more than 80 bonfires and artwork by award-winning sculptor Barnaby Evans have been installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence
Marine ‘biodiversity crisis’ tackled with new database of conservation plans
Other - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

The number of protected areas for conservation is rising rapidly, and this trend is set to continue as international policy targets are set in the face of a ‘biodiversity crisis’: the rapid loss of species and degradation of ecosystems. However, despite the vast number of studies and plans for protected areas, there is no easy way to find information on methods, trends, and progress in how to plan for these conservation areas. Now, researchers led by James Cook University, Imperial College London and the University of Maine have taken the first step towards a global repository by launching a database of marine conservation plans.
Wolfe's Neck Center in Freeport more than halfway to funding goal
Forecaster - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment is embarking on a capital campaign to help make its “re-imagined” campus a reality. The center’s staff and board of directors raised more than $31,000 this summer towards a significant part of this reinvestment – the Farm Discovery Gardens. Now, the center is asking for donations to help them reach their six-week $75,000 goal to make the gardens a reality. As of Sept. 10, the center had raised more than $44,000.
Ducktrap River expansion will tap growing smoked salmon market
Mainebiz - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

Ducktrap River of Maine has completed its $5 milion expansion in a vacant warehouse across from its smoked seafood facility in the Belfast Business Park. The expansion increases the Belfast facility's production capacity by 75% and will enable the company to capture an even greater share of the growing smoked salmon market in the United States.
Sierra Club Maine announces new chapter director
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club has appointed Alice Elliott as its new director to spearhead the environmental advocacy and education efforts of the chapter’s volunteers. Prior to joining the Sierra Club, Elliott served for the past 14 years as the associate director of Community Engagement at Colby College, working with college faculty and students to address community needs, and at Unity College and the Maine Campus Compact developing and leading civic engagement and community service-learning programs.
A paddle on Graham Lake in Ellsworth
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

[video] A large man-made body of water located on the lower portion of the Union River, Graham Lake in Hancock County was created in the 1920s to hold water for hydroelectric power generation and continues to serve that purpose today. Characterized by its silty brown water and exposed islands with heath-like vegetation, the lake covers 7,865 acres and spans the towns of Mariaville, Waltham, Fletchers Landing Township and Ellsworth. There are three public boat launches on the lake, two at the south end and one at the north.
To fight winter moth, parasitic flies to be released in Bath
Times Record - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

In order to fight an invasive species of moth, state scientists will be releasing a species of parasitic fly that will eat the pests from the inside out in Bath on Wednesday. Winter moths have been defoliating plants between Kittery and Mount Desert Island in Maine since 2012. Their larvae feeds on trees such as oaks, maples, apples and blueberries, in early spring, and repeated infestations can cause trees to die.
Falmouth celebrates its waterfront legacy
Forecaster - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

The Falmouth Waterfront Bash, part of the Falmouth 300 celebration, drew all kinds of participants Sept. 8.
Opinion: Water is a gift from our Creator. It’s our spiritual duty to protect it.
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

A federal judge recently blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back the clean water rule, reinstating it in 26 states across the country, including here in Maine. This ruling blocks the repeal of common-sense clean water standards, and stopped the Trump administration and its allies in Congress from undermining the Clean Water Act. As a person of faith, I view water as sacred and a healing force. I encourage the Environmental Protection Agency to end the reckless attack on the clean water rule so that we can be the good stewards that the Creator calls us to be and ensure that all communities in Maine and beyond have safeguards against poor water quality. ~ Andy Burt
858 Maine Deer Fed To Lions
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

My friend Bob Miner recently told me that in the last year he has picked up 858 deer killed along Central Maine’s roads. Bob and his wife Julie own DEW Haven in Mount Vernon, a zoo and animal rescue facility. They feed the deer to their lions. I was surprised so many deer were killed along the roads because Bob travels no more than an hour in a particular direction to pick up the deer.
What you need to know about poisonous mushrooms before foraging
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

Mushroom foraging might seem like a sweet activity, but it can also be quite dangerous. While some mushrooms are delicious, others contain chemicals that can make you seriously sick — and these poisonous varieties aren’t uncommon. Here are just a few of Maine’s most common toxic mushrooms:
• Destroying angel
• Pigskin poison puffball
• Jack-o’-lantern mushrooms
• Boletus huronensis
• Lilac brown bolete
• False morels
Funding To Allow Maine To Assess Fishing Impacts On Right Whale
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

The National Marine Fisheries Service is sending more than $6 million to nearly 30 marine conservation projects as part of its Species Recovery Grant Program. The grants are designed to help marine species that face threats in the wild. Four of the awards are going to the Maine Department of Marine Resources, which will do an assessment of how fishing impacts endangered North Atlantic right whales.
Maine fisherman captures video of swimming squirrel
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

In his years of tournament bass fishing, Jonathan Carter says he has seen all kinds of critters paddling around on the state’s lakes and ponds. But up until this year, he’d only seen a single gray squirrel scooting around in a lake. In recent days, while Carter was fishing Sebago, he was finally able to capture some video of a swimming squirrel. He said that on Sebago Lake alone he has seen six swimming squirrels this summer.
Opinion: Congress must face the unassailable reality of climate change
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

With the help of some in Congress who refuse to stand up for science, the Trump administration launched a full-blown assault on the merits of science and our planet. This willful ignorance harkens to the Dark Ages. But occurring in 2018, after so many incredible advancements made possible through empirical research, it is lunacy that Congress must defend basic science against partisan attacks. In Congress, I will keep fighting to for common-sense reforms to reduce fossil fuel use and support job-creating renewable energy plans so that climate change doesn’t make our way of life extinct. ~ U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree
Forests Are the Forgotten Climate Solution, Experts Say
National Geographic - Monday, September 10, 2018 

A group of Nongovernmental Organizations and community leaders are gathering in San Francisco on September 12 to discuss solutions they hope will mitigate the impacts of climate change. They're hoping to reach a solution they're calling 30x30. It's a target set specifically to reach goals set forth by the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce carbon emissions, and the organizations attending the summit think sustainably managed forests and land can meet 30 percent of the targeted emissions reduction. Large forests are capable of sucking up large amounts of carbon.
Baxter State Park names Marc Edwards Park Naturalist
Maine Environmental News - Monday, September 10, 2018 

Baxter State Park Authority announces the appointment of its new Park Naturalist, Marc Edwards. Marc is currently the Park’s Interpretive Specialist. A National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpreter Trainer, Marc holds both a Bachelors and a Masters in Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Maine. Marc will manage the Park’s Information and Education department, including interpretive programming, public information efforts, research and resource monitoring, and will serve as a member of the Park’s administrative team.
Cape council hears views on proposed deal to end dispute over Surf Side land access
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 10, 2018 

As part of a mediated court settlement , Cape Elizabeth would agree to release “any right, title or interest it may have in Surf Side Avenue,” or the strip of land along the shore, thereby blocking it from any future development. In exchange, the plaintiffs would drop all legal action and pay the town $500,000 to be used to purchase and preserve public land in the future. Some speakers favor giving up the town’s claim to the strip of seaside land for the sake of closure, but others say they’ll fight that in court and it feels like the town is being bought.
Benton farm among growing industry of hemp producers Benton farm among growing industry of hemp producers
WABI-TV5 - Monday, September 10, 2018 

Two years ago, we featured Wild Folk Farm in Benton and their efforts to put Maine on the map for growing rice. Today, their rice harvest is still strong, but so is another up and coming crop. Joy Hollowell headed back to Benton to to hear why our state is also good for growing hemp.
Contamination prompts Manchester to dump single sort recycling program
Kennebec Journal - Monday, September 10, 2018 

Too many non-recyclables are going into recycling containers. That is prompting changes in Manchester and Augusta in the coming days and months. Manchester is planning to end its single-sort recycling program at the end of the year, while Augusta is moving one of its collection containers to a more visible location.
U.S. lobster exports to China tank in the first month with new tariff
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 10, 2018 

America’s live lobster sales to China hit a two-year low in July, the first month a new tariff on Maine’s signature export took effect. The United States shipped $4.2 million of live lobster to China in July, a 64 percent decline from May and June levels, according to WISERTrade, a trade analysis firm. The data shows that what had been shaping up to be a banner year for U.S. lobster sales to China collapsed after July 5, when that country levied a 25 percent import tariff on U.S. lobster in response to Trump's tariffs on imports from China.
New rules for bear trapping and moose and goose hunting
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, September 10, 2018 

Bears: The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council adopted a last-minute rule significantly changing the way traps can be set for bears to limit bear trapping methods that may accidentally capture the federally threatened Canada Lynx. Moose: The number of permits issued for the Aroostook County moose hunt has been increased from 25 to 30. The hunt is limited to disabled veterans and designed to reduce moose numbers in areas where they are causing damage to crops, particularly broccoli fields. Geese have been removed as a species allowed for hunting during special falconry season. This was done to comply with federal guidelines.
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