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Action Alert - Wednesday, September 19, 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
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.
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 18, 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.
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.
Art is for the birds, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 15, 2018 

This arts workshop invites community members to collaborate on a sculpture that will provide winter shelter for birds. At Kingdom Woods Conservation Area, Blue Hill, September 22, 10 am-noon.
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These little doggies will not be going to market
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

From her vantage point at the market, in the middle of booths manned by oyster and vegetable farmers, cheesemakers, spice merchants, coffee roasters and bakers, Jacqui Koopman, the manager of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust's wildly popular Saturday morning market at Crystal Spring Farm, has seen every manner of bad behavior, both from the four-legged attendees who lifted their legs on everything from tablecloths to coolers to the booths, and from the humans at the other end of their leashes. Starting October 6, all dogs but those belonging to vendors will be banned from the market, which is believed to be the first outdoor market of the approximately 120 in the state to say no to dogs.
Why artist Eric Hopkins teamed with Sea Bags
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

Artist Eric Hopkins is famous for his paintings of Maine islands and coastlines. This summer, the North Haven resident did what he calls a “freebie,” creating a piece of art to be put on a Maine-made Sea Bag, and sold partly to benefit Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s current campaign to raise $125 million. On the eve of the bag going on sale, we talked islands, what role the walk on the moon nearly 50 years ago played in his own environmentalism.
Column: Local beer comes with a side of sustainability
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

When Moderation Brewing Company co-owners Mattie Daughtry and Philip Welsh registered their Brunswick operation with the Department of Agriculture late last year, the company officially logged in as Maine’s 100th brewery. When I first wrote about local breweries and sustainability only two years ago, the number of Maine breweries was just half that. Because the groundwork had been laid, Daughtry and Welsh were able to set clear sustainability objectives before they even opened their doors last March. Their goal is to produce beers made from 100 percent local ingredients within two years. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Surf’s up, and so is the surfer
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

At Windsurfing-Maine, the oldest windsurfing school in the state, thousands have come to learn an outdoor sport whose popularity has been slow to grow since a burst of enthusiasm in the 1980s. In 2017, 1.5 million people in the United States participated in windsurfing. That compares to 3.3 million who used stand-up paddleboards, 5.4 million who enjoyed jet skiing, 9.2 million who canoed and 10.5 million who kayaked. Still, fans of windsurfing say it is more physical and more of an adventure than many outdoor pursuits.
Maine’s small wild blueberry farmers struggle on what they’re raking in
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

After farm expansions and record harvests, both in Maine and in Canada, the market has been glutted with wild blueberries, and there simply hasn’t been enough demand to use up the supply. Last year, Maine’s blueberry farmers got 26 cents a pound for the fruit they sold to the processors, who freeze and store it. That was the lowest price paid in 32 years. The pressure to compete with odds stacked against them is similar to the pressure felt by Maine’s lobster industry to compete with Canada, which has a competitive edge because of its weaker dollar and better tariff scenarios.
Column: Hunters should always use courtesy, common sense
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

With so many fall hunting seasons overlapping it’s inevitable that one hunter or group of hunters will occasionally interfere with another. In most cases it’s unintentional and therefore easily forgivable. Still there are a few ways to reduce the probability of detracting from your, or somebody else’s hunt. Obviously, nobody should set up close enough to someone else that shot pellets from either party could strike or even rain down on the other. But you also should not set up close enough that your movement or shooting could take away potential shot opportunities. It all boils down to common sense and courtesy. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: There’s plenty for everyone in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

Like most Mainers, I have a complicated relationship with the boom-and-bust nature of tourist season (roughly defined as Memorial Day to Labor Day). There’s no question of its necessity to Maine’s vitality – according to data from Maine Revenue Services, $1.5 billion was spent on lodging and restaurants during those months in 2017, well over a third of annual taxable sales. The largesse of those “from away” ensures the livelihood of natives, locals and transplants who tough out the stretch from Columbus Day to late spring. But there is the more taxing part of these visitors – the crowds. ~ Josh Christie
Column: Judge’s environmental record no secret
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

It’s no secret that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a hard-core anti-regulation judge who almost always sides with polluters when environmental cases come to his court. But that part of his record doesn’t get much attention. It’s all laid out in black and white in published opinions that stretch back a dozen years. Kavanaugh has been presented with 26 environmental protection cases since coming to the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2006. In the 18 cases that were decided on substantive grounds, he came down on the side of less protection 16 times. ~ Greg Kesich
Letter: Maine doesn’t want new power line from CMP
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

I’m one of the thousands opposed to Central Maine Power’s power line. CMP’s environmental permitting manager said that the spot where the power line would cross the Kennebec Gorge “isn’t rated high value” for scenic significance. CMP is out of touch: I’m a raft guide, and for the past 34 years, my rafters have admired the beauty of the Kennebec and the refreshing feeling of being away from development. Now they could have a front-row view of high-tension power lines from the riverside spot where we have served lunch to our guests for the last 20 years. We don’t want CMP/Avangrid’s power line: not over the river, not under the river, not at Harris Station Dam, not through 53.5 miles from the Canadian border to The Forks, not at all. ~ Eric Sherman, Greenville
Letter: Mahoosuc column reminds of past adventures
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

Jake Christie’s fine Maine Sunday Telegram column of Sept. 2, “Mahoosuc meanderings," reminded me of our “discovery” of the Mahoosucs in the early 1970s. Once our crew made it through the notch in winter, we decided to go through the notch in summer. Our summer trip was more difficult: Snow bridges in the winter had allowed us to hop from boulder to boulder; bare ground in the summer notch saw us crawling between them. Well worth it, though. Thanks for the memories, Jake. ~ Michael Petit, Portland
Letter: Keep Kennebec River beautiful, pristine
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

Magic Falls and Magic Rivers Rafting Companies oppose the Central Maine Power New England Clean Energy Project and the transmission lines crossing miles of wilderness and the Kennebec River anywhere between Harris Station and the Route 201 bridge in The Forks. We feel strongly this land is beautiful and should remain untouched as is. ~ Donna and David Neddeau, Magic Falls Rafting Company, West Forks
Letter: More costs than benefits from CMP transmission line
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

John Carroll of Central Maine Power recently said the proposed 145-mile transmission line known as the New England Clean Energy Connect “would save Maine customers between $40 million and $45 million a year for the next 20 years due to lower energy prices.” But the Public Utilities Commission’s own expert consultants found CMP overstated the alleged benefits by 57 percent. Other experts found NECEC could easily lead to higher electricity rates. If NECEC gets built, Maine’s renewable power industry could be stymied. Building an extension cord from Quebec through Maine will have a potentially fatal impact on one of our important local industries. NECEC is a bad deal for Maine ratepayers and our natural heritage. ~ Sandra Howard, Caratunk
‘For Cod’s Sake, Cut the Carbon!’ Maine Environmental Advocates March In Portland
Maine Public - Saturday, September 8, 2018 

More than 500 climate change protesters and environmental advocates gathered in Portland Saturday as part of a rally and “funeral” for various environmental and political causes. The event included speeches by several young speakers, including Hunter Lachance, a sophomore at Kennebunk High School. Lachance testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday in confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who he believes will weaken environmental law.
Visit the B52 crash site at Elephant Mountain, Maine
Other - Saturday, September 8, 2018 

Tewksbury Town Crier (MA) - As more and more visitors discover the beauty and recreation opportunities of the Moosehead Lake re­gion in Maine, the county is im­proving access to and helping folks navigate the sometimes rugged terrain. One site that is worth visiting is the B52 bomb­er crash site on the side of Elephant Mountain, not far from the center of Greenville. Clear, bright blue signs guide visitors to the location for viewing an unusual scene.
Great Pond watershed survey to start Monday in Belgrade area
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, September 8, 2018 

Residents of Belgrade Lakes village will see a number of people with clipboards walking the shoreline of Great Pond on Monday as they begin a watershed survey of the waterway and its islands. Technical leaders and teams of trained volunteers will survey “developed areas of the watershed to identify and record areas exhibiting soil erosion and other forms of pollution that have the potential to negatively affect the water quality of Great Pond.”
Maine’s annual deer hunt gets started for archers
Associated Press - Saturday, September 8, 2018 

It’s the first day of Maine’s annual fall deer hunt, and the archers are getting the first crack at the ungulates. Maine’s “expanded archery” season begins on Saturday. The season allows hunters to pursue deer near urban areas where biologists say the deer herd can withstand more hunting. The expanded archery season lasts until Dec. 8. The regular archery season, which takes place in most of the state, runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 26. There’s also a season for firearms hunters from late October to late November, and a season for muzzleloader users from late November to early December.
Letter: Carbon tax isn't helpful
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 8, 2018 

I applaud Rep. Bruce Poliquin for opposing a carbon tax and opposing increased government bureaucracy and anti-business policies that would be a disaster for Maine’s economy. I would urge all other members of Maine’s congressional delegation to do the same. Congress should continue working on policies that grow businesses and reduce burdens on Maine families. A carbon tax does just the opposite. ~ State Sen. Garrett Mason, Lisbon Falls
Hundreds of Seals Are Dying on the New England Coast
New York Times - Friday, September 7, 2018 

Harbor and gray seals are dying by the hundreds from Southern Maine to northern Massachusetts, apparently from a combination of a measles-like illness and the flu. Late last month, the federal government declared the summer’s toll on seals an “unusual mortality event,” meaning federal resources would be provided to help understand and cope with the deaths. Teams have responded to more than 600 reports of dead or dying harbor and gray seals, but there are probably more that have gone unreported.
‘Everybody is Gone:’ LePage Withdraws Nominations For Dozens Of State Positions
Maine Public - Friday, September 7, 2018 

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has withdrawn his nominations for positions on dozens of state boards and agencies, and he vows to not present any more nominations before he leaves office. This move comes a day after two of his nominees were rejected by a bipartisan majority of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee. The governor says he is tired of partisanship and is pulling the more than three dozen nominations to various state boards, agencies and commissions, including the Board of Environmental Protection.
Opponents of CMP power line project rally in Augusta
Kennebec Journal - Friday, September 7, 2018 

On Friday, about 30 people who gathered at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to protest Central Maine Power Co.’s proposed New England Clean Energy Connect project, many of them holding signs, kayak paddles, hiking sticks or fishing lines. Natural Resources Council of Maine is among groups opposed to the project. Nick Bennett, a staff scientist for the council, said Friday, “This is going to bisect a piece of unfragmented forest that is the largest temperate boreal forest in the world.”
Salmon group calls for probe into source of foreign fish in bay
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Friday, September 7, 2018 

The Atlantic Salmon Federation suspects one or more local aquaculture companies of illegally importing European salmon after a recent Fisheries and Oceans Canada report found non-native fish throughout the inner Bay of Fundy. The report says both European salmon and St. John River salmon have been spawning in the inner Bay of Fundy and they likely escaped from aquaculture pens. Both non-native species pose a risk to native inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon, which are an endangered species. Between 1993 and 1999, a legal loophole allowed companies in Maine to continue importing European salmon sperm. But since 2006, there have been no European salmon in Maine waters and regular genetic testing has been done to confirm industry compliance.
Zinke expands hunting, fishing at two Maine national wildlife refuges
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 7, 2018 

Fishermen and hunters will have increased opportunities to pursue those activities at two Maine national wildlife refuges during the 2018-2019 seasons as the result of action announced Friday by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. The Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Baring and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells both were on the list of public lands where hunting and fishing will be expanded. The move expands existing migratory game bird, upland game and big game hunting at Moosehorn, and further opens up existing white-tailed deer and wild turkey hunting at the Rachel Carson site.
Midcoast cleans up after ‘more than just a typical thunderstorm’
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 7, 2018 

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service visited several midcoast towns on Friday, trying to determine whether Thursday’s thunderstorm unleashed a microburst or two. Meteorologist John Jenesius headed to Brunswick, Boothbay and possibly Bristol to evaluate the damage from a Thursday afternoon storm that left more than 25,000 people without power. Some areas, including parts of Bristol, remained without electricity at noon Friday.
Downeaster train between Maine and Boston to be interrupted for weeks
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 7, 2018 

Railroad construction in Southern Maine and New Hampshire will disrupt passenger rail service from the Amtrak Downeaster starting this weekend through early October. Weekday service between Brunswick and Dover, New Hampshire, will be limited and passengers on most of the line should expect to take part of their trip by bus, said Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority. Weekend service will operate normally, but there will be construction delays, Quinn said. Most fares have been reduced during the construction period.
Zoning Maine deer yards has failed
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, September 7, 2018 

Protection of only narrowly defined zones of winter habitat is not an effective means of regional habitat conservation for white-tailed deer, according to a new University of Maine study. The study found that zoning is not an effective wildlife conservation strategy if land use is unregulated for the surrounding landscape, and that habitat protection confined to those narrow Zoning Wildlife Protection Subdistricts (P-FWs) has been ineffective.
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