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“Bringing Nature Home” in Maine, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, Eric Topper, to explore the plants, practices and perks involved in restoring native food webs in our gardens, yards and communities. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, July 26, 5:30 pm.
Little Swan Island Evening Paddle, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Leader: Warren Whitney. At Richmond, July 26, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
MEN goes Wild
Announcement - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

I will be in the wilderness for a few days. Please check back soon for more exciting Maine Environmental News. Thanks. ~ Jym St. Pierre
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

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Exploring the Night Sky, Jul 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. At Scarborough Marsh, July 25, 8:30-9:30 pm, Maine Audubon members $6, non-members $8.
Summer Nature Journaling, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

Join Master Naturalist Andrea Lani to explore the worlds of wildflowers and insects beginning with an introduction to nature journaling, then heading into the woods and fields to observe, sketch, and write about the bugs and blooms you discover. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, July 22, 10 am - 2 pm, Arboretum members $35, others $45.

Native Plant Walk, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Explore the habitats at Fields Pond with Heather McCargo and learn to recognize some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. At Fields Pond, Holden, July 20, 10-11:30 am, Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project members $7; non-members $10.
Happy Birthday, Henry
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Henry David Thoreau, American poet, author, naturalist, philosopher, abolitionist, and leading Transcendentalist, was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Mass.
Time to override the governor’s solar veto
Action Alert - Monday, July 10, 2017 

We are so close to having a new solar power law. The full Maine House and Senate enacted LD 1504 (with amendments) by overwhelming majorities. However, it was vetoed by the Governor. Tell your legislators—particularly House members—how much solar matters to you and your community. ~ Maine Audubon
The Goslings, July 17
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Visit The Goslings, one of the best-loved island destinations on Casco Bay. ShoreKeepers, a group of young conservation-minded donors, are hosting a free Open House with hot dogs on the beach to complete the perfect island getaway, July 17, 10 am - 2 pm. Meet at Mere Point Boat Launch, Brunswick, shuttles approximately every 15 minutes. Sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Thwings Point Archaeology Field School, Jul 17-28
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Lee Cranmer leads an Archaeology Field School, Woolwich, July 17-28. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Hook, Line, and Dinner, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Celebrate Maine fishermen and seafood under the tent, on the water, at Cook's Lobster House on Bailey Island, July 15, 6 pm, $55. Sponsored by Maine Coast Fishermen's Association.
Sunset Puffin Cruise, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

This boat ride sails out of New Harbor to Eastern Egg Rock, where you will circle the island several times for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. Jul 15, 7–9 pm, Maine Audubon members: $35; non-members $50.
Thoreau: Stepfather of the National Parks, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 8, 2017 

Presentation by Jym St. Pierre & Michael Kellett. At Thoreau Bicentennial Gathering, Concord, MA, July 15, 1 pm.
Let’s Go Birding – Van Trip, Jul 14
Event - Posted - Friday, July 7, 2017 

Naturalist Doug Hitchcox leads a morning van trip to a local hot spot in search of birds. Leaving from Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Jul 14, 8-11 am, Maine members $20; non-members $30.
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Rewilding cougars in the Maine woods
Boothbay Register - Monday, July 3, 2017 

On Wednesday, June 28, a five-member panel discussed the possibility of bringing, or rewilding, a permanent population of mountain lions, or cougars, to the East. The forum “Mountain Lions in Maine: Rewilding the Maine Woods” drew about 125 people to the Round Top Darrow’s Barn in Damariscotta.
Column: The art of the self deal
Forecaster - Monday, July 3, 2017 

Donald Trump is running the United States of America as though it were his personal family corporation. And we see this sort of personal power trip over and over again from LePage. After philanthropist Roxanne Quimby used her personal fortune to purchase forest land and gave it to the American people for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument along with a $20 million endowment, LePage went crying to Trump to beg him to undo the national monument designation that is now supported even by folks in northern Maine who once opposed it. Trump sent Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Maine to scope out the Quimby land grant. Zinke took one look at the magnificent and magnanimous gift and announced that he would not scale back the monument. These days, no one really cares what LePage thinks except LePage and a few of his flunkies. ~ Edgar Allen Beem
Letter: Defend Maine’s national monument
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 3, 2017 

I am very upset that the president has decided to single out Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument for special review based on the antics of Maine’s governor. While Gov. Paul LePage has made a lot of false and hurtful claims about the Katahdin region, he hasn’t actually been to the monument. He hasn’t spent much time in our communities, either. We need Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, and Rep. Bruce Poliquin to stand up for our communities against attacks on our monument. ~ Barry W. Smith, Island Falls
Letter: Undo monument designation
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 3, 2017 

The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a terrible idea because we can do so much better. Northern Maine grows some of the finest lumber for hardwood floors, furniture, construction lumber and so on. The way we can manage forests now with modern machinery to save the high-quality young trees is amazing. This management will lead to stands of high-value timber like we have never seen before in Maine, on a much shorter rotation, and provide good-paying year-round jobs to raise a family. Let’s hope President Donald Trump keeps his promise made during the campaign to undo this national monument designation. ~ Doug Thomas, Ripley
Letter: Clean-energy commitment would help slow warming
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 3, 2017 

As lobster populations move north because of warming ocean waters, the future of the Maine lobster industry becomes ever bleaker. The decline of lobster populations prophecies a discouraging economic future for coastal Maine communities that rely on the species’ health. A very important first step to slowing global climate change is a commitment to clean energy. But environmentally positive policies such as these will not be adopted unless citizens ask for them. A commitment to clean, renewable energy constitutes a major building block on the path to an environmentally and economically sustainable future for Maine. ~ Hannah Marr, Falmouth
Feds reviewing status of New England's endangered salmon
Associated Press - Sunday, July 2, 2017 

The federal government is starting a five-year review of the Gulf of Maine's population of Atlantic salmon, which are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Atlantic salmon were once plentiful off New England, but dams, loss of habitat, pollution and overfishing dramatically reduced the population. The National Marine Fisheries Service says the review will be based on scientific and commercial data. One group, the New Brunswick, Canada-based Atlantic Salmon Federation, says recent data are troubling. The group says total estimated returns of the fish to North America in 2016 showed a 27 percent decrease from the previous year.
New lead poisoning standards expose hotspots in Augusta, Hallowell and Gardiner
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 2, 2017 

New standards implemented in September have shown Augusta, Hallowell and Gardiner to be hot spots for lead poisoning among children up to 3 years old – ages when children are most vulnerable because their brains are developing and they’re more likely to crawl on floors that are covered in lead dust and stick their fingers in their mouths. To help address the problem, the state has provided grant funding to a local health group, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, to educate families and property owners in the Augusta and Gardiner areas about the risks of lead exposure, strategies for preventing it and resources available to them.
Trump’s proposal to end low-income heating aid will face strong opposition in Congress
Associated Press - Sunday, July 2, 2017 

President Trump has proposed eliminating heating aid for low-income Americans, claiming it’s no longer necessary and rife with fraud. People needn’t worry about being left in the cold, he says, because utilities cannot cut off customers in the dead of winter. But he is wrong on all counts. Forty-three senators from mostly cold-weather states already signed a letter urging the Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee to ensure funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known in many states by its acronym, LIHEAP. In Maine, the poorest state in New England, the program helped nearly 77,000 people over the past winter, and those numbers represented less than a quarter of eligible households.
Lobster marketing campaign draws criticism, converts
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 2, 2017 

The summer buzz generated by the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative's $2.2 million marketing campaign, combined with the growing demand for American lobster in China, helped keep the average price per pound paid out to Maine lobstermen above $4 for the second year in a row. Building that kind of demand is good for Maine’s $533 million lobster fishery, said collaborative director Matt Jacobson, especially in the summer, when almost all of the 6,500 licensed lobstermen are fishing, and much of the coastline is rolling in product. But some Maine lobstermen, especially those who fish Down East, say the collaborative’s focus on selling new-shell lobster in the summer is not helping them.
Hopes, fears ride on Saddleback’s prospective buy
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 2, 2017 

Ask Saddleback skiers why they love Maine’s third-largest ski area, and you typically hear things like old school, laid back and small-town. So when Saddleback’s prospective new owner was announced at a news conference Wednesday as someone who wanted to turn the western Maine ski mountain into “the premier ski resort in North America,” it gave some locals and Saddleback fans pause.
What’s SUP? That’s stand-up paddle boarding and here’s how to do it
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 2, 2017 

Once seen as a passing trend, stand-up paddle boards can be seen everywhere along Maine’s coast and inland waters. It seems that “SUPs” are now firmly rooted in the state’s outdoor culture. “The reason a lot of people like it is because you see wildlife. You get to look into the ocean and see what’s on the ocean floor,” said Zack Anchors, owner of Portland Paddle. “People love the simplicity of it. You can easily load them on your car. And it’s a great workout.”
Column: Rangeley Lakes region offers it all
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 2, 2017 

Whether you’re looking for a grueling hike, a pleasant walk in the woods or just a scenic drive, the Rangeley Lake area isn’t to be missed. ~ Jake Christie
Editorial: A Katahdin national park, courtesy of the Trump administration?
Boston Globe - Sunday, July 2, 2017 

Trump’s interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, said during a recent visit to Maine that he could support turning a beautiful new national monument in northern Maine, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, into a full-fledged national park. The statement was all the more surprising because it came amid talk that the Trump administration may shut or scale back other national monuments. A national park requires Congressional approval, and some Maine legislators remain opposed to the idea. But as Zinke put it during his visit, federal ownership of the land is now settled. Why not make the most of it?
Opinion: We must learn to live with ‘coyotes’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 2, 2017 

Maine has no coyotes. The wolf-like canid that ranges from Ohio to the Carolinas and northeast to Newfoundland and Labrador is not a coyote, but a hybrid of the coyote, wolf and domestic dog. The animal we call coyote is more aptly named “coywolf.” Coywolves were first documented in Canada in the early 20th century; they reached Maine by the 1930s. Fish and wildlife management in Maine is still in the dark ages when it comes to the recognition of the importance of predators. It’s time for that to change. It’s time for science and responsible journalism to supplant ignorance and undocumented propaganda. It’s time to realize that we share this earth with many and varied creatures and that each one has an important role to play in the web of life. ~ John Glowa, South China, Maine Wolf Coalition
Letter: Support for Katahdin Woods and Waters
Sun Journal - Sunday, July 2, 2017 

Let it be — the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument that is. Gov. Paul LePage convinced President Trump to include Maine's monument in a review of new monuments by the Department of the Interior. The governor incorrectly contended that there was insufficient public input prior to its designation. The idea has been commented on and debated for years. Sen. Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin hosted public hearings where many people testified. It was widely reported the majority of people testifying were in favor of the monument. Sens. King and Susan Collins and Rep. Chellie Pingree have all stated it is time to move on and support the monument. The generous gift of land and $40 million endowment for improvements and maintenance by the Quimby family ensure access to the region for traditional Maine recreation activities for generations. ~ Claude McGinley, Bethel
US House panel votes to keep funding marine research program
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, July 1, 2017 

In a vote Thursday by a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, lawmakers pushed back on President Donald Trump’s proposal to de-fund the national Sea Grant program. The program, which is overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, provides approximately $1.2 million each year to roughly a dozen full-time researchers affiliated with the University of Maine. If the subcommittee’s funding proposal makes it through to the final version of the 2017-2018 annual federal budget — which Congress is expected to approve by the end of September — it would keep alive a program that proponents say is vital to sustaining Maine’s $1.5 billion-plus commercial fishing industry.
Skowhegan envisions white-water park
Morning Sentinel - Friday, June 30, 2017 

Fresh from a weeklong visit to white-water parks in Colorado and equipped with a recent $15,000 grant, Skowhegan officials are more positive than ever that a proposed white-water park in the Kennebec Gorge downtown is the key to making Skowhegan a recreation destination. They said the river activities, tied in with trails, hotels, breweries and restaurants, are just what they envision for Skowhegan’s Run of River project.
Penobscots lose appeal over policing river
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected arguments made by the Penobscot Indian Nation in a dispute over whether wardens for the state or the tribe have the authority to stop or regulate paddlers, hunters or anglers on the river. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston sided by a 2-to-1 majority with a 2015 ruling by U.S. District Judge George Singal that the Penobscot Indian Reservation includes the islands “consisting solely of Indian Island, also known as Old Town Island, and all islands in that river northward,” but not the river itself, based on the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act.
History or junk? Plan to remove old pilings roils Maine beach community
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

Homeowners of cottages along Popham Beach responded frantically this week after learning that federal and state regulators granted preliminary approval to remove wood pilings set in the sand at the northern end of the beach. Opponents of removal plan say that the pilings are a key component of Popham’s history and that removing them could disturb critical fish habitats. But Susan and Jack Parker of Woolwich — the latter of whom is the CEO of Reed & Reed Construction — have cleared nearly all the hurdles to remove the pilings of the pier used by the Eastern Steamship Company, a major early 20th century shipping firm. Because the Army Corps of Engineers issued a “general permit,” no additional review by the National Marine Fisheries Service is required to determine if the project’s impact on essential fish habitat or endangered species.
Christians Mobilize to Defend First Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean
Other - Friday, June 30, 2017 

In 2016, Christian communities learned of some of the natural wonders of the Atlantic Coast. They prayed for better reverence and care for God's marine creation, and many endorsed the proposal for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. They rejoiced when it was declared by President Obama under the Antiquities Act in September 2016. Now, the Trump Administration may reverse course and weaken marine protections for fragile areas and a diversity of marine creatures.
Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Limiting Penobscot Tribe’s River Jurisdiction
Maine Public - Friday, June 30, 2017 

The Maine attorney general’s office says that a federal appeals court has upheld a ruling in favor of the state in a legal challenge brought by the Penobscot Nation over regulatory control of the Penobscot River. The attorney general’s office says that the federal 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that the state, and not the tribe, has authority to regulate paddlers, hunters and anglers on the river, which runs through reservation territory. The appeals court also recognizes that the state has not interfered with tribe’s sustenance fishing rights. Maine Attorney Janet Mills says that the state is gratified by the court’s ruling.
Appeals court finds Maine can regulate hunting, fishing on Penobscot River
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 30, 2017 

A split federal appeals court ruled Friday that Maine has the authority to regulate paddlers, hunters and fishermen on the Penobscot River. The case results from an opinion written in 2012 by then-Maine Attorney General Bill Schneider. He asserted that the state had the authority to regulate some activities on the river, but the Penobscot Nation then sued, saying it owned the river under the terms of the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act.
Maine House budget vote falls short of total needed to stave off shutdown
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

House Republicans dealt a potentially fatal blow to a last-minute budget compromise by heeding Gov. Paul LePage’s advice to reject the spending plan crafted by legislative leaders to avoid a government shutdown. While the budget passed, Republican opposition denied it the two-thirds majority it needs to pass as an emergency measure in time to steer Maine away from a government shutdown. The vote was 87-60. Barring a significant reversal on a final enactment vote, the House vote will trigger a government shutdown on Saturday.
Federal Court rules the Penobscot River is held in trust by the State for all Maine People
Maine Government News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

The Federal First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston today ruled in favor of the State of Maine in a case brought by the Penobscot Nation in 2012. The Penobscot Nation sued the State after the Attorney General wrote that only the State had authority to stop or otherwise regulate paddlers, hunters or anglers on the river. The Nation filed suit to assert ownership of the entire river, despite the language of the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act that stated otherwise. The Federal District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals both agreed with the State of Maine. The First Circuit’s decision also recognized that the State of Maine has not interfered and does not intend to interfere with the sustenance fishing rights of the Penobscot Nation.
Police warn residents after coyotes are spotted in Cape Elizabeth
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 30, 2017 

Police in Cape Elizabeth are urging residents to be aware of their surroundings after two coyotes were spotted. Police say a resident reported seeing two coyotes while walking on the Robinson Woods trails off of Shore Road Thursday morning. Police are urging residents to use caution while walking on the trails.
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