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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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Kate Dempsey: Connecting the Dots
Other - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Bowdoin College magazine - Kate Dempsey, Bowdoin College class of ’88, is the state director in Maine for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) headquartered in the Ft. Andross Mill in Brunswick.
Good News From the Allagash
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

The 300-page volume, "Storied Lands & Waters of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway" is the product of a two-year collaboration between the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. Principal author is Bruce Jacobson, former Chief of Planning & Land Resources for Acadia National Park and Superintendent of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. In addition to the Waterway’s heritage resource assessment, the report presents an elaborate menu of options to interpret the exceptional assets of the Waterway, and to advance teaching and learning about the Waterway in Maine’s classrooms.
As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients
National Public Radio - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Plants need carbon dioxide to live. But its effects on them are complicated. As the level of carbon dioxide in the air continues to rise because of climate change, scientists are trying to pin down how the plants we eat are being impacted. Mounting evidence suggests that many key plants lose nutritional value at higher CO2 levels, and scientists are running experiments all over the world to try to tease out the effects.
Guide to New England Slang
Yankee Magazine - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Working on your Maine accent? This Guide to New England slang might help.
Opinion: Hospitality industry leader: Don’t tie tourism’s success to Maine’s economic woes
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

The hard reality is that our state’s growth problems exist because we have longstanding issues going back hundreds of years. Typically, we do not welcome new permanent residents – foreign or domestic; we distrust business in general, and that’s reflected in our policies and regulations; and economic development is viewed as something to be controlled lest it destroy our “quality of life.” Maine’s hospitality industry is the model and path for long-term sustainable growth of Maine’s entire economy, and for bringing more permanent residents here. ~ Steve Hewing, Maine Innkeepers and Maine Restaurant associations
Opinion: Lack of government transparency hinders work to improve Maine
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Government by the people, for the people is characterized by transparency, accountability, participation and inclusion. In Maine, we have a strong legacy of town halls, relatively high voter participation rates and publicly accessible information and accountability. However, our publicly accessible information for accountability has come under threat in the last few years. There are several public data systems that are not working. ~ Flynn Ross, co-coordinator, Maine chapter of Scholars Strategy Network
China’s threatened tariff on lobster from U.S. has Maine’s industry on edge
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

The Maine lobster industry is reeling at the prospect of losing its biggest overseas market. Industry leaders warn that a proposed 25 percent Chinese tariff on U.S. lobster exports will drive U.S. lobster prices down, causing untold harm to an industry that was counting on China to offset market losses in Europe caused by a trade deal between Canada and the European Union. When the American lobster industry hurts, Maine’s economy does, too.
Column: EPA would be better off without Pruitt
Sun Journal - Tuesday, June 19, 2018 

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt long ago acquired the moniker “scandal plagued” in the press. As the stories continued to pile up, week after week, often astonishingly petty and memorable, it became impossible to conclude that Pruitt wasn’t behaving selfishly and indefensibly. Every indication is that Pruitt’s questionable practices have created a poisonous internal atmosphere at EPA. None of this is necessary to deregulation; indeed, it detracts from doing the work. The Natural Resources Defense Council calls Andrew Wheeler, the former energy lobbyist, “Scott Pruitt’s ideological twin.” He should take up Pruitt’s baton. ~ Rich Lowry
Blog: Visit the Cutler Coast, but Please Be Gentle on this Fragile Land
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Amid the 12,234 acres of the Cutler Coast Public Lands in Cutler are 4.5 miles of precipitous headlands interspersed with pocket coves and cobble beaches – a cool, windswept environment that overlooks the Bay of Fundy. Take a walk along this wild and rugged stretch of the Downeast coast, complete with maritime spruce and fir forests, grassy meadows and upland peat bogs, and it will be abundantly clear why it’s also known as the Bold Coast. ~ Carey Kish
South Portland’s ‘Clear Skies’ ordinance clouds pipeline company’s future, CEO says as trial begins
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Tanker deliveries of foreign crude oil to Portland Pipe Line Corp. terminals in South Portland have essentially stopped in the last nine months, the company’s president and CEO testified Monday, kicking off the long-awaited federal trial challenging the city’s “Clear Skies” ordinance. The company is trying to show that the 2014 municipal ban on shipping crude oil from the city’s waterfront violates the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, which gives Congress sole power to regulate foreign and interstate trade. Environmental groups and others who supported the Clear Skies ordinance say tar sands oil is more hazardous to load onto ships, transport through pipelines and clean up if spilled.
Summer fruit season kicks off with strawberries across central Maine
Kennebec Journal - Monday, June 18, 2018 

This year's crop is in good shape and at least 10 days earlier than past years.
Land donation prompts plan for new village park in Belgrade
Kennebec Journal - Monday, June 18, 2018 

One of the entrances to Belgrade Lakes Village could have a new look next year thanks to the generosity of Lynn and Phyllis Matson of Rome, who donated property and land for a public park on a triangle of land between Route 27 and West Road. The Matsons, who retired to the Belgrade area full time in 2010, bought the land several years ago and recently donated it to the Friends of Belgrade Lakes Village. The couple also promised to provide the funding to create a welcoming park, including a gazebo, through donations to the Friends group.
LePage May Get Job Offer From Trump Administration
Associated Press - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Maine's Republican governor said the Trump administration has reached out to him about a job but that there's "nothing concrete at this time." Gov. Paul LePage told Fox News' "Cavuto Live" last weekend that he is planning to take some time off after he leaves office in January, and that he is exploring his options. LePage said that the president "made some overtures" and that he may be asked "to do certain things." The governor said it probably wouldn't involve a cabinet-level position. He said he doesn't want to live full time in the nation's capital.
2019 Global Seafood Sustainability Conference to be Held in Bangkok
Other - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Diversified Communications, which is based in Portland, Maine, announced today that the 15th edition of the SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier conference on seafood sustainability, will take place June 10-14, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Biddeford gets grant to upgrade Clifford Park
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Biddeford will use a grant from the Elmira B. Sewell Foundation to make Clifford Park safer and more accessible to users, city officials announced Monday. The $52,500 grant from the foundation’s Healthy People, Healthy Places program will allow several city departments and the Heart of Biddeford blaze new trails, clean up debris more easily and add signs to increase safety on the trails.
Do you think moose hunters want to shoot calves?
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, June 18, 2018 

DIFW’s new moose management plan notes that as Maine moves into a new horizon moose management impacts of winter ticks, a warming climate, changing forest practices and new information on moose health have resulted in some uncertainty for moose in the state. That is an understatement. The plan presents lots of goals, objectives, and initiatives that will be very challenging given the department’s minimal staffing and budget. I have to note that new fisheries management plans started with the same process at the same time but have been suspended for the last two years and are nowhere near completion. That is not acceptable to Maine anglers.
Emerald Ash Borer Discovery Subject Of Meeting in Northern Maine
Associated Press - Monday, June 18, 2018 

Maine forestry officials are holding a meeting near the Canadian border to address the discovery of a destructive forest pest in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the emerald ash borer was discovered recently in Madawaska in Aroostook County. The state says the detection of the borers is a first in Maine. The forestry department says the borer kills most species of ash and presents a major threat to Maine's trees.
Coping with addiction on an isolated Maine island starts with ‘uncomfortable’ conversations
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 18, 2018 

With about 1,200 residents, Vinalhaven boasts the largest year-round population of Maine’s 15 island communities. A part of Knox County, Vinalhaven is located in a region of Maine where substance abuse among residents is significantly higher than the rest of the state. People familiar with Maine’s fishing industry and addiction say the rate of substance use is higher in fishing communities ― which make up a large portion of coastal Knox County. A new group, Our Island C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Addiction, Recovery, Education, Support) hopes to change the dialogue around addiction.
Oil pipeline v. South Portland starts Monday in U.S. District Court
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 18, 2018 

The trial is finally set to start Monday in the Portland Pipe Line Corp.’s federal lawsuit challenging South Portland’s 2014 ban on shipping crude oil from the city’s waterfront, including controversial tar sands oil produced in western Canada. After more than three years of preliminary court filings, hearings and orders, U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock Jr. must decide whether the city’s so-called “Clear Skies” ordinance violates the Commerce Clause, which gives Congress sole power to regulate foreign and interstate trade.
Letter: Clammers’ real enemy? Climate change, not green crabs
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 18, 2018 

The Gulf of Maine has warmed at four times the global average rate for the last 30 years, creating its now green-crab-friendly temperature. Focusing solely on clams misses the true issue. Clammers join a growing list of communities hurt by climate change. If each community enacts solutions to only their own issues, they may find temporary relief until another issue arises. Every community affected by climate change must join forces and share stories like this one, for, through unity, we can create large-scale permanent solutions. ~ Ethan Brown, Toxics Action Center, Portland
Letter: North Woods at risk
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 18, 2018 

This October, the Land Use Planning Commission will vote on a proposal to make close to 2 million acres of land in Maine’s Unorganized Territories eligible for development. At what cost is the LUPC willing to sacrifice the qualities that distinguish our state? My family runs a lodge near Jackman, and it’s no wonder why visitors love it here: where else on the East Coast can you find lakes and landscapes as remote, scenic, and undeveloped as Maine’s? The state’s outdoor recreational tourism industry accounts for $8 billion each year, but nature-based tourism businesses like mine will suffer if our beautiful spots become miles of unsightly strip development and soon look just like everywhere else. ~ Barrett Holden, Jackman
Letter: Protecting our water
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 18, 2018 

I offer praise to Bangor’s Peace and Justice Center for showing the just released documentary “Awake” that shows the efforts of Water Protectors at the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Nation. The video exposes violent actions of the North Dakota National Guard, sheriff department, and hired mercenaries who worked for the oil pipeline company throughout 2016 and 2017. Even though data shows that oil pipelines leak tremendous amounts of oil as compared to train transported oil, President Donald Trump signed off on continued pipeline drilling at this site as soon as he took office. Take action to protect our water by standing up, speaking out and voting for those who will protect our water and the environment as a whole. ~ Tim Roger, Lagrange
Standish councilors wade into dam dispute
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Standish town councilors have authorized Town Manager Kris Tucker to file a motion to intervene in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of an agreement that would remove or modify dams along the Presumpscot River. The town, which straddles the uppermost section of the river, joins two conservation groups, the Friends of Sebago Lake and Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, in objecting to the agreement based on concerns that it doesn’t go far enough or act soon enough in requiring fish passages at two of the dams farther up the Presumpscot.
Four area towns send firefighters to deal with flare-up at Norridgewock landfill
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Fire crews from four area communities returned on Sunday afternoon to the Waste Management Crossroads Landfill off Mercer Road in Norridgewock to deal with a possible rekindling of a fire that burned there last week. The fire was reported to have been less severe than the one that broke out Tuesday in the landfill and resulted in three firefighters receiving hospital treatment for heat stress and smoke inhalation.
Night fishing for eel, catfish on the Kennebec River in Waterville
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Bryan Lumbra and his kids Sam, 17, and Caleb, 13, went fishing for eel and catfish on the night of June 6 from the west bank of the Kennebec River in Waterville. Lighting up the banks with a lantern, they baited their hooks with worms and cast them off into the darkness while lights shone from buildings at and above the river’s edge. [photo essay]
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