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Action Alert - Friday, August 23, 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
Rangeley Outdoor Film Festival, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Friday, August 23, 2019 

The Rangeley Trail Town Festival features a variety of short films about the outdoors. At RFA Lakeside Theater, Rangeley, August 30, 7 pm, $6 for adults, $3 for Appalachian Trail hikers and children under 12.
LightHawk Paper Plane Contest
Announcement - Thursday, August 22, 2019 

Enter your best paper airplane design for a chance to have it mailed to thousands in LightHawk's 2019 Holiday Letter. Deadline: October 18, 2019.
BTLT Seeks Community Input on Future Conservation
Announcement - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is seeking community input on its current and future conservation work in Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin. A community survey is available online until September 2.
Butler to speak on conservation, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Conservationist Gil Butler will discuss his efforts to establish outdoor education programs and conservation projects in Maine and throughout North and South America. At College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, August 27, 9 am, free, parking on campus is by permit only.
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.
National Parks Free Entrance, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 18, 2019 

All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone to celebrate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday on August 25.
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.
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Opinion: Why we can’t agree on gun control
Washington Post - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Researchers have identified one key reason that people deny social problems: They don’t like the proposed solutions. For instance, concerning gun control and the environment, researchers found a similar “solution aversion” effect for conservatives. When self-identified Republicans read a blog about the problem of air pollution, they were reluctant to say that air pollution creates a health risk when the proposed solution was government regulation. However, when the proposed solution to air pollution was to rely on the free market, conservatives were significantly more likely to agree that air pollution was a problem. Anyone serious about building consensus needs to be slower to judge and quicker to listen to those who disagree. ~ Jen Zamzow
Residents, Fishermen Spar Over Proposal For Oyster Farm In Maquoit Bay
Maine Public - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Controversy over aquaculture’s expanding footprint in Maine continues to flare around the state, often putting long-time friends, neighbors and fishermen at odds with each other. The latest flashpoint is in Brunswick, where well more than one hundred residents turned out for a hearing Thursday night on a proposed 40-acre oyster farm in Maquoit Bay, which would be one of the largest in the state.
Introducing a young hunting buddy to the woods
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Rarely have I had the chance to introduce others to hunting. My stepchildren, I figured, would let me know if they ever wanted to go. Careful not to push, I was always willing to explain how hunting works and why many of us love to spend days in the woods, looking for critters that rarely show up. Unexpectedly, in October my 15-year-old stepdaughter, Georgia, said. “What if I decided I wanted to go hunting?” “Wanna go hunting?” I said Monday. “Yup,” she said. “Let’s go. I’ll be your good luck charm.” I would love to be able to tell you that Georgia changed my luck that day and that I finally shot a buck. Alas, I cannot. I can tell you that she seemed to enjoy the experience, especially when she had the chance to try out various calls and spent a bit of time “clinking the antlers” together to simulate a buck battle. ~ John Holyoke
Fiberight now expects Hampden waste plant to start up in April, a year after scheduled start date
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 16, 2018 

The company developing a state-of-the-art waste processing facility in Hampden says the project will probably be completed by the end of March — nearly a full year after the facility was supposed to begin receiving waste from more than 100 Maine towns and cities. Officials have attributed the delay to multiple factors, including weather that slowed construction last winter, a legal challenge to the project’s environmental permits and a changing market for recycled goods.
MDI town latest Maine municipality to ban plastic shopping bags
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Southwest Harbor is the latest town in Maine to adopt a ban on the distribution of single-use plastic bags by local retailers. The Mount Desert Island town held a special town meeting on Tuesday, a week after the statewide midterm elections, to consider whether to ban the distribution of such bags, which have been partially blamed for the increasing amount of plastic pollution in the oceans. By a vote of 75 to 4, local residents approved the ban. In a separate 73-to-4 vote, they also approved a ban on the distribution of polystyrene — also called Styrofoam — food containers.
Interactive map: These are the Maine towns that have banned plastic bags
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Use the map above to see which towns in Maine have put restrictions on plastic bags.
Opinion: Profits, not climate benefits, are driving CMP transmission proposal
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 16, 2018 

Climate disruption is the most serious threat to the environment in Maine, the nation and the world, and scientists are clear that the warming we are already experiencing is caused by human pollution. It will harm Maine’s environment, economy and way of life and do nothing to reduce climate-disrupting pollution. It’s a bad deal for Maine. Maine needs a plan to meet our existing state goal of reducing climate-disrupting pollution by 80 percent by 2050. We can achieve such reductions by taking advantage of rapidly expanding energy efficiency and clean energy technologies. ~ Dylan Voorhees, Natural Resources Council of Maine
A Climate to Thrive lays out policy agenda
Mount Desert Islander - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

A Climate to Thrive, a grassroots citizens’ organization based on Mount Desert Island, planned a meeting Tuesday develop a comprehensive statewide energy policy proposal for the new administration of governor-elect Janet Mills. A statement from the group said, “Leaders will develop a proposal to make Maine energy independent by 2030 and revitalize the state’s economy by creating thousands of jobs in the fast-growing, innovative, energy technology sector.” “Last month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that we had a dozen years to turn the planet around by substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” says Gary Friedmann, Chair of both A Climate to Thrive and the Bar Harbor Town Council. “It’s time for Maine to commit to this vision of energy independence.”
RI Renewable energy bids
Other - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Rhode Island electric customers are already using power from the first offshore wind farm in the nation. Now, a total of 41 bids have been made in response to an RFP for 400 megawatts of new renewable energy that was released by the state in September as part of a push to increase the supply of power from wind, solar and the like to 1,000 megawatts by 2020. Some of the bids would have Rhode Island buy power from land-based wind farms of up to 350 megawatts proposed by EDP Renewables and Apex Clean Energy in Maine, large solar projects of up to 170 megawatts proposed by EDF Renewables in undisclosed locations and a host of smaller solar proposals of 20 or 50 megawatts proposed by Freepoint Solar in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Vermont.
Conservation award winners
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District honored several people at the Knox-Lincoln SWCD 71st Annual Awards Banquet at Camp Wavus in Jefferson:
• Conservation Farm of 2018: Cooper Funk & Marina Sideris of Dooryard Farm in Camden
• Lifetime Service Award: William Laflamme of Sidney
• Special Appreciation Award: North Nobleboro Community Association
• Volunteer of the Year: Gail Presley of Rockland
• Woodland Stewardship Award: Dick Koubek of Bremen
• Excellence in Conservation Education: Coral Coombs, Lincolnville Central School; Ferolyn Curtis, South School in Rockland; and Pamela Walton, Gilford Butler School in So Thomaston
Jared Golden wins Maine’s 2nd District race, flips another seat in U.S. House to Democrats
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Democrat Jared Golden emerged as the winner of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race Thursday, upsetting Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin following a historic runoff that used ranked-choice voting. Golden captured 50.5 percent of the vote to Poliquin’s 49.5 percent to become the first challenger to defeat an incumbent in Maine’s sprawling 2nd District in a century.
Column: Birder spots an odd hybrid
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

In May, a Pennsylvania birder noticed an odd warbler in his backyard. It looked like a Brewster’s warbler, but with some characteristics that resembled a chestnut-sided warbler. When it matured enough to start singing, it sang the chestnut-sided song. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology investigated. Sure enough, it was the offspring of a hybrid Brewster’s female and a chestnut-sided warbler male. It was the genetic product of three different species. If crossbreeding is so possible, why doesn’t it happen more often? The singing ability of males is typically more important than appearance in mate selection. That would also explain how Mick Jagger fathered eight kids. ~ Bob Duchesne
New England’s shuttered shrimp fishery faces key decisions
Associated Press - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Two days of meetings will determine if there’s going to be a shrimp fishing season in New England next year, and it doesn’t look promising. The fishery, based mostly in Maine, has been shut down since 2013 over concerns about a depleted population of the shrimp. An advisory panel that reports to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission meets Thursday in Portland to make a recommendation about having a season in 2019. Recent scientific materials released by the Atlantic States commission say the shrimp population remains in poor shape despite several years without fishing pressure. The warming of the Gulf of Maine is often cited as a problem.
Farm animals could soon get new features through gene editing
Associated Press - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry. But first, it needs to convince regulators that gene-edited animals are no different than conventionally bred ones.
Column: Matthew Whitaker is steeped in time travel and Bigfoot. He’s the right man for the job.
Washington Post - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

In addition to his exotic legal views and his lack of relevant experience, Matthew G. Whitaker was already known to have hawked hot-tub seats for a business that shut down this year after reaching a $26 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission for defrauding customers. But that’s just the beginning of the crackpottery. Only a man steeped in time travel and Bigfoot could successfully sell the notion that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s inquiry is a “hoax” that should be shut down. In tapping, as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, a man with experience with hucksterism and conspiracy theories, President Trump has embraced his inner crackpot. ~ Dana Milbank
Coastal Maine city OKs historic preservation ordinance
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Rockland city councilors have given the green light for a historic preservation commission to form in the small coastal city, which has seen a downtown boom and arts renaissance during the past two decades. Ann Morris, curator for the Rockland Historical Society, drafted and pushed for the historic preservation ordinance, which calls for creation of the commission, out of a desire to preserve the multitude of architectural styles that she believes gives Rockland its unique charm.
How one Maine town reinvented itself after its biggest employer left
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

When the former Brunswick Naval Air Station closed the impact of losing 4,500 sailors and their families, as well as about 700 civilian employees, hit hard across multiple aspects of the community. The pace at which the once empty Navy base has been repopulated surprised everyone, said Brunswick Town Manager John Eldridge. Today, the TechPlace incubator at Brunswick Landing houses 35 companies. Elsewhere on the former base, nearly 600,000 square feet are under lease to more than 65 businesses, and the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority has sold more than 400 acres of land and 45 buildings, with nearly 120 private and public entities doing business at Brunswick Landing. The development effort has realized over $350M in private and public-sector investments over the past four years. It is likely the redevelopment has been the largest factor driving development outside the former base as well.
A creature that looks like ‘pancake batter’ is thriving in the warming Gulf of Maine
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Add sea squirts — a variety of small, tube-like marine creatures that live bunched together in colonies — to the list of species that seem to be thriving in the warming waters off the Maine coast. Marine scientists say that the gelatinous animals have been growing in number in shallow waters along the coast and could be creating problems for native organisms that are getting squeezed out of their traditional habitat on the bottom. Red Asian seaweed, mola mola, green crabs and black sea bass are among other unfamiliar marine species that have been showing up in greater numbers in the Gulf of Maine.
Opinion: Oyster company’s plan for 40-acre lease is bad for bay, public
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

The debate over Mere Point Oyster Co.’s application for a 40-acre lease in Maquoit Bay is more than about aquaculture – it’s also about business and principle. Having researched the impact of oyster farming, I’ve found studies showing both good and bad outcomes. Basically, the jury is out on whether the benefit of oysters filtering water offsets the adverse effects of sediment deposits and farming activities. Given the uncertainty, increasing from a quarter-acre to a 40-acre farm, without understanding the impact on Maquoit Bay, is dangerous. The lease location and terms benefit the business owners at the expense of the public. The lease size, location and terms should be revised for the benefit of all who use the bay. ~ Paul Dioli, Brunswick
EPA analysis finds chemical compound in new nonstick coatings also harmful
Associated Press - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was the first time that the EPA weighed in on newer, supposedly safer versions of an increasingly scrutinized family of stick- and stain-resistant compounds. Older versions of the compound are turning up in dangerous levels in drinking water supplies around the country.
State police nab runaway pig on Interstate 95 in Palmyra
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

The animal had been seen several times over the past week, but eluded its pursuers until Wednesday.
New Sharon boy bags rare four-point doe
Sun Journal - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

A 9-year-old New Sharon boy bagged a rare deer with a four-point rack Monday. Chase Foss was making his way to his father’s truck when he saw what appeared to be a buck run about six feet in front of him. Foss’s father, Daniel Foss, said, “I was walking back, and (the deer) came out, so I shot it in the neck, then it ran into a tree.” Then, the animal “came down across the clearing and came out into the road, in front of my son and I,” Foss said. Chase, who carried an any-deer permit, took his shot and got the deer. Hunters killed about 27,000 deer in Maine in 2017.
Drop in oil prices carries consequences both positive and potentially negative
Washington Post - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

American motorists are saving about $80 million a day, thanks to a 20-cent-a-gallon drop in the price of regular gasoline since Oct. 1. But this is it could be signaling bad things for everybody,” said a senior market analyst.
Nova Scotia seafood company gets U.S. patent to aid in lobster processing
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Seafood News -A Nova Scotia seafood company has been granted a U.S. patent for a system that better identifies how ready a lobster is for market. The camera-based system is expected to determine the meat content and quality of lobsters as they ride a conveyor belt during processing. That information can help automate determining which lobsters are the highest quality to ship.
Owner of cow shot in Embden, alleged shooter deny charges
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Both the owner of a cow fatally shot in Embden and the alleged shooter have denied charges against them, and the cases will continue until spring. Jaime Danforth, the owner of the 3-year-old Holstein heifer shot and killed in Embden in early September, appeared Wednesday in Skowhegan District Court on a charge of animal trespass. Her family has alleged their neighbor’s son, Mason Sparrow, shot and killed their cow, Sophie, after Sophie wandered onto the Sparrows’ property. The case sparked widespread outrage.
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