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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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Climate Protester Arrested After Walking Laps Around Portland Courthouse For 15 Hours
Maine Public - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

Federal authorities have arrested a protester for trespassing in front of the U.S District Court in Portland. The arrest followed a 15-hour walking vigil around the courthouse that was intended to bring attention to the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Rob Levin knew what he was about to do would land him in jail. But that didn’t stop him from erecting a U.S. flag at half-staff on the premises of the federal courthouse while over a dozen supporters stood in solidarity with him. He says his act of civil disobedience symbolizes a national tragedy, and the profound disappointment he feels is what led him to do something he has never done — break the law.
Maine coastal town’s leaders vote to oppose offshore wind project
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The St. George Select Board voted Monday to oppose an offshore wind project taking shape about 12 miles away, standing with local fishermen who say the project and its transmission cable would harm their livelihoods. The unanimous vote follows a recommendation made by an advisory committee created last month by the five-person Select Board to weigh the impact the Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project would have on the local community. Maine Aqua Ventus ― a collaboration between UMaine, Cianbro Corp., and Naval Energies ― would bring electricity onshore from two six-megawatt wind turbines that would be installed just off Monhegan Island. The pilot project is designed to test the feasibility of the University of Maine’s floating platform technology.
Poland Spring added $201 million directly to Maine economy in 2016
Mainebiz - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

Poland Spring Water Co.'s total economic impact on Maine in 2016 amounted to more than $390 million, according to a commissioned report released by the company on Tuesday. The $391.4 million total breaks down into a direct impact of $201.6 million; an indirect, supply chain impact of $154.5 million; and a worker-spending impact of $35.3 million. Poland Spring, which is owned by Nestlé Waters North America Inc., operates bottling plants in Poland, Hollis and Kingfield.
Federal judge again denies South Portland’s plea to dismiss pipeline company’s lawsuit
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

Judge John Woodcock Jr. firmly denied South Portland’s renewed motion to dismiss a nearly 3-year-old lawsuit by the Portland Pipe Line Corp. over a municipal ban on crude oil exports. Portland Pipe Line Corp. is fighting a 2014 South Portland ordinance that banned the shipping of crude oil from the city's waterfront and effectively blocked the company from reversing the flow of its pipeline, which currently transports a dwindling amount of imported crude to refineries in Montreal. The city filed the latest motion in October, after TransCanada Corp. announced that it had abandoned plans to build the controversial Energy East pipeline, which would have carried 1.1 million barrels of crude oil daily from western Canada to the Atlantic coast. Woodcock’s anticipated next step would be to rule on the merits of the company’s claim against the Clear Skies ordinance.
Midcoast Conservancy honors volunteers
Republican Journal - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

Midcoast Conservancy presented volunteer awards at its annual meeting Dec. 7. The Land Award went to Tom Fake, who offered to design and help build new kiosks for 11 of Midcoast Conservancy’s preserves. David Miller received the Water Award for his crucial role in the Sheepscot River water quality monitoring program. The Community Award went to Glen Widmer, who has dedicated his professional life to working with youth and building community. Paula Swetland is this year’s Healthy Organization award recipient. She devoted hundreds of hours to planning, and led a cadre of seasoned and new volunteers to stage the organization’s most successful fundraiser to date.
Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows
National Public Radio - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The Arctic is a huge, icy cap on the planet that acts like a global air conditioner. But the air conditioner is breaking down, according to scientists who issued a grim "report card" on the Arctic on Tuesday. They say the North Pole continues to warm at an alarming pace — twice the rate as the rest of the planet, on average. This year was the Arctic's second-warmest in at least 1,500 years, after 2016. Researchers say there was less winter ice in the Arctic Ocean than ever observed. And ocean water in parts of the polar Barents and Chukchi seas was a whopping 7 degrees Fahrenheit higher than just a few decades ago.
US might place Atlantic sea turtle on endangered list
Associated Press - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The National Marine Fisheries Service says it is conducting a review of the Northwest Atlantic population of leatherback sea turtles to see if it should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The turtles live all over the world, including off of New England. Leatherbacks are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The fisheries service says it’s collecting comments until Feb. 5 about whether the northwestern Atlantic’s population should be included on the U.S.’s endangered list.
Maine PUC opens inquiry into storm response by CMP, Emera
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Tuesday to open an inquiry into responses by the state’s electric companies in restoring power after October’s destructive storm. It asked Central Maine Power Co. and Emera Maine to file reports detailing their responses and lessons learned in 30 days. It also said it wanted to know whether changes need to be made. The potent pre-Halloween wind and rainstorm cut service to more than 400,000 CMP customers and left some in the dark for up to 10 days. In eastern and northern Maine, roughly 90,000 customers served by Emera Maine also lost power. Taken together, it was the largest power outage in state history.
‘That ain’t a moose’: 107 years later, Hill Gould’s 31-point buck still the Maine standard
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

More than 100 years after it was shot, the 31-point “Hill Gould Buck” still sports the rack that Maine deer are compared to. Louis Cataldo, a registered Maine guide from Grand Lake Stream, knows a bit about the “Hill Gould Buck.”
FocusMaine Hires Kim Hamilton as First President
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

FocusMaine has hired Kimberly (Kim) Hamilton, PhD to serve as its first president. Hamilton will oversee programs designed to accelerate the creation of quality jobs in high-growth sectors in Maine. FocusMaine has started a 10-year implementation plan for sustainable job growth across the state, focusing first on agriculture and aquaculture, and exploring the opportunity to build on the emerging biopharmaceutical development activity out of Boston. Maine ranks 47th in the country in job growth, due in part to the aging workforce and relatively flat population projections.
Study points to how Maine could reclaim its ‘lost Einsteins’
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

Poor, female and minority children are far less likely to be exposed to a culture of innovation as they grow up, meaning they are less likely to become inventors — a fact that has serious economic implications. That’s the finding from a new study that could influence decisions made by Maine policymakers and local leaders as they try to boost the creation of new products to spur economic growth. In the past, they may have focused on financial incentives or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to increase entrepreneurialism. “Our results point to a different channel — exposure to innovation during childhood — as a critical factor that determines who becomes an inventor,” wrote the researchers.
Poland Spring poured $201 million into Maine economy in 2016, report says
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

Poland Spring added more than $200 million to the state economy and employed 860 workers in Maine in 2016, according to an economic impact report released by the company Tuesday. That makes Poland Spring, a subsidiary of the Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle S.A., the fifth-largest manufacturer in Maine and an important source of employment and economic growth in rural parts of Maine, where natural resource industries such as pulp and paper manufacturing are declining, said Charles Lawton, an economist who wrote the report for Poland Spring.
Column: Western Maine must create jobs, but will younger talent be there?
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

Maine’s western mountains region – Oxford, Franklin and Somerset counties– is the birthplace of many of Maine’s most iconic rural industries. But over the past 30 years, forces of technological change have undercut Maine products leading to the decline of many of the long-term sources of wealth and prosperity. The stark contrast between an expanding range of possible economic opportunities and an aging (and, therefore, less economically engaged population) and the exodus of the most motivated of the prime working-age population is the essence of the economic challenge facing the region’s citizens and public policy makers. The goal must be creating communities that young people will find attractive. ~ Charles Lawton
Letter: Pollution control saves lives
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The EPA is holding a public comment period as it considers repealing the Clean Power Plan, which would provide lifesaving air pollution reductions, including the first federal limit on carbon pollution from power plants. The EPA’s analysis shows that the Clean Power Plan will prevent 400,000 asthma attacks and up to 34,000 premature deaths every year by 2030. It will also reduce the number of days lost from work because of asthma and lung diseases. Revoking the Clean Power Plan would give power plants a license to pollute, putting millions of Americans in harm’s way. Simply put, repealing the Clean Power Plan is a serious threat to the health of every person in Maine and throughout the nation. ~ Bonnie Irwin, Brewer
Opinion: Prioritize holy sites on public lands
Other - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Global Sisters Report - If Congressional members are not as strong as they should be, then encourage them to step up to protect our national monuments and public lands. Also contact state governors and land offices saying you support national monuments and public lands. I also think you should encourage people to write op-eds in their local and regional press. If we believe in miracles, a phone call might just help a miracle happen — or at least honor our Creator and be an action of solidarity with our Native American brothers and sisters who have already lost so much. ~ Franciscan Sister Joan Brown
Baker in residence at Berwick
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Artist and educator Krisanne Baker of Waldoboro is artist-in-residence through Friday, Dec. 15, at Berwick Academy. Baker’s Art + Ecology approach aims to exhibit works inspired by the desire to raise ocean awareness. An exhibit of her work titled “Gulf of Maine: Dare to Care” opens Thursday, Dec. 14, at the pre-K through grade 12 academy. During her artist-in-residence week, she is working with students to create endangered Gulf of Maine species artworks in fused glass, culminating in a window installation at the Berwick Academy Library.
Artist working with students on endangered Gulf of Maine species
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Artist and educator Krisanne Baker of Waldoboro is artist-in-residence through Friday, Dec. 15, at Berwick Academy. Baker’s Art + Ecology approach aims to exhibit works inspired by the desire to raise ocean awareness. An exhibit of her work titled “Gulf of Maine: Dare to Care” opens Thursday, Dec. 14, at the pre-K through grade 12 academy. During her artist-in-residence week, she is working with students to create endangered Gulf of Maine species artworks in fused glass, culminating in a window installation at the Berwick Academy Library.
U.S. loses 13 scientists who will do climate change work in France
Associated Press - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. The “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants – a nod to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan – are part of Macron’s efforts to counter Trump on the climate change front. Macron announced a contest for the projects in June, hours after Trump declared he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.
Trump to push oil and gas drilling off the East Coast
Bloomberg News - Monday, December 11, 2017 

The Trump administration is preparing to unveil as soon as this week an expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling rights in Atlantic waters. President Donald Trump ordered his Interior Department to write the new blueprint with the aim of auctioning oil and gas drilling rights off the East Coast – territory that former President Barack Obama, ruled out.
LePage and land trusts argue about land conservation registry
Maine Environmental News - Monday, December 11, 2017 

On December 1, the legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee held its second meeting as part of a study of conserved lands in Maine. The discussion became contentious when Jonathan LeBonte, director of the Office of Policy and Management for the LePage Administration, told the committee land trusts “will be in violation of the law if they do not provide the data” for a new conservation fee lands registry on the state’s form. The land trusts say they are committed to complying, but that the State’s requests go “beyond the requirements of the law." The tension seemed to be less about whether conservation lands pay their fair share of property taxes, or whose form should be used for the conservation lands registry, and more about the fight that Paul LePage has picked by withholding Land for Maine’s Future funds.
9 lovely trails for a snowy walk in Maine
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, December 11, 2017 

To make getting out to enjoy the snow a bit easier for you, I’ve selected 9 trails in Maine that I think are great for enjoying the snow. They’re accessible. They’re marked with paint and signs on trees that are visible year round. And they’re not too far from a cup of hot chocolate.
• Unity College Forest in Unity
• Moose Point State Park in Searsport
• Kebo Mountain in Acadia National Park
• Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson
• Good Will-Hinckley Trails in Fairfield
• Rolland F. Perry City Forest in Bangor
• Trenton Community Trail in Trenton
• Birdsacre in Ellsworth
• Dead River Trail in Orland
York Land Trust acquires Fuller Forest property
Seacoast Online - Monday, December 11, 2017 

York Land Trust acquired the 220-acre Fuller Forest property on Bartlett Road in York last week from the children of Marion Fuller Brown, creating one of York Land Trust’s largest preserves. The Fuller Forest property originally belonged to the late Henry Fuller and Marion Fuller Brown, who acquired it shortly after World War II along with Ram’s Head Farm on Southside Road. Marion was a member of the Maine House of Representatives and a leader in statewide, national and local conservation efforts until she passed away in 2011. She was also a founder of the York Land Trust in 1986.
New USDA Rural Development director settling into job
Bangor Daily News - Monday, December 11, 2017 

After two decades working with Aroostook County potato farmers, Tim Hobbs is hitting the ground running as the new Maine state director for the USDA Rural Development agency. Hobbs, the former grower relations director for the Maine Potato Board and director of the Central Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District, has been busy familiarizing himself with the USDA Rural Development agency’s array of rural economic development programs and the priorities of the Trump Administration in Washington D.C. In 2016, USDA-RD spent $402 million in Maine.
Fuel truck driver killed in collision near Canadian border
Sun Journal - Monday, December 11, 2017 

The driver of a fuel truck, Gregory Hutchinson, 51, of Carthage, one of two trucks involved in a collision Monday morning, died in the accident on Route 27, about 10 minutes south of the Canadian border. Hutchinson was driving a fuel truck belonging to Dead River Company and was traveling north. Simultaneously an empty tractor-trailer truck owned by Nicols Bros Trucking of Mexico was traveling south driven by Jeffrey Lang, 70, of Rumford. The roads had received recent snowfall and as both vehicles approached each other on a curve the empty trailer lost traction and jackknifed, and slid into the travel lane of the northbound fuel truck. The fuel truck was loaded with 2,000 gallons of oil and 800 gallons of kerosene, and its tank ruptured in the crash. There was no fire.
Maine license plates to fund lobster research
Other - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Undercurrent News - How are rapidly warming waters in the Gulf of Maine and the success of conservation strategies impacting the North American lobster population? Both will get a close look in a scientific assessment to be conducted by the new Maine Lobster Research Collaborative. The program is being run with a half million in funds from the state’s Department of Marine Resources, generated by sales of the state’s lobster license plate.
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