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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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Mount Vernon approves food sovereignty ordinance
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Mount Vernon Town Meeting voters on Saturday approved a food sovereignty ordinance, which will allow local farmers and other food producers to sell the foods their produce directly to consumers in town without being licensed or inspected by the state. The vote follows similar action elsewhere to adopt food ordinances in Maine, including votes in Starks, Madison and Solon.
Camp like it's 2018!
Sun Journal - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Up for some glamping, boondocking or bubblecamping? Campground owners, farmers and entrepreneurs alike in Maine and worldwide are pitching new ways of enjoying the great outdoors.
Most Maine State Parks Free for Residents on Fathers' Day
Maine Public - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

The majority of Maine State Parks and historic sites will offer free admission for Maine residents on Sunday. Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Spokesman, John Bott, says the free parks day, which traditionally falls on Fathers' Day each June, is a way to recognize that Maine tax payers make the 48 park system possible.
Passport to Maine Outdoors is a lot of fun
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

You should get a Passport to Maine Outdoors and hit the road to visit all the great places included in the passport. This is a project sponsored by the Land For Maine’s Future and the Maine Land Trust Network. They started the project last year to celebrate LMF’s 30th anniversary. The passport was so popular, they decided to do it again this year. LL Bean is partnering with them, something that is sure to attract even more participants. While there is still an emphasis on places conserved with LMF funds, the new “Passport to Maine’s Outdoors” also includes land trust preserves, state and national parks, and other public outdoor recreation areas.
Trial over South Portland’s oil pipeline ordinance starts Monday
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

The trial to determine if South Portland’s so-called Clear Skies ordinance violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution is set to begin Monday before a federal judge in Portland. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock in December dismissed claims that the local law is preempted by federal law, but left open the question of whether it interferes with interstate and international commerce.
Got 99 cents? Help the environment and sick children
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

HomeGoods – that store where you find all kinds of things you didn’t know you couldn’t live without – is selling two limited-edition, reusable bags this month, one of which was designed by an ill child from Portland. More than 465 of the stores are participating in the company’s 18th annual “Help Families Fight Cancer” campaign. Customers can donate at the register, or buy a shopping bag for 99 cents. Fifty cents from every bag purchased will go to the Jimmy Fund, which helps defray the cost of cancer care and funds research.
Cannabis businesses shut out of Maine’s energy-efficiency programs
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

One of Maine’s most energy-intensive industries is being shut out of the state’s energy efficiency programs. Efficiency Maine has decided that it is too risky to give its grants to cannabis businesses, even if they are state licensed, because they operate outside of federal law. That makes any cannabis business a potential federal target that could be forced to close before it can achieve the energy savings needed to justify Efficiency Maine’s investment, the trust’s board concluded.
Pesticide bans raise question: Can we manage garden pests without chemicals?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

An ordinance severely restricting synthetic pesticides on private property in South Portland took effect in May. The law has been in effect for public property for a year. No fines are attached to the ordinance. Instead, the rollout of the new ordinance is being used as a teachable moment to educate people about ways to manage weeds and pests in lawns and gardens without the potential harm of chemicals. The goal is to get people to think about lawn and garden care in new ways.
Bethel group plans to create ‘massive network of trails’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Bethel’s trail organization, Mahoosuc Pathways, is poised to launch the final phase of a $2.25 million fundraising effort to purchase 978 acres beside Sunday River ski resort in order to create the Bethel Community Forest, envisioned as a recreational playground for local residents. The effort, in conjunction with the Trust for Public Land and Northern Forest Center, eventually would lead to a total of 3,589 acres of conserved land between Sunday River and Bethel, seven miles away.
Amy Sinclair signed on to manage an ailing farmers market in Yarmouth
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

When Amy Sinclair took over management of the Yarmouth Farmers Market in 2015, it was limping. She’d heard that the town was about to shutter the market. Three years later, she’s in her fourth season and finally breathing a little easier about its future. We called her to talk about the surest sign of a successful market, the lengths she’s gone to find vendors and the unique approach the market takes to reach low income customers.
Get busy celebrating the arrival of Maine strawberry season
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Strawberry season is upon us. We all know it’s short but sweet, and so is the celebratory Cape Elizabeth Strawberry Festival Weekend. It’s not until June 29-30. There is one hot-ticket component to the festival that typically sells out. Hence the almost two weeks’ notice. There are nearly 20 farms in Cape Elizabeth, including three that grow strawberries.
Lower greenhouse gas emissions with 4 changes in how you consume food
Washington Post - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

If your household is anything like the American average, your diet generates lots of greenhouse gas emissions. But consumers can make small daily changes to bring that number down. It’s a simple matter of watching your budget, your “food miles” and – most important – your consumption of meat and dairy.
Column: Little Indian Pond highlighted by colorful scenery
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

On a recent Sunday morning, we headed up I-95 at dawn to the Newport area for a two-hour poke around the perimeter of Little Indian Pond, with flower and bird identification guides at the ready. The pond is three miles in circumference, and Ripley Stream to the north provides another mile of exploring. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Public gardens around Maine could use your help
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Mainers who don’t get enough gardening at home to supply their need for playing with plants can get their fill by volunteering at public gardens — usually nonprofits — such as Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor, Fort Williams Park Foundation in Cape Elizabeth, Hamilton House in South Berwick, McLaughlin Garden & Homestead in South Paris, and Tate House in Portland. ~ Tom Attwell
Column: Demand for underused fish species grows slowly but surely in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

The number of restaurants participating in the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Out of the Blue program has increased to 24. And some of them have made these fishes regular menu items, according to Kyle Foley, sustainable seafood program manager at GMRI. For example, Andy’s Old Port Pub in Portland now uses Atlantic pollock to make their standard fish and chips (traditionally, endangered cod and haddock were more typical choices). While GMRI still considers these five species to be “underloved,” Foley says several indicators show eaters are moving the dial in the right direction. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Letter: For species’ sake, if it’s made with palm oil, leave it on the shelf
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Most people wouldn’t knowingly support the decimation of some of the most endangered species on the planet, yet many of us do just that when we visit the market. Found in approximately half of all consumer goods, palm oil makes its way into everything from toothpastes to a variety of packaged foods like bread, and chocolate. It is largely responsible for the rapid decline of Sumatran rhinos, tigers, orangutans, Asian elephants and countless other species. Palm oil is disguised under different names like vegetable oil. If you see questionable ingredients, contact the company. Ask what actions they intend to take to be more environmentally responsible. ~ Rebecca Tripp, Searsport
Letter: Cruise ships’ day-hoppers tight-fisted in Kennebunks
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

The late Val McGann, an artist who operated a gallery the Kennebunks for many years, gave me his assessment some years ago when the flotilla of buses of cruise ship tourists began to dramatically increase. He said: “They bring hundreds who only want a little peek and a little pee. They might spend $20 to buy something they can drop into their pocket or purse and then after two hours, jump on the buses back to their ships.” The question of the value of cruise ship tourism remains: Benefit to whom? ~ Robert F. Lyons, Kennebunk
Letter: Woodard did outstanding work on cruise-ship story
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

Heartiest congratulations on the publication of Colin Woodard’s magnificent article concerning Bar Harbor and the cruise-ship industry. This report is by far the most outstanding piece of writing on the momentous challenges we have recently been facing on our beautiful island. ~ Annemarie Vickers Quin, Bar Harbor
Letter: Union stands behind CMP transmission line project
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 17, 2018 

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is proud to support the proposed New England Clean Energy Connect power line from Québec to Maine for several reasons. The Central Maine Power Co. project will put Mainers to work. ~ Tim Burgess, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 104, Lewiston
When Nature Runs Wild, the Results Can Be Spectacular
National Geographic - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

In 2001, Isabella Tree and her husband, Charlie Burrell, whose family has owned property in England since the late eighteenth century, decided to sell the herds, put away the plows, and let nature take over. The results have been beyond even their wildest imaginings. Species which had not been sighted for a generation returned, the soil recovered from decades of fertilizer overuse, and natural river systems were restored.
Maine Department of Education welcomes nine student interns
Turner Publishing - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

The Maine Department of Education announced recently it will welcome nine student interns, who will be working for the summer at the Maine DOE headquarters in Augusta. The interns are college students who come from all over Maine.
Canoer Paddles The Androscoggin In An Effort To 'Heal And Restore' The River
Maine Public - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

It took Jen Deraspe 13 days to travel the 173 miles of the Androscoggin River by canoe. Deraspe launched in Errol, New Hampshire, an hour west of Rangeley, on June 2, and she completed her trek where the river meets the Atlantic in Topsham, Maine June 14. And Deraspe was on a mission. “It is an inspired journey to see what could happen in the way of healing and restoring this river,” she said.
Letter: Act on climate now
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 16, 2018 

Ice in the Antarctic is melting three times faster than during the previous decade. What does this mean? Faster sea level rise and ocean warming, contributing to increased flooding and more severe storms, with coastal cities on the front lines. Last year, was a record year for hurricanes, floods, droughts, and fires, but with increased warming, these events will occur with even greater frequency. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to reduce the burning of fossil fuels now. We need to let our legislators know that we want them to address climate change. ~ Gerry Gross, Bangor
After 34 years, trekker still gets butterflies
Sun Journal - Friday, June 15, 2018 

Scott Cowger of Hallowell participated in the first Trek Across Maine bike ride in 1984 because he wanted to get into better shape and needed a goal “to pay in for.” Since then he’s become heavily involved with the American Lung Association and its mission for clean air: advocating for the cause as a state legislator, running an inn that was named in the top five “green” hotels by Yankee Magazine and volunteering at Lung Association events. And he’s never missed a ride, raising about $75,000 for the cause in the past 34 years. He said, “The environment is my passion.”
Maine Delegation issues joint statement regarding China’s retaliatory tariffs on lobster
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Friday, June 15, 2018 

Tonight, June 15, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin released the following joint statement in response to China’s retaliatory tariffs on American Lobster: “Maine’s lobster industry is an irreplaceable piece of our state’s economy that supports thousands of jobs and entire coastal communities. Just two weeks ago, the Maine delegation heard directly from our state’s lobster industry about the economic hardship a trade war with China would cause them. We will be outlining our concerns with the USTR about how these new tariffs will jeopardize this industry.” The joint statement comes after China issued its own list of tariffs on the U.S. following President Trump’s issuance of tariffs on Chinese goods.
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