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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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House Subcommittee Takes Up Bill On Shore Access For Harvesters Near Acadia National Park
Maine Public - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Wormers and clammers shut out of Acadia National Park’s tidal flats will be allowed access under a proposed U.S. House bill co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree of Maine — but seaweed and rockweed harvesting would continue to be prohibited. The bill received a hearing Wednesday before a subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee. In addition, the House bill would clarify the process through which 1,440 acres were ceded to the park’s Schoodic District two years ago.
Green Groups, Fishermen At Odds Over New Menhaden Rules
Associated Press - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Environmentalists and commercial fishing groups on the East Coast are divided over a decision to increase the amount fishermen can catch of an ecologically important small fish. On Tuesday, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved changes to menhaden fishing rules, including an 8 percent increase in East Coast quota. The Menhaden Fisheries Coalition says the commission's decision followed "best available science.'' But environmental groups say the move fails to account for menhaden's key role in the food chain. Menhaden are subject of one of the largest fisheries in the U.S. They are used as bait and to make fish meal and fish oil.
Round the Mountain Trail project gets $20,000 grant
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Coastal Mountains Land Trust received a letter Oct. 26 from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Board announcing the approval of a $20,000 grant in support of the Round the Mountain Trail project. Planned as a 9-mile multi-use path that will encircle Ragged Mountain to and from the Camden Snow Bowl, the Round the Mountain Trail will greatly expand the four-season recreational opportunities available on Ragged Mountain.The Round the Mountain Trail is a key component of a larger campaign launched in 2016, the Round the Mountain Collaboration. In addition to the trail project, the land trust is continues to work to raise the funds needed for the purchase of the 790-acre Mirror Lake Conservation Easement from the Maine Water Co. by a Dec. 31 deadline.
Nature Moments: Fungi on the Move
Maine Audubon - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Fungi use mushrooms to disperse their offspring, much like plants use fruits. The spores of fungi can be spread by wind, by animals, or by a combination. But stinkhorns do it by smelling like rotting meat, which attracts flies that transport their spores. [video]
Citizen scientists may help save Maine’s ancient garbage piles
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

“Midden,” to archaeologists, means the waste left behind by long-gone humans. These ancient garbage heaps contain a treasure trove of data that can shed light on Maine’s early environment and long-ago residents. But the 2,000 known middens in Maine are seriously threatened by pressures, including rising sea levels, beach erosion and real estate development. In order to protect the state’s cultural heritage despite those pressures, a University of Maine project is aiming to define the current extent of the middens and develop a network of citizen scientists to monitor and protect them now and in the years to come.
Who owns Maine seaweed? Question goes to Maine Supreme Court
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

A fight over who owns the seaweed that can be harvested along the coast of Maine is going all the way to the state’s highest court. Commercial seaweed harvesting is an industry in Maine, where harvesters typically collect a combined total of more than 10 million pounds per year. But harvesters and some shorefront property owners are locked in a dispute over whether it’s being taken from private property.
Maine Accepting Entries Into New Baby Eel Lottery
Associated Press - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Maine is now accepting applications for a place in next year's baby eel fishing lottery. Wednesday marks the first day the Maine Department of Marine Resources is accepting entries. The baby eels, also called elvers, are typically worth more than $1,000 per pound on the international aquaculture market. The state is creating the lottery to try to get new people into the elver fishing business.
Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy
National Public Radio - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Think renewable energy and the wind and sun come to mind. But some day it may be possible to add ocean energy to that list. The fledgling wave energy industry is now getting a boost from the federal government. The Department of Energy is spending up to $40 million to build a wave energy test facility off the Oregon Coast.
Column: Remembering Bill Clark
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Bill Clark described himself as “a country boy with country leanings.” He wrote a column in the newspaper about patriotism, farms, forests, rural towns, local characters and the hills of Maine. Clark often wrote with humor and had little use for bureaucrats and environmentalists, yet his newspaper career began in 1956 after he wrote a letter to the Press Herald criticizing “the stupidities of thoughtless woodcutting.” ~ George Smith
Opinion: With vision and boldness, Maine could grow into trans-North Atlantic hub
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Why does Maine sit as the center of a growing trans-Atlantic relationship? The ports of Maine are strategically located as the first stops in the United States for ships traveling from cold waters of the northernmost Atlantic region. Maine boasts a rich maritime heritage, well-established marine industries and a government that is open to opportunities that will grow the economy. New Englanders and Scandinavians share a close cultural affinity. The people of Maine are industrious, innovative and thirsting for opportunity in the wake of a major decline in the paper industry. ~ Korey Morgan, a native of Greenwood, is a master’s candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Opinion: Climate change policy and the Constitution
Maine Wire - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

The United States needs a climate change policy grounded in and consistent with the Constitution. We don’t have one. The incoherence and ineffectiveness of our current climate policies are a consequence of the unconstitutional, extraconstitutional and swamp-weasel approaches practiced by previous presidential administrations. Here are some of the numerous ways that climate change policy is violating, skirting or simply ignoring the Constitution. ~ Jon Reisman, University of Maine in Machias
Waves of the future: Wind and tidal power developments in Maine
Coastal Journal - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

If the ocean can bring us powerful storms like we saw a few weeks ago, how might we find a way to harness its power? We were so incapacitated without electricity, and I’ve been thinking about how strange it is that there was all of this energy created in the storm that we just couldn’t capture. Electricity is really just the storage of energy in one form to be used in another, so it seems somewhat maddening to listen to the howl of the wind and the crashing of the waves and yet be literally powerless. Of course, there are ways to capture this energy.
Amid UN Climate Conference, Mainers Insist ‘We Are Still In’ Paris Agreement
Maine Public - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

An advisor to Trump and a panel of American energy executives tried to make the case on Monday that fossil fuels can be cleaner and more efficient. But their message was drowned out by dozens of environmental activists in Portland. “So even though Donald Trump has recklessly withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement and even though Gov. LePage agrees with Trump, I am here to declare that we are still in,” says Caitlin Marshall, a mother and an employee of ReVision Energy. Marshall says the marketplace is making the case for alternative energy on its own. But states can still take the lead on climate change policies, says Sean Mahoney of the Conservation Law Foundation.
Canada's trade agreement with Europe pinches Maine lobster industry
Mainebiz - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

A new trade agreement between Canada and the European Union that has cut tariffs on imports of Canadian lobsters could give Canada's lobster industry the edge over Maine's. The agreement, which went into effect in September, eliminated an 8% European tariff on live lobster on frozen and processed Canadian lobster. The tariff will be phased out in the next three to five years. The elimination of European tariffs is "the single most challenging issue" for the American lobster industry, Annie Tselikis, the executive director of the Maine Lobster Dealers' Association, told the New York Times.
Plastic bags and Styrofoam soon to be history in Bath
Coastal Journal - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

It is the end of an era. Bath has voted to ban plastic bags and Styrofoam containers, joining Brunswick, Freeport, and other local communities. Where did it all begin?
Hannaford knocked for lack of chemical safety policies
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

The Environmental Health Strategy Center’s second annual “Who’s Minding the Store? – A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals” said Scarborough-based Hannaford was among nine retailers that received “F” grades for failing to publicly announce basic safer-chemical policies to ensure the chemical safety of their products and supply chain. Hannaford spokesman Eric Blom responded via email to the report card by simply saying, “We are confident in the quality of our products.” The grocery chain has long been known for promoting sustainability in its corporate practices.
Column: Republicans try to trade polar bears for tax cuts
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

Republicans are desperate to pass something before year’s end. In addition to proposing tax cuts for the rich, they’ve turned from draining the swamp to thawing the Arctic to scrounge up more money. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has introduced a bill that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. If we were desperate for oil, her bill might make more sense, but we’re in the midst of a glut. More than 100 years ago, when the first national wildlife refuge was established by President Theodore Roosevelt, we seemed to have a better sense of our role as wardens of our nation’s natural resources and the ecosystems that support wildlife. ~ Kathleen Parker
Maine-based adventurers succeed in Benedict Arnold expedition
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

After a nearly six-week-long slog through the Maine wilderness that included a 13-mile-long overland carry with a 417 pound wooden boat, flirtations with hypothermia and what felt like endless upstream paddles, a small band of hardy Americans stormed Quebec City and claimed it for the French this fall.
Opinion: Our opportunity to bring NAFTA into the 21st century is slipping away
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

Free trade across America’s northern border is at risk of remaining frozen in the 1990s as the veneer of hopeful rhetoric fades from the NAFTA negotiating table. That’s bad news in New England and Atlantic Canada, where time-tested trading partners would have benefited from the fulfillment of a more modern, inclusive reboot of the deal. Although two of the region’s top trade commodities, energy and lumber, fall largely outside the parameters of NAFTA, the renegotiation might have struck pay dirt for this northeastern part of North America, which relies on shrewd partnerships and ambitious dealmaking to compete globally. Instead, defensive reflexes have crowded out the best intentions of dragging the trade deal into this decade and the ones that lay ahead. ~ Jesse Robichaud
Maine Wildlife Park Recovers From Storm, Closes For Season
Associated Press - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

Officials at a Maine park for native animals say the facility has recovered from the damage done by a heavy fall storm. The Maine Wildlife Park had to shut down for three days due to the damage from the Oct. 30 storm. The park reopened without power for the rest of that week. Maine Wildlife Park Superintendent Curt Johnson says power was later restored. Some of the animals at the park are not able to survive in the wild. There are more than 30 species of Maine animals in the park including bears, moose and bobcats. The wildlife park closed for the year on Sunday. It reopens in April.
This book will inspire you to get outside and write about it
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

The Naturalist’s Notebook will inspire you to get outside and write about it in a journal. Authors Nat Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich even include a 5-year calendar-journal for you to use.
Landfill problems pile up, dimming Portland’s plan for solar array
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

The state has ordered Portland to do more work to secure the city’s leaking landfill before Maine’s largest city can move forward with its solar farm installation at the Ocean Avenue site. The state also recently ordered the city to undo some of its repairs at the site because the city had not fully tested soils spread on the hill and because a newly installed fence might have caused more damage to the landfill’s cap.
Letter: Deaths tied to climate change will keep rising unless action is taken
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

On Nov. 3, the Trump administration released a comprehensive scientific report that concluded that human activity is the primary contributor to climate change, saying there is “no convincing alternative explanation.” This is quite comical, considering this directly contradicts the stance taken by President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who have rejected climate science and even taken steps to censor scientists at the EPA. We should be focused on putting forth more science-based solutions. Solutions that will be good for everyone, not just the dirty-energy insiders who profit off the continued destruction of our planet. ~ Jessica Shvakhman, Portland
Irving Oil Reaches Multimillion-Dollar Settlement In Lac-Megantic Disaster
Maine Public - Monday, November 13, 2017 

The Canadian federal government has reached a settlement with Irving Oil, four years after the deadly Lac-Megantic derailment in which 47 people died. The Saint John, New Brunswick-based company pleaded guilty last month to 34 charges relating to the misclassification of rail shipments of crude oil and improper training of employees. The company was fined more than 400,000 Canadian dollars (about $314,000) in Saint John Provincial Court and ordered to pay almost 3.6 million CA$ ($2.82 million) for research programs in the field of safety standards.
Maine's Allowable Scallop Catch To Remain Same As Last Year
Associated Press - Monday, November 13, 2017 

The Maine Department of Marine Resources says its advisory council has approved the specifications for the 2017-18 scallop fishing season. Last year, fishermen were allowed to harvested 15 gallons of scallops per day in the Cobscook Bay area and 10 gallons per day in the rest of the state. Those numbers will hold in the coming season. The scallop season will begin on Dec. 1 and last until April 15.
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