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Tall Tales, Fish Tails, & Damn Lies, Jun 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 20, 2019 

Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries will hold a night of music and words from a fishing community with performances and story-telling by Frank Gotwals, Dennis Damon, Bob Quinn and many more. At Stonington Opera House, June 27, 6:30 pm. Proceeds benefit a sustainable future for local fisheries and communities.
Can environmental action be good for business? Jun 27
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 20, 2019 

An informal policy and issue-based discussions held at local businesses over coffee or beer. Speakers: Kristan Porter, Maine Lobstermen's Association; Abe Furth, Orono Brewing Company; Brad Ryder, Epic Sports. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Maine Environmental News
Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 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
Save Right Whales
Action Alert - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 

New England’s iconic whale is on the brink of extinction. A bill in Congress called Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (“SAVE”) Right Whales could help this key species recover. ~ Conservation Law Foundation
Water: What is has to teach us, Jun 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 18, 2019 

Learn about fresh water ecosystems and new aquaculture operations in the MidCoast region. At Topsham Public Library, June 25, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Proposed Coyote Center, Jun 24
Event - Posted - Monday, June 17, 2019 

Biologist Geri Vistein will share an informative film about the future Coyote Center in Maine, followed by a discussion of Maine’s coyotes. At Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, June 24, 6:30 pm.
Teen Wilderness Expedition, July 23-25
Announcement - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

The Teen Wilderness Expedition is a 3-day, 2-night, all-inclusive adventure for 12-16 year olds at Little Lyford Lodge, July 23-25. Offered by Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District and Appalachian Mountain Club.
Maine State Museum hosts Bike Day, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join the Maine State Museum, Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine State Library in a free family event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and learn about the benefits of safe, relaxed bike riding. At Maine State Museum, June 22, 10 am - 1 pm.
Woodland Management with Birds in Mind, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A Forestry for Maine Birds workshop for landowners, foresters and loggers interested in learning how they can support Maine’s forest songbirds. At Somerset County Cooperative Extension office, Skowhegan, and on the adjacent Yankee Woodlot Demonstration Forest, June 22, 9 am - noon.
Hike Puzzle Mt., Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A moderate to strenuous hike of 8.5 miles. Cross several exposed granite boulders and ledges offering views of the Sunday River ski area, Grafton Notch, and the Presidentials, June 22, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Androscoggin River Canoe & Kayak River Race, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

This event is open to all to launch canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, (and more) into the Androscoggin River and complete one of three courses of varying length and challenge. At Festival Plaza, Auburn, June 22, 9 am, $15 for single paddler, $25 for a double, benefits Androscoggin Land Trust.
Plants of Corea Heath, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join Jill Weber, botanist and co-author of The Plants of Acadia National Park, to learn about carnivorous plants, orchids, stunted trees and shrubs and cotton-grass. At Corea Heath, Goldsboro, June 22, 8:30 am. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Maine Wildlife Park open house, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Friday, June 14, 2019 

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray will hold an open house with free admission, June 21, 5-8 pm. Feeding times for moose, lynx, foxes, cougars, vultures and bears will be posted.
Call for a presidential primary debate on climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has rejected a presidential primary debate on climate change. 15 Democratic presidential candidates have joined the call. So can you. ~ CREDO Action
Trekking through Time
Announcement - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

From June through October, Lakes Environmental Association, Loon Echo Land Trust, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, and Western Foothills Land Trust will host the Trekking through Time Series. Once a month throughout the summer and early fall, each organization will host a historical tour of one of its conservation properties.
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E2Tech announces leadership transition
Mainebiz - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Jeff Marks, executive director of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council, more commonly known as E2Tech, will leave the organization he has led for five years to pursue service and volunteer work abroad. His final day with E2Tech will be Dec. 31. Melissa Winne, project director with E2Tech, will become interim director and oversee the organization's activities during the search for a new executive director.
Veteran conservationist joins Schoodic Institute as president and CEO
Mainebiz - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Schoodic Institute, a nonprofit partner of Acadia National Park, named Don Kent as its new president and CEO. He has worked at NatureServe Inc., New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau, and Disney's Research and Development Group. He also served as a board member and Instructor for the U.S. Environmental Training Institute. Kent will begin his new duties Jan. 8, 2018.
New book reveals old rivalry that brought the Appalachian Trail to Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Through in-depth research, Jeffrey Ryan, a hiking enthusiast and author from Portland, learned that the famous Appalachian Trail, a 2,190-mile footpath stretching from Georgia to Maine, would never have come into existence if it hadn’t been for two men: “The Dreamer,” Benton MacKaye, who had the vision and purpose to conceive of the trail, and “The Doer,” Myron Avery, whose persistence and enthusiasm got it built. Ryan's 261-page book, “Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail,” published in September by the Appalachian Mountain Club, is the story of these two men.
This Nobel Laureate Is Worried U.S. Politics Could Endanger Scientific Research
TIME - Monday, December 11, 2017 

An American researcher, Michael Rosbash, who shared this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine bluntly criticized political developments at home in his address at the awards’ gala banquet Sunday night. “We benefited from an enlightened period in the postwar United States.…(but) the current climate in the U.S. is a warning that continued support cannot be taken for granted,” he said in a short speech at the ornate city hall in Stockholm. The 2018 federal budget proposed by President Donald Trump calls for cutting science funding by billions of dollars.
Challenge To Maine's Solar Rules Heads To Court
Associated Press - Monday, December 11, 2017 

The Conservation Law Foundation and clean energy supporters are challenging a big change in how Maine compensates owners of new rooftop solar panels for energy they generate. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has scheduled oral arguments for Wednesday. Solar installers say a push to reduce credits for new customers would dissuade residents and small businesses from installing solar panels. The groups behind the legal challenge argue the Maine Public Utilities Commission's adopted rule does not comply with Maine law.
Please help me establish the Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation Area
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Today, I am hoping you will join me in a new project: the donation of my 150 acre woodlot in Mt. Vernon to the Kennebec Land Trust. Our plan is to create a “habitat trail” with signs explaining the various habitats and critters that live on the woodlot. I’m also adding stories to Walking My Woodlot, and they will be available in a booklet for those who visit the woodlot in the future. I hope to raise $20,000 so that KLT will have the funds needed to pay property taxes on the woodlot, and manage it over the years, including maintaining the trails and signs, hosting events there, and encouraging public use. The woodlot will be managed primarily for wildlife habitat.
Letter: A sneak attack on our children
Bangor Daily News - Monday, December 11, 2017 

The proposed tax bill threatens the livability of the climate our children will need to survive. Under this tax bill, tax incentives for renewable energy would be slashed and federal taxpayers would continue to subsidize the fossil fuel industry by more than $15 billion each year. Why? Because this industry invests about $350 million per year in campaign money. Great for them, but not for us. Wise tax reform could reduce climate change. Without federal and state subsidies, about 45% of all new U.S. oil projects would not be profitable enough to pursue. Sen. Susan Collins has proposed legislation to protect our children’s climate. Her vote is needed to pass this tax plan so she is in a pivotal position now to be the climate hero we need. Call her. ~ Richard Thomas, Waterville
Maine ski resorts abound in new glades and myriad upgrades
Sun Journal - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

Ski Maine estimates skiing’s economic impact at $300 million. The Maine Office of Tourism is looking to up that this winter by more than doubling the outreach of its advertising. Winter visits to Maine have increased 7 percent each of the past five years. One-third of those visitors are looking to head outside. Here is what they’ll find and when they’ll find it at ski resorts around western Maine.
Eliminate the Wind Production Tax Credit
Other - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

E21 - The Energy Information Administration’s most recent examination of direct federal support to the energy sector found that renewable generation received fully $15 billion out of over $29 billion in total taxpayer largesse in 2013, the bulk of which flowed to wind, solar and biofuels. Financial support for coal, by comparison, was just over $1 billion, even though coal contributes twice as much generation capacity. The EIA’s report excludes the myriad state-level schemes that support renewable generation, including the hidden subsidies embedded in the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) mandates that exist across 29 states and DC.
Right whales, after deadly year, could become extinct, officials say
Associated Press - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

Officials with the federal government say it’s time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them. North Atlantic right whales are among the rarest marine mammals in the world, and they have endured a deadly year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said there are only about 450 of the whales left and 17 of them have died so far in 2017.
Opinion: Trump's Assault on National Monuments, in the Name of "Jobs," Should Not Be Believed
Truthout - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

In a landmark proclamation, President Trump slashed the size of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by 85 percent and 46 percent, respectively. This, in spite of the fact that 80 percent of commenters solicited in the review process opposed shrinkage, sparking a dearth of outrage at the intractability with which one man can impose his will upon public land. Unlike previous uses of the Antiquities Act, Trump has given no credence to the public will with respect to his decision. The real threat manifest in the Trump proclamations is one of cynicism being played on credulity. The Trump administration is trying to disguise clientelism as "populism" by dangling the specter of "distant bureaucrats" and the carrot of mining jobs in front of the American people. ~ Justin Theodra
Millinocket Marathon & Half Draws More than 1000 Runners to Katahdin Region
Maine Public - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

The second official Millinocket Marathon & Half saw Robert Ashby, 49, of Brunswick finishing the full 26.2 miles first, in 2:47.44. Not far behind him was the top female finisher, Sarah Mulcahy, 32, of Princeton, in 2:56.06. 213 people ran the full marathon, with 942 people running the half marathon. The event was created in 2015 by Cranberry Isles runner Gary Allen, who saw it as a way of generating support for the Katahdin region which has lost much of its industry with the demise of the paper mills. In lieu of a race entry fee, runners are asked to spend the equivalent - or more- in local businesses, restaurants, and shops.
Opinion: Maine’s family farms won’t win under the Republican tax plan
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

Nationwide, family farmers are facing no shortage of challenges. This is certainly rings true in Maine, both for agriculture and other industries. Low prices, access to affordable land, too much regulation in some places and not enough in others, failing infrastructure, high health care costs, and the list goes on. It is particularly alarming that Congress is trying to cut taxes for the wealthy and put a greater share of the nation’s tax burden on small family farms like mine. Maine is fortunate that it is represented by a bipartisan congressional delegation of independent-minded members. I hope they will help return us to policies that favor families over corporations, the middle class over the rich, and that bring our fiscal house in order without slashing necessary government services. ~ Mary Castonguay, Livermore
Conflict erupts in Wiscasset over state’s decisions about Route 1 project
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

The state government’s latest effort to mitigate one of Maine’s most notorious summertime traffic bottlenecks has bitterly divided the town of Wiscasset, triggering lawsuits, accusations of duplicitous dealings by Maine Department of Transportation, and heated disagreement between opponents and supporters, including Gov. Paul LePage, who has said he’s had enough of the townspeople’s complaints and would like to build a viaduct right over the area.
Diane Walden teaches elements of sustainable holiday decor
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

Diane Walden is a staff horticulturist at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the resident staff expert on making holiday garlands. She even teaches classes in how to deck your halls sustainably, using local vegetation, although right now the Boothbay institution is a little too busy with some crazy light show (you may have heard something about Gardens Aglow) to hold any classes. We called her up to see how she landed at the gardens and while we were at it, asked for a few tips on wreath-making, sustainably.
Out-of-state riders boost snowmobile registrations
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

More than 23,000 nonresidents registered snowmobiles in Maine last winter – the second-largest total in 25 years. And riders from away are accounting for a growing percentage of annual snowmobile registrations in Maine. In 2000, 15 percent of registrants were from out of state; last winter, 27.3 percent were nonresidents.
Former ESPN, NBC anchor finds new calling in wildlife photography
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

“I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” said Gerry Monteux, a wildlife photographer, as he reflected on the dramatic changes in his life. For more than three decades, Monteux was a TV sports anchor who went by the on-air name Bill Patrick. He played a role in coverage of Major League Baseball, football, hockey and the Olympics, for ESPN and NBC, among other networks. But five years ago his career came to an end when NBC declined to renew his contract. Then his wife of 13 years sought a divorce. Facing major life changes, Monteux felt he had no choice but to pursue what he loved. So he moved to his favorite place, his camp on the coast of Maine, and turned his hobby into a profession.
Column: Why do grebes eat their feathers?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

All birds have feathers, but grebes are the only birds that eat and then regurgitate their own feathers. A recent study suggests the main reason behind the odd practice is to help grebes process hard-to-digest insects and crustaceans.~ Herb Wilson
Column: Early days of sea duck hunting provided a new frontier
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

Duck hunting in general has changed a lot over my lifetime, from hand-carved wooden blocks to mass-produced plastic decoys, from lead shot to steel and other non-toxic alloys, and from waxed cotton coats to windproof and waterproof breathable laminate apparel. But I don’t think any specific subset of the sport has changed more than sea duck hunting. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Cars cost you a lot, and they cost the planet a lot, too
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

Wheels can symbolize freedom, that long open road leading from the confines of childhood into the wider world. I understand that iconic power and the marketing muscle that fuels it. while I sympathize with the lure of freedom on four tires, car ownership leads down a rocky road – inflicting personal bumps and planetary bruises. A decade from now, the counsel on car ownership may be more like the guidance given to young people concerning sobriety: Don’t purchase a vehicle until at least age 21 and then act responsibly – mindful of the risks. ~ Marina Schauffler
Letter: Tell Collins to be a climate hero for our children by ditching federal subsidies for fossil fuels
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, December 10, 2017 

The proposed tax bill threatens the livability of the climate our children will need to survive. Under this tax bill, tax incentives for renewable energy would be slashed and U.S. federal taxpayers would continue to subsidize the fossil fuel industry by more than $15 billion each year. Big Oil wins big, with a 43 percent lower tax rate and greater ability to shield their overseas profits. What’s worse, the House tax bill would eliminate tax credits for electric vehicles, essentially crippling that market. It would cut tax credits on investments that make big solar and wind projects possible. Sen. Susan Collins is in a pivotal position now to be the climate hero we need. Please call her. This is a chance that will not come again soon. ~ Richard Thomas, Waterville
Lisbon aquaponics operation gets funding to expand
Sun Journal - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Trevor Kenkel’s business, Springworks Farm, has secured $1.6 million to create a second greenhouse, larger and more efficiently designed than the first. Kenkel says that with the funding, the three-year-old company’s 6,000-square-foot greenhouse will be complemented by a new 8,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open by summer of 2018. The expansion will earn Springworks the distinction of being the largest aquaponics farm in New England. In his marriage of aquaculture and hydroponics, wastewater from 1,000 tilapia swimming in several large tanks is channeled through greenhouse beds growing crops such as lettuce, tatsoi, bok choy, cilantro and mizuna — products that are sold to local restaurants and other clients.
National monument eyed in Montana as others reduced by Trump
Associated Press - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Even as it clashes with American Indians over reductions to national monuments in the Southwest, the Trump administration is engaging with a Montana tribe over the creation of a new monument on the border of its reservation. The Blackfeet Indian Tribe has long fought oil and gas drilling and other development within the Badger-Two Medicine area — a mountainous expanse bordering Glacier National Park that’s sacred to the tribe. Martin Nie, professor of Natural Resource Policy at the University of Montana, asked, “Why would the Blackfeet be interested in pursuing a national monument if it can be undone by a successor?”
Bar Harbor leaders oppose proposed Acadia rate hike
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Bar Harbor leaders oppose a Trump Administration proposal to create peak-season entrance fees at 17 national parks, including Acadia. The town council agreed earlier this week to sign a proposed congressional resolve that calls upon Congress to create “reliable, predictable” revenue and fix the national park system’s maintenance backlog. Maine’s two U.S. senators and two U.S. House members, plus the Friends of Acadia National Park group, have expressed reservations about Zinke’s plan. By signing the resolve, Bar Harbor joins about 125 communities nationwide that oppose the new rate proposal.
Letter: Trump attacks America’s soul
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

President Donald Trump’s decisions to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase National Monuments has likely violated the Antiquities Act, which grants presidents the power to create national monuments but not to shrink or end them. On a deeper level Trump slashed at the core of the American identity and part of what has made America so special for the last century — our dedication to the protection of natural lands for posterity and reprise from the hectic noise of our modern world. ~ Ben Wyman, Windham
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