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Announcement - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 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
Confronting Rising Seas on Island and Coastal Communities, Jul 18
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Susie Arnold, Ph.D., Marine Scientist at the Island Institute will discuss the predicted impacts of sea level rise on homes, businesses, and working waterfronts. At Island Institute, Rockland, July 18, 10:30 am.
Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, Jul 18-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

The festival is a celebration of the Maine Woods and commemorates the history of the Wabanaki people and poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods.
Rare Ecosystems of the Downeast Lakes, Jul 17
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Justin Schlawin, Maine Natural Areas Program ecologist, will identify many special places in and around the Downeast Lakes Community Forest. At Grand Lake Stream School Building, July 17, 6 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Lakes Land Trust.
Forest Management for Wildlife Habitat, Jul 13
Event - Posted - Friday, July 6, 2018 

Learn about wildlife biology in eastern Maine and tour the habitat management techniques used at Downeast Lakes Land Trust. At Grand Lake Stream School, July 13, 9 am - 1 pm.
Former Maine Warden to speak at Rangeley, Jul 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

Former game warden Daren Worcester will discuss his book “Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service,” which deals with a time before reality TV, GPS devices and dashboard computers, a time of coming of age for the Maine Warden Service. At Rangeley Public Library, July 11, 6 pm.
A White Mountain National PARK, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Stuart Weeks and Michael Kellett discuss the vision of creating a White Mountain National Park. At Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA, July 10, 7 pm.
Swanville Fern Walk, Jul 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 3, 2018 

Learn about ferns with botanist Hildy Ellis. At Thanhauser-Chunn Farm, Swanville, July 10, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
CREA SummerFest, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 1, 2018 

Cathance River Education Alliance holds an evening featuring dinner, auction, and dancing to celebrate its accomplishments and support its future. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, July 8.
Native Gardening and Biodiversity Matter, Jul 5
Event - Posted - Friday, June 29, 2018 

Noted author, photographer and dynamic speaker, Doug Tallamy, will discuss his book, “Bringing Nature Home,” an invaluable resource for professionals and home gardeners who are looking for ways to improve backyard habitat for wildlife — from insects to songbirds and beyond. At Rockport Opera House, July 5, 7 pm.
Imagine the Maine Woods National Park art exhibit, July 2-30
Announcement - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

View the wild faces and places of the proposed 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park through a fine-art photography exhibit. At Camden Library, July 2-30. Opening reception July 5, 4-5 pm. Multi-media presentation, July 24.
Field Trip: Capt. Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Sunday, June 24, 2018 

Explore two town-owned properties in Brunswick for breeding and migrant birds: Fitzgerald Preserve and Bay Bridge Wetland Park on the Androscoggin River. July 1, 6:30 – 11 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Paddle events on Orland River Day, June 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 23, 2018 

Cheri Domina of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Karen Francoeur of Castine Kayak Adventures will lead canoers and kayakers on the scenic route to the Orland River Day festivities June 30 by joining the annual alewife run from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery to Orland Village.
Raising Outsiders, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Friday, June 22, 2018 

Three Maine authors will discuss “How to get your kids unplugged and outdoors.” At L.L.Bean, Freeport, June 29, 7-8 pm.
Kids in Nature Program, July Saturdays
Announcement - Thursday, June 21, 2018 

Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town, offers a Kids in Nature program for youth ages 9-12 9 am-noon Saturdays beginning July 14. Each week, Hirundo staff will provide guided adventures that are educational and fun. $12 per child.
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Video: Green crabs’ crabbier cousins pushing into Maine waters
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 15, 2018 

There’s bad news on the horizon for coastal Maine regions already beset by green crabs: the destructive buggers could soon become, literally, even nastier. In the world of green crabs – the small but voracious invasive species threatening Maine’s soft-shell clam industry – ancestry apparently plays a big role in attitude. Now, coastal currents are carrying larvae from more aggressive – as in, “offense is the best defense” aggressive – green crabs from Nova Scotia to Maine.
LePage’s lawyers seek dismissal of challenge to order halting wind permits
Associated Press - Friday, July 13, 2018 

Gov. Paul LePage’s lawyers asked a judge Friday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the governor’s executive order to halt wind turbine permits in western and coastal regions of rural Maine. Advocacy groups challenged the constitutionality of LePage’s January order, claiming it’s causing uncertainty in the wind industry.
CMP to hear Franklin County questions, concerns about proposed power line
Morning Sentinel - Friday, July 13, 2018 

Franklin County residents and elected officials will have the opportunity Monday night to question Central Maine Power Co. authorities about a proposed Quebec-to-Massachusetts power line that would run through six towns and about 33 miles of the county. A meeting and question-and-answer session with CMP will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. Before the meeting, CMP officials will be on site starting at 5 p.m. with informational displays.
Hawk wedged in truck’s grille freed by Auburn police
Sun Journal - Friday, July 13, 2018 

A hawk that became wedged in the grille of a pickup truck Friday appears to be doing well after the grille was dismantled and the hawk released, according to Auburn police.
U.S. Commerce Department decision allows for Verso, Canadian paper industries to move forward with $42 million settlement
Morning Sentinel - Friday, July 13, 2018 

Earlier this year, Verso Corp., owner of the paper mill in Jay, entered into an agreement with Canadian paper producers that might well net the company $42 million. According to a March 20 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Verso struck a deal with Port Hawkesbury Paper Limited Partnership and Irving Paper Limited, both producers of glossy supercalendered paper, that could result in the return of import taxes paid by the companies. Verso could receive up to $42 million of the total return.
Letter: Climate change threatens mussels
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 13, 2018 

In 2016, Maine fishermen only caught 1.8 million pounds of the mollusk, compared with the typical 4 million pounds usually caught. There are several factors — toxic algal blooms, warming waters and acidification — that may be leading to their demise. We need to combat climate change not only because these organisms have intrinsic value within our coastal waters, but a cultural value as well. The mussel is just one organism we are at risk of losing, and if we don’t urge our elected officials to act now on reducing our greenhouse gas output and to combat climate change, we will lose much more of our identity as a coastal state than erosion and flooding from rising seas. ~ Madeleine Fenderson, Environment Maine, Portland
Letter: Act on climate pollution
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 13, 2018 

Last week’s heat spell in Maine was not just uncomfortable, but also part of a trend with deadly impacts. High heat alone can endanger our health, but warmer temperatures also create more ozone pollution, which can cause asthma attacks, respiratory illness and even early death. Heat and drought increase the frequency and intensity of wildfires, which create particle pollution. Air pollution affects everyone’s health, but children, seniors, and people with asthma and other lung diseases are most at risk. I can speak from experience, as someone living with severe chronic-obstructive pulmonary disorder. Let’s do everything we can to stop this deadly cycle. ~ Edmond Boucher, Old Town
Letter: Salmon farm questions
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 12, 2018 

Sadly, the Belfast Nordic Aquafarms salmon farm discussion has become divisive. Many of the key issues will probably have to be sorted out by scientists and regulators. There are many unknowns. One issue is how to feed perhaps the largest land-based salmon farm in the world. Nordic Aquafarms has mentioned that insects may be on the horizon for a protein substitute. What about insect farms in Maine? We may be in the process of completely redefining what is “farming” in Maine. ~ John Krueger, Northport
Letter: Trump administration stands for corporate greed
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 12, 2018 

Many voters chose Donald Trump because they felt ignored by a culture that had little respect for their status or aspirations. However, the Trump administration consistently promotes policies that jeopardize the welfare of its supporters. Loss of environmental protections, affordable health care and access to quality public education harms everyone. ~ Thomas Adelman, Baldwin
Blog: Forests are Forever Homes for Wildlife
Natural Resources Council of Maine - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

To love Maine is to love the forest – the way the landscape forms a mosaic of expansive woods interwoven with rivers, lakes, and our rugged coastlines. It’s nothing short of magical. Our forests are truly special places that give us the beautiful songs of warblers and thrushes, the rich taste of maple syrup, and the bounty of brook trout in a clean, cold stream. What’s more, healthy woodlands deliver valuable ecosystem services like clean water, air, and productive soils. Our woodlands give us a sense of place and long-honored cultural traditions. Our forest heritage makes us who we are. ~Deborah Perkins
Majority of Acadia traffic plan feedback comes from form letters
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Nearly 90 percent of the written comments Acadia National Park received about a draft traffic management plan are identical form letters written by a parks advocacy group. Park officials are in the process of developing a traffic management plan that they hope will ease the seasonal crunch of private vehicles in Acadia, which last year set a record with 3.5 million visits. In its draft plan, the park indicates its preferred alternative is to establish a seasonal vehicle reservation system for Ocean Drive, the Cadillac Mountain summit road and a parking lot just north of the Jordan Pond House — and to be able to require vehicle reservations in other parts of the park on an as-needed basis.
Portland envisions its waterfront without Nova Scotia ferry service
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Portland is preparing for the departure of the high-speed ferry to Nova Scotia. Bay Ferries Ltd., the company that has operated the service for the past five years, is expected to unveil a proposal next week to restore a town-owned ferry terminal in Bar Harbor and restart service to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. If that happens, the company plans to end its service from Portland. The loss of ferry, called The Cat, means people from the Portland area and south will have to drive three more hours to board the ferry in Bar Harbor. But Portland officials say the ferry’s departure will open up opportunities for waterfront development.
Back to the land pioneer Paul Birdsall dies at 91
Ellsworth American - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

The founder of Horsepower Farm, a beloved father and grandfather, horseman, scholar, sailor and much more died June 12. Paul Grew Birdsall was 91. He was a founding member of Blue Hill Heritage Trust and the Maine Farmland Trust. Birdsall took his horses to the Common Ground Fair every year to provide wagon rides for the children. “In many ways, Paul Birdsall was the father of farmland conservation in Maine,” said Ellen Sabina, outreach director for the trust.

Scientists may have solved a huge riddle in Earth’s climate past. It doesn’t bode well for the future.
Washington Post - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Thirteen thousand years ago, an ice age was ending, the Earth was warming, the oceans were rising. Then the Northern Hemisphere suddenly became much colder, and stayed that way for more than a thousand years. This week, on the basis of measurements taken off the northern coasts of Alaska and Canada, scientists say they detected the signature of a huge glacial flood event that occurred around the same time. This flood would have flowed from the Arctic into the Atlantic Ocean and shut down the crucial circulation known as the “Atlantic meridional overturning circulation” — plunging Europe and much of North America back into cold conditions.
Opinion: Maine salmon farms can be models of sustainable aquaculture
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Land-based salmon farming is an innovative, sustainable alternative to sea-cage aquaculture. There is little if any impact on wild species or the environment, and salmon are not stressed by predators and parasites. Nordic Aquafarms and Whole Oceans are proposing to spend almost a combined half billion dollars to set up their projects. This level of investment is already bringing jobs to Maine. The companies have been listening to local concerns and making every attempt to earn trust and approval. We are confident these companies can become models of environmentally sustainable aquaculture and make Maine a leader in this industry. ~ Andrew Goode, Atlantic Salmon Federation
Sportsman’s Alliance has lots of major achievements
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Since it’s founding in 1975, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine has achieved a lot for those who hunt, fish, and trap, and for all the wild critters in our state. Today I want to take a look back and share some of the group’s early achievements.
From fish to farm to table: Busy chef has a bold new project
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

It’s not as if Cara Stadler has nothing to do. The 30-year-old chef already has three restaurants, the newest of which – Lio – opened in Portland just last month. Now, drivers passing by Tao Yuan in Brunswick are watching the busy chef’s next project come to life before their eyes. Five years in the making, it’s an aquaponic greenhouse in a 55-by-60-foot, two-story building that will also house a new café and a commercial kitchen to supply Stadler’s restaurants. Aquaponic greenhouses raise fish – in this case rainbow trout – that produce waste that fertilizes plants growing in water. The plants, in turn, filter the water for the fish. It’s a closed-loop system that sustainable agriculture groups are eager to develop.
Letter: Vacationland or wind-tower land?
Sun Journal - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 

Vacationland or wind-tower land, we can’t have both. Soon the voters of Greenwood will be called on to settle this issue. The wind energy companies from Texas and now Canada are after all the government subsidy money they can get their hands on. With this money, they hope to erect as many turbines as possible to transmit the electric power to southern New England. The mountains, residents and camp owners of Greenwood are all being sacrificed for out-of-state power, and I doubt if any of the money will stay in Maine. ~ Blaine A. Mills, Greenwood
Fryeburg Fairgrounds fire destroys sheep and cattle barns
Sun Journal - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Firefighters were dispatched to the Fryeburg Fairgrounds Tuesday night to find the sheep barn fully engulfed in flames. High winds caused the fire to spread to the cattle barn next to it. The barns, about 50 by 150 feet, were a total loss. No animals or people were injured in the fire.
Greenwood to schedule meeting on commercial wind farms
Bethel Citizen - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Greenwood Selectmen are expected to schedule a special town meeting on July 17 to decide on proposed amendments to the town ordinance governing commercial wind farms. On Monday, more than 100 people turned out for a public hearing on the issue. The gathering was dominated by comments in favor of the amendments, which would place much tighter restrictions on wind farms.
Trump pardons ranchers in case that sparked 2016 occupation of wildlife refuge
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

President Trump has pardoned two ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. The arson crime carried a minimum prison sentence of five years, but a sympathetic federal judge, decided the penalty was too stiff and gave the father and son much lighter prison terms. Prosecutors won an appeal and the Hammonds were resentenced in 2015 to serve the mandatory minimum. The decision sparked a protest from Ammon Bundy and dozens of others, who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near the Hammond ranch in Oregon in 2016.
Farmington board backs offer to remove dam
Sun Journal - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

The Farmington Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 Tuesday night to support a $1.2 million proposal from the Atlantic Salmon Federation to remove the Walton’s Mill Dam and upgrade a surrounding public park, at no cost to the town. The project also is subject to voters’ approval. The town is in violation of the U.S. Endangered Species Act because the old dam is blocking salmon from getting up Temple Stream to spawn. If the proposal is not accepted, the town’s other option for complying with federal law would be to spend an estimated $750,000, likely of taxpayer money, to build a fish passageway and leave the dam in place.
Lawsuits over weed killer Roundup clear major hurdle
Associated Press - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said evidence that the active ingredient in Roundup – glyphosate – can cause the disease seemed “rather weak.” Still, the opinions of three experts linking glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were not “junk science” that should be excluded from a trial, the judge ruled. The lawsuits say agrochemical giant Monsanto, which makes Roundup, long knew about the cancer risk but failed to warn people. The ruling allows the claims to move forward, although the judge warned it could be a “daunting challenge” to convince him to allow a jury to hear testimony.
Hike: Fly Rod Crosby Trail in the Rangeley Lakes Region
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

The Fly Rod Crosby Trail is a heritage trail that connects several communities in the High Peaks Region and was named after the famous Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby (1854-1946), Maine’s first registered guide. Local residents began constructing the trail in 2010, led by the High Peaks Alliance, a nonprofit organization with the mission of ensuring and enhancing public access and opportunities for recreation in Maine’s High Peaks, a region that encompasses some 200,000 acres in western Maine. So far, the group has mapped out and constructed approximately 23 miles of the trail, which they estimate will eventually reach 45 miles in length.
Winthrop legislator badly burned while using gasoline to light fire, authorities say
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 

Representative, Craig Hickman, 50, was using gasoline to start the fire when gas vapors caught his clothing on fire. Hickman “was seriously burned” on his legs and chest. House Speaker Sara Gideon said Hickman suffered first-degree burns but was expected to recover. Hickman represents Winthrop, Readfield and part of Monmouth. Along with his husband, Jop Blom, he operates Annabessacook Farm, a farm and bed-and-breakfast in Winthrop.
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