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Audubon's Birds of America, Sep 2
Event - Posted - Friday, August 26, 2016 

Professor of Natural Sciences Nathaniel Wheelwright will discuss some of Audubon's misidentifications. At Bowdoin College, Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections, Brunswick, September 2, 12:30 pm.
Two Timing the Appalachian Trail, Sep 2
Event - Posted - Friday, August 26, 2016 

Carey Kish will talk about thru-hikeing the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine twice, in 1977 and again in 2015. At Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, September 2, 7 pm.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. We have posted summaries and links to about 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
Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, Aug 31
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Carey Kish will talk about his new guide, "Appalachian Mountain Club’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast." At Rockport Opera House, August 31, 6:30 pm.
Maine Conservation Voters 2016 Legislative Scorecard
Announcement - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Find out which state legislators voted for Maine's environment in 2016.
BDN National Monument poll
Action Alert - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 

Bangor Daily News Poll: Do you approve of Roxanne Quimby transferring more than 87,000 acres to the federal government?
The Secret Life of Lobsters and The Nordic Theory of Everything, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 

The husband and wife author team Trevor Corson and Anu Partanen will talk about their books. At Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, August 30, 7 pm.
Tourism and Art, Aug 29
Event - Posted - Monday, August 22, 2016 

In the 19th century, landscape artists popularized the White Mountains, the Maine coast and other parts of the country through their paintings. This talk by Joan Plummer looks how this dynamic worked and how it still might be working today. At Portland Museum of Art, August 29, 1 pm.
Swan Island Morning Island Tour, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 20, 2016 

Join staff for a morning sightseeing wildlife tour to observe the abundant wildlife of Swan Island in Merrymeeting Bay. At Richmond, August 27, 7–8:30 am, first 20 people.
A celebration of the Acadia Centennial, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 20, 2016 

Join the Acadia Centennial Task Force, the National Park Service, and more than 400 partner organizations in celebrating 100 years of conservation and community stewardship at Acadia National Park. At Jordan Pond, August 27, beginning at 8:30 am. A special shuttle service will begin at 7 am from Mount Desert Island High School.
National Parks Free Entrance, Aug 25-28
Announcement - Thursday, August 18, 2016 

In celebration of the National Park Service's 100th birthday in 2016, all National Park Service sites will offer free admission on August 25 through 28, the National Park Service's birthday.
The National Park Service Centennial, Aug 25
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 18, 2016 

The National Park Service turns 100, August 25, 2016.
Plants of Baxter State Park book celebrations, Aug 23-30
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 

Friends of Baxter State Park is hosting three book release celebrations for "The Plants of Baxter State Park" field guide:
• UMaine, Fogler Library, Orono, August 23, 7 pm
• Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick, August 24, 7 pm
• Millinocket Memorial Library, August 30, 7 pm
Little Swan Island Evening Paddle, Aug 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 

Leader: Warren Whitney. At Richmond, August 23, 5:30-7:30 pm, preregister. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Invasive Plant Patrol workshop, Aug 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 

The Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Penobscot Nation Water Resource Program are hosting a free Invasive Plant Patrol workshop with the assistance of the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. At Indian Island boating landing, Old Town, August 23, 10 am - 1 pm.
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Blog: Oil flowed from South Portland again this summer, but it probably won’t last
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

The Portland-Montreal Pipe Line broke a five-month dry spell this summer, carrying nearly 3 million barrels of crude oil from storage tanks in South Portland to refineries in Montreal. But oil analysts still say that the pipeline has no future running north. ~ Dan MacLeod
Column: Nuthatches are everywhere this summer
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

Nuthatches have exploded all over the place. It’s been a screwy summer. I first noticed the trend about a month ago. I’ve been guiding birders often this season. Once the songbirds stop crooning in early July, I have to rely on my bag of tricks to get birds to reveal themselves. It’s normal for red-breasted nuthatches to be among the first birds to respond to my urgings. Whatever is happening in the woods, it seems to be good news for nuthatches. Scientists estimate there are about 20 million in the world. That may have doubled in the last month. ~ Bob Duchesne
Into the North Woods: Exploring Maine’s new national monument
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

To be among the first people to play in the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was a momentous occasion, rich with the smell of balsam fir and the gentle roar of the East Branch. It’s a memory I hope to relive, decades from now, for my children and grandchildren as we sit around a campfire. The memory will go something like this.
The new national monument leader wants ‘to hear what people have to say’
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

The man who will oversee the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument opened an office Thursday in the town that arguably has been most opposed to his efforts. Speaking from a small storefront at 200 Penobscot Ave., National Park Service Facilities and Parks Manager Tim Hudson said workers had finished grading the loop road and would soon be re-decking the Whetstone Bridge to the Swift Brook Road entrance to the monument, about 25 miles to the north. Monument signs will go up and foliage on the trails within the 87,563-acre property will be trimmed in the next month, Hudson said. Those labors, however, should not detract from another of Hudson’s key responsibilities, he said — to do what he can to allay the concerns of monument opponents.
Bangor resident to head Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

The National Park Service named the first two employees of the new Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on Thursday. Tim Hudson, a Bangor resident who has worked for the National Park Service since the 1960s, will serve as superintendent of the new 87,500-acre national monument created by President Obama on Wednesday. He most recently headed up the park service’s $300 million program to restore areas of the Northeast damaged by Hurricane Sandy, which, according to the agency, was the largest restoration program in park service history. As the superintendent of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, Hudson will be charged with overseeing planning and implementation for the new monument, which was already being managed by Elliotsville Plantation Inc., as a recreation area but has few facilities for visitors.
Blog: Why southern Mainers should quit celebrating the national monument
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

When it comes to the national monument debate, though, it appears as if we southern Mainers may be the ones who lack understanding. Regardless of how any supporters of the park feel - or the legitimate arguments they may make - the enthusiastic reaction by southern Mainers to Obama’s order to turn the land into a national monument only serves to perpetuate the divide between the two Maines. ~ Chris Shorr
Into the Proposed Maine Woods National Monument: The Same River Twice — Part 6
Free Press - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument really is happening, after years of concentrated effort. Tim Hudson, the new superintendent of the national monument, will open the doors to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Millinocket’s main street by Thursday, August 25, 2016. Hudson, a Bangor resident and a 49-year veteran of the National Park Service, will be joined by the new deputy superintendent, Christina Marks. A second office is being negotiated with the Lumberman’s Museum in Patten at what will be the north entrance to the national monument.
Why it matters: The backlash against free trade threatens a piller of U.S. policy
Associated Press - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

In this angry election year, many American voters are deeply skeptical about free trade — or downright hostile to it. The backlash against trade threatens a pillar of U.S. policy since World War II: Through trade pacts and institutions like the World Trade Organization, the United States has sought to rip down barriers to global commerce, including quotas and taxes on imports.
Opinion: The national monument we have been waiting for
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, August 25, 2016 

President Barack Obama’s decision to establish the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is wonderful news for the Katahdin region. This is a moment that many of us have been waiting for, working for, and dreaming of for years. This news is particularly exciting for the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, which represents 140 businesses. ~ Gail Fanjoy, Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce
Helping Create Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Other - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

LightHawk - More than 87,500 acres of gorgeous forest in central Maine was permanently protected from encroaching timber industry threats Wednesday, Aug. 24 when President Barack Obama created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. LightHawk has flown several missions in support of increased protections in Maine's north woods, including flights with reknown photographer Scot Miller to capture documentary film and images to promote conservation of the area.
New national monument established in Maine’s North Woods, but debate rages on
Maine Sunday Telegram - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

President Obama designated more than 87,600 acres of forestland in Maine’s North Woods as a national monument Wednesday, capping a years-long quest by a controversial conservationist on the eve of the National Park Service’s centennial. Supporters hope the monument designation – on lands bordering Baxter State Park that were donated by Roxanne Quimby – will lure additional jobs and economic development while highlighting the region’s natural beauty and history. But his executive action infuriated opponents who don’t trust the federal government or who fear the designation will scare away potential industrial-based opportunities.
LePage criticizes new national monument
Foster's Daily Democrat - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Gov. Paul LePage said he would try to undo the actions of President Barack Obama, who on Wednesday created a new national monument in Maine. The site is on 87,000 acres donated by the Burt's Bees founder Roxanne Quimby. Speaking at a town hall in North Berwick, LePage said he has been fighting the effort since he took office in 2011. LePage said he sent letters to the president and the congressional delegation, but Obama used executive powers to push the park through. “What we have done is this, the state has a right-of-way through the Quimby land and I built a road through it,” LePage said. “We are logging there and will continue to log the land and crossover the right-of-way and I will do everything in my power to have the next president reverse this decision.”
Study: Global warming began earlier than scientists first determined
Associated Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Man-made global warming may have started a few decades earlier than scientists previously figured, a new study suggests. Instead of the late 1800s, a slight almost imperceptible warming can now be tracked to around 1850 in North America, Europe and Asia, according to a new study. But Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann said that the Abram team misinterprets the cooling of the early 1800s from two giant volcanic eruptions as a cooler baseline instead of something unusual. That makes it look like human-forced warming started earlier than it did instead of climate naturally recovering from volcanoes.
New National Monument Created in Maine's North Woods
National Geographic - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

More than 87,500 acres of forestland in Maine's North Woods was designated the newest U.S. national monument by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, just one day before the centennial of the National Park Service. The new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is the 413th preserved area in the Park Service and the second national monument to have been designated in the state (after Acadia National Park’s precursor). It sits east of Baxter State Park in north-central Maine. The land was donated to the federal government this week by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., a nonprofit foundation started by Roxanne Quimby, the co-founder of the Burt’s Bees line of natural products. The foundation also says it is creating an endowment to help cover maintenance expenses in the monument.
Blog: Celebrate the national park service tomorrow…from anywhere!
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Tomorrow marks the official 100th birthday of the National Park Service and to encourage everyone to celebrate all 412 national parks are free to visit for the next four days (August 25-28). Short on time and stumped on where to go? Here are a few random ideas I thought might help you think about and plan for your #findyourpark moment tomorrow. ~ Jlynn Frazier
Will National Park Service Address key concerns in Congressional Letter
WCSH-TV6 - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Before the President issued a proclamation designating land in the Katahdin region as a national monument, Maine's Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the National Park Service Director laying out 9 points they wanted to see addressed. David Trahan, head of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine remains skeptical that the federal government will continue to allow traditional uses such as hunting. Senator Angus King however had a more optimistic outlook releasing a statement saying: "I believe that the President's proclamation, along with the binding commitments in the deeds conveying the land, address the essential elements of those conditions, and that, as a result, the benefits of the designation will far outweigh any detriment and - on balance - will be a significant benefit to Maine and the region."

Editorial: Roxanne Quimby’s historic gift marks new era for Maine
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

When historians look back on Aug. 24, 2016, what will they say about the decision to take 87,000 acres of land in the heart of Maine’s northern forest out of production and turn it into a national monument? In the meantime, what do we say today about the decision by the president to accept Quimby’s gift of land and money to benefit this and future generations? There is only one thing to say: Thank you.
Thousands Of Acres Of Maine Woods Are Now Federally Protected
Huffington Post - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

President Barack Obama designated tens of thousands of acres of Maine forest as a national monument on Wednesday, one day before the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The area, known as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, spans 87,500 acres of the state’s stunning northern woods. Katahdin Woods and Waters is open to the public 24 hours a day, year-round.
President Obama Uses His Pen to Establish a National Monument in the the Maine Woods
Sierra Club - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

In a move timed to celebrate the National Park Service centennial, President Barack Obama this morning used his authority under the Antiquities Act to establish the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in the interior of Maine. The new 87,500-acre preserve will protect one of the largest stands of low-elevation hardwood forest east of the Rocky Mountains, an area rich in biodiversity and wildlife habitat that includes the East Branch of the Penobscot River—a popular spot with backpackers and canoeists. This is the first national monument to preserve the landscape of Maine’s vast North Woods.
McCabe named Environmental Champion of Year by Maine Conservation Voters
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, was named the Environmental Champion of the Year by a statewide environmental advocacy group, based on his legislative support for land conservation and solar power.
What we know about access to North Woods national monument land
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Now that President Barack Obama has made it official and signed an executive order creating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, those interested in visiting the new attraction might be wondering what kind of activities will, and won’t, be allowed on its 87,563 acres. Many answers to questions about hunting, trapping and snowmobiling are still being formulated, but the paperwork and leaders of the monument movement shed some light Wednesday on what visitors can expect.
President Obama declares new national monument
Other - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

President Obama just officially designated a new national monument—protecting 87,500 acres of wilderness area and forest in Maine, home to moose, bear, migratory songbirds and more. And it couldn't have happened at a more appropriate time, the Centennial of the National Park Service. Much has changed in the area since Thoreau's time, but the woods still support abundant wildlife and offer outstanding scenery.
Reactions to National Monument Announcement Vary in Katahdin Region
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

Predictably, reactions have been mixed in Millinocket and neighboring East Millinocket, the towns involved in the monument debate over the past several years. It’s been the big topic of conversation at Millinocket’s Appalachian Trail café for some time. A gathering place for both locals and through hikers, folks were deep in discussion about the potential for a monument over coffee and eggs Wednesday morning. “I’m not taken aback by it at all,” says Jesse Dumais, a Millinocket town councilman. “I was kind of mentally prepared for it. I think it’s time to get to work and move on and be part of the conversation.”
Spectra Energy to stick with natural gas pipeline expansion despite setbacks
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

The loss of utility partners and a damaging court ruling in Massachusetts apparently have failed to kill the $3 billion Access Northeast natural gas pipeline project, which proponents consider critical to lowering power costs in Maine and New England and environmental groups have been fighting hard to defeat. Houston-based Spectra Energy said Wednesday that it will move ahead with Access Northeast despite a setback in the Bay State, the region’s largest energy user. Spectra has estimated the project would save New England consumers $1 billion a year.
Collins: POTUS Should Not Have Used Executive Authority
WABI-TV5 - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

U.S. Senator Susan Collins: “While I recognize that the President has the legal authority to designate national monuments, I believe he should not have used his executive authority given the objection lodged by the Maine Legislature, the lack of consensus among Mainers who live in the area, and the absence of Congressional approval."
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