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Announcement - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. I have posted summaries and links to 40,000 news articles and announcements. I 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 my attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods
Maine Woods National Park photography exhibit, Jul 1-31
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Maine Woods National Park fine-art photography exhibit by Thomas & Lee Ann Szelog. At Barbara Kramer Gallery, Belfast Free Library. Exhibit runs July 1-31; artist reception, July 5, 5:30-6:30 pm, artist presentation, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Stop New GMO Labeling Law Threat
Action Alert - Friday, June 24, 2016 

New legislation - falsely spun as a "compromise" - would preempt existing strong state labeling laws for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). If passed, the bill would create a toothless, national charade and instantly extinguish forever the strong GMO labeling laws passed overwhelmingly in recent years across New England. The Stabenow-Roberts bill would immediately preempt Maine's GMO labeling law. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Education and the Economy, Jun 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 23, 2016 

Maine's economy is in transition and the jobs of tomorrow will require new skills and training. What are the state's education innovators doing to respond? At Bowdoin College, June 30, 8:30 am - 4 pm.
The Hour of Land
Publication - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, Terry Tempest Williams' new book is a celebration of our national parks and a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.
Barkskins
Publication - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

Annie Proulx's epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic new novel about the taking down of the world’s forests.
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History
Publication - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

Despite campaigns of annihilation employing poisons, gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn’t just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won hands-down. Dan Flores’s book is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote.
Trump to stop in Maine, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will stage a rally at the Cross Insurance Arena in Bangor on June 29 at 4 pm.
Passive House Workforce Housing in Brewer, Jun 29
Event - Posted - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

Village Centre in Brewer is one of the largest Passive House developments in North America. Panel presentation June 29, 10 am-noon, followed by a tour, GrowSmart Maine members $25, non-members $50.
Local Adaptations to Changing Fisheries, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 21, 2016 

Dan Devereaux, Brunswick Marine Resource Officer & Harbormaster, will talk about his decades of observations of change in the local shellfishing industries. At Topsham Public Library, June 28, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
The Future of Solar in Maine, Jun 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 21, 2016 

Hear a panel discuss what comes next for solar in Maine. At Rangeley Hall, Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, June 28, 6:30-8 pm.
Help wanted: Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
Announcement - Monday, June 20, 2016 

Maine Audubon is seeking volunteers age 14 and up to help with a variety of tasks at the Scarborough Marsh Nature Center.
Maine: America's Coast, Jun 26
Announcement - Saturday, June 18, 2016 

This video explores the Maine coast, its length (3,500 miles), its sights (simply beautiful), its lives (beautifully simple). On Maine Public TV, June 26, 5 pm.
Second Century Stewardship, Jun 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 18, 2016 

See the premiere of David Shaw’s new film highlighting science at Acadia National Park. At The Criterion Theatre, Bar Harbor, and Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods amphitheaters in Acadia National Park, June 25, 9 pm.
Little Swan Island Paddle Tour, Jun 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 18, 2016 

Bring your canoe or kayak to explore Swan Island while paddling the Kennebec River. This will be a great opportunity to see another perspective of the island and learn about the important wildlife interface between water and land. At Richmond, June 25, 10 am – 1:30 pm.
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USM to Host Conference on Changing Ocean Chemistry
Associated Press - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

The University of Southern Maine is hosting a day-long conference about the impact of ocean acidification on the state's coastal waters, the "evil twin'' of global warming. Wednesday's conference is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speakers will include Libby Jewett, director of NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program. There will also be a discussion of the impact of ocean acidification on commercially important marine species such as shellfish. Organizers say at least 100 researchers, legislators and residents plan to attend.
How do Trump and Clinton differ on conservation?
Other - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

High Country News - Donald Trump Jr., offered some insight into what his father’s natural-resources policies might look like. An avid hunter and angler, he defended keeping federal lands managed by the government and open to the public. He also reiterated his father’s strong support for U.S. energy development, proposed corporate sponsorships in national parks, questioned humans’ role in climate change, and criticized Hillary Clinton for “pandering” to hunters with “phoniness.” Clinton has shared several detailed policies on the environment and energy, including a white paper on land management and conservation that lays out support for a national park management fund and increased renewable energy development on public lands. Those proposals signal Clinton will “double down” on protecting public lands and preserving access.
Hike: Mingo Springs Trail and Bird Walk
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Threading through a beautiful, varied forest and across lupine fields, the Mingo Springs Trail and Bird Walk in Rangeley is free for the public to enjoy year round. The easy, 3-mile trail forms two loops around the front and back nine of Mingo Springs Golf Course and includes wooden signs identifying native flora of the landscape. The trail and the golf course are within the boundaries of a state wildlife sanctuary called the Rangeley Game Sanctuary, where hunting and trapping are not permitted.
Verso reboots name of new paper product after Expera sues
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

A month after its unveiling, Jay mill owner Verso Corp. has chosen to change the name of the line of food packaging paper, which it reclaimed from competitor Expera Specialty Solutions. Expera’s product, made on the same machine, had sold under its registered trademark name “Grease-Gard.” Verso last week asked the bankruptcy court to approve a settlement, for which it would change the name of that product line to include its “GlazeWrap,” “GlazeTape” and “GlazeBag.” A judge approved confirmation of Verso's reorganization plan, through which about $2.4 billion in debt will be converted into equity in the new company. Verso's mill in Jay employs about 560 people, after a round of about 300 layoffs late last year.
David Anderson tends to the fish swimmingly at L.L. Bean
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Several times a day, a feeding frenzy erupts in L.L. Bean’s flagship store. Within a 24-foot-long, 3,500-gallon aquarium, two dozen fish vie for food pellets that fall from an unseen hand. Standing over the tank – in a small, out-of-sight room behind a wall of submerged boulders – is longtime fish caretaker David Anderson. Anderson has been a custodian and maintenance worker at Freeport’s largest store for 18 years. Six years ago, Anderson began caring for the fish, a variety of trout and salmon, in the aquarium and nearby indoor pond.
Column: Don’t wring hands when globalization hurts Maine towns. Take action!
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

We can’t hope to spread economic activity evenly across the landscape to replace every mill that has closed. That would be far too expensive and far too subject to the same competitive vulnerability that has laid waste to the mills that originally sprung up in so many small, rural communities. Instead, I believe that the best public policy response to the losses of globalization is to work with those communities that demonstrate a commitment to facing the future courageously rather than nostalgically. An example of progress is Greenville, with its “all-in” commitment to developing both the scenic resources around Moosehead Lake and the downtown amenities that will encourage visitors to come again and to stay longer. ~ Charles Lawton
Letter: Sad about solar
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Many of us are sad that electricity produced by solar voltaics is not going to be publically supported in Maine by the program proposed by LD 1649. We think of solar as the power source that will give us a viable alternative to the well-subsidized fossil fuels that are driving climate change and are a serious source of water and air pollution. We seem unable to realize that cutting back and learning how to use electric power when it is there is really called for, and should be subsidized, incentivized, publicized public policy. Put climate change on the table. ~ Beedy Parker, Camden
Blog: Great places to go skinny-dipping in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 27, 2016 

Here are great places to go skinny-dipping in Maine.That is, assuming you follow the unspoken rules of skinny-dipping, apply some common sense and safety, and for Pete’s sake, don’t get caught! ~ Sarah Cottrell
Climate change threatens to sink Gulf of Maine fishing industry
Associated Press - Monday, June 27, 2016 

One of America’s oldest commercial industries, fishing along the coast of the Northeast still employs hundreds. But every month, those numbers fall. After centuries of overfishing, pollution, foreign competition and increasing government regulation, the latest challenge is the one that’s doing them in: climate change. Though no waters are immune to the ravages of climate change, the Gulf of Maine, a dent in the coastline from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, best illustrates the problem. The gulf, where fishermen have for centuries sought lobster, cod and other species that thrived in its cold waters, is now warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, scientists have said.
Garbage to Garden wins $100,000 prize on ‘Greenlight Maine’ TV show
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 27, 2016 

Portland-based composting service Garbage to Garden won a $100,000 grant Friday night in the season one finale of business competition TV show “Greenlight Maine.” Garbage to Garden was one of three finalists that competed in a live event Friday at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. The other two finalists were Portland-based national parks guide app-maker Chimani and biobased products developer Revolution Research, located in Orono. Also on Friday, Greenlight Maine said it has received a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development to help fund future seasons.
Editorial: LePage should support biofuels research, not enact pointless ethanol restrictions
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 27, 2016 

Gov. Paul LePage has turned his attention to the supposed dangers of ethanol in gasoline. Last week, he called for a state study of ethanol emissions and issued an executive order requiring state agencies to buy gasoline with only 5 percent ethanol. This is meaningless. Instead, the governor should be promoting and assisting work in Maine to create ethanol from trees and other organic material that is abundant here.
‘Maine Woods’ art exhibit debuts
Republican Journal - Monday, June 27, 2016 

“Imagine the Maine Woods National Park,” an opportunity to view the wild faces and places of the proposed Maine Woods National Park through fine art photography, will be on view during the month of July in the Barbara Kramer Gallery of the Belfast Library.
Utility-use reporting proposed for South Portland’s Mill Creek
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 27, 2016 

Some business owners and future residents of the Mill Creek commercial area would be required to report their annual utility use under a proposed ordinance that aims to implement part of a new master plan. The proposed Energy & Water Use Benchmarking ordinance would be the first of its kind in Maine and is modeled after similar laws passed by at least 20 cities across the United States. It’s part of the city’s overall effort to reduce energy use and increase environmental sustainability under a climate action plan approved in 2014.
Letter: LePage’s interest in mines tantamount to fool’s gold
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 27, 2016 

After reading Gov. LePage’s latest op-ed (June 21), I have to ask: Did it arrive at the publisher’s desk by carrier pigeon or telegraph? Is he seriously suggesting that his state dig (mine) our way out of this hole? The commodities market is very dependent on China and India, and even a slight slowdown in their growth means ruin for mines around the world. So, no mine or mining job is guaranteed for any amount of time. What is guaranteed with any mine, is permanent scarring of the land and toxic runoff which will no doubt poison not only drinking water but also the precious fish and wildlife habitat that visitors flock to Maine to see every year. Maybe we can hitch our wagons to a revival in demand for raccoon coats or videocassette tapes. ~ Jeremy Smith, Old Orchard Beach
Letter: LePage fails to understand value of natural resource
Portland Press Herald - Monday, June 27, 2016 

Gov. LePage should use the power of his office to lift up the people of Maine and bring us together to make Maine “the way life should be.” Instead, he pits Mainers against each other with falsehoods, name calling and statements like this: “The Natural Resources Council of Maine is fiercely opposed to any economic activity that would provide good-paying career jobs for rural Mainers who are desperate for employment.” In fact, LePage is the biggest enemy to economic development our state has ever seen. In 2013, LePage pulled a political maneuver that nullified an agreement with Statoil and stalled the development of offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. LePage does not understand the value of the natural resources that Maine is known for and that Mainers rely on. ~ Gus Goodwin, Portland
Letter: National monument a gift for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, June 27, 2016 

I have watched the North Woods national monument debate with interest and concern over the lack of long-term concern for the future. I grew up in Presque Isle, still own a home in northern Maine and spent 19 years studying the economic aspects of Maine’s natural resources at UMaine. Maine’s timber industry will not go away, but it will continue to evolve and be smaller. More importantly, ownership of the land is changing and private uses are likely to outweigh revenue from timber harvesting just as we have seen for agricultural lands and the working waterfront along Maine’s coast. It is time to thank a benevolent landowner for offering an ecological and economic benefit to future generations. A North Woods national monument can be a signature resource that will bring jobs and income to northern Maine, help keep young families in the area and keep schools open. ~ Kevin Boyle, Greenville
Maine-based Philanthropist Gives $1M for Park Science Project
Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

A Maine-based entrepreneur and philanthropist is giving $1 million dollars to strengthen science programs at America's national parks, with the pilot project focused on Acadia and its Schoodic Institute. David E. Shaw, who heads investment company Black Point Group, is also director and treasurer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a trustee of the National Parks Foundation. Shaw says the parks are more than just beautiful scenery; they're a wellspring of scientific information. The project will provide fellowships for scientists conducting research and investigation at Acadia, and then help them share the information with the public in a meaningful way. Shaw says the intention is to expand the project nationally.
Meeting to be Held on Controversial Timber Project
Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Maine officials will meet with the public on June 29 to discuss a planned timber harvesting project in the 1,000-acre Jamies Pond Wildlife Management Area. The property is located in Hallowell, Farmingdale and Manchester and hasn't been logged in more than 10 years. Several people have expressed concerns about the project to elected officials. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says it hopes the meeting can help residents understand the plan to remove trees to allow younger trees to grow and increase foraging opportunities for animals such as deer, snowshoe hare and turkey.
Acadia National Park hiking books eye history
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Like a tour guide through time, generations of Acadia National Park hiking books shed light on historic trails, from volumes dating back to the late 1800s, all the way through the Centennial edition of our “Hiking Acadia National Park.”
Maine Forest Service battles stubborn wildfires
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

A large fire near the summit of one of the state’s tallest mountains continued to burn Sunday night and Maine Forest Rangers say it could take several more days before the blaze, which has burned an estimated 27 acres, is brought under control. The fire on Mount Abraham – referred to as Mount Abram by local residents – started Wednesday after the mountain was hit by lightning. Hikers who climb the mountain walk through old-growth forests dating back 300 years. Four miles of the mountain’s ridgeline extend above the treeline. It also is home to seven rare plant species. In 2000, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands designated Mount Abraham as an ecological reserve. On Sunday, the Maine Forest Service was contending with a stubborn wildfire in Washington County also.
Parsons family, of Skowhegan, donates land to preservation group
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Somerset Woods Trustees added to its sanctuary of woods, trails, fields and riverfront properties Sunday with a 27-acre donation of land from the Parsons family. The land on Malbons Mills Road in Skowhegan, where the current generation of Parsons liked to play ball, fly kites and pick wild strawberries as children, will now be part of a large land trust attached to the 55-acre Malbons Woods, also owned by Somerset Woods.
Weekend wildfires keep forest rangers, firefighters busy
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Nearly a dozen wildfires around the state kept forest rangers and firefighters busy over the weekend, a Maine Forest Service official said Sunday. The two largest and most stubborn were in Cathance Township in Washington County and atop Abraham Mountain in Mount Abram Township near Kingfield on a parcel that the state owns as public reserve land. Both wildfires are expected to take days to extinguish.
Rift over sustainability leads to cancellation of Maine Seaweed Festival
Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

The Maine Seaweed Festival is a dream day for New England’s natural food lovers, who spend the day munching on seaweed granola and schmoozing with kelp harvesters at a daylong party astride sun-splashed Casco Bay. But this year, it’s not happening, and a rift between the event’s organizers and some seaweed harvesters is the reason why. The planners of the popular festival, located in the country’s biggest seaweed state, said they are canceling the event this year over concerns about lack of sustainability. Organizer Hillary Krapf said Maine’s seaweed industry has been besieged by a “Gold Rush mentality” that threatens sustainability as seaweed grows in popularity.
International conference in Portland looks at fish health
Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

An international conference about the health of marine life is expected to bring some 250 researchers and industry leaders to Maine’s largest city. The second International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology begins on Sunday and runs until June 30. The University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute is hosting the event, which organizers say focuses on the health and welfare of wild and farmed aquatic animals. The event is taking place at the Holiday Inn By the Bay. UMaine is hosting it on behalf of the International Society of Fish & Shellfish Immunology.
UMaine hosts program to consider expensive environmental problem
Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

High school students and teachers from Maine and elsewhere in the country are coming to the University of Maine for a program to create environmental solutions to stormwater management. The students will work with university facility, students and others during the program from Sunday to June 29. The program is called the UMaine Stormwater Management Research Team Institute and it’s in its third year. About 85 students and 20 teachers are expected. Many cities wrestle with how to environmentally and efficiently handle stormwater runoff, which can be an expensive problem.
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