August 27, 2014
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The Changing Ocean Ecosystem, Aug 27
Announcement - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Maine Calling addresses the creatures great and small that thrive — and struggle — in the Gulf of Maine. Guests: Janet Gannon, marine biology lab instructor at Bowdoin College; Adam Baukus, research associate at Gulf of Maine Research Institute; and Joe Payne, Casco Baykeeper with the Friends of Casco Bay. Host: Jennifer Rooks. Maine Public Radio, August 27, 12-1 pm.
Transborder Land Protection Fund
Announcement - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Thanks to renewed support from the Partridge Foundation, the Open Space Institute is accepting grant proposals for the Transborder Land Protection Fund. In the face of an uncertain climate and potential development, it is critical to provide ecological options and pathways for plants and animals. OSI’s Transborder Land Protection Fund is focused on addressing these challenges in key wildlife linkages within the Northern Applachian ecoregion — among the most intact broadleaf temperate forests on Earth, which spans northern New England and maritime Canada.
National Parks Free Entrance, Aug 25
Announcement - Monday, August 25, 2014 

Only 133 of our country's 401 National Park System areas charge an entrance fee to help cover costs, but even that will be waived on the NPS birthday, Aug 25.
East-West Corridor Art Show
Action Alert - Monday, August 25, 2014 

An art exhibit in Northeast Harbor in support of opposition to the proposed East-West Corridor has ended, but you can still support the cause by purchasing art until November 19.
MST Poll: New Maine National Park
Action Alert - Sunday, August 24, 2014 

Maine Sunday Telegram Poll: Should a portion of Maine’s North Woods near Katahdin be turned into a national park?
Spirit Pond and Popham Beach, Aug 31
Event - Posted - Sunday, August 24, 2014 

Join Merrymeeting Audubon to the mid-coast’s best shorebirding location to wish the migrating shorebird flocks well on their journey south. Car Pool from Bath, August 31, 8 am - 12 noon.
Lovely Lichens of Thorne Head Preserve, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 23, 2014 

Join Maine Master Naturalist Becky Kolak to discover the world of lichens- those unassuming organisms that are a combination of fungi and algae. At Thorne Head Preserve, Bath, Aug 30, 10 am - noon. Sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Bickford Slides Hike, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 23, 2014 

A 3-mile hike with an elevation of 400 feet ends at a waterfall with an inviting pool below. At Evans Notch, White Mountains National Forest, August 30. Sponsored by Maine Sierra Club.
Bow Ties and Bean Boots, Aug 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 21, 2014 

Teens To Trails invite everyone to send off the summer with a bang at Bow Ties and Bean Boots, Teens To Trails’ inaugural lawn party benefit. Teens To Trails will be celebrating seven years of support for Maine high school Outing Clubs while raising money to support T3’s mission of increasing outdoor opportunities for Maine teens. At Camp Ketcha, Scarborough, August 28, 6-10 pm
The Business of Nature-Based Tourism, Aug 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 21, 2014 

Speakers: Maine Guide Alexandra Conover Bennett, entrepreneur Matt Polstein, and recreation expert Steve Spencer will share ideas and experience on wilderness and being part of the recreation economy. At Baxter State Park Headquarters, Millinocket, Aug 28, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Baxter State Park.
From Moody to Goose Rocks: Whose Shoreline Is It? Aug 28
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 21, 2014 

Sidney "Pete" Thaxter and Ben Leoni, attorneys from the Portland law firm Curtis Thaxter, will present the point of view of coastal property owners and their rights as spelled out in Moody Beach, Goose Rocks Beach, and other court decisions. At Wells Reserve, August 28, 6 pm.
PPH Poll: Dredging in Searsport
Action Alert - Tuesday, August 19, 2014 

Should the shipping channel in Searsport be dredged to improve economic prospects despite concerns about fishing and tourism in Penobscot Bay?
Training for Climate Adaptation in Conservation, Dec 8-10
Event - Posted - Monday, August 18, 2014 

Participants will learn how to consider climate change information and identify adaptation actions for conservation planning and activities. At Brunswick, Dec 8-10. Application deadline Sep 15. Sponsored by Wildlife Conservation Society and Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science.
The Better Together Summit, Oct 24-26
Event - Posted - Monday, August 18, 2014 

A summit to bring together those who work for environmental literacy, science education, land conservation, community food security, outdoor recreation, environmental justice, and resilient communities. At Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Oct 24-26. Sponsored by New England Environmental Education Alliance and Maine Environmental Education Association.
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News Items
FDA Investigating Linda Bean's Lobster Processor
Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

One of Maine's major lobster processors says it has addressed a battery of violations brought forth by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA says it has not yet cleared Rockland-based Linda Bean of violations. The FDA in February sent a letter citing the firm for "significant violations" in the way it processed seafood. Company owner and namesake Linda Bean says she has "addressed everything" and the FDA's letter of violations was "reasonable."
Maine CDC urges caution to avoid mosquito bites
WCSH-TV6 - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

The Maine Center for Disease Control is urging people to take extra precautions to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. While there have been no positive tests for West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Maine in either mosquito pools or in people, that does not mean the viruses are not potentially present. A man just across the state border in North Conway, New Hampshire tested positive for EEE last week. Another person in Massachusetts tested positive for West Nile Virus last week as well.
U.N. study: Warming effects may be irreversible
Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous – and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report that wasn’t in the other more-detailed versions, but the language is more stark and the report attempts to connect the different scientific disciplines studying problems caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas.
Letter: Bear hunters should return to a system that worked well
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

One letter writer opined that state biologists and wardens have, over decades, shown that baiting bruin is the best way to control the bear population. I beg to differ. I’m 96 and remember what it was like before the present despicable, cold-blooded law of killing bruin while they ate baited food took effect. Back then, bears were terrified of humans and seldom were any bears seen looking for food around campsites, camps, farms or city dwellings, for they had learned that they would be killed or wounded if they got too close. Get rid of all bear baiting, control the bear population through hunting and let the hunter return home feeling like a sportsman because he gave his prey a fair chance at survival! ~ Philip E. Kennard, Windham
Letter: Bear-baiting didn’t mean hunting in old England
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Letter writer Ray Andresen and the caption writer who stated “Readers agree with Gov. Percival Baxter, who opposed bear baiting” have confused the use of food by present-day hunters with the old English custom of bear-baiting. Until it was prohibited in 1835 it was a common form of entertainment in which a chained bear was set upon by dogs in an enclosed arena. Gov. Baxter clearly meant “Bear-baiting” (not hunting), since he refers to it as an “exhibition.” Let the debate continue, hopefully based on facts, not misleading quotations. ~ Jack Ridge, Scarborough
Letter: Hunting tradition
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

Could someone explain to me why a marginal country person, such as myself, is guilty of a crime if I dump a peck of apples out to lure in a deer to help feed us through the winter; but some hotshot outfitter can make top dollar bringing in trophy hunters to shoot a bear over piles of stale jelly donuts and is not only acting legally but is defended as upholding hunting’s finest traditions? ~ David Calder, Canaan
Letter: Get involved
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 

At some local lake association meetings, I was asked where I lived on the lake. I replied, “I have no property on any lake.” It seems that some people believe lake association members are such only because they are lake property owners. I emphasize that anybody can and should be a member of a lake association. It is not just for property owners. A lake association is proactive in preserving and protecting a lake for now and for in the future. ~ Karen E. Holmes, Cooper
Paris eyeing utility district land for riverside park
Sun Journal - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

The town intends to ask the Paris Utility District to sell a piece of property along the Little Androscoggin River.
Candidates for governor cultivate support from Maine agriculture group
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Two of the three leading candidates for governor outlined their agricultural policies Tuesday to the Agricultural Council of Maine, a group that represents more than 30 local agriculture associations, commodity groups and businesses. Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said he would work hand in hand with the agricultural community to fulfill his vision of making Maine the food basket of New England, while independent Eliot Cutler said he would use his business experience to open up export markets to local producers. Republican Gov. Paul LePage did not participate in the public forum. Instead, he met with a smaller group of board members Tuesday morning, and stressed the need to reduce energy costs for farmers.
Billionaire Tom Steyer’s climate-change group aims to influence Maine election
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmentalist who is launching a $50 million national campaign against Republicans who dispute the science and impacts of global climate change, is setting up a major political operation in Maine. NextGen Climate, a nonprofit organization established to carry out Steyer’s national effort, is seeking high-level staff members in Maine for the kind of operation that is typically associated with a full-fledged campaign committee. Steyer and NextGen Climate have targeted Republican Gov. Paul LePage for his environmental policies and for describing climate change as “a scam.”
Candidates for governor share ideas for Maine agricultural rebirth
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

The three major candidates for governor spent Tuesday with members of Maine’s agricultural community, discussing their visions for farming and how it could be part of the answer to future economic prosperity. It’s well-known that Maine’s agricultural past dwarfs the agricultural present. However, recent data have shown that more young farmers are moving to Maine as part of the local foods movement. Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler all told the Agriculture Council of Maine on Tuesday that the trend is promising but that far more work is needed if agriculture in Maine is to be truly revived.
Michaud Unveils Plan to Boost Maine Agriculture and Fishing
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Building on his comprehensive "Maine Made" plan outlined earlier this year, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud says he wants the state to become the food basket of New England through a series of new initiatives aimed at revitalizing the state's farming and fishing industries. Bonds and grants to provide the capital for farmland and waterfront acquisitions are part of Michaud's plan. But Michaud also hopes to persuade state and municipal institutions to purchase more of their food from Maine producers.
Maine Scientists Launch Long-Term Study of Marine Life in Casco Bay
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland are trying to better understand how the ecosystem of Casco Bay is changing. This summer, they launched a comprehensive survey of marine life in the bay. The project is called the Casco Bay Aquatic System Survey, or CBASS, for short. "The idea is to follow the conditions in Casco Bay for 10 years, to get an idea of how the ecosystem might be responding to changes in climate, changes in ocean conditions and changes in land use practices," says project manager Graham Sherwood.
Maine Lab Tracks Progress of Dangerous Mosquito-Borne Viruses
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Lurking in Maine's forests, swamps and even backyards are potentially serious diseases. Deer ticks are a source of at least five diseases in the state. Mosquitoes are the source for two others: West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE. Their incidence in humans is rare in Maine, but researchers at Maine Medical Center's Vector-borne Disease Lab know they infect animals around us. Their job is to find out why, and to detect when the viruses emerge in humans.
Roxanne Quimby’s foundation gives $50,000 for Katahdin region tourism program
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

People looking to work in tourism-based jobs in the Katahdin region could get a major boost from a new community college program that may be available next spring, officials said Tuesday. The Quimby Family Foundation, one of the backers of a proposed national park, gave a $50,000 grant to Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor to help develop the two-year program at the Katahdin Region Higher Education Center off Route 11 in East Millinocket. Graduates would receive an associate degree in applied science degrees in outdoor recreation and tourism.
Hike: Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Home to nearly 30 miles of multi-use forest trails, Hidden Valley Nature Center is a nonprofit education center that gives visitors access to 1,000 acres of contiguous forest in Lincoln County, including more an one mile of shoreline on Little Dyer Pond. Founded in 2007 by husband and wife David “Tracy” Moskovitz and Bambi Jones, HVNC is open dawn to dusk free for the public to enjoy, though donations are accepted at the kiosk near the parking area.

Maine delegation requests federal assistance for 200 workers laid off at Old Town mill
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Three members of Maine’s congressional delegation have written to the federal government’s top labor official, asking for expedited processing of a request for federal assistance for about 200 workers laid off at the Old Town Fuel & Fiber mill two weeks ago. The mill, which sold market pulp, faced high wood costs and dropping prices for its products because of international competition, according to company and industry officials. The growth of eucalyptus harvesting for pulp in South America has put particular pressure on the global market for pulp.
Federal protection sought for monarch butterfly
Reuters - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

A petition was filed Tuesday with U.S. Fish and Wildlife seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined more than 90 percent in the last 20 years, according to The Center for Biological Diversity. The petitioners contend the orange and black butterflies may have lost more than 165 million acres of habitat over the years, including about a third of their summer breeding grounds.
Portland panel back at work on Congress Square Park redesign
Forecaster - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

The expanded, and maybe even reinvigorated, Congress Square Redesign Study Group is back at work on a project that has vexed the city for at least six years. Bree LaCasse of the Friends of Congress Square Park and City Councilor Jon Hinck joined the panel after the City Council expanded the group Aug. 4. Councilors also approved a more specific charge for the group, seeking its input by Nov. 17 on potential uses of the 14,000-square-foot park, including developing it or creating a new park on top of an event center the owners of the neighboring Westin Portland Harborview hotel would like to build.
Canadian railway to cut service to Auburn
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Canada’s largest freight railroad is ending service to Maine’s truck-and-rail hub in Auburn, citing insufficient freight volume for a move that jeopardizes the future of the only such transportation center in the state. The 35-acre terminal, which opened 20 years ago, connects Maine shippers with the Canadian National Railway and its straight run across the continent. L.L.Bean in Freeport, which uses the Auburn facility to receive a “significant” amount of its freight from Asia, could be affected by the change. The company is monitoring the situation and has a plan in place for moving goods if it’s unable to use the hub.
Remote town could offer the road to recreation
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Think about the hub of the Katahdin region and Millinocket probably comes to mind. The down-on-its-luck, former paper mill town and its neighbor, East Millinocket, are ground zero for the debate over how to reinvent the economy, the role of tourism and the pros and cons of a national park. But the focus on Millinocket overlooks Patten, 40 miles to the northeast. This small community in the rolling hills on the line between Penobscot and Aroostook counties has a lot to gain from an expanded Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area.
Historic trails beckon new users to Katahdin area
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Travel corridors used for centuries by Indians and more recently loggers are being repurposed as recreation trails for mountain bikers, hikers, Nordic skiers and horseback riders. Along the East Branch of the Penobscot River here, the Old Telos Tote Road carries a section of the International Appalachian Trail and offers non-motorized access to Grand Pitch and Haskell Rock, two of Maine’s finest natural places. These travel corridors run through the new Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area.
Letter: Searsport dredging debate doesn’t go deep
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

The story on dredging near Searsport frames the debate as industry versus industry. The wood products industry hopes for larger ships to enter the port so wood products shipped by train to the port and then to other destinations can revitalize places like Millinocket. The lobstermen fear that the dredging will have a negative impact on their industry. If this were a debate between jobs and the environment, the arguments would run differently. I pray that those who give out dredging permits will come to a reasonable and timely decision so we can have our cake and eat it too. ~ Chuck Barnard, Portland
Letter: Anti-hunting issue
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

A very important point is being missed in regards to the bear referendum: This is an anti-hunting issue; bears are incidental to the matter. With all due respect to guides from the past, all of Maine woodland is not suitable to spot and stalk bear hunting. There is no way in the North Maine Woods that you are going to specifically get on the ground and still hunt a bear successfully. Anyone who says you can has never done so. ~ Ray Cooley, Bethel
Letter: SpongeBob to Nemo
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, August 26, 2014 

Human activity since the Industrial Revolution, including overfishing, carbon emissions and pollution, have changed our ecosystems forever. Excess carbon dioxide in our atmosphere traps and re-reflects solar rays towards Earth’s surface, causing our planet to heat. Carbon dioxide gas also enters the ocean, making the water more acidic and tough for organisms to develop and survive. Agriculture practices produce nutrient waste that enters the coastal ocean, causing unnaturally large blooms of toxic phytoplankton. Together, these human-caused stressors leave our oceans and its critters in a delicate state. Without environmental friendly practices, our ocean, which covers more than 70 percent of the Earth, may reach a point of no return where we are unable to use its resources. ~ Tyler Carrier, Orono/Walpole
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News Feeds

Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Assn

Soil Association launches the ‘Organic September’ campaign
By Anna Bonar - The Soil Association calls UK public to switch to organic food through their ‘Organic September’ campaign, as it is healthier, better for the environment, nutritionally richer and sustainable, according to an expert.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

USDA clarifies use of ‘organic’ in brand, company names
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the National Organics Program, has issued a clarification to certifying agencies about the use of the word “organic” in company or product brand names.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

New go-to career for young New Englanders: farming
By Jennifer McDermott - Bucking the national trend, the region shows an increase in the number of farms, many less than 50 acres.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

Pesticides Used On Florida's Mosquitoes May Harm Butterflies
By Greg Allen - Environmentalists and a South Florida community want to limit aerial spraying for mosquitoes – saying it's ineffective and harmful to wildlife. Two butterfly species were added to the endangered list.
8/21/2014 11:00:00 PM

James Oseland, Saveur’s Editor, Quitting to Revamp Magazine at Rodale
By Christine Haughney - James Oseland, the editor in chief of the food magazine Saveur, said on Thursday that he was leaving his position to join the publisher Rodale. At Rodale, Mr. Oseland will start a new magazine brand, transforming the 62-year-old Organic Gardening magazine into Organic Life. The new magazine is expected to include coverage of “food, garden, home and well-being,” a Rodale spokeswoman said. It will be introduced next year with a March/April issue.
8/20/2014 11:00:00 PM

Sun rises on new Web domain as organic sector grows
By Coral Beach - About the new .organic domain name for certified organic producers, marketers and organic trade associations.
8/19/2014 11:00:00 PM

Cape farmer opens South Portland store
By Kayla J. Collins - Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth began a new venture on Friday when it opened the doors to its first year-round location, The Farm Stand, at 161 Ocean St. in the Knightville section of South Portland.
8/19/2014 11:00:00 PM

Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes
By Kimberly Kindy - The explosion of new food additives coupled with an easing of oversight requirements is allowing manufacturers to avoid the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of chemicals streaming into the food supply.
8/16/2014 11:00:00 PM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

Beat the Battle against Soap Scum, Safely
Beat the battle against soap scum without using harsh chemicals. Try spraying the area with undiluted vinegar ...
8/27/2014 4:00:26 AM

Experts Say Ticks, Tick-borne Illnesses on the Rise
WCSH-6 TV news story Watch full news video PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Medical experts and conservat...
8/26/2014 8:42:48 AM

Remote Town Could Offer the Road to Recreation
Forty miles northeast of Millinocket, Patten pines to be the gateway into Katahdin Woods & Waters. By Tux ...
8/26/2014 8:22:43 AM

Historic Trails Beckon New Users to Katahdin Area
Mountain bikers and other adventurers are discovering the travel corridors used for centuries by Indians. By T...
8/26/2014 8:17:52 AM

Locally Grown School Food
Encourage your local school cafeteria to purchase locally grown food whenever possible. You may even be able t...
8/26/2014 4:00:11 AM

My Maine This Week: Susan Eilers Craig
This week’s My Maine is a collage of amazing Osprey photos in the Boothbay Harbor region, taken by Susan Eiler...
8/25/2014 8:29:37 AM

Wild Ride on Maine River Highlights North Woods’ Potential
The East Branch of the Penobscot River runs through the new Katahdin Woods & Waters Recreation Area. By Tu...
8/25/2014 7:53:38 AM

Blanching vs. Canning
Canning food requires more time on the stovetop than blanching food for freezing, but it uses much less energy...
8/25/2014 4:00:24 AM
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