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Announcement - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news stories and events. I have posted links to more than 30,000 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. Will Sugg is the website developer. ~ Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods
Tree Farm Field Day, Sep 6
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

Bambi Jones and Tracy Moskovitz, 2014 Maine and Northeast Regional Outstanding Tree Farmers, will host Maine Tree Farm Field Day. At Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, September 6, 8:50 am - 6 pm.
How Green Is Your Legislator?
Publication - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

The Maine Conservation Voters 2014 Environmental Scorecard rates all Maine legislators based on their votes on a range of key issues.
Maine Sierra Club Annual Dinner, Sep 5
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Featured speaker: U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. At Maple Hill Farm Inn, Hallowell, Sep 5, 5:30 pm, $40.
Passenger Pigeons, Plovers & Puffins, Sep 4
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist, and Laura Minich Zitske, Director of the Piping Plover & Least Tern Recovery Project, at Maine Audubon will discuss the extinction of the passenger pigeon and what you can do today to protect threatened and endangered species. At Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, September 4, 5:30 pm.
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park Events
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park offers nature programs on weekends and holidays at 2 pm through September 30.
Maine Seaweed Festival, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, August 28, 2014 

The debut Maine Seaweed Festival, which celebrates the local seaweed industry, will be held at Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, Aug. 30, 11 am-5 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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News Items
Letter: Misleading article
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 02, 2014 

The Aug. 27 article “Airport Could Force Campground to Close” is misleading and portrays a one-sided story about a serious safety concern. The issue involving trees and safety at the airport has existed for years, and has nothing to do with neither the current master plan nor any proposed projects. Most of the trees did not exist when the campground was first opened and it has managed to survive 50 years. But suddenly the need to clear or trim a small percentage of the trees has created a perceived economic calamity. The campground planted trees that would eventually grow into the airport’s protected airspace, not vice-versa. Ervin Deck, Wiscasset Municipal Airport
Blog: Moose Down! — No Road in Sight
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

As we rounded the curve, Kevin suddenly tensed and raised the rifle. The moose died instantly at the shot — but she also fell back into the deep water of the thoroughfare. Our celebration was cut short when her carcass proceeded to sink like a stone into the dark tannin depths of the waterway. ~ Jim Andrews
Blog: Cod forsaking the Gulf of Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

The prospects for restoring the cod population in the Gulf of Maine to a commercially sustainable level seem to be getting even more dismal than before. Last month, scientists with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass., announced that their latest population assessment update paints a “grim picture” for the future of the gulf’s cod population. Whatever the cause, the disappearance of cod from a place where they have been fished for centuries is not something anyone wants to witness.
Greenhouse gases from food production threaten climate targets
Summit Voice - Monday, September 01, 2014 

Forget about greenhouse gas pollution from factories and transportation — by 2050 emissions of carbon dioxide and methane from food production alone could exceed targets set to prevent catastrophic global warming, scientists warn in a new paper. A major shift in food consumption norms has to be a big part of an overall plan to cut atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping air pollution, especially given the current trend toward meat-heavy Western diets, the authors wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. With the global population expected to surge near the 10 billon mark by mid-century, there will be more pressure to cultivate more land, increasing carbon emissions, deforestation and biodiversity loss.
‘The mill is gone, but we’re not’: Katahdin region, state reflect on Labor Day
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

The Katahdin region is nothing like what it used to be, when nearly 10,000 workers worked at the East Millinocket and Millinocket paper mills. But there are reasons for hope. The fledgling national park proposal, a plan to build a $120 million pellet mill in Millinocket and several smaller wood businesses give the region some spark. “Hey, the mill is gone but we’re not. We are going to continue on,” said Greg Libby.
Coast Guard says oil spill off Cape Porpoise being cleaned up
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

The Coast Guard reports that cleanup is underway after an oil spill was reported in the Cape Porpoise area. On Sunday evening, the Coast Guard received a report of sheening and oiled shoreline on Bickford Island, in the vicinity of Cape Porpoise. Working closely with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and response contractors, the Coast Guard is directing the clean-up of rocks, beach and seaweed along a 100-150-yard stretch of shoreline on Bickford Island. Clean Harbors, an environmental cleanup company, was at the scene of the spill Monday morning. No wildlife impacts have been reported.
Letter: Community fabric
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

After months of ordinance meetings and town hearings, residents voted in the Frankfort wind ordinance in 2011. This process tore at the fabric of the community, pitting neighbor against neighbor. Three years later­, despite the town winning a lawsuit confirming the veracity of the town ordinance, Eolian Wind Energy is back, toting an incentive goody bag. Using innocuous terms like “windmills” and “wind farms” can’t disguise the reality that wind energy is a ruthless business guided by money and greed. I have faith this returning blast of wind won’t hoodwink the Frankfort residents but worry it may tear this small town irreparably in half. ~ Brad Eden, Frankfort
Letter: Thoughtful question
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 01, 2014 

David Calder asked for an explanation of why using bait for bear is legal in Maine but baiting for deer is not. A thoughtful question. Using artificial bait for hunting is a management tool used by wildlife biologists to regulate the harvest of various wildlife species. In Maine, because of our lower population of deer in most places, biologists do not want to increase the deer harvest by allowing the use of bait. Conversely, Maine has a very high population of bears. Our biologists want to maintain or even increase the harvest of black bear in order to stabilize the population and keep the number of nuisance complaints low and to help reduce fawn predation by bears to aid our struggling deer population. ~ John Dykstra, Alton
Lobster industry grateful for ‘normal’ summer
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

If there is anything commercial fishermen in Maine have learned over the past several years, it is that things aren’t the way they used to be. Scallop catches are creeping back up as prices have hit an all-time high. Elver prices have come down a bit but remain historically high after shooting into the stratosphere — along with statewide landings totals — in the past two years. Urchin landings, however, continue to slide while the populations of cod and northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine have sunk to their lowest levels on record. But nothing touches the upheaval Maine’s lobster fishery, by far the biggest in the state, has experienced.
Mosquito pool in York tests positive for EEE
WGME-TV13 - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said a mosquito pool in York tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The exact location isn’t being revealed. This is the first positive test for EEE in Maine this year.
Summer 2014: A tale of two tourist seasons
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

The summer tourist season thus far has been a story of contrasts — a slow start followed by a blazing-hot second half.
Brand building in the Maine #blueberry barrens
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

On a cloudy August day on the blueberry barrens, about a dozen female bloggers from around the country, most of them registered dietitians, picked up metal blueberry rakes and obligingly stooped to conquer Maine’s wild blueberry. “Great workout!” The Bikini Chef said approvingly. Sugar-Free Mom took three swipes through the low bushes and agreed emphatically. Meanwhile the Nutrition Twins, smartphones at the ready, leaned in for closeups of the berries. The wild blueberry now has for a reputation as a “superfood,” a tiny package jammed with startling amounts of nutrients and antioxidants. And this three-day Blog the Barrens junket for social media types, sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, was devised to take that reputation even further.
Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife?
Other - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

Smithsonian - The eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction event. He recently calculated that the only way humanity could stave off a mass extinction crisis, as devastating as the one that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, would be to set aside half the planet as permanently protected areas for the ten million other species. “Half Earth,” in other words — half for us, half for them. The new challenge, as Wilson sees it, is to link up national parks and wilderness reserves and restored landscapes to “protect in perpetuity entire faunas and floras.” New England would seem to be a Half Earth slam dunk.
Yarmouth trail takes shape, recruits users
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

Last fall Lincoln Merrill learned that he needed to lower his cholesterol and take medicine. Merrill refused. He told his doctor he would lose the weight needed: more than 30 pounds. So Merrill, the president of Patriot Insurance Co. in Yarmouth, began walking at lunchtime, leaving his office and wandering into the woods. He discovered a trail extending through the forest and running more than five miles to the coast. He walked it each weekday. Merrill said, “From September to December, I lost 34 pounds. My doctor told me to get down to 190. I got down to 189.” The 6.2-mile West Side Trail that Merrill discovered officially opens next week with two new kiosks stocked with newly designed maps.
Column: Q&A with Jim McMahon
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

Jim McMahon stepped away from a full-time career as a radiologist at York Hospital in January. And McMahon, 67, decided to spend the start of his retirement helping outdoor organizations, becoming one of the many volunteer trail crew members who cover the state. The problem was choosing which outdoor group to help. McMahon’s lifelong interest in trains led him to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Arundel, not far from his Kennebunkport home. He put his name on the museum’s list to receive more information. And when he got a call for a volunteer workday, his new career began. ~ Deirdre Fleming
Column: Even with baiting, the bear’s only rarely out at the plate
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

Hunting is a sport, and while the overall objective of rules and regulations includes maintaining healthy, renewable wildlife resources and keeping participants safe, they’re also designed to preserve the element of fair chase. Are they succeeding? ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Finding songbirds during fall migration requires effort
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

We delight in the spring arrival of migrating birds and claim them for our own. But when you think about it, the many species of birds that migrate from the tropics to nest in temperate North America spend only a minority of their time on our continent. Population numbers of many migratory songbirds are declining, notably due to the cutting of tropical forests. Rainforest Connection has developed a way to repurpose old smartphones to detect illegal timber activities quickly. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Portland bicycle map inspires a ride
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

While it’s one thing to look at a printed map, it’s another to find one that actually inspires you to travel. I’ve recently found this inspiration in the Portland, Maine, Bike Map produced by The Vigorous North Publishing. It’s a beautiful piece of work that’s inspired me to get out on my bike in and around Portland. Vigorous North isn’t alone in the world of local cartography. Peaks Island’s Steve and Angela Bushey founded Map Adventures in 2004. And of course I can’t forget the behemoth DeLorme. ~ Josh Christie
Opinion: Look beyond tank cars to prevent tragedies like Lac-Megantic
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

Focusing on the tank cars that carry crude oil, ethanol and other commodities by rail as the sole solution to preventing derailments is misplaced and inaccurate. No tank car, including a DOT-111, has ever caused a derailment. If we are to keep communities safe and trains on the track, federal regulators must take a holistic approach that looks at the prevention of train derailments through examining operational procedures and practices, and ensuring that hazardous materials are properly classified and packaged. ~ Thomas D. Simpson, Railway Supply Institute
Letter: Proposed national park excites Millinocket native
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, August 31, 2014 

I am studying for my bachelor of science in parks, recreation and tourism while also pursuing a minor in psychology at the University of Maine. The community that raised me was dying, and I silently had been watching it crumble since I was born. Something needs to change before there is nothing left. There can be a balance between forest products and the human dynamics present in recreation and tourism. The proposed national park I believe is not the golden answer, but it is an opportunity we need to grasp because it is going to bring more people who will spend money in the area. We need to bring our Millinocket pride back by teaching ourselves, but also teaching each other. We need to be open to experience. ~ Cody Ray McEwen, Millinocket
Elite bass anglers converge on central Maine
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

The biggest names in fishing, and the roughly 100-person-strong television production team that follows their every move and later broadcasts the action on national cable and network television, plied the waters of central Maine for bass over the last several days. “Major League Fishing” brought 30 of the nation’s elite competitive anglers to the area to fish Long Pond, Great Pond, Messalonskee Lake and China Lake. However, in the league’s unique format, none of the anglers knew what bodies of water they were fishing until the morning of each day, so they wouldn’t have time to research the best places to fish.
Column: Save the St. Croix Fishery
Sun Journal - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

You have to hand it to the Downeast Maine Guides and the Grand Lake Stream Guides Association. These folks keep on fighting even after they have been knocked down. What's the fight about? The issue is the Federally mandated introduction of anadromous alewives into the St. Croix River. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
It Takes Just One Road to Destroy a Forest
Other - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

95% of forest loss occurs within 50 km of a road. Roads are penetrating deep into the wilderness. Roads fragment natural habitats, degrade forest ecosystems, and put local communities and wildlife at risk.
Maine DEP chief requests oversight of Amtrak plan for Brunswick layover facility
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

The increasingly political fight over plans to build an Amtrak maintenance facility near a Brunswick neighborhood ratcheted up a notch this week when the commissioner of Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection moved to take personal oversight of the project’s approval. Commissioner Patricia Aho sent a letter to Amtrak requesting information on the project and directed the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which oversees passenger rail services in Maine, to send any correspondence with the DEP about the project to her office.
EPA staff says smog standards need tightening 7 to 20 percent
Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. Industry representatives criticized the recommendation as way too costly, while environmental activists hailed it as a public health measure.
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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

Farm Fresh
Consider buying food from your local farmer’s market. Locally grown produce tastes better and has a smal...
9/2/2014 4:00:22 AM

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9/1/2014 4:00:55 AM

My Maine This Week: Jeanne Merrill
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Build to Size
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8/31/2014 4:00:14 AM

Sway the Public
Take 15 minutes to write a letter or email to your local newspaper about clean air and water, wildlife, health...
8/30/2014 4:00:10 AM

Thursday-Saturday, September 4-13: Portland GreenFest Film Series
Join NRCM for the first annual Portland GreenFest Film Series, beginning on Thursday, September 4th. The movie...
8/29/2014 11:16:15 AM

Wear “Green”
When purchasing new clothing, try to opt for green fibers. Good choices: organic cotton (conventional cotton i...
8/29/2014 4:00:27 AM

Deer Tick News Is All Bad – “Ticked Off” Report Should Tick You Off
By George Smith Bangor Daily News column This morning my Kennebec Journal came with a deer tick. I start my da...
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