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Action Alert - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

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Hike Puzzle Mt., Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

A moderate to strenuous hike of 8.5 miles. Cross several exposed granite boulders and ledges offering views of the Sunday River ski area, Grafton Notch, and the Presidentials, June 22, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Androscoggin River Canoe & Kayak River Race, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

This event is open to all to launch canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, (and more) into the Androscoggin River and complete one of three courses of varying length and challenge. At Festival Plaza, Auburn, June 22, 9 am, $15 for single paddler, $25 for a double, benefits Androscoggin Land Trust.
Plants of Corea Heath, Jun 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Join Jill Weber, botanist and co-author of The Plants of Acadia National Park, to learn about carnivorous plants, orchids, stunted trees and shrubs and cotton-grass. At Corea Heath, Goldsboro, June 22, 8:30 am. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Maine Wildlife Park open house, Jun 21
Event - Posted - Friday, June 14, 2019 

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray will hold an open house with free admission, June 21, 5-8 pm. Feeding times for moose, lynx, foxes, cougars, vultures and bears will be posted.
Call for a presidential primary debate on climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has rejected a presidential primary debate on climate change. 15 Democratic presidential candidates have joined the call. So can you. ~ CREDO Action
Trekking through Time
Announcement - Thursday, June 13, 2019 

From June through October, Lakes Environmental Association, Loon Echo Land Trust, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, and Western Foothills Land Trust will host the Trekking through Time Series. Once a month throughout the summer and early fall, each organization will host a historical tour of one of its conservation properties.
Help document impact on shell middens, Jun 18
Announcement - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 

Many cultural artifacts of Maine's first coastal residents are preserved in shell middens, but these sites are disappearing as sea levels rise, collectors dig into the middens, and visitors walk on them. Maine Midden Minders is developing a database of erosion conditions at middens. Volunteer training at Coastal Rivers’ Education Center, Damariscotta, June 18, 3-7 pm.
Short Course on Island History, June
Event - Posted - Monday, June 10, 2019 

Malaga Island classroom session, at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust office, June 17, 6 pm; field trip, June 22, 11 am-3 pm. Eagle Island classroom session, at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust office, June 27, 6 pm; field trip June 29, 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Harpswell Heritage Land Trust members $60, non-members $70.
Residents Day at Maine State Parks and Historic Sites, Jun 16
Event - Posted - Sunday, June 9, 2019 

Maine residents can take advantage of free day admission to Maine State Parks and Historic Sites. On Residents Day, Jun 16, vehicles with Maine license plates will have fees waived.
Maine Invasive Plants Field Guide
Publication - Sunday, June 9, 2019 

The Maine Natural Areas Program field guide covers 46 species of terrestrial and wetland invasive plants and is waterproof, portable, and ring-bound to allow for future additions. Each species account includes key identification characters, growth form, habitats invaded, control methods, similar native and non-native plant species, and current status of the plant in Maine. $18 for orders received by June 30.
Native Plants Sale, Jun 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 8, 2019 

Check out this video by King Middle School student Isabella about native plants and the ecosystem, then go to the Native Plants Sale at Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, June 15, 10 am - 4 pm.
Kezar Pond Ecological Exploration, Jun 15
Event - Posted - Saturday, June 8, 2019 

Dr. Rick Van de Poll will provide an in-depth look at Cezar Pond. At Hemlock Bridge, Frog Alley, East Fryeburg, June 15, 8:30 am - 1 pm. Sponsored by Tin Mountain Conservation Center and Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.
Fund the Future
Action Alert - Friday, June 7, 2019 

Governor Janet Mills has proposed $30 million for the Land for Maine’s Future Program. We’re grateful, but $30 million is not enough to revitalize this essential land conservation program. Ask your legislator to properly fund land conservation in Maine. ~ Eliza Donoghue, Maine Audubon
Maine Bird Atlas Update, Jun 14-15
Event - Posted - Friday, June 7, 2019 

Maine Bird Atlas Outreach Coordinator, Doug Hitchcox, will explain the purpose, goals and expected outcomes of the atlas. He will lead a follow-up bird walk the next morning. At Blue Hill Library, June 14, 7 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
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New York company brings ‘glamping’ to Maine state parks
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

An entirely new camping experience will be offered at state parks throughout Maine this summer, and it involves spacious canvas tents, stylish picnic areas and tiny wood stoves that will keep campers warm on chilly nights. To build these fancy, new campsites, the state partnered with Tentrr, a New York-based company that’s often referred to as the “Airbnb of camping.” The 10 new sites will be divided among seven state parks: Bradbury Mountain, Rangeley Lake, Camden Hills, Mount Blue, Lamoine, Peaks-Kenny and Warren Island. Installation is being completed this month, with plans to have all sites complete and open for reservations by the Fourth of July.
The way that moose become infested with ticks may gross you out
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

How do all those ticks get on a moose to begin with? According to wildlife biologist Tim Thomas, “Ticks hatch in the fall, and then as a group they’ll climb up vegetation to three meters or so. As a group they’ll sit there until something walks by or brushes by, and then they’ll jump on, and they’ll pull everybody else with them. That’s what we call ‘questing.’” That means a moose can go from tick-free to totally infested in a matter of seconds. (I told you this might gross you out.)
Column: Sunrise may get all the attention in Maine but …
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

In Maine, we tend to focus more on sunrise. It makes sense; we’re the first state in the nation to be hit by the morning sun, and because of our east-facing coast, shooting a sunrise means shooting over our beautiful Atlantic coast, often with a lighthouse or other equally impressive scenery in the foreground. However, Maine has some truly spectacular sunsets as well. Here are a few of my favorite places to catch the setting sun, along with tips for getting that perfect shot. ~ Josh Christie
Column: There’s much to like on a paddle through the mouth of the Pemaquid River
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

We are paddling along the coast this June to give the last of the black flies on inland waters the opportunity to settle into oblivion. The mouth of the Pemaquid River in Bristol provides a secluded saltwater tidal experience for both canoes and paddleboards without the challenges of open-water travel. We spent three hours exploring up to where the Pemaquid River tumbles out of the woods and enters the basin for its 2-mile journey out into Johns Bay. ~ Michael Perry
Letter: Brunswick land deal had happy ending
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

We read Douglas Rooks’ column (“Conservation land a big draw,” June 6) with great interest. We are writing to share the full picture of the example in Brunswick that Rooks cited. While the town’s decision to sell a tax-foreclosure property was the source of local controversy, the story has a happy ending. The town reserved a significant portion of the sale proceeds, dedicating them to improving public access to Brunswick’s coast, an opportunity that is in particularly short. With financial support from the town, our organizations came together to acquire 87 acres on the New Meadows River that provides public access to two miles of coastline, including highly productive clam flats. Community divided no longer! ~ Tim Glidden, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and Angela Twitchell, Brunswick Topsham Land Trust
Letter: Mills’ shameful veto of CMP bills
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, June 16, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills’ veto of bills that target the Central Maine Power transmission corridor makes her complicit in the cultural genocide of Indigenous communities in Canada. She is on the wrong side of history. There is no excuse for anyone making decisions about the CMP project to be ignorant of the facts regarding methylmercury poisoning of Indigenous people and the environment caused by Hydro-Quebec’s dams. I was arrested recently in Ottawa to show solidarity with Indigenous leaders who had traveled 24 hours to attempt to deliver a petition to their government about the cultural genocide their communities have been experiencing as a result of Canadian hydropower dams for over 40 years. Canada’s hydropower is the equivalent of blood diamonds from Africa. ~ Meg Sheehan, Lyme, NH
Column: Deer numbers showing improvement in County
Sun Journal - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

During the past 10 years, the Aroostook County Conservation Association, as well as the Presque Isle Fish & Game Club, has undertaken a privately funded effort to enhance deer survival in the north country. The ACCA has conducted a successful coyote hunting contest, wintertime feeding of deer in wintering areas, and various forms of habitat improvement including the planting of cedar trees. Thanks to the combined coyote-control efforts of the ACCA, the Penobscot County Wildlife Conservation Association, MDIF&W, and a group in the Milo area, 4,305 coyotes have been killed. Sportsmen should applaud these groups. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Audubon intervenes to protect ocean monument for puffins
Associated Press - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

The National Audubon Society is getting involved in a lawsuit over the future of a national monument in the ocean off New England because of the area’s importance to seabirds, especially colorfully beaked puffins. Fishing groups sued in federal court against creation of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which former President Obama designated in 2016. The case is on appeal. Audubon has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in favor of keeping the monument. But the nearly 5,000-square-mile area is especially important to Maine’s vulnerable Atlantic puffins, said Karen Hyun, vice president of coasts for Audubon.
Two hikers die on White Mountains trails in 2 days
Associated Press - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Two people have died in two days while hiking trails in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, while a third hiker rescued survived. On Thursday, Sandra Lee, 63, of Mount Tabor, NJ, suffered an unknown medical condition on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Hours later, 80-year-old James Clark of Dublin, OH, was found immobile with signs of hypothermia. He was treated at a hospital for what authorities say were non-life-threatening injuries. On Friday, 69-year-old William Whittenaur of Lancaster, NH, suffered a medical emergency and died on a trail leading to Mount Cabot in Shelburne.
Please visit a Maine sporting camp
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

I hope you will visit a Maine sporting camp this summer or fall. There is no better place to experience everything we love about Maine. Sporting camps offer everything from great food to lots of wildlife, woods, and waters, plus of course, great hunting and fishing. But you don’t have to be a hunter or angler to thoroughly enjoy a visit to a Maine sporting camp.
Kids should spend beautiful summer days outside roaming, educator says
Bangor Metro - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Kids need real wild things and experiences, as well as information. There’s a field of study, a field of endeavor, a conservation trust field outside of town, a field of dreams, a big woods — with kids and their pocket magnifying glasses examining rare butterflies and wildflowers. Perhaps we’re on the verge of fields where such quantum leaps of inquiry and imagination take place that mere test score increases seem paltry measures of learning. ~ Todd R. Nelson, retired school principal Penobscot
Opinion: Trump war on science is grounds to impeach
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Trump and his administration are slashing common-sense regulations and censoring science to enrich their fossil fuel industry backers, exposing the country and the whole world to potentially catastrophic consequences. They are literally willing to endanger human lives and the very future of humanity for corporate profit. Governments that respect democracy, transparency and truth don’t systematically obstruct scientific research and harass scientists. This is obstruction and collusion of the worst and highest order. If the comparatively venal case of Russiagate is grounds for impeachment, why isn’t this? ~ Basav Sen, Climate Policy Project, Institute for Policy Studies
Letter: Investing in clean energy will benefit Maine’s environment, create jobs
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

As Mainers, we’re fortunate enough to have access to clean water and natural resources that are not accessible by all across our country. By switching to a renewable-energy economy, we are not only benefiting our environment, but also creating jobs in the process. It would be easy to believe that climate change isn’t already impacting some of our communities, but that’s not the case. Rising sea levels, increased flooding and the threat of lobsters migrating north are already challenges we must face. That’s why we must invest in renewable energy. We must step up and urge our elected officials to take action and support this legislation for our collective future. ~ Jackson Chadwick, Camden
Letter: Upgrade solar energy policy
Sun Journal - Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Maine is falling behind while other states are growing their economies, saving money on energy costs for their people and businesses and creating good local jobs. How are they doing it? Solar power. Community solar farms are a particularly exciting way to increase access and allow low- and moderate-income Mainers to invest in solar energy and save money on their bills. Maine can enjoy all of these benefits, but the Legislature must pass LD 1711 and modernize the solar energy policy now. ~ Erin Walter, Sabattus
At Vatican climate summit, major oil companies commit to carbon pricing
Associated Press - Friday, June 14, 2019 

Some of the world’s major oil producers pledged Friday to support “economically meaningful” carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid “perpetrating a brutal act of injustice” against the poor and future generations. The companies, including ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Chevron and Eni, said in a joint statement at the end of a Vatican climate summit that governments should set such pricing regimes at a level that encourages business and investment, while “minimizing the costs to vulnerable communities and supporting economic growth.”
Bill would limit lobbyists’ contributions to Maine candidates year-round
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 14, 2019 

Maine could place a year-round ban on political candidates accepting contributions from lobbyists outside their districts under a bill facing Democratic Gov. Janet Mills. The bill would prevent gubernatorial and legislative candidates from accepting contributions at any time from lobbyists outside their districts. The bill wouldn’t apply to lobbyists who are eligible voters in a candidate’s district, or to contributions from these lobbyists’ employers.
Bald Eagle Caught Elegantly...Swimming?
Maine Public - Friday, June 14, 2019 

Bald eagles are really good at swimming, a fact some of us learned this week from a viral video.
Officials turn to alum treatment to prevent algae blooms in Cochnewagon Lake in Monmouth
Kennebec Journal - Friday, June 14, 2019 

The water in Cochnewagon Lake is crystal clear — and it’ll stay that way for years to come thanks to a recent alum treatment. “It was getting so green, it looked like you could walk on it in spots,” said Joe Saunders, who is a Cochnewagon Lake resident and a member of the Cobbossee Watershed Board of Directors representing Monmouth.
Somerset commissioner resigns from nonprofit board after conflict of interest accusation
Morning Sentinel - Friday, June 14, 2019 

Lloyd Trafton, a Somerset County commissioner, has a jurisdiction that includes parts of Somerset County where the NECEC project would cut a new corridor for a Quebec-to-Massachusetts power line. He also sits on the board of directors for Western Mountains & Rivers Corp., a nonprofit that negotiated for a $22 million benefits package from Central Maine Power in exchange for support of the project. Trafton received backlash from opponents of NECEC over his role in interviewing candidates to represent Somerset County on the Land Use Planning Commission, which will play a key role in issuing permits for the NECEC. On Thursday he submitted his resignation from the Western Mountains & Rivers board.
Opinion: Despite Trump, renewable energy capacity now exceeds coal’s
Kennebec Journal - Friday, June 14, 2019 

April marked a threshold for the nation. For the first time, our capacity for creating electricity from renewable sources crept past that for coal. Yes, that’s good. Not good enough, to save us from the worst effects of climate change from global warming, but it’s evidence that we’re at least moving in the right direction. And that comes despite President Donald Trump’s inane insistence that the nation drill more, burn more and export more fossil fuels — including his doubled-down promises to single-handedly save the American coal industry. Global coal use has gone up in recent years as developing countries — many of them aided by China — bring coal plants online. That’s a threat that the world needs to confront. But don’t expect Trump to lead that necessary charge. ~ Scott Martelle, Scarborough native, Los Angeles Times columnist
2 hikers rescued after slipping on wet granite in Acadia National Park
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 14, 2019 

Two hikers were rescued in separate incidents at Acadia National Park on Wednesday. The first involved a 47-year-old woman who had slipped on wet granite on the Gorge Path, which runs between Cadillac and Dorr mountains. After 3½ hours, rescuers were able to carry her to an ambulance. Soon after, rescuers were called to the Norumbega Mountain Trail where a 67-year-old man had also fallen on wet granite, resulting in a 2½-hour rescue.
Trump nominates unqualified NOAA Administrator
Other - Friday, June 14, 2019 

The position of NOAA Administrator is of enormous importance. NOAA is responsible for the protection of threatened and endangered marine species such as whales, seals, sea lions, and sea turtles. Previous presidents have filled that job with meteorologists, Naval admirals, oceanographers, environmental scientists, geologists, and even a highly-trained NASA astronaut. It is critically-important that the role be filled with someone with a demonstrated respect and understanding of scientific methods that will approach the job with the goal of preserving and protecting our oceans. The Trump Administration has again nominated Barry Myers, a non-scientist with questionable ethics and a history of attacking NOAA, to head that agency.
Island Explorer celebrates 20th Anniversary
Other - Friday, June 14, 2019 

Partners of the Island Explorer bus system gathered Friday, June 14th to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Island Explorer bus system and the integration of 21 new propane-powered buses into the fleet. The Island Explorer is a fare-free transportation system linking hotels, campgrounds, and inns with destinations in Acadia National Park and area villages. Since 1999, the bus system has carried over 7.7 million passengers, reduced private automobile traffic by more than 2.9 million vehicles, and prevented the emission of an estimated 41 tons of smog-causing pollutants and 27,000 tons of greenhouse gases.
Maine entrepreneurs to wade into ocean-reliant businesses at event
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 14, 2019 

Startup Maine, an annual training and networking event for entrepreneurs in Portland, is adding an industry to its lineup this year with speakers and workshops focused on the ocean-reliant “blue economy.” Workshops geared toward maritime entrepreneurs will include a session on the business of aquaculture, and another focused on exporting local products from Maine and New England. Absent from this year’s program are workshops and speakers focused on agriculture and another hot topic in Maine entrepreneurial circles, recreational cannabis.
A moose walks into a pizza place…and even in Dover-Foxcroft that’s a surprise
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 14, 2019 

A moose broke through a window and into a former pizza shop on East Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft on Friday morning, resulting in a flurry of comments and jokes about the perpetrator pictured in a post on the Dover-Foxcroft Police Facebook page. While seeing a moose in downtown is not unusual for this rural town of about 4,200 residents located an hour south of Moosehead Lake – which is prime moose country – having one breaking and entering is, said Sheila Bragg in the Dover-Foxcroft Town Office. The moose population in Maine is estimated between 50,000 and 70,000, state biologists say.
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