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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
Vote for NRCM’s 2014 People’s Choice Award
Announcement - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

You can vote for one of this year's six finalists for NRCM's People's Choice Award: Voting is open until September 1. This year's finalists (in alphabetical order) are:
• Rachel Burger, South Portland
• Robert Godfrey, Eastport
• Paul Haertel, Southwest Harbor
• Mary Anne Mitchell, Peaks Island
• Kit Pfeiffer, Whitefield
• Deb Wilson, Nobleboro
Citizen Hearing on Proposed EPA Clean Power Plan, Aug 6
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

New England EPA Administrator Curt Spaulding will describe the Clean Power Plan and hear what Maine people and experts have to say about it. At Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, August 6, 11 am - 12:30 pm. Hosted by Natural Resources Council of Maine and Voter Education Brigade.
Plastic Pollution: Art to Activism, Aug 5
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Speaker: Dianna Cohen, Creative Advocacy Director Co-Founder, Plastic Pollution Coalition. At Center for Marine Studies, Blue Hill, August 5, 6 pm. Sponsored by Marine Environmental Research Institute.
Bat species proposed for Maine endangered species list, Aug 4 & 5
Event - Posted - Monday, July 28, 2014 

Two bat species are being proposed for the Maine endangered species list because they have been decimated by white nose syndrome. Hearings: August 4, 6:30 pm, Portland City Hall; August 5, 6:30 pm, University of Maine at Farmington.
Nature Photography, Aug 2
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 26, 2014 

Jane Davis will lead a nature photography outing. At Gott Pasture Preserve on Wilson Pond, Wayne, Aug 2, 8-10 am. Must preregister. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Cultivating Seaweed Sustainably on Rocks & Ropes, Aug 1
Event - Posted - Friday, July 25, 2014 

Talk by Shep Erhart of Maine Coast Sea Vegetables. At Taunton Bay Education Center, Sullivan, Aug 1, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Taunton Bay.
Gulf of Maine Habitat, Jul 31
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 24, 2014 

Mark Dittrick will discuss the Gulf of Maine as a habitat: its past, present, and what might be its future. At Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, July 31, 7 pm.
Protect Cashes Ledge
Action Alert - Monday, July 14, 2014 

Cashes Ledge, located about 75 miles from Portland, is a unique underwater mountain range which provides refuge for a vibrant, diverse world of ocean wildlife. Modern commercial fishing technologies make Cashes Ledge extremely susceptible to damage from bottom trawling gear. Cashes Ledge needs permanent protection. ~ Conservation Law Foundation
1,000 Miles Campaign
Action Alert - Monday, July 14, 2014 

Culverts are significant impediments to fish passage and survival. Orvis and Trout Unlimited have launched a campaign to reconnect 1,000 miles of coldwater streams, including in Maine (for eastern brook trout) Caribou Bog and Henderson, Mountain and Gulf Hagas brooks.
Land Trust Nature Sites: A Photographic Tour, July 29
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 13, 2014 

Photographer David White has explored many land trust properties and will share a magical, ecological world through his impressive high-powered lens. At Topsham Library, July 29, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Living on a Shrinking Planet, Jul 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 13, 2014 

Dr. Jonathan Foley, 2014 Heinz Award for the Environment recipient, native Mainer, and Executive Director for the California Academy of Sciences, will paint a picture of our global environmental challenges. At Gulf of Maine Research Institute, July 28, 5:30-7 pm. Pre-register. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine.
Pond Ecology, Jul 28
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 13, 2014 

Naturalist Chuck Dinsmore will teach about common plant and animal associates in freshwater ponds and lakes. At Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, July 28, 9-11 am. Members $10; non-members $12.
Maine Open Farm Day, Jul 27
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 13, 2014 

July 27 is the 25th annual Open Farm Day, when farms around Maine open to visitors.
Bros. Caverly interview, Jul 26
Announcement - Sunday, July 13, 2014 

Guests: Buzz Caverly, former director of Baxter State Park, and Tim Caverly, former supervisor of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. On Bob Duchesne's Wild Maine, WEZQ radio, 92.9 FM, July 26, 9 am.
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News Items
New gas pipeline could ease capacity shortage
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

One of the nation’s largest natural gas pipeline companies announced on Wednesday that it will expand its system in New England, a move that could help ease a winter capacity shortage that has been linked to billions of dollars in higher electricity prices in Maine and the region. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. said it has reached agreements with local natural gas distribution companies in southern New England to transport the equivalent of 500 million cubic feet per day on an expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline called the Northeast Energy Direct Project. But some conservation groups, including Environment Northeast, are pushing back on pipeline expansion. They say it ignores diversified, lower-impact solutions and adds to the region’s over-reliance on gas.
Fire marshal: Maine bird sanctuary fire was arson
Associated Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

The district attorney is reviewing the results of a state fire marshal investigation into an arson fire last March at Birdsacre, a nonprofit bird sanctuary in Ellsworth. Sgt. Tim York said that the fire at the Stanwood Homestead Museum was intentionally set. The interior of the building is still in a state of disarray with fire damage, pieces of the collection destroyed and numerous items awaiting restoration. The museum is part of a 200-acre wildlife sanctuary that aims to preserve the vision of ornithologist Cordelia Stanwood.
Verso Paper gets closer on debt deal to allow big merger
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

A debt restructuring critical to Verso Paper’s proposed acquisition of rival NewPage Holdings “appears likely” to succeed before a deadline of midnight tonight, clearing the way for a merger that would create a paper industry giant employing more than 2,200 workers at three Maine paper mills. The $1.4 billion deal would combine Verso Paper and its three paper mills, including those in Bucksport and Jay, with NewPage’s eight paper mills, including one in Rumford. The new company would continue to operate under the Verso name and would control more than half of the North American market for the glossy paper used in magazines and retail catalogs.
Want to help the planet? Put down that burger
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

Meat eaters pollute more than vegetarians. That’s the finding of two recently published scientific papers, both of which calculated the greenhouse gas emissions generated by people eating a range of diets – from American-style meat-based to totally planted-based vegan. Each study found meat-centric diets to be the most polluting.
Letter: It’s critical to support, finalize Clean Power Plan
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

This week, people are gathering in Washington, D.C., to tell the Environmental Protection Agency what they think of the Clean Power Plan, which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by up to 30 percent by 2030; this is a powerful step toward improving air quality and protecting public health. It is critical that these common-sense standards are finalized quickly, and I hope that the public voice in support of the Clean Power Plan will be loud and clear at the hearings. ~ Brian Pettingill, Scarborough
Letter: Hunting in Maine woods
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

I have been hunting for over 55 years, and I have seen just two bears in the woods, one of which I managed to get. Maine is one of the most heavily forested states in the country, and you can’t hunt bear in Maine as you can in other states. Let the people the state pays to manage our wildlife do their jobs. Without the use of baiting, the state will be overrun in a few years with bear, and then the people who want to stop bear baiting will want the people that the state pays to come to their aid and take care of the problem bears. ~ Gilbert Rossignol, East Millinocket
Letter: Climate help
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 

I commend Cloe Chunn’s July 23 letter for making climate action a priority as she decides who to vote for this fall, but I worry the goal of a livable world is far too big for one party to manage. I will continue to support any candidate who makes the transition to renewable energy, efficiency and conservation a priority. I look for a candidate who supports carbon fee and dividend, a capitalist economic policy that puts a price on carbon at the point of extraction, then gives all the money to the American people as monthly rebate checks. It is the best version of a revenue-neutral, free-market solution. ~ Lyndy Rohman, Bangor
Maine parents, doctors press for disclosure of chemicals in kids’ products
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Mothers, physicians and business owners were among those who called on the LePage administration Tuesday to monitor the use of potentially harmful chemicals called phthalates in children’s lunch boxes, toys, raincoats and other plastic products. Dozens of advocates packed a public hearing to push the Department of Environmental Protection to add four types of phthalates to a high-priority list of chemicals regulated under Maine’s Kid-Safe Products Act, which would force manufacturers to disclose their use in children’s products sold in Maine.
Seal pup draws crowd to edge of Portland’s Back Cove
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Bill Barthelman, a volunteer with Marine Mammals of Maine, a nonprofit in Boothbay, said seals usually come onto shores and beaches just because they are tired and need rest. They can spend long periods on dry land, needing to enter the water only to find food, he said. Unless an animal has visible signs of injury, volunteers simply observe it. “It’s mainly to keep people away, and dogs,” said Barthelman. While it’s not unusual for seals to beach themselves in Maine, such an occurrence along a popular trail in Maine’s largest city is bound to draw attention.
EPA Hearings Show Just How Much Polluting Energy Companies Are Desperate and in Denial
Climate Progress - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued the latest piece in the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan: a proposed rule to dramatically cut carbon pollution from America’s coal-fired power plants in the coming decades. Public hearings on the rule are taking place today and tomorrow in four cities around the country, with up to 1,600 people slated to offer their comments. These individuals include some of the foremost proponents and opponents of the rule — and the activity surrounding these hearings encapsulates just how desperate and out of touch polluters and their allies who oppose the rule are.
Bangor-born researcher looks outside governments to solve looming global food crisis
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Growing up, the stars over Dixmont inspired Jonathan Foley to pursue the career in science that has earned him international awards and made him a leading voice addressing how to feed the world’s growing population without ruining the planet in the process. Foley, who for the past 20 years has researched global agriculture and ecosystems, said that Maine’s growing number of farms, increasing attention to methods of food production and Vacationland status make it a “cool laboratory in thinking about food.”
One night in the Maine mountains: my first solo tenting experience
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

The sun was high in the sky when I left civilization behind and walked into the woods at the foot of Bigelow Mountain for my first night alone in the wilderness.
Hike: Bigelow Mountain
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

The Bigelow Mountain Range is one of the most distinctive landmarks of western Maine. Located at the southern end of Flagstaff Lake, the 12-mile long mountain range includes several peaks. The highest is Bigelow Mountain’s West Peak at 4,145 feet above sea level; then there’s Avery Peak (4,088), South Horn (3,831), North Horn (3,820), Cranberry Peak (3,213) and Little Bigelow (3,040 feet). Bigelow and Little Bigelow mountains were named after Maj. Timothy Bigelow, who climbed the mountain range in 1775 “for the purpose of observation” during the Invasion of Canada.
Washington County Community College and St. Croix Tissue announce partnership
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Washington County Community College and St. Croix Tissue, LLC have announced a partnership that will lead to high paying paper making jobs for workers in Downeast Maine. St. Croix Tissue announced earlier this year its plans to build a new state-of-the-art tissue paper production facility located in Baileyville, Maine. The company will be creating as many as 80 new jobs and will begin hiring in May 2015. The company and WCCC have partnered to design a one year training program, to be offered at no cost to participants that will give those individuals who successfully complete the program the skills they need to be well prepared to compete for those new jobs.
Dozens call on Maine to regulate chemicals found in plastic household products
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

More than 70 people called on the LePage administration Tuesday to require disclosure of potentially dangerous chemicals commonly found in consumer products. At a hearing before the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, parents, doctors, business owners and public health experts asked the agency to step up regulation of phthalates, a group of chemicals used to soften plastics that studies have linked to serious health problems, such as reproductive birth defects among boys and higher rates of asthma and allergies, according to the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine.
Wisconsin co-op adds six former MOO Milk farmers, launches ‘Aroostook Initiative’
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Mapleton-based farmer Vaughn Chase and five others who supplied the now-defunct Maine’s Own Organic Milk brand have signed with Wisconsin-based cooperative Organic Valley, which has broader plans to develop organic agriculture in Aroostook County. Company officials said during a press event Tuesday morning that Organic Valley has added a third tanker to its Maine milk route that includes 33 dairy farms and is in talks with other potential operators in the state, including Amish and Mennonite farmers.
Wyman’s acquires 8,000 acres in New Brunswick, expands processing plant on Prince Edward Island
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Jasper Wyman & Son, the largest U.S.-owned grower and processor of wild blueberries, announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement to acquire 8,000 acres in northern New Brunswick in order to increase its supply of the low-bush blueberries. At the same time, the company announced the opening of an expanded processing plant on Prince Edward Island that will begin operations Aug. 1. With the acquisition, Wyman now farms 12,000 acres in Maine, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Wyman has a processing plant in Cherryfield and offices in Milbridge, Maine.
Author Takes Visual Approach to The Maine Woods
Other - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Fox22-TV - 150 years ago author Henry David Thoreau published The Maine Woods, now a century and a half later an award winning photographer has taken on Thoreau's work and interpreted it through the lens of his camera. Scot Miller spoke to a group of fans in Bangor Monday evening. Talking about the 7 years it took him to recreate the famed book on Maine's wilderness. If you are a fan of the works and missed Monday's event Miller will be in Portland Tuesday night at Glickman Library on the University of Southern Maine campus with the lecture beginning at 7pm.
15 people rescued from Saco River
WGME-TV13 - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Fifteen people are brought to safety after an early morning rescue along the Saco River in Fryeburg. The large group, which included a 12-year-old child, was on an overnight canoeing and camping trip along the river. But late Monday night, the river swelled two feet in just ten minutes. One of the canoes capsized, leaving the group stranded in a part of the river that is not easily accessible by land. It took rescue crews four hours to bring them all to safety. Fryeburg's acting police chief says the high water and thick early morning fog made for extremely unsafe conditions for all involved. No one was hurt.
LePage plan could give dormant dams new life
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

The LePage administration is looking anew at Maine’s old dams, mills and hydropower facilities as a way to increase electricity generation. The Governor’s Energy Office wants to hire a consultant to inventory the state’s hydro-electric facilities — both large and small — and recommend regulatory changes to encourage expansion. The upcoming study will look at ways to capitalize on existing hydropower in Maine, not build new dams. Maine has more than 600 dams listed on the National Inventory of Dams maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The actual number of dams and impoundments is believed to exceed 1,000. Jeff Reardon, the brook trout project director with the Maine Council of Trout Unlimited, said he was concerned that the bid proposal did not stress the importance of also evaluating the environmental challenges of reviving hydropower production.
Letter: Letter to the editor: Move Route 144 to save trees, piece of heaven
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

I am in my tent in Chewonki Campground at 5 a.m., watching the sun come up through the trees, wondering if the trees or the campground will be here in the future. The Federal Aviation Administration says these trees are obstructions that must be clear-cut from the airport’s imaginary airspace. Losing the trees would be devastating to Chewonki Campground and will be financially devastating to the village of Wiscasset. ~ Deb Mensinger, Melrose, Mass.
Letter: Thailand reforestation approach could be model for Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Stephen Elliott founded Thailand’s Forest Restoration Research Unit with a goal of recreating natural forests as efficiently as possible. The framework species method, used by the Forest Restoration Research Unit, utilizes natural seed-dispersal mechanisms to aid in biodiversity recovery. Scientists choose 20 to 30 species that have fast-growing fruits and thick canopies in order to shade out weeds and attract seed-dispersing animals. This system has proved successful in Thailand. The ecosystem in Maine could become more self-sustaining if reforestation were put into action and framework species were established that could, with assistance, re-create a natural forest environment. ~ Dana Peirce, Portland
Letter: LePage has made Maine a better place to live
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

In his first term, Gov. Paul LePage has made major tax cuts to lift the burden on approximately two-thirds of Maine’s taxpayers and has significantly improved the ability for new businesses to come to Maine, therefore creating much-needed jobs. In addition to fiscal reforms, LePage has taken action to help protect the environment.
Maine panel to consider response to ocean acidification
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

Leading scientists will brief Maine’s new ocean acidification commission on challenges facing the state’s coastal fisheries when the panel meets for the first time Friday at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole. The Commission to Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification on Commercially Harvested and Grown Species, which is the first of its kind on the East Coast, will study the negative effects of ocean acidification and make recommendations to the Legislature on how to address the threat.
York County land trust acquires farm in Berwick
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 28, 2014 

A 90-acre farm in Berwick has been donated to the Great Works Land Trust for permanent conservation by a woman who lived and worked on the property for more than 60 years. Ruby Brooks, who died in February 2013, gave the farm to the regional land trust, which has protected more than 5,300 acres in Berwick, North Berwick, South Berwick, Eliot, Ogunquit and Wells.
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News Feeds

Maine Organic Farmers
and Gardeners Assn

Organic Valley expands into Aroostook County for organic dairy
By James McCarthy - Organic Valley, the nation's largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, announced at its regional office in Portland today the addition of an Aroostook County organic dairy farm to its lineup of Maine suppliers, bringing its state total to 33 farms.
7/28/2014 11:00:00 PM

Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests
By Caroline Stauffer - Genetically modified corn seeds are no longer protecting Brazilian farmers from voracious tropical bugs, increasing costs as producers turn to pesticides, a farm group said on Monday.
7/28/2014 11:00:00 PM

Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yards; Superfund site blamed
By Brian Bienkowski - St. Louis, Michigan: Jim Hall was mowing the town’s baseball diamond when he felt a little bump underneath him. “And there it was, a dead robin,” he said. Just last week, he found another one. “Something is going on here,” said Hall, who has lived in this mid-Michigan town of 7,000 for 50 years. Two dead birds may not seem like much. But for this town, it’s a worrisome legacy left behind by a chemical plant-turned-Superfund site.
7/27/2014 11:00:00 PM

Bee research tainted by corporate funding, MPs say
By Damian Carrington - Criticial future research on the plight of bees risks being tainted by corporate funding, according to a report from MPs published on Monday. Pollinators play a vital role in fertilising three-quarters of all food crops but have declined due to loss of habitat, disease and pesticide use. New scientific research forms a key part of the government’s plan to boost pollinators but will be funded by pesticide manufacturers.
7/27/2014 11:00:00 PM

Curbing air pollution could help crops thrive
By Megan Rowling - Controlling air pollution could help curb projected declines in global food supplies, a new study says, suggesting policymakers should consider both climate change and ozone pollution in efforts to ensure the world has enough food.
7/27/2014 11:00:00 PM

More farmers markets accepting SNAP this season
By Sarah Walker Caron - On Sundays, the farmers market in Bangor bustles with customers. The Sunday market in Bangor is one of 37 markets across Maine accepting SNAP benefits this summer, up from 29 markets in 2013 – the first year the benefits could be used at farmers markets.
7/27/2014 11:00:00 PM

Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Many studies have shown the potential for global climate change to cut food supplies. But these studies have, for the most part, ignored the interactions between increasing temperature and air pollution – specifically ozone pollution, which is known to damage crops. A new study shows that these interactions can be quite significant, suggesting that policymakers need to take both warming and air pollution into account in addressing food security.
7/26/2014 11:00:00 PM

Should You Pee On Your Compost?
By Eve Fox - Human urine is rich in the nitrogen that plants need to thrive. The commercial chemical fertilizers widely used to add nitrogen to the soil come at a steep cost to our environment and our health. Their application results in algal blooms, oceanic dead zones, contaminated drinking water, human health problems and more. Meanwhile, we are literally flushing billions of tons of free, naturally-created nitrogen down the toilet each year.
7/26/2014 11:00:00 PM

Natural Resources Council
of Maine

Vote for Your Choice for NRCM’s 2014 People’s Choice Award
The finalists are in! We are pleased to announce this year’s finalists for NRCM’s People’s Choice Award. We re...
7/30/2014 12:00:28 PM

Dozens Call on Maine to Regulate Chemicals Found in Plastic Household Products
By Jackie Farwell, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story AUGUSTA, Maine — More than 70 people called on the L...
7/30/2014 9:05:43 AM

Bangor-born Researcher Looks Outside Governments to Solve Looming Global Food Crisis
By Darren Fishell, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story PORTLAND, Maine — Growing up, the stars over Dixmont...
7/30/2014 8:55:09 AM

Cruise Through Life
Save money and reduce your climate change pollution by hitting the cruise button on your car. Using cruise con...
7/30/2014 4:00:16 AM

York County Land Trust Acquires Farm in Berwick
The 90-acre property was donated by Ruby Brooks, who died last year after living on the farm for 60 years By G...
7/29/2014 7:41:47 AM

Maine Panel to Consider Response to Ocean Acidification
The commission formed by the Legislature will hold its first meeting Friday at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center ...
7/29/2014 7:35:25 AM

Some Like It Raw
Summer is a great time to save energy by not cooking dinner once a week.  Serve salad, sashimi, and fruit. Bon...
7/29/2014 4:00:24 AM

My Maine This Week: Karyl Condit
Two photos by NRCM member Karyl Condit of Farmington, Maine. “Nature’s etchings on Monhegan beach ...
7/28/2014 10:01:53 AM

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