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Action Alert - Monday, September 24, 2018 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond). We have posted summaries and links to over 50,000 news articles and announcements. We 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 our attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Editor
Learn about Marine Mammals of Maine, Oct 1
Event - Posted - Monday, September 24, 2018 

Learn more about Marine Mammals of Maine, the current status of seals in Maine, and how to tell if a stranded animal really needs help and what you should do. At Kennebunk Free Library, October 1, 6 pm.
Drop-in volunteers needed to work on Acadia National Park projects
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 22, 2018 

Drop-in volunteers are needed to work on trails, carriage roads and outdoor projects during sessions organized by Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia. At park headquarters, September 29, 8:15 am-12:15 pm. No experience is necessary.
The Nature of Craft, Sep 29
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 22, 2018 

A fine art and craft show. At Maine Audubon's Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, September 29, 10 am - 4 pm.
Stand with Hunter in opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court
Action Alert - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

Hunter Lachance, a 15-year-old Mainer with asthma, testified against the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained why Kavanaugh’s opposition to curbing air pollution that crosses state lines would harm Maine and people like him. Urge Senator Collins to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh. ~ Kristin Jackson, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Evening for the Environment, Oct 3
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 20, 2018 

A night of camaraderie, celebration, and inspiration for those who care about protecting Maine's environment. Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator. At Brick South on Thompson's Point, Portland, October 3, 5:30-8:00 pm. Organized by Maine Conservation Voters.
Solar 101, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Join ReVision Energy to learn about the benefits of solar technology. At Scarborough Public Library, September 26, 2018 6:30 pm.
Weasels of Maine, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Shevenell Webb, Wildlife Biologist with IF&W, talks about weasel ecology and natural history. At Augusta Nature Club luncheon, at Capital Area Technical Center, Augusta, September 26, 11:30 am, $7 for lunch.
Activist Training for Maine's Environment, Sep 27-Oct 11
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Maine's environmental community is hosting a series of trainings. Learn skills to be a powerful activist and meet fellow environmentalists who want to make a difference in Maine. September 27, Biddeford; October 4: Auburn; October 11, Jefferson; October 18, Falmouth.
Naturalist's Notebook, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 19, 2018 

Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright will speak about the book he wrote with Bernd Heinrich, "The Naturalist's Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You." At Portland Public Library, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm.
NRCM online auction, thru Sep
Announcement - Tuesday, September 18, 2018 

Online auction benefits Natural Resources Council of Maine, through September.
Help wanted: Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking applications for the position of Director of Media Relations and Advocacy Communications. The position provides leadership in advancing NRCM and the organization’s advocacy work through the news media. Deadline: October 11, 2018.
MCV Action Fund 2018 Endorsements
Announcement - Monday, September 17, 2018 

A list of candidates endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund.
Bringing an ocean perspective to an urban estuary, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Karina Nielsen, director of San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center, will speak at the UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, September 24, 12:15 pm.
Maine's Beaches are Public Property, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Monday, September 17, 2018 

Author and law professor Orlando E. Delogu speaks about public access to Maine’s beaches. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, September 24, 6:30 pm.
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858 Maine Deer Fed To Lions
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

My friend Bob Miner recently told me that in the last year he has picked up 858 deer killed along Central Maine’s roads. Bob and his wife Julie own DEW Haven in Mount Vernon, a zoo and animal rescue facility. They feed the deer to their lions. I was surprised so many deer were killed along the roads because Bob travels no more than an hour in a particular direction to pick up the deer.
What you need to know about poisonous mushrooms before foraging
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

Mushroom foraging might seem like a sweet activity, but it can also be quite dangerous. While some mushrooms are delicious, others contain chemicals that can make you seriously sick — and these poisonous varieties aren’t uncommon. Here are just a few of Maine’s most common toxic mushrooms:
• Destroying angel
• Pigskin poison puffball
• Jack-o’-lantern mushrooms
• Boletus huronensis
• Lilac brown bolete
• False morels
Funding To Allow Maine To Assess Fishing Impacts On Right Whale
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

The National Marine Fisheries Service is sending more than $6 million to nearly 30 marine conservation projects as part of its Species Recovery Grant Program. The grants are designed to help marine species that face threats in the wild. Four of the awards are going to the Maine Department of Marine Resources, which will do an assessment of how fishing impacts endangered North Atlantic right whales.
Maine fisherman captures video of swimming squirrel
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

In his years of tournament bass fishing, Jonathan Carter says he has seen all kinds of critters paddling around on the state’s lakes and ponds. But up until this year, he’d only seen a single gray squirrel scooting around in a lake. In recent days, while Carter was fishing Sebago, he was finally able to capture some video of a swimming squirrel. He said that on Sebago Lake alone he has seen six swimming squirrels this summer.
Opinion: Congress must face the unassailable reality of climate change
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 11, 2018 

With the help of some in Congress who refuse to stand up for science, the Trump administration launched a full-blown assault on the merits of science and our planet. This willful ignorance harkens to the Dark Ages. But occurring in 2018, after so many incredible advancements made possible through empirical research, it is lunacy that Congress must defend basic science against partisan attacks. In Congress, I will keep fighting to for common-sense reforms to reduce fossil fuel use and support job-creating renewable energy plans so that climate change doesn’t make our way of life extinct. ~ U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree
Forests Are the Forgotten Climate Solution, Experts Say
National Geographic - Monday, September 10, 2018 

A group of Nongovernmental Organizations and community leaders are gathering in San Francisco on September 12 to discuss solutions they hope will mitigate the impacts of climate change. They're hoping to reach a solution they're calling 30x30. It's a target set specifically to reach goals set forth by the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce carbon emissions, and the organizations attending the summit think sustainably managed forests and land can meet 30 percent of the targeted emissions reduction. Large forests are capable of sucking up large amounts of carbon.
Baxter State Park names Marc Edwards Park Naturalist
Maine Environmental News - Monday, September 10, 2018 

Baxter State Park Authority announces the appointment of its new Park Naturalist, Marc Edwards. Marc is currently the Park’s Interpretive Specialist. A National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpreter Trainer, Marc holds both a Bachelors and a Masters in Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Maine. Marc will manage the Park’s Information and Education department, including interpretive programming, public information efforts, research and resource monitoring, and will serve as a member of the Park’s administrative team.
Cape council hears views on proposed deal to end dispute over Surf Side land access
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 10, 2018 

As part of a mediated court settlement , Cape Elizabeth would agree to release “any right, title or interest it may have in Surf Side Avenue,” or the strip of land along the shore, thereby blocking it from any future development. In exchange, the plaintiffs would drop all legal action and pay the town $500,000 to be used to purchase and preserve public land in the future. Some speakers favor giving up the town’s claim to the strip of seaside land for the sake of closure, but others say they’ll fight that in court and it feels like the town is being bought.
Benton farm among growing industry of hemp producers Benton farm among growing industry of hemp producers
WABI-TV5 - Monday, September 10, 2018 

Two years ago, we featured Wild Folk Farm in Benton and their efforts to put Maine on the map for growing rice. Today, their rice harvest is still strong, but so is another up and coming crop. Joy Hollowell headed back to Benton to to hear why our state is also good for growing hemp.
Contamination prompts Manchester to dump single sort recycling program
Kennebec Journal - Monday, September 10, 2018 

Too many non-recyclables are going into recycling containers. That is prompting changes in Manchester and Augusta in the coming days and months. Manchester is planning to end its single-sort recycling program at the end of the year, while Augusta is moving one of its collection containers to a more visible location.
U.S. lobster exports to China tank in the first month with new tariff
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 10, 2018 

America’s live lobster sales to China hit a two-year low in July, the first month a new tariff on Maine’s signature export took effect. The United States shipped $4.2 million of live lobster to China in July, a 64 percent decline from May and June levels, according to WISERTrade, a trade analysis firm. The data shows that what had been shaping up to be a banner year for U.S. lobster sales to China collapsed after July 5, when that country levied a 25 percent import tariff on U.S. lobster in response to Trump's tariffs on imports from China.
New rules for bear trapping and moose and goose hunting
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, September 10, 2018 

Bears: The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council adopted a last-minute rule significantly changing the way traps can be set for bears to limit bear trapping methods that may accidentally capture the federally threatened Canada Lynx. Moose: The number of permits issued for the Aroostook County moose hunt has been increased from 25 to 30. The hunt is limited to disabled veterans and designed to reduce moose numbers in areas where they are causing damage to crops, particularly broccoli fields. Geese have been removed as a species allowed for hunting during special falconry season. This was done to comply with federal guidelines.
Blog: Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area Features Many Gems
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 10, 2018 

At the far northern end of the 100-Mile Wilderness, just shy of the West Branch of the Penobscot River and Baxter State Park, is the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. One of the crown jewels of conservation in Maine’s North Woods, this remote, rugged and wildlife-rich 46,271-acre tract features mature forests, pristine waters and bountiful recreation opportunities. Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, the entirety of the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area is an ecological reserve that protects the highest concentration of remote ponds in New England as well as undisturbed stands of 300-year-old trees. ~ Carey Kish
When the Beach Is Out of Reach—Coastal Access Becomes a Growing Concern
Other - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

Route Fifty - The Maine coast stretches 3,478 miles—over 5,000 miles if one counts the shorelines of numerous coastal islands. But Maine does not grant the public ready access to all that shoreline, unlike most of the 31 states with coastal waters. Therein lies a growing controversy. Maine Coast Heritage Trust on Aug. 1 unveiled an ambitious capital campaign, aiming to raise $125 million for what it called the largest coastal conservation effort in Maine’s history. It will finance a wide variety of projects, with an emphasis on improving public access to the Maine coast and conserving habitats threatened by climate change and development.
These little doggies will not be going to market
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

From her vantage point at the market, in the middle of booths manned by oyster and vegetable farmers, cheesemakers, spice merchants, coffee roasters and bakers, Jacqui Koopman, the manager of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust's wildly popular Saturday morning market at Crystal Spring Farm, has seen every manner of bad behavior, both from the four-legged attendees who lifted their legs on everything from tablecloths to coolers to the booths, and from the humans at the other end of their leashes. Starting October 6, all dogs but those belonging to vendors will be banned from the market, which is believed to be the first outdoor market of the approximately 120 in the state to say no to dogs.
Why artist Eric Hopkins teamed with Sea Bags
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

Artist Eric Hopkins is famous for his paintings of Maine islands and coastlines. This summer, the North Haven resident did what he calls a “freebie,” creating a piece of art to be put on a Maine-made Sea Bag, and sold partly to benefit Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s current campaign to raise $125 million. On the eve of the bag going on sale, we talked islands, what role the walk on the moon nearly 50 years ago played in his own environmentalism.
Column: Local beer comes with a side of sustainability
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

When Moderation Brewing Company co-owners Mattie Daughtry and Philip Welsh registered their Brunswick operation with the Department of Agriculture late last year, the company officially logged in as Maine’s 100th brewery. When I first wrote about local breweries and sustainability only two years ago, the number of Maine breweries was just half that. Because the groundwork had been laid, Daughtry and Welsh were able to set clear sustainability objectives before they even opened their doors last March. Their goal is to produce beers made from 100 percent local ingredients within two years. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Maine’s small wild blueberry farmers struggle on what they’re raking in
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

After farm expansions and record harvests, both in Maine and in Canada, the market has been glutted with wild blueberries, and there simply hasn’t been enough demand to use up the supply. Last year, Maine’s blueberry farmers got 26 cents a pound for the fruit they sold to the processors, who freeze and store it. That was the lowest price paid in 32 years. The pressure to compete with odds stacked against them is similar to the pressure felt by Maine’s lobster industry to compete with Canada, which has a competitive edge because of its weaker dollar and better tariff scenarios.
Surf’s up, and so is the surfer
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

At Windsurfing-Maine, the oldest windsurfing school in the state, thousands have come to learn an outdoor sport whose popularity has been slow to grow since a burst of enthusiasm in the 1980s. In 2017, 1.5 million people in the United States participated in windsurfing. That compares to 3.3 million who used stand-up paddleboards, 5.4 million who enjoyed jet skiing, 9.2 million who canoed and 10.5 million who kayaked. Still, fans of windsurfing say it is more physical and more of an adventure than many outdoor pursuits.
Column: There’s plenty for everyone in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

Like most Mainers, I have a complicated relationship with the boom-and-bust nature of tourist season (roughly defined as Memorial Day to Labor Day). There’s no question of its necessity to Maine’s vitality – according to data from Maine Revenue Services, $1.5 billion was spent on lodging and restaurants during those months in 2017, well over a third of annual taxable sales. The largesse of those “from away” ensures the livelihood of natives, locals and transplants who tough out the stretch from Columbus Day to late spring. But there is the more taxing part of these visitors – the crowds. ~ Josh Christie
Column: Hunters should always use courtesy, common sense
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

With so many fall hunting seasons overlapping it’s inevitable that one hunter or group of hunters will occasionally interfere with another. In most cases it’s unintentional and therefore easily forgivable. Still there are a few ways to reduce the probability of detracting from your, or somebody else’s hunt. Obviously, nobody should set up close enough to someone else that shot pellets from either party could strike or even rain down on the other. But you also should not set up close enough that your movement or shooting could take away potential shot opportunities. It all boils down to common sense and courtesy. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Judge’s environmental record no secret
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

It’s no secret that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a hard-core anti-regulation judge who almost always sides with polluters when environmental cases come to his court. But that part of his record doesn’t get much attention. It’s all laid out in black and white in published opinions that stretch back a dozen years. Kavanaugh has been presented with 26 environmental protection cases since coming to the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2006. In the 18 cases that were decided on substantive grounds, he came down on the side of less protection 16 times. ~ Greg Kesich
Letter: Maine doesn’t want new power line from CMP
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

I’m one of the thousands opposed to Central Maine Power’s power line. CMP’s environmental permitting manager said that the spot where the power line would cross the Kennebec Gorge “isn’t rated high value” for scenic significance. CMP is out of touch: I’m a raft guide, and for the past 34 years, my rafters have admired the beauty of the Kennebec and the refreshing feeling of being away from development. Now they could have a front-row view of high-tension power lines from the riverside spot where we have served lunch to our guests for the last 20 years. We don’t want CMP/Avangrid’s power line: not over the river, not under the river, not at Harris Station Dam, not through 53.5 miles from the Canadian border to The Forks, not at all. ~ Eric Sherman, Greenville
Letter: Mahoosuc column reminds of past adventures
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

Jake Christie’s fine Maine Sunday Telegram column of Sept. 2, “Mahoosuc meanderings," reminded me of our “discovery” of the Mahoosucs in the early 1970s. Once our crew made it through the notch in winter, we decided to go through the notch in summer. Our summer trip was more difficult: Snow bridges in the winter had allowed us to hop from boulder to boulder; bare ground in the summer notch saw us crawling between them. Well worth it, though. Thanks for the memories, Jake. ~ Michael Petit, Portland
Letter: Keep Kennebec River beautiful, pristine
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, September 9, 2018 

Magic Falls and Magic Rivers Rafting Companies oppose the Central Maine Power New England Clean Energy Project and the transmission lines crossing miles of wilderness and the Kennebec River anywhere between Harris Station and the Route 201 bridge in The Forks. We feel strongly this land is beautiful and should remain untouched as is. ~ Donna and David Neddeau, Magic Falls Rafting Company, West Forks
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