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Action Alert - Saturday, July 20, 2019 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to conservation and natural resource news and events in Maine (and a bit beyond; hey, we're all connected). We have posted summaries and links to 60,000 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
Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival celebrates 25 years, Jul 27-28
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 20, 2019 

More than 50 folk artists and craftsmen in the northeast and an outstanding line-up of talented musicians will gather in Grand Lake Stream for the 25th annual Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival, July 27-28, 10 am - 5 pm.
Invasive forest pests, Jul 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 20, 2019 

Hildy Ellis, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, discusses forest insect invaders. At Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, July 27, 10 am – noon
Odd Alewives and Oyster Tasting Cruise, Jul 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 20, 2019 

At Damariscotta River Cruises, July 27, 5-7 pm.
Sustainable Forestry Walk, Jul 27
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 20, 2019 

Forester Charlie Spies and wildlife biologist Steve Pelletier will discuss striking a proper balance between competing wildlife, recreational, aesthetic and timber interests. At Crystal Spring Farm-North trailhead, Brunswick, July 27, 10 am. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Help Wanted: Communications & Research Assistant
Announcement - Thursday, July 18, 2019 

The North American Megadams Resistance Alliance is hiring a Communications & Research Assistant, based at Sierra Club Maine, to work on a campaign opposing Canadian hydropower dams and transmission corridors planned for the U.S.
Support Island Stewardship
Announcement - Thursday, July 18, 2019 

Maine Island Trail Association volunteers will make 1,400 boat landings on Trail sites this summer to provide care for these special places and assure they can remain open to explorers. Support the Float Their Boats campaign to strengthen MITA's 30-year tradition of volunteer stewardship of the Trail.
Fur, Feathers & Feet, Jul 24
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 

An introduction to birds and mammals. At Orr's Island Library, Harpswell, July 24, 10 am. Presented by Chewonki Foundation.
Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival, Jul 24-26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 

The festival celebrates the Wabanaki Native American people and naturalist writer Henry David Thoreau’s three journeys into the Maine Woods. At Center for Moosehead History, Greenville, July 24-26.
‘Acadia Files’ author Coppens, Jul 23
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

Author Katie Coppens will conduct fun science experiments with kids of all ages. At Turner Public Library, July 23, 2 pm. Each volume of “The Acadia Files” helps young readers learn about the scientific method in fun and innovative ways by following the adventures of Acadia, a young scientist.
Help Stamp Money Out of Politics
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The flow of cash into the pockets of politicians from lobbyists, oil and gas companies, and billionaires bent on protecting their wealth is the biggest barrier to our government's taking action on climate change, and it is up to us to put a stop to it. That is why we're asking you to join the movement protesting Big Money's death grip on our future by rubber-stamping our cash with the message "Stamp Money Out of Politics." ~ Ben & Jerry
Tell Your Representative: Invest in Clean Energy and Climate Action
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Congress must update and extend vital tax credits in four key green technology areas needed to meet our climate goals — electric vehicles, offshore wind, electric grid scale storage, and building efficiency. Without these updated credits, clean energy innovation could stall and our planet will be driven even closer to the brink of climate catastrophe. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund
Hearing on CMP billing errors, service shortcomings, rate hikes, Jul 22
Action Alert - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine Public Utilities Commission public witness hearing concerning Central Maine Power’s request to increase residential rates by over 10%, and CMP billing errors and poor customer service. At PUC, Hallowell, July 22, 6 pm.
Greenhorns summer workshops
Event - Posted - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Hear from historians, restoration ecologists, entomologists, fishermen, foresters and master craftsmen, on a wide range of topics at the intersection of the human and non-human world. Greenhorns, in Pembroke, works to create a welcoming culture for new entrants in sustainable agriculture.
Crystal Spring Farm Bee Tour, Jul 21
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Beekeeper Ken Faulkner will explain the importance of honeybees, hive dynamics, beekeeping, honeybee history, and more. At Crystal Spring Farmers’ Market parking area, Brunswick, July 21, 10 am, free. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
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Expansion of Bowdoin’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center will allow students to better study oceans, climate change
Times Record - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Construction is underway on a multi-million dollar expansion of Bowdoin’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center, a move which director David Carlon said will allow the college to “change the way Bowdoin can teach students” and get coastal communities more involved in conversations about a rapidly changing ocean. The 118-acre facility is about 13 miles from Bowdoin’s campus and “will offer an even wider range of possibilities for students and researchers studying the ocean and the environment.”
Mainers Feeding Mainers program again receives state funding
Sun Journal - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills signed a measure Friday to continue the $1 million-a-year program run by the Good Shepherd Food Bank that buys products from local farms to distribute to needy residents. The program is overseen by the Good Shepherd Food Bank, which works with more than 70 farms across the state to buy fresh, local food for hunger relief efforts throughout Maine. Last year, it distributed more than 2 million pounds of local food and pumped $750,000 into the state’s farms.
Bills to boost Maine farms and feed the hungry become law
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Maine farms will be able to sell more of their products to local school districts and food pantries under two pieces of legislation signed into law by Gov. Janet Mills. One measure would provide matching funds for school districts to purchase produce from Maine farms. The bill also creates a new position with the Maine Department of Education that will help schools coordinate those purchases and train local staff in how to participate. “This bill will help Maine farmers find buyers for their produce, and help Maine students have greater access to fresh, healthy meals,” said state Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, the bill’s primary sponsor.
It’s time to enter Maine’s any-deer permit lottery
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists have proposed a 19.6 percent reduction in the number of any-deer permits they will distribute. Any-deer permits, also widely referred to as “doe permits,” allow a hunter to shoot an antlerless deer during the hunting seasons. In general, those without any-deer permits are restricted to shooting bucks. The state allocates those permits via a free-to-enter lottery each year. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Aug. 15. The lottery is set for Sept. 6. Recent any-deer permit allocations:
— 2019: 68,145 (proposed)
— 2018: 84,745
— 2017: 66,050
— 2016: 45,755
— 2015: 28,770
New Gloucester board backs land acquisition
Sun Journal - Monday, July 1, 2019 

New Gloucester Selectmen on Monday night unanimously endorsed an effort by the Gray-New Gloucester Little League and the Royal River Conservation Trust to secure an option on 180 acres connecting the Lower Village to the Little League fields on Route 231. The acreage includes an area once cleared for the 18th century Blockhouse and a section of the historic Portland-Lewiston Interurban electric railroad. Selectmen conveyed seven foreclosed properties that are swampy nearby to help develop the project, which would include traditional hunting and fishing access, ball fields and and parking. So far, 3,300 acres in the Royal River Watershed have been protected.
20 Years Later: A River Reborn
Natural Resources Council of Maine - Monday, July 1, 2019 

On July 1, 1999, Maine made history as the Edwards Dam in Augusta was breached so that the Kennebec River could flow freely for the first time since 1837. The Edwards Dam blocked native sea-run fish from their spawning habitat for more than 160 years. But thanks to years of work by NRCM, American Rivers, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Trout Unlimited & its Kennebec Valley chapter, and others, the Kennebec has been reborn. Tens of millions of sea-run fish have traveled up the river in the past two decades. Osprey, bald eagles, sturgeon, and other wildlife now flourish.
Disentangling the Renewable Energy Scam
Other - Monday, July 1, 2019 

American Thinker - The solar energy industry is telling its pals in Congress that it is willing the lose most of its subsidies. The current subsidy for solar is 30% of the construction cost. To that, an additional 10% subsidy is available due to special fast depreciation for solar energy plants. The real reason the solar people are happy with a lower subsidy is that the 30% investment tax credit is not their most important subsidy. The real subsidy is better hidden. It is is rooted in renewable portfolio requirements in about 30 states. The experts, like James Hansen and Michael Shellenberger, who really believe in global warming, are loudly saying the solution is nuclear, not wind or solar. It's time to get rid of the subsidies and quotas and put these scammers out of business. ~ Norman Rogers
A cemetery cut down trees to make room for more graves. The clear cut upset some locals.
York County Coast Star - Monday, July 1, 2019 

A timber harvesting operation at Evergreen Cemetery on Summer Street has upset many neighbors to the cemetery and townspeople who have family buried there, but cemetery board members say the work has been done to address safety concerns and plan for the future. In February, a timber harvester clear-cut roughly 4.5 acres of large white pine trees. The cemetery superintendent, Carl Walton, told the board there were burial sites he couldn’t use due to roots from the trees being in the way. Large limbs, along with the tops of the white pines were snapping off and landing on neighboring property and on the graves. “We’ve been working on this for four years,” said cemetery board member Wayne Berry.
Column: India’s late monsoon rains a sign of our changing climate
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 1, 2019 

In the record 2003 heatwave in Europe, when temperatures were slightly lower than they have been in northern India this month, an estimated 35,000 to 70,000 people died. How many premature deaths from heat were there really in India this month? Probably tens of thousands. The wildfires have already started again in Canada and California, with predictions that they may be even worse than last year. And Europe is experiencing a heat wave bringing temperatures above 104 degrees Fahrenheit to much of the continent. Nobody gets off free. ~ Gwynne Dye
Acadia National Park Re-opens Visitor Center
Associated Press - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Acadia National Park has reopened its visitor center for the season. The facility in Hulls Cove has opened after months of renovations. Upgrades include new carpet, a family restroom and a separate entrance to the park store. Other additions include several oversized maps, new exhibits and a public display of pieces from the Acadia Artist-in-Residence program. Still, the center has limited handicapped accessible parking. Park officials say they have removed a small theater that screened an orientation film on the park. Park entrance fees and contributions from the park store helped fund the renovations.
Maine police officers climb Katahdin to honor Ben Campbell and other fallen officers
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Two Augusta police officers climbed Katahdin over the weekend to honor those officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Sgt. Tori Tracy and Officer Carly Wiggin have made the memorial climb for the past three years, the Augusta Police Department said. This year, the pair carried a rock inscribed in honor of Ben Campbell, a Maine State Police detective who died April 3 in a bizarre accident when a flying logging-truck wheel struck him on the side of Interstate 95 in Hamden. They also carried to the top of Maine’s tallest mountain another rock in memory of a friend of Wiggin who died not long after Campbell.
Maine island community launches composting program to save money on shipping trash
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Officials on Vinalhaven say that a communitywide composting program will not only help deliver nutrients to the island’s poor soil, but it will actually save the town money by reducing the amount of solid waste shipped off the island. The town was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in June to turn a small composting project started last fall into an islandwide composting service.
Grassroots duel over fish farm has some Belfast residents feeling like ‘loonies’
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Until recently, the battle for public opinion about Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed $500 million land-based salmon farm in Belfast has seemed dominated by opponents, some of whom have not been afraid to speak up at informational meetings, initiate a lawsuit against the city or make legal challenges to Nordic’s permit applications. Lately, though, midcoast residents who feel positively about the project have begun to make their voices heard. “A lot of us who weren’t so dead-set against it started talking to each other,” Anne Saggese, an organizing member of The Fish Are Okay, said recently.
Letter: Climate denial an impeachable offense
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Maine is not immune from sea level rise. Think of the costs to property owners, businesses, as well as state and local tax revenues. A president’s major responsibility is to protect and defend our country from all threats. I believe the current president’s unrelenting denial of climate change is an impeachable offense. Examples that increase the risks of climate change include his rollback of programs for decreasing emissions, data collection and community preparation, his decision to withdrawal from international efforts such as the Paris Climate agreement as well as his active promotion of fossil fuel production. Contact your representatives. ~ Pam Person, Orland
Mastering the Monument
Maine. The Magazine - Monday, July 1, 2019 

In its third full year, the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument provides visitors with secluded retreat.
Letter: Renewable-energy standards bill deserves Collins’ co-sponsorship
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 1, 2019 

With the passage of recent Maine renewable-energy bills, Maine will become a leader in renewable energy. The problem is, other states that have lagged behind in developing renewable-energy infrastructure are still able to pollute the air that Mainers breathe. A new national renewable-electricity standard is being introduced by Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico. The bill would require every state to increase annual sales of electricity from renewable sources by at least the federal standard. Sen. Udall’s renewable-electricity standard bill holds other states accountable, while greatly benefiting Maine. Sen. Collins should co-sponsor the bill to show bipartisan support for our renewable-energy future. ~ Marty Fox, Wiscasset
Letter: Good editorial – but it’s just ‘Katahdin’
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Two recent rescues prompted the excellent editorial (“Our View: Give Mount Katahdin the respect it requires,” June 26). As someone who has hiked more than half of Katahdin’s 81 routes, I say “Amen” to respect. In his foreword to the definitive Katahdin guidebook, Steve Clark says: “Katahdin is a magical name. It should stand by itself in language as it does in nature. The translation of Katahdin is ‘greatest mountain.’" So the preface 'Mount' or 'Mt.' is redundant. ~ Christopher P. O’Neil, Portland
Letter: CMP project bad for environment
Morning Sentinel - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Saying that Central Maine Power’s proposed 145-mile, high-voltage New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line is a way to combat climate change is an egregious example of green washing. About 53 miles of the transmission line route would run through undeveloped forests in the North Woods. The NECEC project would replace valuable Maine trees with 100-foot transmission towers that would be visible from many beloved Maine vantage points. CMP proposes clearing more vegetation and potentially increasing development within existing corridors. Such activities would disrupt the very ecosystems that we need to protect to save our planet from “the dual threat of climate chaos and extinction catastrophe." ~ Linda Woods, Waterville

Letter: Maine should take back utilities
Kennebec Journal - Monday, July 1, 2019 

As a longtime attorney in Augusta with strong connections to the State House and the Maine Legislature, I used to be proud to say that I represented Central Maine Power. I haven’t done that for a number of years, particularly after they got taken over by Avangrid. It’s a different company, as we all can see, non-responsive, arrogant, and it’s pretty obvious that something needs to occur to change its present course and speed. Legislation from Rep. Seth Berry suggests that the state needs to take over electrical utilities in Maine. I urge everyone to follow it and take part if possible in upcoming discussions to get the state back to the position where we have reliable electrical service with responsibility from the provide. ~ Jon R. Doyle, Augusta
Iconic Public Lands to Visit This July 4
Other - Sunday, June 30, 2019 

Since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Land and Water Conservation Fund into law in 1965 to use a small portion of offshore gas and drilling revenue to safeguard natural areas, the program has funded thousands of projects in all 50 states. Each year, Congress determines the annual appropriations for LWCF, which varies but often falls short of the maximum authorized level. In March, Congress passed a sweeping public lands bill that included permanent re-authorization of LWCF. It didn’t come with guaranteed funding, however. Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation in the House that would permanently allocate the full annual allotment of $900 million to LWCF. That bill has passed out of committee, and will soon head to a full floor vote. In the meantime, here’s a list of LWCF-funded quintessential adventure vacation spots: One of the most fabled hiking trails in the world, The Appalachian Trail stretches nearly 2,200 miles from Mt. Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia.
Somerville area farmers network works to grow farms, support farmers
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, June 30, 2019 

Fellow members of the Somerville Farmers Network, an informal group of local farmers organized by Kelly Payson-Roopchand, share their labor, but they also often share knowledge.
Land for Maine’s Future will use over $1 million to preserve working waterfronts
Associated Press - Sunday, June 30, 2019 

A Maine land conservation program will use more than $1 million to preserve working waterfront areas, including sites that are important to the lobster fishing industry. State officials say the Land for Maine’s Future board is allocating the money to a half-dozen projects. The money will be used to purchase development rights that ensure sites remain available for fishing and aquaculture.
Baby lobster numbers spell trouble for shellfish population
Associated Press - Sunday, June 30, 2019 

Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off in New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish’s population will look like in several years. Signs about the future of the lobster fishery in Maine are mixed, as state government surveys have also shown large numbers of lobsters that have not yet reached legal size residing in deeper waters. America’s lobster industry is based mostly in Maine, and its haul of the crustaceans has been high all decade. But lobstermen face challenges such as new protections designed to aid endangered North Atlantic right whales. The fishery is also facing a bait shortage.
70-year-old hiker who went missing in the White Mountains has been found alive
Associated Press - Sunday, June 30, 2019 

A 70-year-old hiker missing in the mountains of New Hampshire for four days has been found alive. Two hikers found Christopher Staff of Dorchester, Mass, sitting on a log around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Staff had set off alone to hike the 31-mile Pemigewasset Loop in the White Mountains on Monday morning and was last seen around 6 p.m. that day. Staff was disoriented and dehydrated and taken to a hospital. Earlier this month, a 63-year-old woman and 69-year-old man died after suffering medical emergencies while hiking in the White Mountains in separate incidents.
A family’s legacy lives on at Hirundo, Old Town’s little-known nature preserve
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 30, 2019 

Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Ollie LaRouche and his wife, June, installed hundreds of nest boxes for swallows and for wood ducks all over the land that would become the 2,460-acre Hirundo Wildlife Refuge along Pushaw Stream in West Old Town. “Hirundo is Latin for swallow, so it’s really kind of our symbol,” said Stephanie LaRouche, now chair of the board of the nonprofit that runs Hirundo. “This is our family’s legacy. It was our home, and now it’s for everyone.” Hirundo Wildlife Refuge is open, free of charge, from dusk to dawn seven days a week.
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