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Solstice Lantern Walk at Brunswick Labyrinth in the Woods, Dec 21
Event - Posted - Friday, December 14, 2018 

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Labyrinth in the Woods. A guided walk of the labyrinth will leave every 15 minutes 5-6 pm, or walk in solitude 4-5 pm or 6:15 – 8 pm. At Brunswick, December 21, 4-8 pm. Sponsored by Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Maine Environmental News
Action Alert - Thursday, December 13, 2018 

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). 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
Bird & Nature Walk, Dec 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 13, 2018 

At Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary, Falmouth, December 20, 8-10 am, $8.
Full moon hike, Dec 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 13, 2018 

Midcoast Conservancy will offer a full moon hike. At Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, December 20, 4:30-6:30 pm, $5, pre-register.
Nature Notes from Maine
Publication - Tuesday, December 11, 2018 

40 interesting stories, 60 stunning photos, 10 ink drawings. Written by Ed Robinson (Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 2018).
Polar Bear Dip & Dash, Dec 31
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 11, 2018 

A benefit for the Natural Resource Council of Maine’s work to fight climate change. At East End Beach, Portland, December 31, pre-register.
Great Winter Treks, Dec 18
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 11, 2018 

Aislinn Sarnacki talks about great winter treks in Maine. At Orono Public Library, December 18, 6 pm.
2019 Acadia Artist-in-Residence Program
Announcement - Monday, December 10, 2018 

Art and artists have played a key role in the history of Maine’s Downeast Region, and the founding of Acadia National Park. The Artist-in-Residence program is dedicated to creating new ways for visitors to experience Acadia through the arts. Deadline to apply online for 2019: December 31, 2018.
Lessons from Maine’s Loons and Lakes, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 6, 2018 

Hear new executive director of the Maine Lakes Society and long-time director of Maine Audubon’s Loon Count Susan Gallo talk about the results of the 2018 Maine Loon Count and what it means for one of Maine’s most important and revered habitats. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, December 13, Maine Audubon members $12, nonmembers $15, pre-register.
Yale Climate Change and Health Certificate
Announcement - Thursday, December 6, 2018 

Yale School of Public Health’s 18-week, fully online, Climate Change and Health Certificate is designed for working professionals who are eager to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change on the health of their communities. Apply for rolling admission by February 1 to be considered for the February 25, 2019, cohort.
Bird & Nature Walk, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 6, 2018 

At Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farm Sanctuary, Falmouth, December 13, 8-10 am, $8.
Glacial retreat impact on Unity area, Dec 12
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 

Kevin Spigel, professor of Geoscience at Unity College, discusses what happened to our landscape after the glaciers retreated. At 93 Main Coffee Shop, Unity, December 12, $5 donation suggested. Sponsored by Sebasticook Regional Land Trust.
Invasive Worms, Oh My! Dec 12
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 

Presentation by Gary Fish, Maine State Horticulturist. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, December 12, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Microplastics in the Gulf of Maine, Dec 12
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 

Madelyn Woods, a marine biologist at the Shaw Institute in Blue Hill, will give an illustrated talk, “Microplastics in the Gulf of Maine.” At Ellsworth City Hall Auditorium, December 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Help wanted: Conservation forester
Announcement - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 

The Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy seeks a Conservation Forester to manage 160,000 acres of timberland and ecological reserves at the Upper St. John River Forest. Deadline: January 3, 2019.
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Seeing the forest for the trees at the Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

The Holt Research Forest is a place of deep stillness. No sounds of cars penetrate its quiet. Geese honking overhead were the only other voices heard during a nearly two-hour walk through these woods, which press up against Sewell Pond to the east and Back River to the west. It is remarkable for how untouched it is – recreation has been discouraged, since it is a research center, and for the degree it has been studied since 1983.
Column: Eat less – it’s good for you and good for Mother Earth
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

Portion size matters. As most of us know from experience, it matters for your waistline because consuming more energy than you exert tips the bathroom scales in a direction you probably don’t like. But it also matters from a sustainability point of view because eating more food than your body needs wastes both food and the natural resources required to produce it. ~ Christine Burns Rudaleige
Column: Relatively speaking, success of Maine deer hunters low
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

It’s a good time to take a look at how Maine’s deer herd is holding up. Maine tops the list of New England states with 16,711, but Maryland hunters killed 30,326 bucks and New Yorkers killed 107,006. Yikes! Bucks killed per square mile is a more accurate index to the quality of deer hunting. Maine comes in dead last in that category for New England at 0.5. Let’s look at a state with similar climate and habitat, like Minnesota, where hunters killed 100,921 bucks. I bet a good many Mainers are satisfied with their home state’s deer hunting, regardless of the low deer numbers and low success rates, particularly after this season. I only suggest you not look too closely at what’s happening beyond the borders of our state. ~ Bob Humphrey
Opinion: Maine’s North Woods threatened by state policy
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 25, 2018 

Maine’s North Woods is the largest undeveloped forest in the Eastern U.S., and it is being threatened by a proposal put forth by the Land Use Planning Commission, which seeks to eliminate the adjacency principle’s one-mile rule. This rule has served to protect Maine’s forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife habitat from sprawling development for the past 45 years, by requiring any new development in the LUPC’s 10.5 million-acre jurisdiction to be within one road mile of existing, compatible development. Eliminating the one-mile rule would be devastating not only for the people who love this untarnished wilderness for its beauty and recreational opportunities, but also for the countless plant and animal species who make it their home. ~ Rebecca Tripp, Searsport
Column: Lost hunters will get help, but need to help themselves first
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

There was a time during Maine’s November deer hunt when it was not uncommon for Maine Game Wardens to have three or more missing hunters in one day. Those days have changed thanks to cell phones, GPSs, and today’s vast network of logging roads throughout Maine’s North Woods. Still, hunters do get lost every fall, and wardens conduct what has come to be known in search and rescue parlance as “lost person scenarios.” Bottom line: stay cool, be honest with yourself and your situation and stay put. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Commercial fishing vessel in distress gets help off midcoast
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

No one was injured Saturday when a commercial fishing vessel off St. George on the midcoast started taking on water. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Molly Edwards said the call came in at 11:40 a.m. The boat was two hours from port and requested assistance. A Coast Guard crew from Rockland, along with the Maine Marine Patrol, helped get the 40-foot vessel and its three crew members to Tenants Harbor by 2:30 p.m. Edwards declined to identify the boat in question because the matter is still under investigation.
Maine congressional reps split votes on keeping endangered wolves protected
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

The House passed the Manage Our Wolves Act (H.R. 6784), sponsored by Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., to have the gray wolf removed from the federal government’s list of endangered species in the contiguous 48 states before 2020. The vote was 196 yeas to 180 nays. NAY: Pingree. YEA: Poliquin.
How a Maine town pays tribute to its lobster fishing heritage during the holidays
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

In Rockland, the centerpiece of the holiday season is not a run of the mill tree. Instead, it’s a 40-foot-tall man-made tribute to the lobster fishing industry known as “the Lobster Trap Tree.” Made up of over 150 red and green lobster traps and decked out with over 100 lobster buoys, the tree is fitting in the small coastal city, which is home to the Maine Lobster Festival and has been called “the Lobster Capital of the World.”
How a BDN editor shot the biggest buck of his life
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

Pete Warner, the digital sports editor at the BDN, tells how he shot a 9-point, 209-pound buck Tuesday in Newburgh.
Opinion: Imported hydropower necessary to reduce greenhouse gas
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

As a long-term member and past board member of the Natural Resource Council of Maine, I have tremendous respect for the decades of work they have done and continue to do to protect Maine’s environment. But I think their opposition to the proposed New England Clean Energy Connect is a serious strategic mistake from a climate perspective. Reducing greenhouse gases is a global necessity unrelated to state boundaries. The fact that CMP would profit from the power line that would connect Hydro-Quebec and Massachusetts is a way to demonize CMP and undermine the project but is absolutely irrelevant in the context of the looming climate crisis. ~ Tony Marple, Whitefield
Letter: Endangered livestock well worth the raising
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

Before rushing head-long into adding and subtracting genetic traits of livestock, we should first look at breeds we’ve already got. Endangered and lesser known breeds are highly valued by farmers who recognize their economic, easy care, predictability and attributes particularly suited to fit their local environment and farming practice. These are the breeds that make sense – local, diversified, community based and sustainable. ~ Jo Ann Myers, Waldoboro
Letter: Youngster may take pride in bagging deer
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

In Stephan Martin’s Nov. 20 letter he expressed disgust for the Press Herald “showing a 9-year-old killing a deer.” Sorry Stephan, but the deer was already dead in the pic. He proclaims “the current climate is leaning towards showing more compassion.” Huh? I guess all the violence between people and nations worldwide must be some sort of hologram! Calling the taking of meat to feed one’s family a “senseless act of violence,” shows the one-sided views of those who eat plants while they are alive and pretend that they are non-living objects made specifically for our tooth-grinding, torture-sweetened pleasure. ~ John Nichols, Portland
Letter: No thanks for sullying of the sea
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

A rig off Newfoundland has had a spill of 250,000 liters of crude oil, and storms and high seas have prevented cleanup operations. This expansion of their drilling off Nova Scotia threatens us in the Gulf of Maine as well. Our own government now pushes its National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing program. The northern shrimp population has dropped by 50 percent over the past 10 years. This is accompanied by the multiple stressors of ocean warming, predation by anomolous species moving northward, and acidifying waters. All linked to atmospheric CO2. I wonder why we are not blessed with the sensibilities to protect the ocean. ~ Richard Nelson, Friendship
Letter: Welfare for sports teams
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 24, 2018 

Billionaire sports team owners are forcing state and local governments to help fund their latest ventures. Among others is Atlanta Braves owner John Malone, a major landowner in Maine. The Braves replaced their barely two-decades old home stadium in 2017. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the Braves have garnered about a half-million dollars in public subsidies for their stadium. Do taxpayers benefit from spending billions to subsidize sports stadiums? Odd how this form of “welfare” appears to be far more acceptable to the most wealthy of citizens. ~ Donald C. Grant, Mount Chase
Company to remove 27,000 tons of Gates Formed Fibre carpet from Warren site
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 23, 2018 

Maine environmental officials have selected a Rockport company to remove 27,000 tons of Gates Formed Fiber carpet-like material from an abandoned rifle range. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection chose Farley Inc.’s proposal. The company will transport the material to the Dragon Cement plant in Thomaston, where it will be burned for fuel. The Dragon Cement plant needs special permits before moving forward with the project. Officials say there are two kinds of plastic fibers in the material that prevented them from being recycled.
Changing climate to put further pressure on New England, federal report predicts
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 23, 2018 

New England’s forests, fisheries and cultural traditions are already experiencing significant disruptions from a changing climate and will face additional transformation over the coming decades, according to a federal report released Friday. Northeastern states are seeing some of the largest changes in the nation, yet conditions are shifting even faster in New England than the region as a whole, in some instances.
Regulators Grant Permit For Proposed On-Shore Salmon Farm In Bucksport
Maine Public - Friday, November 23, 2018 

State regulators have issued a wastewater discharge permit for an on-shore salmon farm proposed for the old Verso Mill site in Bucksport. The company, Whole Oceans, eventually hopes to raise 44-million tons of salmon per year. Department of Environmental Protection Chief Brian Kavanah says the 18.6 million gallons of treated water that will go into the Penobscot River daily should not pose a threat to water quality.
Major Trump administration climate report says effects are ‘intensifying across the country’
Washington Post - Friday, November 23, 2018 

The federal government Friday released a long-awaited report with an unmistakable message: The effects of climate change, including deadly wildfires, increasingly debilitating hurricanes and heat waves, are already battering the United States, and the danger of more such catastrophes is worsening. The congressionally mandated document – the first of its kind issued during the Trump administration – details how climate-fueled disasters and other types of worrisome changes are becoming more commonplace throughout the country and how much worse they could become in the absence of efforts to combat global warming.
Letter: Shameful flip on solar bill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 19, 2018 

Even though I am not a constituent of Reps. Stacey Guerin, Matthew Harrington, Teresa Pierce, Matthew Pouliot and Abden Simmons, I cannot stay silent in the face of such blatant hypocrisy and cowardice. I hope their flip from initially supporting LD 1444, the solar bill, with a supposed “veto-proof” majority to upholding the anti-solar governor’s veto will be remembered by voters in their districts. Come November they should find themselves out of a job. ~ Jason Langle, Orono
Blog: Camp Directors Gather to Consider Diversity and Inclusion
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, February 15, 2018 

When close to 80 Maine camp directors gathered Tuesday in Portland to discuss diversity and inclusion, they were challenged to consider the impact of differences and division, and to seek to “create balance in an unbalanced world.” ~ Kristine Snow Millard
Man gets prison time for illegally harvesting Virginia eels
Associated Press - Monday, November 6, 2017 

A New York seafood dealer has been sentenced to 1 ½ years behind bars for illegally trafficking more than $150,000 worth of baby eels from Virginia. Tommy Zhou was sentenced Friday in a federal Virginia court after he pleaded guilty in April. Prosecutors say Zhou obtained a Maine elver dealer license in 2013 and then used it to cover his illegal operation.
Offshore Wind Farms See Promise in Platforms That Float
New York Times - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

The University of Maine is undertaking an elaborate physics experiment meant to simulate conditions that full-scale floating wind turbines could face at an installation being planned about 10 miles off the Maine coast in up to 360 feet of water near tiny Monhegan Island. For nearly 18 months in 2013 and 2014, an operating version of the apparatus — one-eighth of scale — sat in the waters off Castine sending electricity to the grid. That proved the technology fundamentally worked and guided refinements to the design. Now, the UMaine team is using the data collected at the lab to confirm the final form, a crucial next step in bringing the technology to market.
Blog: Singing is an act of territorialism for birds
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 7, 2016 

Birds don’t think about much, mostly just food and sex. Despite the simplicity of such a life, bird communication can be quite complex. Birds are renowned for their vocal abilities, but they use lots of visual cues, too. Perhaps nothing is more obvious than the crests sported by many species. ~ Bob Duchesne
Marco Rubio Finds Common Ground With Armed Militia In Oregon
Climate Progress - Thursday, January 7, 2016 

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R) doesn’t like that militants are currently occupying a federal wildlife facility in Oregon. But he does like the militia’s main idea: Seizing and selling off America’s public lands. Rubio explained his position on the controversial occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, now entering its fifth day. Rubio said that while he doesn’t support “lawless” activity, he does agree with the militia on its main point that federal public lands should be transferred to private ownership for activities like logging, coal mining, oil drilling, and farming. Rubio’s plan would essentially cause a free-for-all, where states can devastate national forests, parks, and other important wildlife and plantlife zones for temporary economic gain.
Editorial: Conflict over land preservation confirms where the public stands
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, December 16, 2015 

If Gov. Paul LePage’s yearslong barricade of Land for Maine’s Future has proven anything, it’s how popular the conservation program is among a broad cross-section of the state. When the governor held hostage the voter-approved bonds that fund the program, residents from across the political divide responded with one voice, united in their support for an initiative that has protected more than 550,000 acres for a variety of economic and recreational uses. That response should make it clear that the focus should be on strengthening and tightening the program, not obstructing or trying to dismantle it, as LePage has done for most of his time in office. The governor, not corruption or mismanagement, is the program’s true problem.
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