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Announcement - Friday, July 21, 2017 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. We have posted summaries and links to 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
“Bringing Nature Home” in Maine, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Join Maine Audubon’s Director of Education, Eric Topper, to explore the plants, practices and perks involved in restoring native food webs in our gardens, yards and communities. At Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, July 26, 5:30 pm.
Little Swan Island Evening Paddle, Jul 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Leader: Warren Whitney. At Richmond, July 26, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Exploring the Night Sky, Jul 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Discover the wonders of the night sky with astronomer Bernie Reim. At Scarborough Marsh, July 25, 8:30-9:30 pm, Maine Audubon members $6, non-members $8.
Recreational Fishing, Jul 24
Announcement - Monday, July 17, 2017 

Hear from experts on what fishing means to Maine's culture and economy, best places to go, ways to get started. Guests: Mac McKeever, LL Bean senior public relations representative; Bonnie Holding, Director of Information and Education, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Maine Public Radio, July 24, 1 pm.
Summer Nature Journaling, Jul 22
Event - Posted - Saturday, July 15, 2017 

Join Master Naturalist Andrea Lani to explore the worlds of wildflowers and insects beginning with an introduction to nature journaling, then heading into the woods and fields to observe, sketch, and write about the bugs and blooms you discover. At Viles Arboretum, Augusta, July 22, 10 am - 2 pm, Arboretum members $35, others $45.

Rainbow Loop Trail Grand Opening, Jul 21-22
Event - Posted - Friday, July 14, 2017 

Celebration in Millinocket, July 21, 5-7 pm. 6-mile hike on the spectacular Rainbow Loop Trail, July 22 at 8:30 am and 9:30 am. Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.
Native Plant Walk, Jul 20
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 13, 2017 

Explore the habitats at Fields Pond with Heather McCargo and learn to recognize some of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees native to Maine. At Fields Pond, Holden, July 20, 10-11:30 am, Maine Audubon and Wild Seed Project members $7; non-members $10.
Happy Birthday, Henry
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Henry David Thoreau, American poet, author, naturalist, philosopher, abolitionist, and leading Transcendentalist, was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Mass.
Help wanted: NRCM Forests and Wildlife Outreach Coordinator
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Works with Natural Resources Council of Maine's Forests and Wildlife Project Director to advance the goals of the Forests and Wildlife Project, and works with the Outreach Team to serve the strategic goals of the organization as a whole. Deadline Aug 7, 2017.
Help wanted: NRCM Clean Energy Policy Advocate & Staff Attorney
Announcement - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

Helps advance Natural Resources Council of Maine initiatives by providing legal, policy and advocacy support primarily for the Climate & Clean Energy Project. Deadline Jul 24, 2017.
Time to override the governor’s solar veto
Action Alert - Monday, July 10, 2017 

We are so close to having a new solar power law. The full Maine House and Senate enacted LD 1504 (with amendments) by overwhelming majorities. However, it was vetoed by the Governor. Tell your legislators—particularly House members—how much solar matters to you and your community. ~ Maine Audubon
The Goslings, July 17
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Visit The Goslings, one of the best-loved island destinations on Casco Bay. ShoreKeepers, a group of young conservation-minded donors, are hosting a free Open House with hot dogs on the beach to complete the perfect island getaway, July 17, 10 am - 2 pm. Meet at Mere Point Boat Launch, Brunswick, shuttles approximately every 15 minutes. Sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Thwings Point Archaeology Field School, Jul 17-28
Event - Posted - Monday, July 10, 2017 

Lee Cranmer leads an Archaeology Field School, Woolwich, July 17-28. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Hook, Line, and Dinner, Jul 15
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 9, 2017 

Celebrate Maine fishermen and seafood under the tent, on the water, at Cook's Lobster House on Bailey Island, July 15, 6 pm, $55. Sponsored by Maine Coast Fishermen's Association.
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Maine Water Co. one of 12 qualifying for EPA low-cost loans
Mainebiz - Thursday, July 20, 2017 

Maine Water Co. is one of 12 projects nationwide selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to apply for a low-cost water infrastructure loan to help pay for its $50 million water treatment plant planned in Biddeford. Loans funded through the EPA's Water Infrastructure and Innovation Act program target "regionally and nationally significant projects," according to an EPA news release. Maine Water has requested a $24.5 million loan to go towards construction of a new 20-million-gallons-per-day water treatment facility on the Saco River that would serve 50,000 people and replace the existing facility built in 1884.
Turtles being trapped in Portland cemetery, then returned to former home
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 20, 2017 

Portland is urging people to leave turtle traps alone at Evergreen Cemetery so wildlife scientists can move hundreds of turtles back to their original habitat in another part of the city. In a tweet posted Thursday, the city urged visitors to the historic cemetery to not vandalize the traps set by workers, who are in the process of transporting the turtles back to Capisic Pond.
Workers facing layoffs at Jay paper mill already getting new jobs, training
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, July 20, 2017 

Many of the 120 workers who are losing their jobs at the Androscoggin mill in Jay already have started training for work in other industries or found employment elsewhere, an official with the Maine Department of Labor said Thursday. The layoffs of nearly a quarter of the mill’s workers were announced Wednesday as a result of Verso Corp.’s decision to permanently shut down the No. 3 paper machine at its Jay mill.
Blog: Too many birds? Sign me up
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 20, 2017 

Camping in the North Woods was torment last weekend. I meant for it to be a quiet time, by which I mean that I wouldn’t get obsessed by birds — for once. Alas, the birds had other ideas. All we wanted to do was celebrate our anniversary in car-camping luxury, but the birds would not leave us alone. It was a plague of birds. And we can’t wait to do it again. ~ Bob Duchesne
Climate Scientist Says He Was Demoted For Speaking Out On Climate Change
National Public Radio - Thursday, July 20, 2017 

A former head policy adviser at the Interior Department is accusing the Trump Administration of reassigning him to a lesser position for speaking out about the dangers of climate change. Joel Clement, a scientist who was director of the Interior Department's Office of Policy Analysis for much of the Obama Administration, was recently reassigned to work to an "accounting office," the agency's Office of Natural Resources and Revenue. In an op-ed published Wednesday in The Washington Post, he wrote that he believes he was retaliated against for "speaking out publicly about the dangers that climate change poses to Alaska Native communities." He says that he's turning whistleblower on an administration that "chooses silence over science."
Snapping turtle steals angler’s big pickerel on Down East lake
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Thursday, July 20, 2017 

If you spend enough time on the water, you’re bound to see plenty of interesting things. And if you make your living as a registered Maine guide, taking people out on the water on a daily basis, chances are that you’ve got a boatload of tales to tell. Mark Danforth, a guide who works in the East Grand Lake area, had one of those tales unfold recently, when he and his “sport” learned that a resident snapping turtle was paying close attention to their fishing success.
Bicyclist dies after being hit by SUV in Wells
York County Coast Star - Thursday, July 20, 2017 

A Massachusetts man has died from injuries sustained when police say he collided with an SUV while bicycling at Wells Beach on Monday morning. Philip E. Philbin, 53, of Clinton, Massachusetts, was brought by LifeFlight of Maine to Portsmouth Regional Hospital Monday with severe head injuries after police say he collided with an SUV at around 7:30 a.m. on Atlantic Avenue. According to police the SUV was driven by a 17-year-old Wells resident.
Opinion: I’m a scientist and a Mainer; I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 20, 2017 

Nearly seven years ago, I came to work for the Interior Department, where I’ve helped endangered communities prepare for and adapt to a changing climate. But on June 15, I was one of about 50 senior department employees who received letters informing us of involuntary reassignments. I was reassigned to an unrelated job in the accounting office that collects royalty checks from fossil fuel companies. The Trump administration didn’t think my years of science and policy experience were better suited to accounts receivable. It sidelined me in the hope that I would be quiet or quit. Born and raised in Maine, I was taught to work hard and speak truth to power. Trump and Zinke might kick me out of my office, but they can’t keep me from speaking out. ~ Joel Clement was director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Interior Department until last week
Trump nominates a climate skeptic to USDA’s top science post
Washington Post - Thursday, July 20, 2017 

President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated Sam Clovis, a former college professor and talk radio host who has challenged the scientific consensus that human activity has been the primary driver of climate change, to serve in the Agriculture Department’s top scientific post. Clovis is a former economics professor at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, who served as one of Trump’s first campaign policy advisers. In a 2014 interview, he said he was “extremely skeptical” about climate change and added that “a lot of the science is junk science.” This position represents a departure from the scientific consensus. Clovis possesses a B.S. in political science, an MBA degree and a doctorate in public administration. The post for which he is being nominated has traditionally been occupied by individuals with advanced degrees in science or medicine.
Feds allow entangled whale rescues to resume, except for ‘unpredictable’ right whales
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, July 20, 2017 

U.S. officials are lifting a ban on some whale disentanglement efforts after briefly banning the practice that last week led to the death of a Canadian fisherman. But the ban will stay in effect for right whales, “whose unpredictable behavior is particularly challenging during rescue attempts,” Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, said Tuesday.
Opinion: Solar bill could help Mainers facing some of nation’s highest utility rates
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, July 20, 2017 

The solar bill to be decided this week in Augusta will both control solar costs and cause solar to be used where utilities can use it to lower consumer costs, such as by avoiding those expensive power lines. The PUC will have tools and policy direction it needs to ensure that solar is used wisely, lowering consumer costs. No wonder some would blind us to the real facts about the solar legislation. ~ Tony Buxton, of Portland, is a lawyer with Preti Flaherty with a practice specializing in energy and utilities policy.
Map: Maine paper mills operating or closed down
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Five Maine pulp or paper mills have closed in the since 2014. With the loss of 120 jobs at Verso, more than 2,400 workers will have lost their jobs since 2011 as the industry reels from declining global demand for paper.
Poliquin bucks party line, votes to support more strict ozone standards
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

In a move against the party line, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin opposed a congressional movement to delay implementing stricter ozone standards, a move that won the congressman praise from environmental groups. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 passed 229-199 Tuesday night, with Poliquin and 10 other Republicans against it.
To Preserve Rustic Way Of Life, Maine Islanders Clamor For Modern Internet Access
Maine Public - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Maine is the most rural state in the nation and, also, one with some of the poorest internet access. Out on the coastal islands, internet service ranges from lousy to nonexistent. So far residents of 33 Maine islands and remote coastal communities have joined an effort spearheaded by the Island Institute to get robust internet service to participants within ten years.
Angus King, Park Service At Odds Over Bill Protecting Clamming, Harvesting in Acadia National Park
Maine Public - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

The National Park Service is criticizing legislation sponsored by independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine that’s intended to protect traditional intertidal clamming and worm harvesting in Acadia National Park. King told a hearing of the National Parks subcommittee that his bill is simply designed to make sure traditional uses of the park by Maine wormers and clammers can continue. But Robert Vogel, acting deputy director of the National Park Service, testified that the Park Service wants to limit uses to current levels and allow the secretary of the interior to develop rules to protect the park from overuse by mechanical harvesting devices and by expansion of harvesting to other crops.
Land For Maine’s Future ‘Passport’ Site Highlights Recreation Opportunities
Maine Public - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

This year the Land for Maine’s Future Program turns 30. Despite coming under fire from Gov. Paul LePage, who opposes most taxpayer-funded conservation projects, LMF has strong public support — since 1987 it has been bolstered by more than half a dozen statewide bonds that have helped conserve 600,000 acres and more than 150 destinations. Those destinations are now part of a marketing effort to get Mainers to access and enjoy the properties they own.
Jay mill to permanently shut down paper machine, eliminate 120 jobs
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Verso Corp. announced Wednesday that it would shut down the No. 3 paper machine permanently at its Androscoggin mill in Jay, resulting in the elimination of 120 jobs there — nearly a quarter of the workforce. The company had said in November it would idle the key papermaking machine temporarily because of declining customer demand and “more coated paper capacity than could be filled.”
Novel solar tracker in South Paris will fuel electric cars – and hopes for inspiring students
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

The state’s first solar array that tracks the sun to charge electric vehicles will be installed later this summer at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris. Supporters hope the project will inspire students to pursue careers in renewable energy and raise the community’s profile among electric vehicle owners.
Verso Paper Mill Closes Machine, Blames Declining Demand
Maine Public - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Declining demand for coated paper is behind the upcoming closure of a paper machine and associated equipment in Jay. “We will be permanently shutting down the No. 3 paper machine at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay, effective Aug. 1, and we expect that the shutdown will be complete by the end of the third quarter of this year,” says Verso spokesperson Kathi Rowzie. Rowzie says 120 employees will be affected by the move. There will be around 400 workers at the mill following these latest layoffs.
Scientists to Unveil New Tool to Map Bees Around Farms
Associated Press - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Scientists with the University of Maine say they have developed a new tool to allow blueberry growers to get a handle on how many bees they can expect to see around their fields. UMaine doctoral candidate Brianne Du Clos led development of BeeMapper. She says it will give farmers a better understanding of predicted abundance of wild bees in the landscapes that surround their crop fields.
If federal agents come knocking, they may just want to count your trees
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

The city of Portland is part of a new national program with the U.S. Forest Service. It’s all part of an effort to count trees, and you could join in. The project is part of the US Forest Service’s Forest Inventory Analysis and they started in Portland on Tuesday, analyzing trees along Portland’s Eastern Prom, Evergreen Cemetery and Baxter Woods. They’ll be studying trees on selected areas of land over the next five years.
Hard-drinking Maine moose has a pool party
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Like a lot of people with a pool, Kurt and Louise Wickenheiser are used to welcoming swimmers to cool off during the summer. Most are more than welcome. They do, however, draw the line at those with antlers. Especially those of the pool-draining variety. These days the retired couple’s inflatable pool is surrounded by a Rube Goldberg-inspired array of moose deterrents after one of the critters has drained more than a thousand gallons from the above-ground pool.
Opinion: Maine owes it to firefighters to protect them from toxic flame retardants
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

As the widow of a career firefighter and fire chief who suffered for 3½ years with a rare form of cancer, I can tell you about the devastating costs of cancer in the fire service. Firefighter wives are widowed every year by the cancers our husbands contract on the job. In fact, cancer has become a leading cause of workplace-related death in the fire service. Toxic flame retardants used in household furniture have been linked with cancer, learning disabilities and reproductive disorders. In these polarized times, I have been incredibly heartened to see the powerful bipartisan support for LD 182, a bill that would protect Maine firefighters — and all of us — from flame retardants in household furniture. ~ Linda Baker, former Republican state senator
Verso paper mill in Jay makes 120 layoffs permanent
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Verso Corp. has decided not to bring back 120 employees laid off earlier this year after the company idled its No. 3 paper machine in Jay. Verso announced Tuesday it will shut down that machine permanently in response to declining demand for coated paper, used in magazines and other glossy publications.
Bothersome bears on police and warden radar in The County
Fiddlehead Focus (St. John Valley, Aroostook County) - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

“People are wanting to fire a gun in the air to scare them away. We don’t recommend that. Those bullets do come back down eventually.”
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