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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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Opinion: Administration needs to heed Katahdin Woods and Waters supporters
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

In May, the Trump administration asked Americans to weigh in on the fate of 27 national monuments, including Katahdin Woods and Waters. People jumped at the chance. Now it’s time for the administration to listen. As of July 4, we found that 99.96 percent of the comments supported Maine’s monument. We sincerely hope that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Trump acknowledge the overwhelming support and heed the wishes of the vast majority of Americans and protect this gift to our nation forever. ~ Lisa Pohlmann, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Letter: Lyme disease patients face many hurdles to treatment
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

We’ve been on a two-year mission to get our 52-year-old son well. We’ve traveled a very difficult road trying to find a doctor who will treat Lyme other than with the antibiotic our son was initially given, which was not a high enough dosage or a long enough treatment. Most medical doctors are being instructed not to treat chronic Lyme disease, they do not know how to treat it, or they don’t want to treat it. Shame on the medical industry, the insurance companies and the government. Lyme is a valid and very debilitating disease that is being pushed aside and swept under the rug. How can millions of people worldwide be making this up? ~ Janet B. Elwin, Walpole
Acadia National Park Officials Considering ‘Full Range’ Of Ideas To Ease Traffic Woes
Maine Public - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

The view from the top is magnificent, but getting to the summit of Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park has been taking a little longer this year. Increasing numbers of visitors have been coming to Mount Desert Island, and this month alone, the roads leading to the summit and other popular park attractions have been closed 10 times after parking areas reached full capacity. Encouraging visitors to use the Island Explorer buses, Oli’s Trolley or even bicycles, park spokesman John Kelly said, helps reduce traffic jams. And Kelly said the National Park Service is halfway through a three-year, comprehensive, long-range transportation plan to alleviate traffic and parking issues.
Former Democratic State Senator Joins Governor’s Race
Maine Public - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Jim Boyle, a former state senator from Gorham, has announced his candidacy for governor. Boyle served one term in the Maine Senate. Now he’s the sixth Democrat to jump into a race that has 11 candidates so far. Boyle lives in Gorham and runs an environmental consulting company in Westbrook.
Poliquin votes in favor of tougher ozone standards
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin won praise from the environmental community Tuesday when he announced his opposition to a bill that seeks to delay the implementation of stricter ozone standards. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017, which passed 229-199 Tuesday evening with Poliquin and 10 other Republicans against it, has been dubbed the Smoggy Skies Act by its opponents. It would delay new ozone standards developed in 2008 and 2015 for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and loosen review standards for a variety of air pollutants.
Endangered monarch butterfly highlight of final book in Maine series for kids
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

The fluttering orange-and-black wings of monarch butterflies once were a common sight in gardens throughout Maine. Lighting on goldenrods and asters, these large, flashy pollinators are perhaps the most well-known butterfly in New England. But in recent years, they’ve all but disappeared. “A Monarch Butterfly Story,” the fourth and final book in the Wildlife on the Move series, is about this sad phenomenon and, perhaps more importantly, what people can do to help.
South Portland starts construction on a nearly 3,000-panel solar farm
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Construction started Tuesday morning on what reportedly will become the state’s largest municipally owned solar array. The one-megawatt solar array, which is under construction at South Portland’s capped landfill off Highland Avenue, is expected to be completed by September. A statement issued by the city said Portland-based ReVision Energy will install 2,944 photovoltaic panels on the 34-acre landfill. The 1.2-megawatt array is expected to be Maine's largest municipally owned solar project when it is completed in September.
Disney’s ‘Bambi’ benefited from Maine connections, Chinese artist
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

While working for The Walt Disney Co. in the late 1930s, Damariscotta native Maurice “Jake” Day recommended that the company send people to the forests of Maine to gather inspiration for the animated film “Bambi.” Partly because of Day’s influence, two white-tailed deer — orphaned fawns named Bambi and Filene — were sent by the Maine Development Commission to Hollywood by train for Disney animators to study. The music composer for the film, Academy Award-winning Frank Churchill, was also a transplant from Maine, hailing from Rumford. He was nominated for two Oscars for “Bambi,” for the score and for the song “Love Is a Song.” Those Maine-related links are among the reasons “Bambi,” marking its 75th anniversary, was chosen as the centerpiece film for the Maine International Film Festival.
Land trusts begin $3.5 million fundraising campaign to preserve Brunswick waterfront
Coastal Journal - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Two land trusts hope to raise $3.5 million to purchase and preserve over 80 acres of land on Woodward Point in Brunswick. Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust are purchasing the property from Andy Cook and Jaki Ellis, who have owned it since 1980. The parcel has more than 10,000 feet of frontage on the New Meadows River and the trusts say it is one of the largest open pieces of land available for purchase in southern Maine.
Madawaska 10-year-old lands 47-inch muskie on the St. John River
John Holyoke Out There Blog - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Alayna Deschaine is an avid angler, and loves to go fishing with her dad, Kevin. On Saturday, the 10-year-old Madawaska girl caught the fish of a lifetime while trolling on the St. John River not far from town. The fish was a monstrous muskellunge, measuring 47 inches long and weighing 25 pounds. The good news: There are plenty more muskies where that one came from. [Editor's note: Muskellunge is an invasive species introduced into the St. John River watershed in the late 1960s. According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, there are "concerns that the presence of these large predators will jeopardize traditional fisheries for wild brook trout and landlocked salmon."]
Police warn of bear sightings in Wiscasset
Lincoln County News - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

There have been two independent reports of bear sightings in Wiscasset in the past week, prompting the Wiscasset Police Department to post a Facebook alert urging residents to use caution and secure bird feeders and outdoor food items.
Maine fishermen rescue seal pup entangled in fishing gear
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

A pair of Maine fishermen rescued a young seal that became tangled in fishing gear last week. Jeremy Willey, 37, a fourth-generation lobsterman based in Owls Head, was fishing about 10 miles south of Matinicus Rock on Friday, July 14, when he spotted something unusual poking out of a piece of ground fishing gear floating on the surface. As Willey and his sternman, Jeffrey Dorr, 36, of Union, approached, they saw it was the head of a young seal. Gamage later posted the video of the rescue on Facebook. The post has since garnered more than 1 million views and 20,000 shares.
Portland will count its trees as part of Forest Service inventory
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Portland on Tuesday began a five-year-long project to take inventory of the number of trees, tree survival and mortality rates, green space and ground cover on public and private lands in Maine’s largest city. The urban forest inventory will be conducted by city workers in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, the city said in a statement.
George Smith and the Quest for a Most Favorite Fly
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

I made my first trip to our camp at Camp Phoenix on Memorial Day weekend of 1991. George came for his first weekend the following week. That gave me one week’s head start in discovering what fly might work on the lake at that time. George spent much time before his trip collecting what seemed to be every trout fly commercially available in the State of Maine. ~ Jim Hynson
With diners prizing Maine oysters, farming them booms along coast
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

The cold saltwater along Maine’s coast harbors a growing oyster industry that is riding the bivalves’ blossoming popularity and the state’s reputation for quality seafood. Experts predict that the industry, which had a record year in 2016, could triple in size within the next dozen years.
Opinion: Portland task force’s pesticide ordinance is full of loopholes
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Anyone who has followed the Portland City Council task force deliberations on a pesticide ordinance over the last year has to have been encouraged by the strong showing at a June 21 hearing. Residents testifying in favor of the most protective regulations – namely, the provisos of an ordinance enacted by South Portland last year – outnumbered by 5 to 1 supporters of the chemical industry-friendly draft ordinance from the Portland task force. The task force ordinance, which purports to be based on integrated pest management practices and to ban synthetic pesticides on public and private land, is replete with loopholes that allow insecticides, herbicides and fungicides to be used if “the pest population exceeds acceptable safety, economic or aesthetic threshold levels.” ~ Jody Spear, Portland Protectors
Opinion: Lawmakers should sustain Gov. LePage’s veto of solar bill
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

Legislators who want to move Maine’s energy policy forward should support Gov. LePage’s veto of L.D. 1504, An Act To Modernize Rates for Small-scale Distributed Generation. Despite the title’s promise, the bill locks in an outdated and expensive subsidy for the businesses that install private solar systems. It also unfairly shifts costs to everyone who pays an electric bill and delays opportunities for solar energy to make a more meaningful difference for Maine’s environment and economy. ~ Sara Burns, president and CEO, Central Maine Power
Letter: Plastic buoys a threat to ocean health
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 

I first noticed the use of large plastic buoys in the early 2000s. Since then harbors have filled up with them and salmon pens are encircled by their bright yellow domes. Each one is stuffed with tiny pellets. Big, light, with excellent flotation, these buoys are a fine choice over the rusting metal buoys and inflatable rubber moorings that can be found wrenched off their traces, high ashore islands and bluffs. But they are not as tough as the ultraviolet rays that chew up plastic. Now they are falling apart, escaping their bonds and casting toxic pellets far and wide. Many of these buoys are on the verge of deterioration and present imminent danger to the health of the ocean and marine wildlife. ~ Charles A. Kniffen, Lubec
Popular viewpoint and orchards preserved in York County
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 17, 2017 

More than 240 acres of fields, apple orchards and forestland on Goat Hill in Acton will be permanently preserved for agriculture after Three Rivers Land Trust, Maine Farmland Trust, and the town worked together to protect it from future development. The hilltop, a favorite destination for residents of western York County, offers views of the ocean, lakes and Mount Washington. The orchards have produced apples for the wholesale market for 80 years.
Maine tourism industry says more foreign help better late than never
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 17, 2017 

The head of Maine’s trade group for hotels and restaurants praised a federal decision to allow more foreign workers into the country, but said it’s too late for much of the industry to recover its losses. Steve Hewins, head of the Maine Innkeepers Association and the Maine Restaurant Association, said the Trump Administration’s move “is definitely too late in the season for many business that will not be able to recover their earlier losses, but we are grateful that they finally heard our pleas and acted – even on this limited basis.”
Lobster Industry Grapples with Climate Change
Other - Monday, July 17, 2017 

Fisherman's Voice - Maine’s lobster fishery has sustained many local communities for well over 100 years, persisting when other fisheries have either declined or crashed. But some interesting times for the American lobster could be coming. What that means for the future in these uncertain times is unclear. That was the thought among Maine-based speakers at the 11th International Conference on Lobster Biology and Management, hosted in Portland from June 4-9.
Maine’s Pulp and Paper Industry
Other - Monday, July 17, 2017 

Fisherman's Voice - Maine’s papermaking industry expanded at a rapid pace and by 1890 Maine had 25 different operating paper mills. Today, Maine faces competition not only from other U.S. states and Canada, but also new mills in Europe that came online beginning in the 1980s and that trend continued into the 1990s. After that, Brazil and Chile, with their vast forests, began building new mills and these put a severe crimp on Maine’s share of the pie. Also, Asia is building new pulping facilities at a rapid rate. Many of Maine’s mills have had no option but to shutter their doors.
Federal officials order 15,000 new visas for low-wage seasonal workers
Washington Post - Monday, July 17, 2017 

The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage, seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump’s “Hire American” rhetoric, following heavy lobbying from the fisheries, hospitality and other industries that rely on temporary foreign workers. The increase represents a 45 percent bump from the number of H-2B visas normally issued for the second half of the fiscal year. The visas are for workers taking seasonal jobs in the seafood, tourism and other industries but not farm laborers. Representatives in Maine’s tourism industry have said thousands of applications have been held up in processing, leaving many coastal destinations short-handed this season.
Adorable mouse is to blame for the spread of Lyme disease
Washington Post - Monday, July 17, 2017 

White-footed mice — known for their wide eyes and ears, long tails and snow-white bellies and the feet from which they get their name — are often overlooked by humans, hiding out by the billions in U.S. forests, shrubby thickets and even wooded wetlands. But there’s one creature that knows them well: the tick. Scientists say white-footed mice, which are primary carriers of the Lyme bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, are a highly popular host of black-legged ticks, which consequently makes them a key culprit in the spread of Lyme disease.
Maine campground takes ‘glamping’ to a new level
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, July 17, 2017 

The new Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport opened last month with the unveiling of 12 unique tents, designed by 12 different New England designers and stocked with bedding, mini fridges, bath amenities, heaters and fans. For people who aren’t sure they’re ready for the rusticities of camping, this is a step in that direction. Sort of. It’s “glamping” — or glamorous camping — in its finest form.
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