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Announcement - Friday, July 1, 2016 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. I have posted summaries and links to 40,000 news articles and announcements. I 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 my attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. ~ Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods
Forever Yours, Bar Harbor, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Friday, July 1, 2016 

Talk by Journalist Earl Brechlin has collected beautiful postcards of Mount Desert Island from the late 1800s and early 1900s for his book “Forever Yours, Bar Harbor.” At Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, July 8, 7 pm.
Birding hike at Mount Abraham, Jul 8
Event - Posted - Friday, July 1, 2016 

Peter McKinley and Dylan Cookson of the High Peaks Alliance will lead a birding hike on Mount Abraham in West Kingfield. Meet at Tranten’s Grocery, Kingfield, July 8, 9 am, to carpool to the trailhead.
Right to Know about GMO
Action Alert - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Urge Maine's U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King to oppose a bill designed to kill mandatory labeling laws for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
100 Words for Acadia
Announcement - Thursday, June 30, 2016 

Submit an original 100-word piece about Acadia National Park in any genre: poem, story, editorial, song, letter, etc. Submissions accepted September 1-30, 2016.
Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program Grants
Announcement - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 

The Nature Conservancy is seeking initial proposals for a new round of competitive grants from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program. More than $3 million will be available for award in 2016 for those seeking to protect wetland and significant wildlife habitat in Maine.
Maine Woods National Park photography exhibit, Jul 1-31
Event - Posted - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 

Maine Woods National Park fine-art photography exhibit by Thomas & Lee Ann Szelog. At Barbara Kramer Gallery, Belfast Free Library. Exhibit runs July 1-31; artist reception, July 5, 5:30-6:30 pm, artist presentation, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Biddeford Coast Bike Ride, Jul 4
Event - Posted - Monday, June 27, 2016 

A moderate 15 mile loop from UNE in Biddeford through Biddeford Pool, Fortune's Rocks, and Hill's beach. July 4, 2 pm, pre-register. Sponsored by Sierra Club Maine.
Demonstration Forest Volunteer Work Day, Jul 1
Event - Posted - Friday, June 24, 2016 

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a Demonstration Forest Volunteer Trail Clearing Day to prepare our community forest for summertime visitors. At Williamsburg, July 1, 8 am
Stop New GMO Labeling Law Threat
Action Alert - Friday, June 24, 2016 

New legislation - falsely spun as a "compromise" - would preempt existing strong state labeling laws for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). If passed, the bill would create a toothless, national charade and instantly extinguish forever the strong GMO labeling laws passed overwhelmingly in recent years across New England. The Stabenow-Roberts bill would immediately preempt Maine's GMO labeling law. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Ocean, coast management plan hearing, Jun 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 23, 2016 

Hearing on plan to improve management facets of the ocean and coasts of the northeastern U.S. states. At University of Southern Maine, Portland, June 30.
Education and the Economy, Jun 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, June 23, 2016 

Maine's economy is in transition and the jobs of tomorrow will require new skills and training. What are the state's education innovators doing to respond? At Bowdoin College, June 30, 8:30 am - 4 pm.
The Hour of Land
Publication - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, Terry Tempest Williams' new book is a celebration of our national parks and a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.
Barkskins
Publication - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

Annie Proulx's epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic new novel about the taking down of the world’s forests.
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History
Publication - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 

Despite campaigns of annihilation employing poisons, gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn’t just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won hands-down. Dan Flores’s book is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote.
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UMaine hosts program to consider expensive environmental problem
Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

High school students and teachers from Maine and elsewhere in the country are coming to the University of Maine for a program to create environmental solutions to stormwater management. The students will work with university facility, students and others during the program from Sunday to June 29. The program is called the UMaine Stormwater Management Research Team Institute and it’s in its third year. About 85 students and 20 teachers are expected. Many cities wrestle with how to environmentally and efficiently handle stormwater runoff, which can be an expensive problem.
Maine potato planting wrapped up after winter of reckoning with outbreak
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Maine potato farmers have wrapped up planting and are hoping for a good year. “It’s been an odd spring. But we have had a great start and are ahead on the heat,” said Seth Bradstreet, a former agriculture commissioner who runs a vegetable farm and roadside stand in Newport and is a member of the Maine Potato Board.
Food waste in Maine alleviated by new tech and old-fashioned gleaning
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

A third of all food in the United States gets wasted, even as millions of children go hungry. At the same time, there is an obesity epidemic. What’s going on? “We’ve been wasting food for years; we just haven’t been paying attention,” said Bill Seretta of The Sustainability Lab, a Yarmouth-based nonprofit that helps institutions save precious resources like food and water. Ways to counter edible waste from the entire food spectrum anchored a discussion Tuesday at Maine Startup and Create Week. Seretta joined a panel of agriculture, food safety and tech experts at Maine College of Art to explore innovations yielding improved access to fresh, healthy food.
Check out these NRCM funded kids’ projects
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

While Governor Paul LePage’s inappropriate letter to NRCM members, criticizing the organization in very inaccurate statements, got lots of news coverage, I was thinking about all the ways this great environmental organization has benefitted our state. One NRCM project you are probably not aware of is new. The organization gave eight $500 grants to middle school teachers who planned an environmental project of some kind with their students. NRCM staff and board members screened the projects, and a Bates college intern oversaw them. NRCM Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann told me the project “was a huge success and we are hoping to do it again next year and beyond. Such a wonderful way to build relationships in communities and to invest in our next generation of environmental stewards."
Poland Spring reaches high water mark
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Sometime in the next couple of months, bottled water is expected to become the most popular beverage sold in America in terms of volume and consumption. It will surpass carbonated beverages in this category, representing a triumph of healthy H20 over the big bad bubbles of sugar and artificial sweeteners. Maine is home to a remarkably successful brand of bottled water, Poland Spring. With a distribution arm that reaches throughout the Northeast, Poland Spring, which is owned by the Nestle Corporation, is now the No. 1 selling brand of bottled water in the nation. The likely location of Poland Spring’s next expansion is in the Rumford area. It already does in locations in Fryeburg, Poland, Denmark, Dallas Plantation, Pierce Pond Township and St. Albans. But to skeptics, like Nisha Swinton of Food and Water Watch, bottled water remains “an amazing scheme....When Hiram Ricker first started selling it, he was laughed at because people thought, who is going to buy bottled water?”
Daniel Vitalis’ Find a Spring provides online community for water foragers
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

About eight years ago Daniel Vitalis and his business partner LeighLon Anderson created a website called Find a Spring, which listed off-the-grid springs they already knew about. They invited people all around the world to contribute information on these unofficial water sources. Find a Spring has become a large-scope project, listing springs around the world, including nearly 600 in the United States and 16 in Maine. In the water-starved future, Vitalis said, springs will eventually get their due: “At some point, springs will be world heritage sites. We are headed to that ‘Mad Max’ world.”
Column: Contest inspires a sandwich that’s better for body and environment
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Arnold’s Bread, owned by Bimbo Bakeries USA, has launched its third annual America’s Better Sandwich contest. My thought went to expanding the reach of my “better” sandwich to take sustainable eating into account. The USDA says the average American has one sandwich every other day. If you count burgers, it’s a one-a-day statistic. So any green addition to your sandwiches will add up over time. I started tracking what made vegetarian sandwiches on local menus and across the internet to see what makes them invitingly delicious. ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Sebago Lake Land Reserve open for business
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

In 2005, the Portland Water District opened 1,700 acres near Sebago Lake that had been closed to the public for decades. The theory behind the change in approach was simple: Allow the public to recreate and they’ll watch for trouble and help protect it. In the past decade, violations on the open land fell from a high of 37 per 1,000 visitors in 2005 to just 5 violations per 1,000 visitors in 2015. Meanwhile, visitor numbers have increased from 5,000 in 2005 to 25,000 last year. Use this year is up 1,500 from where it was this time last year. The Sebago Lake Land Reserve an overwhelming success.
Column: Hit pause on a Maine sustainable farming seal of approval
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Certifying farms for sustainability is an appealing idea. The bureaucrats in Augusta who hatched this plan for Maine undoubtedly envisioned nothing but positive outcomes. The Maine Department of Ag is eager to promote its brainchild, after giving it an acronym: the Maine FARMS (Farm Agricultural Resource Management and Sustainability) Program. Within a year, the department envisions having – at a cost of $40,000 to $80,000 in taxpayer dollars – “recommendations for brand rollout,” results of focus-group testing, an eye-catching logo and “media platforms that will help to launch the (FARMS) brand.” There’s just one missing ingredient: a substantive plan for certifying farms. The department claims that part of the vision for Maine FARMS is “to enhance the transparency of food production and agricultural practices.” It should begin by making its own planning process more transparent, and by putting marketing and consumer research on hold until its vision for certification is better grounded. ~ Marina Schauffler
Editorial: Future of Maine economy depends on innovation
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

The state’s metro areas – Portland, Lewiston and Bangor – are accounting for all of Maine’s growth in the post-recession period, but they are still stagnant. But growth doesn’t require a lot of people, just the right kinds of people. The high quality of life here is a draw for entrepreneurs and workers who can do their jobs anywhere – as long as we solve problems related to slow internet speeds. Maine’s natural resources are also an advantage. Imagine our mountains and forests as testing grounds for new outdoor recreation products, or our innovative small farms as laboratories for agriculture and aquaculture technology. The jobs and industries of tomorrow will come from within, created by people who live here by using the attitudes and attributes that are special to Maine. That’s the path for the 21st century, and we have to follow it with will and passion.
Opinion: When a fish is more than a fillet
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Surprisingly, chitin, a natural polymer found in lobster shells, can be harvested and amassed for high-value agricultural, industrial and medical applications. Chitin from crustacean shells is just one example of 100 percent seafood utilization. Just like Native Americans used every part of the buffalo, there are now opportunities to fully use seafood and push upward on the value chain. Investing time and resources in the utilization movement could generate new jobs, products and startups in Maine and beyond. ~ Jack Whitacre, Freeport
Letter: National monument would protect land access, economy
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

As Aroostook County residents, we join the long list of Mainers asking Sen. Angus King to support the Maine Woods National Monument. Future generations need this unique natural resource as habitat for moose, black bear and brook trout along the East Branch of the Penobscot River. The National Park Service would also honor the rich cultural heritage of Wabanaki peoples. As Maine’s forest products industry declines, landowners may augment declining profits through the sale of hunting and fishing leases. Most will post their property, protecting their own private estates. This already happens in the West, where signs read “No public access. Violators will be shot!” A monument is a major step toward economic diversification. We urge our senators not to allow a vocal minority to compromise the economic future of northern Maine. ~ JoAnne Putnam, Chapman
Letter: Label GMOs and let shoppers decide how to spend money
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, June 26, 2016 

Re: “Do genetically modified foods disgust you?” (June 5), a commentary by Cass Sunstein: He claims that Democrats are “indifferent to science” and cites a “book-length report” about the safety of GMOs. But there’s no mention of the many studies showing liver and kidney damage to animals. According to numerous studies, glyphosate has been shown to cause or contribute to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, birth defects, autism, brain, breast, lung and prostate cancer, celiac and gluten intolerance, kidney disease, colitis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, hypothyroid, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s, pregnancy problems, obesity, reproductive problems and respiratory illnesses. Label GMOs and let us decide what we want to eat and how we want to spend our money. ~ Elizabeth Throckmorton Kellett, Walpole
John Connelly Finishes 1,500-Mile PaddleQuest Expedition
Other - Saturday, June 25, 2016 

Canoe & Kayak - On June 24, after 70 days and 1,500 miles of paddling, an exuberant and exhausted John Connelly arrived in Kittery, Maine joined by a flotilla of supporters to complete the first ever expedition by canoe and kayak to link four major waterways in northeastern North America: the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, St John River, Bay of Fundy and Maine Island Trail. Connelly says the purpose of his “expedition to inspire outdoor desire” was to raise awareness of the mental, physical and spiritual renewal that comes with outdoor experiences.
10-acre fire burning on Mt. Abram
Sun Journal - Saturday, June 25, 2016 

A forest fire has engulfed eight to 10 acres near the second peak of Mt. Abram in Franklin County.
Column: Lucky ticket holders prepare early for moose hunt
Sun Journal - Saturday, June 25, 2016 

Lucky ticket holders prepare early for moose hunt. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
New venture hopes to boost tourism Down East
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 25, 2016 

Two Eastport women are leading a new business venture designed to promote restaurants, gift shops and other attractions for tourists visiting places from Stonington to St. John, New Brunswick. In mid-May, Meg Keay and Colleen S. Morton teamed up to create Fundy-Acadia Regional Adventures to help the region build its own identity as a tourist destination, they said. “People don’t see this region as having the depth of activities that other regions have,” Morton said. “But that’s not true. Our region does have something for everybody.”
Maine entrepreneur gives $1 million for science programs in Acadia
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 25, 2016 

A Maine entrepreneur announced Saturday that he would donate $1 million as initial funding for collaborative programs between the National Park Service, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and other institutions. David Evans Shaw, 65, of Scarborough made the announcement at Sieur de Monts on Park Science Day to highlight the park’s role as a living laboratory and vital setting for scientific research in celebration of Acadia’s centennial. The Second Century collaboration initially will focus on science issues associated with Acadia National Park, Shaw said.
Acadia's Stone Corridors
Down East - Saturday, June 25, 2016 

Acadia National Park’s 45 miles of idyllic carriage roads are the best examples of broken-stone roadways in the country. Created by philanthropist and early park champion John D. Rockefeller Jr., who wanted car-free roads, they’re also super fun for runners, skiers, and cyclists.
Acadia park institutes no-car zone at Bubble Pond
Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016 

From now until October 10, visitors to Acadia National Park will only be able to explore the picturesque Bubble Pond by riding free park buses and bicycles. The park says the move temporarily banning private vehicles from the pond’s 11-space parking area is to improve safety and bus circulation in an area long known for congestion and illegal parking.
Letter: King silent on national monument
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, June 25, 2016 

Kudos to Sen. Angus King for bringing National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to Maine for a statewide discussion about the proposed North Woods national monument. While he took a good step in creating the meeting and space to discuss the proposal, King has been silent since. We attended the meeting and saw for ourselves, as did King and Jarvis, the massive support on display that evening. More than 1,200 people stood up to cheer and applaud when Jarvis walked on stage, causing the few dozen opponents to disappear in a sea of positive enthusiasm. Maine’s distinguished political legacy includes those who served at both local and national government levels. King and other members of our congressional delegation should join the ranks of these esteemed leaders by publicly supporting a monument designation. ~ Sam Horine, Skowhegan
Opinion: LePage’s Approach to the Economy Focuses on Maine’s Most Vulnerable
Maine Wire - Friday, June 24, 2016 

It’s true that our traditional industries are rapidly shrinking, most of which rely on our state’s natural resources. Paper mills are closing, people are losing their jobs, and additionally, it is adversely affecting our loggers and the forest products industry as a whole. Maine’s extensive business and environmental regulations don’t just harm natural resource based economies, they harm everyone. As Maine continues its transition towards tourism and service-based economic activity, we can’t leave our staple industries behind, especially while they still provide such stability to a large portion of our state’s economy. LePage is not wrong in wanting to strengthen these industries, as you must work with what you’ve got. ~ Jacob Posik
Opinion: Can Poets Save the Parks?
New York Times - Friday, June 24, 2016 

Sadly, our national parks rarely get much attention on the national stage unless some knucklehead displaces a cute baby bison or tries to feed a grizzly bear. But in this year when the Park Service is celebrating its centennial with all sorts of hand-wringing about the future, it’s instructive to remember how language can save landscape. Powerful prose has been put to good use in the cause of America’s Best Idea. The essayist Terry Tempest Williams has devised one of the best lines ever written about parks — apt to the terror of rising global temperatures. National parks are “the breathing spaces for a society that increasingly holds its breath,” she wrote in “The Hour of Land.” The national park idea itself owes its foundation to storytellers with pen, ink and silver oxide. The Hayden Expedition, sent by Congress in 1871 to explore the rumors of Yellowstone, returned with pictures, photos and wondrous descriptions from a geologist who could write. That tradition continues today, in a fight against nature despoilers in Congress. ~ Timothy Egan
Kayakers’ families recount fatal excursion off Corea
Bangor Daily News - Friday, June 24, 2016 

Lobstermen Bruce Crowley and Lenny Young found Jennifer Popper about 8 p.m., still clinging to her kayak more than two miles out to sea. “She was conscious, but just barely,” Crowley said. Crowley then found Ed Brackett at about 8:40 p.m., and lobsterman John Coffin found Michael Popper just before 10 p.m. Each were within a few hundred yards of where Jennifer Popper was pulled from the water. Both men were unresponsive and declared deceased after being brought to shore. The Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors posted Thursday on its Facebook page that the fatalities are “stark reminders” of the sea’s unpredictability. “We cannot know exactly what happened, but if unexpected wind squalls were involved, as has been conjectured, even seasoned paddlers who are wearing their lifejackets, as these folks apparently were, can be put in an extremely difficult situation,” wrote Christopher Strout, Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors president.
Britain’s EU exit to shake up Maine’s imports, exports, tourism
Portland Press Herald - Friday, June 24, 2016 

Mainers who import goods and services from the United Kingdom and the European Union said that while the immediate impact on their businesses may be positive because of favorable currency exchange rates, they think the long-term effects will be mostly negative. And Maine businesses that export goods to the U.K. and EU said the Brexit vote could hurt their operations right away. Maine tourism also is likely to take a hit from U.K. residents who may find a vacation in the U.S. too expensive for a weak pound sterling. The U.K. is among Maine’s top-10 trade partners, with the state’s top exports including biotech products and wood pulp. In all, Maine exported goods valued at $54.8 million to the U.K. in 2015. The U.K. is also Maine’s No. 1 source of overseas visitors.
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