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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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Study predicts more ‘extreme heat’ days in Maine as climate warms
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

A new climate report from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts that Maine could see more than a 10-fold increase in the number of 90-plus degree days by midcentury and up to 11 days by century’s end when temperatures top 100 degrees. The analysis, which is based on historic temperature data and climate models, suggests New Englanders will have to adjust to more frequent occurrences of heat events more typical today of places in the Deep South. The “extreme heat” analysis is just the latest report predicting major impacts on Maine’s commercial fisheries as well as other sectors of Maine’s tourism, agricultural and forestry economies.
Opinion: A young person’s take on keeping communities alive
Working Waterfront - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

The task for young people on Isle au Haut is to build a way of life that fits within a changing world and also preserves the traditions of the past. Throughout many conversations and interviews, I have gathered that there is something special about life on the island that sets it apart from any other place. There is worry that the world is changing so much that young people will not want to live in isolated communities anymore. My experience on Isle au Haut has shown the opposite. Young people, if given the support they need, will do everything they can to create a livable future. ~ Molly Siegel
Letter: Bees are not pests, but pesticides kill them
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

As Mainers, we must reconcile with the simple conclusion that we are in a state of environmental crisis. Honeybees, a cornerstone of agricultural sustainability, are being threatened by toxic pesticides known as neonicotinoids. This pesticide is typically sprayed by farmers on an industrial scale without regard to its devastating impact on bee populations. Neonicotinoids are unnecessary as there are a variety of alternative pesticides available to farmers that we can and should be using. The solution is simple yet profound: Ban neonicotinoids. ~ Graham Munro-Ludders, Bath
Letter: ‘Greatest Mountain’ doesn’t need to be called ‘Mount’
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 16, 2019 

I would like to commend and second Christopher P. O’Neil’s July 1 letter, “Good editorial – but it’s just ‘Katahdin.’” I quote further from Stephen Clark’s book: “Mount Greatest Mountain – this is not only grammatically incorrect, but a misinterpretation of the Abenaki translation of the mountain’s name. The U.S. Geological Service and other official agencies have failed to recognize this when they slapped a ‘Mount’ on Katahdin many years ago when honoring Indian traditions and language was not considered to be of much value.” The U.S. Board on Geographic Names accepts requests to change the names of geographical features. Feedback from the community, state government and Baxter State Park would be requested. The Abenaki would be consulted. Legislative action as a precursor to a request would be most helpful. It may take a few years so let’s begin. ~ Gary Dick, Scarborough
Maine Outdoor Brands alliance hires executive director
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Two years after its start, the Maine Outdoor Brands alliance has hired Jenny Kordick as its first full-time executive director. Kordick previously worked at The Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C., and the National Wildlife Federation. She also has directed campaigns and led coalitions to protect public lands. Her job at the Maine Outdoor Brands alliance is to promote Maine’s outdoor-focused tourism, recreation and businesses to benefit Maine businesses and residents. The Maine Outdoors Brands alliance is a nonprofit trade group based in Portland. The group’s goal is to help grow the state’s $8.2 billion outdoor industry by promoting the active lifestyle among the roughly 37 million tourists who visit Maine annually.
Officials debate role of Auburn agriculture committee
Sun Journal - Monday, July 15, 2019 

A proposed agriculture committee and its potential authority on land use decisions was the subject of scrutiny during a joint Auburn City Council and Planning Board workshop Monday. The new committee is the result of a long effort to study the city’s agricultural zone and modernize the zoning ordinance, but the decision on how the committee should be framed — and what authority it should have — has been debated for months. A small group of officials recently drafted an ordinance establishing the committee, but during the joint workshop Monday, some disagreed with its scope.
Firefighters quickly put out roof blaze at Old Town mill
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Old Town firefighters quickly put out a roof fire Monday morning on a boiler building at the paper mill, which is in the process of restarting. Chinese paper company Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd. purchased the property in 2018. The owner has previously said it plans to have the mill running this summer.
Extra pogy catch could ease bait worries for lobster industry
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Maine unlocked access to more lobster bait Monday with the reopening of the menhaden fishery, easing the lobster industry’s anxiety about a looming bait shortage as peak summer season kicks into high gear. The state ordered its menhaden fleet to stop fishing on June 30 after officials concluded it had exceeded the state’s annual quota of 2.4 million pounds by 1.5 million pounds, the majority of which was landed in the last four days of June. But menhaden, a schooling forage fish also called pogy, were still abundant in Maine waters from Kittery to Penobscot Bay, so Maine sought access to another 4.7 million pounds of quota that is set aside for New England states to share when they catch their limit but the fish remains in large numbers. Last week, regional fishing managers approved Maine’s request.
If a tick bites you in Maine, collect it and send it for testing
Associated Press - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The state of Maine is reminding residents that, if they get bitten by a tick, they can collect the arachnid and send it for testing. The testing can show whether the person bitten by the tick was exposed to tick-borne diseases. The UMaine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab tests for Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesia. The tests are $15 per tick for Maine residents. Health care providers reported more than 1,400 confirmed and probable Lyme cases to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention last year.
Pollinator gardens enhance, beautify Portland’s ecology
Forecaster - Monday, July 15, 2019 

With bee colony collapse, habitat destruction and the spread of invasive species, it’s become the mission of many in Maine to encourage people to think about gardening in new ways that specifically support pollinator health. Among the groups and individuals working to create a landscape where both native plants and pollinators can thrive is the Portland Pollinator Partnership. The group’s mission, she said, is to encourage people to plant pollinator and insect-friendly vegetation, either within their own gardens or in public spots, with the goal of “connecting urban residents with nature on a daily basis.”
Warming Waters
Maine Public - Monday, July 15, 2019 

The impacts of climate change on the Gulf of Maine's ecosystem and people.
Belfast officials get their first tour of proposed land-based fish farm site
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Belfast Planning Board members donned high boots and bug repellant on Wednesday to do a walk-through of the property where Nordic Aquafarms would like to build a land-based salmon farm. The tour took them through boggy fields, into piney woods and across Route 1 to the waterfront property where the company’s intake and outfall pipelines will be built if the project is permitted and moves forward.
Maine forest ranger airlifted to Boston hospital after serious head injury
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

A Maine forest ranger was seriously injured Saturday night after an accident in Down East Maine, according to the Maine fire marshal’s office. Ranger Dustin Pickering reportedly jumped off a boat into a lake in Topsfield when his head struck a rock, according to the fire marshal’s office. Pickering suffered several broken vertebrae as a result of that jump, the fire marshal’s office said. Pickering was flown to a hospital in Boston due to the extent of his injuries and is currently in serious condition.
What has to happen before Mainers could get to vote on CMP’s corridor project
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Opponents of Central Maine Power’s unpopular proposal to bring Quebec hydropower to the regional grid through a western Maine transmission line are signaling that they want voters to decide the project’s fate, but their deadline is tight and details are unclear. They have to get more than 63,000 signatures by a January deadline. It’s a response to the utility’s intense and successful lobbying defense of the $1 billion proposal for a 145-mile corridor, which has been opposed by or lost support from 20 towns in a flurry of grassroots opposition. A March poll paid for by the Natural Resources Council of Maine found 65 percent opposition to the project statewide, with that percentage in the upper 80s in Franklin and Somerset counties — the ones most affected by the corridor.
Belfast officials get their first tour of proposed land-based fish farm site
Bangor Daily News - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Belfast Planning Board members donned high boots and bug repellant on Wednesday to do a walk-through of the property where Nordic Aquafarms would like to build a land-based salmon farm. The tour took them through boggy fields, into piney woods and across Route 1 to the waterfront property where the company’s intake and outfall pipelines will be built if the project is permitted and moves forward.
Column: Beware the browntail moth
Morning Sentinel - Monday, July 15, 2019 

How did I spend my first summer vacation? Mixing up equal parts of maximum strength Cortizone-10 ointment, extra strength Benadryl cream, witch hazel liquid and Vicks VapoRub. That’s because I got the dreaded browntail moth rash, this nasty, itchy, bumpy red rash caused by poisonous hairs from the moth caterpillar making a beeline to the sensitive skins of people like me and embedding themselves. ~ Amy Calder
Opinion: Governor Mills defies ‘foolish, unsupported and ill-advised’ regulations on Maine lobster industry
Maine Wire - Monday, July 15, 2019 

In a fiery letter sent Thursday, July 11, Governor Janet Mills announced her opposition to new federal regulations that aim to protect the endangered right whale. I hope the governor will continue to defend Mainers from undue regulation in the future, though for now I’m not holding my breath. ~ William Rolfe
Letter: Pesticides are poisoning our oceans
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 15, 2019 

Neonicotinoids have become all too prevalent in today’s agricultural practices. Now the most commonly used pesticides, these seven chemicals have been leaking into our oceans and animals. Many farmers are unaware they purchased the poison, since it was applied to seeds long before they reach the fields. Once the seed is a fully grown plant, only 5 percent of the chemical makes its home in the cells of the plant. The other 95 percent disperses into the wider environment, turning into a poison that kills everything from bees to birds to marine life. If these pesticides are allowed to continue devouring our beloved Maine wildlife, we will lose the bees, which pollinate a third of the food we eat, and the rest of our fragile ecosystem. ~ Elizabeth McAleney, Portland
Restoration and improvement work beings at Head Tide Dam
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Construction has begun on a change to the Head Tide Dam on the Sheepscot River in Alna. A coalition of environmental groups is spearheading a modification of the dam, originally constructed in 1763, to stabilize the structure while creating greater passage for Atlantic salmon and other anadromous species of fish.
Watch Maine forest rangers rescue hurt Appalachian Trail hiker Forest rangers airlift injured Appalachian Trail hiker
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

The Maine Forest Service deployed a helicopter Saturday to airlift an injured Appalachian Trail hiker in Piscataquis County. The woman was hiking a difficult stretch of the trail in Elliotsville Township when she fell and broke her ankle, according to the Maine Forest Service. With her injuries, the hiker was unable to walk on her own, the forest service said.
3 rescued from water at Popham Beach State Park
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Three people were rescued from the water at Popham Beach State Park on Saturday, according to the Phippsburg Fire Department. Firefighters said they were called to the beach around 6:30 p.m. for a report of three people who had been caught in a rip current. All three were quickly rescued from the water but one person had to be transported to a local hospital.
Visitation Record At Acadia Park Stretches Resources
Maine Public - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Acadia National Park says it set a visitation record July 5 with more than 35,000 visits, and officials say park staff were swamped that day and the following weekend with calls for assistance and efforts to close roads and parking lots due to congestion. On July 5 alone the park dispatch center fielded 755 radio calls and twenty 911 emergency calls, and that park staff responded to four simultaneous rescue calls that tapped nearly all rescue resources.
Acadia deluged with hiking accidents, traffic on busiest day ever over July 4 weekend
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Acadia National Park was overwhelmed with hiking accidents and traffic congestion during a record-setting day for visits on a sunny day during the July 4 weekend. On July 5, the Maine national park had 35,000 visits, or 15 percent more than the prior record on July 3, 2017 and a 33 percent increase over the average busiest day for the last eight years. Park staff that day were pushed to the limit when they responded to four simultaneous rescue calls.
Glamping, new this summer at Maine state parks, draws fans from many camps
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

It’s better to camp – even in convenience, comfort and style – than never to have camped at all. That was the consensus among traditional campers we talked with at Maine state parks over the recent holiday weekend. We asked their opinion about the boutique-style, canvas-and-platform setups that glamping company Tentrr opened at seven Maine state parks earlier this month. The word glamping is a combination of “camping” and “glamour” and describes a relatively new trend, at least in Maine, that offers people a comparatively convenient, luxurious style of sleeping under the stars.
Column: Exploring the eastern arm of Sebasticook Lake in Newport
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, July 14, 2019 

Finding a convenient place to paddle in July without having to share it with lots of other boaters can be a challenge. But despite its reputation as “The Crossroads of Maine,” the Newport area offers surprising seclusion and beauty on Sebasticook Lake. The eastern arm is narrow and protected and offers a delightful 5-mile round-trip exploration. You might run into a few bass fishermen on the weekend, but other than that, it’s you, the serenade of songbirds and the call of loons. ~ Michael Perry
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