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Action Alert - Saturday, May 25, 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
Hike Little Bigelow, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Little Bigelow is the most eastern peak of the Bigelow Range, round trip 6.5 miles. Views of Flagstaff Lake, Sugarloak, Bigelow range. At Carrabassett Valley, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Hike Little Deer Hill & Deer Hill, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

5.4-mile hike to open summit with great views, Evans Notch, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Panel presentations during Maine Bicentennial Conference. At UMaine, Orono, June 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration fee.
Little Ponds Preserve Celebration, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Celebrate the opening of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's newest preserve. At Little Ponds Preserve, Harpswell, June 1, 10 am.
Maine Entomological Society Field Day, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Join MES to explore the world of insects. At Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Manchester, June 1, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Maine Bicentennial Conference, May 30-Jun 1
Event - Posted - Friday, May 24, 2019 

In addition to scholarly panels ($60), several elements (museum exhibits and the keynote event by two Pulitzer Prize winning historians on May 31) are free to the public. A Maine History Festival for students and cultural organizations to present their own research and planning for the state bicentennial will be part of the conference just prior to the keynote event.
Great Maine Scavenger Hunt
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt is back (year 3). Use this list as your Maine summer vacation guide! Do as much or as little of it as you want. Sponsored by Down East magazine.
Maine Trail Finder 3.0
Announcement - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Center for Community GIS has launched the third version of Maine Trail Finder with the same great trail maps and descriptions and lots of new features.
Climate action
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Urge legislators on the legislature's Environment & Natural Resources Committee to support climate action via the governor’s bill, LD 1679. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Ban Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Before May 23, urge legislators on the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee to support LD 1691, An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours will run every day, 2-4 pm, during Memorial Day weekend. At Damariscotta. Benefits the Fish Ladder Restoration Project.
Birding for Kids, May 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

A hands-on workshop for families. At Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell, May 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival, May 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, workshops, kid’s crafts, and activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At Freeport vicinity, May 24-26.
Forestry for Maine Birds, May 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Free workshop on forestry management for bird conservation. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 23, 12-3 pm.
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Maine will get over $23 million for clean water projects
Associated Press - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Maine is receiving more than $23 million from the federal government for projects that help provide clean water. The money is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The money will be used to improve drinking water and water infrastructure throughout the state. It will help the Maine Department of Environmental Protection work to preserve marine environments.
Opinion: What if Green Energy Isn’t the Future?
Wall Street Journal - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

A week doesn’t pass without a mayor, governor or policy maker joining the headlong rush to pledge or demand a green energy future. Some 100 U.S. cities have made such promises. Hydrocarbons may be the source of 80% of America’s and the world’s energy, but to say they are currently out of favor is a dramatic understatement. Yet it’s both reasonable and, for contrarian investors, potentially lucrative to ask: What happens if renewables fail to deliver? ~ Mark P. Mills, Manhattan Institute
Soggy creatures
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Photos of nature from western Maine to brighten your day.
Mt. Blue State Park offers family fun, or a rigorous hike. You pick
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Whether you're interested in sitting on the shore of Webb Lake on a lazy day, watching the family swim, or tying on boots and hiking the rocky terrain up Tumbledown, Mt. Blue State Park has it all.
Column: May is the perfect month to explore Flying Pond in Vienna
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Vienna encompasses 400-acre Flying Pond, nestled among the verdant hills of central Maine. This pond offers a memorable May paddling experience. An archipelago of six islands a half-mile west of the boat launch makes this pond worth the visit. Red pine dominate one island. You can have all your synthesizers and bass guitars; give us moving air and clusters of pine needles for an auditory performance like no other. ~ Michael Perry
Opinion: Central Maine Power plan rife with conflicts of interest
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Conflicts of interest with New England Clean Energy Connect are a real problem and are almost as frustrating as the project itself. ~ Richard Ashton, Farmington, has implemented programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature
Opinion: Mainers Feeding Mainers is growing businesses, supporting communities in rural Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

In communities across Maine farmers are growing high-quality food for hunger-relief programs to nourish their neighbors in need, and those farmers are being paid for their products, thanks to a program called Mainers Feeding Mainers. This innovative program, run by Good Shepherd Food Bank, has been funded in recent years by a one-time state appropriation. This funding runs out next month, and without an ongoing appropriation, the food bank will lose approximately $1 million a year and Mainers Feeding Mainers will be drastically cut. ~ Kristen Miale, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Auburn
Letter: What’s going on, Gov. Mills?
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 19, 2019 

I can’t help but wonder — what has happened to Gov. Janet Mills? She is so gung-ho for that transmission line foolishness that would cut through Maine. Even her home town of Farmington is against it. Signs beside the roads say “no.” It stands to reason that she should be against it. She should stop spending the taxpayers’ money and use her head, for a change. ~ Judy Baird, Lewiston
Alewives and salmon have arrived in Maine rivers. The stripers are next.
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Winter has been slow to let go of much of Maine, but anglers interested in migrating fish won’t have to wait much longer. River herring, which are also referred to as alewives, have arrived in many Maine rivers, and they’ll soon be followed by striped bass and American shad. And the federally endangered Atlantic salmon, which can’t be targeted by anglers, are also arriving in Maine.
Longtime Seven Islands' CEO to retire, LaMontagne named as successor
Mainebiz - Friday, May 17, 2019 

John W. McNulty, who has spent 41 years with the company, will retire on Aug. 2 as president and CEO of Seven Islands Land Co., which manages 820,000 acres of Maine timberland for the Pingree family in Maine. Daniel J. LaMontagne, most recently senior director of land asset management at Weyerhaeuser, will be his successor and plans to join the company in June. LaMontagne began his career working for Sappi and then Plum Creek as a forester in Bingham. He then had roles with increasing responsibility at Plum Creek and Weyerhaeuser in the southern United States.
Mills Outlines Climate Change Council Plans For Natural Resources Committee
Maine Public - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills told state lawmakers Friday that her proposal to create a 27-member climate change council will help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions while transitioning the state to what she describes as a "low-carbon" economy. Testifying before the Legislature's Natural Resources Committee, Mills says the council will come up with plans to slash emissions by 80 percent and generate 100 percent of the state’s power from renewable sources by 2050. "Now, it's easy to set goals on paper, to pass laws that say we should do this, or we should do that," she says. "Implementing it is a whole other thing. That's what this climate council will be tasked with doing."
Maine Wants to Sell Extra Renewable Energy to Other States
Bloomberg News - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Maine wants to blow past other states that have committed to increase renewable energy production: It’s aiming to produce so much renewable energy that by 2030 it can export the excess to neighboring states. A bill (L.D. 658) signed into law May 17 by Gov. Janet Mills (D), directs the governor’s energy office to prepare a plan for the state to become a net exporter of energy by increasing renewable energy generation, energy conservation, and energy efficiency.
Portland Shows Past Levels Of High Waters To Illustrate Perils Of The Future
Maine Public - Friday, May 17, 2019 

The city of Portland is launching a new initiative to better inform people of flood hazards. Officials are placing "High Water Signs" around the city as part of a federal, state and local collaboration aimed at bringing attention to the need for flood resiliency in at-risk areas. The signs mark the high water level of a major flood in 1978. Bill Needleman, Portland's waterfront coordinator, told reporters at the Portand Pier Friday that the goal is to make scientific information about rising water levels and climate change more available to the public.
Future of program that helps hungry Mainers get produce in question as bill waits for funding
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 17, 2019 

A program that gets locally grown food onto the plates of hungry Mainers is at risk. The state funds that supported it are slated to run out in June if a proposal before the legislative appropriations committee doesn’t get funded. The Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine started Mainers Feeding Mainers in 2016 with a one-time $3 million appropriation from the legislature. As the funding clock on the program winds down, officials at the food bank, farmers and the people they help feed are optimistic proposed legislation currently in the hands of the appropriations committee will secure ongoing funding.
Decoding a 1946 land sale agreement poses the latest twist in Belfast’s fish farm fight
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Officials from Nordic Aquafarms are rejecting the idea that the company’s pending application for a submerged lands lease should be summarily thrown out by the Maine Bureau of Public Lands. A new point of conflict involves interpretation of a land sale that happened more than 70 years ago. The lease would allow the company to bury pipes that would bring water from Penobscot Bay to the proposed land-based salmon farm in Belfast and then discharge treated water back to the bay. This access is critical to the $500 million project. The groups Upstream Watch and the Maine Lobstering Union, have been working to slow or stop the permitting process entirely.
Commissioner Camuso Shoots Her First Turkey
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, May 17, 2019 

DIF&W Commissioner Judy Camuso is very excited about shooting a turkey last week. This is the first wild animal Judy has taken, and as she told me the story I could tell she was very pleased. DIFW fisheries biologist Liz Thorndike guided Judy that morning, and a large landowner gave them permission to hunt and even provided them with a very comfortable blind including two nice chairs. Yes, Judy is spoiled.
Endangered Species Day
Other - Friday, May 17, 2019 

For Endangered Species Day on May 17, ESRI Canada put together an interactive based on information from the Endangered Species Coalition to show where some of these animal species live in North America — from the grey wolf, to the humpbacked whale, to the spotted owl.
More asthma, fewer cod: Mills cites impacts on Maine as she pitches climate council to lawmakers
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills urged members of the Legislature on Friday to approve her initiative to create a climate change council to help Maine residents and businesses plan and prepare for the impacts of carbon emissions. Supporters lined up to offer more testimony on the bill’s behalf – but the measure also met opposition from industry figures who raised concerns about granting too much authority to the executive branch to set climate policy.
Opinion: CMP is investing in Maine’s energy future
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Central Maine Power Co. is committed to providing stable delivery rates for customers, investment in our state’s infrastructure, clean-energy expertise and energy grid security. Over three decades at CMP, I have seen a lot of change — in technology, in state regulation and, yes, in ownership. The one constant has been our home-grown commitment to our customers, and I am proud of our ability to invest more in sustainably meeting their needs. ~ Doug Herling, president and CEO, Central Maine Power Co.
Column: Want to hear a whip-poor-will? Maine has plenty of options this month
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 17, 2019 

We don’t have as many whip-poor-wills as we once did. Nobody does. It was one of the birds monitored during a North American Breeding Bird survey between 1966 and 2015. During that period, 75 percent of whip-poor-wills disappeared. Habitat loss is one probable cause. Fire suppression also reduces whip-poor-will habitat. Fortunately, Maine has one factor in its favor: glaciations. During the last Ice Age, glaciers scoured our state and deposited sand and gravel from the mountains to the sea. Wherever this well-drained soil remains, there you might find whip-poor-wills. ~ Bob Duchesne
Opinion: I oversaw the U.S. nuclear power industry. Now I think it should be banned.
Washington Post - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Nuclear power was supposed to save the planet. It could produce enormous amounts of electricity without the pollution caused by burning coal, oil or natural gas, which would help slow the catastrophic changes humans have forced on the Earth’s climate. As a physicist, I admired the science and the technological innovation behind the industry. In the late 2000s, the arguments in support of nuclear power were gaining traction with Congress, academia and even some environmentalists, as the Chernobyl accident faded. But the Fukushima Daiichi crisis reversed that momentum. Nuclear power is no longer a viable strategy for dealing with climate change, nor is it a competitive source of power. It is hazardous, expensive and unreliable, and abandoning it wouldn’t bring on climate doom. The real choice now is between saving the planet and saving the dying nuclear industry. I vote for the planet. ~ Gregory Jaczko, Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner 2005 - 2009, chairman 2009- 2012
Maine’s lobster exports to China plunge 84 percent due to trade war
Other - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

SeafoodSource - The latest data from the Maine International Trade Center indicates that the state’s lobster exports to China plunged dramatically in the wake of retaliatory tariffs placed on a wide range of U.S. goods. The tariffs, implemented in July 2018, had an immediate affect on the state’s lobster industry. Soon after tariffs were implemented Maine’s exports to China nearly disappeared completely, and according to MITC exports have plunged nearly 84 percent since the tariffs were implemented.
Advocates urge lawmakers to help revive UMaine-led offshore wind power project
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

The Mills administration and advocates for developing offshore wind power in Maine urged lawmakers Thursday to revive a floating turbine project that has been stalled with utility regulators for more than a year. The bill would direct the Public Utilities Commission to approve a long-term contract between the University of Maine-led Aqua Ventus program and Central Maine Power. A PUC decision last June to reopen a previously negotiated contract was viewed by project supporters as yet another setback by Gov. Paul LePage for Maine to develop an energy sector with enormous potential.
Watch as a mama fox plays with her babies in a Maine yard Baby foxes play fight
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

About a week ago, nature photographer Roger Stevens Jr. said a man let him know about a family of foxes that were living underneath someone’s porch not far from downtown Lincoln. Armed with a new camera, he headed over to visit, and found that the foxes were far from shy: The mother fox has five active kits, which scamper, play, wrestle and essentially exude extreme cuteness that he was more than happy to capture in photos.
Portland kicks off a cruise season that will bring bigger ships, more passengers
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Portland welcomed the first major cruise ship of the 2019 season Thursday. The Norwegian Dawn brought 2,224 passengers and 1,000 crew members into port. Two other large ships expected this month – Grandeur of the Seas on Sunday and the Norwegian Dawn again on May 23 – are among the 100 cruise ships expected to call on Portland this season. Last year, 120 ships visited the city.
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