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Action Alert - Saturday, January 19, 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). We have posted summaries and links to over 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
Lake St. George Ice Fishing Derby, Jan 26
Event - Posted - Saturday, January 19, 2019 

Learn how to fish. All equipment and bait provided. Lunch, hot cocoa, and warming hut. At Lake St. George State Park, Liberty, January 26, 8 am - 2 pm.
Brown-tail moths, Jan 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 17, 2019 

Eleanor Groden, professor of entomology at the University of Maine, will discuss the health hazards presented by, and recommended management strategies of, brown-tail moths. At Palermo Community Library, January 24, 6:30 pm.
20th Anniversary Maine Farmland Trust Kick Off Event, Jan 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 17, 2019 

Join a festive hometown gathering to look back at Maine Farmland Trust's many milestones since 1999, and celebrate the founders and members who helped to shape the organization. At United Farmer’s Market of Maine, Belfast, January 24, 6 pm.
Explore Nature through photography, Jan 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 17, 2019 

Local photographers Michele Benoit, Donne Sinderson, and Richard Spinney will share their photographs, experience and tips for photographing the natural world. At Bangor, January 24, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Bangor Land Trust.
Help pick BDN top issue
Action Alert - Tuesday, January 15, 2019 

This year, the Bangor Daily News opinion pages will focus attention on four issues that are critical to Maine’s future. We have picked three areas: economic development; referendum reform; and Maine’s rural, spread out population. Help pick the fourth topic. Climate change and the associated energy, land-use and conservation policies are the top concern so far.
Marching Backwards
Publication - Tuesday, January 15, 2019 

A report by the Environmental Defense Fund about how Andrew Wheeler and Donald Trump are endangering the health of American families by rolling back environmental safeguards.
Browntail Moth, Jan 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, January 15, 2019 

Maine Forest Service Entomologist Tom Schmeelk and District Forester Morten Moesswilde explain how to identify and manage browntail moths. At Boothbay Regional Land Trust's Oak Point Farm, January 22, 3 pm.
Tree Appreciation Walk, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Monday, January 14, 2019 

Kids, adults, and families are invited on a walking exploration and appreciation of trees. At Thorne Head Preserve Bath, January 20, 1-2:30 pm. Co-sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and Beth Israel Congregation.
Colonizing history of Wabanaki people, Europeans, Jan 20
Event - Posted - Sunday, January 13, 2019 

Maine-Wabanaki REACH and the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta hold an interactive story-telling experience about the colonizing history of Wabanaki (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants. At UU Church, Augusta, January 20, 1-3 pm, RSVP.
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 10, 2019 

Expert guides. Amazing scenery. Hundreds of new activities to learn. Plus, customized trips, all-inclusive adventures, kids’ camps and more. Starting at $25.
Ice Fishing the Downeast, Jan 17
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 10, 2019 

Gregory Burr, regional biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, talks about “Ice Fishing the Downeast Region.” At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, January 17, noon.
Nature Notes from Maine, Jan 17
Event - Posted - Thursday, January 10, 2019 

Ed Robinson shares interesting facts about some of Maine's most beautiful and fascinating wildlife. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, January 17, 6 pm potluck, 7 pm presentation. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Working with your Woodland, Jan 16
Announcement - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 

Morten Moesswilde, District Forester for the Maine Forest Service, leads a series of presentations and field tours on woodland management on small ownerships. At Maranacook Community High School, Readfield, starting January 16, 6-8 pm, $5 per session or all 8 sessions for $35.
Weekly Winter Adventure camp in Bethel begins Jan. 16
Announcement - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 

The UMaine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond, in partnership with the Mahoosuc Land Trust and Mahoosuc Kids Association, is offering a six-week Winter Adventure course, beginning Wednesday, January 16.
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Democrats looking to finally tackle climate impacts to Gulf of Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 13, 2019 

As control shifts in Augusta, many welcome a new window to address the threats of warming and ocean acidification. After years of inaction, Maine may finally deal with the impacts of climate change along the coast, including ocean acidification, a byproduct of global warming that represents a potentially catastrophic threat to Maine’s marine harvesters. Lawmakers in the new Democratic majority say they are moving to make up for lost time on climate-related challenges to the Gulf of Maine, which has been the second fastest-warming part of the world ocean for the better part of the past two decades.
Do most Mainers love or hate winter? The verdict is in.
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 13, 2019 

In an admittedly unscientific sampling for a very informal survey that took place on a frigid day in Portland last week, the majority of Mainers stopped randomly on the street and asked how they feel about winter gushed about it. (Good thing since they live in a state where it lasts almost half the year.) Their reasons were varied and passionate, from the fact they prefer cold winters to humid summers, to their feelings that hard winters unite us, make us appreciate the quiet in the woods, and give us excuses to throw dinner parties.
Column: Deer hunt still in need of a boost
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 13, 2019 

In 2007, Maine hunters killed only 28,884 deer, a huge decline from the 38,153 deer taken in 2002. Several factors contributed to this – lack of protection for winter habitat, a steady increase in predator (coyote) populations and several severe winters. The state can do little to protect deer wintering areas on private property. Efforts at cooperative agreements have fallen far short of expectations. We can’t control the weather either. That leaves us with predators. Most research indicates efforts are largely ineffective at reducing coyote populations; some research even suggests such efforts may have the opposite effect. Locally concentrated efforts are, however, encouraging. But those have been hampered for two decades by the listing under the Endangered Species Act of lynx as threatened. Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans to de-list the species. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Once the feel of the sport is deep in your bones, can you still teach a beginner?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, January 13, 2019 

The physics of skiing is on my mind. Time seems to stretch as my body drops toward the hill and my legs swing from me, carving into corduroy. I realign. My skis are back under me and I’m briefly weightless as I pop out of that turn and into another, my weight and balance a mirror of what it was a moment before. Wind whips at my face and frigid air fills my lungs. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. ~ Josh Christie
Letter: Companies send our wealth away
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, January 13, 2019 

I hope everyone is enjoying the latest rate increase from Central Maine Power. CMP is one of Maine’s biggest wealth extractors, being wholly owned by Avangrid, which is 85 percent owned by Ibredrola, a foreign company which cares nothing about your well being. CMP transferred over $100 million to Avangrid in 2016 and $50 million in 2017 as stock dividends. CMP isn’t the only large out-of-state wealth extractor. We have Walmart, Amazon, Spectrum, Hannaford, Shaw’s, McDonald’s, KFC, Irving, Cumberland Farms, Dunkin Donuts, and many more. They extract our wealth and send it to their wealthy owners. Communities with too many extractive companies suffer from a negative cash flow, and that is the reason we don’t prosper as a state. State leaders need to foster competition through locally owned companies, cooperatives, employee-owned companies, and nonprofit organizations. ~ Brad Sherwood, Waterville
Letter: Time has come to price carbon emissions
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, January 13, 2019 

Even though prominent economists and former politicians have for years advocated for pricing carbon emissions, Congress has not done so because it didn’t seem to be politically possible. Finally, in Congress’ last session bills were introduced in both the House and Senate to put a price on carbon emissions. Each of the two energy bills is sponsored by members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. When this effort to price carbon succeeds, the fees collected will be returned to people; harmful gas emissions will be reduced by at least 90 percent by 2050; and 2.1 million new jobs will be created in 10 years. What’s not to like? ~ Fern Stearns, Hallowell
Mainers work and play in the cold weather
Sun Journal - Saturday, January 12, 2019 

Deep cold set in across Maine on Saturday. That didn’t stop Mainers from working — and playing — out in the elements. Up on the West Cove of Moosehead Lake, where the ice is 17 inches thick, spectators, some on snowmobiles, some ice fishing, gathered around a quarter-mile oval track and watched five competitors race Sunday. “I’ve lived here my whole life, so I’m used to the cold, but when I’m in the race car with no jacket or gloves, my adrenaline is pumping,” said Nikki Hamilton, of Greenville Junction.
Column: Outdoors technology getting out of control
Sun Journal - Saturday, January 12, 2019 

Many of us hunters, young and old, like gadgetry for its own sake, but there comes a point when a dependence on technology defeats one of the reasons we hunt: freedom, a period of liberation from the hustle and bustle of the cell phones and computers. Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega Gasset called hunting “a few days of being Paleolithic.” Of course, it can be argued that we reduce our quarry’s edge with too much technology. However, outdoor writer John Madson argues that wildlife’s edge “is likely to be enhanced by our increasing dependence on electronic gadgets and decreasing reliance on our legs, eyes, ears, patience and the savvy that accrues from years of (hunting) experience.” ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Auburn couple looking for perfect spot to site their treehouse 'glampground'
Sun Journal - Saturday, January 12, 2019 

Karen and John Bolduc have an idea for a culinary-focused, high-end treehouse glampground on 100 acres, with spiral stairs snaking around the tree and a treehouse chicken coop with eggs that roll right into the high-rise kitchen window. Now, where to put it. After looking privately for months with limited luck, the Auburn couple decided to go public with their $1.5 million idea last week hoping someone might know of just the right piece of property that fits their wish list.
Mainer rides 8 miles with broken leg after moose causes snowmobile crash
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 12, 2019 

A Maine snowmobiler drove his sled eight miles Friday night with a fractured leg after he was involved in a chain reaction snowmobile accident started by a moose, game wardens said. Bruce Saucier, 44, was the last sled of three riding around 6 p.m. Friday on ITS 110 when the lead rider — Alex Giebitz, 27, from East Berne, New York — saw the young moose in a trail west of Greenville. Giebitz was able to avoid the moose, but Juan Fernandez from New York, who was riding a 2015 SkiDoo Renegade was unable to avoid the animal and collided with it. The impact killed the animal and caused considerable damage to Fernandez’s sled. Saucier collided with the rear end of Fernandez’s sled and the impact fractured Saucier’s right leg. The trio were issued a permit to keep the moose.
Beautiful bird illustrations and poems
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, January 12, 2019 

Captivated by the beautiful illustration of a bird on the cover of From Nana’s Window, a quick glance at the author’s name told me it is Margaret Grouse. Very appropriate for a book about birds! But I got that wrong. Her name is Margaret Gouse and she’s a recent college and law school graduate who grew up on Maine’s southern coast. As a young girl, she carried around her Audubon field guide to identify birds in her backyard. I was entranced by the illustrations of Esther Safford, Margaret’s nana. And each illustration generated a short poem from Margaret, often including the calls of the bird.
Legislature tackles everything from ice fishing to turkey hunting
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, January 12, 2019 

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will be busy this session. I’m writing a series of columns about all the bills of interest to sportsmen and women. While we await details of these bills, we can guess from the titles what is being proposed. Here are some more titles and sponsors. Many of these are not new ideas.
Developer: Belfast woman has no standing to challenge $250M Bucksport salmon farm
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, January 12, 2019 

A Belfast woman lives too far from a proposed $250 million indoor salmon farm in Bucksport to appeal a wastewater discharge permit state regulators have issued. That’s the argument Whole Oceans LLC is making in a motion filed with the state Board of Environmental Protection earlier this week to dismiss Holly Faubel’s appeal of the wastewater permit the Maine Department of Environmental Protection granted the company in November. Whole Oceans hopes to start building the aquafarm this spring at the former Verso Paper mill site.
Letter: Blueberry story missed a few important points
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, January 12, 2019 

The recent Associated Press article, “Wild blueberry crop may be about to make a comeback in Maine,” was welcome news with a few important missing footnotes. The reality of “modest harvest” sizes (which caused rising market prices) falls disproportionately on the many small growers most struggling to survive. One of the reasons for the drop in supply is that small growers are folding. The long-term solution lies in more products where the uniqueness of wild blueberries can truly shine. ~ Eric Martin and Michael Terrien, Bluet Wild Blueberry Sparkling Wine, Scarborough
Time to take a stand on nips?
Other - Friday, January 11, 2019 

CommonWealth magazine - Maybe it's time for Massachusetts to take a stand on nips, those little liquor bottles that many communities are coming to regard as a public nuisance. Maine, in its own convoluted way, has also been struggling with the issue. In 2017, state lawmakers in Maine voted to assess a 5-cent deposit on nips starting this year. Former governor Paul LePage vetoed the measure, but lawmakers overrode his veto. LePage then responded by vowing to ban the nips entirely as a public drinking danger. But that bid also failed when the Maine Liquor and Lottery Commission voted 4-1 to reject a nip ban.
Biomass generator missed at least 80 percent of subsidies
Other - Friday, January 11, 2019 

The subsidized newcomer to Maine’s biomass industry, Stored Solar, will miss out on at least 80 percent of the taxpayer dollars it could have collected under a two-year legislative bailout. By the end of 2018, Stored Solar had generated enough power to qualify for up to $2.1 million in subsidies, out of a possible $9.4 million. Meanwhile, the generator’s plants have laid idle and it cut employment in recent months. Another bailout recipient, ReEnergy, has shuttered one of two plants, in Fort Fairfield. Its Ashland plant continues to operate. Before shutting down, however, ReEnergy capturdroughly 75 percent of their total possible subsidy under the deal intended to help Maine’s forest product industry.
Five snowmobilers injured in 2 separate accidents in Maine
Portland Press Herald - Friday, January 11, 2019 

Four people were hurt in a crash involving several sleds on a remote trail system northwest of Millinocket that required a lengthy rescue. In the other accident Friday, a Rhode Island man was injured in northern Franklin County when he lost control of his snowmobile and struck a rock.
Multiple people injured after 4 snowmobiles crash in Penobscot County
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 11, 2019 

Four snowmobiles were involved in what Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife officials are calling “a complex snowmobile crash” Friday. A Rhode Island man was also injured in a snowmobile crash Friday in northern Franklin County.
In 1896 a lot of deer were being shot in Maine
Maine Environmental News - Friday, January 11, 2019 

Excerpt form the 1896 Report of the Maine Inland Fish & Game Commissioners: There is no question but that at least ten thousand deer have been killed in Maine during the year 1896, quite a proportion of them by our own citizens. This is not merely guess work, but based on actual count of the numbers transported by the common carriers, and records kept by various sporting camp proprietors scattered over the State.
Oceans are warming faster than reports had suggested, scientists report
Washington Post - Friday, January 11, 2019 

The oceans are warming faster than climate reports have suggested, according to a new synthesis of temperature observations. “The numbers are coming in 40 to 50 percent (warmer) than the last IPCC report,” said Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric research and an author on the report, published in Science Magazine on Thursday. Trenberth said, “2018 will be the warmest year on record in the oceans” as 2017 was and 2016 before that.
DA won’t prosecute Maine lobster processor over PETA’s animal cruelty claims
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 11, 2019 

The district attorney for Hancock County says he will not file charges against a Gouldsboro lobster processor where an animal welfare group shot a hidden-camera video. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claimed that the video it recorded Oct. 1, 2018 inside the plant shows workers treating lobster inhumanely. Matthew Foster said there is a lack of conclusive evidence that lobsters are “sentient,” and noted that a similar complaint filed in 2013 in Knox County was not prosecuted either.
Shutdown affects Bay Ferries ferry plan in Bar Harbor
Mainebiz - Friday, January 11, 2019 

The federal government shutdown is hampering Bay Ferries Ltd.'s processing of plans to re-establish ferry service between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia. Bay Ferries CEO Mark MacDonald told Mainebiz, "The shutdown has made our dealings with government agencies more difficult, but we understand the circumstances and everyone is doing their best to collectively move things forward as much as we can, despite the shutdown."
Ryan Zinke Prioritized Fixing National Parks. He Exited With Them In Shambles.
Huffington Post - Friday, January 11, 2019 

On his second day as interior secretary, Ryan Zinke told his staff that America’s national parks were “the face” of the Interior Department. He underlined the point by pledging to fix the estimated $12.5 billion park maintenance backlog, a move that earned him rare points with the conservation community. Less than two years later — on Jan. 2, the 12th day of President Donald Trump’s ongoing partial government shutdown — Zinke exited the department under a cloud of ethics scandals, and Americans instead saw national parks and monuments around the country overflowing with trash and human waste.
Maine's Bear Hunt Could See Changes This Year
Associated Press - Friday, January 11, 2019 

Legislators might consider changes to Maine's bear hunt in the coming year as the state grapples with a growing population of the animals. Maine has more than 35,000 bears, an increase of more than 12,000 from the mid-2000s. Republican Sen. Paul Davis is submitting a bill that would give the state wildlife commissioner the ability to adjust the rules governing the state's bear hunting season and bag limits. Republican Rep. Peter Lyford, of Eddington, is also considering submitting a bill that would create a spring bear hunting season. Attempts to tweak the bear hunt would generate considerable attention from hunters and animal welfare activists. A referendum to restrict the bear hunt in 2014 failed.
Opinion: Don’t replace Clean Water Act with ‘Dirty Water Rule’
Bangor Daily News - Friday, January 11, 2019 

Fifty years ago our waterways were so polluted that most of them had a film layer on top and a noxious odor. We enjoy the pristine condition of Maine’s waterways today because of the Clean Water Act, written by Maine’s own U.S. Sen. Edmund S. Muskie. The Trump administration aims to roll back critical protections for America’s waterways. The “Dirty Water Rule” is an extreme attack on clean water. By stripping federal protections from streams and wetlands, it would put our waterways and our drinking water at risk of pollution. It defies common sense, sound science, and the will of Mainers. This is not the Maine way of life, and we need to make that clear to the EPA. ~ Carissa Maurin, Environment Maine
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