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Announcement - Tuesday, September 19, 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
State of Working Maine 2017
Publication - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 

The "State of Working Maine 2017," published by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, presents a comprehensive analysis of the economic, demographic, and workforce trends that impact the quality and quantity of jobs in Maine.
Alan Hutchinson memorial celebration, Sep 28
Event - Posted - Monday, September 18, 2017 

A celebration to pay tribute to the memory of the late Alan Hutchinson, executive director of the Forest Society of Maine. At Portland Country Club, Falmouth, September 28, 4:30-6:30 pm. RSVP.
BDN Poll: Should Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument be open to logging?
Action Alert - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Do you think the Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument should be opened for commercial forestry use?
A Cosmic Perspective, Sep 27
Event - Posted - Monday, September 18, 2017 

American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium, September 27.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Sep 26
Event - Posted - Monday, September 18, 2017 

Lucas St. Clair will discuss the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. At Portland House of Music, September 26, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Portland Regional Chamber Members $15, Non-Members $20, Walk-Ins $30.
National Lobster Day, Sep 25
Announcement - Monday, September 18, 2017 

The U.S. Senate has designated September 25 as National Lobster Day.
Making America Green Again: A Workshop in Resistance, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 17, 2017 

This public policy teach-In will address threats Maine's environment faces from rollbacks in Washington, D.C., and how can Mainers fight back. At Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, September 23, 1-2:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Making America Green Again: A Workshop in Resistance, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 16, 2017 

This public policy teach-In will address threats Maine's environment faces from rollbacks in Washington, D.C., and how can Mainers fight back. At Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, September 23, 1-2:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Common Ground Country Fair, Sep 22-24
Event - Posted - Friday, September 15, 2017 

The Common Ground Country Fair "celebrates organic living, farming and growing" and hosts a large number of political groups and activists. At in Unity, September 22-24, sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Introductory Weekend, Sep 22-12
Event - Posted - Friday, September 15, 2017 

Introductory learning experiences in a variety of outdoor skills including hunting, fishing, wilderness survival, and outdoors skills for women 18 years and older. At University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond, September 22-24.
Intimate Details of Life on a Remote Farm in Maine, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 

At the annual meeting of the Kennebec Historical Society John Twomey will talk about retiring to a farm in Montville. At Maine State Library, Augusta, September 20, 6:30 pm.
2017 Maine Outdoor Film Festival
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 

Here is a schedule for upcoming screenings of the 2017 Maine Outdoor Film Festival.
Killing Maine
Publication - Monday, September 11, 2017 

The Kindle edition of "Killing Maine" by Mike Bond is free on Amazon, September 11-15. It is the story of Hawaiian surfer Pono Hawkins who books a flight to Maine to help a fellow Special Forces vet duck a murder conviction. The story has an unusual villain, WindPower LLC, whose deafening, monstrous turbines are an incessant presence throughout the story.
Swan Island Circumnavigation, Sep 17
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

Leader: Jay Robbins. At Richmond, September 17, 3:30-5:30 pm.
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Opinion: Arguments clearly favor Portland’s new recycling carts
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 11, 2017 

As a solid waste researcher at the University of Southern Maine, I have conducted numerous studies measuring the impact of container selection on recycling rates and litter production. Portland’s new recycling carts will solve some environmental problems, reduce city costs and result in a more positive experience for both residents of and visitors to the city. With every solution there are new challenges, but these are far outweighed by the cost savings and environmental benefits. ~ Travis Wagner, professor of environmental science and policy, USM
Letter: Let’s rethink management of our valuable fresh water
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 11, 2017 

I am indeed grateful that Maine has an abundance of clean water, unlike some parts of the world. We need to be thoughtful about conserving and preserving our fresh water. Is it in our best interest to be buying bottled water when we have clean tap water to drink? How much plastic ends up in the waste stream from plastic bottled water, instead of using reusable containers? How does the private, large-scale commercial extraction of our groundwater affect Maine’s fresh-water resource? Should our groundwater be in the public trust, rather than in private hands? ~ Pamela Anderson, Old Orchard Beach
Letter: Rising gasoline prices reinforce need for renewable energy
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 11, 2017 

Gas prices in Maine and around the country are rising as a result of the shutdown of oil refineries in Texas. Maine gas prices rose by 32 cents last week, a 13 percent increase over the week before. The increase in gas prices shows that we cannot continue to be dependent on oil. We need better energy for our cars and houses. Slashing the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent would remove research funding for renewable energy. Without continued research on other forms of fuel. This is why President Trump should maintain the EPA budget at current levels and increase research on renewable energy. ~ Jacqueline Guyol, Portland
Letter: Political factors influence global warming doubters
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 11, 2017 

When I was a child, we ran into the water at Crescent or Higgins beaches, for the water was 54 degrees. We played in the cold water until our lips turned purple and we were shivering uncontrollably. Today, the water in Casco Bay is 64 degrees during the summer months. This is a strong indicator that our world is getting warmer. If the Republicans were to acknowledge global warming, they would then be under pressure to do something about it. But they cannot admit to global warming because their master, the energy people, would cut off their funding. ~ Theodore Davis, Bath
Letter: Poliquin’s silence on national monument
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 11, 2017 

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s lack of interest in sharing his views with the press apparently extends to his constituents, at least as far as Maine’s new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is concerned. Before the monument was established, a supermajority of my fellow 2nd Congressional District neighbors supported a federal designation. After it was established, a poll found 72 percent of Mainers support the monument. No wonder, with all the benefits it’s already bringing. I wrote Poliquin to ask him where he stands. His extremely long reply not only didn’t tell me where he stands on the monument, but his letter didn’t even mention the monument. Not once. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King have opposed the attack on our monument. Yet, with the only economic catalysts Maine has seen in a generation under attack, Poliquin won’t say a word? ~ Jeff Smith, Swanville
Letter: Trump’s denial can’t stop climate change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 11, 2017 

With the destructive Hurricane Harvey flooding, the 74 wildfires out West fueled by record heat, and the drought in Maine causing reduced hay crops and blueberry yield, we are seeing some of the many examples of the effects of global climate change happening now, not in the future. The significant economic, human health, environmental and national security loses globally from the effects of climate change have been predicted for years. Starting in the last decade, global climate change events with these multiple costs led leaders in all but three countries to sign onto the Paris climate agreement in 2015. President Donald Trump said the United States will withdraw from the Paris agreement. He has proposed reducing agencies’ budgets to report, research, prepare and adapt to mitigate the multiple effects of climate change. Trump and his cabinet do not acknowledge climate change, but TV screens do not hide the truth. ~ Pamela Person, Orland
Letter: We need climate action before it's too late
Forecaster - Monday, September 11, 2017 

As the world becomes warmer more water evaporates from oceans into the air, creating heavier precipitation and more flooding. Sea-level rise caused by climate change increases storm surge from hurricanes. I’m taking more steps toward a less-frightening future. I am trying to limit my own carbon footprint. I am also active in environmental organizations. It would be great if the United States takes a leadership role in addressing this problem. We are all ultimately responsible for our actions, and they will come back to haunt us, and future generations even more. So, let’s act now. It’s never too late to prevent things from becoming even worse. ~ Lois Howlet, Yarmouth
Editorial: Hunting for ways to skew(er) the truth
Maine Environmental News - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

On September 7, the Trump Administration issued a news release claiming a new report shows that 101.6 million Americans participated in wildlife-related activities last year, such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife-watching. "This report absolutely underscores the need to increase public access to public lands across the United States [for hunting and fishing],” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. This is extremely deceptive. The release lists the three categories of wildlife-related activities, in the exact opposite of their ranking in terms of numbers of participants. The obvious goal is to promote hunting and fishing, the sports which account for big profits for the gun lobby, the ORV industry, and other manufacturers of expensive equipment. There is a legitimate place for hunting and fishing in the mix of uses on our public lands, but the hunting and fishing industries have been very effective in creating a fraudulent reality that hugely inflates their importance.
Traffic shuts road to Cadillac Mountain summit 49 times so far
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

The road to the Cadillac Mountain summit in Acadia National Park was temporarily closed 49 times this summer because of traffic congestion, emphazing the need for more visitors to use the park’s shuttle bus system and providing key data for a new transportation plan, according to a park spokeswoman.
Researchers find summer heat’s lasting longer in the Gulf of Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

New scientific research has revealed that summer temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, the second fastest warming part of the world’s oceans, are persisting two months longer than they were as recently as the early 1980s. The findings, by a Maine-led team of scientists, have ramifications for marine life, fishermen and the strength of hurricanes, which appear in late summer and are fueled by warm water.
Artist Adriane Herman’s changing lives, one project at a time
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

The process of letting go led Maine artist Adriane Herman to her latest art project, “Out of Sorts,” an exhibition at Speedwell Projects in Portland that will explore the cycle of consumption, release and recycling, both physically and emotionally.
Brunswick unlikely to use Mere Point funds for shore access
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

The Brunswick Town Council will likely use proceeds from the sale of 946 Mere Point Road for uses other than improving the town's waterfront access. The money is earmarked for that purpose, but councilors re-evaluated their spending priorities at a public hearing last week. A plan that will assign an unknown, reduced portion of the proceeds from the June sale – nearly $440,000 – is expected to come back before the council at a later date. The reduction represents a compromise intended to appease pressure facing the council for greater tax relief, and for greater public access to the water.
Dana completes 261-mile odyssey from Mount Washington to Katahdin in eight days
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

After leaving from Mount Washington on Aug. 26, Barry Dana completed the 261 miles of the Appalachian Trail between Mount Washington and Mount Katahdin in eight days, finishing on Sept. 3, in time for the ceremony held by the Penobscot Nation at the base of Katahdin. He covered an average of 32 miles a day with a bad left ankle and shin that hurt start to finish, but his personal journey – made in honor of his late uncle – left him exalted, Dana said the week after.
Bowdoin College grad Sam Brody knows climate change
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

Perhaps you saw Sam Brody on NBC News, explaining why Houston is prone to flooding, or read quotes from him in the Wall Street Journal, or heard him on NPR’s “Marketplace.” Since the catastrophic arrival of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas and Louisiana coasts, the director of the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores at Texas A&M University has been very busy explaining flooding to the world. The rain had just stopped when we called the Bowdoin College graduate to talk about his journey to expert status, how he managed to stay dry in all that rain and what Merrymeeting Bay taught him.
Now that the tourists are gone, enjoy southern Maine’s best coastal hikes
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

Here are six hikes along the southern Maine coast that have a meditative effect for you.
• Cliff Walk, Scarborough
• Cliff Trail, Harpswell
• Long Reach Loop Trail, Harpswell
• Ovens Mouth Preserve, Boothbay
• Crescent Beach, Kettle Cove state parks, Cape Elizabeth
• Wolfe’s Neck Woods Park (the backside), Freeport
Column: Acorns, chestnuts and beechnuts – a prime food source for game
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

This century is still just a teenager but at the turn of the previous one North America was a very different place. The harvest and sale of wildlife was virtually unregulated and market gunning had pushed many species of birds and mammals – like wild turkeys and deer – to the brink of extinction. Meanwhile, seemingly endless flights of passenger pigeons blackened the skies. And from Maine to Mississippi, the American chestnut was the most abundant hardwood tree in the eastern United States, making up an estimated 25-30 percent of the eastern hardwood forest. Naturally, these trees were also one of the most important sources of hard mast for a host of wildlife species. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: A weekend in the woods will remind you of what’s important
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

The first night camping at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was mystical, invigorating and potentially embarrassing. The second night we almost got killed (at least, that was the scenario we conjured up), and that was fun, too. Camping tests mettle, and we passed. Every red-blooded American should camp. It reminds us who we are in challenging, unfamiliar situations. Camping in the North Woods reset my moral compass and reminded me what I want to carry around on my back. ~ Cynthia Dill
Opinion: Hurricanes are not a liberal conspiracy, trust me on this one
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

As if it were not bad enough that Houston is still drying out from Hurricane Harvey and South Florida is hunkered down in the face of Hurricane Irma, last week found the newly formed hurricanes Katia and Jose, respectively spinning in the Gulf of Mexico and whirling west across the Atlantic. We face multiple, simultaneous, catastrophes. Radio host Rush Limbaugh said that hurricanes are actually part of a vast liberal plot. Limbaugh’s lunacy reflects right-wing orthodoxy, which favors doing nothing in response to climate change on the theory it’s all an expensive boondoggle designed to victimize innocent oil and gas companies. So you get Trump pulling the country out of the Paris climate accord and Florida Gov. Rick Scott forbidding his team to even use the term “climate change.” Where the health of our planet is concerned, Republicans essentially ask us to make a wager that science is wrong. ~ Leonard Pitts, Jr.
Opinion: Disaster in oil-industry hub aided by man’s folly
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 10, 2017 

At the end of August, Hurricane Harvey inundated the Houston area with a flood of biblical proportions. But the disaster was not just an act of God. It was also the product of man’s folly in contributing to and then ignoring the impact of climate change. ~ Elliott Epstein
Rush Limbaugh evacuating Palm Beach days after suggesting Hurricane Irma is fake news
Washington Post - Saturday, September 9, 2017 

Rush Limbaugh recently claimed that the media is manufacturing unwarranted panic about Hurricane Irma as part of a plot to hype climate change, boost ratings and increase advertising revenue from businesses that stand to make money off purchases of batteries and bottled water. Limbaugh said something else on Thursday: He indicated he is evacuating his Palm Beach mansion, from which he broadcasts daily, for “parts unknown.”
Maine expects to set a cruise ship record in 2017
Associated Press - Saturday, September 9, 2017 

Maine is on track to have a record season for cruise ships this year. The state is expecting 423 ships with more than 380,000 passengers before the fall season ends. That’s 62 more ships than last year. Cruise ship visits to Maine have almost tripled since 2003. Portland and Bar Harbor, major destinations for the ships, are considering pier expansions to bring in bigger ships and more passengers.
BikeMaine riders arrive in Skowhegan before their weeklong journey
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, September 9, 2017 

Four hundred bicyclists gathered Saturday afternoon at Fairgrounds Market Place for the first night in BikeMaine Village before beginning an estimated 355-mile trek through the central and western parts of the state for the fifth annual BikeMaine event. Skowhegan was selected as the host community for this year’s BikeMaine, which drew riders from five countries and 35 U.S. states.
Flood insurance reauthorization prompts concern in central Maine
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, September 9, 2017 

Created in the late 1960s to reduce the financial effect of flooding, the National Flood Insurance Program provides affordable insurance to people with flood-prone property and encourages cities and towns to adopt and enforce flood plain management strategies. Even if a single drop of rain from the wildly destructive Hurricane Irma never reaches Maine, ratepayers here are expected to feel its effect in what they pay.
Opinion: Why is the U.S. public subsidizing flood risk?
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 9, 2017 

The chance of being swamped deters some people, but the government offers flood insurance to pay for repairing and rebuilding. The owners of a Houston home that flooded 16 times in 18 years got over $800,000 in payments – for a house worth less than $115,000. Houston, according to the National Wildlife Federation, accounts for more than half of all the properties that are flooded and paid for over and over. Yet development in these precarious spots continues apace. Thanks to past storms, the flood insurance program has a $25 billion deficit. The Congressional Budget Office found that coastal counties at risk from tropical storms make up just 10 percent of all the counties with federal flood insurance policies – but generate 75 percent of the claims and most of the deficit. ~ Chicago Tribune
They were surrounded by more than a million migrating animals!
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, September 8, 2017 

I don’t know how I had never heard of Shelley Lance-Fulk and Jaclyn Amtower, who live in Beaver Cove, a small village just north of Greenville, and who have travelled to all 7 continents and more than 75 countries to experience and photograph wildlife. Thankfully, I know about them now, after reading some of their amazing stories, and seeing some of their fantastic photographs, in their new book " Can I Carry Your Luggage?" You can see lots of awesome photos on their website, www.compassroseimages.com.
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