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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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Maine Potato Board names Mapleton family ‘Farm Family of the Year’
Bangor Daily News - Friday, July 5, 2019 

The Maine Potato Board has announced the Chandler family of D C Farms in Mapleton as the 2019 Farm Family of the Year. Darren, along with his brother David, sixth generation growers in the family, farm primarily in Mapleton and Castle Hill. Their father, Darrell Chandler, is retired but still is available with advice and a keen view of the family history in the region.
District wraps up birding series
Piscataquis Observer - Friday, July 5, 2019 

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District recently completed its free, 3-part series of birding workshops. In April Bob Duchesne, bird guide and author of “Maine Birding Trails,” led the Birding by Ear presentation. The next event, the PCSWCD’s annual Law Farm Bird Walk, was also led by Duchesne along with his wife Sandy. In June the PCSWCD teamed up with Somerset County Soil and Water Conservation District, Maine Audubon and the Forest Stewards Guild to hold a Forestry for Maine Birds presentation geared toward landowners, foresters, loggers and woodland owners.
Column: New program to protect Brunswick’s shoreline
Times Record - Friday, July 5, 2019 

Water shapes every part of our landscape. It has a dramatic impact along the shore. The waves, the tides and the scouring of ice in the winter impact the infrastructure we build along the coast. If that shoreline changes, so does our ability to use ramps, bridges and roads that abut the shoreline for coastal access and transport. And consider the impacts on the natural world along this boundary. A new regional program is aiming to shore up some shorelines. And, the three Maine sites are in Brunswick. The Living Shorelines program will test materials like bags of crushed oyster shells and Coir logs made of coconut fibers shells packed in tubular netting. The hope is that these materials will be incorporated into the already existing shore and look more like a part of them than something apart from them. ~ Susan Olcott
Column: Invisible lines threaten lobster fishery
Seacoast Online - Thursday, July 4, 2019 

Maine lobstermen are facing what one lobsterman called “the fight of our lives” right now as they face extreme and dangerous new regulations which if implemented could devastate the lobster industry we have today, and impact the entire economy throughout the state and beyond with a trickle-down effect like no other, with the potential to affect seafood markets and grocery stores, bait dealers, seafood processors, truckers, fuel companies, marine mechanics, trap builders, marine supply stores, restaurants, everyday people who buy seafood, and the biggest moneymaker for the state of all - the tourist industry. The entire state of Maine and beyond cashes in on the iconic Maine lobster. It’s time for us to stand up for the lobstermen who bring them to us. We are all in this boat together. ~ Shelley Wigglesworth
County Faces: Steve Young of Frenchville
Fiddlehead Focus (St. John Valley, Aroostook County) - Thursday, July 4, 2019 

Wildlife biologist Steve Young of Frenchville, 63, first fell in love with nature when he was a Boy Scout growing up in Madawaska. Young went on to become an Eagle Scout and has shared his respect and appreciation for Maine’s natural landscape with others ever since. He earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Maine Orono in 1978. Young worked a variety of wildlife related jobs in the field for different government agencies. His work took him to the mainland in Canada and off the coast of Alaska in the Bering Sea. Young said there is something to appreciate about nature as it exists all over the world, but he has a special appreciation for the upper St. John Valley.
Maine To Use Herbicide To Eradicate Invasive Plant From Lake
Associated Press - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

Maine environmental regulators are planning to use an herbicide on a portion of a large lake in the central part of the state that is popular with fishermen and boaters. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says it's holding a public meeting on July 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Winthrop Town Office about the treatment of part of Cobbosseecontee Lake. The DEP says the goal of the herbicide treatment is to get rid of Eurasian watermilfoil, an aquatic invasive plant, in the lake. The DEP says the aquatic herbicide would be used on a four-acre area of the 5,516-acre lake. The treatment would take one day and would result in a handful of safety advisories.
Piping Plovers Nearly Scrap Maine Town's July 4 Fireworks Show
NECN - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

The July Fourth fireworks display in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, will go on as planned after some piping plovers almost caused a cancellation. A plover nest sits just 400 feet from the town's fireworks launch site, right on the beach behind the Palace Playland amusement park. Old Orchard Beach is a draw for tourists from all over New England and Eastern Canada, and the Fourth is one of the biggest times of its busiest times of year. Last week, a plover was still protecting unhatched eggs there, which forced town officials to cancel the weekly fireworks display. Luckily for the residents and tourists in town, in the time between last Thursday and this Wednesday, the birds hatched and moved away from the nest, which means there is no need to stop the July Fourth show.
Millinocket mill site owner says it’s settled $1.5M tax debt to IRS
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

A volunteer economic development organization has settled an old $1.5 million debt to the IRS that will allow it to market Millinocket’s former Great Northern Paper Co. mill site to potential tenants. The nonprofit Our Katahdin will pay $450,000 of the debt. Our Katahdin has raised $90,000 already to put toward repaying the IRS debt. In December, the lien forced the withdrawal of a North Carolina firm that had tentatively agreed to launch a $30 million factory at the mill site making cross-laminated timber. Our Katahdin intends to develop the site into a multi-tenant industrial park. Last month, a British firm said it was ready to start building a “modern aquaculture plant” in Millinocket to raise Atlantic salmon.
Column: One Heck of a Tail
Boothbay Register - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

This past weekend a casual birder was at the Brunswick Executive Airport. Ironically, she was standing in the very same spot that we were birding at the week before when we added upland sandpiper and eastern meadowlark, two grassland specialists, to our Maine Mindfulness Big Year list. This birder happened to notice a very odd, silvery bird that she did not recognize. The most striking feature was its very long forked tail. She did what people do nowadays and took a photo of it. Later that day she shared it on the Maine Birds Facebook page. Soon after, she found out that she had discovered a very special bird—an aptly named scissor-tailed flycatcher—that was a long way from home. ~ Jeff and Allison Wells
Filling the Power Vacuum
Free Press - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

Roger Rittmaster lives about halfway to the dead-end on William Glen Drive in Camden. Bare oak trees line the road and stand naked in his neighbors’ yards. But with a few minor exceptions — a chewed crown or a buzzed limb — his oak trees look like they’re supposed to, leaves and all. What he did almost a year ago was lure browntail moths to his back porch with a giant light and kill them, en masse, with a flyswatter. The browntail moth infestation is now solidly throughout the midcoast. Rittmaster, a retired endocrinologist and Maine Master Naturalist, coordinated with the town to shut off the streetlight, and he suggested to his neighbors that they either keep their outdoor lights off, or keep them on and try to kill as many of the moths as possible. “What I’m trying to avoid is inoculating the whole tree,” he said.
Here’s what the ads say, and where they’re misleading
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

The television ads related to CMP’s proposed $1 billion transmission line project started late last year when Stop The Corridor, often referred to as a “dark money” group because its funding source is unknown, ran an ad in several Maine markets. Stop the Corridor has spent at least $520,000 on television ads. CMP and NECEC’s ads have mostly focused on the project’s benefits for Mainers, including carbon emission reductions and new jobs. CMP and NECEC have spent at least $720,000 on television ads. The two camps spend very differently on Facebook ads. While CMP and NECEC combined to spend $70,000 buying ads on the social media giant, Stop the Corridor has spent more than $240,000.
Ads spent on the CMP corridor topped $1.8 million. The source of much of that money is a secret.
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

Supporters and opponents of Central Maine Power Co.’s proposed $1 billion transmission line have combined to spend at least $1.8 million on TV, Facebook and radio advertising since late last year. CMP and its affiliate, New England Clean Energy Connect, have spent at least $1 million on ads related to the line. At least $800,000 was spent on advertising by anti-line group Stop The Corridor, which refuses to identify the source of its funding. The amount underscores the high stakes of the debate over the line, which could fundamentally alter New England’s electricity market. CMP also increased its lobbying presence in Augusta in 2019. “It was some of the most intense lobbying that I’ve ever seen CMP and its allies pursue at the state house,” said Didisheim, Natural Resources Council of Maine’s advocacy director.
Column: When we lost Letourneau
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

I still miss Gene Letourneau, who wrote about hunting and fishing every day for 50 years in central and southern Maine newspapers. Hundreds of thousands of Mainers revered Gene Letourneau and doted on his every daily word. Where, oh where, will we find that daily dose of outdoor Maine ever again? ~ George Smith
Letter: Permanently pay for vital conservation fund
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

The great outdoors are synonymous with Maine’s brand. Our state is home to some of the most breathtaking public lands in the country, from Acadia National Park to Sebago Lake. One of the best ways we can preserve and protect Maine’s natural resources is through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to direct more funding toward the LWCF next year. I’ve also co-sponsored the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, which would permanently and fully fund the LWCF. I’ll keep fighting to preserve our public lands for future generations to experience, explore and enjoy. ~ Chellie Pingree, 1st District U.S. representative, Washington
National Park Service to cover nearly $2.5 million in costs for Trump's July 4 event by dipping into entrance and recreation fees
Washington Post - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

The National Park Service will use money primarily intended to fix some of the nation’s smaller parks to pay for the celebration.
Recall issued for veggies packaged at Biddeford plant because of Listeria concerns
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

A food processing plant in Biddeford has issued a voluntary recall of several fresh vegetable products out of concern that they may be contaminated with Listeria. The recall includes certain squash, cauliflower and zucchini products sold under the Green Giant Fresh, Trader Joe’s, Signature Farms and Growers Express brands, according to a recall notice issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Canned and frozen products under those brands are not affected. The plant is owned and operated by Growers Express, a company based in Salinas, California. Products made at the Biddeford plant are distributed to grocery stores throughout New England, including Shaw’s and Trader Joe’s.
West Newbury, Mass, hires Maine environmental major
Other - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

The West Newbury Conservation Commission selected Albert “Bert” Comins to serve as the new conservation agent. Comins, a resident of Newbury, is scheduled to work 20 hours per week, with additional time for site visits and commission meetings. Comins is a graduate from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, with a bachelor’s in environmental studies.
Concerns about endangered birds won’t stop July 4 fireworks show in Old Orchard Beach
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

The Fourth of July fireworks show will go on as planned in Old Orchard Beach on Thursday despite concerns about an endangered bird that was about to give birth to a brood of chicks nearby. The piping plover’s nest was only 400 feet from where the fireworks are staged just south of the Palace Playland amusement park, sparking concerns that the explosions and the thousands of people expected to attend the traditional waterfront display could disrupt the birds and their nest. Town Manager Larry Mead said the holiday fireworks display will go on as planned Thursday because the chicks have hatched and the birds are expected to move away from the noise and crowds.
Letter: Recognizing our energy future
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

I would like to thank Sen. Paul Davis for his prescience and determination to protect our future by supporting two bills that will bode well for Maine’s future energy needs. The first bill, LD 1711, is a comprehensive solar bill that will lower energy costs by increasing access to solar power. The second bill, LD 1494, will increase Maine’s renewable portfolio standard to 100 percent by 2050. A diverse mix of renewable energy sources will help wean us away from fossil fuel and its destructive effects, increase energy independence and provide stabilization, as well as predictable pricing to Maine’s electric grid. In effect, we’re cleaning up our act. ~ Robert Fritsch, Dexter
50 Mainers: Tim Glidden
Maine. The Magazine - Tuesday, July 2, 2019 

Tim Glidden, President of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, has sent his entire care conserving Maine's natural resources.
Keep an Eye Out for This Dangerous Plant in Maine
Other - Monday, July 1, 2019 

B98.5 FM - Heracleum mantegazzianum, better known as Giant Hogweed, and part of the carrot family, is an invasive plant that appears sporadically throughout the state and looks similar to queen-Anne's-lace. Do not touch the plant if possible. If you choose to remove the plant from your property be sure to wear gloves, long sleeves, long pants, and eye protection. In the event you come into contact with Giant Hogweed be sure to thoroughly wash the exposed the area and stay out of the sun for 48 hours. The rash from this plant isn't an ordinary rash. The sap from the plant removes your skin's natural protection from harmful UV rays thus the importance of staying out of the sun. Exposure runs the risk of third-degree burns and extremely painful blisters that can appear up to 20 hours after contact.
2019 Summary of Key Environmental Legislation in Maine
Pierce Atwood - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Pierce Atwood’s Environmental and Land Use Practice Groups provide a summary of key environmental legislation from the 129th Maine Legislature’s First Regular Session, which adjourned sine die, on June 20, 2019.
Central Maine Power seeking approval for rate hike
Portland Press Herald - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Central Maine Power customers will be given the chance to weigh in on a proposed rate hike during a series of public hearings set to begin this month. In a news release circulated to legislative leaders Monday, the company said that it is seeking approval from the Maine Public Utilities Commission for an increase in electric distribution rates of approximately $46.5 million, or a 10.65 percent hike, in delivery rates for residential customers.
Lewiston nonprofit receives lead poisoning prevention grant
Sun Journal - Monday, July 1, 2019 

Healthy Androscoggin is one of nine organizations nationwide to receive a 2019 Lead Poisoning Preventing Grant. The grant offers a “$25,000 cash award to the nonprofit, along with 18 months of coaching and support, access to national experts, engagement in a peer-learning network and a customized analysis calculating the cost of childhood lead exposure and the economic benefits of interventions.” Lewiston and Auburn still have the “first and third-highest numbers of Maine children under the age of 3 years who are poisoned by lead, respectively.” The grant also comes eight months after Healthy Androscoggin received a $120,000 lead prevention grant from the EPA.
Group Forms To Support Proposed Belfast Salmon Farm
Maine Public - Monday, July 1, 2019 

A group has recently launched to advocate for a controversial proposed land-based salmon farm in Belfast. The residents, calling themselves “The Fish Are Okay,” formed a few months ago, according to Trudy Miller, one of the founding members. Miller says it came as a response to months of local opposition to the project. “Local Citizens for Smart Growth” has fought the proposed farm over concerns about its effect on the environment and water supply. Miller says her group formed to show public support for the project, which they say could boost the area’s economy while still protecting the environment.
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