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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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Letter: Carbon emissions problem has more than one solution
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 4, 2017 

Tom Tietenberg’s op-ed did an excellent job of explaining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s review process, and why the vast majority of the public wants the governor and state Legislature to strengthen RGGI. More stringent emissions caps is the main method of strengthening RGGI that is currently being considered. The conservative/libertarian think tank, The Niskanen Center, has also suggested that RGGI set more ambitious caps. This is an easy idea that should definitely be approved. And Resources For the Future, recommends RGGI use an emissions containment reserve (ECR) to improve RGGI’s ability to cut our emissions. ECR simply means that if demand for permits decreases, RGGI will hold off selling permits until demand for permits increases again. This is exactly what farmers do. ~ Judy Weiss
Letter: Climate change must be addressed – now
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 4, 2017 

Extreme weather events will become more common as the planet warms, climate scientists say. If nothing is done to ease the effects of climate change, we are looking at disastrous consequences for rich and poor, young and old, people of every political persuasion, here and across the globe. Some politicians ignore the overwhelming scientific consensus on the human contribution to climate change. They are playing with our lives. Congress would do well to consider the legislation proposed by the Citizens Climate Lobby, which proposes a fee at the source on all carbon pollution produced in this country, with revenues returned to the public. ~ Nancy Heiser, Brunswick chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby
Lobbyist Pay Nears $5 Million During Budget, Solar Debates
Associated Press - Sunday, September 3, 2017 

Maine lobbyists who report being paid $4.8 million include familiar political faces involved in fights over solar legislation, voter-approved laws and the two-year, $7.1 billion budget. The 2017 spending documents the revolving door of Maine politics and the influence of former lawmakers and administration officials. GOP Gov. Paul LePage's former adviser Holly Lusk and former Democratic Rep. Adam Goode returned to lobby, as law allows. Four lobbyists for one Augusta-based firm reported $934,000 in pay. The firm's highest-paid lobbyist is former Republican House leader Josh Tardy.
Stung by setbacks, wood suppliers seek new markets and products to survive
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 3, 2017 

Maine's loggers, truckers and sawyers and others scramble to stay afloat while attempts to support them falter.
Teacher finds the lobster shift is a class by itself
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 3, 2017 

Summer work used to keep Kenneth Chutchian on dry land, but this year he wouldn't be trapped by the conventional.
Bradbury Park’s mountain bike trails get funding, but riders say they’ve deteriorated badly
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 3, 2017 

A decade ago cars carrying mountain bikes poured into Bradbury as armies of riders rode after work. Now many riders in greater Portland say they don’t ride at Bradbury much, in part because other trail systems now exist. And riders who helped build the Bradbury trail system in 2006 say the state has allowed the trails to erode and degrade.
Column: Kennebec Estuary Land Trust properties offer excellent fall hiking
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 3, 2017 

This fall, I’m hoping to check off every preserve maintained by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, situated along the Lower Kennebec and Sheepscot river estuaries. Earlier this summer, Down East magazine bestowed its first reader’s choice award for Best Land Trust to KELT. ~ Jake Christie
Column: On the move, shorebirds fill up
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 3, 2017 

Many of these migrants have nested on the arctic tundra and are heading for Central or South America to overwinter. These trips demand lots of fuel so our shorebirds must feed voraciously. Most shorebirds are fairly confiding birds so it’s easy to get close enough to watch their feeding behaviors. Our shorebirds show a diversity of foraging techniques. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Season’s open, so set your sights on a snipe
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 3, 2017 

While most of the main hunting attractions in Maine don’t come into season for a month or so, there are a few species available for harvest before the leaves turn color, quite possibly the least of which is the snipe. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: EPA’s Scott Pruitt’s push to roll back vehicle emission standards is a disaster
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 3, 2017 

As ineffectual as this president appears, his Cabinet members are stealthily orchestrating destructive changes. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is intent on subverting that agency’s mission. At the behest of automakers, he is now reconsidering vehicular emission standards that help protect public health, save consumers money, and guard against further climate disruption. Stopping this “disastrous retreat” depends on a strong chorus of protest from citizens, community leaders, environmental advocates and health care providers. ~ Marina Schauffler
Opinion: Grassroots efforts tackling climate change
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 3, 2017 

In a time when there is such immense need for political action concerning climate change, we are seeing the Trump and LePage administrations intentionally block environmental progress on a local, state and national level. ~ Alison Znamierowski
Letter: Maine can’t afford to make air worse
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 3, 2017 

Southern Maine’s air quality is among the worst in the country. Unfortunately, York and Cumberland Counties received grades of “F” and “D” on the American Lung Association’s State of the Air report for high ozone days. Breathing ground-level ozone is unhealthy for us all. Outdoor enthusiasts and parents of student athletes should be especially concerned. Rolling back fuel efficiency and clean car standards will increase climate-changing carbon pollution and trigger negative public health impacts such as asthma attacks and heart attacks. The Trump administration shouldn’t rig the system for short-term auto industry profits at the expense of our health and future welfare. ~ Nancy Artz, Ph.D., Cumberland
Blog: The most spectacular island in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 2, 2017 

In mid-August, we set out from Portland late on a breezy Saturday afternoon, bound for the beautiful and fabled Roque Island.
Speed-hiker covers Appalachian Trail in record time
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 2, 2017 

A former Boston College cross-country runner has traversed the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in record time after a sleepless, 37-hour sprint to the top of Maine’s Mount Katahdin. Joe McConaughy, known on the trail as “Stringbean,” reached the mountain summit Thursday, finishing his trek in 45 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes. He averaged about 48 miles daily. His unofficial time beats the previous best by about 10 hours and McConaughy says he did it without outside help.
Damariscotta River aquaculture pioneer goes wild
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 2, 2017 

There was no equipment or retail market to support Maine’s oyster aquaculture when Barb Scully entered the industry 31 years ago. Maine oysters are now distributed across the country, with widespread recognition of the Damariscotta River as producing some of the finest-quality oysters on the market. Scully sold Glidden Point Oyster Sea Farm about a year and a half ago. She now sells strictly wild oysters that have been grown and perfected by nature in the Damariscotta River.
Blog: Camp Directors Say Trump Administration’s Proposed Visa Cuts Could Hurt Maine Camps
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 2, 2017 

Last April’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order by the Trump administration could spell trouble for Maine camps come next summer, camp directors say. Now camps are mobilizing throughout the state and country to tell Congress and the White House how damaging the executive order could be for the state’s youth camping industry. ~ Kristine Millard
For snowmobilers, last winter was one for the books
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 2, 2017 

The state’s snowmobile industry had one of its best seasons last winter after enduring one of its worst. Snowmobilers registered 85,035 sleds in Maine for the 2016-17 winter, according to just-released figures from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife — good news for an industry that supports much of the recreation economy of northern Maine. That’s $4.88 million in registrations fees, which the state uses to pay for trail maintenance.
Letter: Keep public lands public
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 2, 2017 

While in Maine we are lucky that our precious national monument is not in jeopardy, there are many other monuments around the country that may be shrunk. The Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante, both in Utah, are two national monuments that are in danger of being shrunk by the current administration. National monuments are important to the protection of our environment. We value the lands our national monuments encompass, but the current administration is looking to sell off and destroy the natural beauty of these lands. We must keep our public lands in the hands of the public. ~ Jacqueline Guyol
Windy, dry conditions resulting in wildfires around Maine
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 1, 2017 

A combination of windy and dry conditions are partly to blame for nearly half a dozen wildfires across the state on Friday.
Commerce Department awards $1.5 million grant to support aquaculture
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 1, 2017 

The U.S. Department of Commerce is investing $1.5 million to support the development of Maine’s aquaculture industry. The grant from the Economic Development Administration will be used by the Darling Marine Center at the University of Maine in Orono for improvements, and to increase the availability of incubator space.
Court to decide how best to clean up mercury from HoltraChem site
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 1, 2017 

A court will decide the best option to clean up a former manufacturing plant where tons of mercury had been dumped into Maine’s Penobscot River decades ago. Maine’s highest court ruled in 2014 that the cleanup of the former HoltraChem Manufacturing Co. plant must be paid for by Mallinckrodt US LLC, the last vestige of the long-closed plant’s former owners. The HoltraChem site was located in Orrington, about two hours north of Portland. Environmental groups have been calling for the site to be cleaned up for many years.
Opinion: No, sportsmen don’t support erasing national monuments
Other - Friday, September 1, 2017 

The Hill - Supporters of President Trump's review of over two dozen national monuments argue rolling back public lands might be good for the sportsmen community and wildlife. We take exception. In fact, hunting opportunities have only been enhanced.
Nonresident moose permits won’t go to sporting camps
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, September 1, 2017 

Despite a unanimous endorsement from the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, a bill to give Maine sporting camps and outfitters 20% of the moose hunting permits currently going to nonresidents in the annual drawing did not win the support of the full legislature. House members voted for the measure, but the Senate voted to carry the bill over to next year’s legislative session.
Editorial: Rare right whales facing new man-made threat
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 1, 2017 

NOAA is working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to review the deaths of thirteen right whales. They’ll collect data on each death, then issue a report that could lead to policy changes in order to protect right whales. If that means modifying fishing gear or changing how ships conduct business, it should be easy to pull off – those kinds of adjustments have been made before. But if it is rapidly warming seas – caused by carbon emissions – then it will be more difficult to change course, and right whales will become yet another casualty of climate change.
Opinion: I’m a climate scientist; I took Exxon’s money to do climate research
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 1, 2017 

After two decades in the trenches of climate science, I’m no longer the ingenue I was. I’m all too aware, now, of those who dismiss climate science as a “liberal hoax.” Every day, they attack me on Facebook, vilify me on Twitter and even send the occasional hand-typed letter — which begs appreciation of the artistry, if not the contents. So now, if Exxon came calling, what would I do? There’s no one right answer to this question. Speaking for myself, I might ask them to give those funds to politicians who endorse sensible climate policy — and cut their funding to those who don’t. As academics and scientists, we have some tough choices to make. Only by recognizing the broader implications of these choices are we able to make these decisions with our eyes wide open, rather than half shut. ~ Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University
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