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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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Mayor pushes for cities to look at Lake Auburn filtration
Sun Journal - Monday, January 7, 2019 

For years, Auburn has received a waiver of filtration from the state because of historically clean water. But Auburn Mayor Jason Levesque pushed hard Monday for the Twin Cities to begin looking at building a water filtration plant at Lake Auburn, following months of questions from the public over a strange odor and taste in the water. While the odor caused by a harmless algae has now dissipated, Levesque said Auburn and Lewiston should study whether to build a filtration plant.
Grafton Loop Trail: 39 Miles of Scenic Backpacking in Western Maine
Other - Monday, January 7, 2019 

The Grafton Loop Trail offers a great taste of backpacking in Maine’s rugged mountains. Compared to the venerable trails just over the border in New Hampshire, the Grafton Loop is relatively new. The full loop didn’t open until 2007 after a major collaboration between private land owners, the state of Maine, and several conservation groups, including the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Maine Appalachian Trail Conference. The new sections of trail are connected on the northern end by nearly eight miles of the AT between East Baldpate Mountain and Old Speck, creating one of New England’s best backpacking loops.
Warden service offers snowmobile safety reminders in wake of season’s 1st fatality
Morning Sentinel - Monday, January 7, 2019 

The first snowmobile fatality of the season has prompted the Maine Warden Service to remind riders of steps they should take to ensure their safety when they venture out on trails and frozen lakes and ponds.
Maine man and son rescued Sunday on Katahdin in whiteout conditions
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 7, 2019 

A man from midcoast Maine and his son were rescued from Mount Katahdin on Sunday after blowing snow caused whiteout conditions along the Knife Edge Trail. The duo became disoriented in poor visibility and wandered off the Knife Edge Trail once near South Peak and regained it closer to Pamola Peak, park officials said Monday. After several falls due to difficult conditions and unsuitable gear, the pair suffered several minor injuries and frostbite. The party arrived to safety at the Chimney Pond Ranger Station at around midnight.
Maine wardens offer reward in search for person who fatally shot a bald eagle
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 7, 2019 

Maine game wardens are offering a $1,000 reward for information about the shooting of a bald eagle in the Oxford County town of Waterford. The eagle died on Dec. 30 from starvation. Anyone with information about or knowledge of the shooting, which is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, is asked to call Maine Operation Game Thief at 800-253-7887 or public safety dispatch in Augusta at 207-624-7076.
Game wardens offer $1,000 reward for tips leading to bald eagle shooter
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 7, 2019 

The Maine Warden Service is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who has information about a bald eagle shooting in Waterford. Game wardens responded on Dec. 26 to reports of a bald eagle acting abnormally near Papoose Pond, according to the Maine Warden Service. The eagle was captured and transported to Avian Haven, a wild bird rehabilitation center in Freedom. X-rays showed it had six shotgun pellets in its jaw, wings and leg. The eagle died on Dec. 30,
Government perspective on Maine's economy: Economic strong points include salmon farms and tourism
Mainebiz - Monday, January 7, 2019 

Amanda Rector, the Maine state economist: We're continuing to reimagine our traditional industries: the proposed salmon farms in Bucksport and Belfast are great examples of this. Further developments taking advantage of our relationships in the North Atlantic are exciting as well. Tourism also remains critical for Maine's economy, with an expanded fall season and increased numbers of cruise ships as well as the growth of home rentals (think Airbnb) offering new experiences for visitors.
Energy sector offers opportunities to bolster Maine’s economy
Mainebiz - Monday, January 7, 2019 

At Bernstein Shur, Maine's largest law firm, there's optimism that Gov. Janet Mills' administration will see renewable energy in a more favorable light [than did Gov. Paul LePage]. "Many of our energy clients anticipate a far more positive investment and regulatory environment will exist under the new administration in Augusta," says Patrick Scully, managing partner. "We look for significant new investments in solar, wind and other renewable technologies in the near term, bringing increased direct and indirect employment, local spending and associated state and local tax revenues."
Opinion: Maine must stay the course in Arctic connections
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 7, 2019 

By almost all measures, growth in Maine exports outstripped the growth in GDP over the last five years. While some of that growth can be attributed to the demand in our cherished water-bugs [lobsters], much of it came from commodities that have nothing to do with seafood. The growth in Maine exports highlights a key win of the LePage administration and what should be an important priority for the Mills administration: port and rail infrastructure investment. ~ Benjamin Ford, Verrill Dana, Portland

Portland task force takes on waterfront zoning
Forecaster - Monday, January 7, 2019 

The “elephant in the room” made quite a splash in City Hall Jan. 3 when the Waterfront Working Group met for the first time. The “elephant,” as it was called by City Manager Jon Jennings, is a mixed-use project, with a 93-room hotel, planned by Bateman Partners at Fishermen’s Wharf. At the meeting, Jennings said city staff would immediately begin work on zoning revisions that would make the project impossible, rather than merely unlikely. “We want it to go away,” lobsterman and group member Keith Lane said.
Trump Tests Legal Boundaries In Redirecting Fee Monies To National Park Garbage Collection
National Parks Traveler - Monday, January 7, 2019 

Determined to keep national parks open regardless of the impacts, top Interior Department officials moved in a legally questionable direction to redirect fees generally dedicated for specific uses in parks for use in cleaning restrooms and removing trash and human waste at parks unable to deal with those issues during the ongoing partial government shutdown. That move Sunday, done apparently without any consultation with National Park Service regional directors or superintendents, was quickly criticized by members of Congress as well as the National Parks Conservation Association.
Travel, hospitality businesses will be guided by Gen Z, WEX report says
Mainebiz - Monday, January 7, 2019 

An increasing focus on technology and the preferences of Generation Z — those age 20 and under — will drive travel trends in the future, according to the 2019 Travel Trends and Expectations report from South Portland-based WEX. Travel trends in 2018 broke down along generational lines, with younger travelers more likely to use online travel agencies, travel with a purpose and pay for it with a debit card rather than a credit card, the report said. But more focus on technology as a resource crosses all generational lines.
Roy Dudley’s Chimney Pond tales are great
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, January 7, 2019 

Roy Dudley was a real Maine character who hung out at Chimney Pond just below Mount Katahdin from 1890 to 1942. And Roy was well known for his very entertaining stories, many of them focused on a very strange character called Pamola. Pamola was a giant with wings and antlers and the illustration showing him on the front of the book, "Chimney Pond Tales," is amazing. The book is a collection of Roy’s tall tales, and it has a very interesting history.
Acadia is weathering the worst of the shutdown, but a prolonged closure raises concern
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 7, 2019 

The ongoing shutdown of the federal government, which is now entering its third week, has not had much impact in Acadia National Park compared to other National Park Service properties, but there is concern that its effects could become more pronounced if it lingers on much longer. Since the federal government shut down on Dec. 22, spurred by another showdown between President Donald Trump and Congress over funding for a wall Trump wants built along the border with Mexico, problems have arisen at several national park sites. David MacDonald, head of Friends of Acadia, said the longer the shutdown lasts the more likely its impact will be felt in Acadia.
What to expect from Maine’s economy in 2019
Bangor Daily News - Monday, January 7, 2019 

Maine’s economy is the best it has been since the Great Recession of 2007-2009 as the Pine Tree State enters 2019. But upbeat predictions by economists and financiers were darkened somewhat by the partial federal government shutdown early in the new year and ongoing international trade tensions. Also clouding the financial outlook are the potential global economic slowdown, volatile stock markets, and an oversupply of oil. Events in China, including trade negotiations between the U.S. and Chinese governments currently underway, have the potential to affect selected Maine economic sectors, especially the agricultural and fisheries sectors. Stefan Iris, chief investment officer at Camden National Wealth Management, sees job growth in the tourism and technology sectors but expects more job losses in manufacturing.
3 Maine cross-country ski trails to explore this winter
Bangor Metro - Monday, January 7, 2019 

• Witch Hole Pond Loop in Acadia National Park
• Bangor Municipal Golf Course in Bangor
• Quarry Road Trails in Waterville
South Portland forming municipal coalition to back pro-solar legislation, energy-saving construction
Portland Press Herald - Monday, January 7, 2019 

A new coalition being organized by officials in South Portland would push for an overhaul of "outdated energy policies at the state level that have not kept pace with progress" when it comes to practices that reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.
Column: Farewell to failure
Forecaster - Monday, January 7, 2019 

Paul LePage’s record is a record of failure. Because of his opposition to sustainable energy, LePage failed to invest in the future, driving away millions of dollars in wind power projects. As to LePage’s political future, if any, I’m guessing he might end up in Washington. With Trump scraping the bottom of the barrel to find people willing to work for him, don’t be surprised if LePage turns up as a butt-kisser in some department where he will draw a fat check and continue his failure to serve the American people. ~ Edgar Allen Beem
Column: Going under
Forecaster - Monday, January 7, 2019 

You may not believe in global warming, but regardless of your propensity for ignoring reality, sea levels along the Maine coast are rising. You could check out Surf Street in Camp Ellis in Saco. Or you could if Surf Street still existed. In the last couple of decades, big storms have caused it to be washed into the Atlantic. That debacle ought to serve as a warning for what’s coming. But it hasn’t. An assessment done by the group States at Risk puts it bluntly. “Maine faces considerable and significantly increasing threat levels from extreme heat, drought, inland flooding, and coastal flooding between now and 2050,” the reports states. “However, the state has taken limited action to plan and implement climate change adaptation strategies.” ~ Al Diamon
New Trump Executive Order Could Open Forests in National Parks to Logging
National Parks Traveler - Sunday, January 6, 2019 

An executive order issued by President Trump and expected to be posted Monday in the Federal Register is somewhat open-ended in directing the Interior and Agriculture departments to actively manage forests to reduce the risk of wildfires. While the order does not specifically mention National Park System lands, the Trump administration has already shown its willingness to open up national monuments to drilling and mining.
Residents recycled over 1,000 Christmas trees at Westbrook farm
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, January 6, 2019 

Area residents donated more than 1,000 Christmas trees to Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook by Sunday’s dropoff deadline, a supply that should keep the farm’s goat herd fed through next summer.
Wild blueberry crop may be about to make a comeback in Maine
Associated Press - Sunday, January 6, 2019 

Growers in the No. 1 wild-blueberry state suffered another bad year, but agriculture officials say there are reasons to believe Maine’s historic and troubled industry is about to turn a long-awaited corner. Maine farmers collected about 57 million pounds of the wild fruit in 2018, down nearly 11 million pounds from the previous year, UMaine horticulture professor David Yarborough said. Prices to farmers, which topped out at more than $1 per pound in 2007, also do not appear to have improved significantly from recent years in which they lagged below historic levels. Prices fell to 25 cents per pound in 2017 and appear to be returning from the bottom, but reached only 30 or 35 cents per pound in 2018. But excess inventory has held back blueberry prices in recent years, and Yarborough said that is likely to start changing in 2019 because of two straight years of modest harvest sizes.
Park Service dips into entrance fees to keep operating
Washington Post - Sunday, January 6, 2019 

The National Park Service will take the unprecedented step of tapping entrance fees to pay for operations at its most popular sites, officials said Sunday, as the federal government shutdown threatens to degrade some of the nation’s iconic landmarks. Under a memorandum signed Saturday by the Interior Department’s acting secretary, David Bernhardt, park managers will be permitted to bring on additional staff to clean restrooms, haul trash, patrol the parks and open areas that have been shut during the more than two-week budget impasse.
Maine prioritizes sales with ag grants
Associated Press - Sunday, January 6, 2019 

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is looking for applications for the agricultural grants the state uses to increase sales for farms. The development grants are used for things like market promotion, market research and value-added processing. Public agencies, farms, private firms and non-profit organizations are all eligible to apply. Proposals are due by Jan. 31. The department says its priorities for the grants include improving sales to local buyers and assisting farms in increasing sales to institutions.
Maine man dies in 1st snowmobile fatality of 2019
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, January 6, 2019 

Bryan Sylvester, 57, left for a snowmobile ride from his Long Pond Road home Saturday about 2 p.m., and after driving for about 1.5 miles onto Long Pond near Parlin Stream he struck a large snow drift and was ejected from his 2008 Ski Doo snowmobile. Sylvester had been riding alone at the time of the crash, and was not wearing a helmet.
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