October 17, 2017  
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Finding Birds, Oct 25
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 

This class will focus on how to attract birds to your yard and how to find birds. At Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, Oct 25, 7 pm, Maine members $10, nonmembers $15.
Maine Environmental News
Announcement - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

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Tales in Wilderness Canoeing Poling, Oct 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Maine Guide and Maine Canoe Symposium Pro Staff member Lisa DeHart has spent 25 years canoeing everywhere from the Rio Grande to the Gaspe, along with most every river in Maine. Learn about canoe poling and some tried and true safety tips. At Bangor Public Library, October 24, 6-7:30 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter.
2017 Maine History Maker: Cianchette family, Oct 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Maine Historical Society has selected the Cianchette family as its 2017 Maine History Maker. At Maine Historical Society, Portland, Oct 24, 5 pm.
Inspired by Nature, Oct 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Franklin Burroughs, author of award winning books and essays, will discuss how writing sometimes happens. At Topsham Public Library, Oct 24, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
189 Days on the AT, Oct 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Veteran hiker and author Carey Kish will share his adventures hiking the Appalachian Trail. At Southwest Harbor Public Library, October 24, 5:30 pm.
Can Citizen Science and Collaboration Change the World? Oct 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Dr. Abe Miller-Rushing, Science Coordinator at Acadia National Park, will talk about “Can Citizen Science and Collaboration Change the World? Or At Least Make Our Part of It a Little Better?” At UMaine at Machias, October 24, 6:30 pm.
Help Stop Disastrous Forests-for-Fuel Practices
Action Alert - Monday, October 16, 2017 

Tell UK Secretary for Energy Policy Greg Clark to stand against absurd forests-for-fuel practices that grind trees from America’s forests into fuel pellets to be burned in European power plants. ~ Natural Resources Defense Council
Community Conservation: Finding the Balance Between Nature and Culture, Oct 23
Event - Posted - Monday, October 16, 2017 

This documentary film profiles four active land trusts in different regions of Maine: coastal, inland, western mountains and downeast. At Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, October 23, 7 pm,
Hermit Island, Oct 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 14, 2017 

Doug Suitor will lead a field trip in search of ducks, grebes, and loons, as well as some woodland birds. At Hermit Island, Small Point, Phippsburg, October 21, 8:30 am – 2 pm. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Say no to Trump’s border wall
Action Alert - Friday, October 13, 2017 

Donald Trump’s divisive, hateful plan to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico wouldn’t just cost us in dollars – the human cost, in sacred tribal lands bisected, families torn apart, and lives lost in dangerous border crossings, would be immense. And it would be a disaster for our environment, destroying wildlife refuges, blocking wildlife migration pathways, and increasing flooding in local communities. We need 150,000 people to speak out against this outrageous plan motivated by hatred and bigotry. ~ Sierra Club
Maine Environmental Scorecard
Publication - Thursday, October 12, 2017 

Maine Conservation Voters has released its 2017 scorecard. See how your state senator and representative voted on key environmental legislation.
Arctic Opportunities, Oct 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 12, 2017 

A full-day seminar, “Arctic Opportunities: Exploring New Passages for Business Growth in the Arctic and North Atlantic.” At Verrill Dana, Portland, October 19.
2017 Conservation Leadership Awards, Oct 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 12, 2017 

Natural Resources Council of Maine will recognize Mainers who have made significant, lasting contributions to safeguarding our environment. At Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, October 19, 5:30 pm.
Legacy in the Landscape of Change, Oct 19
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 12, 2017 

Addy Smith-Reiman, board member for the National Association of Olmsted Parks, will discuss the environmental, economic, and equitable considerations that challenged Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. nearly two centuries ago and that confront contemporary practitioners in the planning, design, and stewardship of our public open spaces today. At Maine Historical Society, Portland, October 19, 6:30 pm, MHS Members $10; public $20.
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News Items
Letter: No oil drilling in arctic
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King should oppose any drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Oil reserves there would only fuel the U.S. usage for one year while damage to wildlife, the Gwich’in and Inupiaq native people and water resources would be permanent. ~ Becky Bartovics, North Haven
Letter: Trump attacks our health
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 18, 2017 

First, President Trump tried for our health care, then our clean air. Can anyone explain why the administration keeps going after our health protections? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan is currently our best tool available to combat climate change that’s making extreme weather like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria more deadly and severe. Additionally, when the plan is fully in place, it is estimated to be able to prevent 34,000 premature deaths annually by reducing all sorts of pollutants. Yet, Trump wants to replace it with a pro-polluter standard that will be good for special interests, but bad for the rest of us. No thanks. ~ Kirsten Gonya, South Berwick
Group Seeks Public Comment On Plan To Improve Lobstering Data
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

The Atlantic States Fisheries Management Council is asking for public comment on draft rules that would change the way lobstermen report their harvest. The group’s lobster coordinator, Megan Ware, says data deficiencies have emerged during recent efforts to protect sensitive marine resources. She says right now, harvest data are collected over swaths of ocean so large that it’s hard to measure fishing activities around certain features, such as deep-water coral canyons off Mt. Desert Rock or, farther south, offshore wind turbines.
Advocates Urge Environmental Protections On Anniversary of Clean Water Act’s Passage
Maine Public - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Wednesday marks the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the landmark law authored by U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine, who was inspired by the Androscoggin and other rivers that were being treated as open sewers. Along the Androscoggin there were more than half a dozen paper mills dumping untreated waste into the water. Dick Anderson, a young fisheries biologist in the 1960s, was assigned to paddle the river from New Hampshire to Brunswick. “It was a revolting task,” he says. Anderson was among those standing at the edge of a much cleaner Androscoggin on Tuesday. It was made possible, he says, by legislation and by investments in pollution prevention. “Let’s celebrate today and make the commitment to keep this river and all the other great rivers of Maine and the United States up to the highest state of purity,” he says.
Setting off on a new adventure, with a farewell to ‘1-minute hikes’
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Six years ago, my BDN editors asked me to start one of the first BDN blogs, on which I’d post a series of weekly videos and columns. I chose hiking. Now nearly 300 hikes later, my editors have asked me to take a break from the hiking column and videos, to spread my wings and write about a greater variety of topics. The archive of nearly 300 hikes will live on, and I’ll be posting occasional roundups of hikes of common themes — like the best fall foliage hikes or where to hike to see some really stunning waterfalls. And I’ll be writing a monthly column about outdoor adventures. My list includes canoeing, camping, foraging, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding and more.
DOE awards UNE $1,321,039 to develop new technologies for seaweed production
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. UNE aims to develop the tools to enable the United States to become a leading producer of macroalgae, or seaweed, to help improve U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness. Macroalgae can be utilized as a feedstock for domestic transportation fuels, chemicals, foods and other commercial products without competing with food crops for land and water.
Portland Moves Ahead With Plan To Ban Most Pesticide Use
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

City officials say Portland's ordinance would align the city with neighboring South Portland and other communities around the state and country that restrict synthetic pesticide use. They say the goal of the ordinance is to reduce exposure to residents, pets and wildlife.
Rep. Zeigler earns highest score on pro-environment, public health votes
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Rep. Paige Zeigler, D-Montville, has received a 100 percent rating on environmental and public health policy votes in the newly released Maine Conservation Voters' 2017 Environmental Scorecard. "Maine's environment is the core of its future, but more than that it is the basis for our wellbeing," said Zeigler. "We need to strive to protect that environment."
Maine's Forest Economy
Maine Public - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

The forest economy in Maine has been a major force. How is forestry adapting to changes in the market and in the environment, and how are new workers being trained for a changing industry. Guests: Doug Cyr, Human Resource Manager, Irving Woodlands; Jeff Dubis, Instructor of Forestry, UMaine at Fort Kent; and Ryan Wishart, Operations Manager, Seven Islands Land Company.
Officials Flip Switch On Maine's Largest Municipal Solar Installation
Maine Public - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

South Portland city officials flipped the switch on Maine's largest municipal solar project Tuesday morning. The project was developed in collaboration with the city of Portland by Portland-based ReVision Energy. South Portland officials say it's expected to save both cities millions of dollars in the long run. Mayor Patricia Smith says South Portland has been working on renewable energy projects for several years.
Restoring Our Investment in America’s Forests
Center for American Progress - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

This is a critical juncture for the nation’s forests, as the effect of historical management practices and a changing climate threaten to dramatically impact both their ecology and the services they provide to society. Recent policy developments have made it easier to conduct some restoration activities, and have supported pilot projects to diversify financing to manage forests. However, the scale of the management needs associated with protecting rural communities, watersheds, and valuable forest resources far exceed the resources currently available to forest managers. The 2018 farm bill presents an opportunity to accelerate the pace of restoration.
Blog: Moosehead Lake Surf & Turf
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

What’s a surf and turf? My definition is a sea kayak or canoe trip blended in with a mountain hike. I’ve led trips on Donnell Pond and Schoodic Mountain, Tunk Lake and Black Mountain, and Attean Lake and Mountain. This year, my focus was on what I consider to be Maine’s quintessential surf and turf undertaking, Moosehead Lake and Mount Kineo. ~ Ron Chase
Maine Governor Wannabes
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Paul LePage cannot run for another term as Maine governor. He has done massive damage to the state’s environmental safety net. Maine’s next gubernatorial election is set for November 6, 2018. It will be the first in the state’s history to be conducted by ranked choice voting, though the state’s Supreme Judicial Court suggests that ranked choice voting is unconstitutional leaving the election format uncertain. As of October 17, 2017, there are 11 declared Democratic candidates, 4 declared Republican candidates, and 5 others. Plus a bunch of possibles in the wings. Here is the list. Protection of Maine’s land, water, air and wildlife is one of the most important issues facing Maine. What are the policies of each of the candidates?
Resolute Forest Products lawsuit against Greenpeace dismissed in court
Other - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed claims filed against Greenpeace, Stand.earth and individuals under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Judge Jon Tigar wrote that the defendants' speech "constituted the expression of opinion, or different viewpoints that are a vital part of our democracy." The ruling requires the Montreal-based paper and forest products company to amend within 21 days its filing to provide more details to back up its claims. If the amendment is dismissed, Resolute would appeal and expects to prevail. However, Greenpeace says it is confident such an attempt will suffer the same fate as the court's dismissal. The racketeering lawsuit was heard in California after a district court in Georgia found in May that Resolute failed to show why the $300-million lawsuit should be held in the state.
Feds: Popular Species Of New England Flounder Is Overfished
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

The National Marine Fisheries Service says the Northwestern Atlantic witch flounder stock is overfished, and the status of whether overfishing is still occurring is unknown. Fishermen typically brought more than 5 million pounds of witch flounder to land in the early 2000s, but the catch had fallen to about 1 million pounds by 2015. The fisheries service says the New England Fishery Management Council must develop conservation and management rules to help the stock rebuild.
South Portland flips switches on new solar array
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

South Portland officials flipped several large switches Tuesday morning and activated the city’s new solar array. Portland-based ReVision Energy installed the 2,944 photovoltaic panels on the city’s 34-acre former landfill, which is behind the solid-waste transfer station and the public services facility that’s being built at 929 Highland Ave. ReVision project manager Josh Baston said it’s the largest municipal solar array in the state.
North Berwick mountain biker dies on trail in New Hampshire
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department says a mountain biker has died after he went out riding with friends for several hours. The department says 58-year-old Robert Summa, of North Berwick, Maine, was found by a member of the group on a trail near an area called Pudding Pond in North Conway at about 1 p.m. Sunday. Members of the North Conway Fire and Rescue agency tried to treat Summa, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Decision coming on Maine quota for lucrative baby eels in 2018
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Maine fishermen could soon learn how many pounds of baby eels they’ll be able to catch next year for the worldwide sushi market. An arm of the interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is likely to vote Tuesday about the 2018 quota for baby eels, or elvers. Fishermen in Maine catch the elvers to sell to Asian aquaculture companies who raise them to maturity for use as food. The elvers are usually worth more than $1,000 per pound, and Maine’s the only state with a significant fishery for them.
Electricity Customers in 30 States Could Foot the Bill for Trump's Coal Bailout
Center for American Progress - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

On September 29, 2017, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced a proposal to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants—a move that could raise utility bills in many states. Experts have responded to the proposal with sharp criticism, expressing concern that the rule would blow up U.S. electricity markets and run up consumers’ electricity costs. Electricity customers in 30 states, including Maine, are at risk of bearing the brunt of its costs. Launched within weeks of the Trump administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, Perry’s coal bailout would, in essence, replace the first carbon pollution standards for power plants with a proposal to subsidize these same carbon-emitting plants—paid for by electricity customers.
French fry truck crashes on Maine highway; diesel leaked
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

A tractor-trailer carrying french fries rolled over on the southbound side of Interstate 95 in Pittsfield on Monday night. No one was injured in the rollover. The driver of the truck, Conor MacDonald, of Prince Edward Island, was blinded by the setting sun when driving through a one lane construction zone near mile marker 152. In order to avoid hitting another vehicle, MacDonald drove the truck into the median side ditch, where the truck rolled, coming to rest on the driver’s side. No french fries were spilled in the accident, but diesel fuel did leak out of the truck and was controlled by the Pittsfield Fire Department.
Opinion: As the ‘tailpipe of the nation,’ Maine deserves cleaner air
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Last week, the Trump Environmental Protection Agency took steps to eliminate the Clean Power Plan. Before the Clean Power Plan rules were adopted, there were no limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants could dump into the atmosphere. Repealing these standards means more sick kids, more hospital visits and thousands of preventable untimely deaths. In fact, according to the Trump EPA’s own analysis, repealing the Clean Power Plan would mean a 45 percent increase in coal plant sulfur dioxide emissions and 4,500 avoidable premature deaths nationally in 2030. It would take us back to the days of smoggy skies and acid rain-laden lakes. Repealing the Clean Power Plan also ignores the reality that our climate is heating up and we must address the No. 1 source of climate pollution. ~ Conrad Schneider, Clean Air Task Force, and Jacqueline Guyol, Environment Maine
Letter: Killing ‘Big John’
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

An Oct. 6 headline in the BDN read, “Hunter takes down well-known ‘Big John,’” with the ensuing article relating to a skilled guide, three tracking dogs, suggestion of a bait box and an eager hunter from out of state. The glamour, excitement and thrill of killing Big John are evidenced strongly in the article by John Holyoke. The killing of this magnificent creature that had avoided human contact for many years and had probably fathered many young bears is tragic. Was he harming livestock, destroying property or otherwise becoming a nuisance? How sad that the hunter is thrilled with his “once in a lifetime” trophy. ~ Jean Miller, Castine
Opponents of an offshore wind project slated for development off Monhegan Island
Maine Public - Monday, October 16, 2017 

Hundreds Midcoast Maine residents have signed a petition opposing the planned Maine Aqua Ventus wind power project off Monhegan Island. Many St. George residents fear that siting the 576-foot high floating turbines off the island will negatively impact local fishing grounds and the region's tourism industry. Partners in the Aqua Ventus wind turbine project off Monhegan Island say considerable misinformation circulated by opponents of the initiative regarding the plan's alleged negative impact on fishing and tourism will be corrected in upcoming dialogues with residents of St. George.
Trump asks LePage to reconsider rejection of millions in job training funds
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 16, 2017 

President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor last month asked Gov. Paul LePage to rethink his decision to withdraw from a federal program that sends approximately $9 million to the state each year to pay for training for thousands of unemployed workers and helps to fund the state’s network of 12 regional career centers. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta warned LePage that rejecting funding the state receives under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act could force some of the state’s career centers to close and put services at risk for 50,000 people who seek help upgrading their skills, gaining work experience and searching for jobs.
WANTED: Maine Entomologists Seek Public's Help in Locating Stink Bugs
WABI-TV5 - Monday, October 16, 2017 

Wanted: The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. It's no joke. Entomologists at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are seeking the public's help in locating these critters. They're doing research to determine how widespread the Stink Bug is in Maine and the risk posed to crops. You can report your findings online. A photo is required to verify the identity of the bug.
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