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Announcement - Saturday, October 25, 2014 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news stories and events. I have posted links to more than 34,000 news articles and announcements. I 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 my attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. Will Sugg is the website developer. ~ Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods
Election Results and Maine’s Environment, Nov 6 & 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

Join the Natural Resources Council of Maine for an evening discussion about the November elections and what they may mean for the future of Maine’s environment. At Maine Historical Society, Portland, Nov 6, and Frontier Café, Brunswick, Nov 13, 5:30 pm. RSVP.
Sebasticook Regional Land Trust marks 10th anniversary, Nov 1
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

The fourth-annual Local Foods Feast features locally grown and produced goods. After the benefit dinner, there will be a screening of the new film DamNation. At Unity College Center for the Performing, Nov 1, 7:30 pm.
A Fierce Green Fire, Oct 29
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

This film explores 50 years of the environmental movement from conservation to climate change. A speaker will follow the screening. At Belfast Library, Oct 29, 6 pm. Sponsored by Maine Sierra Club.
Gray Fox, Oct 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Wildlife Biologist Sean Moriarty will talk about the Gray Fox, a critter quite different from the Red Fox in their stout, more powerful build, unique coloration, and their ability to climb trees. At Topsham Public Library, Oct 28, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine: Artist's Books
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Book artist Rebecca Goodale will present an illustrated talk about her multi-year project to create artist's books documenting all of the plants and animals on Maine's "Threatened and Endangered Species" lists. At Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium, Oct 28, 7 pm. The talk will also be live streamed.
Loon talk, Oct 28
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Wildlife biologist Danielle D’Auria will talk about loons. At Harmony Hall, Hampden, Oct 28, 7 pm.
Communicating about Climate Impacts, Oct 28-29
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Need help developing effective climate messages for your audiences? Struggling to reach and motivate stakeholders to engage in outreach events? Climate and environmental communications expert Cara Pike will lead a two-day workshop aimed at helping you develop effective framing and public engagement strategies in support of climate action and sustainability goals. At Wells Reserve, Oct 28-29, $65.
Help wanted: Executive Director, Maine Initiatives
Announcement - Monday, October 20, 2014 

The next executive director of Maine Initiatives has the unique opportunity to live and work in Maine, leading an established, well-respected community-based progressive public foundation to create long term social, economic, and environmental justice in Maine communities.
Coyote and the Boy, Ben, Oct 26
Event - Posted - Sunday, October 19, 2014 

Songdog Puppeteers presents a puppet show with handmade marionettes. This is a story of a mother Coyote searching for her little pup, who has run off to play with a butterfly, and a boy named Ben who has found himself in the forest after joyfully following a bunny. Suitable for children of all ages. At University of New England, Portland, Oct 26, 1-2 pm.
Birding at Hermit Island, Oct 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 18, 2014 

Walk along Head Beach, by ocean overlooks, and along a wooded dirt road by a saltwater cove. Expect to see ducks, grebes, loons, as well as some woodland birds. At Hermit Island, Phippsburg, Oct 25, 8 am -12 pm. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
All Abilities Excursion up Mount Pisgah, Oct 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 18, 2014 

The forested summit of Mount Pisgah in Winthrop features a former Maine Forest Service fire tower, which provides spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding 800-acre Mount Pisgah Conservation Area. Hike up with local conservation stewards; rides to the top will be available for those who are unable to hike. October 25, 2-4 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Wind Over Wings, Oct 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 18, 2014 

Meet Wind Over Wings founder Hope Douglas, Bald Eagle Lady Grace, her namesake, 92-year old Grace Rowe, and the diverse support team who have all come together to rescue and care for this injured eagle. Featured also will be the Golden Eagle “Sky,” and two smaller live owls, the Eastern Screech and tiny Saw-whet. At Topsham Public Library, Oct 25, 2 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
The Better Together Summit, Oct 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, October 17, 2014 

A summit to bring together those who work for environmental literacy, science education, land conservation, community food security, outdoor recreation, environmental justice, and resilient communities. At Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Oct 24-26. Sponsored by New England Environmental Education Alliance and Maine Environmental Education Association.
Foresters for Maine Birds, Oct 24
Event - Posted - Thursday, October 16, 2014 

A program that provides foresters with tools for effectively communicating with landowners about the benefits of managing forests with bird habitat in mind. At Wiley Woodlot, Dresden, Oct 24, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Pre-register. Sponsored by Forest Guild and Maine Audubon.
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Letter: Bear bait numbers
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 25, 2014 

I have read or heard many times about the “7 million” pounds of bear bait placed in the Maine woods and also how it has led to an increase in the bear population. It’s a drop in the bucket compared to what mother nature supplies with all the acorns, beechnuts, berries and carrion. I have thousands of photos and videos of bears on my baits, and generally they come in and spend under 10 minutes on the bait. Then they leave until the next day or even several days later. They are not living on the bait but using it in addition to natural foods. Lastly, who eats most of the bear bait? Those furry bandits called raccoons. Vote no on Question 1. ~ Keith Trembley, Orono
Letter: Fact checking LePage
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 25, 2014 

With the recent and anticipated loss of about 1,000 jobs from the paper mills in the area, and other job losses across the state over the past four years, is anyone doing a fact check on Gov. Paul LePage’s claim of producing 20,000 jobs during his term? I frankly question that 20,000 new jobs have actually been created. Meanwhile, how many jobs have been lost? The media should be doing some fact checking. ~Perham Amsden, Brewer
Economic Commission Projects Slow Growth for Maine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 24, 2014 

The state Economic Forecasting Commission today heard from several sectors of Maine’s economy at a State House meeting. Representatives of bankers, doctors, hospitals, energy companies, car dealers and manufacturers all made presentations to the panel on how their sector of the economy is doing. The message from all was one of slow and steady growth, and some concerns about what actions Congress may take that could have an impact on Maine.
State wildlife director says spending on bear-baiting vote was to educate public
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 24, 2014 

The wildlife director of the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, Judy Camuso, said Friday the money the department spent on Web design work for the bear-hunting referendum was used to educate the public. The department paid $6,600 to a Web-design company for work on Web pages and a PowerPoint presentation opposing the statewide bear-hunting referendum. Katie Hansberry, director of Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting, contends the it was misuse of public money because it was spent to influence the outcome of the referendum. Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Joyce Wheeler ruled Wednesday that IFW employees may campaign on the bear-hunting referendum because their free speech is protected under the First Amendment. In addition, she ruled the Fair Bear Hunting group failed to demonstrate the department’s opposition to Question 1 caused “irreparable injury.”
Economic Commission Projects Slow Growth for Maine
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 24, 2014 

The state Economic Forecasting Commission today heard from several sectors of Maine’s economy at a State House meeting. Representatives of bankers, doctors, hospitals, energy companies, car dealers and manufacturers all made presentations to the panel on how their sector of the economy is doing. The message from all was one of slow and steady growth, and some concerns about what actions Congress may take that could have an impact on Maine.
Federal government closes Gulf of Maine herring fishery
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

The National Marine Fisheries Service on Friday announced that that it will close the Gulf of Maine herring fishery effective Sunday. The closure initially prohibits fishermen from taking more than 2,000 pounds of herring per trip or calendar day from the inshore Gulf of Maine between 1 a.m. Sunday and the end of the year. Fishing for Atlantic herring in the designated Gulf of Maine area will be entirely prohibited from Jan. 1 through May 31, 2015.
Public invited to see historic coastal Biddeford estate
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 24, 2014 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold an open house at Timber Point in Biddeford on Saturday as part of the process to decide what to do with estate’s historic buildings. Timber Point, at the end of Granite Point Road, includes one of the largest undeveloped properties on the southern Maine coast. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bought the property with a $3 million appropriation from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and more than $2 million raised by The Trust for Public Land, the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and the Friends of Rachel Carson. It includes a 97-acre peninsula and a 13-acre island.
Cate Street CEO in settlement talks on $2.4 million suit, pushing back trial date
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Cate Street CEO John Halle and the former business partner seeking to collect a legal judgment of at least $2.4 million have entered settlement talks that started last week. The parties are seeking to settle in federal court, where plaintiff Richard Davimos filed charges that Halle illegally transferred a home and interest in various corporations to his wife to avoid paying a $1 million judgment awarded by New York’s top court. The settlement talks have pushed the trial date to Nov. 12. The legal battle has required company officials to provide records to the court that provide rare insight into the complex network of corporations associated with Cate Street Capital, including the now bankrupt Great Northern Paper Co. and the related GNP East in Millinocket, as well as Thermogen Industries in East Millinocket.
Cutler to Michaud: Bow out. Michaud to Cutler: You’re the only thing keeping LePage campaign alive
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler has challenged Democratic nominee Mike Michaud to release his voters to Cutler prior to Election Day if Michaud does not think he can beat incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage. The Michaud campaign reacted incredulously to the challenge and said it’s Cutler — who has consistently polled 20 points behind his rivals — who is keeping LePage’s chances alive.
Column: Fall means it’s time to look down for sparrow season
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Look down. Today’s bird excitement is at your feet. It’s sparrow season. In spring, birders complain about “warbler neck,” the pain that comes from looking up at songbirds. Most warblers are gone now, bound for their winter home in the tropics. Instead, we’ve got sparrows hopping conveniently everywhere. ~ Bob Duchesne
Candidates voice opposition to east-west highway at Dover-Foxcroft forum
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Democrats and Republicans disagree on many points going into the home stretch of the 2014 campaign, but five participants at a Dover-Foxcroft forum on Thursday said they’re united on one issue. They don’t like the concept of an east-west highway or utility corridor and won’t support any legislation that threatens private property rights. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud; Republican Paul Davis and Democrat David Ziemer, who are vying for Senate District 4; Norman Higgins, the Republican candidate for House District 120; and Ted O’Meara from Eliot Cutler’s staff attended the forum at Center Theatre, which drew approximately 80 people. Others who responded in writing expressed similar opinions.
Plan to make ‘green’ paper towel alternatives in Dover-Foxcroft could boost Maine’s lagging forest-products industry
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

A group of three entrepreneurs hopes to spin Maine wood fiber into gold. Leaders of GLOBEco Maine said the company has made progress on its plans to bring new manufacturing to Dover-Foxcroft, where it aims to make its wood-fiber cloths. The company’s pitch is first to retail customers seeking a locally made, sustainable and compostable replacement for cotton or paper towels. But the company’s lead researcher, chief technology officer Bob Chiosi, said it could be much more than that. “There are a lot of spinoff products that can come from the basic anti-microbial [cloth],” Chiosi said.
Hearing on when Maine, NH, VT snowmobilers can cross state lines, ride for free
Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014 

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are holding a public hearing to set dates when snowmobilers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont can ride each other’s trails for free. Officials have proposed making Jan. 30 to Feb 1 the three-day weekend for the annual Snowmobile Reciprocity in 2015. The dates for 2016 would be Jan. 29-31. The hearing is Friday at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.
Endangered species targeted
Maine Environmental News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Every single day, somewhere in this country, an endangered animal is killed. Every day, more and more wildlife habitat is destroyed. And every day, wolf-haters and other special interests are scheming to declare open season on imperiled wildlife and gut the Endangered Species Act. For instance, the Idaho state government has given $225,000 to a federal agency, Wildlife Services, solely to dramatically accelerate the killing of wolves between now and the end of the year. According to Defenders of Wildlife nearly 1,500 wolves have been killed there since 2009. Meanwhile, Maine officials are seeking a permit to allow the killing of threatened lynx as incidental to the snaring of coyotes.
Eliot Cutler: 'Michaud Cannot Close the Deal'
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Cutler was the only candidate to appear Thursday night at MPBN's gubernatorial debate at Husson University in Bangor. Gov. Paul LePage had declined the invitation, and Michaud said he would not attend without LePage present. Cutler said, "I challenge Mr. Michaud right now to make the commitment to give his voters the same blessing I gave mine: If you don't think Mike Michaud can win, then Mike should say, 'Go vote for someone else on Election Day.'"
Trees as art, fruit as bonus
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Contemporary artist Sam Van Aken started planting his hybridized fruit trees Thursday at Thompson’s Point in Portland after making the journey from his home base in New York. The plantings are part of an ongoing series called the Tree of 40 Fruit, a Van Aken project in which, through grafting, he has created trees that produce colored blossoms in the spring and 40 different types of fruit in the summer. The Portland installation will be the first grove of hybrids by Van Aken, an associate professor in the Art Department at Syracuse University.
Regulators to vote Monday on lower quota for elvers
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Federal regulators will vote Monday on a proposal to lower the elver quota next spring. The proposal before the American Eel Management Board when it meets Monday calls for retaining the quota system and lowering the limit to last season’s catch of 9,688 pounds.
Motor coach trips on Nova Star to increase next year, operator says
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Nova Star Cruises said Thursday that its ferry, which makes daily round trips between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, during the tourist season, has received advance bookings for 43 motor coaches in 2015, despite its uncertain future. That would be a big improvement over its recently completed inaugural season, which served an estimated 19 motor coaches. The company says the ferry will return next season, but the service’s future ultimately will be determined by the Nova Scotia government, which allocated $23 million to support the Nova Star this season and has yet to decide the extent of its support for next year. This year, 31,818 people traveled on the overnight trip from Portland to Yarmouth, and 27,200 traveled on the daytime trip from Yarmouth to Portland.
Letter: Michaud’s record includes solid work for environment
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud may not be the flashiest guy on the stage, but he’s the only candidate for governor with the experience and vision to tackle Maine’s challenges. Unlike the other candidates, Rep. Michaud has spent his career working to improve the lives and livelihoods of Maine people. For nearly three decades, he’s worked to clean up Maine’s water and air. ~ Jennifer Melville, Freeport
Letter: Restoration vision
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Companies bought our older tired mills in Bucksport and Millinocket, ran them with no modernization as to the philosophy or equipment until they removed all the money they could from them, then cast them aside. The workers and the communities have witnessed this happening and could see it coming, but they were virtually helpless to stop it. Now, our only hope is for a company that has the vision to come in and restore our mills. It would be a big job but not impossible. ~ Bob Mercer, Bucksport
Letter: Yes on Question 1
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

Maine is the last state in the U.S. to allow the trapping, hounding and baiting of bears. For the sake of our economy, we can’t afford to continue these practices. As a fiscal conservative, I’ll be voting yes on Question 1. I want our state’s tourism economy to be based on boating, hiking, fair-chase hunting and enjoying our pristine environment, not based on catering to the very small group of out-of-staters who can’t legally pursue their fringe trapping and hounding practices in their own states. ~ Christopher Hyk, Belfast
Letter: Yes on Question 2
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 24, 2014 

The Maine Farm Bureau encourages voters to approve Question 2 on November’s ballot to support Maine’s growing agricultural economy. Maine’s farms are critical to the state’s rural character, the exceptional quality of life and to the vitality of our economy. With more than 8,100 farms and 1.3 million acres of working farmland, Maine consistently is a top food producer in New England. The passage of Question 2 will benefit Maine farmers and consumers through the creation of a new University of Maine Cooperative Extension animal, plant and insect laboratory. ~ Jon Olson, Maine Farm Bureau, Augusta
Ed Meadows, LMF director, retiring
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

C. Edwin Meadows, Jr., the director of the Land for Maine's Future Program, is retiring next month. He sent an email to friends and colleagues today announcing that he is leaving the LePage Administration at the end of November to spend winters on St. Simons Island in Georgia. Meadows said he will still be in Maine in the summertime working with several nonprofit organizations. He also plans to teach conservation finance. During his career, Meadows worked for Seven Islands Land Company, and he served as director of the Maine Bureau of Public Lands, commissioner of the Department of Conservation, deputy commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and director of the Land for Maine's Future Program. He also held executive positions in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for a decade and a half.
Lobster landings strong, and boat price is too
Ellsworth American - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

Fishermen are in high spirits this fall with the wholesale price of lobster at $4.40 per pound and landings almost keeping up with 2013’s record levels.
Great Northern auctioneer makes $180,000 payment to Millinocket for taxes owed
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 23, 2014 

The auctioneer trying to settle Great Northern Paper Co.’s $1.18 million net tax debt wired $180,000 to the town earlier this week, leaving GNP still at least $477,700 short of paying its debt. Councilor Michael Madore said that the payment was a positive in an otherwise gloomy picture with the bankrupt papermaking company.
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Know Your GMOs: 2016 Labeling Law
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Critics of Dow herbicide sue U.S. EPA over approval
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Inspiring New Film, “Voices of Transition,” on the Agriculture That We Need
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