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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
Hike: Hatchet Mountain Preserve, Nov 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Scott Dickerson and Janet Readfield will lead a hike while sharing the history of the mountain with majestic views. At Hatchet Mountain Preserve, Hope, November 17, 9-11 am. Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Dawnland, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Screening and panel discussion of the documentary Dawnland about how Maine government systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. At USM, Portland, November 16, 5:30 pm, free but get tickets in advance.
Friends of Baxter State Park Sign Auction, thru Dec 5
Announcement - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Own a piece of Baxter State Park history: retired Park signs and other special items. Proceeds are split between Baxter State Park and Friends of Baxter State Park. Runs November 8 - December 5.
Raptors Program, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Birder and photographer Don Reimer will give a visual presentation on Maine raptors. At Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Rockland, November 15, 6:30 pm.
The Land that Sustains Us: Stories from the Field, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

A live storytelling night with 3 Maine farmers. At Maine Historical Society, November 15, 6-8:30 pm, $10 for Maine Historical Society and Maine Farmland Trust members, $15 general.
Atlantic Salmon Restoration, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Denise Buckley, US Fish and Wildlife Service senior staff biologist, will chronicle the response to the listing of Atlantic salmon in eight of Maine’s rivers as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in December 2000. At at Belfast Library, November 15, 6:30 pm.
Rethinking Strip Redevelopment to Strengthen Your Community, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Learn how towns can improve the appearance and functionality of commercial corridors to bring in new residents, employees and activity. At Topsham Library, November 15, 4-7 pm. GrowSmart Maine members $10, public $20, students $5.
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument management plan meeting, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

The National Park Service is developing a management plan for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Public meeting at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland, November 14, 6-8 pm.
Arnold’s 1775 Quebec Expedition, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Presentation by Stephen Clark of the Arnold Expedition Historical Society. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, November 14, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay.
Our World of Animals in Photographs and Stories, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Sisters Shelley Lance-Fulk and Jacklyn Amtower will share their passion for travel and photographing wildlife around the world. At Maine State Library, November 14, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Kennebec Historical Society.
Androscoggin Land Trust Annual Meeting, Nov 13
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 6, 2018 

Brian Threlkeld will present “Through the Lens of Adventure Photography: The Interconnectedness of Maine Land Conservation, Public and Economic Health.” At Hilton Garden Inn Auburn, November 13, 5 pm.
Paddling Southern Maine, Nov 13
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 6, 2018 

Sandy Moore and Kimberlee Bennett share wonderful photography and info on places to hit the water. At Curtis Library, Brunswick, November 13, 6 pm potluck, 7 pm presentation. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail online auction, thru Dec 2
Announcement - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Win paddles, tents, maps and more in the Northern Forest Canoe Trail online auction, thru December 2.
Still Time to Comment on CMP Transmission Plan
Action Alert - Monday, November 5, 2018 

The vast majority of comments are against Central Maine Power's plan to provide electricity for Massachusetts proposal for good reason. It will offer little benefit to Maine while harming the tourist economy, scar the natural landscape, and not decrease carbon emissions in the Northeast. ~ Sierra Club Maine
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Weasel gnaws into coop, kills ducks
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Disaster hit my duck coop this past week. Apparently some critter had gnawed a hole in the section that served as the laying area, which is just outside the coop but attached to it, and got into the main part of the coop. When I went outside to let the ducks out for the day, there were three dead ducks, with severely chewed necks. I am having a tough time dealing with it.
Editorial: Trump hates national monuments; Trump creates a national monument
Maine Environmental News - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Republicans have been working for years to starve our national parks of funding and to rip up many of our national monuments, including in Maine. But even they know that America’s national park areas are enormously popular visitor destinations and economic engines. On Friday, President Trump designated 373-acre Civil War Camp Nelson in Kentucky as a national monument. Trump's motivation is purely partisan — to help a Republican member of Congress who is in a tight race this year. Maybe after the November 6 elections, Trump will try to rescind the designation, but for now Americans can celebrate Camp Nelson National Monument as the 418th unit of our National Park System. Even Donald Trump sometimes does the right thing, if for the wrong reasons.
Column: Climate change, tax cuts will boost national debt
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

When it comes to public policy, people prefer to pay later. A U.N. Nobel Prize panel on climate change recently reported the earth’s temperature is climbing much faster than expected. It forecast that we are close to the point of no return. The Trump Administration accepts that the climate is growing warmer even faster than predicted. Yet it has quit the Paris climate agreement, arguing that controlling the temperature increase will cut economic growth and undercut the coal industry. Almost anybody in Maine engaged in fishing for lobsters can tell you climate change is obvious and measurable. Trump’s policy amounts to saying that we want economic growth now and we cannot do anything meaningful about inevitable global warming. We want money in our pockets and push worries about the costs of climate change out into the future. ~ Gordon L. Weil
Chinese developer, helicopter company made offers for local airfield, owner says
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Portsmouth Herald - Jean Hardy, whose family has owned the 90-acre Littlebrook Air Park in Eliot since 1971, asked the Select Board on Thursday if the new Tax Increment Financing Committee might consider options for the future of the airport. She has been approached by buyers to establish a helicopter operation with 60 take-offs and landings per day and a Chinese company wanted to start a large flight school. The family accepted neither offer. She would like to have the property conserved. “It’s beautiful land and I don’t want to see it developed,” she said.
Residents renew bid to protect Portland’s working waterfront
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Portland residents are once again organizing to force a citywide vote to block non-marine development along the working waterfront, filing initial paperwork at City Hall on Friday afternoon. The citizens initiative would make sweeping changes to land-use rules governing three sections of the waterfront, spanning from the Eastern Promenade to Veterans Memorial Bridge. The proposal would further restrict uses that don’t rely on water access and narrow the scope of contract and conditional rezoning options that could be used to expand development options.
Bucksport wants to become a foreign cruise ship destination
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

The Hurtigruten Group’s MS Fram became the first international cruise ship to visit Bucksport on a scheduled stop Oct. 18. Some 90 passengers disembarked, visiting downtown and nearby Fort Knox. The ship’s visit complements town efforts to diversify its economy since Bucksport’s paper mill closed in 2014. Town officials will start pitching Bucksport to major cruise lines this winter.
6,000 Endangered Species Condoms to Be Distributed in Six States on Halloween
Center for Biological Diversity - Friday, October 26, 2018 

The Center for Biological Diversity is giving away 6,000 free Endangered Species Condoms this Halloween to highlight the scary costs of unchecked human population growth on wildlife. The condoms will be distributed in six cities across the country, from San Francisco to Baltimore. The colorful condom packages include species threatened by population growth. “It’s terrifying how quickly human activity is pushing species to the brink,” said Sarah Baillie, Endangered Species Condoms coordinator at the Center. Volunteers will be giving out the condoms at Halloween-themed parades, concerts and parties in Sumner, Maine, and in five other states.
Environmental group urges voters to take the long view
Forecaster - Friday, October 26, 2018 

As Election Day approaches Nov. 6, one environmental organization is encouraging all Mainers to vote – like an ancient species of fish would. Maine Rivers, the Yarmouth-based nonprofit aimed at protecting and enhancing the state’s rivers, is behind the “Vote like a Sturgeon” campaign. Landis Hudson, executive director of Maine Rivers, said as a nonprofit, Maine Rivers does not aim to tell anyone how to vote, but rather wants to encourage people to do their civic duty, as well as educate themselves on the issues and talk to candidates.
Whole Oceans' founder steps down, new president named
Mainebiz - Friday, October 26, 2018 

A land-based salmon farming operation planned for Bucksport has a new leader. Whole Oceans founder Rob Piasio has stepped down from his role as CEO, and the company has named its chief operating officer, Jason Mitchell, as president. Whole Oceans is a Portland-based company planning to build initially a $75 million land-based aquafarm to raise Atlantic salmon. In Belfast, Nordic Aquafarms Inc., based in Norway, is also working through the permitting process for a land-based Atlantic salmon farm.
Column: Around the Mountain and more
Times Record - Friday, October 26, 2018 

The Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park are the best bike trail rides in Maine. Built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in the early part of the 20th century, the Carriage Roads consist of 46 miles of trails on a broken stone surface. Originally intended for horse and carriage, they are reputedly the best remaining examples of broken stone roads in the United States and include 16 architecturally remarkable stone-faced bridges that span roads, streams and waterfalls throughout the trail system. Instrumental in formation of Acadia National Park, Rockefeller subsequently donated the Carriage Roads to the park. ~ Ron Chase
Storm-Lashed Bowdoin Pine Finds New Life as a Ship’s Mast
Bowdoin (College) Orient - Friday, October 26, 2018 

Volunteers in Bath are working on a replica of the Virginia, a fifty-one-foot pinnace built by English settlers in 1607. Although the Popham Colony near Bath didn’t survive, the Virginia went on to sail the Atlantic twice, ending up in Jamestown, Virginia, where the first English colony was established thirteen years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. The replica is being built by Maine’s First Ship, an educational nonprofit dedicated to reconstructing the Virginia to near its original size. A volunteer was on the Bowdoin campus shortly after the storm of October 2017 and noticed a downed pine tree that would make a good mast for the vessel. College officials approved the donation. The replica of the Virginia is due to be launched in June 2020.
Spooky presentation in Greene
Sun Journal - Friday, October 26, 2018 

Tim Caverly presented a slide show and radio show of his children’s book “An Allagash Haunting” on Friday at Sawyer Memorial in Greene. The book is based on reported ghost sightings in a lumber camp in Churchill Dam and features a fictionalized version of Caverly’s granddaughter and her imagined introduction to the long-dead Emile Camile.
Maine moose hunt tradition brings disabled veterans together
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 26, 2018 

Fifteen disabled Maine veterans experienced a once-in-a-lifetime controlled moose hunt this year as participants in the annual Maine Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Hunt, held in Aroostook County in August and September. Since 2010, the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services has partnered with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and Smoldering Lake Outfitters each year to give disabled Maine veterans a guided moose hunting experience, free of charge.
Panel: More People Coming To Maine Than Going
Associated Press - Friday, October 26, 2018 

he Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission on Friday cited Census figures showing that Maine saw 6,827 more people moving to the aging state than leaving last year. Of those, about 4,200 individuals, or over 60 percent, were between the age of 25 and 34. Thirteen out of Maine's 16 counties saw positive net migration. Maine's foreign-born population dropped from 3.8 to 3.4 percent between 2016 and 2017.
Following 'Document Dump' PUC Suspends Hearings On CMP Transmission Line
Maine Public - Friday, October 26, 2018 

State regulators Friday suspended hearings on Central Maine Power's proposal to build a 145-mile high voltage transmission line in western Maine. The move comes after project opponents complained that CMP had overwhelmed them with a “document dump” too big to wade through within the allotted time. Public Utilities Commission staff agreed and cancelled two scheduled hearings. The PUC called for a new, extended schedule that would give the parties time to examine and respond to the new documents.
PUC delays CMP transmission line decision
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 26, 2018 

Maine’s Public Utilities Commission, which had been expected to issue a decision by year’s end on Central Maine Power’s plan to bring hydropower from Quebec to markets in Massachusetts, issued a statement Friday morning saying intervenors needed more time to digest thousands of pages of information submitted in the case. Hearings set for Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 were canceled. The project has been highly controversial. The 145-mile electrical line would bring power produced by hydroelectric dams in Quebec to Massachusetts through Western Maine.
This family takes off-the-grid to the extreme
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 26, 2018 

When Ethan Hughes and Sarah Wilcox-Hughes and their daughters Etta, 11, and Isla, 6, moved from rural Missouri to an off-grid house in Belfast this summer, they had a work crew remove the solar panels that powered up the home’s electrical system. Instead of electricity, they light their nights with candles. They cook and heat their home with a wood stove, keep food cool in a root cellar, use an outhouse instead of indoor plumbing, and travel from place to place via bicycle and public transportation instead of car. But this simple homeis rich in other things, they said.
Moose Turd Art Takes Off
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, October 26, 2018 

Mary Wichenbach’s moose turd art is flowing faster than… well, faster then moose poop. Winchenbach lives in Somerville and her moose turd business has taken off since a video of her at the Common Ground Fair went viral, viewed by more than 3.3 million people, and resulting in more than 2000 orders for the moose turd art from her business, Tirdy Works.
Here’s how to wind up a happy hunter as Maine deer season opens Saturday
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 26, 2018 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife estimates that during any given year, between 12 and 15 percent of the state’s deer hunters succeed in filling their tag and filling their freezer. When the firearms season begins with Maine residents’ opening day on Saturday, there are a few ways to increase your odds of ending up among those happy hunters.
Column: The ‘hole’ story of cavity-nesting birds
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 26, 2018 

To birds, trees are wanted: dead or alive. Many birds are cavity nesters. In local backyards, woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees nest in holes. Tufted titmice and house wrens nest in cavities. Bluebirds and tree swallows do it. Great-crested flycatchers do it. Even bigger birds nest in cavities. Wood ducks do it. Common and hooded mergansers do it. Saw-whet and barred owls do it. So do American kestrels. Common goldeneyes do it. Altogether, about 85 North American species nest in cavities. ~ Bob Duchesne
A question worth pondering: Why do I hunt?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 26, 2018 

I hunt because it gives me the chance to walk silently through the woods, to learn about nature and to sit on a stump, doing nothing, without feeling like I should be doing something else. I hunt because it recharges me after a day or week or month in the office. I hunt because I get a chance to think about life. I hunt because I never know what to expect in the woods, and the allure of those possible surprises — a bobcat saunters by, a moose stands alone in a cutting, a pair of deer prance past, a ruffed grouse takes wing in startling fashion — are always worth the trip. And most importantly, I hunt because I have good friends who hunt. ~ John Holyoke
Letter: Challenge of climate change is daunting, but there are tools at your disposal
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 26, 2018 

The recent report about climate change was deeply upsetting, and I understand that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. But I invite you to view it as an opportunity. Living here in Maine, odds are you value our environment. If you don’t know where to start, consider joining a local group. But we also need policy change, with government that supports work to moderate climate change and prepare for what’s coming. With that in mind, I urge you to vote. Think, too, of any young people in your life and remember them in the days after the election. ~ Erica Bartlett, Portland
Letter: Collins should use political clout to pursue climate change solution
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 26, 2018 

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has plenty of political capital. In light of the U.N.’s recent dire report about climate change, let’s call upon our senior senator to use her political capital to push legislation for a solution. Multiple studies have shown that a fee on carbon at the source will spur a reduction in carbon emissions in the most cost-effective way. We can’t kick this can down the road. Our children are counting on us. ~ Nancy Heiser, Brunswick
Camp Chewonki hires one, promotes two
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

Greg Shute has been named senior vice president of Camp Chewonki. Nancy Kennedy was named vice president. She will oversee management of all three camp divisions: Camp Chewonki for Boys, Camp Chewonki for Girls and Chewonki Wilderness Trips. Charlie Fear was hired as director of Camp Chewonki for Boys.
Shawn Moody says he wants Maine to be ‘Staycationland’ instead of ‘Vacationland’
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 25, 2018 

Touting Maine’s clean air and water and its low crime rate, Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody says he wants to develop a marketing plan to convince some of the 30 million tourists who visit the state each year to move here to help grow the state’s economy and workforce. “I think we ought to be able to successfully change Maine from ‘Vacationland’ to ‘Staycationland,’ ” Moody said during a news conference at FutureGuard, an awning manufacturing company.
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