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Announcement - Friday, November 17, 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 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
Protecting the Nature of Maine Grants for Maine Middle Schools
Announcement - Friday, November 17, 2017 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) has eight $500 grants available to middle school teachers and club leaders (6th, 7th, or 8th grades) in Maine for projects that educate and engage students in Maine’s environment and the value of protecting it. Deadline is November 30.
Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award
Announcement - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

The Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award given by Maine Woods Forever recognizes young people and youth organizations whose efforts are in the spirit of Roosevelt’s conservation ethic and achievements, and recognizes what Maine’s young people are doing to conserve our forest heritage, with an eye to their potential as future conservation leaders. Deadline for Nominations: January 31, 2018.
Block Trump's dangerous climate denier from the CEQ
Action Alert - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump's pick to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, isn't just your run-of-the-mill, extreme right-wing climate-denier. She's a senior fellow at the Koch brothers and Exxon-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation. She believes carbon dioxide is harmless "plant food," equates belief in climate change to "paganism," calls solar and wind power "unreliable and parasitic," and asserts that coal use in the 1800s ended slavery in the United States.
AMC Maine Chapter Annual Meeting, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

Speakers: Steve Tatko, Appalachian Mountain Club’s Land Manager, will talk on the AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative. Jed Williamson will talk on Accidents in Outdoor Pursuits - Their Causes and Cures. At Portland, November 18.
Conserving Maine’s Bats: A Workshop for Woodland Owners, Foresters and Loggers, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Maine Department of Transportation, will hold a workshop on Maine bats. At Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, November 16, 9-10:30 am.
Nature Based Fiction & Truth, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Sandra Neily will discuss novel ways to elevate conservation, nature based economics as well as outdoor-themed fiction. She will sign and read from her novel, "Deadly Trespass." At Curtis Library, Brunswick, November 16, 7 pm. Hosted by Maine Appalachian Mt. Club.
Little Long Pond: A Field Guide to Four Seasons, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Author talk and book signing with Samuel Eliot and John Rivers. At Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, November 16, 7 pm.
Nature Based Fiction & Truth, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 

Sandra Neily will discuss nature-based fiction as well as sign and read from her debut novel, "Deadly Trespass." At Shaw Memorial Library, Greenville, November 15, 6 pm.
Seeing the Future Forest Through the Trees: Potential Changes and Management Responses, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 

Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli will discuss how can forest managers can respond to ongoing and projected changes. At UMaine at Machias, November 15, 6:30 pm.
Online sustainability journal ‘Spire’ invites submissions
Announcement - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Spire: The Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability invites submissions for the second issue of the online journal, slated for release in spring 2018. Deadline: Dec 10.
Oil Drilling Means Oil Spilling
Action Alert - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

You still have time to stop the Trump Administration from paying for tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires by opening oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Mainers have nothing to gain and everything to lose from this dangerous scheme. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Maine Farmland Trust Annual Meeting, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Speakers: Amber Lambke, Maine Grains; Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co.; and Sara Williams, Aurora Mills & Farm. At United Farmers Market Building, Belfast, November 14, 5:30-8 pm.
Mushing in Maine and Beyond, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Polly Mahoney of Mahoosuc Guide Service will share her dogsledding experiences from the Yukon Territory to Maine to Nunavut and northern Quebec. She will bring a couple of her friendly sled dogs. At Bangor Public Library, November 14, 6 pm.
Baxter State Park sign auction, thru Dec 6
Announcement - Monday, November 6, 2017 

Auction of retired Baxter State Park signs, plus the historic dinner bell from Kidney Pond Camps. Friends Baxter State Park will donate half the proceeds to Baxter State Park, and half will support FBSP programs. Ends December 6.
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October was the warmest ever in Portland. Does this mean a warm winter?
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

From Bangor to Portland, October was the warmest on record and came on the heels of one of the warmest Septembers ever recorded. In Portland, 26 of the 31 days last month were above average with some of those days 15 degrees or more above the 30 year averages. Meteorologists use the last 30 years to determine what is average or normal.
Under threat of lawsuit, Maine lobstermen say Canada is failing to protect right whales
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

A record number of right whale killings this summer has put environmental groups on the offensive, potentially leading to stricter regulations for Maine lobstermen, even as most of the animals turn up dead in Canadian waters. A group of environmental organizations has notified federal officials they intend to sue if regulatory agencies fail to better protect the endangered species, following what’s believed to be one of the deadliest summers for North Atlantic right whales in centuries. Maine lobstermen fear that a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service could result in more costly restrictions on how they fish, even though none of the 16 right whale deaths have been directly linked to the American lobster fishery.
Editorial: National parks becoming victims of own success
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

Because national parks have been such a success at that mission, and Congress such a failure in its own duty to maintain the parks, they are in trouble, with billions of dollars of maintenance in the backlog. The Trump administration’s answer to this ongoing problem is to raise fees for peak-season passes at 17 parks, including Acadia. At the same time the president is also suggesting a significant cut to the park service budget. That sends a mixed message about whether the goal of the fee increase is to relieve the maintenance backlog, or just cut the amount of federal dollars going to the park. It will take more than just entrance fees to keep the “great scenic places of the Nation” from falling prey to overuse.
Bringing Back the Peregrines
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

It took a national park, a college, and a helicopter to reintroduce peregrine falcons to the Maine coast.
Lakeside lodge in Millinocket hits the market for $2.4 million
Mainebiz - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

The 5 Lakes Lodge in Millinocket, with direct views of Mount Katahdin, has been listed for $2.4 million. The lodge's location on the Pemadumcook Chain of Lakes allows for boating and snowmobiling. It's close to the Appalachian Trail, Baxter State Park, and the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Debbie and Rick LaVasseur operate it as a year-round bed-and-breakfast.
Brewer Man Honored For His Efforts In Improving Maine's Environment
WABI-TV5 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Governor LePage, along with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, awarded Ken Locke with a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award. Representatives with the DEP say Locke has dedicated considerable time to educating local students, the citizens of Brewer, and neighboring communities about stormwater pollution and importance of clean water. Locke has also taken an aggressive approach to maintaining Brewer's Stormwater Management Program.
Seaweed growers form exchange
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Springtide Seaweed LLC of Sorrento and other farmed seaweed companies in Maine have come together to form the Maine Seaweed Exchange. The Maine Seaweed Exchange was created to connect buyers and sellers of organic aquacultured seaweeds. The organization’s mission is to not only provide an “exchange based marketplace for buyers and sellers of seaweed,” but to develop products and distribution channels, as well as identify branding and marketing opportunities.
Song of the Balsam Fir
Northern Woodlands - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

In every season that I visit the balsam fir tree, the chickadees flock me. Virginia Woolf wrote that “real life” was the common life, not the “little separate lives which we live as individuals.” Her sketch of this reality included trees and the sky, alongside human sisters and brothers. What we now know of the nature of trees affirms her idea, not as metaphor but as incarnate reality. In the forest, Woolf’s common life is the only life. ~ David George Haskell
Quality Maine Trademark Now Available to Licensed Maine Shellfish Dealers
Other - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has modified their rules to allow shellfish dealers in the state to utilize Maine’s red, white and blue quality trademark. Packaging and advertising for shellfish that is harvested in the state can now feature the Quality Maine Trademark symbol, a logo that helps consumers identify Maine agriculture and other natural resource products.
Column: Nine Mile Bridge
Other - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Although Henry David Thoreau’s book about his venture into the Maine north woods is one of the well-known books of its genre, “Nine Mile Bridge” by Helen Hamlin has always occupied a special place on my book shelf. I have read it a number of times. In my estimation, Mrs. Hamlin, wife of game warden Curly Hamlin, must have been an extraordinary woman. For a number of years, she lived through all of the seasons –come hell or high water –at Nine Mile Bridge on the St John River. In Maine, it really doesn’t get that much more remote. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Climate change fueling disasters, disease in ‘potentially irreversible’ ways, report warns
Washington Post - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Climate change significantly imperils public health globally, according to a new report that chronicles the many hazards and symptoms already being seen. The authors describe its manifestations as “unequivocal and potentially irreversible.” The effort involved 63 researchers from two dozen institutions worldwide, including climate scientists as well as ecologists, geographers, economists, engineers, mathematicians, political scientists and experts who study food, transportation and energy. Only Syria and the United States remain opposed to thethe Paris climate accord.
Editorial: Reviving the east-west corridor
Other - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick) - The idea of a “super highway” to connect southern New Brunswick to Quebec is not new, but an East-west highway through Maine can't seem to get traction.
Maine's east-west highway stuck in neutral
Other - Monday, October 30, 2017 

Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick) - A New Brunswick economist who predicted the demise of Energy East says building an oil pipeline through Maine instead of Quebec would be a boon.
9 places to hike in Maine where there’s no hunting
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, October 30, 2017 

As deer hunting season gets into full swing in Maine, many people — hunters and non-hunters alike — are looking for places to hike and bike that are off limits to hunting, simply to avoid even the possibility of a mistake or conflict. Even though the following list of places is off limits to hunting, it’s still important to wear plenty of blaze orange this time of year when spending time outdoors.
• Fernald’s Neck Preserve in Lincolnville
• Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park in Brooksville
• Salt Pond Preserve in Hancock
• Rolland F. Perry City Forest in Bangor
• Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve in Bangor
• Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden
• Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island
• Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
• Baxter State Park near Millinocket
Green commute: Sustainable transportation options are trending
Mainebiz - Monday, October 30, 2017 

Green commuting, also called "smart travel" and "smart commute," is a nationwide trend that includes biking, walking, car-pooling, van-pooling, and public transit. For many Mainers, green commuting might not be a top-of-mind issue unless gas hits $4 per gallon and they start thinking about car-pools or public transportation. But green commuters cite parking congestion, convenience, and environmental and health benefits as top reasons to trade single-occupancy vehicles for other modes of transportation.
Study shows that right whales, already an endangered species, may face a dim future
Other - Monday, October 30, 2017 

When 15 North Atlantic right whales turned up dead in U.S. and Canadian waters in the summer of 2017, it was declared an unprecedented mass mortality event. For a highly endangered species with slightly more than 500 animals remaining, the crisis signals a major shift in the population's recovery. Of the seven whales necropsied, six deaths were caused by humans—four by ship strike, two by fishing gear entanglement—and one was inconclusive. Scientists also are puzzled by the location where most of the whale carcasses were discovered: Twelve were found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, well north of the species' typical distributional range. Does climate play a role in this mystery?
CMP: More Power Outages Than In Ice Storm Of '98
Maine Public - Monday, October 30, 2017 

The winds that came through Maine overnight Sunday into Monday have disrupted power to more than 400,000 customers. That number is greater than the 1998 ice storm.
An Evening for the Environment: Celebrate the Conservation Victories of 2017
Maine Public - Monday, October 30, 2017 

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland for a recent talk sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters. The keynote speaker is Brian Deese, a Senior Advisor to former President Obama who oversaw climate, conservation, and energy policies and was one of the key architects of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Editorial: Trump’s park fee hike is suspect, but should spark needed debate
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 30, 2017 

The Trump administration has proposed to increase weekly entrance fees at 17 parks, including Acadia National Park, from $25 to $70 per vehicle during the peak summer season. The revenue from the fee increases would be used to improve the parks. Given the Trump administration’s devaluing of public land, including national parks, the timing of the fee increase is suspect. That’s a shame because it will stall necessary debate over how best to manage these lands for the American public.
Two legislators recognized for their good work for conservation
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 30, 2017 

The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Conservation Council of Maine recognized two legislators for their conservation work at a recent event. The 57 members of the Council donated $341,658 this year to support TNC’s important conservation work in our state. And for the first time, the Council decided to give legislative awards. Awards were presented to House Speaker Sara Gideon and Senator Tom Saviello.
Letter: Hiding climate change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 30, 2017 

President Donald Trump continues to nominate people intent on destroying the agencies they represent. Kathleen Hartnett White has been nominated to head the Council on Environmental Quality. White has described climate change as “paganism for secular elites” and denies that CO2 is a pollutant — it’s “the gas of life on this planet.” Three scientists slated to appear at a symposium on the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program in Rhode Island were forbidden to appear. Along with the removal of climate information (paid for by us as taxpayers) from all government websites, this move by Scott Pruitt and Trump’s fossil fuel industry-run EPA is so blatant that it should have been headline news. Knowledge is power and this president wants to take that power away from us by dumbing us down. ~ Beverly Roxby, Belfast
Column: The moose hunt
Sun Journal - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

For many Maine moose hunters lucky enough to get drawn, a moose permit is a once-in-a-lifetime affair. Such was the case with my middle-aged friend Greg Goodman, who has been trying for that permit since he was a young man. Knowing that I had had some experience in the moose woods (and perhaps that I owned a big tent and a chain saw winch), Greg invited me along as his sub-permittee. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Offshore Wind Farms See Promise in Platforms That Float
New York Times - Thursday, September 29, 2016 

The University of Maine is undertaking an elaborate physics experiment meant to simulate conditions that full-scale floating wind turbines could face at an installation being planned about 10 miles off the Maine coast in up to 360 feet of water near tiny Monhegan Island. For nearly 18 months in 2013 and 2014, an operating version of the apparatus — one-eighth of scale — sat in the waters off Castine sending electricity to the grid. That proved the technology fundamentally worked and guided refinements to the design. Now, the UMaine team is using the data collected at the lab to confirm the final form, a crucial next step in bringing the technology to market.
Blog: Singing is an act of territorialism for birds
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, April 7, 2016 

Birds don’t think about much, mostly just food and sex. Despite the simplicity of such a life, bird communication can be quite complex. Birds are renowned for their vocal abilities, but they use lots of visual cues, too. Perhaps nothing is more obvious than the crests sported by many species. ~ Bob Duchesne
Marco Rubio Finds Common Ground With Armed Militia In Oregon
Climate Progress - Thursday, January 7, 2016 

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R) doesn’t like that militants are currently occupying a federal wildlife facility in Oregon. But he does like the militia’s main idea: Seizing and selling off America’s public lands. Rubio explained his position on the controversial occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, now entering its fifth day. Rubio said that while he doesn’t support “lawless” activity, he does agree with the militia on its main point that federal public lands should be transferred to private ownership for activities like logging, coal mining, oil drilling, and farming. Rubio’s plan would essentially cause a free-for-all, where states can devastate national forests, parks, and other important wildlife and plantlife zones for temporary economic gain.
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