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Action Alert - Monday, November 12, 2018 

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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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Column: Officials issue emergency regulations to prevent CWD in deer
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced on Oct. 11 the issuance of emergency rules to protect Maine’s deer and moose populations. MDIF&W advised that a captive deer in neighboring Quebec was found to be infected with Chronic Wasting Disease. Commissioner Chandler Woodcock said that “CWD is the most serious threat facing our deer and moose in modern times.” It is not alarmist to acknowledge the potential harm that this untreatable disease poses to Maine’s deer and moose. Preventive measures at this juncture are voluntary. This could change as state wildlife managers and the state Department of Agriculture officials monitor the situation. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Judge rejects bid to block development in coastal Maine town
Lincoln County News - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

A Maine Superior Court justice has sided with the town of Damariscotta and Damariscotta Main Street LLC in a lawsuit that attempted to block the latter’s 435 Main St. development. The decision by Justice Daniel Billings affirms the Damariscotta Board of Appeals’ decision that the petitioners in the case lacked standing. The 435 Main St. project would consist of three commercial buildings.
Letter: Here’s a list of pressing issues for new Congress
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Let us hope the new Congress will address a long list of issues starting with accelerating and potentially catastrophic climate change. ~ Spencer Apollonia, Boothbay Harbor
Letter: Maine not for sale
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

The 145-mile Central Maine Power corridor will destroy Maine. We get none of the power generated. It will go to Massachusetts, and it’ll never benefit Maine. Instead, it will pollute our air and destroy our forests. It will destroy the state of Maine, and — the hugest insult — we get no vote. This project is going to kill animals and endanger the people of western Maine. There are other smarter ways to get green energy into Maine and have it be for us. Please push back on this. We need whoever is saying anything and can stop the company that seeks to kill our home so they can make money. ~ Michelle Bowen, Buckfield
Letter: Misinformation is power in Belfast
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

I am concerned the so-called informed public rejects the science behind the salmon farm project in Belfast. Since February, I have searched scientific databases for case studies, peer-reviewed journals and information about the net-pen and land-based aquaculture industries. I have reached out to those in the industry, interviewing, connecting and learning about the environmental impacts and the economic viability of a project such as this. I have developed my own analysis, citing these resources, that are truly science based. This project has the opportunity to provide so much. Let’s not shut it down too soon. ~ Alicia Gaiero, Belfast
Letter: Tax carbon
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

In Maine, so much of our industry is based on its natural beauty and resources, much of which will be threatened as weather events intensify and pests move north. We need to act on climate change now, and I believe the best way to do this is through a carbon tax and dividend. It is critical to address climate change in the state of Maine to protect our natural resources, and we must do so in a way that protects low-income families. A carbon tax and dividend does just that. ~ Christine Seibert, Bangor
Letter: Save the moose
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

While scrolling through my photos of past trips to Baxter State Park, I realized that in years past every trip included a photo of a moose. This year, I made a half-dozen multi-day trips to the park to both the north and south ends, and not only did I not see a moose, but it was only outside the park that I even saw evidence of moose. I know there are moose in the park. But the frequency of observing moose in the wild in Maine has been greatly diminished. We are in the midst of another moose hunt. Let us hope the state will balance the interest of the many who want to only observe moose in the wild with those who hunt. Moose hunting is prohibited in Baxter State Part, but unfortunately moose know no boundaries. ~ Janice Kasper, Swanville
Leavitt graduate gets Yellowstone ranger National Park Service post
Turner Publishing - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Alana Pulkkinen, a Leavitt Area High School graduate, recently earned her degree from Washington County Community College, in Calais, and is now a ranger with the Nationaal Park Service. Pulkkinen graduated with a degree in Adventure Recreation and Tourism. Pulkkinen, who grew up in central Maine, was always a fan of the outdoors.
Cooperative Extension’s Hopkins named to Maple Syrup Hall of Fame
Turner Publishing - Friday, November 9, 2018 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator Kathryn Hopkins will be inducted into the North American Maple Syrup Council’s Maple Hall of Fame in May, at the International Maple Museum Centre in Croghan, N.Y. Only one other person from Maine has been selected for membership in the Hall of Fame in the council’s 41-year history. Hopkins joined UMaine Extension in 1993. Since 1997, she has been an educator in the Somerset County Extension office, responsible for agriculture and natural resources programming in the county and statewide. Hopkins serves as a statewide resource for the Maine maple syrup industry.
Reversing ban on offshore drilling exceeded Trump's power, lawyer says
Associated Press - Friday, November 9, 2018 

A lawyer says President Trump exceeded his power when he signed an executive order reversing a ban on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of underwater canyons in the Atlantic Ocean. Erik Grafe, an attorney for the environmental group Earthjustice, made the argument Friday in federal court. Environmental groups are challenging Trump’s reversal of President Barack Obama’s ban on offshore petroleum drilling.
New space will let Flowfold bring most manufacturing in-house
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Maine outdoor gear company Flowfold is expanding to a new manufacturing space as the business grows in the U.S. and overseas. The company’s new space, in a Gorham business park, is more than twice the size of the current Scarborough headquarters. Eight years ago, Flowfold starting making wallets with repurposed sail fabric, but now sells U.S.-made backpacks, tote bags, and other products. The company’s growth was highlighted by Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and former professional wrestling executive, in a visit to the company Friday.
Penetrating Earth: Gulf Hagas
Other - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Paddling Gulf Hagas. [video]
'Big, bold things' on tap for Democrats in Augusta, Nate Libby says
Sun Journal - Friday, November 9, 2018 

In the wake of Tuesday’s successful election for Democrats in Maine, Nate Libby’s state Senate colleagues chose him as the next majority leader, one of the most powerful positions in state government. For the Lewiston lawmaker, who’s spent his legislative career battling with a combative Republican governor, the days ahead look refreshingly sweet. He said that he also feels “this enormous responsibility to deliver results” so that Mainers will see that Democrats can focus on pocketbook issues and avoid the sort of fussing and feuding that’s been a hallmark of the eight-year tenure of outgoing Gov. Paul LePage.
Trump says Zinke is safe, for now
Associated Press - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his boss, President Trump, moved Friday to tamp down talk that Zinke might be the next Trump administration official to go. The 57-year-old former Montana congressman has pushed to develop oil, natural gas and coal beneath public lands in line with the administration’s business-friendly aims. But Zinke has been dogged by ethics probes, including one centered on a Montana land deal involving a foundation he created and the chairman of an energy services company that does business with Interior.
The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Help Explain Trump's Support
Other - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Psychology Today - The “Dunning-Kruger effect” is a type of cognitive bias, where people with little expertise or ability assume they have superior expertise or ability. This overestimation occurs as a result of the fact that they don’t have enough knowledge to know they don’t have enough knowledge. Studies have shown that Democrats now tend to be generally more educated than Republicans, possibly making the latter more vulnerable to the Dunning-Kruger effect.

State releases real-time data on tickborne diseases
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Maine has released a new data tool that tracks the number of cases of tickborne diseases including Lyme disease. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says its data dashboard is updated in near real-time and will provide daily updates on the number of such diseases. The tool also tracks anaplasmosis and babesiosis.
State Renewable Energy Could Be Post-Election Winner
Bloomberg News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Renewable energy was high on the agendas of the governors-elect of the states Democrats wrested from GOP control, especially in Maine and other states where Republican governors either did little to support renewables. In the case of Maine, Gov. Paul LePage (R), outright opposed it. Maine Gov.-elect Janet Mills (D) has pledged to promote offshore wind development, which LePage attempted to block. She also said she supports decentralized electric power production and the “solarization” of the Maine power grid. “The Maine flip is incredibly important,” said David J. Hayes, executive director of the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law. “LePage was incomprehensibly opposed to offshore wind despite the fact that Maine has one of the best offshore wind resources in the world.”
Column: It’s time for birders to get ready for irruption of finches
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Finches make things interesting. While warblers and sparrows and thrushes travel the continent in predictable ways, summering and wintering in foreseeable places, finches wander chaotically, searching for seeds. And not just seeds. ~ Bob Duchesne
Judge Puts Keystone XL Pipeline On Hold Pending Further Environmental Study
National Public Radio - Friday, November 9, 2018 

A U.S. district judge has issued an order blocking construction of the controversial transnational Keystone XL Pipeline until the State Department conducts further study of its impact on the environment. Judge Brian Morris' 54-page order, issued late Thursday, overturns the Trump administrations's approval last year of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline and at least temporarily prevents it from being built.
Year after woman shot by hunter on her property, some question the law that allowed him to be there
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Newcomers to Maine are often surprised to learn that, according to state law, hunters and many other recreationists have an implied right to access most of the state’s land, so long as that land hasn’t been posted with “No trespassing” or “Access by permission only” signs. But that’s not good enough for many. Bruce Tibbetts is a hunter. He’s also a member of the family of Karen Wrentzel, the Hebron woman who was shot and killed by a hunter while working on her own land in 2017. Wrentzel’s land wasn’t posted at the time, but it is now. And Tibbetts has a problem with the default position of the Maine law, which gives the hunter — or trespasser, in the eyes of some — the right to access another person’s land as long as it hasn’t been marked.
Islanders claim victory as Maine officials say they will reconsider ferry fee hikes
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

A judge has denied part of a lawsuit filed by Islesboro residents regarding ferry service rate changes made by the Maine Department of Transportation earlier this year that increased ticket costs for residents. But the plaintiffs have framed the ruling as a victory because the court found they showed a likelihood of success on the merits of their argument that the DOT, which operates the Maine State Ferry Service, did not go through the proper rulemaking process to make the rate changes. A public hearing will be held at noon on Nov. 28 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. People may also submit written comments to the DOT through Dec. 12.
Letter: Pressure Governor-elect Mills to reconsider positions on tribal issues
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Congratulations to Governor-elect Janet Mills. Now, may her supporters, and your reporters, hold her accountable. Will she reverse:
• Her vigorous pursuit of major court cases that have resulted in further expropriation of the Penobscot River from the nation that bears its name?
• Her eleventh-hour undermining of an elver-fishing agreement between the state and the Passamaquoddy Tribe?
I am non-Native. My interest is in justice and healing. As governor, Mills must convince us she means well, and that she will act accordingly. We are watching closely. ~ Jeffrey Hotchkiss, Portland
Letter: No offshore drilling
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

As an aspiring research zoologist with a passion for coastal ecosystems, the potential for offshore drilling along the Atlantic Coast is extremely discouraging. Not only would a potential oil spill completely devastate the plant and animal lives along the coast, but the seismic airgun blasting used to search for oil would harm marine wildlife up to 2,500 miles from the source of the blast. Maintaining a healthy ecosystem is also critical for the fishing, tourism and recreation industries. Susan Collins should ask the Trump administration to keep the coast of Maine, as well as the rest of the U.S. coastline, off limits to offshore drilling permanently. ~ Jessica Beneski, Old Town
5 Creatures you man not know used to live in Maine
Maine Audubon - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Maine is home to some incredible wildlife. From Moose, Canada Lynx, and Black Bear in our northern forests to Gray Seals, Northern Right Whales, and Atlantic Puffins in the Gulf of Maine, we’re surrounded by fascinating creatures. But not all of them are still around. Here are five animals that are no longer found in Maine:
• Sea Mink
• Labrador Duck
• Woodland Caribou
• Timber Rattlesnake
• Great Auk
Maine transmission line entangled by conflicting claims on emissions
Other - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Energy News Network - Critics of the planned New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) line say it will do little to lower global gas greenhouse emissions because it will merely divert clean power that would have otherwise gone to other customers. A spokesperson for Hydro-Québec, which owns and operates the hydro facilities that will supply the power, dismissed that concern as baseless and said the company has plenty of capacity to meet growing demand.
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