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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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What Will Maine’s Clean Energy Future Look Like Under New Leadership?
Maine Public - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Many in Maine's energy industry are cheering the election of Janet Mills to the office of governor, as well as a Democratic takeover of the Legislature. Renewable energy advocates are perhaps the loudest, after contending with numerous roadblocks outgoing Governor Paul LePage put in the sector's way during his tenure. In an interview before the election, Mills promised a new direction on energy policy — beginning with her own cabinet.
Zinke prepares to leave Trump’s Cabinet
POLITICO - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been exploring potential roles with Fox News, the energy industry or other businesses amid growing signs that he will leave President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he faces investigations into his ethics, according to people knowledgeable about the discussions. The news comes just a day after Trump told reporters that word on Zinke's fate may come "in about a week" — and as the president is in the early stages of what could be a dramatic post-election house-cleaning of Cabinet officials and top aides, starting with Wednesday's ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
State tells CMP its application to build 145-mile power line incomplete
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection this week notified Central Maine Power Co. that its application to build a $1 billion, 145-mile-long transmission line through Maine is incomplete, a move that could push back the timeline for the New England Clean Energy Connect project. The DEP said it cannot move forward with evaluating CMP’s proposal until the company provides the mandatory information.
New Tool Launched To Teach Mainers About Tick Borne Diseases And Prevention
Maine Public - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Curious about the number of tick borne diseases in your county or town? A new web-based dashboard on the Maine Tracking Network provides daily updates on cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Incidences of tick borne diseases have been increasing in Maine. Lyme disease is the most common, but so far this year more than 400 cases of anaplasmosis have been confirmed.
Outdoor leadership program builds trail behind Waldo County Technical Center
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

A cold, November rain failed to dampen the spirits of students from the Outdoor Leadership program at Waldo County Technical Center when they invited their Tech Center classmates and teachers to walk the newly constructed trail in the woods alongside WCTCI in Belfast. Buck O’Herin and Maury Hepner of the Waldo County Trails Coalition, along with WCTC program instructor, Nicole Caruso, assisted with the design of the trail and supported the students’ vision during the construction phase. The class serves as volunteer stewards of the section of Hills to Sea Trail that runs by WCTC’s property. The ultimate goal of this project is to link the school’s trail with the Hills To Sea trail.
Declining Right Whale Species' Future Tops Meeting Agenda
Associated Press - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

A group of scientists, conservationists and others is meeting to brainstorm strategies to save one of the rarest marine mammals on the planet. The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium's annual meeting wraps up on Thursday. The right whales number only about 440 and have suffered from high mortality and poor reproduction in recent years. The whales are vulnerable to accidental deaths caused by ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. They appear off of New England's coast every spring.
Democrat Linda Sanborn upsets Republican Amy Volk in Senate race surprise
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

In a shocking upset, Republican Senator Amy Volk of Scarborough has lost her seat in District 30 (Gorham and parts of Buxton and Scarborough) to Democrat Linda Sanborn. Volk is Assistant Majority Leader and an ally of Gov. Paul LePage (R). Sanborn is a retired family physician who previously served as a state representative from 2009 to 2016. Volk has a lifetime pro-environment score from Maine Conservation Voters of 50%. Sanborn's score was 97%. With Sanborn’s win Democrats have flipped control of the Maine Senate and secured a decisive majority with 21 D to 13 R seats and 1 still to be decided.
Governor-Elect Mills and the Energy Sector
Maine Public - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Many in Maine's energy industry are cheering the election of Janet Mills as governor and the Democratic takeover of the Maine legislature. Renewable energy advocates are perhaps the loudest after contending with numerous roadblocks Gov. Paul LePage put in the sector's way during his tenure. [Audio]
The National Park Service might demolish a Calais house on the historic register
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

The McGlashan-Nickerson House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was used by the National Park Service for several years as an administration building for the adjacent historic site before a new visitors center was built in 2014. Now it wants someone to volunteer to move the house off the 6-acre property in the Red Beach neighborhood or demolish it if no one steps forward. NPS says the house needs more expensive work and has no historical relevance to Saint Croix Island. Preservationists would rather see the park service restore the 5,400 square foot house and keep it where it is.
Column: The governor and Augusta
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

In the 1980s, the Chief Justice proposed moving the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from Portland to Augusta. Planners identified city-owned land next to Capitol Park and legislative approval seemed assured. Yet the proposal received a tepid reception locally and opposition from the Portland delegation. The Portland courthouses were expanded and that was that. Maine remains the only state where the Supreme Court meets elsewhere than the capital. Then redevelopment along Capitol and Sewall streets with new office buildings came along. The site remains fractured from the surrounding area. It need not be like this. The Capitol Planning Commission should be revived as the state continues to replace and renovate its aging infrastructure. Whether local planners, elected officials and community members can work together depends on whether Augusta’s House members and state senator are committed to the cause. ~ Douglas Rooks
Letter: Proposed oyster farm — how quickly we forget
Times Record - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Until recently, when state, regional and town officials as well as everyday citizens joined together to envision the future of Maquoit Bay, they spoke of the place as one of the rare, priceless treasures of the southern Maine coast and stressed the urgent need to conserve its beautiful, irreplaceable features for many years to come. In 2007, the Town of Brunswick joined with regional agencies along with several public-spirited families in a $5 million endeavor that set aside 167 acres of waterfront property, including tidal flats, in the Maquoit Bay Conservation Project. The proposal by a group of industrial developers to build a 40-acre oyster factory in the very heart of Maquoit Bay indicates the extent of environmental amnesia that seems to have overtaken the good sense of earlier times. ~ Gail P. Stuart, Brunswick
Letter: Customers, don’t let Verizon despoil marsh with cellphone tower
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

As a longtime customer of Verizon, I feel that I should have a voice in deciding whether a cellphone tower is placed adjacent to such a treasure. I am a frequent visitor to Scarborough Marsh, to photograph its many wonders, to bicycle and to walk. Every time I go, I marvel at its beauty. Many times I have brought visitors from “away,” and they are equally captivated. As a teacher, I often brought my classes there to explore and learn about marsh life. I say: If you are a Verizon customer and have visited and understand the value of the marsh, write to them and let them hear your concerns. ~ Linda Rogoff, Portland
Letter: Let’s try experiment to help planet – slash meat dishes at local restaurants
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

If everyone on the planet became a vegetarian, we’d cut 63 percent of all food-related greenhouse gas emissions. I can’t take a bike to work, alas. Or afford to turn my 1890s farmhouse into a net-zero energy home. Not eating meat, though, is an easy assist. So easy that I wonder why everyone doesn’t just do it. OK, restaurateurs, here’s a challenge: What if 80 percent of what you offer on your menus is vegetarian, 10 percent meat and 10 percent fish? What if you just do it because it’s good for the planet? ~ Debra Spark, North Yarmouth
Letter: Ban the bag
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Every year Americans use 100 billion plastic shopping bags. Only 1 percent of those bags are recycled. The other 99 percent are thrown into the trash or end up floating in our oceans killing thousands of marine animals every year. Many Maine municipalities have adopted bans on the use of plastic bags. These bans encourage shoppers to bring their own reusable bags or pay a fee. Bans on plastic bags are an important step to reducing our carbon footprints and keeping our planet cleaner. Because of the detrimental effects that plastic pollution entails, it is vital that other municipalities in Maine place a ban on plastic bags. ~ Ian Norman, Holden
The price of oysters
Other - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

National Fisherman - The need for adaptability and innovation in fisheries is increasing as development and tourism along the coast of Maine threaten access to the waterfront. Portland fishermen are worried about waterfront hotel development while being told there are no fisheries left. Shellfish farmers are also wrangling for an opportunity to harvest on the water. Is this a no-win situation for seafood harvesters? When work opportunities for the next generation, cleaner waters, and traditional business use are opposed by new Maine residents seeking a clear view of the water, it’s easy to measure which comes first. You can’t have your pristine waterfront and eat your oysters, too.
Portland Pipe Line Corp. plans to appeal court ruling on ‘Clear Skies’ ordinance
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Attorneys for the Portland Pipe Line Corp. filed a notice of appeal Wednesday in Portland, announcing that the company will seek to overturn the U.S. District Court ruling that upheld South Portland’s “Clear Skies” ordinance. In August 2018, a judge for the U.S. District Court in Portland ruled that South Portland has a right to enact zoning ordinance amendments that prohibit an activity that has never occurred in the city – the bulk loading of foreign crude oil onto tankers. Rather than off-loading oil in South Portland and transporting it through the pipeline to Montreal, Portland Pipe Line has expressed interest in shipping tar sands oil from Canada to South Portland, where the oil could be loaded onto tankers and shipped to other markets.
Waterville bag ban could be challenged
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Questions remain on whether a controversial ban on plastic shopping bags approved by voters Tuesday will be challenged. Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro, a vocal opponent of the ban on plastic bags, said Wednesday the referendum is being challenged, though City Clerk Patti Dubois said no official requests have been made. Todd Martin, a representative for the Sustain Mid-Maine Coalition, which spearheaded the bag ban, said Wednesday any effort at a recount “is all talk right now.” The ban on plastic shopping bags at large retail stores is aimed at reducing the amount of plastic waste. Stores can provide paper bags to customers. Similar ordinances were approved Tuesday by voters in Camden, Damariscotta and Newcastle, adding to a growing list of Maine communities banning plastic bags.
CMP power line opponents plead case to Somerset County commissioners
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Speakers opposing the New England Clean Power Connect project presented Somerset County commissioners on Wednesday with a formal plea, reiterating the message they delivered Oct. 3 — reconsider your support of Central Maine Power Co.’s plan to build a 145-mile transmission line through the Maine wilderness to deliver hydropower from Quebec to the power grid in Massachusetts. Sandra Howard, a spokeswoman for the group Say NO and a registered Maine guide in Caratunk, presented a list of 88 businesses, municipalities and individuals along the corridor route that oppose the project.
Belfast Voters Reject Three Council Candidates, All Opposed To Onshore Salmon Farm
Maine Public - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Voters in Belfast on Tuesday turned away three city council hopefuls who all opposed a proposed high-tech onshore salmon farm on the city's shores - instead choosing three who favored the project. Some saw the election as a referendum on Nordic Aquafarms' proposal, which could add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local tax base but which drew strong opposition from residents concerned about environmental effects, noise and traffic. City Mayor Samantha Paradis says the city should now be able to move on from questions about whether the project will happen at all, and focus instead on the exact terms for its ultimate approval.
Editorial: Humans fixed the ozone layer. We can tackle climate change, too.
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Holes in the ozone, which captured public attention in the 1980s, are healing. The upper ozone above the Northern Hemisphere should be repaired by 2030, scientists reported Monday at a meeting in Ecuador. A hole over the Southern Hemisphere is closing more slowly and is expected to be covered by 2060. The ozone improvement shows the path the world must take to avert the current environmental disaster — climate change. The focus on the ozone hole shows that when action is demanded and countries work together, climate disasters can be avoided. It is past time to take that lesson to heart when it comes to climate change.
Farmington voters OK $1.2 million dam removal project
Sun Journal - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Farmington voters showed their support Tuesday for the $1.2 million Walton’s Mill Dam project, which involves removal of the dam. The project, which voters approved 2,031-1,195, will be funded entirely by the Atlantic Salmon Federation. It includes new lawn space in Walton’s Mill Pond Park, trail improvements, an expanded parking lot, public restrooms and a pavilion. The project also would replace culverts on Clover Mill Road and Cummings Hill Road, estimated to cost $350,000. The work is being done because the dam is blocking salmon from traveling up Temple Stream to spawn, which is a violation of the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Election result headlines
Maine Environmental News - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Republicans retain control and gain seats in US Senate
Democrats wrest control of US House
Democrats get Maine Governor
Democrats take over Maine Senate and retain Maine House
Angus King (I) reelected to US Senate
Chellie Pingree (D) reelected to US House
Maine 2nd congressional district race undecided
Maine bonds passed on water quality, transportation, university, community colleges
Atlantic salmon story alarmed me
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

An AP story alarmed me. The first paragraph sounded good: “Maine is launching a new program to help pay for conservation work that benefits Atlantic salmon. The money will come from fees for road and bridge projects.” But the third paragraph raised an alarm: “the program will allow public and private organizations working on road and bridge projects to pay a fee in lieu of environmental mitigation efforts that are required by law, the department said.” I wondered what mitigation efforts would be ignored, in favor of collecting money for salmon projects. I question the value of the hundreds of millions of dollars we have spent trying to restore Atlantic salmon to Maine’s rivers, a largely unsuccessful project. And of course we are prohibited from fishing for the salmon so they are doing nothing for our economy.
Protecting Adult Female North Atlantic Right Whales from Injury and Death Key to Recovery
Other - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Why is the endangered western North Atlantic right whale population growing far more slowly than those of southern right whales, a sister species also recovering from near extinction by commercial whaling? NOAA Fisheries researchers and colleagues looked more closely at the question and have concluded that preserving the lives of adult females in the population is by far the most effective way to promote population growth and recovery. Most of these deaths are attributed to entanglement in fishing gear and collisions with ships.
Cans are chasing bottles as the packaging of choice for wine, cocktails, craft beer – and now kombucha
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Tom Madden and John Paul, co-founders of Lone Pine Brewing Co., are partners in Root Wild and already package all their craft beer in cans. Their long-term goal is to blur the lines between their products and experiment with beer-kombucha blends – another trend. “Cans are undoubtedly a more sustainable packaging vehicle,” said Reid Emmerich, co-owner of Root Wild. “They cost less to make. They cost less to ship. They’re more easily recyclable.”
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