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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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Opinion: Maine lobstermen know the need for clean air, water
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

Maine’s lobster industry, realizing we are dependent on a healthy ocean as well as an abundance of lobsters, has a long established heritage of conservation and has made choices over time that helped create a fishery that is flourishing while others are not. Our good management decisions could well be an example to decision-makers who mistakenly believe that momentary gain from relaxation of environmental regulations somehow benefits us in the long run. Working in the natural world, fishermen realize that a healthy environment and its resources feed our economy. What we need is a government that looks to our environmental, economic and physical well-being. ~ Richard Nelson, member of the Maine Ocean Acidification Commission and the Maine Regional Ocean Planning Advisory Group, Friendship
Passenger Rail Service from Rockland to Boston Could Return in May
Free Press - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

It’s been nearly 60 years since a passenger train ran from Rockland to Boston, but the Amtrak Downeaster is tentatively scheduled to restart the service in May, according to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA). The authority, which manages operation of the Downeaster, says its proposed midcoast connection would be a seasonal pilot project to see if there is enough demand for the service. The train would operate on weekends from May to October with stops in Bath, Wiscasset, Newcastle, and Rockland.
A dead moose in a Subaru and other scenes from a Maine moose hunt
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

A Subaru Brat climbing Scammon Ridge didn’t fare well when it caught fire after overheating. Firefighters attributed the blaze to its cargo — a heavy bull moose, which, according to a firefighter, exceeded the Subaru’s maximum recommended weight limit. A flatbed from Guilford transported the charred mess to the Texaco Station in Greenville, where Warden Pat Dorion and I met the hunter. While the warden interviewed the man, I was dumbstruck by the blackened moose: Its hind end sat in the bed of the Subaru, the torso draped the roof, and the neck and antlered head covered most of the windshield and hood. ~ Ron Joseph
Labor shortage challenges Maine ski resorts to be creative as season opens
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

Every year, Maine’s ski industry more than triples its workforce in only a few months, hiring armies of snowmakers, lift attendants and front office representatives, as well as servers, cooks, housekeepers and retail salespeople. In the winter, the Sunday River and Sugarloaf ski resorts become the biggest employers in rural Oxford and Franklin counties, respectively. Collectively, Maine’s ski resorts added $300 million to the Maine economy, according to a 2015 Maine Development Foundation tourism report. But as Maine’s labor market has tightened, ski resorts have found it harder to fill positions.
Yarmouth aims to close deal on 24-acre Royal River preserve project
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

Town officials and the Royal River Conservation Trust hope to raise $45,000 in private donations by year's end, building on $220,000 earmarked by Yarmouth and the Land for Maine's Future program. The Yarmouth Riverfront Woods Preserve was one of 15 projects slated to receive a slice of $3.2 million in funding that the Land for Maine’s Future board allocated last week.
Opinion: A critical fishery left vulnerable to one company’s exploitation
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted in 2012 to end overfishing of Atlantic menhaden and set coastwide catch limits for the first time. Unfortunately, despite vast consensus to manage the fishery in a sustainable way by leaving more fish in the sea, the commissioners decided Monday to keep the catch limits for Atlantic menhaden the same. They rejected an proposal, supported by 126,000 public comments, to set ecosystem-based management guidelines that would have ensured an abundance of food for the many species known to feed on menhaden. ~ Stephen W. Kress, director, National Audubon Society’s Seabird Restoration Program, Bremen
Opinion: Solution to rockweed harvesting should be rooted in privacy rights
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

This week, the Maine Supreme Court heard oral arguments over whether rockweed can be harvested from private property without owners’ consent, raising fears of overharvesting and other ecological harms. Due to legal ambiguities that stretch back to the colonial era, no one is quite sure who owns the seaweed that grows on rocks in the area between low and high tide. But there’s a proven way to protect a valuable environmental resource like Maine’s rockweed while also reducing conflict: Define it as private property. If landowners have clear rights to the rockweed growing along their shorelines, then they will have the ability to preserve it and incentive to ensure that any harvesting is sustainable. ~ Jonathan Wood and Tate Watkins, Property and Environment Research Center
Letter: Keep cats indoors
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

Indoor cats live longer. Indoor cats are exposed to fewer diseases. And — very importantly — indoor cats kill no birds — no yellow warblers, no robins, no baby birds or others. Outdoor cats are responsible for killing approximately 2 billion songbirds a year. There are more than 74 million pet cats in the United States, with only about a third of them kept safe indoors. The rest are roaming about, and it is estimated that each one kills up to three dozen birds a year. ~ Sue Shaw, Penobscot
Maine Mini Adventure: Mill about Millinocket
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

The adventure I had set out on was to climb Mount Katahdin. I was making good time when, 58 miles north of Bangor, the engine was blown — and so was my hiking trip. After renting a car and finding the friend I was supposed to meet, we instead waited for news from the mechanic and spent the day bopping around the former mill town. Millinocket was home to the Great Northern Paper Company, which employed more than 4,000 in its heyday in the ’60s and ’70s. But as the industry declined, the work dried up. While the median age continues to rise, those who have stayed make it a place worth visiting. Millinocket is a great base for outdoor activity. It’s adjacent to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, right by the fly-fishing mecca that is East Branch Penobscot River, and the nearest town to Baxter State Park with its Instagram-worthy Mount Katahdin. ~ Paul Pedersen
Four businesses to be honored for expanding Portland’s ‘economic vitality’
Mainebiz - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Portland Development Corp. and the city of Portland will recognize Eimskip, Bristol Seafood, Think Tank Coworking and Fork Food Lab at a Nov. 30 awards ceremony for their roles in expanding the city's economy. Eimskip, the Icelandic shipping company that announced in 2013 it was moving its U.S. port of call from Norfolk, Va., to Portland, will receive the "2017 Economic Development Achievement" award. Since coming to Portland, Eimskip has seen 20% traffic growth each year. It plans to start weekly shipping on Dec. 1.
Moose battle caught on video highlights man’s trip through the Maine outdoors
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

“There was a small area of water along the road on one side. As I came to the intersection, and looked down one of the roads, there were two young bull moose....They began to engage in some light antler-to-antler engagement. It didn’t appear at that moment to be real aggressive fight. This interaction went on for about 15 minutes as they would circle one another, walk away, re-engage. As it went on they got more aggressive to the point you knew they were battling to see who was the better. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
Massive fire burns former Lincoln paper mill
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Flames several stories high destroyed one large building and heavily damaged at least one more at the former Lincoln paper mill on Wednesday. Firefighters from 11 departments knocked down most of the flames as of 8 p.m., almost three hours after Lincoln’s firefighters responded to a fire at the scale shed at 50 Katahdin Ave. Firefighters had finished knocking down that blaze on the eastern side of the 387-acre Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC site.
Poliquin touts bill that would allow worm, clam harvesting at Acadia National Park
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

A federal committee is weighing a bill that would make Acadia National Park just the fourth park in the nation to allow commercial harvesting by giving diggers the all-clear to toil in mudflats in and around the park. During a hearing Wednesday before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R- Maine, presented HR 4266, a bill designed to resolve border disputes between the park and surrounding communities. It also includes language aimed at clearing up confusion among marine worm and clam diggers who use tidal mudflats around the park and park rangers who tried to stop them
Brunswick a finalist for national downtown revitalization award
Forecaster - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

The Brunswick Downtown Association has made it to the final round of contenders for The Great American Main Street Award. Municipalities across the country apply for the honor, given by the Main Street America organization each year. It rewards a community’s efforts to revitalize its commercial district. Debora King, executive director of the BDA, said the organization is very excited about making it so far into the process, which began with an application in June. King said that in addition to The Great American Main Street Award, the BDA is also in the running for two other honors from Main Street America.
Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Mountain Club - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

A new book, "Blazing Ahead," Jeffrey H. Ryan traces the rivalry of Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery, key founders of the Appalachian Trail. Here is an excerpt.
House Subcommittee Takes Up Bill On Shore Access For Harvesters Near Acadia National Park
Maine Public - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Wormers and clammers shut out of Acadia National Park’s tidal flats will be allowed access under a proposed U.S. House bill co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree of Maine — but seaweed and rockweed harvesting would continue to be prohibited. The bill received a hearing Wednesday before a subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee. In addition, the House bill would clarify the process through which 1,440 acres were ceded to the park’s Schoodic District two years ago.
Green Groups, Fishermen At Odds Over New Menhaden Rules
Associated Press - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Environmentalists and commercial fishing groups on the East Coast are divided over a decision to increase the amount fishermen can catch of an ecologically important small fish. On Tuesday, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved changes to menhaden fishing rules, including an 8 percent increase in East Coast quota. The Menhaden Fisheries Coalition says the commission's decision followed "best available science.'' But environmental groups say the move fails to account for menhaden's key role in the food chain. Menhaden are subject of one of the largest fisheries in the U.S. They are used as bait and to make fish meal and fish oil.
Round the Mountain Trail project gets $20,000 grant
Village Soup Gazette (Knox County & Penobscot Bay) - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Coastal Mountains Land Trust received a letter Oct. 26 from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Board announcing the approval of a $20,000 grant in support of the Round the Mountain Trail project. Planned as a 9-mile multi-use path that will encircle Ragged Mountain to and from the Camden Snow Bowl, the Round the Mountain Trail will greatly expand the four-season recreational opportunities available on Ragged Mountain.The Round the Mountain Trail is a key component of a larger campaign launched in 2016, the Round the Mountain Collaboration. In addition to the trail project, the land trust is continues to work to raise the funds needed for the purchase of the 790-acre Mirror Lake Conservation Easement from the Maine Water Co. by a Dec. 31 deadline.
Citizen scientists may help save Maine’s ancient garbage piles
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

“Midden,” to archaeologists, means the waste left behind by long-gone humans. These ancient garbage heaps contain a treasure trove of data that can shed light on Maine’s early environment and long-ago residents. But the 2,000 known middens in Maine are seriously threatened by pressures, including rising sea levels, beach erosion and real estate development. In order to protect the state’s cultural heritage despite those pressures, a University of Maine project is aiming to define the current extent of the middens and develop a network of citizen scientists to monitor and protect them now and in the years to come.
Who owns Maine seaweed? Question goes to Maine Supreme Court
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

A fight over who owns the seaweed that can be harvested along the coast of Maine is going all the way to the state’s highest court. Commercial seaweed harvesting is an industry in Maine, where harvesters typically collect a combined total of more than 10 million pounds per year. But harvesters and some shorefront property owners are locked in a dispute over whether it’s being taken from private property.
Maine Accepting Entries Into New Baby Eel Lottery
Associated Press - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Maine is now accepting applications for a place in next year's baby eel fishing lottery. Wednesday marks the first day the Maine Department of Marine Resources is accepting entries. The baby eels, also called elvers, are typically worth more than $1,000 per pound on the international aquaculture market. The state is creating the lottery to try to get new people into the elver fishing business.
Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy
National Public Radio - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Think renewable energy and the wind and sun come to mind. But some day it may be possible to add ocean energy to that list. The fledgling wave energy industry is now getting a boost from the federal government. The Department of Energy is spending up to $40 million to build a wave energy test facility off the Oregon Coast.
Column: Remembering Bill Clark
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Bill Clark described himself as “a country boy with country leanings.” He wrote a column in the newspaper about patriotism, farms, forests, rural towns, local characters and the hills of Maine. Clark often wrote with humor and had little use for bureaucrats and environmentalists, yet his newspaper career began in 1956 after he wrote a letter to the Press Herald criticizing “the stupidities of thoughtless woodcutting.” ~ George Smith
Opinion: With vision and boldness, Maine could grow into trans-North Atlantic hub
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

Why does Maine sit as the center of a growing trans-Atlantic relationship? The ports of Maine are strategically located as the first stops in the United States for ships traveling from cold waters of the northernmost Atlantic region. Maine boasts a rich maritime heritage, well-established marine industries and a government that is open to opportunities that will grow the economy. New Englanders and Scandinavians share a close cultural affinity. The people of Maine are industrious, innovative and thirsting for opportunity in the wake of a major decline in the paper industry. ~ Korey Morgan, a native of Greenwood, is a master’s candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Amid UN Climate Conference, Mainers Insist ‘We Are Still In’ Paris Agreement
Maine Public - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

An advisor to Trump and a panel of American energy executives tried to make the case on Monday that fossil fuels can be cleaner and more efficient. But their message was drowned out by dozens of environmental activists in Portland. “So even though Donald Trump has recklessly withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement and even though Gov. LePage agrees with Trump, I am here to declare that we are still in,” says Caitlin Marshall, a mother and an employee of ReVision Energy. Marshall says the marketplace is making the case for alternative energy on its own. But states can still take the lead on climate change policies, says Sean Mahoney of the Conservation Law Foundation.
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