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Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news stories and events. I have posted links to more than 34,000 news articles and announcements. I 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 my attention a few days after they are published. Follow us on Twitter @MaineEnviroNews. Will Sugg is the website developer. ~ Jym St. Pierre, RESTORE: The North Woods
Ask Maine to require disclosure of toxic phthalates
Action Alert - Monday, September 29, 2014 

Exposure to phthalates during pregnancy and early childhood has been linked to reproductive problems, learning disabilities, asthma and allergies. Ask the Maine DEP to require companies to let us know when this toxic chemical is in a product. Deadline is September 29. ~ Andy Jones, Toxics Action Center
Send your questions for forum on Bear Hunt
Action Alert - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

The Portland Press Herald and WCSH-TV will host a forum on November’s statewide referendum on bear-hunting practices. Representatives from the Yes on 1 and the No on 1 campaigns will field questions from Portland Press Herald outdoors reporter Deirdre Fleming and News Center reporter Bill Green. The taped forum will be aired at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, on WCSH (Ch. 6) in Portland and WLBZ (Ch. 2) in Bangor. You are invited to send questions that may be asked of the panelists.
AMC Fall Gathering, Oct 17-19
Event - Posted - Thursday, September 25, 2014 

The annual Appalachian Mountain Club Fall Gathering will be at Camp Wavus on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson, October 17-19. Many hikes, talks and other events.
Conservation Leadership Awards, Oct 15
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine will honor Maine people who have gone to great lengths to protect Maine’s environment. At Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell, Oct 15,5-7 pm.
Hike the Proposed National Park Land During Peak Foliage, Oct 11
Event - Posted - Monday, September 22, 2014 

Hike six miles roundtrip, along a portion of the International Appalachian Trail, over Katahdin Brook, to the top of Barnard Mountain along a trail created this summer by the Maine Conservation Corps. At the top of Barnard Mountain are spectacular views of Katahdin, Katahdin Lake, and the Traveler Mountains. Oct 11, 10:30 am. Sponsored by Natural Resources Council of Maine.
DamNation, Oct 9
Event - Posted - Monday, September 22, 2014 

RESTORE: The North Woods is hosting a screening of the film DamNation. A panel with advocates of dam removal and river restoration will follow. At Bates College, Lewiston Olin Arts Center, Room 104, October 9, 7–9 pm, free, donations apppreciated. Co-sponsors: Bates Outing Club, Maine Rivers, Endangered Species Coalition, Merrymeeting Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Penobscot River Restoration Trust.

SeaWatch 2014 at Schoodic Point
Event - Posted - Monday, September 22, 2014 

A citizen science program conducted by staff and volunteers of the Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program. On Mondays & Thursdays, 6:30 am - 8:30 am.
McKibben to speak at UM, Oct 7
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 21, 2014 

Environmentalist Bill McKibben will speak about “Making a Life on a Tough New Planet” at the University of Maine, Orono, Collins Center for the Arts, Oct 7, 3:30-5 pm.
Stories from Ireland’s First Wilderness, Oct 5
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 20, 2014 

Bill Murphy will give a talk highlighting the Wild Nephin wilderness area in County Mayo, Ireland, some of the projected economic benefits of the Nephin project, and parallels with the Katahdin region. At Baxter State Park Headquarters, Millinocket, Oct 5, 7 pm. Sponsored by Friends of Baxter State Park.
Wilderness Writing, Oct 3-5
Event - Posted - Friday, September 19, 2014 

Writing workshop. At Lunksoos Camps, a rustic, historic camp located on the East Branch of the Penobscot River, Oct 3-5. Pre-register. Sponsored by Sierra Club Maine.
Terry Tempest Williams: Readings and Ruminations, Oct 2
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic "Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place" and other books. At Colby College, Waterville, Bixler 106, Art Museum Lobby, Oct 2, 7:30 pm.
Evening for the Environment, Oct 2
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

Maine Conservation Voters will host the 12th annual Evening for the Environment on October 2 at the Abromson Center at USM. Keynote speaker Carol Browner was President Clinton’s EPA Administrator and Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama Administration.
Convergence Conference, Oct 2
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

Annual Convergence Conferences serve as the annual networking meeting of conservation professionals, educators, researchers, and managers in eastern Maine. This year's event is titled Land and Water: the Conservation Connection. The keynote speaker will be Alan Hutchinson. At Schoodic Education Research Center, Winter Harbor, Oct 2, $30.
Fire Lookouts in Maine, Oct 2
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

Bill Cobb, director of the Maine Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association, will present an illustrated talk about the rise and fall of Maine’s forest fire lookout network. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Oct 7 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
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The Head-Scratching Case of the Vanishing Bees
New York Times - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

The centrality of bees to our collective well-being is hard to overstate. They pollinate dozens of crops: apples, blueberries, avocados, soybeans, strawberries, you name it. The USDA estimates that nearly one-third of everything that Americans eat depends on bee pollination. Billions of dollars are at stake each year for farmers, ranchers and beekeepers. But in the fall and winter of 2006-07, many beekeepers found most of their hives empty. Theories abounded. Some suggested cellphone towers had disoriented the bees. Others said the fault lay with genetically modified crops. More likely, entomologists said, a pathogen might be to blame. Yet other experts pointed damning fingers at pesticides or a parasitic mite. Several federal agencies weighed in last year with a joint study that effectively checked the “all of the above” box.
Report highlights species on brink of extinction
Summit Voice - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

It’s no secret that many plant and animal species in the U.S. are in danger of disappearing permanently, but a new report from the Endangered Species Coalition brings home the point by highlighting several once-common species teetering on the brink of extinction.
Report: emails reveal ‘collusion’ with green activist groups over EPA climate agenda
Maine Environmental News - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

The Energy & Environment Legal Institute has released a report that claims to piece together dozens of emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, which detail EPA’s collusion with senior activists within environmental groups. According to E&E Legal, the report proves the real thinking about the intent behind and impact of EPA’s “climate” regulations. E&E Legal says, "Far from the required recusing to avoid the appearance of a conflict, EPA filled its senior political ranks with green pressure group activists, continuing their life’s work and coordinating with former colleagues from their new positions in government."
Opinion: We need limits on carbon pollution from power plants — strong ones — for our kids
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

On Sept. 21, hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of New York City to demand bold action now to confront climate change. Whether or not you joined the march, we can all have an impact in this fight. We can support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” to cut carbon pollution from power plants for the first time. ~ John Bernard, South Portland
The Effects of Lakeshore Development on Common Loon Productivity
Maine Environmental News - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

A recent study from the Adirondacks is relevant to Maine. Researchers found that the amount of development on lakes is not as important to nesting Common Loons as the placement of development in clusters along lakeshores. The clustering of development on one part of the lake will allow loons to nest away from developed areas. The study provides additional support for the buffering of loon nesting areas from development as a conservation tool to enhance their reproductive success.
Attention Leaf Peepers
Down East - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

The northern forest is at the height of its glory, but hurry if you want to see it. This moment won’t last long. Photos by Mark Fleming.
Two White Mountain National Forest trails reopen
Associated Press - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

Two White Mountain National Forest trails nearly obliterated by Tropical Storm Irene three years ago are reopening for New Hampshire’s fall hiking season. The Dry River Trail and Isolation Trail in the Dry River Wilderness region of the forest are open again after extensive work, forest officials said.
Chicks That Tie spread love of fly fishing
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

For the past two decades, the Cumberland County Fair has offered a small display of fly tying, as insignificant as a stonefly on a stream. Alongside afghans, pickled vegetables, quilts and flowers in the exhibition hall lay a few flies displayed with little zest. That all changed this year when Rod McGarry of the Gray Ghost Fly Tyers of Yarmouth decided to use the weeklong fair to raise awareness of fly tying in Maine among the non-fishing public. “We’ve got more flies than they’ve got pies,” McGarry boomed at the fair on Monday in front of the 45 boxed displays of flies sent from fishing clubs around Maine. McGarry proudly pointed toward three fly tying stars: Evelyn King of Cundy’s Harbor, Vicki Koshliek of Cumberland, and Wendy Furey of North Yarmouth, known as the Chicks That Tie.
In Maine gubernatorial race, bear baiting referendum could have the sleeper effect
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

The more Mainers become familiar with the bear-baiting referendum question, the more they oppose a proposed ban on the practice, according to polls. Andrew Smith, director of the UNH Survey Center, said the question could affect the gubernatorial race. “The thing that’s going to be interesting is that people who might come out and vote specifically against this amendment, they’re likely to be LePage voters,” Smith said. “This may be something that could help LePage.”
Column: Upland bird hunting nowadays means going farther upstate
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

Maine’s ruffed-grouse and American-woodcock seasons open Wednesday. Old thunder wings ranks as our second most popular game critter behind deer, based on the number of licensed hunters in this state who claim to hunt grouse. Hunting for the king of game birds continues until Dec. 31, but woodcock closes at sunset Nov. 14. These days, reverting farmland from the mid-20th century has turned into primary forest, superb for wild turkey, not grouse and woodcock. In northern Maine, though, rejuvenating clearcuts and strip cuts draw serious upland-bird hunters. ~ Ken Allen
Column: Hunting: A happy hunting ground couldn’t last for eternity
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

this year really looks like the last season for one of my most cherished hunting grounds. For the first five or six years, my hunting partner and I had it to ourselves, this island wilderness surrounded by civilization, but change is inevitable. First came the expanded archery season, which brought more hunters with varying levels of ethics. Their presence in my tiny patch of woods increased until I eventually began finding other hunters or evidence of them in my stands — hunting’s equivalent of adultery and a serious breech of ethics. Next came development. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Hiking, paddling delights are found just off Bath’s beaten path
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

Thorne Head Preserve just a couple of miles out of High Street in Bath, and so close to town that you can hear the faint sounds of work going on at the Iron Works, along with the thrumming of outboards on bass fishing boats on the Kennebec River. On a recent morn, I tromped the trails in this pristine 96-acre preserve, the signature property of the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust that has diligently protected special places and natural resources in nine communities along the river and beyond. Then, for good measure, I launched the kayak at the North End Boat Launch on Washington Street, to paddle upriver around the promontory and then up Whiskeag Creek for a look from the water at where I had just been hiking. ~ John Christie
Column: Birding: Book on Passenger Pigeon not a sad tale
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

In August I wrote a column to commemorate the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon 100 years ago. Passenger Pigeons once numbered in the billions. Some ornithologists believe that 40 percent of all North American birds were Passenger Pigeons. Errol Fuller has written an informative book called “The Passenger Pigeon” in this sad centennial year. The book is not an exhaustive treatment of our knowledge of Passenger Pigeons. Rather it is a celebration of this departed species through a mix of prose, paintings and photographs. ~ Herb Wilson
Opinion: Name-calling has no place in debate over bear initiative
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

I was saddened by the Sept. 21 Maine Voices column, “Animal protection measures have fallen victim to an unholy alliance,” by Robert Fisk Jr. In a civil society we should be able to disagree without calling each other horrible names like “unholy.” Conservationists believe in using professional biologists and facts to manage our wildlife. Mr. Fisk wants to use emotion as the basis of wildlife policy, and that is likely the reason he is constantly rejected. ~ David Trahan, Sportsman’s Alliance
Letter: Demanding elimination of the use of plastic bags
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, September 28, 2014 

There are three islands of trash (mostly made of plastics) floating in our beautiful ocean. I find this horrifying. So, here are my demands: I demand that all plastic bags be banned in grocery stores and big box stores. I demand that the use of cotton/synthetic bags be a law and that at the entrance of all stores, a greeter must welcome shoppers with a smile on her/his face and arms full of beautiful, strong and free bags. Although I can’t demand you do this, I hope you’ll join me by demanding this kind of change. ~ Anna Freeman, West Athens
Opinion: What Explains the Wide Variation in the Types and Effectiveness of Climate Change Related CO2 Emissions Reduction Policies Adopted by the More Developed Nations
Other - Saturday, September 27, 2014 

Even though the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development nations' policies have converged in many areas, they remain deeply divided on the appropriate climate change policy responses. The issue isn’t what types of policies will be most effective in reducing CO2 emissions, rather the dilemma for the OECD’s political leaders is how to ensure the support of their countries’ voters if they implement these policies.The divergence in the CO2 emissions reduction policies is due to the fact that some climate change policies run counter to the cultural values of certain OECD nations. ~ Charles Laffiteau
Should scientists offer more than just practical solutions on climate change?
Summit Voice - Saturday, September 27, 2014 

Scientific advice alone isn’t enough to shape the public debate about climate change. Instead, the discussion needs to include consideration of the full range of human values. “Global environmental change raises profound questions…such as whether humans lack humility and wisdom,” said University of Manchester professor Noel Castree, lead author of a new Nature Climate Change paper that explores the role of scientists in the global warming debate. “We are concerned that environmental scientists risk using their authority to convince others that future Earth surface change is no more than a fiendishly complicated alteration to fairly well understood physical systems. What is needed is a deeper appreciation that such change will cause fundamental disagreements about responsibilities, rights and duties — among humans and towards nature."
Opinion: Shooting fed, treed or trapped bears doesn’t pass the smell test — even if there’s a sweet jelly doughnut involved
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 27, 2014 

In his predictable diatribe against Question 1 — the citizen initiative to end the baiting, hounding and trapping of bears — longtime hunting writer Tom Hennessey twists the facts. He calls the economic benefits of bear baiting “immeasurable,” but he neglects to mention that the state’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal and Program Review did measure the economic effect of ending bear baiting and determined it will have “no net revenue impact” on state government. He calls Maine’s bear management program “arguably the most respected nationwide” but doesn’t mention that Maine is actually an outlier on bear management: it’s the last state, out of 32 that allow bear hunting, to allow baiting, hounding and trapping. ~ Wayne Pacelle, The Humane Society of the United States
Michaud, LePage campaigns blast Cutler for politicizing millworkers’ plight
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 27, 2014 

Eliot Cutler, the independent candidate in Maine’s gubernatorial race, continued his onslaught against incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s record on economic development and jobs but also charged LePage and Mike Michaud, the Democrat in the race, with abandoning the mill towns of Millinocket and East Millinocket, following the bankruptcy filing of the Great Northern Paper Co. earlier this week.
Maine envisioned as a magnet for growth, talent
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 27, 2014 

More than 200 entrepreneurs, educators, legislators, investors and leaders of businesses and nonprofits gathered Friday for Envision Maine: a daylong summit to promote Maine’s economic future. While conversations about how to support business growth are constantly occurring, the purpose of the gathering was to catalyze a collective effort to nourish that growth and encourage more.
Editorial: Mainers’ access to lower rates is the key smart meter issue
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 27, 2014 

The verdict is in regarding the safety of smart meters. After a lengthy investigation, state regulators ruled this week that the devices, which send a wireless radio signal to the utility that owns them, don’t pose a health threat. So the public, the government and utility officials should shift their focus to a bigger question: whether and how smart meters are living up to the expectation that they’ll save consumers money and help modernize our electric grid. Smart meters offer a lot of information, but it’s clear that Mainers are just beginning to see how to use this data to monitor and control their power consumption.
Letter: Oh, deer!
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 27, 2014 

A map of Mount Desert island found on Google images shows the eastern part of the island, about two-thirds of which is Acadia National Park where no hunting is allowed. The one-third of the land outside the park is where a proposed hunt would take place. This area includes the downtown with its businesses and homes. The people of Bar Harbor live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Why would they attack some of the most exquisite creatures who live here? ~ Annemarie Vickers Quin, Bar Harbor
Letter: Fair to bears
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 27, 2014 

There is nothing fair or “sportsmanlike” about luring an animal into a spot and killing that animal for pleasure. It may be fun for the killer, but it is not a “sport” as a sport is defined as “fair and honest.” Nothing fair and honest about shooting an unarmed and hungry critter as he or she looks for food that was thrown into the forest. Let’s not litter our beautiful forests with garbage so the killers can have their fun. Vote yes on Question 1. Let’s keep this state clean, beautiful and fair. ~ Elaine Miller, Brunswick
Scientists, academics to lead groundfish study
Associated Press - Friday, September 26, 2014 

A group of scientific and academic institutions is leading a researching initiative about the groundfish stocks in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The federal New England Fishery Management Council is giving $800,000 to the Northeast Consortium for the project. University officials say they will give priority to proposals that seek to demonstrate ways to grant access to closed areas and increase catch of haddock without impacting cod, yellowtail flounder and windowpane flounder.
Maine's Fall Wild Turkey Season Begins Next Week
Associated Press - Friday, September 26, 2014 

Maine's fall wild turkey hunting season begins Oct. 2 and lasts until Halloween. There is a two turkey limit in ten wildlife management districts in central and southern Maine. Hunters In eight other districts in central and southern Maine will be limited to one turkey. Turkeys of either sex and any age are legal to hunt. Hunting will be closed in 11 districts mostly located in northern Maine. Sportsmen can hunt turkey with a shotgun or bow and arrow. The spring wild turkey season lasted from April 28 to May 31.
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