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Action Alert - Monday, November 12, 2018 

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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PUC won't decide CMP's $950M transmission line project until March
Mainebiz - Monday, November 5, 2018 

The three-member Maine Public Utilities Commission issued an order on Friday that extends its review of Central Maine Power's $950 million New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line project into next year. In their procedural order the commissioners outline a revised schedule for testimony, technical conferences and hearings related to CMP's proposed 145-mile transmission to deliver hydro-power from Canada to serve customers in Massachusetts. The new schedule postpones PUC's decision on the project until at least March 2019.
Hunters have bagged more than 8,000 deer after 8 days of firearms season
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 5, 2018 

After eight days of firearms hunting for deer, Maine hunters have tagged an average of about 1,000 deer per day, according to wildlife biologist Nathan Bieber of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Last year, a total of 27,233 deer were harvested in Maine using all methods: conventional firearms, archery equipment and black powder weapons.
Falmouth, Brunswick activists get conservation awards
Forecaster - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Two area residents were recognized by the Natural Resources Council of Maine last month for their contributions to protecting the state’s environment. At NRCM’s annual Conservation Leadership Awards Oct. 17, Horace “Hoddy” Hildreth, of Falmouth, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Brunswick resident Robin Robinson received the People’s Choice Award for creating what the NRCM called “a flourishing online educational community of people who share photos and information” about Maine’s wild birds.
UMaine team researching ways to help farmers adapt to climate change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Farming has always been a risky and unpredictable way to make a living, and according to researchers at the University of Maine in Orono, fluctuating weather conditions associated with climate change are only adding to the unpredictability. Dr. Eric Gallandt, professor of weed ecology at the University of Maine, is part of a team sharing in a $500,000, three-year United States Agriculture and Food research grant looking at how to develop the tools and informational resources to help Maine’s small and medium-sized farms better cope with climate-change related issues.
Woods, mill tour will focus on sustainable Maine forest use
Mainebiz - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Designers and builders who work with wood will get a chance to learn from those who grow, harvest and mill it Thursday on the Maine Wood + Sustainability Tour, sponsored by Local Wood WORKS, a partnership of organizations focused on sustainable Maine forests. The daylong professional workshop will visit woodlands and a sawmill in New Gloucester, a Yarmouth logging operation conducted with low-impact equipment, and the Friends School in Cumberland, which is a passive house design using extensive wood paneling. There will also be a lunchtime panel discussion with Theresa Kerchner, executive director of the Kennebec Land Trust; Ken Laustsen, a biometrician and expert in sustainable forestry; and Lloyd Irland, an expert on wood markets. Billed as "a day in the woods and mills in southern Maine," the tour's aim is to help build momentum for strengthening Maine's brand for quality in forest and wood products.
Why Eric Brakey is bashing Angus King over energy issues
Maine Environmental News - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Eric Brakey, who is running against incumbent Angus King for US Senate, has been attacking King for supporting renewable energy and taking funds from energy companies. Brakey says he works from Maine "remotely for our small family business." Eric Brakey's so-called small family business is Brakey Energy, which according to the firm’s website "provides comprehensive energy management services to Ohio's most energy intensive companies.” Matt Brakey, president of Brakey Energy, is Eric’s brother. In April 2018, Matt Brakey held a fundraiser in Ohio for Eric. Company employees were "invited" to be a sponsor or host by donating $500 to $2700. Open Secrets reports that Brakey Energy is Eric Brakey’s biggest single donor. Follow the money.
Opinion: Climate change is scary. ‘Rat explosion’ is way scarier.
Bloomberg News - Monday, November 5, 2018 

What’s so scary about climate change? The term is not scary — at last not in a visceral, skin-crawling sense. How about “rat explosion”? As the climate warms, rats are breeding faster — and experts warn of a population explosion. Rats are just the beginning. While extinctions may inspire a sense of tragedy, it’s the creatures multiplying in outbreaks and infestations that generate horror. Different people fear different things depending on their upbringing, education and surroundings. But we’re all sharing this warming planet, and at the very least surely we can unite against a future filled with rats. ~ Faye Flam
Burt’s Bees Joins E.O. Wilson Foundation to map 6,000 bee species
Maine Environmental News - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Burt’s Bees will partner with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation to map 6,000 bee species worldwide. With species extinction rates currently 1,000 times higher than any prior time in human history, the Burt’s Bees Foundation’s move to support pollinators through the lens of biodiversity comes at a critical juncture – particularly as bee populations, recognized as so-called “keystone species” which are central to many ecosystems worldwide, continue to decline. Burt’s Bees founders imparted a lasting passion for biodiversity and conservation: Burt Shavitz, a beekeeper with a deep appreciation for wilderness, and Roxanne Quimby, a lifetime conservationist.
Lobstermen To Begin Testing Rope-Less Gear Aimed At Reducing Whale Entanglements
Maine Public - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Scientists at the New England Aquarium will be testing rope-less fishing gear with lobstermen in the Gulf of Maine. Their goal is to try to reduce the number of entanglements that could kill endangered North Atlantic right whales. Scientists estimate there are only about 450 right whales left in the ocean. And there have been no documented births this season.
Maine's Fall Wild Turkey Hunt Coming to a Close
Associated Press - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Maine's wild turkeys need to survive just a few more days to make it to Thanksgiving. The state's fall turkey hunt ends on Wednesday. The birds were once nearly gone in Maine, but conservation efforts brought them back to the point that some Mainers consider them pests and traffic hazards. The fall season is open in most of the state except far northern Maine. Hunters are limited to one or two birds. The fall hunting seasons are still going on for deer, moose and bears.
Letter: Put kids and grandkids first by voting for sustainability
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 5, 2018 

We desperately need to be promoting sustainability in all aspects of our lives, for our children, grandchildren and, if we get it right, our great-grandchildren. Environmental, social and economic sustainability all overlap, and all need to support each other to ensure that Americans in the future have every chance that we have had. Simple, right? Well, it is if we do one thing: Put our kids and grandkids first. Stop voting for those who promise to keep giving us more. Why? Debt. Need something to help you decide? Take a look at the U.S. Debt Clock. You might just change your mind about how you vote this year and feel good about it. ~ Pike Bartlett, Friendship
Letter: Trump a manipulator
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 5, 2018 

President Donald Trump is a clever manipulator. He understands many Americans are angry about their powerlessness. He has never offered any rational approaches to address issues such as education, broadening of economic opportunity, health care, or environmental sustainability — all issues that affect his base of supporters as well as most of the electorate. He has just offered various enemies to hate. Americans must urge their representatives and senators, regardless of party, to censure Trump’s language and, most importantly, to collaborate on legislation and policies that truly serve all citizens and do not pander to our darkest impulses. ~ Thomas Adelman, Pembroke
Letter: Uphold water quality standards
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 5, 2018 

I appreciated Judy Harrison’s Oct. 29 article on the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt at scaling back Obama-era water quality standards. The current water quality standards were implemented largely to protect native communities that utilize the river as a food source. The move comes as the latest in a long line of regressive environmental policy moves by the current administration. Maine’s greatest asset is its outdoor resource, and any move to curtail protection of that resource should be admonished. ~ Eamon Laskey, Eddington
Passenger rail study cites ‘latent demand’ for Lewiston-Auburn connection to Portland
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The first phase of a study looking at bringing passenger rail to Lewiston-Auburn says the region has a “latent demand” for a transit connection to Portland. The study estimates between 600 and 800 daily trips in 2025, numbers that are estimated to rise to between 700 and 1,900 by 2040.
Sue Hubbell, writer of ‘Great American Pie Expedition,’ dies in Maine at 83
Ellsworth American - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The ornery, fiercely independent author gained a following for her essays, stories and books – especially her 1986 memoir 'A Country Year: Living the Questions' about her solitary farm life in the Missouri Ozarks.
National Park maintenance bill gaining momentum
Other - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Bismarck Tribune (ND) - The Restore Our Parks Act would establish the five-year National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund, starting in Fiscal Year 2019, using unappropriated revenues from energy development on federal lands. Annual revenue to the fund would be capped at $1.3 billion. While there is concern about getting the legislation through both houses and to the president in the short time between elections and Christmas, heightened attention is being paid to this initiative and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund program, which could result in a year-end federal lands legislation package.
Beyond Plastic Bans: Creating Products to Replace It
National Public Radio - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The growing number of campaigns to ban plastic waste are putting pressure on companies to find alternatives – not just for straws, but for all kinds of plastic packaging. So the Swedish-owned BillerudKorsnäs design lab in Portland, Oregon, tests out products they hope to sell in the budding market for plastic replacements. Some of their customers now use cardboard instead of clear plastic packaging for camping gear, and paper bags instead of plastic ones for food like pasta. The lab is even working on a paper soda bottle.
Well drillers find success on second try in Pittston
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

On Thursday, Greg Snow said a 500-foot well drilled by Rolfe Well Drilling, was producing about two and a half gallons of water a minute. They are waiting for test results to tell them whether the water is free from salt contamination. At a special town meeting in September, Pittston voters authorized town officials to spend $35,000 to pay for testing, legal fees and drilling a new well for the Snows, after testing showed the Snows’ well had been tainted by road salt that had been stored at the town’s highway maintenance garage.
Regulators Seeking Shrimp Fishery Comments, But Fishery Still Shut For Now
Associated Press - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Fishery managers are seeking feedback on potential changes to New England's long-shuttered shrimp fishery if it ever reopens. Shrimp fishing has been shut down off Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire since 2013. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering changes to the way it allocates quota in the fishery. The commission's holding a public hearing in Augusta on Monday. Written comments are due by close of business on Wednesday.
‘Dark money’ helps fuel litany of campaign ads in…Maine?
Associated Press - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The battle over who will represent Maine in the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River is the most expensive political race in state history, leading to more television campaign ads than any other state and underscoring millions of dollars of so-called “dark money” pouring into the race. That boils down to a rate of 26 commercials per hour, or about one every two minutes. But whether those never-ending ads fueling the Democrat and Republican duking it out in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District will sway voters is unclear. At least $1.6 million in contributions to Maine races this year comes directly from groups that don’t have to disclose their donors, including the League of Conservation Voters, which is different than Maine Conservation Voters.
Opinion: Interior Department’s legacy of corruption lives on
Bloomberg News - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The Interior Department’s own internal watchdog, the Office of Inspector General, has referred one of multiple examinations of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s conduct to the Justice Department for further investigation. The midterm elections this week could give Democrats control of powerful federal oversight committees. Those bodies might hold hearings to take the White House to task on various ethics problems and financial conflicts of interest that have hung over the president and a number of his Cabinet members and senior advisers – including his daughter, Ivanka Trump; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. And don’t forget former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt‘s scandal-fueled departures from the administration.
How to get bats out of your house
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Bats are one of the most common home invaders around the world, and while they’re usually harmless, they’re certainly not welcome. When bats roost in homes — usually in attics and other dry, warm places — they create a mess of droppings and pee that emits an unpleasant aroma. And if they manage to get into the living area of a home, there’s a concern they could carry rabies, a viral disease that can be transmitted to humans through a bite. So if you do find a bat or several in your home, what’s the best plan of action? One option is to call a professional, a pest-removal specialist who can evict the bats safely, efficiently and effectively. The other option is to get rid of the critters yourself.
How to set up a bat house
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

As symbols of Halloween and all things spooky, bats have a bad reputation. But in recent years, conservationists have have devoted more resources to educating the public about the benefits of bats and how they play a crucial role in the environment. As a result, some people are adding bat houses to their properties in hope of attracting bats and offering them a place to roost and raise their young.
When it comes to casting ballots, some Mainers elect not to
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Rumford has seen the lowest voter turnout in each of the last two statewide elections. The paper mill is still operating here, although it’s now on its third owner in less than five years and employs about half what it did a decade ago. Anxiety remains about its future. Linda-Jean Briggs, the town’s manager, said Rumford is trying to reinvent itself like any other mill town. She’s excited about the prospect of a new hotel. She hopes it will bring more interest in Black Mountain ski and recreation area. Poland Spring is exploring the purchase of 100 acres for a new bottling plant. Among residents, though, there is still a feeling that the town’s fortunes are not on anyone’s minds outside Rumford. That sense of isolation seems to contribute to voter indifference.
Scarborough cell tower opponents send a strong signal to Verizon
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The Prouts Neck Association is fighting Verizon’s proposal to site a 100-foot-tall tower 850 feet inland from the edge of the marsh. Opponents say that the ordinance is flawed because it allows Verizon to put the tower where it won’t improve local cellphone coverage and where it will spoil views of one of Maine’s most prized coastal resources. Scarborough Marsh is home to many rare birds and other wildlife, and it affords expansive views of spectacular sunrises and sunsets that enthrall kayakers, photographers and other outdoor enthusiasts. So Verizon officials knew they were in for a pitched battle over this one.
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