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Announcement - Friday, November 17, 2017 

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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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Tick-borne anaplasmosis surging in Maine – and it’s worse than Lyme
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Reported cases of a tick-borne disease are swelling in Maine this year, but it’s not Lyme disease. Cases of anaplasmosis, an illness with flu-like symptoms that are similar to Lyme but typically more severe, have jumped from 52 a year in Maine five years ago to 433 this year, through Oct. 24, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Of this year’s 433 cases, 113 were hospitalized, according to Maine CDC statistics. The deer tick, the same tick that’s a carrier for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, is also a carrier for anaplasmosis.
Editorial: Land for Maine’s Future board proves that conservation program has integrity
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Gov. LePage has never been a big fan of Land for Maine’s Future. “You rub my back, I’ll rub your back and we’ll make some money,” he said. So when one of his campaign contributors applied for $1.25 million for the development rights to a 23,000-acre commercial maple sugar forest along the Quebec border, a lot of people worried that LePage might be right. With the decision not to fund the Big Six project, the LMF board proved that the governor had been wrong. Considering that means taxpayer money has not been wasted all these years, even he should be happy to hear that.
Letter: Combat climate change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Recently, the Government Accountability Office published a report, “Climate Change: Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure,” which was requested by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Maria Cantwell, D-Washington. The report says the economic loss from natural disasters over the last decade exceeds $300 billion. The report also says if hurricanes and wildfires continue as they did this year, the annual cost will reach $35 billion by 2050. I urge Collins to support a carbon fee and dividend model and to sign on to the proposed End Polluter Welfare Act to combat climate change. ~ Samantha Le, Bangor
UNH professor uses GIS mapping to help protect species
Other - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Union Leader - Geographic information systems are designed to capture, manipulate, analyze and manage all types of information. Russell Congalton of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station said analysts layer the data on top of each other to help them solve a specific problem. For example, in the mid-1990s, Congalton and a team of students set out to see if the small whorled pogonia should be protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. They created a mapping database using information they discovered about the rare orchid. A vast majority of the known plants are found in New Hampshire and Maine.
As Trump pulls back on climate, mayors push towards 100% clean energy
Sierra Club - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

As the world gathers in Bonn this week for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, cities and mayors across the U.S. are reaffirming their commitment to bold climate solutions like 100% clean and renewable energy. Despite Donald Trump actively trying to roll back progress like withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris agreement, local leaders across our communities can drive the transition away from dirty fossil fuels of the past towards 100% clean, renewable energy for all. [video]
Column: Bald eagles are dying from lead in hunting, fishing products
Other - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

It’s time for we hunters to do the right thing. The right thing would be switching to lead-free bullets or shotgun shells for hunting game or varmints. This is no alarmist, pie-in-the-sky theory or anti-hunting ploy, as some hunting and gun groups, including the NRA, would have you believe. It’s happening and it’s serious. ~ Ed Crable
Opinion: New England needs more energy pipelines
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Whether its natural gas heading to the power plant or crude oil destined for the refinery and on to your gas tank, energy infrastructure ties it all together — safely. The most recent data show both liquid and natural gas pipelines deliver their products at a safety rate of 99.999 percent. The choice seems pretty clear. When you peel away the politics and focus on the facts, pipelines are a win for jobs, consumer savings and energy reliability. ~ Robin Rorick, American Petroleum Institute
Coast Guard rescues Scarborough fishing boat
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

A Scarborough fishing boat with five people and 30,000 pounds of catch aboard was rescued Saturday by the U.S. Coast Guard after going adrift Friday. The 65-foot Black Beauty fishing trawler lost power Friday afternoon about 30 miles off the New Hampshire coast.
New England Ski Season Getting Underway
Maine Public - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Sunday River opened the slopes to skiers Saturday, with its cousin Sugarloaf's first chair heading uphill Sunday. Maine's third largest ski mountain is quiet though; Saddleback's new owners-in-waiting, the Australia-based Majella group, posted on Facebook this week that a deal was in its final stages, but also said it "posed numerous challenges to our investors."
Maine lobster boosters face a startling foe: The industry itself
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

With lobster prices down, both at the dock and the dealer’s office, some who make their living off the state’s signature crustacean are reluctant to approve another five years of funding to the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, whose $2.2 million-a-year budget is funded by lobster license surcharges. With its state funding about to expire, the collaborative is taking its case to fishermen in fire halls and ferry terminals this month, calling on powerful industry friends to lend their support and touting a new audit that gave the program stellar reviews. But it’s not an easy sell.
Former L.L. Bean executive plans to make Maine Audubon a national leader
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

More than a century ago, after it was founded in 1843, Maine Audubon was at the forefront of the land conservation movement in Maine. Now the organization’s newest executive director wants it to lead the nation. Andy Beahm wants to make Maine Audubon known for unique, not-to-be-missed outdoor festivals; for connecting more people across Maine to nature through statewide outdoor events for many more than just its seven chapters; and for inspiring Mainers to become wildlife advocates.
A celebration for all things conservation
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Once a year, the Maine environmental community celebrates conservation victories at An Evening for the Environment, a fundraiser for Maine Conservation Alliance and Maine Conservation Voters. The 15th annual event was held at Thompson’s Point on Oct. 26, with nationally recognized clean energy expert Brian Deese as the keynote speaker.
Maine lags in providing state park access to people with disabilities
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

In many states, officials are helping people with physical disabilities to get outdoors by offering trails, cabins and fishing platforms that are accessible by wheelchair. Some routinely hold events to help those with physical disabilities to kayak, fish or bicycle. Funding and commitment to provide these amenities and services vary widely from state to state, even in New England. Maine is not among the leaders, despite promoting itself as a scenic outdoor playground and generating $500 million annually in recreational tourism. Only 10 of 48 state parks and historic sites in Maine are fully accessible by wheelchair.
Green Prescription: A zero-waste couple struggles to get on the same page
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Zero-waste living requires mindfulness above all, and if you lead by example, your partner may see the light.
Buy local now applies to your booze as well as your beer
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Maine craft distilleries, following in the footsteps of craft brewers, are using more local agricultural products in their spirits. It’s part of a national movement to link farmers with local distillers, but no hard data yet capture the trend, according to Alexandra Clough, spokesperson for the American Craft Spirits Association in Louisville. “It’s mimicking the craft beer and local food movement, where people want to know where ingredients are coming from,” she said.
Column: Even in winter, birds find a way to find food
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Birds perform marvelous feats: migrating from one pole to the other, raising multiple clutches of young in a single season, tolerating winter temperatures as low as 70 below zero. But each of these astounding activities comes with a big ‘if.’ If the birds can find enough food. Birds can be surprisingly resourceful in finding food. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: And just like that, deer season is over
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Early success in Maine’s deer season is a double-edged sword. It represents completion of a goal, validation for all your efforts in scouting and preparation, and meat in the freezer. But it also means a premature end unless you hunt the expanded archery season. You’re left to pine away inside while your family and friends are sitting in a pine tree on the back 40, waiting for their chance. ~ Bob Humphrey
Letter: It would be cheaper long term to just bury the lines
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

The only way to avoid the physical risks and colossal expense of downed wires is to move key segments of CMP’s aerial plant underground. This publicly-regulated utility should be required to develop a capital plan to do so over a reasonable period of time. Naturally, CMP will try to make the case that the effort would be too expensive, but the cost of bringing hundreds of trucks and thousands of workers from out of state during every recovery effort must be staggering. The Brunswick section of the grid alone seems to lose power more often than Baghdad. It’s long past time to do something about it. ~ Ralph Dean, Freeport
Letter: Not seeing any birds either
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

I am responding to the Oct. 20 letter to the editor headlined, “Has anyone seen were the birds went?” I would also like to know since I haven’t had a single bird at my bird feeder for at least six weeks. They can’t all have gone south. It is sad not to hear the bird song. ~ Jean Koller, Augusta
Column: Hillary, the horse with an attitude
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

[Part 1] Not until I took some lessons in riding and horse handling from Nichole Rackcliff at M&N Ranch in Dedham did I dare undertake a horse rental for my elk hunt. A patient horse lady, who taught me much in a short period of time, her horse knowledge proved invaluable during an incident that I will relate. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
International Rights of Nature Tribunal
Other - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

The current ecological crisis requires that we transform our international and domestic legal systems to nurture, rather than allow the destruction of the Earth community.
Succession: How A Forest Can Create and Re-Creates Itself
Other - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

A few years ago, I started an observational experiment in forest succession on a couple of acres where we once pastured sheep and goats. Rocky and wet, without livestock it was hard to keep cleared. So, I let the forest recreate itself and just watched the process unfold. It’s a process that has taken place across much of the Northeast since the mid-1800s.
Mountain biking takes off in the Bangor area
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

A nurse, an attorney, an engineer and a high school teacher were among the 15 women who gathered in the morning sun on Saturday, Nov. 4, on the gravel road leading into Bangor’s Rolland F. Perry City Forest. The women, ranging widely in age and occupation, all had one thing in common — a love for mountain biking. The group, Slipping Gears Ladies Rides, was established in April, and since then, has grown to more than 70 active members. This thriving group is just one example of how mountain biking is gaining momentum in the Bangor area.
Maine plans swifter protocols for shellfish monitoring
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

No one knows the origin of an algae bloom that closed hundreds of miles of Maine coastline to shellfish harvesting this fall. Or why the microscopic phytoplankton responsible for it suddenly became so bountiful in the Gulf of Maine. Or even why it produces toxins in the first place. What is known is that a toxic bloom of Pseudo-nitzschia phytoplankton caused a recall of 58,500 pounds of blue mussels in September – only the second shellfish recall in Maine’s modern history. To prevent another recall, the state is drastically reassessing its shellfish monitoring practices. Changes in Maine waters may be driving new blooms. The Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest-warming bodies of water on the Earth, and observers have warned about the ecological changes driven by a warming planet.
America’s Wildest Place Is Open for Business
Other - Friday, November 10, 2017 

Roman Dial is a professor of biology and mathematics at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, and a National Geographic explorer. He decided to figure out the most remote place in the entire nation. His calculations led him to the northwest corner of Alaska, where the continent tilts toward the Arctic Ocean. He decided to walk there. On the journey he and his companion didn’t see anyone else for 24 days. Their destination lay within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. NPR-A, as it is known, is the single largest parcel of public land in the United States. The reserve sprawls across nearly 23 million acres, which makes it larger than Maine or 10 other states.
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