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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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Recycling bad habits put municipal programs at risk
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

People who throw their trash and other nonrecyclables into recycling bins are “contaminating” the value of the materials that can be recycled, raising town removal costs and prompting buyers of recyclables to stop buying because they’re fed up with dealing with trash. The result, say experts: Nationally and in Maine, many municipalities are recycling less, unable to find markets for recyclables and facing rising costs for their programs.
Recycling 101: Here's how to do it right
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Recycling correctly isn’t difficult, but it does mean knowing what materials your local program accepts to avoid contamination, a big problem in the recycling market. If you live where there’s convenient curbside, single-stream recycling, you can’t throw just anything in. When in doubt, look it up.
Market forces buffeting future of wind power in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Ten years have passed since Maine enacted a landmark wind power law, designed to attract a new energy industry and decrease dependence on fossil fuels. It worked, for the most part. Developers have invested $1 billion erecting more than 375 turbines at 17 locations that have a combined generating capacity of 923 megawatts. That’s more wind output than in the other New England states combined. But developers say the state is unlikely to see strings of new turbine towers on the horizon, as market forces overtake policy directives. It’s too expensive to build the transmission capacity, solar is becoming cheaper to site, and citizen and political opposition persist.
Climate anxiety: A strain of emotional stress is on the rise
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

“Climate anxiety,” centered around the issue of climate change, is a problem that hovers over other more typical reasons people seek therapy, and it leads to dread, grief and a questioning of one of the most basic, and hopeful, of human actions. The most common prescription is to go local and go outdoors, mental health professionals say.
After the election, get busy focusing on environmental progress
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Two days after the election, the Natural Resources Council of Maine is hosting a post-election discussion at the Glickman Library in Portland. Whether it is celebratory or somber, the group’s CEO, Lisa Pohlmann and its advocacy director, Pete Didisheim, will be talking about the results. Whether it’s Gov. Mills or Moody, the topics will include clean water, clean air, forests, wildlife and climate change. The event is free but seating is limited, so RSVP now.
Column: Town of Millinocket reinvents itself – and its Memorial Library
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Much has been said about Millinocket’s dogged efforts to reinvent itself after the former Great Northern Paper mill – the initial reason for the town’s existence – went belly up in 2008. The Maine Library Association's recognition of Matt DeLaney as the state's top librarian marks another step forward for a northern Maine community that refuses to fade back into the forest. ~ Bill Nemitz
Column: Waterville’s trail network keeps growing
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

I never thought of Waterville as a spot for outdoor recreation. However, a bit of investigation showed me that there are myriad trails and outdoor spaces to explore in the Waterville, Winslow and Fairfield. ~ Josh Christie
Column: A few tricks for captivating hunting photos
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Trophies represent an accomplishment by the hunter, and should be celebrated and preserved. The best and easiest way to accomplish that is by simply snapping a photo, a task you would think should be fairly easy. Yet too often, the opportunity to capture and preserve a momentous accomplishment is squandered. Here are tips for taking trophy shots. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Deer camps create a fellowship that's tough to match
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

If you belong to your own deer camp, visits at other camps touch a chord. The stories and the sense of fellowship between the plywood walls is palpable: you can feel it. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
“Clear Evidence Of Cancer” From Cell Phone Radiation
Other - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

U.S. National Institutes of Health National Toxicology Program (NTP) concludes that there is “clear evidence” that male rats developed cancerous heart tumors from exposure to cell phone radio frequency radiation according to final reports on Rats and Mice. Scientists are now calling for federal action – a quantitative risk assessment and protective policies to reduce wireless exposure.
Young Activists Can Sue Government Over Climate Change, Supreme Court Says
National Public Radio - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

A group of young people can sue the federal government over its climate change policies, the Supreme Court said Friday. Since it was first filed in 2015, the government has requested several times that Juliana v. United States be dismissed. The lawsuit — brought by 21 plaintiffs, many of whom are minors — claims the federal government encouraged the production of oil, gas and other fossil fuels, causing the planet to warm and infringing on several of the plaintiffs' fundamental rights.
One big recycling success: Maine's bottle bill
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

While recycling in Maine is in the dumps with a tough market and a need for recycling education, there’s a bright spot: Maine’s 40-year-old bottle bill. The original goal of the bottle bill in 1976 was to reduce litter along roads, highways and sidewalks. It’s done that and more. Estimates are that 90 percent of Maine beverage cans and bottles are recycle. In 2017 that meant 37,500 tons of glass, 4,900 tons of aluminum and 9,000 tons of plastic were kept out of landfills, incinerator plants or off the sides of roads, according to the DEP.
Northeastern Hikes with Stunning Bridge Views
Appalachian Mountain Club - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

From footbridges to cantilevered trellises, abandoned infrastructures to geologic wonders, here are some of our favorite bridge hikes in the Northeast. Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is spread over 50 miles of southern Maine’s coastal ecosystem. Named for the naturalist and environmental activist Rachel Carson, the refuge protects some of Maine’s most picturesque and ecologically important habitat. More of a boardwalk than a true bridge hike, the refuge’s 2.1-mile Cutts Island Trail loop in Kittery offers unparalleled estuary views accessible only along this bridge-like walkway.
Land's End
Down East - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is leading the effort to preserve Woodward Point and open it to public access — it is one of the few remaining pieces of undeveloped waterfront of this size in Southern Maine. It’s just one way the Trust is working to Keep the Coast Maine.
Why own a donkey?
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Many Americans have discovered that donkey ownership is for them. Donkeys, a member of the horse family, have been domesticated for around 5,000 years. They have long been used as pack animals and for draft work in agriculture and more, but these days some folks are deciding that the donkey’s intelligence and attentiveness are making them suitable as pasture pets, as a guardian for livestock and sometimes as a companion for horses. Donkeys may have a reputation for being obstinate and noisy, but that is far from the whole story, their fans assert.
Portland’s solar array is about to power up, a year late
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

After being delayed for a year because of environmental issues, a 4-acre solar farm built on an old landfill in Maine’s largest city is nearly finished. A total of 2,816 solar panels have been installed, more than enough to power City Hall. The city will be one step closer to meeting its goal of reducing greenhouse emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
Letter: Vote ‘yes’ for Hope Woods on Kennebunk ballot
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Conservation of the 72-acre Hope Woods property within the cemetery, with over 2 miles of maintained trails, will provide a significant public benefit and will provide for sustainability of Hope Cemetery as a private cemetery long into the future as a public asset that is important to the community. Vote “yes” on Question 2 on the Kennebunk ballot for Hope Woods. ~ Robert B. Metcalf, Kennebunk
Letter: CMP project may have wind component
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Wind transmission lines could go on the New England Clean Energy Connect to a substation or another wind project to get to the grid. There could be hundreds of wind towers in a straight line from northeast to southwest along Misery Ridge, Chase Stream Mountain and Cold Stream Mountain, junctioning with NECEC at Somerset Wind or today’s Marshall Yard. It is well known that many landowners want in on the wind hoax. ~ Kerry Hegarty, Jackman
N.H. firm acquires specialty mapping divisions of James W. Sewall Co.
Mainebiz - Friday, November 2, 2018 

CAI Technologies, a municipal mapping and GIS services company located in Littleton, N.H., announced Thursday its acquisition of the tax mapping, web hosting and specialty natural resource mapping divisions of the James W. Sewall Co. located in Old Town. The Old Town company's engineering, forestry and natural resources consulting divisions are not included in the acquisition, leaving those services intact under the Sewall Co.'s corporate name. Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital, a limited liability corporation with headquarters in New York City and Portland, acquired 100% of James W. Sewall Co. last spring.
Blog: A Grand Experience Awaits
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Deep in the woods of north central Washington County, a scant 15 miles west of the St. Croix River and the New Brunswick border, is where you’ll find the tiny community of Grand Lake Stream (population 109) at the heart of one of the most unheralded conservation success stories and some of the finest outdoor recreation opportunities in Maine. The 55,687-acre Downeast Lakes Community Forest, a project of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust, spans five unorganized townships around Grand Lake Stream and protects a remarkable 90 miles of pristine shorefront. ~ Carey Kish
Opinion: Maine Conservation Voters support Michele Meyer and so do I
Seacoast Online - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Please join me and vote for Michele Meyer for Maine State Representative, House District 2, which includes Eliot and parts of Kittery and South Berwick. She is committed to land conservation and understands the importance of balancing development with protection of important natural resources. Michele values clean water and healthy local food, resources that are vital to Maine’s economy. She gained the endorsement of Maine Conservation Voters. ~ Jennifer Fox, Eliot
Decision On Permit For Controversial CMP Transmission Line Pushed To March
Maine Public - Friday, November 2, 2018 

A decision on a key permit for Central Maine Power's controversial western Maine transmission project will be delayed by three months. The Public Utilities Commission ordered a new schedule after opponents complained that CMP had deluged them with a late-filed "document dump" of nearly 100,000 pages, which was impossible to wade through, they said, on the original timeline. The Commission is pushing the target date for a decision from December to March. Project spokesperson John Carroll says the delay won't affect the project's ultimate schedule.
Belgrade voters to consider shoreland zoning changes
Kennebec Journal - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Belgrade voters will see a local question at the polls Tuesday asking if they want to amend the town’s Shoreland Zoning Ordinance. The changes cover septic system inspections in property transfers and setbacks for structures.
Drawing Inspiration
WCSH-TV6 - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Hudson River School painter Frederic Church developed a love for Maine's Mt. Katahdin. Artists such as Evelyn Dunphy are drawn to his former camp where she runs workshops on the shores of Millinocket Lake.
Gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills marches to the finish at Bowdoin
Bowdoin (College) Orient - Friday, November 2, 2018 

“I don’t categorize myself as left, middle, centrist, right, blue dog, red dog, pink dog, I take each issue at a time,” said Maine State Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills. “People know where I stand on specific issues like the right to choose—I’ve always been there on women’s issues. Always protected the right to vote. I’ve always been a conservationist, environmentalist. I don’t think that’s a radical position, I think those positions reflect the thinking and values of Maine people.”
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