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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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Rabid skunk found in Bath
Times Record - Monday, October 29, 2018 

Bath police confirmed Monday that a skunk found on Whiskeg Road near the Bath Golf Course has tested positive for rabies. This is the first animal found in Bath to test positive for rabies this year according to state records, but not the first in the Midcoast. Although less concentrated than the spate of reports in Brunswick from June through August, other Midcoast communities have reported several interactions with rabid animals over the summer and into the fall.
Forest Society of Maine works with Maine Land Conservation Task Force
Piscataquis Observer - Monday, October 29, 2018 

This year, the Maine Land Conservation Task Force formed to review the accomplishments and challenges of land conservation during the 30 years since the creation of the Land for Maine’s Future Program, and to lay groundwork for the future. The Forest Society of Maine is a statewide land trust focused on the North Woods — roughly 12 million acres with few public roads and an abundance of woods, wildlife, and clean fresh water. FSM participated in a panel convened by the task force. We reported that forestland owners continue to seek out the Forest Society of Maine and other partners to explore conservation options.
Workforce issues spur new interest in public bus transportation in Maine
Mainebiz - Monday, October 29, 2018 

When Western Maine Transportation Services took over the Brunswick Express in 2016, at first it was just a way to keep the in-town route alive. Coastal Trans had reduced routes then ended it because of decreasing revenues. Auburn-based WMTS was relatively close — its Lisbon Connection runs from Lewiston-Auburn to Lisbon, 12 miles from Brunswick — so the state Department of Transportation asked the agency to step in. In less than a year, ridership increased 35%, reliability improved and new routes were added. The Lisbon Connection will extend to Brunswick and Topsham beginning early next year. WMTS may also provide commuter runs from Lewiston-Auburn up Route 4 to Farmington.
Has Maine conserved enough land?
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, October 29, 2018 

A new task force of 20 diverse groups and individuals is now working on a new conservation plan for Maine. And it’s time for you to let them know your thoughts about this. Today I’m going to share with you questions they have posed, hoping you will join me in submitting your responses to the task force, which you can do at their website
Trump’s EPA wants to rewrite standards for tribal waters in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 29, 2018 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to rewrite its own water quality standards for the Maine rivers where members of the Penobscot Nation and Houlton Bands of Maliseets have sustenance fishing rights. After unsuccessfully negotiating with Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection, the federal agency in December 2016 imposed stricter criteria for the Penobscot and the Meduxnekeag rivers. The Trump administration wants to revisit the stricter standards promulgated by Obama-era officials for the rivers that flow through or around tribal lands in Penobscot and Aroostook counties.
Opinion: Dear Verizon: Can you hear us now?
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 29, 2018 

Scarborough Marsh – the largest and most ecologically significant salt marsh in Maine – has been under assault for over 100 years, bisected by railroads, highways and other man-made diversions. The existence of the marsh was facing a crisis until nearly 20 years ago, when a landmark study by the Maine Audubon Society called attention to its slow but steady ecological decline. Now, a new threat has appeared in the form of a proposed Verizon Wireless cell tower, to be installed right at the edge of the marsh, which could reach up to 150 feet in height. ~ Tony Barclay, Prouts Neck Association, and Stephanie Smith, Friends of Scarborough Marsh
For New England’s apple growers, no reason for sour grapes
Associated Press - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

There have been a few bad apples, but New England’s crop of its signature fall fruit is only slightly behind last year’s. The six-state region’s apple production appears close to the target. The New England states don’t produce nearly the same volume of apples as major players such as Washington and New York, but apple season is a major tourism draw in the region. “Up here in southern Maine, we had unseasonably hot weather through mid-September. That didn’t help,” said Bill Johnson Jr., owner of Apple Acres in Hiram. “But I’d say it was a good year.”
Road salt blamed for high chloride in Belgrade wells
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Several property owners with private wells along Oakland Road in Belgrade are detecting rising levels of chloride that they and the state attribute to runoff from road salt. David H. Riddle has seen the chloride content of his well rise from 400 milligrams per liter in May to 1,200 milligrams per liter in September. The public drinking water threshold is 250 milligrams per liter. Dwight Doughty, hydrogeologist with the state Department of Transportation, said it appeared road salt had washed off the road and gotten into the bedrock, which is close to the surface in that area. Riddle and two other nearby property owners are getting deliveries of bottled water from the state as they await new wells.
Pro-offshore oil group chaired by LePage is run by energy lobbyists
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

A coalition of governors headed by Gov. Paul LePage that seeks to open most federal waters to oil and gas exploration is staffed by employees of an oil industry lobbying firm, according to records obtained by the Maine Sunday Telegram. The Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, which LePage joined in 2015 and has chaired for the past two years, outsources all of its day-to-day staffing, research and communications tasks to an advocacy group purporting to represent energy consumers. But a closer look at the group – the Consumer Energy Alliance – reveals that it is funded by energy producers and staffed and run by senior officials of HBW Resources, a Houston energy-focused lobbying and consulting firm.
Heat pumps in Maine: Set it and forget it? Or turn it off for the winter?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

The state's energy-efficiency experts promote the latest versions for winter heat, if they're installed and used correctly, to reduce fossil-fuel emissions. But some installers say it's best to use them any time but winter.
Book Review: Amid Baxter’s wonders, a broken family struggles to heal itself
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Baxter State Park is awe-inspiring. It’s a place of magnificent natural beauty where peacefulness and tranquility offer relief from the stress of day-to-day life, and provide visitors a chance to look inward. In his novel “Autumn Imago,” Maine-based author Bryan Wiggins observes that it is nothing short of a miracle that such beauty and solitude can exist in a world of 7 billion people. Although “Autumn Imago” was published in 2016, the larger themes in Wiggins’ story – of loss, recovery and hope, set in Baxter State Park – are perhaps even more relevant today.
New electronic tagging system adds convenience to Maine’s deer hunt
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Maine’s new electronic tagging system, put into place earlier this year, has streamlined the process for hunters. Tagging stations now enter information into a software program that walks them through each piece of data, and allows them to click past fields that are already filled in with personal information via the hunter’s license number. With the information entered electronically – rather than being written into a book – state biologists can get data about harvests in real time. On Youth Deer Day last weekend, 1,025 deer were shot across the state. In the past, that data would not have been available for months.
To document climate change, Kate Olson went to Maine’s expert witnesses
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Sociologist Kate Olson knows climate change is happening. But while working toward her PhD at Boston College, she began to wonder what the precise impacts of it were already. By the time she and her husband moved up to Maine, she had a game plan to find out, and a dissertation topic: “Fish, Farms, Forests: An Ethnography of Climate Change in Maine.” Translation? She was going to ask the Mainers on the front lines of the state’s natural resources, from the people who work the good dirt to the loggers harvesting trees and clammers digging the flats. We asked her about her research methods and her findings so far.
Column: As price of climate change climbs, consider how much we could save
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Flooding, tornadoes, droughts, wildfires: the evidence of climate change is not just mounting, it’s barreling down on us – inexorable as a landslide. The cost of U.S. weather and climate disasters last year hit an all-time record of $306 billion. The sad irony of this costly course is that taking steps toward climate stability could actually yield substantial economic rewards. Just how much could we gain by aggressively promoting clean energy systems, sustainable land use and greater manufacturing efficiency? One report projects that route could yield direct economic gain of $26 trillion around the globe through 2030 when compared to “business as usual.” Just by reforming energy subsidies and putting a price on carbon, the U.S. government could gain $2.8 trillion in revenues each year. That’s a tantalizing return on investment, especially when the bonus is a habitable planet. ~ Marina Schauffler
Column: There’s a long trail a-winding in Cape Elizabeth
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

The Cross Town Trail has been a goal of Cape Elizabeth and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust since 1975. Decades of hard work have culminated in a trail that utilizes town land and easements, CELT properties and town roads as it travels from Portland Head Light to Kettle Cove. While there are some ups and downs on the trail, it’s never outright difficult, making it a great choice for a day hike. ~ Jake Christie
Column: Deer calling requires patience, experimentation
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

Deer hunters are forever seeking an edge, some trick or treat that might tip the contest between man and beast ever so slightly in their favor. One example is calling. It can work great for ducks and turkeys, so when we try it on deer, we expect them to come running. When that doesn’t happen, it often spawns more questions than answers. Is it too early to call? What type of call should I use? How often do I call? How loudly? And the every popular: Why doesn’t my call work? ~ Bob Humphrey
Letter: Proposed oyster farm will leave mess on bay bottom
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 28, 2018 

I have a multitude of concerns about the proposed oyster farm on Maquoit Bay. The project will grow from a quarter-acre to more than 40 acres by next summer. The permit application for this floating factory speaks in depth to how the cages will be cleaned. While most oyster farm operations use power washing on land to clean oysters, this company will be pressure washing barnacles, mussels, oysters, moss and sea growth off cages, boats, barges, oysters and trammels just 100 feet from a culvert that dumps into the bay. However, the proposal is silent about the environmental permits for this point source pollution. Brunswick taxpayers will end up cleaning up the mess after the investors have made their money. ~ Mark Wyman, Brunswick
Clinton man seeks ordinance banning shotgun use on Kennebec River cove
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

A River Road resident has his sights on creating a town ordinance to ban the use of shotguns in a cove near his home on the Kennebec River, saying his family and property have come under fire over the years from duck hunters shooting in the area. Stephen Hebert, 67, said he has lived on the cove for 32 years.
Deer hunting off to promising start in central Maine
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Deer hunting heated up in Maine despite cold weather for opening day on Saturday, the start of what state wildlife experts predict could be a strong season. Maine residents were able to begin using firearms to hunt deer that day, and many hunters wasted no time putting their permits to use. According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, there are more than 215,000 licensed hunters in Maine. Last year, hunters took home more than 27,000 deer.
Column: Protection of state's coastal forestland receives major boost
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

In order to preserve this country’s last remaining undeveloped, unfragmented coastal forests in Downeast Maine, The Conservation Fund (a national organization) purchased 17,000 acres from a private landowner while it was still “on the block.” Three separate Downeast land conservation organizations will now engage in fund-raising activities in order to reimburse The Conservation Fund for its outlay. Composed of three distinct properties, the lands will ultimately be conveyed to local conservation partners for perpetual protection and management. The partners are raising the funds to complete their acquisitions. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Art and science come together in Maine to illuminate Antarctic marine viruses
Associated Press - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

A marine science lab in Maine is collaborating with an artist to help improve understanding of Antarctic marine viruses through art. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences says it’s pairing with Justin Levesque of Portland on the project. Levesque will be working with research scientists Joaquin Martinez Martinez and Silvia Cretoiu, who study marine viruses, on the project. Levesque will be focusing on research that examines viruses in Antarctic lakes that formed thousands of years ago.
History celebrated at Readfield’s Mill Stream Dam project
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Over two and a half years, volunteers spent about 200 hours and $6,500 to reclaim a stretch of land in Readfield around the former Mill Stream dam from years of neglect after the end the mill-driven industry that had survived for more than a century along the banks of the stream. Jerry Bley, a member of Readfield’s Conservation Commission, said Saturday the project — remaking the area around Factory Square into a picnic area and trail system that offers access to the top of the dam and a hill overlooking where the mill pond once stood — was the result of a collaboration with his group, the Readfield Historical Society and the Trails Committee.
Maine program aims to help recovery of endangered Atlantic salmon
Associated Press - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Maine is launching a new program to help pay for conservation work that benefits Atlantic salmon. The money will come from fees for road and bridge projects. Salmon were once abundant in the rivers of New England, but they are now listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act after years of habitat loss and overfishing. The program will allow public and private organizations working on road and bridge projects to pay a fee in lieu of environmental mitigation efforts that are required by law.
Firewood prices up, dealers see increase in demand as winter nears
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

The falling temperature means many Mainers are scrambling to get vital resources to heat their homes, and firewood suppliers also are scrambling to meet that demand. Wait times and prices for fire-ready wood are climbing. Andy Allen, of Farmingdale’s A.W. Allen Firewood, said he sells kiln-dried cords for $345 and seasoned cords is $290. Raw wood prices are about $10 to 15 higher than last year, something he attributes to pulp and paper mills paying more for the product.
Young employee to buy Millinocket white water rafting company
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 27, 2018 

Joseph Seefried fell in love with white water rafting in his late teens during his first trip down the Penobscot River rapids. A few years later, he started guiding tourists as an employee at Penobscot Adventures, a white water rafting company in Millinocket. When current co-owners Daniel McDonald and his wife Maureen told Seefried they wanted to sell the 15-year-old business to him, he jumped at the chance. He hopes to close on the sale by the end of December.
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