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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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South Portland market gives ‘ugly’ veggies new life
Forecaster - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Owners of a Knightville market are reducing food waste and helping Maine farmers at the same time. The Farm Stand, at 161 Ocean St., which celebrated its third anniversary in October, composts anything that cannot be made into prepared meals and sends it to Agri-cycle, a Maine company that converts food waste into electricity with a biodigester. According to Greg Williams, director of waste solutions at Agri-Cycle, The Farm Stand has diverted 11.6 tons of food waste since in the last year, which translates into enough electricity to power 421 homes and remove 508 passenger cars from the road for one day.
Kennebunk to dig for a ‘hidden gem’
Other - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Tom Wellman, president of the Kennebunk Land Trust, pitched a partnership with the town to help save Hope Cemetery, a 25-acre burial ground located at the intersection of Route 1 and Summer Street. The Hope Cemetery Corporation which oversees the site is in need of cash for continued operations and one way to raise money, Wellman said, would be to purchase a conservation easement on an adjoining 75-acre forest owned by the cemetery. The land trust intends to submit a grant application to the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. To improve the chances of success, the application will include plans for restoration of nearby Wiggins Pond, which already is part of a town-owned preserve and creation of walking trails through the woods, across the preserve, and around the pond, to expand on a trail network the friends group already maintains.
Maine environmental advocates pan Trump’s climate stance despite release of federal report
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Climate experts and environmental advocates from Maine are not hopeful that the release Friday of a federal report on climate change represents a softening in the Trump administration’s stance on the causes of climate change. “I am very surprised that the Trump White House allowed it to be published,” said Joel Clement, a Maine native and former official at Department of Interior who left his job last month after filing a whistleblower complaint against the Trump administration. “It flies in the face of everything they are saying.”
Trump administration report finds ‘no convincing alternative explanation’ for climate change
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Washington Post - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and President Donald Trump have all questioned the extent of humans’ contribution to climate change. One of EPA’s web pages posted scientific conclusions similar to those in the new report until earlier this year, when Pruitt’s deputies ordered it removed. The report comes as President Trump and members of his Cabinet are working to promote U.S. fossil fuel production and repeal several federal rules aimed at curbing the nation’s carbon output. Trump has also announced he will exit the Paris climate agreement.
Bleak report on climate change contradicts Trump administration’s stance
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Washington Post - The Trump administration released a dire scientific report Friday calling human activity the dominant driver of global warming, a conclusion at odds with White House decisions to withdraw from a key international climate accord, champion fossil fuels and reverse Obama-era climate policies. To the surprise of some scientists, the White House did not seek to prevent the release of the government’s National Climate Assessment, which is mandated by law.
Four ways to help Maine birds
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Maine birds are doing OK this fall, but there are still problems affecting the health and success of birds worldwide. Several issues affecting the health of bird species, such as climate change, can seem overwhelming or too difficult for one person to address, but experts say people in Maine can take steps to make life better for our wild birds. According to Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist at Maine Audubon, those include the following:
• Buying shade-grown coffee
• Keeping cats indoors
• Reducing bird-window collisions
• Planting more native species
Letter: Trump nominee a climate change denier
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Sam Clovis, President Donald Trump’s pick for chief scientist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has no background in science or agriculture. The chief scientist position should be held by someone who understands and respects the role of science at the USDA. Clovis’ denial of climate change is an egregious affront to American farmers and rural communities. ~ Whitney Graham, Brunswick [Editor: Clovis acknowledged that he didn't have scientific qualifications for the position. He withdrew yesterday not because he was unqualified, but because it became known that he gave the green light to attempts to collude with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign.]
Answering Lubec’s Fish Whistles
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Old timers in Lubec remember the days when the coastal economy revolved around sardines.
LePage Says Pingree’s Working Waterfront Bill Gets Feds Too Involved
Maine Public - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage was on Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify against a House bill designed to support working waterfronts. HR 1176 is sponsored by Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District, but LePage takes issue with the role the federal government would play.
ReVision Energy joins ranks of Maine companies owned by employees
Mainebiz - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

ReVision Energy, a regional solar company that has five offices in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, has converted to 100% ownership by employees through an ESOP Trust. The company's three co-founders chose the ESOP option after a rigorous three-year exploration of various strategies to ensure ReVision Energy's long-term economic and environmental sustainability.
Trump nominee withdraws from consideration for top USDA science post
Associated Press - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

The former Trump campaign official who has been linked to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has withdrawn his nomination for an Agriculture Department post. Sam Clovis said in a letter to President Trump dated Thursday that he does “not want to be a distraction or a negative influence.” Questions have been raised about Clovis’ qualifications to serve as the Agriculture Department’s chief scientist. He is a self-described skeptic of climate change.
To keep what is special about Maine, Maine must become more urban?
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

The Bangor Daily News hosted October’s Business After Hours event, presented by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. We brought together members of the business community to talk about the Bangor region’s economy and its prospects for growth. Evan Richert, principal of Richert Planning and a former state planning director, and Richard Barringer, professor emeritus of USM’s Muskie School of Public Service, discussed the importance of entrepreneurship and the central role of cities in powering Maine’s economy.
What you need to know about the law that allows hunters on your land
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

Simply put, hunters, hikers and explorers are typically allowed access to woodlands that aren’t marked with “No Trespassing” or “Access by Permission Only” signs or other markings. “If it isn’t visibly posted, you do not need landowner permission to access it,” Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said.
LePage heads back to DC to testify on Pingree waterfront bill
Maine Public - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is expected to head to Washington, D.C., again Thursday, this time to testify on a bill sponsored by Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District that’s designed to strengthen working waterfronts. It’s not clear what LePage has to say about the proposal. The bill establishes a grant program to coastal states to help preserve and expand access to coastal waters for commercial fishing, recreational guiding, aquaculture, boat building and other business uses.
Penobscot Nation elder runs 100-Mile Wilderness in under 48 hours
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

It seemed impossible to hike through Maine’s rugged and remote 100-Mile Wilderness in less than 48 hours, but that’s why the challenge appealed to Barry Dana, 59, of Solon former Chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation. Whether he attained the goal or not, the endeavor would push him to the edge of his limits — mentally, spiritually and physically. On Oct. 8, Barry Dana completed the 100 miles. Following the Appalachian Trail, he traversed two major mountain ranges and kept up a quick pace through two nights and days. His time: 45 hours and 35 minutes.
Letter: Climate change threat
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

According to the 2016 Yale Climate Opinion Maps, less than 50 percent of people in Penobscot County believe that climate change is already harming people in the United States. This is especially concerning, considering that Maine’s economy is heavily reliant on the shellfish industry, which is already being threatened by ocean acidification. Moreover, 97 percent of climate change scientists agree that climate change is driven by anthropogenic activities. Awareness and understanding of global environmental changes is critical to gaining support for improved management of marine ecosystems. ~ Alicia Oberholzer, Orono
Letter: Acadia price raise seems exorbitant
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

My husband and I have made our annual pilgrimage to Acadia National Park since 1993. I find myself tearing up every time I hear the story about how the park originated. Many wealthy and famous “summer people” donated their lands for the first national park in the East so it could be enjoyed by all. We were extremely upset to read about the proposal to increase the fee to get into the park. Is this a way to keep the number of visitors down to a more manageable level? The surge in numbers of people visiting this paradise is something to be celebrated. People should not be financially penalized because the U.S. government will no longer provide the funding to properly maintain this beautiful park. ~ Jan Jukkola, Bridgton
Ancient Swordfish Hunters
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

Thousands of years ago a mysterious people, known for the red powder found in their graves, lived on the Maine coast. An archeological site on North Haven provided clues about their culture.
Perfect storm of factors took unexpectedly destructive toll on Maine’s trees
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

Monday’s storm uprooted, blew down and ripped apart thousands of trees across Maine, causing damage and power outages that exceeded the devastating 1998 ice storm. Many trees that fell or dropped branches were weakened after months without significant rain, and infestations of winter moths and other pests. The damage made them susceptible to breaking in high winds and driving rain.
U.S. boats caught fewer fish in 2016, but the haul was worth 2.1 percent more
Associated Press - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.6 billion pounds of seafood last year, a decrease of 1.5 percent from 2015. But the catch was valued at $5.3 billion, a 2.1 percent increase. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the rise in imports should be a motivator to grow the aquaculture sector in the U.S.
Here’s how to get the Acadia National Park annual pass for half price
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

Acadia National Park enthusiasts will be able to purchase an annual park pass for half price — that’s just $25 — on from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Nov. 11, at the Village Green in Bar Harbor. If you miss this November event, Acadia annual passes at half price will be available again during the month of December at several locations, including the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Cliven Bundy’s Armed Insurrection, Rooted in Religious Extremism, Goes on Trial
Center for Biological Diversity - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

As the Bundy clan goes on trial this week, take a deep look at the religious and political roots of the armed standoffs. The Bundy family's authoritarian approach to the use of America's public lands spilled out from historic Mormon doctrines and an alarming fringe interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. To understand the Bundys, it's important to understand the deep and disturbing context.
Maine entrepreneur program receives grant to help businesses in Madison and Jay
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

The Maine Small Business Development Centers, a statewide program that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help former mill workers thrive as entrepreneurs. The SBDC said Wednesday that it will use the funds to develop a program that will provide entrepreneurial advising and training for potential and existing business owners in the Madison and Jay regions who have been adversely affected by the layoffs and closures of the Androscoggin Mill and Madison Paper Industries.
Unity College students, faculty aid years-long turtle study
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

Since spring 2015, Unity College students have followed the telling beep of their telemetry gear and waded through deep waters to locate turtles. In partnership with Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Associate Professor Matt Chatfield initiated a mark-recapture study and a radio-telemetry and habitat mapping project on a nearby Wood Turtle population.
Food sovereignty: In 22 Maine towns today you can buy directly from farmers
Sun Journal - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage signed a revised food sovereignty bill into law Tuesday that eases restrictions for some farmers and processors by lifting state food laws in certain direct-to-consumer sales. At least 22 towns in Maine have passed local food sovereignty ordinances, in an effort to get people closer to their food, and for growers, a chance to ease up on regulations. Starting Wednesday, under the new law, any consumer living in or visiting one of those towns can make a face-to-face purchase at the farmer or processor’s farm or home, without state oversight or inspection of foods including milk, cheese, cider, canned foods and vegetables. Poultry and meat will continue to be state inspected.
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