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Action Alert - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

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; hey, we're all connected). We have posted summaries and links to 60,000 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 with the Ranger, Nov 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

At Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport, November 24, 2 pm.
Friends of Baxter State Park online auction, ends Dec 4
Announcement - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Own a piece of Baxter State Park history. 20 retired park signs will be available in the 2019 auction. 50% of the proceeds go to Baxter State Park, and 50% supports Friends of Baxter State Park. Auction ends December 4 midnight.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail online auction, ends Dec 1
Announcement - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts can bid on amazing experiences and gear, for a good cause: supporting Northern Forest Canoe Trail stewardship and programming. Ends Dec 1, 12:59 PM.
The Original Meaning and Intent of the Maine Indian Land Claims, Nov 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Maria Girouard, Penobscot Nation tribal historian, community organizer, educator, and activist, will examine intentions and contentions associated with the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980, the historical context in which the act was framed, and ripple effects that have rocked the tribal-state relations ever since. At University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, Portland, November 21, 6 pm.
Restoring Your Historic House, Nov 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Architectural historian, Scott Hanson, talks about his latest book, "Restoring Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners." At Topsham Library, November 21, 6 pm.
Truth in Action, Nov 20-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 

Truth in Action is a daylong global conversation on the climate crisis and how we solve it led by Climate Reality Leaders, November 20-21.
Environmental Trivia Night, Nov 19
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 

Maine Conservation Voters and UMaine School of Law Energy & Environment Fellows are hosting an environmental-themed trivia night. At Maine Beer Company, Freeport, November 19, 6 pm.
Deep sea research and biostratigraphy, Nov 19
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 

Talk by Dr. Kevin McCartney, UMPI Professor of Geology. At University of Maine at Presque Isle, November 19, 12:30 pm.
Farmland Access & Transfer Conference, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Monday, November 11, 2019 

A day-long conference where farmers can learn strategies for succession planning, equity and affordability, securing farmland of their own, negotiating a lease agreement, etc. At Augusta Civic Center, November 18, 8 am - 3:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good.
Comment on Maine SCORP
Action Alert - Monday, November 11, 2019 

The 2020-2024 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan qualifies Maine to receive federal Land and Water Conservation funds and satisfies state legislative requirements associated with monitoring trends in outdoor recreation. Deadline for comments on the draft plan: November 22.
Open House: Passenger Rail's Future, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Monday, November 11, 2019 

Open house about the future of passenger rail service. Provide input on alternative schedules, inbound morning service from Wells to Brunswick, a new location for a Portland station, additional station locations, and potential expansions to Lewiston/ Auburn and Westbrook. At the Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick, November 18, 5:30 pm.
Help Wanted: Maine Conservation Corps
Announcement - Saturday, November 9, 2019 

The Maine Conservation Corps is hiring a Field Coordinator, Team Leader, and 900 Hour Environmental Stewards.
Maine Deer: Winter Weather Warriors, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 9, 2019 

Nathan Bieber, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife deer specialist, talks about wintering deer in Maine. At Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, November 16, 1 p.m.
Wabanaki Place: Language and Landscape, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 9, 2019 

Penobscot historian James E. Francis Sr. will share stories about the origin and meaning of geographic place names in what is now known as Maine, from a Wabanaki perspective. At Maine Historical Society, Portland, Nov 16, 2 pm.
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UMaine Launches Initiative To Help Mainers Understand How State Is Affected By Arctic Climate
Maine Public - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

The University of Maine is launching an initiative designed to help Mainers better understand how the state is affected by Arctic climate. Called “UMaine Arctic,” the project explores how the changing climate will impact the state's fisheries, native populations and coastal communities.
Maine’s medical examiner said alcoholism contributed to a hiker’s death. Experts don’t buy it.
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

Jeff Aylward was hiking from New Hampshire to Mount Katahdin along the Appalachian Trail when he sent his family a July 23 text message saying he “should be coming out in 4 hours” on Route 17 near Rangeley. They never heard from him. On Aug. 5, a Maine game warden found Jeff dead in his tent about 50 yards from the trail near the Height of Land. Maine’s medical examiner, Dr. Mark Flomenbaum, said alcoholism contributed to Jeff’s death, although his wife said he had not drank since his diabetes diagnosis roughly 15 years ago. No alcohol was found in his tent, according to a warden service log. Two experts who reviewed case files said the alcoholism finding was wrong. Both concluded that all the alcohol found in Jeff’s blood was solely due to decay.
The days of exploiting animals for entertainment are ending
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

Fanimals exploited as “entertainment,” real change is taking place — at the local, state, national and even international level. ~ Jennifer O’Connor, PETA Foundation
Where to ice skate in southern Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

• Lee Twombly Pond at Falmouth Family Ice, Falmouth
• Orland H. Blake Skating Pond, Yarmouth
• The Rink at Thompson’s Point, Portland
• Troubh Ice Arena, Portland
• The Waterhouse Center, Kennebunk
• Brunswick Mall Ice Skating Rink, Brunswick
Where to downhill ski and snowboard in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

• Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley
• Sunday River, Newry
• Shawnee Peak, Bridgton
• Black Mountain of Maine, Rumford
• Lost Valley, Auburn
• Camden Snow Bowl, Camden
Rob Crosby, looking to clean up Auburn’s shores
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

Rob Crosby, a Turner resident and an avid bird-watcher, kayaker and photographer, was preparing to launch his kayak into the Basin, a popular pond in Auburn, when he noticed a peculiar sight. An adult loon was sitting on land, several feet away from the water. Something was wrong. Several feet of clear monofilament fishing line was wrapped around the loon’s wings, neck and right foot. Crosby returned to his house to get a knife and cut the line binding its feet and wings. “It took about a half-hour to get everything untangled, because the line was really tight in certain areas,” Crosby said.
Column: As storms become more severe, do some trees cope better?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

Windstorms that knock down trees and result in power failures seem to be coming more frequently, with two in the past few weeks alone. Observations in our corner of the world are in line with the scientific consensus on climate change, which indicate more intense storms and floods around the world. Next time you are ready to plant a tree, first consider the changing weather patterns and which species are better-equipped to cope with the more destructive weather. ~ Tom Atwell
Column: So you’ve shot a deer. Now comes the tricky part
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

You had an opportunity, took your shot and the deer ran off. Now what? Go right after it? Wait? Get help? Deer are often lost or found depending on the steps taken in following a blood trail. While every situation is unique, requiring a different approach, there are some general guidelines that apply to most situations and could significantly increase your chances of recovering the animal. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Season gets under way with a fresh look
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

Ski season has arrived in Maine. Sunday River kicked off when the Newry resort opened its Locke Mountain Triple last weekend. On Friday, it reopened for daily operations. Sugarloaf, Sunday River’s sister resort in Carrabassett Valley (the two are owned by Michigan’s Boyne Resorts), also opened for the season on Friday, a week ahead of schedule thanks to favorable weather. When skiers and riders visit the two resorts during the early season, they’ll be greeted with a number of changes. ~ Josh Christie
Opinion: Hunting is for women
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

Hunting allows me to embrace my wild side, which I stifled while growing up. Little girls are taught to be quiet, polite and obey the rules. In the woods, I can be what my ancestors were – hunters. Modern life can be sterile and full of comforts – warmth, cleanliness and convenience. We are divorced from nature. Hunting causes some suffering – you’re cold, bored, hungry and often discouraged. It makes you feel alive. It teaches you grit, discipline, humility, perseverance and resourcefulness. If you’re a woman who would like to try hunting, check out Maine Women Hunters. ~ Christi Holmes, Gray
Letter: Show courtesy on rail trail
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

The Kennebec River Rail Trail is a wonderful multi-use resource for outdoor recreation in our communities. The trail is used principally by pedestrians, runners and cyclists. My husband and I walk the trail several times a week and are happy to see that it is enjoyed by many. However, we are frequently alarmed by the lack of etiquette on the part of the many bicycle riders who do not give an audible warning before passing pedestrians and runners from the rear. We have narrowly missed being hit by cyclists who don’t seem to realize how quiet their bikes are. ~ Gabriella Howard, Augusta
Letter: Thankful for strong opposition to CMP corridor
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

I recently spent a week up in Rangeley and the foliage colors were out of this world. Seems as though they get more beautiful every year — or perhaps it is that I don’t want to lose this perfect untouched beauty which will happen if the CMP corridor passes through our wilderness. One of the other things that made our stay up in that country very inspiring was all of the many, many signs everywhere with the words “No CMP Corridor.” We went up one way and came home another and it was the same, many signs along the side of the road. And I thank every one of you, from the bottom of my heart, who have placed them there where everyone can see. ~ Marilyn Rogers-Bull, Solon
Letter: Maine should be open to sharing its resources
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

I recently visited a Facebook page called Stop the Corridor. I went there with an open mind. Some of the comments didn’t surprise me. They say the people of Maine shouldn’t share resources with them. I personally haven’t formed a opinion whether Maine should allow the Central Maine Power corridor in western Maine. The one thing I do know is our neighbors to the south aren’t jerks. They work to support our way of life in this country and also die on American battlefields along with Mainers who serve. We as a state should be willing to do our part to help grow this nation when possible. ~ John Hopkins, Manchester
Column: Bagging a big buck requires staying on track
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 16, 2019 

Any Maine deer hunter who does not have a doe tag is a buck hunter, right? True, but there are a few stalwart deer hunters in Maine who — like the famous Benoit brothers in Vermont — are “the fast guns of the deer woods,” when it comes to putting record deer on the game pole. If you’re more than a meat hunter and you dream about a bragging-size whitetail, here’s what you do, say the buck hunters. Hunt the Big Woods. Wait for snow. Find a fresh track. No matter how tough it gets, stay on that track. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Maine’s fall hunting seasons winding down for the year
Associated Press - Saturday, November 16, 2019 

Maine’s biggest hunting seasons are headed into their final two weeks of the year. The firearms season for deer and the “any moose” hunt are open until Nov. 30. That date will mark the end of the year for the moose season and the end of the busiest part of the deer season.
Opinion: Trump’s EPA is trying to limit science in crafting new regulations
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, November 16, 2019 

A rule proposed by the Trump Administration would require scientists to reveal the raw data they used in conducting studies, including, where relevant, the personal medical records of participants, if the work is to be used to craft federal regulations. Requiring researchers to reveal the raw data would blow up long-standing practices, especially with regard to health and environmental studies in which individual medical records are anonymized to protect participants’ privacy. egulations and policies affecting public health of necessity should rely on clear-eyed analysis of the best science and data available; this rule moves the country in the wrong direction. ~ Editorial by the Los Angeles Times
Friends of Casco Bay will add data stations to get a clearer picture of quickly changing waters
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 16, 2019 

Researchers for Friends of Casco Bay plan to add two round-the-clock water-quality monitoring stations to better track temperature, acidity and potential marine “stressors” in a busy corner of the fast-changing Gulf of Maine.
Kelp, the forests of the sea, vanishing from southern Maine as Gulf warms
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 16, 2019 

Kelp – the tall, brown fronded seaweed that has traditionally dominated the Maine coast’s seafloor – is vanishing from southern Maine and seacoast New Hampshire as the Gulf of Maine warms, with far-reaching ecological implications scientists are scrambling to understand. In the 1970s, Kelp and Irish moss accounted for nearly 80 percent of the seaweed cover on the seafloor off southern Maine, an area now dominated by low, scrubby, invasive seaweeds that account for more than 80 percent of the coverage, researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found.
Maine milk producers holding their own in face of changing tastes
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 16, 2019 

Maine milk producers are dealing with the same declining sales issues that led to the bankruptcy filing this week by Dean Foods, the country’s top producer of milk. A 40 percent decline in the consumption of fluid milk since the mid-70s by U.S. consumers has challenged dairies across the country, but Maine producers say other products have stabilized their operations.
Commentary: Speak up now to protect Atlantic puffins and the fish they rely on
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 16, 2019 

Scientists and fishery managers are concerned about the low amount of herring in the ocean. Last year, the New England Fishery Management Council voted to approve Amendment 8 to its Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan, to prohibit large nets such as trawl nets from nearshore waters to prevent overfishing there. It also lowered overall fishing limits to account for the needs of dozens of species of marine animals that rely on Atlantic herring, including Atlantic puffins. That will help not only puffins and other seabirds, but also cod, salmon and many other predatory fish. ~ Donald Lyons, Audubon Society Seabird Institute
Susan Collins loses key endorsement ahead of 2020 election
Other - Friday, November 15, 2019 

The League of Conservation Voters snubbed Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Thursday, choosing to endorse her likely Democratic opponent, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon. LCV endorsed Collins in 2008 and 2014, and as recently as 2017 praised her as "an extremely important ally in the fight to protect the environment." While Collins previously had a relatively good environmental record, she received a score of just 21% on the latest LCV scorecard. Recent polling shows Mainers disapprove of Collins' job performance even more than they disapprove of Donald Trump. LCV has more than 2 million members, making it one of the largest environmental groups in the nation.
Auburn City Council to vote on agricultural zone changes
Sun Journal - Friday, November 15, 2019 

After months of debate and shifting proposals, the City Council is set to vote Monday on controversial updates to the city’s Agriculture and Resource Protection zone. Workshops on the issue, which have at times confounded city officials, led to the council mostly agreeing Nov. 4 on a path forward by using a concept developed by city staff.
California, Maine and 21 other states widen challenge to Trump administration car rules
Associated Press - Friday, November 15, 2019 

California on Friday broadened its effort to block the Trump administration from ending its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. It was joined by 22 states – including Maine – the District of Columbia and two cities in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, building on a similar lawsuit it filed in September. The latest lawsuit challenges Trump’s attempt to stop the states from setting greenhouse gas and zero emission vehicle standards.
Ice disk gets another go around in Maine, this time in Aroostook County
Associated Press - Friday, November 15, 2019 

The disk of ice spinning on the Mattawamkeag River brings back memories of a large disk that formed last winter in Westbrook and quickly gained international fame.
Where to cross-country ski and snowshoe in southern Maine
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 15, 2019 

• Five Fields Farm, South Bridgton
• Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
• Harris Farm, Dayton
• Pineland Farms, New Gloucester
• Smiling Hill Farm, Westbrook
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