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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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Column: Elk hunt, part 2: The trail food search
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

This is part two of a three part column series about my fall elk hunt to Colorado. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Big backlash resurrects big-game ban
Washington Post - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

A combination of public and private pressure prompted President Trump to overturn his administration’s recent move to allow elephants shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported back to the United States as trophies, according to interviews with several individuals briefed on the decision. Trump’s announcement Friday that he was putting the decision “on hold” until he could personally review it marked animal welfare activists’ first federal victory since the president took office in January.
NASA map shows 20 years of changing seasons
Associated Press - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

NASA captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of the home planet. The polar ice caps and snow cover are shown ebbing and flowing with the seasons. The varying ocean shades of blue, green, red and purple depict the abundance – or lack – of undersea life. Two decades – from September 1997 to this past September – are crunched into 2 1/2 minutes of viewing.
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite glitches
Associated Press - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

Delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year’s global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rulebook for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn was billed as a “blue-collar” event designed to work out technical details of the 2015 Paris climate accord. But fears had loomed beforehand that the administration of President Trump, who rejects the Paris agreement, would seek to block any advances seen as counter to American interests. In the end, most agreed that U.S. diplomats had engaged constructively, while delegations from several American states, cities and businesses were praised for committing themselves to the goals of the Paris agreement.
Farmers look to extend vegetable growing season
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

While Maine’s potato farmers have a “long tradition” of growing during the summer season and storing their harvest for the rest of the year, more and more vegetable farmers are using greenhouses to actively grow hardier vegetables through December, January and February. The greenhouses employed by Maine farmers are often unheated and made of durable sheets of plastic over a metal frame. Their technology has improved, so that the structures can better withstand the snow and other elements of winter. They’re also commonly called “hoop houses” and “high tunnels.”
Letter: Trump makes America irrelevant
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

With actions taken by President Donald Trump since January 2017, we have abdicated our nation’s respected international leadership on the major economic and environmental issues. Trump talks about “America first” while making us irrelevant. Trump withdrew the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, an international trade agreement affecting 40 percent of all world trade. In June, Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement of 2015. The agreement has now been adopted by every other nation in the United Nations as response to the record breaking rising greenhouse gas emissions. I am saddened. ~ Pam Person, Orland
Editorial: Wind storm highlighted weaknesses in Maine electrical grid. Who will fix them?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 17, 2017 

Mainers understand that power outages happen. But, the long-lasting power outage that began on Oct. 30 left utility customers, town officials, state lawmakers and others with a lot of questions. Both the Public Utilities Commission and Maine Legislature plan to review the storm’s impacts and costs. The PUC, as part of its routine regulatory process, will determine how much of the repair and restoration costs are passed on to the utilities’ ratepayers. The task is less about assigning blame than about making needed improvements to minimize outages in the future.
Lawsuit alleges New England energy companies overcharged customers
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 17, 2017 

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the parent company of Central Maine Power Co. and another energy company alleging that the two conspired to raise electricity rates for customers in New England. The suit, filed in federal court in Boston on Tuesday, alleges that Avangrid, the Connecticut-based corporate parent of CMP, and Eversource Energy, inflated electricity prices to New England customers by as much as 20 percent from 2013 to 2016. The suit says that 14.7 million customers in New England were affected by “a unique monopoly” between Eversource and Avangrid that resulted in $3.6 billion in over charges.
Region’s natural gas pipelines near capacity in winter, operator says
Associated Press - Friday, November 17, 2017 

The independent corporation overseeing the operation of New England’s power system says natural gas pipelines feeding the region are so constrained that electricity prices are driven higher during cold winters. ISO New England President Gordon van Welie says regional pipelines were built for gas distribution companies’ heating demands, not for power generation. He says they’re at, or near capacity, in winter and generators have to use more expensive fuels, including oil and liquefied natural gas.
What do you do when the butcher gives you the wrong moose?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 17, 2017 

For years, I’ve heard the whispered tales from disgruntled hunters who were certain that the meat cutter they’d trusted with their deer or moose or bear had engaged in some nefarious behavior, and had clearly, obviously, certainly stolen prime cuts. And since it’s basically impossible to convince an angry hunter that shooting their moose six times may have made some of the meat inedible, and led to a less-than-expected yield, I’ve chosen to keep quiet. Then, I ended up with a mystery of my own. Simply put, the moose I shot in October grew.
Drought means another tough year for Maine bees
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 17, 2017 

The final numbers for 2017’s Maine honey production are not known yet, but those who work with bees and with the beekeepers say it is likely down from last year. There are 1,147 registered beekeepers in Maine managing 9,853 hives, according to Lund. The dry weather was especially tough on beekeepers in the southern part of the state.
Outstanding leaders organize new native fish advocacy group
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, November 17, 2017 

Exciting news! A new organization focused on our native fish has been organized, “to protect, preserve, and restore native fish populations through stewardship of the fish and their habitats.” Outstanding fisheries leaders at the state and national level comprise the national board, with state boards in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Getting More 'Wolflike' Is The Key To The Future For Coyotes
Associated Press - Friday, November 17, 2017 

The future of the coyotes that roam from Newfoundland to Virginia could hinge on the animals becoming the "wolves'' of the East Coast. Coyotes have lived in the East since the 1930s, and recent genetic tests have shown they are actually a mixture of coyote, wolf and dog. Scientists say they might be getting genetically closer to wolves, helping them become better predators and thrive in urban areas and the woods of Maine. That means people will need to learn to coexist with them.
Plan To Improve Lobstering Data Collection Faces Hearings
Associated Press - Friday, November 17, 2017 

Interstate fishing regulators are holding a series of hearings on the East Coast about a plan to improve data collection in the lobster fishery. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says it wants to improve harvest reporting and biological data collection to better inform fishing regulations. The hearings include Jan. 10 in Scarborough, and Jan. 11 in Ellsworth.
Katahdin Woods and Waters: "Renewed Hope for Maine"
Other - Friday, November 17, 2017 

From Maine to California, hundreds of small businesses are speaking up on behalf of some of the country's most treasured places. Nearly 600 businesses and chambers of commerce on Thursday sent a letter asking the head of the National Economic Council to encourage the Trump Administration to preserve safeguards for national monuments, including Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. John Hafford owns a design and marketing firm nearby and says the Katahdin monument has been a godsend to the area.
Letter: A bipartisan way on climate change
Kennebec Journal - Friday, November 17, 2017 

The flashover time in home fires has been reduced from 15 minutes to only five minutes due to the present-day preponderance of toxic plastic and man-made materials in our homes and buildings. Fortunately, despite the Trump administration, Congress is looking at legislation to deal with the negative effects of fossil fuel use. A study by Regional Economic Models showed that a revenue neutral carbon tax, which would return all the fees collected to U.S. households equally, could increase employment while dramatically cutting carbon emissions. As a series of hurricanes and wildfires are highlighting the dangers of climate change, let’s urge our legislators, state and federal, to put aside partisanship and search for solutions to our climate dilemma. ~ Philippa Solomon, Readfield
Letter: Who owns land between high- and low-tide marks? Answer is simple
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 17, 2017 

I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Wednesday that the debate on who owns the land between the high- and low-tide marks is still going on! The solution seems so simple: Go to town hall and check the property lines listed on the property tax records for those properties abutting the ocean. If the property owner is paying property taxes for the land up to the high-tide mark only, then the “exposed land” at low tide is public. If the property owner is paying taxes for the land up to the low tide mark, then the “exposed land” is private. Problem solved! ~ Steven C. Pomelow, Gorham
Letter: Maine kids with asthma need Clean Power Plan
Kennebec Journal - Friday, November 17, 2017 

The proposal to revoke the Clean Power Plan gives power plants a license to pollute. Children with asthma, including my son and the 21,726 children suffering from asthma in Maine, need healthy air. I call on Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to take steps to ensure that EPA follows the law and protects our health from unlimited carbon pollution. Don’t let the EPA roll back the Clean Power Plan. ~ Patricia Salpietro, Readfield
Letter: Trump needs to act on climate change
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 17, 2017 

It has been a year of extreme weather everywhere in the world. Climate change and global warming is not something new to people. But have we been taking it seriously enough? President Donald Trump does not seem to think this is a priority or that we as the people should take responsibility for it. We can change our policies here in the U.S. to help make a difference. We need our president to stand by his people and our earth. We can’t make these changes without our presidents’ support and interest in this urgency. ~ Briana Libby, Kennebunk
Letter: Woods don’t belong to hunters
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 17, 2017 

For anyone to blame the shooting death of Karen Wrentzel on the fact she was not wearing hunter orange is asinine. I remember Karen Wood innocently hanging clothes out in her own backyard in Hermon and being shot by a hunter. I was aghast then that she was blamed for her own demise. It seems that one hunting season runs right into another now in Maine. Just how many days are left to those of us who like to wander and hike and just observe nature? There is Sunday. Bear hunters and others have tried more than once to “kill” that day of reprieve. It is a hunter’s responsibility to know what he or she is aiming at — no excuses. The woods do not belong to the hunters. ~ Tonya Troiani, Meddybemps
Maine outdoor companies to form trade group
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

A collection of Maine businesses has formed a new trade group aimed at growing the state’s outdoor products and service industry. Maine Outdoor Brands will be announced at a Nov. 20 press conference at the Press Hotel in Portland. The group, which has 26 members, “sees value in leveraging what Maine is best known for –the outdoors — in creating a business climate conducive to outdoor product brands and the younger workforce they attract.” Members include clothing, gear, boat, ski, surf and snowboard manufacturers, as well as food companies, marketing companies and law firms. Among them are L.L. Bean, Hyperlite, Grain Surfboards, Good To-Go and Old Town canoe and kayak.
Trump lifts ban on importing elephants killed as trophies
Associated Press - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

The Trump administration said it will allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport, contending that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill them will aid the vulnerable species. Animal rights activists and environmental groups expressed skepticism Thursday that killing elephants could help save them. Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said the policy change sends the wrong signal amid international efforts to curb illegal poaching. But the move was quickly praised by groups that champion big-game trophy hunting, including Safari Club International and the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association.
Project to bring Canadian hydropower to New England gets federal approval
Associated Press - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

The granting of what is called the Presidential permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. The Northern Pass project calls for building a 192-mile electricity transmission line in New Hampshire. The project has pitted supporters who argue it will create jobs and cut energy costs against those who fear the transmission lines will destroy scenic views, reduce property values and hurt tourism. “They have a permit to cross the international border but they don’t have a permit to site the project on 192 miles of New Hampshire landscape. That is what the SEC will determine,” said Will Abbott, the vice president for policy with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, which opposes the project.
UMaine student discovered new species of wasp – and it doesn’t sting
Associated Press - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

State officials say a University of Maine student has discovered a new species of wasp. Hillary Morin Peterson discovered the species while doing work for her thesis. The Brunswick resident named the wasp Ormocerus dirigoius, in tribute to Maine’s motto, “Dirigo.” It means “I lead” in Latin. Peterson discovered the small, non-stinging species of wasp while doing research about the invasive winter moths that live in Maine. Her work was in collaboration with the Maine Forest Service.
Keystone Pipeline closed through several states after 200,000-gallon leak
Other - Thursday, November 16, 2017 

NBC News - Part of the controversial Keystone Pipeline was shut down Thursday after more than 200,000 gallons of oil leaked in South Dakota, the state and the company that runs the pipeline said Thursday.
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