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Action Alert - Saturday, November 17, 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
Friends of Baxter State Park auction, thru Dec 5
Announcement - Friday, November 16, 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.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail auction, thru Dec 2
Announcement - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Win paddles, tents, maps and more in the Northern Forest Canoe Trail online auction, thru December 2.
Petition: Restore the head of children's health protection
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Dr. Ruth Etzel is the EPA's top expert on children's health. A pediatrician and epidemiologist, her job is to protect children from toxic chemicals, pesticides and lead in our environment. But a month ago with no explanation, Trump's acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler abruptly put her on leave. Tell Wheeler: Restore Dr. Ruth Etzel to the Office of Children's Health Protection. ~ CREDO Action
Petition: Convert BIW to deal with climate change
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Climate crisis would be addressed by conversion of Bath Iron Work's considerable industrial capacity to building public transportation and/or renewable energy infrastructure.
Petition: No coal exports from military bases
Action Alert - Thursday, November 15, 2018 

Interior Secretary Zinke is the subject of more than one dozen federal investigations. Despite this, he is continuing to make reckless decisions that threaten the country. Speak out against Zinke's plans to use military bases as export terminals for coal and natural gas.
Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Lucille Stott, Brunswick, Maine, resident, former president of Thoreau Farm Trust, and former editor of The Concord Journal, presents her new book, “Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace: How Citizens Rallied to Bring Henry Out of the Woods.” At Thoreau Farm, Concord, MA, November 18, 2 pm.
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.
National Take a Hike Day, Nov 17
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

National Take a Hike Day is observed annually on November 17. With over 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Editorial: Too Much Government
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

Maine spends far more than the national average on corrections, welfare and health care, but well below the average on higher education and parks and natural resources, according to a report released Wednesday. Does this spending reflect the state’s priorities? That is the question — raised in a devastating, but necessary, report by Envision Maine — that should be answered by every candidate for governor this year.
Maine Audubon Tracks Roadkill to Conserve Wildlife
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

A new program from the Maine Audubon Society tries to take a sad and messy situation and use it for some good. The group's Wildlife Road Watch Web site is a place for people to report roadkill sightings. The data collected will allow policymakers and conservationists to figure out where collisions between cars and animals are most frequent, and plan accordingly.
Wind proposal gets blowback
Other - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

Selectmen in Brimfield, MA, last night voted unanimously not to accept $30,000 from First Wind, the company hoping to build several turbines in town. Health Board Chairman Richard Costa and other local officials visited a facility at Mars Hill, Maine, and said he now believes the project would be wrong for Brimfield. He said residents in Maine told him stories of health issues, decreased property values, and turbine noise difficult to tolerate.
Opinion: Overblown
Other - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

A Colorado energy research study earlier this year concluded that industrial wind technology in the regions it sampled neither reduced carbon dioxide emissions in the production of electricity nor rolled back consumption of fossil fuels. In response, the American Wind Energy Association said there were reams of government data and peer-reviewed studies validating that wind energy reduces the use of fossil fuels and their emissions. Looking at the evidence provided on behalf of wind technology, which is at best equivocal, and critical analyses that expose the technology’s limitations, perhaps it’s fair to conclude those who claim that wind technology can abate meaningful levels of CO2 emissions would admire the three-pack a day guy who decides to improve his health by smoking four packs of filtered cigarettes instead.
Panelists lambaste state about wind power studies
Sun Journal - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

About 50 people turned out to hear panelists at a wind energy forum Wednesday night in Rumford lambaste the state for not conducting more studies on the potential impact of wind farms and Dr. Dora Ann Mills, the state's chief medical officer, for not pursuing possible health issues related to them. The panelists warned that wind energy would be both more expensive and result in greater pollution.
NOAA Still Struggling To Correct Fisheries Law Enforcement Problems
Ellsworth American - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke came to Portland to meet with Maine fishermen. He announced that he would ask the master to also review several contentious enforcement cases and recommend appropriate remedial action. Locke’s actions are part of an ongoing response by NOAA that has revamped the fisheries service enforcement arm.
Oct. 10 climate awareness activities
Bar Harbor Times - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

On Sunday, Oct. 10, (10/10/10) at 11:45 a.m. students, families, businesses, churches and individuals are invited to meet at the Bar Harbor Ball Park for a group photograph with a banner showing local efforts to reduce carbon emissions by 10 percent this year. Mount Desert Island will be joining 350.org and others around the world to reduce carbon emissions to less than 350 parts per million (ppm), the safe upper limit in our atmosphere. They are presently at 390 ppm.
MLA to candidates: Fishing is essential part of Maine character
Bar Harbor Times - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

Maine Lobstermen’s Association Executive Director Patrice McCarron told a dozen legislative candidates that the MLA’s approximately 1,200 members statewide consider the economic development of the industry to be a top priority, particularly as the price of lobster has plummeted. Maine’s lobster industry comprises almost 6,300 commercial licenses. Landings in 2009 hit a record 78 million pounds worth $228 million.
In Madison, site of slaughter gets facelift
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

"The Pines," an area next to the Kennebec River on Father Rasle Road, is near where the Norridgewock Indians, a band of the Abenaki tribe, were massacred by the English in 1724. The conflict, pitting the French and Abenakis against the English, marked the end of the tribe in the area. The spot beneath tall pines has become overgrown over the years, and people have dumped their trash there. Now, the national historic landmark is becoming a place for people gather and learn about its history.
Opinion: Energy proposals by candidates for governor unrealistic
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

The energy policy proposals of the three leading candidates for governor reveal ignorance of the way the power market works and causes them to overestimate the ability of Maine government to bring down electric prices. Republican Paul LePage calls for access ramps off the proposed transmission line across Maine that presumably would give Mainers a chance to get cheap power before it got to the New England market. But when power enters Maine, it is instantly in the New England market. Democrat Libby Mitchell is worried that lower-cost Canadian power might undercut the development of local renewables, which presumably need a higher price to succeed. Wrong. Canadian power is not low cost. Independent Eliot Cutler dislikes the export of Maine renewable power. But Maine can do nothing to block a company from selling its power anywhere it wants in the U.S.
Letter: Deregulation was indeed cause of high energy costs
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

With deregulation, the price of electricity is set by the highest cost energy produced to satisfy the load in each hour of the day. Unless something is done to change the deregulated marketplace, wind power will not lower Maine's energy costs. The rate will still be set by whatever source is the most expensive during the hour of generation.
Jobs, taxes, health care in focus at Fairfield forum
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

Wednesday night the five candidates for governor outlined their solutions to economic and business issues. Republican Paul LePage said he would "unleash the job creators" by speeding up permit approvals for construction projects, auditing state agencies to reduce "red tape" regulations, and conducting job impact studies on all legislation and rules. Democrat Libby Mitchell stressed the need for government and business partnerships. Independent Eliot Cutler said he would create an energy finance authority, while renegotiating lower electricity rates with Hydro-Quebec and running natural gas pipelines up the Kennebec River. Independent Kevin Scott said the key is to cut a new deal with the company that manages the region's power grid.
Maine Responder returns to Portland today
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

A 208-foot oil-spill cleanup vessel is arriving in Maine after spending nearly five months working on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The vessel has thousands of feet of booms to contain and absorb spills and equipment to remove it from the water.
Opinion: Urge Congress to pass energy bill
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

Continued reliance on oil and coal as our dominant sources of energy is not a viable answer. Nor is tying the hands of government. Our government needs to take action to change our energy future, protect our environment and provide jobs producing sustainable energy resources, rather than continuing on our present path until the energy economy of the past collapses.
Letter: Invest in public land
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

This November we have a chance to help conserve our natural resources by voting to fund the Land for Maine’s Future program.
Friends of Lincoln Lakes renews legal challenge to wind project
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

The Friends of Lincoln Lakes will renew its argument next month that a permit issued to the proposed $130 million Rollins Mountain wind project should be revoked. The Friends group fears Rollins will have the same alleged violations of state noise regulations found at the three-turbine wind site on the midcoast island of Vinalhaven.
Winterport dam removal celebrated
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

Local, state and federal officials gathered on Wednesday to mark the August removal of the West Winterport Dam on Marsh Stream, which opened up 80 miles of habitat to sea-run fish.
Service sides with fishermen over rules review
Associated Press - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

The head of the federal fisheries service said Wednesday he's begun a review of how New England fish stocks are managed, months after a regional official called the process "antiquated and ineffective." The review would be done within a year, said Eric Schwaab, head of the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Earth Talk: Farmed versus wild salmon
Other - Thursday, September 30, 2010 

Lake Region Reader - Farmed fish are "far inferior" to their wild counterparts. Farm-raised fish are doused with antibiotics and exposed to more concentrated pesticides than their wild kin. Farmed salmon are given a salmon-colored dye in their feed without which their flesh would be an unappetizing grey color. Some aquaculture proponents claim that fish farming eases pressure on wild fish populations, but most ocean advocates disagree.
Mo' money, fewer problems
Portland Phoenix - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 

Now is the time to weather- and winter-ize our homes, and not just because the temperatures are dropping. More than $10,000 in per-household tax credits and rebates are up for grabs through different federal and state programs for insulation and home-energy system upgrades, but not all of them will be available in 2011.
Opinion: Windfall: Documenting the Backlash Against Wind Energy
Other - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 

I’ve corresponded with homeowners who’ve had wind turbines built near their homes in Maine, Missouri, Wisconsin, New York, Nova Scotia, Ontario, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia. All of them used almost identical language in describing their dislike of the wind turbine noise and the deleterious health effects the noise has had on them.
LePage's Temperament Becomes Campaign Issue
Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 

For a man who prides himself on telling it like it is, Paul LePage, by his own admission, has said some things that he'd like to take back. He now regrets making this comment to a group of fishermen at a Republican forum in Brooksville over the weekend. "And as your governor, you're going to be seeing a lot of me on the front page saying: 'Governor LePage Tells Obama To Go To Hell.'" The comments were picked up by new outlets around the country, including by the New York Times.
Poll: Mitchell, LePage in dead heat in governor's race
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 

Democrat Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell and Republican Paul LePage are in a statistical dead heat in the Maine governor's race, according to a poll released today. The Maine Poll, conducted by Critical Insights, had 30% of likely voters supporting Mitchell, compared to LePage at 29%. Independents Eliot Cutler had 9%, Shawn Moody had 5%, and Kevin Scott was at 0%. In the race for Maine’s 1st Congressional District, Democrat Chellie Pingree had 54%; Republican Dean Scontras had 26%. In the 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Mike Michaud’s had 48%; Republican Jason Levesque had 32%.
Maine's Mitchell gets conservationists' nod
Associated Press - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 

On Tuesday, the Maine League of Conservation Voters' board President Caroline Pryor said growing Maine's economy while protecting its resources is job No. 1. She said the best candidate to get that done is Democrat Libby Mitchell, the league's unanimous choice.
Opinion: Maine governor's race turning into a war of attrition
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 

"Paul LePage's Maine" is supposed to strike fear in the heart of every moderate and liberal, because it would mean the end of environmental regulation and radical cutbacks to state programs. A more realistic fear, however, is a period where nothing gets done but a lot of fighting. So if you eliminate Cutler because he can't get elected and LePage because he can't govern if he did win, that leaves Mitchell. So far, she's run a confusing campaign. Her advertisements, focusing on LePage's environmental stance, appear to be going after voters that she should have locked up a long time ago. So, even if she's not their first choice, voters looking for the anti-LePage may work their way back to Mitchell, by process of elimination.
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