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Announcement - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 

Thanks for visiting Maine Environmental News, a service of RESTORE: The North Woods. MEN is the most comprehensive online source available for links to Maine conservation and natural resource news and events. 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
Maine Energy Planning Roadmap hearings, Dec 19, Dec 29, Jan 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

The Governor’s Energy Office is asking Mainers for input in developing an Energy Planning Roadmap. Public hearings:
• Dec. 19: University of Southern Maine, Portland
• Dec. 29: Energy, Utilities, & Technology Committee, Augusta
• Jan. 10: University of Maine, Presque Isle
Help wanted: Visitor Center Assistant
Announcement - Monday, December 11, 2017 

Seasonal position, May 1 - October 31, 2018, representing Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program at the Project Puffin Visitor Center in Rockland.
Free Skiing & Learn-to-Ski Clinics, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Waterville Parks & Rec, with support from Friends of Quarry Road, will provide free trail passes, free rentals, and free learn-to-ski clinics at Quarry Road Trails, December 16.
Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond Preserve Hike, Dec 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 9, 2017 

Cloe Chunn will lead a hike of Meadow Brook/Hurds Pond, a preserve of Coastal Mountains Land Trust. Meet at Swanville Transfer Station, December 16, 10 am. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Tax bill would slam the brakes on solar and wind energy
Action Alert - Friday, December 8, 2017 

The tax bill passed by the Senate last Friday includes an obscure provision that could pull the rug out from under solar and wind power. The House version also takes aim at renewable energy by rolling back key tax credits. These provisions "would have a devastating ... impact on wind and solar energy," according to renewable energy industry leaders. ~ Environment Maine
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Tim Hudson, Superintendent, will take you through the landscape of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument with pictures. At Belfast Free Library, December 14, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Whales of the Gulf of Maine: A Naturalist’s Report, Dec 14
Event - Posted - Thursday, December 7, 2017 

Zack Klyver, chief naturalist for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company and founder of Flukes whale watch ecotours, will present an engaging review of the 2017 whale watch season. At Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor, December 14, 12 pm.
Olive oil tasting, Dec 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars will host an evening to support the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust at its tasting room in Brunswick, December 13, 5-7 pm.
The Arctic Needs Your Help
Action Alert - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 

Buried deep within the Senate tax bill is a provision to open the pristine Arctic Refuge, a national treasure, to oil and gas drilling, which will cause widespread pollution and harm to the wildlife and people who call this place home. Express your disappointment to Senator Susan Collins and urge her to protect our natural legacy by working to remove this damaging language before the tax bill becomes law. ~ Maine Conservation Voters
Birds from the Footbridge in Belfast, Dec 9
Event - Posted - Saturday, December 2, 2017 

Join Ron Harrell and Gary Gulezian to watch ducks, loons and other birds in the harbor. At the Belfast Footbridge, December 9, 8-10 am. Organized by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition.
Win $1,000 L.L.Bean shopping spree and an outing with David Sibley
Announcement - Friday, December 1, 2017 

Wildlife Acoustics, makers of the Song Sleuth bird identifying app, launched the Sibley Sweepstakes on December 1. Ends March 1. No purchase necessary to enter.
Baxter State Park sign auction, ends Dec 6
Announcement - Thursday, November 30, 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.
Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Jeffrey Ryan tells the story of the unlikely creation of the Appalachian Trail. At Bangor Public Library, December 7, 6 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter.
Celebrate CREA and the Season, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 30, 2017 

Meet new Executive Director Wendy Van Damme, hear about new programs and plans, and contemplate the joy of winter activity at the Cathance River Education Alliance’s 235 acre nature preserve in Topsham. At Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, December 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, RSVP.
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News Items
Portland Trails finalizes three significant trails
Other - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Portland Trails has completed easements on three important trails in Falmouth and Portland. In each case, the legal document was the last step Portland Trails needed to ensure the public's right to traverse the entire trail.
Outdoor Federation is defunct
WCSH-TV6 - Monday, October 31, 2011 

The Maine Outdoor Federation which was intended to unify the voices of attempting has gone defunct. The leadership void in the Maine outdoors offers a unique opportunity for the Sportman's Alliance of Maine (SAM). The new Executive Director of SAM is former legislator David Trahan. He's looking to rebuild SAM's membership and its prominence on Maine's outdoor scene. He is the third SAM Executive Director in the past eighteen months.
Pellet Industry Gears Up for Rising Demand
Other - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Biomass Mag - The global demand for wood pellets, which is currently estimated at 10 million metric tons, could increase sixfold by 2020. With new demand expected in the European Union and in Asia, there are plenty of plants being developed all over the world. In the U.S., the USDA recently announced payments to more than 160 bioenergy producers in 41 states, includING Maine Woods Pellet Co. LLC.
Opinion: Racinos help, not hurt, horses and farms
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 31, 2011 

The opinion piece by Robert Fisk Jr. (BDN, Oct. 22-23), “The Secret Lives of Harness-Racing Horses,”
is best suited for the pulp fiction rack. We know the truth about racehorses in Maine: The vast majority of these beautiful animals are well-loved, well cared for and they live good lives. Question 2 is good for Maine’s harness racing industry, the larger equine industry and all 35,000 or so horses we have in our state. ~ Dr. Denise McNitt, Cumberland, and Dr. Norinne “Nonni” Daly, Old Town
Homegrown fun
Mainebiz - Monday, October 31, 2011 

As many as 50,000 people will visit Harvest Hill Farms this year. In the past two years, business has doubled. Peter Bolduc also owns Maine Apple Co., a 350-acre orchard in Monmouth, and Re-Harvest, a recycling business in Portland that handles everything from paper and plastic to brewing waste. Together, the three companies bring in about $8-10 million in annual revenues.
Passive pioneers
Mainebiz - Monday, October 31, 2011 

In Belfast, a little red house at the edge of a small field of milkweed has been causing a stir since it was built in 2010. It recently won the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2011 project of the year. The object of all this attention is small and neat, with a pitched roof topped with shimmering blue solar panels. “Passive houses are a huge paradigm shift,” says Matt O’Malia, who with Alan Gibson in 2008 founded G∙O Logic, an architecture and building company in Belfast that specializes in passive structures. O’Malia says a passive house uses 10% of the heating energy that a standard, code-compliant home uses. Passive homes, which are highly insulated and sealed tight, have no need for furnaces, stoves or fireplaces.
Clean tech corridor to launch
Mainebiz - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Of the 1.8 million square feet of space on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, which is now operated by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, barely one-sixth has been leased since the Navy decommissioned it in June. But Tom Brubaker says that Building 250 is a perfect incubator for small to medium-sized clean technology companies, the kind of companies Brunswick Landing hopes to attract as part of its initiative to turn the former base into a thriving renewable energy center.
Opinion: The over-under on Yarmouth issues
Forecaster - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Yarmouth has to decide whether to blow up the dams on the Royal River. The turgid, 26-mile river has been dammed up since the 18th century, but there is now talk of removing two dams to let the river seek its natural level. In August, the Bridge Street dam was opened for the first time in eons to draw down the water so the dam could be inspected and folks could see how a free-running Royal River might look. Deep, dark, slow and murky versus shallow, light, fast and clear. No contest. Blow the dams. ~ Edgar Allen Beem, Yarmouth
Park opponents spreading false information
Other - Monday, October 31, 2011 

The opposition is spreading false information. They are saying a Maine Woods National Park would cause Clean Air Act regulations to prevent the mill from operating. In fact, the establishment of a National Park in the Katahdin Region will not require a change to the existing Federal/State Air Quality Standards and will not increase the air quality requirements for existing or future mill operations in the area.
Bill stiffens penalties for syrup fraud
Kennebec Journal - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Federal legislation that would stiffen dramatically the penalty for producing fraudulent syrup is meant to keep it that way in a state where the industry is prosperous and growing, say Maine's U.S. senators and maple syrup makers. The bill, co-authored by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, would turn a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a year in jail into a felony that could draw as much as five years.
Big issues face Somerset County commissioners' candidates
Morning Sentinel - Monday, October 31, 2011 

Wind turbines is an important topic to candidates running for the board of Somerset County commissioners. Shane F. Reitze of Palmyra said the proposed wind-power turbines in Somerset County are a concern. He has seen the effects of wind power generation at the Kibby Mountain project near his camp in Eustis and he didn't like what he saw. He said project organizers "blew off the top of the mountains" to put in the wind turbines. "I am pro-wind mill, done in the proper way -- I do believe in green energy, as long they are a benefit, not only to the environment, but to the people," he said.
Letter: Gardiner could become boating mecca for tourists
Morning Sentinel - Monday, October 31, 2011 

It's incumbent upon our elected leaders to comprehend the critical importance of connecting the Rail Trail to something imaginative, affordable and useful. In my opinion, this would preclude archaic historical plaques and the innocuous exposition of yesteryear as a viable strategy for substantive economic development. Maine recognizes recreational opportunities and tourism as the life's blood of its economy. Our deep water, beaucoup open space and expansive boardwalk is where the future sleeps. ~Buddy Doyle, Gardiner
Feedback sought on proposed changes to Maine fishing regulations for 2012-13 season
Sun Journal - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

A public hearing will be held on Nov. 9 in Rangeley on more than 200 proposed changes to Maine's current fishing regulations. Comments from the public are urged on any of the 226 proposed changes to open-water and ice fishing regulations.
Skeptic finds he now agrees global warming is real
Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly. The study of the world’s surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of global warming deniers and the tea party. Muller pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. Yet he found that the land is 1.6 degrees warmer than in the 1950s. The numbers from Muller match those by the NOAA and NASA.
Hundreds of bills readied for 2012 Maine session
Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

Legislative leaders should brace for a list of about 300 new bills they'll sift through on Monday as they decide which are worthy of consideration during the 2012 session. Several proposals to be considered are outdoors related. They don't include Gov. Paul LePage's agenda, such as merging the agriculture and conservation departments.

Opinion: Regulatory time-out is common sense
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

In the BDN’s Oct. 4 edition, Nate Libby of the Maine Small Business Coalition wrote an OpEd column asserting that the Regulatory Time-Out Act introduced by Sen. Susan Collins would be a “free-for-all” for big corporations at the expense of small businesses and consumers. I represent nearly 4,000 small-business owners in Maine that are part of the nation’s leading small-business advocacy group. What these members in Maine tell me directly contradicts the points that Mr. Libby asserts. ~ David R. Clough, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Yarmouth
TrekEast: Paddling Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway
Other - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

After cold rainy bike rides and a howling winter experience climbing Mt. Katahdin, my week paddling Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway was joy and ease and beauty. The wildlands recovery potential in Maine is immense. Millions of acres could – instead of just feeding pulp mills and providing a few jobs – be returned to wild Nature, as a Maine Woods National Park or other large ecological reserve. ~ John Davis
New Millinocket ATV trail and spur ‘nothing but good for the area’
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

Millinocket businesses who hope to see revenue increases from ATV traffic give the new trail’s impact mixed reviews so far. They are hopeful, if not confident, that the trail and its spur into town will give their businesses a welcome boost, like the surge they get from the region’s snowmobile trails, once word of it spreads.
New pressurized house at Calais college to train builders in energy efficiency
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

On Thursday, officials at the Washington County Community College, unveiled a new miniature pressurized house on campus that will help train students and local builders how to make homes more energy efficient, safe and healthy. The training house was built with federal stimulus funds designed to promote weatherization programs around the country.
Across Maine, skiers' losses are hikers' gains
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

There are 76 abandoned ski areas in Maine, not counting Squaw Mountain in Greenville that hasn't technically closed down, but has failed to operate for several years. Many of them were mom-and-pop operations, with a single rope tow as the only means of uphill transport, that helped introduce thousands of Mainers to skiing during the 1945-1975 period. But some were multimillion-dollar projects that, for a variety of reasons, just couldn't make it.
Share your sightings easily at eBird
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

Is there a site where any bird observation can be posted and shared? Yes: It's called eBird, administered by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. The site, begun in 2002, is essentially an online checklist project. More than 200,000 birders and ornithologist are currently submitting their trip lists to eBird. All of the data go into a common database that can be searched by anyone.
Tracks tell you if quarry's a doe, a buck or the Great Prince of the Forest
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

Tracks tell plenty about the animal leaving the prints. Portly, big-bodied bucks with rut-swollen necks and heavy antlers point the front hoofs to the outside, easily noticeable in snow, soft earth or wet leaves. This adaptation supports extra weight in the rut.
Got your deer? Now what do you do?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

With opening day out of the way, the most popular greeting in Maine now changes from "How's it going?" to "Git yer deer yet?" Once your reply becomes "yes," the next question becomes what to do with your deer.
Club's deer food plots thicken
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

The Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen's Association is one of Maine's oldest outdoor clubs at 116 years old. But the work the club has done the past two years puts it at the forefront of wildlife work in the state today. Two weeks ago Rangeley club volunteer Marcia Baker was honored by the state for her work on deer food plots in the western mountains. Deer food plots have been effective growing wild deer herds in places like Michigan and Mississippi, but they are relatively unknown in Maine. The deer herd in Maine is far from the size it was 10 years ago, even in southern Maine.
Opinion: Keeping disabled in the hunt
Sun Journal - Sunday, October 30, 2011 

One goal of Get Back Outdoors (GBO) is to raise funding to underwrite the cost of Renegade Wheel Chairs, which are provided to deserving, physically challenged outdoorsmen who want to hunt. GBO is working with Maine Guide Bob Howe from Pine Grove Outfitters on a program for the disabled from his camps in Bingham. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
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