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Announcement - Friday, November 17, 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
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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Maine’s deer season off and running
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

This year is anticipated to be good for hunters. Mark Latti, spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, said last week that three consecutive mild winters have resulted in an increasing deer population across the state. In 2013, deer hunting supported 1,010 jobs in Maine and nearly $35 million in labor income. Direct spending by hunters of all species and the indirect spending that results contributed $191 million to Maine’s gross state product in that year, and generated a total economic output of more than $338 million.
Grand loop up Sargent Mountain tops hikes in Acadia National Park
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Acadia’s tight, carefully designed network of 150 miles of trails allow hikers to create a nearly countless number of loop trips. There are many circular hikes in Acadia National Park, but perhaps none more spectacular than the “grand loop” from Jordan Cliffs to Sargent Mountain, the park’s second highest peak behind Cadillac, and then up Penobscot Mountain, the fifth highest summit, back to the Jordan Pond parking lot with a stop at lovely Sargent Mountain Pond along the way.
Seafood fans hope for return of Maine shrimp in 2018
Associated Press - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Seafood lovers might see the return of Maine shrimp to fish market counters and restaurants next year if interstate regulators decide the population is strong enough. The Maine shrimp fishery has been shut down since 2013, and a moratorium has been extended every year since. An arm of the commission is due to vote on Nov. 29 on whether the shrimp have recovered enough to withstand the return of commercial fishing.
Woman killed in hunting accident in Hebron
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

A 34-year-old woman was killed in a hunting accident Saturday morning in Hebron on the first day of deer hunting season. Authorities have identified the shooter as a 38-year-old man who was part of a small hunting party. Wardens say they don’t know whether she was hunting or in the woods for another reason.
Opposition to new industrial wind towers grows in Somerset County
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Four Republican members of the Maine Legislature have joined county commissioners in Somerset and Piscataquis counties in opposition to proposed industrial wind projects in the Moosehead Lake region as a threat to the area’s tourism-dependent economy. They all signed a letter to the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, expressing “our unanimous opposition” to new wind development and high-voltage transmission corridors in Somerset County. The project bids come in response to a group of agencies and electric utilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island that issued a request for proposals for energy projects last November to help them meet their clean-energy goals and fight climate change.
Whale Research to Highlight Impacts of Climate Change
Other - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

The study of whale foraging ecology will be undertaken by members of College of the Atlantic’s Allied Whale marine mammal research program, in partnership with Cetos Research Organization, during a five-year project beginning in Spring 2018. Paired with data from a similar Allied Whale study done before temperatures began rising so dramatically in the Gulf in 2004, this new research will give scientists their first broad picture of how the ocean’s top predators are adapting to a rapidly changing environment.
Maine at the cutting edge of compost technology
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Mark King and the other members of the Maine Compost Team have spent many years learning and teaching the finer points of composting food scraps, dead animals, human waste and other types of waste products. And he is very proud of the Maine Compost School, an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed program that is the longest-running such school in the country. Students from all over have come here for the last 20 years to learn cutting-edge compost technology.
LePage Promises To Address Issues Hurting Maine Loggers
Maine Public - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Angry and frustrated with what they say is unfair competition from Canada, nearly 100 Maine loggers and truckers in northern Maine sounded off in a Friday afternoon meeting with Gov. Paul LePage, and the governor has promised to take steps. Mainers are at a disadvantage, says Dana Doran, executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, because they can’t work in the Canadian woods in the same way Canadians can work here. Then there’s the fact that Canadians are provided health care by their government and subsidies for their equipment. Factor in the strength of the U.S. dollar in Canada and it becomes an even bigger sore point.
Maine hoping hunters harvest at least 7,000 does this fall to cull deer herd
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

The white-tail population has grown nearly 20 percent over the past decade, leading the state to allot 66,050 permits for the season that opens Saturday – the most since 2007 and a 130 percent increase from 2015.
Maine hoping hunters harvest at least 7,000 does this fall to cull deer herd
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Maine’s 2017 deer season for firearm hunters begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 25, followed by muzzleloader season, which ends Dec. 2. The state has allotted 66,050 any-deer permits this year, the highest number since 2007. It’s a 130 percent increase from two years ago, when 28,770 permits were issued. State biologists hope hunters can harvest at least 7,000 does this fall in an effort to contain a white-tailed deer population that’s expanded by nearly 20 percent over the past decade.
Column: Do you remember my story about the Maine moose hunt?
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

There’s fellows up around Millinocket that’s got shooting a moose right down to a science. The real pros might have to look at 30 or 40 moose before they find one that looks good, and then the first thing they do is walk over and muckle it right by the antlers and yank them right up and down. They want to make sure they’re on there solid. Imagine how embarrassed they’d be if one of them antlers should fall off the mounted head some night when there’s a crowd sitting around playing cards in the living room....Only when they have found the perfect moose do these moose hunting professionals take a little grain out their pocket and walk that moose right over to the pickup truck. There’s experts up around Greenville who’ve got it down to such a science that they can get that moose to put his front feet right up on the tailgate of that pickup truck, so when they shoot him he falls right in." ~ The humble Farmer
Letter: Fake news alert
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between “fake news” and the real thing. For example, I’ve heard a rumor that the U.S. House of Representatives is drafting legislation that would repeal global warming. Passage of this legislation would be such a relief for so many of us who are tired of this unseasonably warm fall. Bring back the frost and the early snowfall. Urge Congress forward. Let’s all get behind this overdue process. ~ Bill Shook, Bangor
Letter: No drilling in ANWR
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Earlier this year I had the chance to visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Located in the northeastern corner of Alaska, the refuge is one of our country’s most iconic wildernesses, rightfully considered alongside wonders like the Grand Canyon as a true public treasure. Unfortunately, Congress just slipped a controversial proposal to open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling into an unrelated budget bill, essentially selling off our landmarks to balance debt in lieu of responsible fiscal leadership. As a biology professor at the University of Maine, I can vouch for the ecological value of the Arctic Refuge. The thought of drilling in a place like the Arctic Refuge to balance a budget fills me with shame. I hope that Congress abandons this short-sighted idea. ~ Brian Olsen, Orono
Letter: Lamenting animal killing
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Fans of wild animals lament the loss of Big John, the bear, in the same way my wife and I were sad to see the corpse of a white deer being dragged away from its usual hangout just south of Addison on the Downeast coast. We have been entertained by this odd animal through the four years of its life, a life ended by just another coward with a gun. Shame on you, whoever you are. ~ Jerry Metz, Addison
Oyster farms popping up in southern Maine
Mainebiz - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Two Scarborough shellfish harvesters are seeking to be the first residents to operate commercial oyster farms in their town. Business partners Matthew Hassler and Robert Willette want to cultivate oysters in the Nonesuch and Spurwink rivers. Two other operations, Nonesuch Oysters and Pine Point Oysters, already operate in the river and are not owned by Scarborough residents.
Irving Oil fined over deadly 2013 Lac Mégantic derailment
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Irving Oil Commercial GP of Canada was ordered by a New Brunswick court on Thursday to pay $4 million Canadian after it pleaded guilty to 34 violations of the country’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, stemming from the Maine-based Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. train derailment and explosion that killed 47 people in the town of Lac Mégantic, Quebec, on July 6, 2013.
Ann LePage: Bannon asked me to ‘pray about’ 2018 run against Angus King
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Maine first lady Ann LePage told a conservative radio host on Friday that Breitbart News chief Stephen Bannon called her once to lobby her to run against U.S. Sen. Angus King in 2018 and asked her to “pray about it.” Paul LePage ruled out his own run against King. But he has since cracked the door open to running if Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, doesn’t gain traction. It’s unclear whether Ann LePage wants to run.
Trump steps up attack on national monuments
Maine Environmental News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

On Friday, President Trump told U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, that he intends to reduce the size of the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had recommended in August that the monument be slashed. Zinke also reviewed more than two dozen other national monuments, including Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine. Trump is expected to open the area to logging. Jym St. Pierre, Maine director of RESTORE: The North Woods, said his organization and others are anticipating having to legally challenge changes Trump may impose on the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Winter has been arriving ever later since 1980, numbers show
Associated Press - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Winter is coming…later. And it’s leaving ever earlier. Across the United States, the year’s first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. Scientists say it is yet another sign of the changing climate.
New England’s herring fishery to shut for 2 weeks
Associated Press - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Part of the New England herring fishery will be shut down for two weeks to allow the fish to spawn. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says samples from Massachusetts and New Hampshire show a high number of spawning herring in the area. That means a stretch of coast and ocean from Cape Cod to southern Maine will close from Oct. 29 to Nov. 11.
30 years ago, many doubted Maine Island Trail would work. Today, it’s ‘a treasure’
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

It was a novel idea — a water trail along the Maine coast, with campsites scattered on the state’s many uninhabited islands. In 1987, Camden native Dave Getchell, Sr., presented this vision, “a waterway for small boats,” in an editorial in the magazine Small Boat Journal, and readers throughout Maine wrote to Getchell, stating their interest in the idea and offering to become involved. Now 30 years later, the Maine Island Trail weaves through islands and along the rocky coast for 375 miles and features 218 sites, some for day use and some for camping.
Editorial: Want the government to stop wasting money? Demand it acts on climate change.
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

“The federal government cannot afford the billions of dollars in additional funding that is going to be needed if we do not take into account and start acting on the serious consequences of climate change,” Sen. Susan Collins said on the U.S. Senate floor earlier this week. “Spending more than $300 billion each year, in response to severe weather events that are connected to warming waters and producing strong hurricanes, is simply not a solution.” The Trump administration’s plan to gut dozens of environmental protection and climate change measures can be slowed by lawmakers who put the wellbeing of Americans ahead of party loyalty.
Why I’m called Jumping Spider, searching for boxes in the woods
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Friday, October 27, 2017 

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a story about letterboxing, an activity that involves searching for containers called letterboxes in public places, such as trail networks and libraries, parks and historic sites. It’s a game that gets you exploring, and it also involves a little bit of creativity. As I learned more about the game, I realized that while I was enthusiastic to write about it, I also wanted to participate.
Highlights of the 2017 Season
Other - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Canoe Maine - Pictures highlighting Canoe the Wild’s 2017 canoeing season on the Allagash, Penobscot, St. Croix, Bonaventure and Mattawamkeag River.
Maine’s congressional delegation questions proposed Acadia fee hikes
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Maine’s four members of Congress all signaled opposition to a Trump administration proposal to increase entrance fees during the peak season for visitors at Acadia National Park. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King as well as U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin have promised to review Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s proposal, saying they feared that it would make Acadia unaffordable to many Mainers.
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