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Action Alert - Saturday, May 25, 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 Little Bigelow, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Little Bigelow is the most eastern peak of the Bigelow Range, round trip 6.5 miles. Views of Flagstaff Lake, Sugarloak, Bigelow range. At Carrabassett Valley, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Hike Little Deer Hill & Deer Hill, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

5.4-mile hike to open summit with great views, Evans Notch, June 1, pre-register. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club.
Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Panel presentations during Maine Bicentennial Conference. At UMaine, Orono, June 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration fee.
Little Ponds Preserve Celebration, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Celebrate the opening of Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's newest preserve. At Little Ponds Preserve, Harpswell, June 1, 10 am.
Maine Entomological Society Field Day, Jun 1
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Join MES to explore the world of insects. At Hutchinson Pond Conservation Area, Manchester, June 1, 10 am. Sponsored by Kennebec Land Trust.
Maine Bicentennial Conference, May 30-Jun 1
Event - Posted - Friday, May 24, 2019 

In addition to scholarly panels ($60), several elements (museum exhibits and the keynote event by two Pulitzer Prize winning historians on May 31) are free to the public. A Maine History Festival for students and cultural organizations to present their own research and planning for the state bicentennial will be part of the conference just prior to the keynote event.
Great Maine Scavenger Hunt
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt is back (year 3). Use this list as your Maine summer vacation guide! Do as much or as little of it as you want. Sponsored by Down East magazine.
Maine Trail Finder 3.0
Announcement - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Center for Community GIS has launched the third version of Maine Trail Finder with the same great trail maps and descriptions and lots of new features.
Climate action
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Urge legislators on the legislature's Environment & Natural Resources Committee to support climate action via the governor’s bill, LD 1679. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Ban Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Deforestation
Action Alert - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Before May 23, urge legislators on the Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee to support LD 1691, An Act To Ban Use of Aerial Herbicide Spraying for the Purpose of Deforestation. ~ Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours, May 25-27
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

Oyster Farms & Seal Watching Tours will run every day, 2-4 pm, during Memorial Day weekend. At Damariscotta. Benefits the Fish Ladder Restoration Project.
Birding for Kids, May 25
Event - Posted - Saturday, May 18, 2019 

A hands-on workshop for families. At Curtis Farm Preserve, Harpswell, May 25, 9 am. Sponsored by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
L.L.Bean & Maine Audubon Birding Festival, May 24-26
Event - Posted - Friday, May 17, 2019 

Boat trips, guided walks, live bird presentations, workshops, kid’s crafts, and activities with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At Freeport vicinity, May 24-26.
Forestry for Maine Birds, May 23
Event - Posted - Thursday, May 16, 2019 

Free workshop on forestry management for bird conservation. At Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast, May 23, 12-3 pm.
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News Items
Trip offers new take on food's future
Morning Sentinel - Monday, November 30, 2009 

Jay Nutting, a 33-year-old lobbyist, recently completed an overseas trip as an Eisenhower Fellow for Agriculture. Nutting, son of Leeds dairy farm Sen. John Nutting, says while farmers are feeling the brunt of climate change in other countries, U.S. farmers are contributing to the problem. Nutting said 20 percent of the fossil fuel used in the United States is for agriculture and food production. "Nobody's talking about that."
Dig it: Taking clams from mud is back-breaking work
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 30, 2009 

A reporter finds that digging for clams isn't like playing in beach sand.
Opinion: Gun ownership part of proud Maine tradition
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 30, 2009 

The recent lead editorial, “Lawyers, Guns and Money” (BDN, Nov. 21-22), following the five-part series on guns in Maine, might have been more accurate and less shameful. The shame lies in the failure to warn those who come to Maine to try to change the tradition of Maine, in effect, bring with them to Maine the essence of what they came to Maine to escape.
Signs pointing to bountiful shrimp season
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 30, 2009 

The population is healthy, regulators say, as fishermen and dealers predict steady demand and stable prices.
Base price
Mainebiz - Monday, November 30, 2009 

The $891M hole it will leave in Maine’s economy begs the question for Brunswick Naval Air Station: What’s next? “We have the opportunity to lead the way in Maine in new areas, like renewable energy and aerospace clusters,” says Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.
King of the range
Mainebiz - Monday, November 30, 2009 

Thanksgiving arrives at Maine’s largest turkey farm. Orders are down — yet size is up.
Backyard weather watchers sought in Maine
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Volunteer weather observers are being sought to take precipitation measurements across Maine. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network is offering six training sessions between Dec. 1 - 9.
Northern New England launches ski season
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

As the economy lurches toward recovery, northern New England’s ski industry is viewing the season with optimism, saying the amount of snow nature sends the region is a much bigger factor in determining how well the ski areas fare.
Comment period ending for Maine ocean wind sites
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Monday is the last day that the Department of Conservation is accepting comments on potential sites. A final decision is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 15.
Maine puts out guide to help businesses
Associated Press - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has developed a tool it says will help businesses understand the laws that are designed to protect Maine’s air, land and water.
Buying Woodland for Fun and Profit
Other - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Forbes - The USDA estimates the nation has 500 million acres of timberland. The ownership breakdown is: government, 27%; wood and paper companies, 17%; institutional investors like college endowments, 4%; individuals, 54%, up from 45% two decades ago. The individuals get a mix of recreation and asset appreciation. They get a nice tax break, too.
Augusta Trails receives $10,000 grant
Capital Weekly - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Augusta Trails says the Davis Conservation Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the “Bond Brook Recreation Area Trails Project” Capital Campaign. The campaign seeks to raise $480,000 for the creation of a four-season, multi-use recreational trail network at Bond Brook Recreation Area. Once completed, the trails will support more than 17 miles of hiking, mountain-biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, trail running, walking, nature viewing and birding.
Opinion: Wind industry must be stopped
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

The facts about wind power have been concealed behind the propaganda that has accompanied the wind industry's well planned assault on Maine. Claims of climate benefits by the wind industry, the government and once respected environmental groups have been grossly exaggerated. It is time for the governor, the legislature and the NRCM to admit they made a mistake, correct it and move on with a sensible agenda for Maine's energy future.
Family in tow as man hikes Appalachian Trail
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Tim Pettingill spent five and a half months hiking the Appalachian Trail from north to south. During the week, as Pettingill roamed the woods on the long haul south, his family was driving and living in a 1988 Ford van bought just for this trip, exploring the towns they passed through. When Saturday rolled around, Pettingill would hike out of the woods and meet his family.
Opinion: Coyote attacks
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

In October a young female hiker, Taylor Mitchell, was attacked by two coyotes in Nova Scotia. The woman died from her wounds. It is too bad that it takes an innocent young woman's agonizing death for people to see this canine predator for what it is: an effective and opportunistic killing machine that will attack, kill and eat whatever it can, whenever it can, wherever it can. Our increasingly plentiful Eastern coyotes in Maine are evolving into larger animals that more resemble their wolf progenitors than the scraggly coydogs of yesteryear.
Moving right along
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Bath Trails is a group that emerged from the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and gathered momentum to link the trust's land, the city's open space and future easements on private land. The result will soon be a five-mile network of trails running through thick woods and allowing hikers and bikers to take in river views just a few miles from downtown.
Unique meteor shower and Mars will draw eyes skyward
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Even though the next month will be much colder than November, there will be several interesting celestial events. These include a good meteor shower and the brightening of our neighboring planet, Mars. We are celebrating Galileo's great discoveries with his telescopes 400 years ago during this entire year, which is a way of making more people aware of the importance of astronomy in our everyday lives.
Tips to take good outdoor winter photos
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Keep yourself and your batteries warm, watch your step and your breath, keep your camera cool, overexpose snow, and use as little sky in your shot as possible.
Man behind raptor cams sets sights on owls
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Now a senior scientist and deputy director at the BioDiversity Research Institute in Gorham, Wing Goodale got the institute's first bald eagle cam up and running in 2005. The institute had a loon cam, since 2003. Today it has two bald eagle cams up, and plans for more. Anyone know where there are nesting bard owls?
Deer up north could use more warmth
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Except for southern Maine, deer hunting reports everywhere speak of a thinned herd, and in northern Maine it may well be at historically low levels.
Deer success may take years longer than expected
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

I swung the gun, put the crosshairs on his chest and paused for one extra second. It was over in an instant. The sound of a buck fleeing though the brush barely outlasted the echo of the shot. I climbed down from my perch and hurried over to where I'd last seen the deer. Crimson splotches on the leaves confirmed I'd at least connected. But how well? The answer came 50 yards further on. I'd finally made amends for my miss, and it only took 20 minutes – and 11 years.
Birds can make it tricky to put a species label on them
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

The families and orders into which birds are classified are pigeonholes defined by scientists. The only taxonomic unit that is defined by nature is the species. Recognizing species is not as easy as one might think. A recent scientific review showed that there are more than 60 definitions of species.
Beetle's threat to ash trees also puts tribal art at risk
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Maine Forest Service entomologist Charlene Donahue says it's only a matter of time before the emerald ash borer beetle arrives in Maine and decimates the ash trees here. Native American basket makers in Maine worry that will spell the end of their long tradition. The state's tribes make their traditional baskets from the wood of ash trees.
New policies simplify winter use of Baxter State Park
Other - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

There's good news for winter hikers and climbers frustrated by the old Baxter winter-permit system. Things have changed, and the formerly rigid process of organizing an extended winter visit has been streamlined.
Program links those wanting to get into farming with those looking to get out
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, November 29, 2009 

Maine Farmland Trust has lots of work left to do. An estimated 400,000 acres of Maine farmland will be in transition over the next 10 years as farmers look to retire.
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