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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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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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