November 20, 2017  
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Free park access for Maine residents, Aug. 1
Event - Posted - Friday, July 31, 2009 

The annual “Maine Day” at state parks and historic sites is Saturday, Aug. 1. The free-access day is thanks from the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands to the people of Maine.
Kennebec River paddle, Aug 15
Event - Posted - Friday, July 31, 2009 

See a beautiful wilderness-like stretch of the river from Sidney to Augusta. Sponsored by NRCM in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the removal of the Edwards Dam. Start at Sidney, August 15 at 9 AM. RSVP.
Maine Watch: Atlantic Salmon, July 31
Announcement - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

The Atlantic Salmon species of fish on Maine's Penobscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin Rivers was listed as an endangered species. The listing was not a complete surprise, but it did frustrate a lot of people. Maine Watch offers a discussion of the implications. MPBN, July 31 at 8:30 pm and August 1 at 6:30 pm.
A Fishery for the Future, July 30
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

Presentation by Midcoast Fishermen’s Association policy advisor Jennifer Litteral. Bar Harbor Whale Museum, July 30, 7:30 PM.
Hidden Valley Nature Center events
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 30, 2009 

GPS Course, Aug 4; Bird Watch, Aug 23; Timber Framing Workshop, Aug 23-26; Sustainable Forestry Workshop, Sep 11-12; more. HVNC in Jefferson is a member-based, community-supported organization with 800 acres of diverse habitat, miles of trails, and sustainable forestry projects.
Destination Washington County: 2009 and Beyond
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 29, 2009 

An alternative energy and technology forum planned for September will demonstrate that Washington County can be a leader in cutting-edge technologies. Machias, Sep 25-26.
The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Aug 6
Event - Posted - Sunday, July 26, 2009 

Filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan present a sneak preview of “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” which will premier on PBS stations nationwide on September 27. The evening will include a look at the film – including coverage of Maine’s own Acadia National Park – and a Q&A session. Portland, Merrill Auditorium, August 6.
Piscataquis River Festival, July 25
Event - Posted - Friday, July 24, 2009 

Guilford, July 25.
Wild Blueberry Festival, Aug 12
Event - Posted - Thursday, July 23, 2009 

Events are shaping up for the 34th annual Wild Blueberry Festival, held each summer in Machias. Cooking contests, hundreds of craft vendors, concerts and other events bring thousands to Machias from Aug. 12 - 16.
Maine Citizens' Summit on Parks, Aug 1
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 22, 2009 

Keynote speaker is Dr. John L. Crompton, the nation’s foremost authority on the real dollars-and-cents value of effective park and recreation systems. Belfast, August 1, 10 AM.
Open Farm Day 2009, July 26
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 22, 2009 

More than 100 farms in all 16 counties in Maine will open their barn doors to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the bountiful business of agriculture.
Loon Photo Contest
Announcement - Wednesday, July 22, 2009 

Maine Audubon has launched the Loon Photo Contest in the hopes of getting loon watchers to submit their best photos of Maine loons.
Wind power forum, July 23
Event - Posted - Monday, July 20, 2009 

Hear what Mainers have to say about their experiences with wind power at this panel discussion. July 23, 6 PM, Houlton Southside School. Sponsored by NRCM.
Hike Ragged Mountain, July 25
Event - Posted - Monday, July 20, 2009 

John Gibson, author of 50 Hikes in Southern and Coastal Maine, will lead a mountain hike to the summit of Ragged Mountain, which offers spectacular views. July 25, 10:30 AM. Sponsored by NRCM.
Stroll through Palermo Preserve, July 13
Event - Posted - Wednesday, July 8, 2009 

Join the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association for a stroll through the Palermo Preserve at 10 a.m., Monday, July 13.
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On the NFCT with filmmaker Brad Tallent
Other - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Canoe & Kayak magazine - Filmmakers Brad Tallent and Austin Graham, the co-founders of Adventureitus Productions, along with their partners, Megan Tallent and Mallory Hirschler, canoed the length of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, shooting an intriguing teaser and developing a series of video guides for each section of the water trail, which stretches from New York to Maine. Brad says, "I really looked forward to the Allagash and St. John rivers. Section 13 lived up to everything I could have asked for and more."
Verso third quarter financial results
Other - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Verso reported financial results for the third quarter of 2017. Net sales for the third quarter of 2017 decreased by $54 million compared to the third quarter of 2016. The sales decline was primarily attributable to a decrease in total sales volume due to the general softening of demand for coated papers and capacity reductions at the Androscoggin Mill, partially offset by a 1 percent increase in price.
Online sustainability journal Spire calls
Courier-Gazette - Monday, November 20, 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. ​Spire's editorial team of graduate and undergraduate students at UMaine is accepting submissions through Sunday, Dec. 10.
Editorial: Jensen Bissell — He Took on a Tough Job as Director of Baxter State Park, and Did It Well
Maine Sportsman - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Jensen Bissell, who has served as Park DIrector for Baxter State Park for more than 12 years, recently announced he will retire at the end of the year. Throughout his time as director, Bissell allowed himself to be guided by the near-religious tenets of Governor Baxter, who conditioned the many deeds to the property by mandating that the park lands were to be "maintained primarily as a wilderness," while "recreational purposes are to be regarded as of secondary importance" toward the goal of keeping the area "forever wild."
Letter: Accolades for Jensen Bissell, Retiring Director of Baxter State Park
Maine Sportsman - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Jensen Bissell [who announced October 18 that he would be retiring as Park Director on December 31] has done an exemplary job at Baxter State Park. From his early work on the Scientific Forest Management Area, to his efforts to put the park on a solid financial footing, to being a quiet but persistent force to carry on Percival Baxter's vision, Jensen has been professional, fair, humble and dedicated. ~ Jym St. Pierre, Board Secretary, Friends of Baxter State Park
Here’s why you should be alarmed by the changing climate
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, November 20, 2017 

What will it take to convince you that climate change is happening and is a problem that must be addressed? Perhaps Lyme disease and deer ticks? The terrible loss of commercial fisheries along the Maine coast, as the ocean water warms? The huge number of moose dying from ticks? Erratic weather including a frightening increase in fires, floods, and hurricanes? The increase in the number of Maine cases of Anaplasmosis? If our country is going to tackle this, we need Congress to step up on several key issues, including stopping the President’s proposed cuts in the EPA’s budget, repeal of rules protecting our streams, rivers, lakes and ponds, and revival of the coal industry.
Opinion: All quiet on the climate front
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 20, 2017 

“Promoting coal at a climate summit is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit,” said Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, but President Donald J. Trump did exactly that. He sent a team of American diplomats and energy executives to the annual world climate summit, that was held this year in Bonn, Germany, to extol the wonders of “clean” coal. Bloomberg, now a U.N. special envoy for climate change, got it right. ~ Gwynne Dyer
Maine Says More Than 400K Farm Acres To Transfer In 10 years
Associated Press - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Maine officials say more than 400,000 acres of Maine farmland will transition ownership over the next 10 years. The coming transfer of ownership is the focus of an upcoming conference scheduled for Dec. 4 at the Augusta Civic Center. It's co-hosted by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good.
Under threat of Trump cuts, Maine labs find clever ways to pay for science
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 20, 2017 

The Trump administration’s proposal to slash federal science funding by $4.3 billion in the 2018 budget strikes across the nation’s science organizations. In Maine, the proposed 22 percent cut for the National Institutes of Health would most impact the state’s world-renowned biomedical research institutions like Bar Harbor’s Jackson Laboratory and MDI Biological Laboratory. The University of Maine in Orono gets state and federal funds from multiple agencies including the National Science Foundation, whose budget the president recommended cutting 13 percent, and the Department of Defense, facing a 15 percent cut. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay could get hit by a potential 11 percent drop in the Environmental Protection Agency budget.
Maine Legislature has long to-do list when it returns in January
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 20, 2017 

State lawmakers will face a long list of bills when they return to work in January – including measures on solar and hydropower regulation – in a second session with a high risk of grandstanding by those who are running for higher office in the November 2018 election. Several key lawmakers are running for governor or Congress. Among that group are Senate President Mike Thibodeau, Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, all Republicans running for governor; and House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden, a Democrat who is seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat.
Letter: Portland arborist stepped up for ‘Forest City’
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 20, 2017 

Our wonderful city recently suffered an unusually vicious rain and wind storm that took down many of its graceful and mature trees. Fortunately, however, we are blessed as a community to have aForestry Division, led by our city arborist, Jeff Tarling, who responded to the emergency with care, efficiency and good judgment. Jeff and his team made urgent and critical decisions to protect the safety of our citizens and preserve the integrity of our beautiful “Forest City.” ~ Phyllis Givertz, Portland
New Label Will Promote Food Grown By Maine Veterans
Associated Press - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Maine agriculture officials say they have reached an agreement with United Farmer Veterans of Maine to promote agricultural products grown by the state's veterans. The promotion will include a new "MaineGrown by Vets" label. The agriculture department and veterans group say they've also reached agreement to mutually market the new label. Supporters of the new label say it will give Maine veterans a chance to showcase their products "as a veteran produced product off a veteran owned farm in Maine."
Lobster Catch Might be Less this Year
Associated Press - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Members of the lobster industry say Maine's lobster haul might be less this year, and prices have drifted downward for both lobstermen and consumers. American lobster fishing is in the midst of a multiyear boom, with Maine fishermen setting a record of nearly 131 million pounds last year. Fishermen in the state have caught more than 100 million pounds for six years in a row after never previously reaching that total. But market analyst John Sackton says some in the industry believe catch could be as much as 30 percent off this year. Meanwhile, prices for live lobsters are lagging behind last year. Maine is far and away the biggest lobster producing state in the U.S. Maine fishermen accounted for more than 80 percent of the nationwide catch last year.
Legal dispute snags revitalization of Old Town mill
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

The latest attempt to transform a shuttered pulp mill in Old Town into a production center for wood-based energy and fuels is tangled in a lawsuit filed by a prospective buyer, who says he was illegally pushed out of a $10 million deal in favor of a competitor. Samuel Eakin of Cape Elizabeth, the managing director of Relentless Capital Co. and an allied company, Old Town Utility & Technology Park, who hoped to sell wood-based energy to UMaine, sues over breach of contract and wants the sale to a third party blocked. The university operates the Forest Bioproducts Research Center in a corner of the mill, where it’s working to commercialize fuels, chemicals and materials made from wood. That’s why the future of the Old Town mill has taken on a broader significance.
State largely ignores role as seas grow more acidic
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Despite a bipartisan recognition of a threat to Maine's shellfish industry, leadership on the issue has fallen to a group of concerned volunteers. “For a state whose identity and economy is so heavily dependent on marine resources, I think it is really shameful that we are not doing enough to look at the threats of changing ocean chemistry,” says Bill Mook, who had to develop water treatment systems after watching acidic water kill crop after crop of newly hatched oysters. Rep. Devin says, “It’s the governor and a few of his minions that have blocked the ocean acidification bills. We’re not going to be able to do anything environmental with Governor LePage in office.”
Scientist Steve Eayrs knows how to build a better fish trap
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Steve Eayrs, a research scientist at Gulf of Maine Research Institute since 2007, who works in the area of fish behavior and gear technology, has designed some new spins on old gear, intended to make fishing more efficient and sustainable.
Maine farmers raising turkeys in record numbers
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Maine farmers are increasingly raising turkeys for the meat market with the number of live turkey poults being brought into the state up 30 percent in the last year. Farmers say they’re responding to a demand for locally raised meat and a lucrative market.
Planting of Atlantic salmon eggs in Kennebec River starting to pay dividends
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Atlantic salmon were first listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2000 in a small portion of Maine. In 2009 the list was expanded and the salmon’s status was elevated to endangered. Since 2010 as many as 300,000 to 1 million Atlantic salmon eggs grown in a hatchery have been planted, or seeded, in the Kennebec watershed. The Sandy isn’t the only river in Maine where hatchery-grown eggs are planted. Marine Resources also has planted salmon eggs in the Sheepscot and Penobscot rivers, the Downeast Salmon Federation has in the Machias, Pleasant and Narraguagus rivers, and the Saco River Salmon Restoration Alliance has in the Saco.
Column: Finish the season with a local paddle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

We are wrapping up our 2017 canoeing with the theme of getting out there one last time before the snow flies, and exploring someplace close to home. In our case that means an outing on the nearby Androscoggin River in Brunswick. The big windstorm of a few weeks ago has created extra yard work for many of us, so getting away for a daylong outing is not as likely right now. A few hours on the water in a pretty setting provides a much-needed therapeutic interlude. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Extra preparation worth it for the joy of winter hiking
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Hiking during the winter feels like a totally different exercise than the rest of the year, with a solitude and silence that don’t exist during the warmer months. The flow of rivers slows to a trickle or stops completely, and many animals migrate to warmer climates or begin to hibernate. The buzz of insects, a constant annoyance during the summer, dies completely. And, while some hardy souls enjoy hiking during the winter, the trails empty almost completely. The cold also makes winter hiking a more dangerous adventure. This isn’t meant to discourage winter hiking, but to encourage those embarking on it to take due caution and prepare. ~ Josh Christie
Column: Perspective needed in debate on deer scents
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

The threat of Chronic Wasting Disease is very real. It continues to spread, though we still don’t know how, or ultimately what impact that could have on wild deer populations. We could take the cautious approach and ban urine-based scents based solely on the possibility that something could happen, though there’s no real evidence to support that notion. Or we could let hunters continue to spend their $9 an ounce and hope nothing bad does happen. I guess the right course of action is a matter of perspective. ~ Bob Humphrey
Opinion: The rare beauty of a 64-crayon fall day
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

This was a Crayola kind of day. What’s that, you say? Well, it’s a day where if I had a box of 64 Crayola crayons and, if I could draw, I could use every single color! Oh! If I could only draw! ~ Anne Cataldo, Boothbay
Letter: Birding adds joy to exploring Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 19, 2017 

Deirdre Fleming’s Nov. 5 story about deer hunters who enjoy birding was right on the mark. My wife, Linda, and I started birding 12 years ago, and I wish we’d started much sooner. Birding adds so much to our trips, and we now often travel just to see birds. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy birding in Maine. And it sure does add a wonderful element to spending time in our great outdoors. ~ George Smith, Mount Vernon
Column: Elk hunt, part 2: The trail food search
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

This is part two of a three part column series about my fall elk hunt to Colorado. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Big backlash resurrects big-game ban
Washington Post - Saturday, November 18, 2017 

A combination of public and private pressure prompted President Trump to overturn his administration’s recent move to allow elephants shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be imported back to the United States as trophies, according to interviews with several individuals briefed on the decision. Trump’s announcement Friday that he was putting the decision “on hold” until he could personally review it marked animal welfare activists’ first federal victory since the president took office in January.
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