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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.
Land Conservation in Maine, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 

Speakers: Angela Twitchell, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust; Bill Patterson, The Nature Conservancy; Warren Whitney, Maine Coast Heritage Trust. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, December 7, 7 pm. Sponsored by Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter.
State of Maine Wildlife, Dec 7
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 

Judy Camuso, Wildlife Director for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, will give updates on iconic species (moose, bear, and loons), recent successes with endangered/threatened species, new projects, and what you can do. At Maine Audubon, Falmouth, December 7, 7 pm, members $12, nonmembers $15.
BDN Poll: Do you support offshore wind energy development?
Action Alert - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 

Do you support offshore wind energy development in the Gulf of Maine?
Stop Sale of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Big Oil
Action Alert - Monday, November 27, 2017 

The U.S. Senate is going to vote today or tomorrow on a bill that would give the fossil fuel industry a massive tax break. To pay for this giveaway, Congress wants to sell the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Big Oil. Urge Sen. Susan Collins to vote no on Trump’s tax scam. ~ 350.org
Clean water can't wait
Action Alert - Monday, November 27, 2017 

The Trump Administration wants to delay the implementation of the 2015 Clean Water Rule to buy time so he can develop a weaker rule that would benefit polluters. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
RESTORE Gathering, Dec 6
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 25, 2017 

Jensen Bissell, retiring Baxter State Park Director, will give the keynote talk at the annual RESTORE: The North Woods Members & Friends Gathering. At Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, December 6, 6 pm.
Hiking In Maine, Dec 6
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 25, 2017 

Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News outdoors writer and author of “Family Friendly Hikes in Maine,” will talk about Maine hiking trails at the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club. At Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, December 6, 7 pm.
Nature-themed Mysteries & Thrillers and...Truth, Dec 6
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 25, 2017 

Award winning author Sandra Neily shares her Maine north woods novel, "Deadly Trespass," and explores how authors have crafted stories around urgent and timely issues that feature our natural world. At Wiscasset Public Library, December 6, 5 pm.
Family Nature Night: Owls, Dec 6
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 25, 2017 

Put on your pajamas and your hiking boots and join us for a special evening program for kids and their grownups. At Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm, Falmouth, December 6, 5:30-7 pm, child member $16, child non-member $20, ages 3-7, children under 3 free.
Fall Migration Bird Watch, Dec 5, 12, 19
Event - Posted - Friday, November 24, 2017 

Join Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program director, Seth Benz, on December 5, 12 and 19, from 10 am – 12 noon, to find birds along the Schoodic auto loop. Registration required.
Public meeting on proposed mine, Dec 5
Action Alert - Friday, November 24, 2017 

Ontario-based Wolfden Resources will hold a public meeting to discuss its plans for a metal mine at Pickett Mountain not far from Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. At Katahdin Elementary School, Stacyville, December 5, 6-8 pm.
Jane, Dec 1-3
Event - Posted - Friday, November 24, 2017 

This film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world's most admired conservationists.​​​ At Opera House Arts, Stonington, December 1-3.
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Letter: Golden for Congress
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 19, 2018 

Recently, Bruce Poliquin lauded the fact that Jared Golden had received a D rating from the NRA and an F from the Gun Owners of Maine. Does this mean that Golden is anti-guns? Absolutely not. Golden enthusiastically endorses the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. He is a gun owner himself. He does support some restrictions on guns and gun ownership, as do I. As a gun owner, sportsman and environmentally concerned citizen, Golden will have my vote in November. ~ Ray “Bucky” Owen, Orono [former Commissioner, Maine Dept of Inland Fish & Wildlife]
Letter: Incivil hunting practices
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 19, 2018 

It’s that time of year, when we not only have to bear the heightened incivility of lying politicians leading up to an election, but also the incivility of the hunting practices against bears and the disturbing headlines and photos touting “brave” hunters, for example, shooting a moose from 10 feet. Wow. That’s impressive? Go ahead and have your killing day in the woods, but don’t subject the rest of us to it as though it were something sportsmanlike, laudable and newsworthy. Earth, and its non-human inhabitants could use a little more sentience from Homo sapiens, and a lot more truth from our politicians. ~ Kathy VanGorder, West Tremont
New England Power Grid Constrained By Winter Fuel Supply
Associated Press - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

The official overseeing the New England electric grid says the region is threatened with winter power shortages, due to potential shortages of fuel to run generating facilities. Gordon van Welie of ISO New England says the region has sufficient generating capacity to meet the winter demand for electricity, but the natural gas pipelines that bring fuel to the region are not sufficient to guarantee natural gas power plants can stay online.
With fall foliage comes political ‘mud season’ in Maine
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

The leaves may still be changing outside, but it’s officially political mud season in Maine. The negative political advertising wars are fully underway, with both parties as well as outside groups targeting the other side’s candidates and then accusing the opposition of misleading or flat-out dishonest statements. “We know it is close to Halloween but the ad claiming Shawn Moody only said ‘overfunded’ is all trick from Janet Mills’ team with no treat,” Lauren LePage, spokeswoman for Moody’s campaign, said on Thursday. ” The Maine Conservation Voters Action Fund, meanwhile, announced a $500,000 advertising and direct mail campaign targeting Moody’s stance on humans’ contribution to climate change.
2018 NRCM Conservation Leadership Awards
Natural Resources Council of Maine - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Each year, the Natural Resources Council of Maine presents Conservation Leadership Awards to people making a difference for Maine's environment. Wednesday night, NRCM presented awards to: Hoddy Hildreth, Sandy and Ole Jaeger, Bill Mook, and Robin Robinson. All of this year's outstanding People's Choice Award finalists were also recognized.
LePage Leads Delegation at Arctic Circle Assembly
Maine Government News - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Governor Paul LePage is leading a delegation of more than 40 Mainers to Reykjavik, Iceland, this week to participate in the 2018 Arctic Circle Assembly, the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. On Saturday, LePage will meet with Iceland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson to re-sign the Maine-Iceland Memorandum of Understanding as a symbol of renewed commitment to strengthen ties and increase cooperation in the areas of economic development, trade, energy, natural resources, transportation, culture and the arts. The original MOU between Maine and Iceland was signed in June 2014.
Opinion: Our fate is tied to a healthy ocean. That’s why New England’s marine monument matters.
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Americans live our lives around the pull of the oceans. And nowhere is that more true than in New England. This is why we worked to create the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument two years ago. History showed us that we needed to take a longer view and care for our ocean resources if we wanted to bestow this rich heritage on our children. And science told us a national monument was the best way to do this. On Oct. 9, a federal court ruled that that the monument was established lawfully. But the Trump administration wants to rollback protections to the monument. This will leave the monument vulnerable to damaging extractive industries that want to raid this protected area for their own gains. ~ Vikki Spruill, New England Aquarium
Researchers report tracking a great white shark off coast of Portland
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

The nonprofit shark research group Ocearch has tweeted a photo of a great white shark that it says it spotted off the coast of Portland. Unrelated to Ocearch, the University of New England is conducting Maine’s first dedicated white shark study amid growing evidence that the predatory sharks are in the Gulf of Maine.
CMP bows to pressure, agrees to bury power lines near Kennebec Gorge
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Central Maine Power said Thursday it has notified regulators that it plans to change one of the lightning rods of its proposed hydropower project through western Maine by laying power lines under the Kennebec River instead of having aerial lines visible by the scenic Kennebec River Gorge. The company said the change to its New England Clean Energy Connect project addresses concerns of state environmental regulators, host communities and other stakeholders.
USDA’s enforcement of animal welfare laws plummeted in 2018, agency figures show
Washington Post - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Two years ago, the Agriculture Department issued 192 written warnings to breeders, exhibitors and research labs that allegedly violated animal welfare laws, and the agency filed official complaints against 23, according to agency data. This year, the department had issued just 39 warnings in the first three-quarters of fiscal 2018, and it filed and simultaneously settled only one complaint. In August, USDA issued no warnings, filed no complaints and imposed no penalties through settlements with any of the 8,000 or so facilities it licenses and inspects.
Climate forecasters say Maine likely to have above-average temps this winter NOAA releases its winter outlook for 2018-19
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Maine has strong odds to be warmer than usual this winter. That’s the message from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, which released its 2018-19 winter outlook report Thursday. Farmers’ Almanac Editor Peter Geiger said in late August his publication predicts “a very long, cold and snow-filled winter."
CMP to bury proposed transmission line under Kennebec Gorge
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Central Maine Power wants to bury the portion of its planned electrical transmission line from Quebec that crosses the scenic Kennebec River Gorge, a concession to environmentalists and local activists opposed to the project. The company on Thursday notified regulators that it intends to drill under the river, in northern Somerset County, instead of crossing the gorge with elevated electrical lines.
Brunswick solar array could be model for others in future
Times Record - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Everyone enjoys a bright, sunny day, but for the folks at Crystal Spring Farm and their solar array, a little bit of sunshine is that much sweeter. The 78.6-kilowatt photovoltaic solar energy installation has been online at the Brunswick farm for almost two years, producing, on average, 100,000 kilowatt-hours of clean energy every year, according to Steve Weems, one of the project’s leaders. Weems; farm owner Seth Kroeck; Angela Twitchell, executive director of the BTLT; and some of the participating families and local politicians gathered at the solar array Wednesday evening for a celebration marking two years of solar power in the community.
Navigating the Eastern Country Wilderness
UMaine Today - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

In early October 1775, along the Kennebec River near the small frontier village of Norridgewock, Simon Forbes noted in his diary: “This was the last English settlement on our route. Now commenced our walk into the wilderness.” The 19-year-old was a soldier in Benedict Arnold’s expeditionary force to Quebec City to rout the British garrison there. The march required traversing a poorly charted network of rivers and portages in the vast wilderness that would eventually become the state of Maine. According to UMaine Ph.D. student Daniel Soucier, the region was so isolated and untraveled that muskets and other items dropped by the soldiers remained undiscovered for another 80 years. Soucier is studying how the environments of the Northeast shaped the soldiers and conflicts of the Revolutionary War.
A Breaking Wave
Down East - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Scientists like professor Richard Wahle believe a combination of factors contributed to the lobster boom at a time when other fisheries were collapsing. But the biggest contributor to Maine’s lobster boom appears to be climate change. “Right now, we’re seeing a big surge in settlement in the southern Gulf of Saint Lawrence and a subsequent surge in landings too. It’s as if there’s a wave of lobster abundance heading north, and the crest has just passed us by,” Wahle says. “I worry about the future of our coastal economies."
Natural gas touted as best alternative while Maine looks to renewables
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Natural gas, which already generates more than half of New England’s electricity, could become the go-to fuel for both electricity generation and home heating during the next 20 years or more until renewables like solar, wind and potentially hydroelectric gain market traction. The federal government as well is looking at liquified natural gas, or LNG, as a potentially lucrative export for the country. That’s according to experts at a natural gas industry conference held in Falmouth on Thursday.
Bar Harbor approves lease that means Cat ferry will leave Portland
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Town councilors on Bar Harbor have approved an agreement to lease a former ferry terminal to the company that left the property nearly a decade ago. The council voted 7-0 to allow the town manager to sign a lease agreement with Atlantic Fleet Services, a Bar Harbor-based agent for Bay Ferries Ltd. Bay Ferries operates The Cat ferry, which makes trips between Maine and Nova Scotia. The company will move its operations to Bar Harbor from Portland as part of the deal.
Maine Forestry Officials: Annoying Bugs Swarm Some Maine Homes
Associated Press - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Maine forestry officials say they have received several calls this fall about swarms of a potentially bothersome bug that congregates in large numbers. The pest in question is the boxelder bug, which feeds on leaves, flowers and seed pods of boxelder trees and other maples. The state says the bugs are considered pests because of the large numbers they gather in when trying to access homes and buildings. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the bugs don't produce a smell and don't damage wood, cloth, humans or pets.
CMP's Proposed Transmission Line: An 'Ugly Brown Monster' Or A Clean Energy Boost?
Maine Public - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

The state Public Utilities Commission held its third and final public witness hearing Wednesday night on Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile transmission line through western Maine. Opponents outnumbered supporters and the two camps held widely divergent views on whether the project would hurt or help Maine's economy and environment.
EPA Boasts Of Reduced Greenhouse Gases, Even As Trump Questions Climate Science
National Public Radio - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

The Trump administration is celebrating a drop in the nation's greenhouse gas emissions last year, even as the president himself continues to challenge the scientific understanding of climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency says U.S. production of heat-trapping gases was 2.7 percent lower in 2017 than the previous year. Despite the improvement, independent analysts say the country is likely to fall far short of the pollution controls needed to rein in global warming.
DIFW adopts strict new rules on deer transportation
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Eager to prevent chronic wasting disease from getting to Maine, with special concern that it was recently discovered in Quebec just 100 miles from the Maine border, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has quickly adopted a new rule severely restricting the transportation of deer to or through Maine. Here it is.
Why a Maine island community is switching to single-sort recycling
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Despite some towns in Maine dropping their recycling programs because of skyrocketing costs, a Maine island community is upgrading and streamlining its recycling process by offering single-sort recycling. Vinalhaven is the latest town in Maine to contract with ecomaine, a Portland-based recycling company. The town has been pursuing a new recycling program for the past two years and wanted a streamlined process at the transfer station that would encourage more residents to recycle,.
Letter: Maine should hold out for gas line
Kennebec Journal - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Utility projects are justified by cost savings to consumers. A few years ago, Massachusetts industrial and environmental interests blocked the proposed expansion of lower cost natural gas supplied to Maine. The resulting higher gas costs have reduced the competitiveness of Maine industries, especially those required to shut down during cold spells so homeowners could keep warm. Now a transmission system is proposed to move lower-cost Quebec electricity through Maine. Benefits to Maine will be nominal. Before agreeing to permits or voting to allow construction of the proposed transmission system, Maine should protect its jobs by requiring Massachusetts to stop restricting expansion of natural gas supplies to Maine. ~ Thomas Gillette, Jefferson
Letter: National carbon tax needed, now
Sun Journal - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released a report that reiterated the dire consequences of climate change and, importantly, shortened the timeline for action to 12 years. The issue is complex, but the solution exists. The same day the report was released, William Nordhaus won the Nobel Prize in economics for his work on carbon taxation as a tool to mitigate climate change. Economic growth is hampered by climate change. Just look at the costs of recent severe weather events. There is a solution. Members of Congress must take action to protect this country’s future. That action is a national carbon tax. ~ Roberta Brezinski, Durham
Letter: Oyster company would exploit natural resource for corporate profit
Times Record - Thursday, October 18, 2018 

A few months ago, some Brunswick residents got a letter from the owners of the Mere Point Oyster Company. Their openness didn’t include that they had submitted an application for a 10-year, 40-acre site to replace about one-quarter of an acre they had “farmed” since 2015. The site will occupy a significant portion of Maquoit Bay and change life on, around, and beneath it. At any point the business with the lease could be sold. Support of modest family aquaculture is not the question; this is about using a natural resource for corporate profit. It should not happen. ~ P.H. Vaughn, Brunswick
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