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DIFW expanding protection of native brook trout and charr
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

The Department of Inland Fisheries and wildlife has stepped up big time to expand protection of our native brook trout and Arctic charr. Recently, they went public with their proposal.
Sue Hubbell, Milbridge beekeeping writer, dies at 83
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

In the end, Sue Hubbell died as she had lived — her way. The author, essayist, farmer and beekeeper passed away Oct. 13, at the Bar Harbor home of her son Brian Hubbell, where she had been living since August. She was 83-years-old and had been dealing with dementia, according to family members. A month prior to her death, she announced she was taking matters into her own hands.
State refuses town request for more time on shellfish farm expansion
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Portsmouth Herald - The Maine Department of Marine Resources denied the town’s request to hold a second public hearing and delay a decision on the Spinney Creek Shellfish aquaculture expansion application. At the request of concerned residents who felt their interests were not fairly represented at the Sept. 27 adjudicatory hearing, Town Manager Kendra Amaral wrote a letter to DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher on Oct. 12 requesting a scoping session be held and for the department to delay its decision. Spinney Creek Shellfish in Eliot seeks to expand oyster farming operations. The Friends of Spinney Creek collected 400 signatures on a petition opposing the application.
Aliens and body snatchers
UMaine Today - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Research by Eleanor Groden, a professor of entomology at the University of Maine, research focuses on understanding the brown-tail moth’s natural enemies — the various parasitoids, fungi and viruses that target the caterpillars — that may be used to help curb the rapidly expanding moth populations affecting Maine’s communities.
Be the Hummingbird; Be the Bear
Earth Island Journal - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Which one of us did not hold our newborn babies in our trembling arms and whisper, I will always love you. I will keep you safe. I will give you the world. We didn’t mean, I will give you whatever is left scattered and torn on the table after the great cosmic going-out-of-business sale. But in the face of climate change, what does this promise mean? What will be that force that stands in the way of the reckless destruction of lives, if it is not the power of those who give and support life? — the mothers and grandmothers, the aunties and godmothers, the women who love the children. ~ Kathleen Dean Moore
Mainers are voting on five ballot questions this fall
Maine Environmental News - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Mainers are voting on five ballot questions this fall:
• Q1 is a 3.8% tax hike on high income earners to pay for a Home Care Program for seniors and people with disabilities.
• Q2 directs $30 million over the next decade to Maine municipalities where subpar septic systems are leaking untreated stormwater and sewage into the ocean, lakes and rivers.
• Q3 invests $106 million into maintenance of the state’s roads and bridges.
• Q4 provides $49 million, matched by another $49 million in public and private money, to Maine’s university system to modernize and improve facilities across the seven campuses.
• Q5 provides $15 million to improve educational programs by upgrading facilities at all 7 of Maine's community colleges.
DIFW expanding protection of native brook trout and charr
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

The Department of Inland Fisheries and wildlife has stepped up big time to expand protection of our native brook trout and Arctic charr. Recently, they went public with their proposal.
State refuses town request for more time on shellfish farm expansion
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Portsmouth Herald - The Maine Department of Marine Resources denied the town’s request to hold a second public hearing and delay a decision on the Spinney Creek Shellfish aquaculture expansion application. At the request of concerned residents who felt their interests were not fairly represented at the Sept. 27 adjudicatory hearing, Town Manager Kendra Amaral wrote a letter to DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher on Oct. 12 requesting a scoping session be held and for the department to delay its decision. Spinney Creek Shellfish in Eliot seeks to expand oyster farming operations. The Friends of Spinney Creek collected 400 signatures on a petition opposing the application.
Opinion: Transmission project a bad bet for Maine
Sun Journal - Friday, October 19, 2018 

New Hampshire said “no thanks” to the proposed Northern Pass project that would allow immense amounts of hydroelectric power to flow from Quebec to Southern New England. We encourage the Maine Public Utilities Commission to make the same decision. ReEnergy owns and operates four biomass-to-energy facilities in Maine (in Ashland, Fort Fairfield, Livermore Falls and Stratton) that generate 155 megawatts of electricity. All of these facilities would be negatively impacted by the NECEC. Hydro Quebec’s power would be first in line and the resulting congestion would limit the ability for Maine generators to deliver into the grid. ~ Mark Thibodeau, regional manager, ReEnergy Biomass Operations
Court temporarily stops youth climate suit days before trial
Associated Press - Friday, October 19, 2018 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights. The young people say government officials have known for more than 50 years that carbon pollution from fossil fuels was causing climate change and that policies on oil and gas deprive them of life, liberty and property. They also say the government has failed to protect natural resources as a “public trust” for future generations. Administrations have tried unsuccessfully to get the case dismissed, but the Trump administration tried again before the Oct. 29 trial as the court shifted to the right with the confirmation this month of Brett Kavanaugh.
UMA students design, install new benches in Augusta’s Mill Park
Kennebec Journal - Friday, October 19, 2018 

Mill Park has two more places where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Kennebec River, thanks in large part to hundreds of hours of work by three University of Maine at Augusta architecture students. Two white oak and steel benches, embedded in granite blocks salvaged from the former Edwards Mill complex, were installed Sept. 26 along a path in the downtown park.
Canadian pleads not guilty to illegally entering US to hunt moose
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 19, 2018 

A Canadian citizen arrested near the St. Zacharie Port of Entry earlier this week and charged with entering the United States and hunting moose illegally has pleaded not guilty, officials said Friday. Simon Grenier, 51, is being held without bail in Piscataquis County Jail. U.S. Border Patrol agents, along with a Maine Warden Service game warden, arrested Grenier Tuesday on a federal charge of illegal entry to the United States, and on state charges of hunting moose during a closed season, hunting moose overlooking bait and hunting moose without a permit.
In what may be a first, Patagonia endorses two Senate candidates
Washington Post - Friday, October 19, 2018 

The Ventura, California-based retailer announced Friday that it is backing two Democrats, incumbent Sen. Jon Tester who is running for reelection in Montana, and Rep. Jacky Rosen as she seeks to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada. The two Senate races are among the most competitive in 2018 in a chamber in which Republicans hold a razor-thin 51-to-49 majority. Patagonia, founded by Lisbon, Maine, native Yvon Chouinard, may be the first corporation to specifically endorse a candidate.
75 percent of moose hunters fill tags during first two sessions of 2018 season
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 19, 2018 

With two sessions of moose hunted completed, hunters have been enjoying above-average success thus far, with 1,508 of 2005 permit holders — 75.4 percent — filling their tags according to preliminary data.
The Environmental Movement Can Learn from #TimesUp
Earth Island Journal - Friday, October 19, 2018 

The rise of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements have focused a spotlight on the power imbalances that still exist between men and women in modern, Western society. It’s a conversation that’s long overdue, and it got me thinking about the role of women in the environmental movement and the obstacles many of us still face. ~ Annie Leonard, executive director, Greenpeace USA
From Youth Rebellion to Rural Renaissance
UMaine Today - Friday, October 19, 2018 

Take a drive along a rural route anywhere in Maine this summer and you will likely encounter dozens of roadside produce stands, farmers markets, and homemade signs advertising produce for sale ranging from farm-fresh eggs to eggplant. Maine’s locally grown organic food culture is special. Small-scale family farming has, for generations, been as much a part of the state’s cultural heritage as lobstering. UMaine Ph.D. student Eileen Hagerman's research in environmental and agricultural history focuses on the development of the local food and farm movement in northern New England, including what made the back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s so successful in Maine.
White Cap adventure: Northern Maine mountain gives great views, satisfaction
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 19, 2018 

All I knew about White Cap Mountain was that the hike was long and rugged. Turns out, it is so much more. White Cap was an adventure full of surprises. What a gift it is to spend a day in the Maine woods, to reach heights and gaze over miles of layered landscapes. But how much greater the gift when the experience comes with surprise viewpoints to expand our inner horizons. ~ Robin Clifford Wood
A Woman's Place Is in the Woods
Earth Island Journal - Friday, October 19, 2018 

I love working in the woods. I also love walking through them, listening for warblers, hunting morels, and discovering the season’s first Fritillaria. But when I talk trees with my neighbors, it’s the men who have strong opinions about forest management, and they’re the ones running the chainsaws. Where are the women like me, who want to be actively involved in stewarding their land? I decide to find out. ~ Juliet Grable
2018 Maine Legislative Candidates on Nonprofits
Maine Environmental News - Friday, October 19, 2018 

The Maine Association of Nonprofits and Maine Philanthropy Center sent all candidates for the Maine Legislature a questionnaire. Learn about how, if elected, they hope to partner with the nonprofit sector to advance policies that strengthen Maine. Note that some candidates declined.
2018 Maine Gubernatorial Candidates on Nonprofits
Maine Environmental News - Friday, October 19, 2018 

The Maine Association of Nonprofits and Maine Philanthropy Center invited the four gubernatorial candidates to participate in separate webinars to discuss issues that matter to nonprofits. Each candidate was offered the opportunity to respond to the same questions, which were shaped by a mission-diverse, 29-member, statewide steering committee. You can watch candidates Alan Caron, Terry Hayes and Janet Mills. Shawn Moody declined.
Report: Zinke’s conduct at Interior raised red flags
Washington Post - Friday, October 19, 2018 

According to a report issued Thursday by the Interior Department’s inspector general office, staff in the department’s solicitor office “approved Lolita Zinke and other individuals to ride in Government vehicles with Secretary Zinke” although Interior policy prohibited this practice. Zinke confirmed to investigators that he had directed his staff to research the possibility of giving his wife a volunteer job at Interior, a move that one ethics official objected to on the grounds that it was designed so that Zinke wouldn’t “have to pay” for his wife’s travel. But critics of the administration said the report, which also found that taxpayers paid $25,000 to send an unarmed security detail with the Zinkes on their vacation to Turkey and Greece last summer, documents a breach of the public trust.
Webcast: Conflicts Over Science and Policy at the EPA: Where Are We Headed?
Maine Environmental News - Friday, October 19, 2018 

Experts will describe how the EPA and other agencies are responding and will share ideas for steps forward to nurture and protect the principles of peer-reviewed environment science. Panelists: Wendy Jacobs, Director, Harvard Law School Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic; Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator; William Ruckelshaus; First and Fifth Administrator of the EPA; US Senator Tom Udall. October 19, 12-1 pm.
Hearing set on reconstruction of Middle Dam on Lower Richardson Lake
Maine Environmental News - Friday, October 19, 2018 

The Maine Land Use Planning Commission has authorized a public hearing on a proposal by Brookfield White Pine Hydro to reconstruct Middle Dam on Lower Richardson Lake in Township C. Middle Dam is part of the Upper and Middle Dams Storage Project. Notice of the hearing date and location, once set, will be published. Persons interested in seeking Intervenor status must file a Petition to Intervene by 5 pm on November 9. The public is not required to file Petitions to Intervene in order to testify.
Eagle sandwich won’t happen
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, October 19, 2018 

My column suggesting that we should have an eagle hunting season and that the eagle sandwich would be right up there with the lobster roll certainly got a lot of attention. I could not believe that some people thought I was serious. I am concerned about the high population of eagles, given that they have substantially reduced our population of Blue Herons, and kill lots of other birds as well. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife recently published a report on the eagle population. There is no plan to either reduce the eagle population or slow down its growth, so other birds will continue to suffer.
Maine’s national monument was once heavily opposed. Now its federal budget is slowly growing.
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 19, 2018 

Maine’s national monument will have an operating budget of about $400,000 — its highest yet — if Congress gives approval, officials said Thursday. The Department of the Interior’s proposed budget for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument would be a $200,000 increase over the $180,000 given the year before. The increased allocation is a milestone of sorts for the 87,564-acre site east of Baxter State Park. The once intense opposition to the monument has gradually abated since then-President Barack Obama designated it with an executive order in August 2016. The monument was once opposed by the Legislature, among others, and Gov. Paul LePage.
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