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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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Column: A few tricks for captivating hunting photos
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Trophies represent an accomplishment by the hunter, and should be celebrated and preserved. The best and easiest way to accomplish that is by simply snapping a photo, a task you would think should be fairly easy. Yet too often, the opportunity to capture and preserve a momentous accomplishment is squandered. Here are tips for taking trophy shots. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Town of Millinocket reinvents itself – and its Memorial Library
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Much has been said about Millinocket’s dogged efforts to reinvent itself after the former Great Northern Paper mill – the initial reason for the town’s existence – went belly up in 2008. The Maine Library Association's recognition of Matt DeLaney as the state's top librarian marks another step forward for a northern Maine community that refuses to fade back into the forest. ~ Bill Nemitz
Column: Deer camps create a fellowship that's tough to match
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

If you belong to your own deer camp, visits at other camps touch a chord. The stories and the sense of fellowship between the plywood walls is palpable: you can feel it. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
“Clear Evidence Of Cancer” From Cell Phone Radiation
Other - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

U.S. National Institutes of Health National Toxicology Program (NTP) concludes that there is “clear evidence” that male rats developed cancerous heart tumors from exposure to cell phone radio frequency radiation according to final reports on Rats and Mice. Scientists are now calling for federal action – a quantitative risk assessment and protective policies to reduce wireless exposure.
Young Activists Can Sue Government Over Climate Change, Supreme Court Says
National Public Radio - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

A group of young people can sue the federal government over its climate change policies, the Supreme Court said Friday. Since it was first filed in 2015, the government has requested several times that Juliana v. United States be dismissed. The lawsuit — brought by 21 plaintiffs, many of whom are minors — claims the federal government encouraged the production of oil, gas and other fossil fuels, causing the planet to warm and infringing on several of the plaintiffs' fundamental rights.
One big recycling success: Maine's bottle bill
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

While recycling in Maine is in the dumps with a tough market and a need for recycling education, there’s a bright spot: Maine’s 40-year-old bottle bill. The original goal of the bottle bill in 1976 was to reduce litter along roads, highways and sidewalks. It’s done that and more. Estimates are that 90 percent of Maine beverage cans and bottles are recycle. In 2017 that meant 37,500 tons of glass, 4,900 tons of aluminum and 9,000 tons of plastic were kept out of landfills, incinerator plants or off the sides of roads, according to the DEP.
Northeastern Hikes with Stunning Bridge Views
Appalachian Mountain Club - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

From footbridges to cantilevered trellises, abandoned infrastructures to geologic wonders, here are some of our favorite bridge hikes in the Northeast. Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is spread over 50 miles of southern Maine’s coastal ecosystem. Named for the naturalist and environmental activist Rachel Carson, the refuge protects some of Maine’s most picturesque and ecologically important habitat. More of a boardwalk than a true bridge hike, the refuge’s 2.1-mile Cutts Island Trail loop in Kittery offers unparalleled estuary views accessible only along this bridge-like walkway.
Land's End
Down East - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust is leading the effort to preserve Woodward Point and open it to public access — it is one of the few remaining pieces of undeveloped waterfront of this size in Southern Maine. It’s just one way the Trust is working to Keep the Coast Maine.
Why own a donkey?
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Many Americans have discovered that donkey ownership is for them. Donkeys, a member of the horse family, have been domesticated for around 5,000 years. They have long been used as pack animals and for draft work in agriculture and more, but these days some folks are deciding that the donkey’s intelligence and attentiveness are making them suitable as pasture pets, as a guardian for livestock and sometimes as a companion for horses. Donkeys may have a reputation for being obstinate and noisy, but that is far from the whole story, their fans assert.
Portland’s solar array is about to power up, a year late
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

After being delayed for a year because of environmental issues, a 4-acre solar farm built on an old landfill in Maine’s largest city is nearly finished. A total of 2,816 solar panels have been installed, more than enough to power City Hall. The city will be one step closer to meeting its goal of reducing greenhouse emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
Letter: Vote ‘yes’ for Hope Woods on Kennebunk ballot
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Conservation of the 72-acre Hope Woods property within the cemetery, with over 2 miles of maintained trails, will provide a significant public benefit and will provide for sustainability of Hope Cemetery as a private cemetery long into the future as a public asset that is important to the community. Vote “yes” on Question 2 on the Kennebunk ballot for Hope Woods. ~ Robert B. Metcalf, Kennebunk
Letter: CMP project may have wind component
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, November 3, 2018 

Wind transmission lines could go on the New England Clean Energy Connect to a substation or another wind project to get to the grid. There could be hundreds of wind towers in a straight line from northeast to southwest along Misery Ridge, Chase Stream Mountain and Cold Stream Mountain, junctioning with NECEC at Somerset Wind or today’s Marshall Yard. It is well known that many landowners want in on the wind hoax. ~ Kerry Hegarty, Jackman
Blog: A Grand Experience Awaits
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Deep in the woods of north central Washington County, a scant 15 miles west of the St. Croix River and the New Brunswick border, is where you’ll find the tiny community of Grand Lake Stream (population 109) at the heart of one of the most unheralded conservation success stories and some of the finest outdoor recreation opportunities in Maine. The 55,687-acre Downeast Lakes Community Forest, a project of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust, spans five unorganized townships around Grand Lake Stream and protects a remarkable 90 miles of pristine shorefront. ~ Carey Kish
N.H. firm acquires specialty mapping divisions of James W. Sewall Co.
Mainebiz - Friday, November 2, 2018 

CAI Technologies, a municipal mapping and GIS services company located in Littleton, N.H., announced Thursday its acquisition of the tax mapping, web hosting and specialty natural resource mapping divisions of the James W. Sewall Co. located in Old Town. The Old Town company's engineering, forestry and natural resources consulting divisions are not included in the acquisition, leaving those services intact under the Sewall Co.'s corporate name. Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital, a limited liability corporation with headquarters in New York City and Portland, acquired 100% of James W. Sewall Co. last spring.
Opinion: Maine Conservation Voters support Michele Meyer and so do I
Seacoast Online - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Please join me and vote for Michele Meyer for Maine State Representative, House District 2, which includes Eliot and parts of Kittery and South Berwick. She is committed to land conservation and understands the importance of balancing development with protection of important natural resources. Michele values clean water and healthy local food, resources that are vital to Maine’s economy. She gained the endorsement of Maine Conservation Voters. ~ Jennifer Fox, Eliot
Decision On Permit For Controversial CMP Transmission Line Pushed To March
Maine Public - Friday, November 2, 2018 

A decision on a key permit for Central Maine Power's controversial western Maine transmission project will be delayed by three months. The Public Utilities Commission ordered a new schedule after opponents complained that CMP had deluged them with a late-filed "document dump" of nearly 100,000 pages, which was impossible to wade through, they said, on the original timeline. The Commission is pushing the target date for a decision from December to March. Project spokesperson John Carroll says the delay won't affect the project's ultimate schedule.
Belgrade voters to consider shoreland zoning changes
Kennebec Journal - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Belgrade voters will see a local question at the polls Tuesday asking if they want to amend the town’s Shoreland Zoning Ordinance. The changes cover septic system inspections in property transfers and setbacks for structures.
Drawing Inspiration
WCSH-TV6 - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Hudson River School painter Frederic Church developed a love for Maine's Mt. Katahdin. Artists such as Evelyn Dunphy are drawn to his former camp where she runs workshops on the shores of Millinocket Lake.
Gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills marches to the finish at Bowdoin
Bowdoin (College) Orient - Friday, November 2, 2018 

“I don’t categorize myself as left, middle, centrist, right, blue dog, red dog, pink dog, I take each issue at a time,” said Maine State Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills. “People know where I stand on specific issues like the right to choose—I’ve always been there on women’s issues. Always protected the right to vote. I’ve always been a conservationist, environmentalist. I don’t think that’s a radical position, I think those positions reflect the thinking and values of Maine people.”
Farmington to vote on $1.2 million dam removal project
Sun Journal - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Farmington residents will have the opportunity to vote Tuesday on whether to authorize the town to move ahead with a $1.2 million proposal to remove the Walton’s Mill Dam and upgrade a surrounding public park. The proposal would be funded entirely by the Atlantic Salmon Federation and includes the removal of the dam and upgrades to the neighboring Walton’s Mill Pond Park at no cost to the town.
Looking for a low-maintenance pet that’s not a fish? Consider coral UMaine student show off collection of tropical corals
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Often viewed as just a piece of the ocean scenery, corals are sedentary creatures, forming colonies of various shapes and colors. However, on closer inspection, these little invertebrate animals are quite active, snatching food with tiny tentacles and fighting one another for territory. In fact, some people consider them to be fascinating pets. “They are insanely gorgeous, the colors they produce. Everybody likes a good fish tank, but everyone likes it more when there’s corals in it,” Megan Dunnock, president of the recently formed Coral Club at the University of Maine in Orono, said.
Amtrak Adding New Runs From Boston To Freeport, Brunswick
Associated Press - Friday, November 2, 2018 

More trains from Boston are coming to the towns of Freeport and Brunswick in Maine. The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which manages Amtrak's Downeaster passenger rail service from Boston to Maine, says the new train service will begin on Nov. 12. The Downeaster currently runs five round-trips between Portland and Boston, and three of them extend to Freeport and Brunswick. Two additional round trips will service Freeport and Brunswick on weekdays, and one additional trip will be added on weekends.
Advocates: New Funds Will Help Maine Landlords Get Rid Of Lead Paint
Maine Public - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Over the past year, 322 children in Maine tested positive for lead poisoning, which can lead to serious, irreversible health problems and lower IQs. A new $4 million lead abatement program rolled out Thursday in Lewiston, and it is designed to incentivize landlords to remove lead paint from homes before a child is poisoned. "We expect that the program will make at least 200 homes across the state lead safe,” says Payne of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition. The program is the result of a bipartisan bill spearheaded by Democratic State Representative Jared Golden, who is also running for Congress.
Congratulations to these environmental champions
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, November 2, 2018 

Maine is blessed with many environmental leaders. The Natural Resources Council of Maine recently honored folks from Falmouth, Georgetown, Walpole, and Brunswick:
· Horace “Hoddy” Hildreth (Falmouth), Lifetime Achievement Award, for more than four decades of public service in conservation and as a business voice for the environment.
· Sandy and Ole Jaeger (Georgetown) for exemplifying an informed and highly engaged citizenry necessary for holding their elected officials accountable.
· Bill Mook (Walpole) for putting his real-life experience as a shellfish grower and business owner into advocacy work for clean water and a healthy climate.
· Robin Robinson (Brunswick), People’s Choice Award, for creating a flourishing online educational community of people who share photos and information about all aspects of Maine’s wild birds.
How Boothbay Harbor became ground zero in Maine’s fight over working waterfront
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 2, 2018 

When Maine Preservation on Wednesday released its annual list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in the state, Boothbay Harbor’s working waterfront, the site of ongoing conflict over commercial development in recent years, was included. The historic preservation group’s designation adds to the latest controversy, a polarizing rezoning proposal that would allow hotels, recreational marinas and housing in what for 30 years has been a Maritime Zone on the east side of the harbor. Only 20 miles of mainland and island shoreline remain as working waterfront of Maine's 5,300 miles of coast. That 20 miles must support the commercial fishing industry, which brought in $636 million in 2016 and supported 35,000 jobs.
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