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Action Alert - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

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; hey, we're all connected). We have posted summaries and links to 60,000 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
Hike with the Ranger, Nov 24
Event - Posted - Sunday, November 17, 2019 

At Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport, November 24, 2 pm.
Friends of Baxter State Park online auction, ends Dec 4
Announcement - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Own a piece of Baxter State Park history. 20 retired park signs will be available in the 2019 auction. 50% of the proceeds go to Baxter State Park, and 50% supports Friends of Baxter State Park. Auction ends December 4 midnight.
Northern Forest Canoe Trail online auction, ends Dec 1
Announcement - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts can bid on amazing experiences and gear, for a good cause: supporting Northern Forest Canoe Trail stewardship and programming. Ends Dec 1, 12:59 PM.
The Original Meaning and Intent of the Maine Indian Land Claims, Nov 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Maria Girouard, Penobscot Nation tribal historian, community organizer, educator, and activist, will examine intentions and contentions associated with the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980, the historical context in which the act was framed, and ripple effects that have rocked the tribal-state relations ever since. At University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, Portland, November 21, 6 pm.
Restoring Your Historic House, Nov 21
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 14, 2019 

Architectural historian, Scott Hanson, talks about his latest book, "Restoring Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners." At Topsham Library, November 21, 6 pm.
Truth in Action, Nov 20-21
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 

Truth in Action is a daylong global conversation on the climate crisis and how we solve it led by Climate Reality Leaders, November 20-21.
Environmental Trivia Night, Nov 19
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 

Maine Conservation Voters and UMaine School of Law Energy & Environment Fellows are hosting an environmental-themed trivia night. At Maine Beer Company, Freeport, November 19, 6 pm.
Deep sea research and biostratigraphy, Nov 19
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 

Talk by Dr. Kevin McCartney, UMPI Professor of Geology. At University of Maine at Presque Isle, November 19, 12:30 pm.
Farmland Access & Transfer Conference, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Monday, November 11, 2019 

A day-long conference where farmers can learn strategies for succession planning, equity and affordability, securing farmland of their own, negotiating a lease agreement, etc. At Augusta Civic Center, November 18, 8 am - 3:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Farmland Trust and Land For Good.
Comment on Maine SCORP
Action Alert - Monday, November 11, 2019 

The 2020-2024 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan qualifies Maine to receive federal Land and Water Conservation funds and satisfies state legislative requirements associated with monitoring trends in outdoor recreation. Deadline for comments on the draft plan: November 22.
Open House: Passenger Rail's Future, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Monday, November 11, 2019 

Open house about the future of passenger rail service. Provide input on alternative schedules, inbound morning service from Wells to Brunswick, a new location for a Portland station, additional station locations, and potential expansions to Lewiston/ Auburn and Westbrook. At the Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick, November 18, 5:30 pm.
Help Wanted: Maine Conservation Corps
Announcement - Saturday, November 9, 2019 

The Maine Conservation Corps is hiring a Field Coordinator, Team Leader, and 900 Hour Environmental Stewards.
Maine Deer: Winter Weather Warriors, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 9, 2019 

Nathan Bieber, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife deer specialist, talks about wintering deer in Maine. At Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, November 16, 1 p.m.
Wabanaki Place: Language and Landscape, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 9, 2019 

Penobscot historian James E. Francis Sr. will share stories about the origin and meaning of geographic place names in what is now known as Maine, from a Wabanaki perspective. At Maine Historical Society, Portland, Nov 16, 2 pm.
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Letter: Don’t let powerline through western Maine
Morning Sentinel - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 

Columnist George Smith wrote a very good column with the headline, “Central Maine Power project wrong for Maine” (April 17). He wrote of his love for Maine’s wilderness, and I couldn’t agree with him more. Central Maine Power will make millions of dollars off this operation, and maybe more if they sell the trees. If they can do that, I would be angry because they would be taking jobs from smaller logging companies. They already have a lot of power lines. If they need more, they should be able to do it in an area where they don’t need to cut so many trees. ~ Marilyn Rogers-Bull, Solon
Letter: Noise pollution not taken seriously
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 

As Hallowell contemplates noise level increases, Maine Public in it’s Maine Calling show recently cited the increase in hearing loss and the need of aides and other devices to deal with the issue. Do you suppose their just might be a connection between the increase in noise and hearing loss and need for hearing aides? Noise pollution is the ignored pollution. Noise is one of the tools of the bully, and while media is happy to warn the rest to watch out for motorcycles, they seem reluctant to tell motorcyclists in turn to have some respect for the rights and hearing of others. ~ George Hunt, Gardiner
Letter: Solar incentives will help protect our planet
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 

Browntail moths thrive as our ecosystem becomes more unbalanced. Humanity is facing the stark fact that 1 million species are on the brink of extinction. Protecting our planet is not someone else’s problem. We need to face this issue head on, right here in Maine. Climate scientists are saying that we still have a small window of time to limit global warming, but we need brave and bold change now. While there are many ways to actively combat climate change, investing in renewable-energy projects today is tangible and highly beneficial. I implore our legislators to please vote to pass L.D. 1711 and promote solar energy projects in Maine. ~ Heather Abbott, Yarmouth
The Slithering Side Hustle
Other - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 

Maine Women Mag - In 2013, Laine Laliberte landed one of 25 a Maine elver fishery licenses. Nearly 1,200 elver licenses were issued or renewed in 2019, according to data from the Maine Department of Marine Resources, 39 percent of them to women.
Southern Maine is ‘tick central’ for state
Seacoast Online - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 

Mount Agamenticus and southern Maine in general are kind of “tick central” for the state of Maine. Robin Kerr, the Mount Agamenticus conservation coordinator, said this time of year ticks can be found in abundance on the mountain - and this spring has been particularly advantageous for the insect, with the cool weather and rain, just the conditions ticks like to thrive. But spring is also a great time to come to the mountain for a picnic or a hike on the trails, said Kerr. She’s always telling people, “Don’t let them stop you from enjoying the outdoors. You won’t get the heebee jeebees if you’re prepared."
New report outlines future of Maine land conservation
Boothbay Register - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 

All Mainers should be interested in a report recently issued by the Maine Land Conservation Task Force entitled “Shaping the Next Generation of Land Conservation in Maine.” The report makes a series of recommendations to governmental units and recreational and environmental groups about the revitalization of land conservation necessary to meet the future needs of Maine’s citizens. Maine’s new governor, Janet Mills, has said her administration will work with the Task Force to protect Maine’s natural resources, and bills have already been introduced in the Maine legislature to implement some of the report’s recommendations.
Column: Look for the elusive praying mantis egg cases
Foster's Daily Democrat - Tuesday, May 28, 2019 

While searching through a jumble of clay pots by the side of the garden I found a praying mantis egg case secured to the side of a pot. Praying mantises are awesome. They are large, charismatic insects with an intense, predatory stare. There are a few misconceptions about these animals that add to the mystique. One myth is the idea that you can use praying mantises as a natural form of pest control in your garden. Praying mantises do kill all sorts of insect pests, but they just as readily prey upon beneficial insects, pollinators like butterflies and bees. ~ Susan Pike
Right whale population decline linked to ocean warming, research says
The Guardian - Monday, May 27, 2019 

The endangered North Atlantic right whale faces increased odds because its main food supply has shifted due to ocean warming, according to new research. Scientists have been searching for an explanation for a precipitous decline in the North Atlantic right whale population, which has dropped from 482 in 2010 to about 411 today. A paper published this month in the journal Oceanography links an influx of warm water in 2010 to a reduction in the whales’ key food supply, a small crustacean, in the Gulf of Maine where the whales spend their summers.
How do we get kids outdoors?
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, May 27, 2019 

Don Kleiner, leader of the Maine Guides Association, recently attended a conference on this issue, and wrote: There are a number of good programs but I wonder if we are not adapting to their world and consequently are missing in the conversation. They are digital natives and most of the folks in the room with me were analog or digital transplants. I wonder what part of the conversation we are missing completely. How do we learn to speak in their language and develop products that they will connect with? This is a most basic customer question and how does the conservation community change to deliver in this situation? It seems so far like the conversation is mostly about making more customers like the ones we have and not about adapting to meet the customers that are now in the marketplace.
Opinion: Climate and energy solutions are more important than ever for Maine
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 27, 2019 

Climate and energy solutions are more important than ever for Maine, the United States and the world. We are feeling climate change impacts today in Maine; but the state is also home to incredible research and technological innovation. We traveled to Washington with scientists from nine other states who participated in efforts to share local climate change evidence related to erratic weather patterns, heat waves, rising seas, invasive species and threats to farms fisheries and industry. While we were encouraged by the reception we received from members of our Maine delegation, the congressional hearing we witnessed was an unambiguous reminder that we must continue to fight for bold climate action and reach across the aisle to achieve the required solutions. ~ Robert H. Dodge, Idexx Laboratories (retired); Nichole Price, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; and Theodore V. Willis, University of Southern Maine
Maine plans to become net energy exporter
Associated Press - Monday, May 27, 2019 

Maine is on track to come up with a plan to become a net exporter of energy by 2030. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills recently signed the bill into law as part of efforts to promote renewable energy. Rep. Brian Hubbell has said renewable energy such as hydropower, wind and biomass already make up 36% of Maine's total energy usage. Federal data shows imported carbon fuels produce 90 of the 120 terawatt-hours of energy that Maine consumes each year. The legislation directs the Governor's Energy Office to analyze how the state can become a net exporter of energy by 2030. [Ed note: Contrary to claims, biomass electricity is not carbon neutral.]
Cold, wet spring puts a damper on Maine farmers
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 27, 2019 

Maine farmers have been struggling with cold, wet and overcast weather all spring. There was also a late snow melt to contend with this spring, and that has made the ground wetter than usual. To handle the wet weather, some local farms have had to delay planting crops, such as cucumbers and peas, because their fields are too wet. Others have had to change their plans, shifting crops they’d intended for one section of the farm to higher ground.
Letter: Animal legal rights are no joke
Portland Press Herald - Monday, May 27, 2019 

I disagree with your May 16 editorial. Animal law is not a joke. It is taught in almost every American law school and such courses only skim the vast body of law pertaining to animals. And of course, animal law will continue to evolve, just like every other body of law. ~ Beth Gallie, attorney and president, Maine Animal Coalition, South Portland
Letter: Revitalizing mill communities
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 27, 2019 

Maine’s forest industry is still a vital part of the state’s economy. However, between 2013 and 2015, Maine lost mills in six different communities. Hundreds of people were left unemployed, and in many cases, municipal budgets were severely stressed from the loss of a commercial tax base. The forest industry can grow, but it must include diversification. In order to incentivize emerging technologies to locate in Maine, lawmakers must pass LD 1698, a renewable chemicals production tax credit. This will revitalize economically distressed Maine mill communities, and diversify our forest products industry so that it may see continued growth and success in the future. ~ Peggy Daigle, East Millinocket
Belfast Bay Watershed heads out for annual Cathy Morgan Bird Week
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

Cathy Morgan Bird Week, May 11-18, was an unusually cold and wet week. Many of the usual species such as red-eyed vireos, indigo buntings, scarlet tanagers had not arrived yet . Nevertheless, we persisted all week wearing our winter coats and raincoats, rubber boots on wet rails and fields, and took two trips by canoe. In all, we spotted 90 species we could identify.
Forest rangers rescue hiker on Tumbledown Mountain
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

A woman was rescued from Tumbledown Mountain on Sunday afternoon after she was injured while hiking. Maine forest rangers said the hiker, who was not identified, was flown to a waiting ambulance with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
Central Maine farmers wait for planting weather
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

For people who make their living growing food and flowers, the end of May is generally a busy time of year. Farmers say the wet, cool spring has delayed planting and compelled farms to wait until conditions favor planting. The weather forecast for the region calls for more waiting this week.
Joining biking trails and bringing money to New England
Associated Press - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

Looking to give an economic boost to rural parts of New England, one group is turning to mountain bikers for help. The new initiative called the Borderlands covers 250 miles of trails in seven areas of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, and also takes riders to Quebec. The seven bike organizations behind the trails say mountain bikers will get to see a diverse picture of New England, passing through forests and berms, over bridges, through idyllic villages, and past a few craft breweries. “We’re super stoked and excited about it,” said Jim Tasse, of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
Fishermen face another quota cut that could raise lobster prices
Associated Press - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

Fishermen already dealing with a dramatic reduction in the amount of a key bait fish they are allowed to harvest will likely face an additional cut next year that could drive up the price of lobster for consumers. Regulators on the East Coast are contending with a drop in the population of herring, a key forage fish species that has been used as lobster bait for generations. Cuts in catch quota this year will mean the total haul for 2019 will be less than a fifth of the 2014 harvest, which was more than 200 million pounds.
Bald eagle, the oldest documented in Maine, is euthanized after a fall
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

One of the oldest bald eagles ever documented in America died over the Memorial Day weekend at a wild bird sanctuary in Maine. The female bald eagle was banded as a nestling in Canada in June 1983, rescued in Maine in the spring of 2017 after an apparent fight with another eagle and euthanized Saturday at Avian Haven in Freedom, which had cared for the eagle since her rescue. The bald eagle was the oldest documented in Maine, at nearly 36 years.
Maine animal rights organizations are upping the ante with billboards, subway ads and unsettling videos
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

A spike in web traffic generated by a Boston billboard urging drivers to “Ditch Dairy” crashed the servers hosting the Peace Ridge Sanctuary website in December. The nonprofit animal rescue, which is located in the midcoast town of Brooks, is one of a handful of Maine organizations that are growing more bold in their efforts to urge people to stop eating animal products. What is driving these Maine organizations to ramp up their activism now? The groups I talked to offered varied and mostly circumstantial reasons. But my hunch is this: desperate times, desperate measures.
Former Gov. Kenneth Curtis and the emergence of the modern Maine government
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

Meet Kenneth Curtis, the Democrat who won Republican support in guiding Maine through one of the most eventful periods of its history — 1967 to 1975. Under his leadership, our present system of governmental administration emerged. The foundation for the state’s regulation of the environment, the Site Location of Development Act along with the creation of the Department of Environmental Protection, was enacted in his first term. By 1972, during his second term, 232 independent agencies gave way to ten departments whose commissioners serve concurrently with Maine's governor. This achievement, taken with such other landmarks of the Curtis years as enactment of the income tax, were all the more remarkable because they were put into law by a house and senate always controlled by Republicans.
‘Conditions are ripe’ for punishing tick season in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

Ticks have begun to emerge in the woods and fields after a rainy spring, and as the weather warms and sunny days unfold, Mainers and the tourists who begin arriving this Memorial Day weekend are facing another onslaught of Lyme disease and other tick-borne afflictions. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has already reported 146 Lyme cases through May 23. So far, 41 percent of the 400 deer ticks sent to the University of Maine’s tick lab have tested positive for Lyme, with 8 percent carrying anaplasmosis, another tick-borne disease.
More millennials are birding, around the country and in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

Since National Audubon began tracking its demographics more closely, it has seen an uptick in the number of members in their 20s and 30s, from 9 percent of their 1 million members in 2017 to 12 percent of the organization’s 1.4 million membership this year. Maine Audubon staff naturalist Doug Hitchcox, 30, said it’s not unusual to go on a guided bird walk these days and see millennial birders – a stark change from a decade ago when he started birding. “I’m seeing more millennial mothers with children coming on free bird walks,” said Bob Duchesne, founder of the Maine Birding Trail. Maine millennials give a variety of reasons they like to bird, chief among them a desire for a deeper connection to nature.
Column: It takes a lot of fuel to complete a migration
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

Spring migration is a wonderful event. We marvel at the sudden appearance of birds, dressed in their breeding finery with males singing lustily. The spring migration lifts our spirits. Understanding the physiological demands of migration makes the spring migration even more astounding. Meeting energy demands is more difficult for birds, particularly small birds, than for any other animals. ~ Herb Wilson
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