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Announcement - Friday, November 17, 2017 

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Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award
Announcement - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

The Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award given by Maine Woods Forever recognizes young people and youth organizations whose efforts are in the spirit of Roosevelt’s conservation ethic and achievements, and recognizes what Maine’s young people are doing to conserve our forest heritage, with an eye to their potential as future conservation leaders. Deadline for Nominations: January 31, 2018.
Block Trump's dangerous climate denier from the CEQ
Action Alert - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump's pick to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, isn't just your run-of-the-mill, extreme right-wing climate-denier. She's a senior fellow at the Koch brothers and Exxon-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation. She believes carbon dioxide is harmless "plant food," equates belief in climate change to "paganism," calls solar and wind power "unreliable and parasitic," and asserts that coal use in the 1800s ended slavery in the United States.
AMC Maine Chapter Annual Meeting, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

Speakers: Steve Tatko, Appalachian Mountain Club’s Land Manager, will talk on the AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative. Jed Williamson will talk on Accidents in Outdoor Pursuits - Their Causes and Cures. At Portland, November 18.
Conserving Maine’s Bats: A Workshop for Woodland Owners, Foresters and Loggers, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Maine Department of Transportation, will hold a workshop on Maine bats. At Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, November 16, 9-10:30 am.
Nature Based Fiction & Truth, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Sandra Neily will discuss novel ways to elevate conservation, nature based economics as well as outdoor-themed fiction. She will sign and read from her novel, "Deadly Trespass." At Curtis Library, Brunswick, November 16, 7 pm. Hosted by Maine Appalachian Mt. Club.
Little Long Pond: A Field Guide to Four Seasons, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Author talk and book signing with Samuel Eliot and John Rivers. At Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, November 16, 7 pm.
Nature Based Fiction & Truth, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 

Sandra Neily will discuss nature-based fiction as well as sign and read from her debut novel, "Deadly Trespass." At Shaw Memorial Library, Greenville, November 15, 6 pm.
Seeing the Future Forest Through the Trees: Potential Changes and Management Responses, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 

Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli will discuss how can forest managers can respond to ongoing and projected changes. At UMaine at Machias, November 15, 6:30 pm.
Online sustainability journal ‘Spire’ invites submissions
Announcement - Tuesday, November 7, 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. Deadline: Dec 10.
Oil Drilling Means Oil Spilling
Action Alert - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

You still have time to stop the Trump Administration from paying for tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires by opening oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Mainers have nothing to gain and everything to lose from this dangerous scheme. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Maine Farmland Trust Annual Meeting, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Speakers: Amber Lambke, Maine Grains; Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co.; and Sara Williams, Aurora Mills & Farm. At United Farmers Market Building, Belfast, November 14, 5:30-8 pm.
Mushing in Maine and Beyond, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Polly Mahoney of Mahoosuc Guide Service will share her dogsledding experiences from the Yukon Territory to Maine to Nunavut and northern Quebec. She will bring a couple of her friendly sled dogs. At Bangor Public Library, November 14, 6 pm.
Baxter State Park sign auction, thru Dec 6
Announcement - Monday, November 6, 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.
Last Chance to Enter the Grand Drawing to Help Casco Bay, Nov 13
Announcement - Monday, November 6, 2017 

You have until 11:59 pm, November 13, to enter Friends of Casco Bay’s Grand Drawing. $25 could get you the perfect gift. Each of the four fabulous prizes is valued at $1,500 or more.
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Opinion: Our opportunity to bring NAFTA into the 21st century is slipping away
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

Free trade across America’s northern border is at risk of remaining frozen in the 1990s as the veneer of hopeful rhetoric fades from the NAFTA negotiating table. That’s bad news in New England and Atlantic Canada, where time-tested trading partners would have benefited from the fulfillment of a more modern, inclusive reboot of the deal. Although two of the region’s top trade commodities, energy and lumber, fall largely outside the parameters of NAFTA, the renegotiation might have struck pay dirt for this northeastern part of North America, which relies on shrewd partnerships and ambitious dealmaking to compete globally. Instead, defensive reflexes have crowded out the best intentions of dragging the trade deal into this decade and the ones that lay ahead. ~ Jesse Robichaud
Maine Wildlife Park Recovers From Storm, Closes For Season
Associated Press - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

Officials at a Maine park for native animals say the facility has recovered from the damage done by a heavy fall storm. The Maine Wildlife Park had to shut down for three days due to the damage from the Oct. 30 storm. The park reopened without power for the rest of that week. Maine Wildlife Park Superintendent Curt Johnson says power was later restored. Some of the animals at the park are not able to survive in the wild. There are more than 30 species of Maine animals in the park including bears, moose and bobcats. The wildlife park closed for the year on Sunday. It reopens in April.
This book will inspire you to get outside and write about it
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

The Naturalist’s Notebook will inspire you to get outside and write about it in a journal. Authors Nat Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich even include a 5-year calendar-journal for you to use.
Landfill problems pile up, dimming Portland’s plan for solar array
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

The state has ordered Portland to do more work to secure the city’s leaking landfill before Maine’s largest city can move forward with its solar farm installation at the Ocean Avenue site. The state also recently ordered the city to undo some of its repairs at the site because the city had not fully tested soils spread on the hill and because a newly installed fence might have caused more damage to the landfill’s cap.
Letter: Deaths tied to climate change will keep rising unless action is taken
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

On Nov. 3, the Trump administration released a comprehensive scientific report that concluded that human activity is the primary contributor to climate change, saying there is “no convincing alternative explanation.” This is quite comical, considering this directly contradicts the stance taken by President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who have rejected climate science and even taken steps to censor scientists at the EPA. We should be focused on putting forth more science-based solutions. Solutions that will be good for everyone, not just the dirty-energy insiders who profit off the continued destruction of our planet. ~ Jessica Shvakhman, Portland
Irving Oil Reaches Multimillion-Dollar Settlement In Lac-Megantic Disaster
Maine Public - Monday, November 13, 2017 

The Canadian federal government has reached a settlement with Irving Oil, four years after the deadly Lac-Megantic derailment in which 47 people died. The Saint John, New Brunswick-based company pleaded guilty last month to 34 charges relating to the misclassification of rail shipments of crude oil and improper training of employees. The company was fined more than 400,000 Canadian dollars (about $314,000) in Saint John Provincial Court and ordered to pay almost 3.6 million CA$ ($2.82 million) for research programs in the field of safety standards.
Maine's Allowable Scallop Catch To Remain Same As Last Year
Associated Press - Monday, November 13, 2017 

The Maine Department of Marine Resources says its advisory council has approved the specifications for the 2017-18 scallop fishing season. Last year, fishermen were allowed to harvested 15 gallons of scallops per day in the Cobscook Bay area and 10 gallons per day in the rest of the state. Those numbers will hold in the coming season. The scallop season will begin on Dec. 1 and last until April 15.
Inside Trump’s Cruel Campaign Against the U.S.D.A.’s Scientists
Other - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Vanity Fair - The folks at the Department of Agriculture laid on a friendly welcome for the Trump transition team, but they soon discovered that most of his appointees were stunningly unqualified. With key U.S.D.A. programs—from national forests to food stamps, to grants and loans for rural development, to school lunches—under siege, the agency’s greatest problem is that even the people it helps most don’t know what it does. If you took a follow-the-money approach to what might go wrong inside the U.S.D.A., you ended up inside the box run by Kevin Concannon. I found him at home in the woods of Maine.
Hike and shop local, 5 Maine day trips great for the holiday season
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Monday, November 13, 2017 

As the holidays approach, I often like to pair my weekend outdoor adventures with a little shopping, chipping away at the list of gifts before Christmas arrives. I like to think I’m somewhat of an expert at both activities — hiking and shopping — and so I’ve created a short list, for those interested, of great shopping spots in Maine paired with nearby hiking trails that are ideal for this chilly time of year.
From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders
The Guardian - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Climate change is destroying the many of the greatest wonders of the natural world. A new report on Monday from the International Union for Conservation of Nature reveals that the number of natural world heritage sites being damaged and at risk from global warming has almost doubled in the past three years.
Report: World backsliding on curbing carbon emissions
Associated Press - Monday, November 13, 2017 

As a new report showed the world backsliding on curbing carbon emissions, observers at global climate talks said Monday it might fall to ministers to break a deadlock over issues such as compensation for countries hardest-hit by global warming. The talks in Germany, now in their second week, are intended to hammer out some of the nitty-gritty details for implementing the 2015 Paris climate accord. Participating countries agreed to keep global warming significantly below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F.) Much of the focus at the Nov. 6-17 meeting is on the United States, following President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would pull out of the Paris accord.
The Allure and Perils of Hydropower
Other - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Damming rivers may seem like a clean and easy energy solution. But the devil is in the details.
Opinion: Incentives for electric vehicles provide alternative to oil dependence
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Electric vehicles are a winner for Maine, benefiting the state’s economy and America’s economic and national security. As we near the tipping point for consumer demand, the federal electric vehicle tax credit is crucial, but Washington seems prepared to take it away. To do so at such a critical time is penny-wise but pound-foolish. Urge Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to keep this vital incentive that will decrease our dependence on oil, increase choice for Mainers looking to save money and reduce their carbon footprint, and lower the susceptibility of Maine’s economy to the vagaries of international oil markets. ~ Sean Mahoney, Conservation Law Foundation
Global carbon pollution rises after 3 straight flat years
Associated Press - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Global carbon pollution rose this year after three straight years when levels of the heat-trapping gas didn’t go up at all, scientists reported Monday. Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are up about 2 percent this year, according to an international team of scientists. The top five carbon polluting countries are China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan. Europe taken as a whole, would rank third.
Proposal Would Protect Clam, Worm Harvest Around Acadia
Associated Press - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Sen. Angus King, an independent, and Susan Collins, a Republican, are introducing the bill in the U.S. Senate. They say generations of clam and worm harvesters have made their living on flats near Acadia National Park, and the government must allow them to keep doing so. The senators say clam and worm harvesters have raised concerns that they wouldn't be able to continue their work due to enforcement from the National Park Service. Their bill would make sure the harvest will be protected in the future.
Conservation awards go to some outstanding people
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Some outstanding conservationists won awards recently from the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Awards went to a couple of school girls, a scientist, a pair of car repair shop owners/operators, and a videographer. With congratulations to all award winners, here they are.
Auburn fighting for recreation in next Barker Mill Dam license
Sun Journal - Monday, November 13, 2017 

With the Barker Mill Dam license set to expire in 2019, officials in Auburn are already working with stakeholders to negotiate the next phase for the dam on the Little Androscoggin River — and they’re hoping that means more recreational opportunities. Representatives from the National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Park Service's hydro program and American Whitewater are scheduled to attend a Monday meeting.
Fears, language barrier add to problems with lead poisoning for new Mainers
Sun Journal - Monday, November 13, 2017 

After years of attention and millions of dollars spent on mitigating problem areas, lead paint continues to chip off walls and fill the air with fine lead dust. Lewiston remains the worst area in the state for lead poisoning. While lead is a potential problem for all children, it can be particularly difficult for new immigrant families to deal with. Parents usually have no knowledge of lead before they move into the city. They don’t know their rights when renting an apartment that could have lead. They fear speaking up, even when their child is sick — sometimes especially when their child is sick, because they don’t want to look like they can’t take care of their children.
A feather in his cap: Scarborough man to be honored for collection of bird art
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 13, 2017 

The first time Eddie Woodin of Scarborough went birding, he was 9 years old. He borrowed his parents’ low-power opera glasses and a 1950s-era field guide, and that first time out in the woods near his home in Concord, Massachusetts, he spotted a Tennessee warbler in a spruce tree. He’s been a birder since, and, more recently, an obsessive collector of bird art. On Tuesday, Woodin will receive an award from Historic New England.
Cape Elizabeth steps up fight against winter moth devastation
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Cape Elizabeth is ground zero for winter moth devastation, and the town is stepping up efforts to combat the insect that has already destroyed more than 300 acres of oak trees here. About 50 volunteers braved freezing winds Saturday morning to arm the park’s trees against the anticipated onslaught.
Tick-borne anaplasmosis surging in Maine – and it’s worse than Lyme
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Reported cases of a tick-borne disease are swelling in Maine this year, but it’s not Lyme disease. Cases of anaplasmosis, an illness with flu-like symptoms that are similar to Lyme but typically more severe, have jumped from 52 a year in Maine five years ago to 433 this year, through Oct. 24, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Of this year’s 433 cases, 113 were hospitalized, according to Maine CDC statistics. The deer tick, the same tick that’s a carrier for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, is also a carrier for anaplasmosis.
Vermont wind-turbine noise rules displease everyone
Associated Press - Monday, November 13, 2017 

An effort by Vermont utility regulators to settle the long-standing, contentious issue of how much noise neighbors of industrial wind projects should be subject to ended up upsetting both proponents of wind power and those who say the noise poses a health risk to people who live near turbines. Proponents of using industrial wind projects as part of the long-term goal of getting 90 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2050 say the new wind rules will make achieving that goal more difficult, if not impossible. Opponents counter noise levels are an unreasonable burden for people who live near the turbines.
Editorial: Land for Maine’s Future board proves that conservation program has integrity
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Gov. LePage has never been a big fan of Land for Maine’s Future. “You rub my back, I’ll rub your back and we’ll make some money,” he said. So when one of his campaign contributors applied for $1.25 million for the development rights to a 23,000-acre commercial maple sugar forest along the Quebec border, a lot of people worried that LePage might be right. With the decision not to fund the Big Six project, the LMF board proved that the governor had been wrong. Considering that means taxpayer money has not been wasted all these years, even he should be happy to hear that.
Letter: Combat climate change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Recently, the Government Accountability Office published a report, “Climate Change: Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure,” which was requested by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Maria Cantwell, D-Washington. The report says the economic loss from natural disasters over the last decade exceeds $300 billion. The report also says if hurricanes and wildfires continue as they did this year, the annual cost will reach $35 billion by 2050. I urge Collins to support a carbon fee and dividend model and to sign on to the proposed End Polluter Welfare Act to combat climate change. ~ Samantha Le, Bangor
UNH professor uses GIS mapping to help protect species
Other - Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Union Leader - Geographic information systems are designed to capture, manipulate, analyze and manage all types of information. Russell Congalton of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station said analysts layer the data on top of each other to help them solve a specific problem. For example, in the mid-1990s, Congalton and a team of students set out to see if the small whorled pogonia should be protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. They created a mapping database using information they discovered about the rare orchid. A vast majority of the known plants are found in New Hampshire and Maine.
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