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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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Column: Turkey season is not a sprint
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

The birds were hammering from the roost before dawn and continued gobbling even after fly-down. We shared vocal volleys with two vociferous toms for a lengthy duration but just couldn’t coax them close enough to seal the deal. By the time they finally quit, the air was noticeably warmer and most of the other bird species had also ceased their morning chorus. And we were spent. I glanced at my watch and was stunned to read the time, 7 a.m. It felt like we’d spent an entire morning battling birds but it had only been a couple hours. The action was over but most of the day still lay ahead. That’s kind of what the whole turkey season is like. ~ Bob Humphrey
Opinion: Embrace alternative energy
Sun Journal - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

With the introduction of wind turbines to Western Maine came the argument that views obstructed amounted to the destruction of the natural landscape and, therefore, were a problem for tourism. The same argument is being used today to oppose the transmission of hydroelectric energy through Maine. The No. 1 concern for the environment is climate change. Alternative energy solutions must be embraced in order to preserve nature for future generations. ~ Jamie Beaulieu, Farmington
Letter: Direct defense funds toward alternative energy instead
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, May 26, 2019 

Why are there no companies from the U.S. listed as leaders in wind industry manufacturing? Know this: We have a deeply rooted congressional commitment to use our tax dollars to support a military-industrial complex. Most congressional districts in the country are beholden to the jobs that build the financially profitable infrastructure for endless war. Studies such as “Costs of War” show that tax dollars spent on building an alternative-energy infrastructure create far more jobs than military production. The most important security threat in the world is the climate crisis. Let’s change our priorities and pay BIW employees to convert their shipyard to start production of wind energy systems, light rail, tidal power and other renewable-energy products. ~ Mary Beth Sullivan, Brunswick
Forest rangers warn campers of risks of out-of-state firewood
WCSH-TV6 - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

With the start of the 2019 camping season this weekend, Maine Forest Rangers from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry have an important message they want you to know. Maine Forest Rangers will be going to various campgrounds throughout Maine this summer talking with campers about the risks of transporting out-of-state firewood. They are hoping to be able to gauge and raise awareness about the dangers untreated firewood pose to Maine forests. They are interested in just how much the public knows about the threat of invasive insects.
From family-friendly trails to challenging climbs, these Maine hiking hotspots are worth the trek
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Certain areas of Maine are hiking hotspots, places where you can easily plan out several days of wilderness walking. In these locations, you can find family-friendly treks to waterfalls and remote ponds, and you can also tackle more challenging climbs over rugged terrain to bald peaks and abandoned fire towers. A little insider knowledge and extra planning can help you embrace these beautiful and popular hiking destinations with success.
Opinion: Wayne residents should vote for conservation
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

The town of Wayne has a unique opportunity to provide for the protection and use of a tract of land that currently contributes significantly to its open space goal, at little cost to the town. This unique tract provides a major contribution to Wayne open spaces. To sell or otherwise fragment this land would jeopardize the linkage it provides to other lands, and degrade its significant natural values, including its diverse wildlife habitats, and recreational potentials. I urge Wayne voters to vote for long-term conservation on June 11. ~ Fred Hurley
Letter: Forest conservation contributes to Moosehead region’s progress
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Last week volunteers helped clear the treadway for a new trail north of Greenville. It’s just one of many new and improved trails that partners have completed in the area since 2012. Conserved forests are an essential part of these initiatives. Forests give us so much: Good jobs. Great communities. A glimpse into the past. A place for fish and wildlife to thrive. The chance to explore. As a land trust for Maine’s North Woods, the Forest Society of Maine is committed to sustaining these values. As Maine moves forward, let’s remember the Moosehead Lake region and its progress. At the edge of Maine’s largest lake, land conservation has laid the framework for a better future. ~ Karin Tilberg, Forest Society of Maine, Bangor
Letter: Further city waterfront restrictions won’t benefit fishermen
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Having fished commercially for over 30 years, I fear the mistake Portland’s about to make, approving damaging zoning on the waterfront. The culprit is policy that has systematically decimated smaller fishermen. Thanks to severe federal and state restrictions, climate change and short-sighted decisions to reward those who catch the most fish, commercial groundfishing is now corporate. Lobstering is next on the hit list. Politicians don’t like difficulty. Their zoning “solution” creates no new berthing for fishermen. It punishes others, and cuts tax revenue for infrastructure upgrades on the working waterfront. You hurt fishermen by slowing Portland’s economic engine. The answer is collaboration, not confrontation. ~ Craig A. Pendleton, Old Orchard Beach
Collins Introduces Legislation for Prevention and Treatment of Tick-Borne Illnesses
Maine Public - Friday, May 24, 2019 

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has introduced legislation that would authorize $100 million for the prevention and treatment of tick-borne illnesses. She says Lyme disease and other illnesses are expanding to more areas of the country and she wants the federal government to step up its efforts in a number of areas, like: “data collection and analysis, support early detection and diagnosis, improve treatment and heighten public awareness.” Collins’ measure would authorize $20 million per year to states, create a national oversight office to coordinate efforts, and authorize $10 million per year for five years for regional centers to study Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
80 animals seized from Corinna farm
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 24, 2019 

Eighty animals were seized Friday from a Corinna farm by the Animal Welfare Division of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The owner of the animals was hospitalized and unable to care for them.
Students From 1,600 Cities Just Walked Out of School to Protest Climate Change
TIME - Friday, May 24, 2019 

Hundreds of thousands of students around the world walked out of their schools and colleges Friday in the latest in a series of strikes urging action to address the climate crisis. According to event organizers Fridays for Future, over 1664 cities across 125 countries registered strike actions, with more expected to report turnouts in the coming days.
Maine Natural Gas Company Wants To Turn Cow Manure Into Renewable Energy
Maine Public - Friday, May 24, 2019 

Summit Utilities, which operates Summit Natural Gas of Maine, is building what is called a "Dairy Digester" in the Kennebec County town of Clinton. The company is investing about $20 million into the project. When it is finished, it will take waste manure form several dairy farms in the area, break it down in a system that resembles an enormous, airless compost bin, and then inject the gas that is one of the products of the process into Maine's grid to use for home heating.
Mills Criticizes Trump Administration's Aggressive Implementation of Tariffs
Maine Public - Friday, May 24, 2019 

With trade tensions escalating between the United States and China and a growing economic toll on Maine businesses — particularly lobster dealers — Gov. Janet Mills is emphasizing international trade as a vital part of the state's future. Mills said that as many as 4400 jobs in Maine have been put at risk by the tariffs. She called on Maine's business community to invest in new partnerships and innovations that would move the state forward. Those could include a more formal trade arrangement with Finland where government and the private sector have succeeded in finding new markets for the country's traditional wood products industries.
Brunswick students learn what it takes to go ‘From Mud to Table’
Times Record - Friday, May 24, 2019 

“From Mud to Table” ­— that’s the title of an Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) project being conducted by two Brunswick High School Seniors. The muddy part involves the invasive green crab population that likes to munch on valuable soft shell clams. And the table part is figuring out ways to eat them. The many steps in between are not without their challenges, but there are some innovative solutions in the works. This is what Ariana Edwards and Chloe Kilborn are documenting through a series of photographs and interviews.
Freeport brewery launches push to put more clean energy into its beer
Times Record - Friday, May 24, 2019 

Beer is more than just a mixture of water, grain, hops and yeast. Brewers know that each batch needs energy — the electricity to power the brewing system, to control the climate to heat the water, to bottle the beer, to refrigerate the finished product, to transport it where it needs to go. Behind every bottle of beer is a substantial carbon footprint — something that Maine Beer Company says it wants to reduce. The company launched a new clean energy initiative on Thursday to help increase renewable energy in the community and across the state.
Final design of Maine bicentennial flag unveiled
Maine Government News - Friday, May 24, 2019 

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap today finalized the design of the Maine bicentennial commemorative flag, to be on display statewide through 2020. The flag is comprised of a field of blue representing the sky; lighter blue across the bottom representing water, be that river, pond or ocean; and a pine tree moved off center to make the viewer feel like they are inside the forest, looking out.
One of the largest environmental protests ever is underway. It’s led by children.
Other - Friday, May 24, 2019 

A massive global youth-led protest demanding political action on climate change is underway Friday, with 2,300 school strikes planned in 150 countries. In previous strikes, youth have managed to shame some governments into action on climate change, but students around the world are skipping school today to demand even more. And activists are hoping it will be the largest demonstration for environmental action in history. The demands are clear: more aggressive targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to keep warming in check, with budgets and legal force to back them.
TPL scores Portland on parks
Trust for Public Land - Friday, May 24, 2019 

The Trust for Public Land has built a comprehensive database of local parks in the nearly 14,000 cities, towns and communities. According to TPL's ParkScore index, Portland, Maine:
• Has 105 parks
• 88% of residents live within a 10 minute walk of a park
• 8,692 people live outside a 10-minute walk to a park
• 7% of Portland's city land is used for parks and recreation
Maine’s one-stop shop for outdoors adventure gets an upgrade
Down East - Friday, May 24, 2019 

Stephen Engle, director of the Center for Community GIS, a Farmington-based company that provides digital mapping services, figured the web was the only medium that could hold a clearinghouse of trail info for hikers, mountain bikers, and paddlers. So, in 2010, CCGIS launched Maine Trail Finder, at first featuring a few dozen trails, mostly in Franklin County. Since then, the site’s coverage has grown to span the whole state. This spring, he and his team rolled out a sleek new look for the site.
‘Riverwalk: Swimming Upstream’ banners on display in Gardiner
Kennebec Journal - Friday, May 24, 2019 

Volunteers from Upstream recently installed 26 art banners designed to record and celebrate the restoration of the stream and Kennebec River as told by the people who made it happen. This exhibit also kicks off the celebration of 20th anniversary of the removal of Edwards Dam in Augusta and the revitalization of the Kennebec River.
Why Maine’s DIF&W commissioner took up hunting after a lifetime of being vegetarian
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 24, 2019 

Judy Camuso grew up in suburban Boston, and though she was always interested in various critters, was not from a hunting family. Now, as commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, she’s running the agency that manages the animals that Mainers hunt, and has become a hunter herself. That new job is not, however, the reason she has enthusiastically taken up the sport. It has to do with her health. “I was vegetarian for most of my life,” Camuso explained. “Because of some health issues, doctors have recommended that I include a lot more protein in my diet than I’m used to having. Given that, I wanted to be sourcing my protein locally.”
Outdoorsmen can be jerks. What hunting, fishing and hiking behaviors tick you off?
Bangor Daily News - Friday, May 24, 2019 

Outdoorsmen (and women, for that matter) can be jerks. What kind of hunting, fishing or hiking behaviors tick you off? How much is too much? What kinds of things can we do to make our outdoor pursuits more civil?
Letter: Editorial fails to recognize evolution in how we see animals
Portland Press Herald - Friday, May 24, 2019 

The Portland Press Herald’s May 16 editorial, while attempting to poke holes in the rights of animals by questioning whether or not a dog had legal standing in court, trivialized the very real problems society faces in protecting the welfare of animals. Regardless, if one believes animals should have rights or standing in a court of law, they nonetheless deserve respect and protection from those who would do them harm. As society evolves to recognize others’ rights, as it has with women and minorities, so has the language. Animals have always deserved the same, and now the time has come. ~ Don Kimball, South Portland
York lobster dealer wins national exporter award
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

A York lobster dealer has won a presidential award for contributing to American export growth. Maine Coast earned the 2019 President’s “E” Award for showing sustained growth over four years, but the administration’s escalating trade war with China has slowed that expansion. The company has made its mark selling lobster to China’s growing middle class. In February, in the days leading up to Chinese New Year, which used to be Maine Coast’s busiest time of year, company owner Tom Adams said that the U.S.-China trade war had cost him 90 percent of his China business.
Some ATV trails will be open May 25th
WAGM-TV - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

According to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, in order to provide some opportunities for riding, the following rail trails will be open beginning Saturday, May 25th, for Memorial Day weekend.
- Aroostook Valley Trail
- Bangor and Aroostook Trail
- Southern Bangor and Aroostook Trail from Houlton to Phair Junction, and
- St. John Valley Heritage Trail
Most other trails remain closed due to saturated soil conditions.
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