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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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Obituary: David R. Getchell, Sr.
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

David R. Getchell, Sr., 89, author, editor and outdoorsman, died on November 10. Over the course of 22 years, he was managing editor and editor of the Maine Coast Fisherman, National Fisherman, and founding editor of the Small Boat Journal and the Mariner's Catalog in Camden. Later, he co-founded the Maine Island Trail and created the Georges Highland Path, a 40-mile-long hiking trail system in the midcoast for Georges River Land Trust. Active in the founding or operation of several nonprofit environmental organizations, he always made time for his favorite sport of surf fishing.
Maine Warden Service blames hunters for getting stuck in bog
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

The Maine Warden Service on Tuesday blamed poor decision making and a lack of planning by a group of hunters for their getting stuck in a New Gloucester bog Monday evening. They were later rescued. Capt. Scott Doyle of the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Department said the hunters were “cold and wet up to their hips” when they were rescued. But all of them refused medical treatment. “Their combined poor decision making created an unnecessary response by emergency personnel based on their lack of planning and unpreparedness,” MacDonald said. “Fortunately, the young woman involved, who showed signs of hypothermia, made her way out with the others before things became more urgent for her.”
EPA seeks to rewrite truck emissions rules
Associated Press - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to rewrite rules that limit pollution from heavy trucks. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said, “We are doing it because it’s good for the environment.”
Skowhegan accepts $93,000 more for Run of River park project
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

Another round of cash infusion for the planned $4.96 million Run of River white-water recreation park in downtown Skowhegan was approved Tuesday night when the Board of Selectmen accepted $93,000 from Main Street Skowhegan. The funding comes in conjunction with a vote by Somerset County commissioners to award the project $40,000 from the Community Benefit Account. The project has been promised $25,000 from the Quimby Family Foundation and a matching $25,000 from the Maine Community Foundation’s donor-advised fund, as well as another $15,000 donated last year for the study of the river bottom. County commissioners also agreed to award Maine Huts and Trails $35,000 from the county tax increment financing (TIF) district.
Maine Maritime announces deal to place training center at Bucksport mill site
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

Maine Maritime Academy is proceeding with plans to create an annex at the former Verso Paper mill site in Bucksport. If all goes as planned, the 2,400 MMA students and professional mariners the educational center is expected to serve would add a new customer base to the Hancock County town of 4,900. Bucksport has sought ways to reinvent itself following the 2014 closure of the paper mill, which employed more than 500 people. The annex will be near a $250 million salmon farm due to break ground at the mill site in spring 2019. The center will train academy students; help mariners maintain required certifications; and train visiting firefighters, offshore wind and oil-rig workers in fire safety and water rescue.
Editorial: Republicans strategy to terminate democracy is making American grate again
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

Republicans, led by Donald Trump, are jamming as many wrenches into the gears of electoral politics as possible. Just in the past day, they have demanded recounts stop in races across the country. In Maine, they filed a lawsuit to stop the recount in the Poliquin-Golden race for the second congressional district seat. Why? They fear voters chose other candidates. If you cannot win fair and square, throw a tantrum, scream fraud, and hope to get away with it. If they get away with it, kiss your democracy good-bye.
Wood ash from fireplaces, stoves can sometimes help the soil
Associated Press - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

For gardeners who heat their homes in winter using stoves or fireplaces, good-quality wood ashes can be a soil-amendment bonus. But if applied improperly, they can be a caustic topping for foliage-heavy plants and seedlings. The primary benefits of recycling wood ash into the soil are for fertilizing and raising pH levels to make soil less acidic. Avoid using fireplace or wood ashes from pressure-treated wood, painted wood and cardboard. They carry chemicals that can harm plants. The same goes for charcoal residue from BBQ grills, fake fireplace logs and coal.
Maine blueberries, potatoes among crops to receive federal help
Associated Press - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

The federal government is investing more than a half million dollars in Maine to help boost production of crops including state staples like potatoes and blueberries. Maine Agriculture Commissioner Walter Whitcomb says the state is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to help food producers in the state. The program has been used over the years to improve Maine’s harvest of everything from hops to honey.
Opinion: Start listening, folks: All-out effort needed to prevent climate disaster
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 

The recent report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was stunning in its findings and implications. The media have used the words “dire” and “grim.” But is anybody listening? Our greenhouse-gas emissions have so warmed the global biosphere that we are now subject to a wide array of devastating climate impacts. The climate crisis is the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced, demanding that individuals, governments and business entities the world over do their part to meet the ensuing challenges. This nation has made dramatic societal transformations in short periods of time when the situation called for it – as a response to two world wars and the Great Depression. Responding to the world’s climate crisis requires such a transformation. ~ Joe Hardy, Wells
Why Is the Gulf of Maine Warming Faster Than 99% of the Ocean?
Other - Monday, November 12, 2018 

The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the rest of the ocean. This year, the Gulf has experienced only 45 days with what have not been considered heat wave temperatures. Such persistent warmth can set off a series of other cascading effects on the marine life and fisheries that have historically defined the culture and economy of this region’s coastline. But what, exactly, makes this region such an acute hot spot for ocean warming? Scientists believe the Gulf of Maine’s C shape and the broad underwater plateau of Georges Bank keep warm water blocked in place longer than it would in more free-flowing systems.
Three hunters rescued after getting stuck in New Gloucester bog
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 12, 2018 

Three hunters got stuck in a bog in New Gloucester on Monday evening and were “cold and wet up to their hips” when they were later rescued. The hunters became stuck in a bog off 495 Intervale Road. The hunters’ call for help – sent via an Apple Watch – was received around 6:30 p.m. Twenty staffers from the fire and rescue department responded, as did members of the Maine Warden Service. The hunters’ cellphone coordinates helped rescue teams locate them.
Maine’s biggest mountains opening for ski season
Morning Sentinel - Monday, November 12, 2018 

Sugarloaf Mountain and Sunday River will both be open on a daily basis by the end of the week, while smaller ski areas are aiming for December.
Public invited to workshop Wednesday to help redesign Waterville park
Morning Sentinel - Monday, November 12, 2018 

The public on Wednesday is invited to a workshop to help decide what Castonguay Square will look like in the future. The workshop is the second of three workshops being held to help redesign the square, located next to City Hall downtown. Wednesday’s session will focus on interactive visioning, sketching and designing to synthesize the principles and ideas discussed at the first workshop. At that workshop, participants discussed features in Castonguay Square they thought should be kept in the park, including the big, old elm tree and the horse watering trough.
Brunswick oyster company plans expansion, but opponents warn of shell game
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 12, 2018 

Signs calling to “Stop the oyster factory” line Mere Point Road, dotting dozens of tree trunks and property lines on the roadsides leading all the way to the boat launch. The subject of residents’ ire: An unassuming business based out of a large red barn known as the Mere Point Oyster Co., now in its third year, that operates on about a quarter-acre on Maquoit Bay. That small operation might not be so small for much longer. Owners Doug Niven and Dan Devereaux have applied for a 10-year, 40-acre lease in Maquoit Bay in the area south of Bunganuc Rock and west of the Mere Point peninsula.
Regulators to vote on keeping shrimp fishery shut
Associated Press - Monday, November 12, 2018 

Fishing managers will decide this week if New England’s fishery for shrimp must remain closed because of concerns about the environment and the animal’s population. The shrimp fishery, based mostly in Maine, has been closed since 2013. A recent scientific analysis of the shrimp population says it remains in bad shape. The warming of the Gulf of Maine is one factor.
Retailers Plan To Clear Deadly Paint Removers From Shelves, As EPA Delays Ban
Maine Public - Monday, November 12, 2018 

In recent months, some retailers have said they will stop selling products that contain methylene chloride (DCM) and a second chemical, N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP). But under the Trump administration, federal regulators have repeatedly delayed a ban that has been in the works for years. Since 1980, more than 50 deaths had been attributed to methylene chloride. Clarence Lam, a public health professor at Johns Hopkins University, notes that the chemical industry, "is very well funded when it comes to their team of lobbyists." Today, it's still legal to sell products containing both chemicals. Health and safety experts caution consumers to avoid using them — especially indoors.
Should permission be required to hunt private land?
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, November 12, 2018 

I work to develop good relationships with all of those private landowners who allow me to hunt on their property because I believe that is a very special privilege. For years I’ve encouraged hunters to do the same thing. You probably know that in most states you cannot hunt on private land without permission. And it’s been a great opportunity for Maine hunters to hunt private land without permission. But times are changing and I think we need to give some thoughtful consideration to whether this needs to change.
Maine author Lisa Steele thinks raising chickens can be pretty and practical
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 12, 2018 

The intersection of beauty and functionality is where Lisa Steele thrives. She obsesses over the health of her chickens, keenly observing which herbs her chickens gravitate toward to ease their ailments so she can be better prepared to treat them (Steele can’t believe how many backyard farmers still use antibiotics when there are so many natural remedies). She formulates feed recipes with a special consideration for the vitamins and amino acids chickens need to thrive. But she also derives much of her inspiration for the creative coop content posted on her website, Fresh Eggs Daily, from DIY blogs. It has proven lucrative: since Steele started her backyard fowl farming venture in 2009, she has written five books, traveled the country giving talks and presentations to aspiring chicken farmers, and amassed a loyal online following with hundreds of thousands of followers.
Editorial: Will the business outlook improve in Maine under Gov.-elect Janet Mills?
Mainebiz - Monday, November 12, 2018 

Gov.-elect Janet Mills laid out a rudimentary outline in her campaign of what she'd do to feed the state's economy. It sounds like seed money that comes through state-funded programs should remain a key piece of potential funding for small businesses — whether the funding comes directly from the state or indirectly through sources like Maine Technology Institute, which relies on other funding sources as well. More than money, though, Maine needs an advocate and an influencer, someone who can help help shake loose other lines of funding, whether from the federal government, foundations or other grant sources. Will Gov.-elect Mills be that person? Time will tell.
Letter: Power-line mitigation fee nothing but a bribe
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 12, 2018 

At a recent Public Utilities Commission conference, it was noted that Central Maine Power, Hydro-Quebec and Public Advocate Barry Hobbins are in discussions about a possible mitigation payment from Hydro-Quebec. Maine is not for sale. Huge corporations shouldn’t be allowed to take advantage of us as long as they make a big enough bribe, and Maine should not get in the habit of extorting big payments from corporations as a condition of doing business in our state. This would be a terrible precedent. We hope the PUC will make its decision based on the record in front of them and determine there is no public need in Maine for NECEC. ~ Sandra Howard, Caratunk
Letter: Fish farm questions
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 12, 2018 

My husband, daughters and I moved to the Belfast area because we needed a rest. After years of fighting in New York against every big issue coming against our quality of life, like big propane and electric pipelines traveling side by side 100 feet away from a nuclear plant, we had seen too much of big corporations greed. Reading about the proposed Nordic Aquafarms project, it is hard to believe that people nowadays aren’t realizing what multi-million dollar corporations are all about. These fishes aren’t even going to be for local consumption. What could the water in Penobscot Bay look like in five years? Will there be some GMO fish? Could the company be sold to another one, less environmentally friendly? So many unanswered questions. ~ Nancy Durand Lanson, Monroe
Letter: Mills fighting for Moosehead region
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 12, 2018 

For many years here in northern Piscataquis County, winter meant bluebird ski days at our very own ski resort, Big Moose Mountain. Unfortunately, the current owner has let the property fall into disrepair, choosing not to adhere to the requirements included by the state of Maine in the deed when it was sold. The deed requires the new owners to keep the resort viable in exchange for a well below market acquisition price. Instead, our mountain looms in the skyline, not as a ski resort generating income and jobs, but as a sobering reminder of a missed opportunity to grow our local economy. Thankfully, Attorney General Janet Mills is leading an effort to defend our interests. Hopefully, the result will be a change of owner to one who recognizes the value of operating a viable winter sports facility. ~ John Wentworth, Monson
Vital to the region’s waters, kelp suffers as the Gulf of Maine warms
Boston Globe - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Doug Rasher reached into the briny chop of the Damariscotta River and pulled out a blade of caramel-colored kelp. The marine ecologist pointed to thousands of parasitic organisms that had formed crust-like colonies all along the kelp’s curving folds. The colonies hinder its growth and make it more likely the weighed-down stems detach from their rocky reefs and float away as lifeless seaweed. The tiny parasites are thriving in the rapidly warming waters of the Gulf of Maine, posing a growing threat to the region’s kelp. A critical habitat for a range of sea creatures, kelp absorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, helping to blunt global warming and curb ocean acidification.
Fishermen launch campaign to protect Portland’s working waterfront from development
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Dozens of fishermen, their families and friends gathered at a pub on Portland’s waterfront Sunday to kick off what could turn out to be a historic campaign to save their industry from extinction. Citizens behind the movement to freeze or contain development on the waterfront are seeking a referendum that aims to protect the working waterfront zone on Commercial Street by restoring the water dependency use requirement – adopted by referendum in 1987 – that they claim has been slowly eroded by dozens of zoning amendments the City Council has passed at the urging of developers and waterfront property owners.
Coastal warming hurting shellfish, aiding predators
Associated Press - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

A pair of scientists sought to find out whether environmental factors or overfishing was the source of the decline. They reported that their findings came down squarely on the side of a warming ocean environment and a changing climate, and not excessive harvest by fishermen. The scientists reached the conclusion in studying the decline in the harvest of four commercially important species of shellfish in coastal areas from Maine to North Carolina – eastern oysters, northern quahogs, softshell clams and northern bay scallops.
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