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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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Maine Natural Gas Company Wants To Turn Cow Manure Into Renewable Energy
Maine Public - Thursday, May 23, 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.
Now there’s an easy way to get lake-specific info on Maine fishing rules
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Finding out what fishing rules govern specific Maine waters just became easier, thanks to an online tool unveiled by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Called Maine’s Fishing Laws Online Angling Tool — FLOAT, for short — the map-based program is available through a computer or smartphone, and allows the user to access fishing regulations for any Maine water quickly. The tool requires Wi-Fi or cellular data access in order to access it.
Finland’s ‘bioeconomy’ could provide roadmap for Maine
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Jaana Husu-Kallio has a deep respect for forests and the many industries they support. The same goes for coastal fisheries, local agriculture and thousands of fresh water lakes that dot the country. Even recounting tales of moose hunting along logging roads sounds familiar. As the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry in Finland, Husu-Kallio isn’t devoted to Maine. But she does think her country’s campaign to develop a “bioeconomy” anchored in forest products, foods and renewable energy holds lessons for the state. Husu-Kallio is visiting Maine for her first time this week to meet with economic development, trade and industry officials.
Poll shows Maine voters want action on climate change
Maine Conservation Voters - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

According to a recent poll released this week by Maine Conservation Voters, Maine voters see climate change as a serious challenge and a large majority support action:
• 71% believe climate change is a serious problem
• 59% say impacts have already begun to affect Maine
• 69% support Maine transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2050
• 66% are likely to support a candidate for the State Legislature who supports growing a clean economy economy and addressing climate change
Here’s how to repel mosquitoes while working in the yard
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Gardening is fun. Mosquito bites are not. If you think mosquitoes are particularly drawn to you when you are working hard in the garden or in the yard, you are not delusional. All that sweating (and breathing) is especially attractive to the biting bugs. The most common mosquito repellents are made with diethyltoluamide, otherwise known as DEET, or picaridin. Joseph Conlon, of the American Mosquito Control Association, recommended a 25 to 30 percent formulation of DEET or a formulation of 15+ percent picaridin. Many old wives’ natural remedies for mosquito repellents, such as garlic, apple cider vinegar and vitamin B12 supplements are basically bunk. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so make sure all stagnant pools, no matter the size, have been drained from your property.
Judge reconsidering stay of lawsuit over CMP billing
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

A Superior Court justice said she will rule soon on requests by lawyers to move ahead with a lawsuit over Central Maine Power Co.’s billing practices. Justice Michaela Murphy had previously ruled that the suit would be on hold while the Maine Public Utilities Commission investigated a rash of high bills, mostly during the winter of 2017-18. The investigation is not expected to conclude before this fall.
Sen. Collins calls for $100 million federal response to fight tick-borne diseases
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Maine Sen. Susan Collins on Thursday introduced a bill that would devote more than $100 million in new federal spending to combat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Collins said in remarks on the Senate floor that Lyme disease has ballooned into a public health threat that needs a comprehensive federal response. The TICK Act was introduced with Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minnesota, and co-sponsored by independent Sen. Angus King of Maine.
Letter: NRCM supports Kennebunk balloon release ordinance
Seacoast Online - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

On June 11, Kennebunk residents will vote yes on a local ordinance to prevent mass balloon releases. Every year, thousands of whales, turtles, seals, and seabirds get tangled in or choke on balloon litter. Every balloon that is released will eventually break and fall, with uncountable numbers dropping into our oceans where they are mistaken as food by wildlife, often causing a slow, torturous death. There are great alternatives to balloon releases for celebrations and honoring a loved one. Planting trees or gardens, litter clean-ups, floating flowers, dedicating a park bench, or lighting reusable candles are alternatives that better embody the intent of celebrations and commemorations. ~ Chrissy Adamowicz, Sustainable Maine Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Council of Maine
The Health of Maine's Lakes
Maine Public - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Maine’s lakes are renowned, and they are critical to our economy, drawing outdoor recreation enthusiasts and tourists throughout the year. How are lakes across Maine faring—from water quality to invasive species to pollution—especially in the face of climate change? Guests: Susan Gallo, Maine Lakes Society; Colin Holme, Lakes Environmental Association; and Scott Williams, Lake Stewards of Maine.
Fate of bill to require greenhouse gas study of CMP project in question
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Maine House gave initial approval Thursday to a bill that would require a comprehensive analysis of how Central Maine Power’s transmission line proposal would impact greenhouse gas emissions in New England and Canada. But the future of the time-sensitive bill remains unclear. Supporters failed to garner the two-thirds majority that will ultimately be required to overturn a potential gubernatorial veto, much less affect the permitting process for the 145-mile high-voltage transmission line.
Maine House falls short of support needed for time-sensitive CMP corridor climate impact study
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

A proposal to study the emissions impact of Central Maine Power’s plan for a $1 billion hydropower corridor advanced procedurally after a vote in the Maine House of Representatives on Thursday, but not with enough support to take effect immediately. The narrow vote was a rebuke to Gov. Janet Mills, a high-profile backer of the project who has been lobbying fellow Democrats on the issue. But it’s also a sign that she could find more than enough support to block this and other proposals aimed at the corridor using her veto power.
Column: Weathering species extinction
Times Record - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Being literally in touch with the earth always instructs me in what’s essential. Organic gardening’s a wondrous no-brainer that something’s far more powerful and clever than us. All Species’ Lives Matter! The recent U.N. report on biodiversity loss and species extinction couldn’t be a clearer clarion call to that fundamental truth. Particularly encouraging in echoing that call is the groundswell of outrage over CMP’s proposed “Corridor” and its clueless energy “manifest destiny” mentality’s rationalization that we must continue harming nature in order to save it. ~ Gary Anderson
Maine’s best-known industry is being pinched
Other - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Economist - Last year Maine’s 4,500 lobstermen hauled in 54,000 tonnes of the critters, one of the highest landings in the state’s history. So important is it to Maine’s economy and self-image that the state offers a licence plate depicting the crustacean. Demand remains strong, says John Sackton, an analyst and publisher of Seafood News. Lobster is not just for posh restaurants and New England lobster shacks any more. McDonald’s, a fast-food chain, offers lobster rolls. But this season has been stormy.
National Park Visitor Spending Contributed Over $570 million to Maine Economy
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

According to a report released today, in 2018, 3.5 million park visitors spent an estimated $388 million in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands in Maine. These expenditures supported a total of 5,820 jobs, $189 million in labor income, $336 million in value added, and $571 million in economic output in the Maine economy. Nationally, visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2018 resulted in a $40.1 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 329,000 jobs.
Toomey chosen to lead MFT
Maine Farmland Trust - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Bill Toomey, a longtime leader in regional environmental conservation, has been chosen to serve as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust. Toomey has worked in nonprofit conservation since 1998, most recently as the Trust for Public Land’s New England area director, and he brings extensive experience in land protection, leadership, management, and fundraising.
Cutko named to head Maine Parks & Lands
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Maine Environmental News has confirmed that Andy Cutko has been appointed director of the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands. Cutko served as Director of Scince for the Nature Conservancy in Maine for the past two years. Before that for more than 20 years he was an ecologist in the Maine Department of Conservation. He also worked at the organization Natureserve for three years.
Cormier named to head Maine Forest Service
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

At a meeting on Wednesday, Amanda Beal, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, confirmed that Gov. Janet Mills this week appointed Patricia "Patty" Cormier to be Director of the Maine Forest Service. For the past two decades Cormier has served as MFS District Forester for Franklin and Somerset counties in western Maine. She will also sit on the three-member Baxter State Park Authority.
Nordic Aquafarms Responds to Critics, Says Land Rights Are Clear Enough
Free Press - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Nordic Aquafarms responded to claims by opponents that the company lacks the necessary land rights for a $500 million land-based salmon farm it wants to build in Belfast and Penobscot Bay, saying the rights are clear enough to apply for state permits. Nordic has applications pending with the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Bureau of Parks and Lands for a pipeline that would run from the salmon farm to the bay. Both require that the company prove title, right and interest to all property that the pipeline would cross along the way.
Public Power: Would It Be Green Power?
Free Press - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The May 14 hearing on the bill to have the state government take over Maine's two big electric utilities produced a predictable flurry of news, with the proposal’s pros and cons fiercely debated. Here are three perspectives on the issue that are not getting much attention:
• Shouldn’t we choose public power based on whether it’s an opportunity to combat global warming?
• Public power doesn’t necessarily mean green power
• As usual, insiders (the “establishment”) resists
History Buff: Explore Bethel’s history
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society collect, preserve, display, and share the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire through exhibits, lectures, special events, and publications.
Kayaking and canoeing
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Eight access points along the beautiful Androscoggin River allow kayakers and canoeists to enjoy short or long paddles throughout the Bethel region.
White Mountain National Forest
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

The White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire is just a short drive from Bethel. The Forest features hiking trails, scenic drives, campgrounds, picnic areas, and overlooks that provide many options to get outdoors. Wherever you go in the WMNF, don’t forget your recreation pass.
Two wheels: Bicycling
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Western Maine’s varied topography makes for great road biking. The wide river valleys offer miles of straight and level riding, much of it through quiet woods and beautiful farmland. If you’re up for a more physical challenge, head for the surrounding foothills, with great climbs and descents. Here are just a few examples.
Cast a line: Fishing anyone?
Bethel Citizen - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Western Maine’s geography provides an abundance of brooks, rivers and lakes. Within minutes of Bethel Village there are spots that produce brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon. Note: Licenses are required for all inland fishing in Maine for anyone 16 years and older.
See 10,000 tulips bloom in Portland
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, May 23, 2019 

Every year, workers from the horticultural division of Portland’s Department of Public Works plant nearly 10,000 tulip bulbs around the city. More than half of them — over 5,000 — go into the soil in a tiny, wedge-shaped park in Oakdale. Fessenden Park is named for former Maine U.S. Sen. William Pitt Fessenden.
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