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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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Rebuilt Maine Scallop Biz Lets In First New People In Years
Associated Press - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

The Maine Department of Marine Resources says four people won a lottery that will allow them to apply for a scalloping license. The winners are the first new entrants into the fishery since 2009. The new lottery system will allow two new people into the fishery for every three who do not renew their license. The system applies to fishermen who harvest scallops with drag boats. The state received nearly 1,300 entrants for this year's lottery. The fishery has rebounded through conservative management over the past decade, with harvest hitting a 20-year high last year.
Editorial: Will the blue wave in Maine turn politics green again?
Maine Environmental News - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Republicans are flailing, trying to spin it otherwise, but a blue wave washed over Maine politics on November 6. Conservation in Maine used to have broad bipartisan support. In recent years, Republicans at the state and national levels have declared war on the environment. Democrats have generally been better but they too have many times come down on the wrong side of the issues. It remains to be seen how the Mills Administration and the new D majority in the Maine Legislature and US House change the politics of conservation. But it looks like it can only get better.
Warming Hurting Shellfish, Aiding Predators, Ruining Habitat
Associated Press - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment. That's the conclusion a pair of scientists reached in studying the decline in harvest of four commercially important species of shellfish in coastal areas from Maine to North Carolina. The scientists say their work shows change in the climate and environment, and not overfishing, is the reason for the shellfish decline.
Virtual farmers market connects small farms and customers online
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Roxanne Bruce is the founder of Shop Small Farms, an online virtual farmers market that allows growers and crafters like Susan Knight Dunn to connect with shoppers wanting to purchase goods from small farms year round. For Dunn, who runs Blue Raven Farm in Island Falls, the cold weather has not put the brakes on her selling fresh baked breads, herbs and homemade soaps over the winter. Thirty-two small farms in Maine have joined the online market.
Why so blue? Maine Democrats ‘were absolutely motivated’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

“It’s pretty clear there was a blue wave. Democrats were absolutely motivated and that evidence showed up in several races,” said Mark Ellis, former chairman of the Maine Republican Party. “What was motivating them is less clear, but I think President Trump, and to a lesser degree Gov. (Paul) LePage, were factors. Republicans are probably in a position to completely re-evaluate their message.” He added that he thinks some of the items that are included in the state party platform are “way out of whack with the mainstream.”

What changes will Maine’s new government bring to your life?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Swept to sizable majorities in last week’s elections, Democrats will be in full control of Maine state government for the first time since 2010. They are poised to push for changes that will affect many aspects of Maine life. Tops among them will be ways to address climate change, refocus on cleaner air and water, support for wind and solar energy, restore revenue sharing to local communities, and take the pressure off property taxes.
Composer creates a classical ode to the Allagash
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Nate Saunders warns listeners that his composition is not technically a symphony. "Symphonies have a certain structure to them. This is a collection of six pieces. It's the Allagash Suite." The Augusta Symphony, of which Saunders is a member, is staging the world premiere of his tribute to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway this Saturday in Augusta.
First released in 1937, story of ‘Curious Lobster’ and pals is as fresh as ever
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Curiosity, courage, forbearance and friendship are themes at the heart of “The Curious Lobster,” an engaging story for children and adults alike. Written by Richard Hatch (1898-1959), this newly released edition combines both the “The Curious Lobster” and “The Curious Lobster’s Island,” stories that have enchanted readers for nearly 80 years. Though not as lyrical as “The Wind in the Willows,” Hatch’s book is brimming with adventures that stir thoughts on friendship, prudence, seeking to find the best in others and the bright side of all misfortunes. The exquisite pen-and-ink illustrations by Marion Freeman Wakemen (1891-1953) are spare and focused, yet poignant and dramatic. ~ Frank O Smith
Tradition of hunting with young children runs deep in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Christine Barnes’ hunting partner on opening day of deer season this fall was very different from years past. But in many ways, she treated him like any other. As Barnes walked slowly through the woods of southern Maine, she spoke to her son, Connor, in a whisper, asking him what he thought about the forest. She told him he was being good, staying quiet. For his part, Connor seemed curious. He smiled and took in the surroundings, but he also slept a lot. After all, Connor is only 7 months old. Christine Barnes hunted with him while he was perched in a baby carrier on her back.
Whatever is in the field may end up in the beer on this Westport Island farm
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Farmers Kyle DiPietro and Angie Trombley are growing ingredients and a new enterprise near Wiscasset in what may be the next big craft beer trend in Maine – farm breweries. As of September, they became the first Maine brewery certified organic by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Column: Conditions are good for redpoll irruption
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Common redpolls are one of my favorite birds. But, alas, redpolls do not visit us every winter. Common redpolls belong to a group of finches called the northern finches. This group of birds includes the common redpoll, along with the less common hoary redpoll, pine siskins, pine grosbeaks, evening grosbeaks, red crossbills and white-winged crossbills. Most individuals of these species nest north of us. In some years, these birds will spend the winter on their breeding grounds, but in other years they move south to places like Maine. The birds erupt from their northerly breeding grounds and move into areas with more moderate winters. Mountain ash berries are scarce to the north of us, so the dearth of food should push grosbeaks into Maine this winter. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Some signs to know when it’s peak rut time
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

The rut is the mating season for white-tailed deer and includes all behavior associated with courtship and breeding. It begins when bucks first paw the earth and urinate into a bare patch of ground, leaving a scent message for any passing doe that they are ready, willing and able to breed. In our neck of the woods, this usually occurs around the first of October. While a gradual decrease in the amount of daylight is the primary trigger, the aroma of a randy buck also prompts physiological changes in a doe that will ultimately lead to her readiness to breed. To a biologist, it is when the majority of adult does will successfully mate with a buck. To a hunter, this period is when bucks are on their feet and moving about during daylight hours, sometimes recklessly. ~ Bob Humphrey
Opinion: Paul LePage no fan of Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Percival Baxter probably set an unattainable standard for future governors when he showed his love for Maine geography by digging into his own wallet to buy huge tracts of land to remain “forever wild.” But even successors without such deep pockets were able to make a point of preserving some rivers and mountains and say a few kind words about the state’s natural beauty. Paul LePage would have none of it. Voter-approved Land For Maine’s Future bonds sat on his desk for years. He flew down to Washington, D.C., to testify in favor of giving back the gift that made the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument possible. He was the only governor on the Eastern Seaboard to say he would welcome offshore drilling for oil and gas, over the objections of the fishing and tourism industries. If the guy hates it here so much, he should have left a long time ago. ~ Greg Kesich
Opinion: Is there a bear in the neighborhood?
 - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Recently, during my walks with my dog, I’ve received reports from my neighbors that there is a bear in the neighborhood. A neighbor put out a pumpkin and was complaining that someone had damaged it. When they went over to look at it, it had claw marks down the sides. I’m sure if I ran into a bear, we would both scatter in different directions. This is what has happened the few times I have met a bear outdoors. Even so, I’m not walking my dog in the woods. ~ Ruth Dater, Kennebunk
Letter: Kudos for great article
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 11, 2018 

Kudos to reporter Bonnie Washuk for a very informative, well-done article about recycling (Nov 4). As an avid recycler, I do my best to stay on top of protecting this planet by recycling whenever, whatever, I can. Through that article, I found that I am guilty of putting Styrofoam in the recycling bin. I was under the false impression that, if an item had the little triangle symbol, it was all set to go. I have a suggestion that might be helpful — if Lewiston could distribute little refrigerator magnets with a list of what is recyclable and not. ~ Louise Mease, Lewiston
Deep Dive: Two of America’s Wealthiest Philanthropists Are Teaming Up to Protect the Oceans
Other - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Michael Bloomberg and Ray Dalio have very different perspectives on ocean conservation—one is all about data-driven solutions and impacts on humans, the other is into high-tech exploration and raising awareness. But the two have enough common ground that they’ve formed a partnership intended to complement each other’s strengths. That includes a combined $185 million pledge to oceans work over the next four years.
Blog: Inequality and Concern for the Environment
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Humans dominating other humans (inequality) and humans dominating nature are just two sides of the same coin. This has broad implications for Americans where inequality has increased steadily for almost a century. It is not surprising then that as we tolerate this increasing inequality we would also accept the climate change denial that persists in our culture. This finding also has implications for how environmentalists talk about what they do and why Americans should support greater protections for the natural world. By focusing on ecosystems service valuation, environmental groups cause less support for protecting nature. ~ Mark W. Anderson
Column: Officials issue emergency regulations to prevent CWD in deer
Sun Journal - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced on Oct. 11 the issuance of emergency rules to protect Maine’s deer and moose populations. MDIF&W advised that a captive deer in neighboring Quebec was found to be infected with Chronic Wasting Disease. Commissioner Chandler Woodcock said that “CWD is the most serious threat facing our deer and moose in modern times.” It is not alarmist to acknowledge the potential harm that this untreatable disease poses to Maine’s deer and moose. Preventive measures at this juncture are voluntary. This could change as state wildlife managers and the state Department of Agriculture officials monitor the situation. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Judge rejects bid to block development in coastal Maine town
Lincoln County News - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

A Maine Superior Court justice has sided with the town of Damariscotta and Damariscotta Main Street LLC in a lawsuit that attempted to block the latter’s 435 Main St. development. The decision by Justice Daniel Billings affirms the Damariscotta Board of Appeals’ decision that the petitioners in the case lacked standing. The 435 Main St. project would consist of three commercial buildings.
Letter: Here’s a list of pressing issues for new Congress
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

Let us hope the new Congress will address a long list of issues starting with accelerating and potentially catastrophic climate change. ~ Spencer Apollonia, Boothbay Harbor
Letter: Maine not for sale
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

The 145-mile Central Maine Power corridor will destroy Maine. We get none of the power generated. It will go to Massachusetts, and it’ll never benefit Maine. Instead, it will pollute our air and destroy our forests. It will destroy the state of Maine, and — the hugest insult — we get no vote. This project is going to kill animals and endanger the people of western Maine. There are other smarter ways to get green energy into Maine and have it be for us. Please push back on this. We need whoever is saying anything and can stop the company that seeks to kill our home so they can make money. ~ Michelle Bowen, Buckfield
Letter: Misinformation is power in Belfast
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

I am concerned the so-called informed public rejects the science behind the salmon farm project in Belfast. Since February, I have searched scientific databases for case studies, peer-reviewed journals and information about the net-pen and land-based aquaculture industries. I have reached out to those in the industry, interviewing, connecting and learning about the environmental impacts and the economic viability of a project such as this. I have developed my own analysis, citing these resources, that are truly science based. This project has the opportunity to provide so much. Let’s not shut it down too soon. ~ Alicia Gaiero, Belfast
Letter: Tax carbon
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

In Maine, so much of our industry is based on its natural beauty and resources, much of which will be threatened as weather events intensify and pests move north. We need to act on climate change now, and I believe the best way to do this is through a carbon tax and dividend. It is critical to address climate change in the state of Maine to protect our natural resources, and we must do so in a way that protects low-income families. A carbon tax and dividend does just that. ~ Christine Seibert, Bangor
Letter: Save the moose
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 10, 2018 

While scrolling through my photos of past trips to Baxter State Park, I realized that in years past every trip included a photo of a moose. This year, I made a half-dozen multi-day trips to the park to both the north and south ends, and not only did I not see a moose, but it was only outside the park that I even saw evidence of moose. I know there are moose in the park. But the frequency of observing moose in the wild in Maine has been greatly diminished. We are in the midst of another moose hunt. Let us hope the state will balance the interest of the many who want to only observe moose in the wild with those who hunt. Moose hunting is prohibited in Baxter State Part, but unfortunately moose know no boundaries. ~ Janice Kasper, Swanville
Leavitt graduate gets Yellowstone ranger National Park Service post
Turner Publishing - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Alana Pulkkinen, a Leavitt Area High School graduate, recently earned her degree from Washington County Community College, in Calais, and is now a ranger with the Nationaal Park Service. Pulkkinen graduated with a degree in Adventure Recreation and Tourism. Pulkkinen, who grew up in central Maine, was always a fan of the outdoors.
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