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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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Cooperative Extension’s Hopkins named to Maple Syrup Hall of Fame
Turner Publishing - Friday, November 9, 2018 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator Kathryn Hopkins will be inducted into the North American Maple Syrup Council’s Maple Hall of Fame in May, at the International Maple Museum Centre in Croghan, N.Y. Only one other person from Maine has been selected for membership in the Hall of Fame in the council’s 41-year history. Hopkins joined UMaine Extension in 1993. Since 1997, she has been an educator in the Somerset County Extension office, responsible for agriculture and natural resources programming in the county and statewide. Hopkins serves as a statewide resource for the Maine maple syrup industry.
Reversing ban on offshore drilling exceeded Trump's power, lawyer says
Associated Press - Friday, November 9, 2018 

A lawyer says President Trump exceeded his power when he signed an executive order reversing a ban on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of underwater canyons in the Atlantic Ocean. Erik Grafe, an attorney for the environmental group Earthjustice, made the argument Friday in federal court. Environmental groups are challenging Trump’s reversal of President Barack Obama’s ban on offshore petroleum drilling.
New space will let Flowfold bring most manufacturing in-house
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Maine outdoor gear company Flowfold is expanding to a new manufacturing space as the business grows in the U.S. and overseas. The company’s new space, in a Gorham business park, is more than twice the size of the current Scarborough headquarters. Eight years ago, Flowfold starting making wallets with repurposed sail fabric, but now sells U.S.-made backpacks, tote bags, and other products. The company’s growth was highlighted by Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and former professional wrestling executive, in a visit to the company Friday.
Penetrating Earth: Gulf Hagas
Other - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Paddling Gulf Hagas. [video]
'Big, bold things' on tap for Democrats in Augusta, Nate Libby says
Sun Journal - Friday, November 9, 2018 

In the wake of Tuesday’s successful election for Democrats in Maine, Nate Libby’s state Senate colleagues chose him as the next majority leader, one of the most powerful positions in state government. For the Lewiston lawmaker, who’s spent his legislative career battling with a combative Republican governor, the days ahead look refreshingly sweet. He said that he also feels “this enormous responsibility to deliver results” so that Mainers will see that Democrats can focus on pocketbook issues and avoid the sort of fussing and feuding that’s been a hallmark of the eight-year tenure of outgoing Gov. Paul LePage.
Trump says Zinke is safe, for now
Associated Press - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his boss, President Trump, moved Friday to tamp down talk that Zinke might be the next Trump administration official to go. The 57-year-old former Montana congressman has pushed to develop oil, natural gas and coal beneath public lands in line with the administration’s business-friendly aims. But Zinke has been dogged by ethics probes, including one centered on a Montana land deal involving a foundation he created and the chairman of an energy services company that does business with Interior.
The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Help Explain Trump's Support
Other - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Psychology Today - The “Dunning-Kruger effect” is a type of cognitive bias, where people with little expertise or ability assume they have superior expertise or ability. This overestimation occurs as a result of the fact that they don’t have enough knowledge to know they don’t have enough knowledge. Studies have shown that Democrats now tend to be generally more educated than Republicans, possibly making the latter more vulnerable to the Dunning-Kruger effect.

State releases real-time data on tickborne diseases
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Maine has released a new data tool that tracks the number of cases of tickborne diseases including Lyme disease. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says its data dashboard is updated in near real-time and will provide daily updates on the number of such diseases. The tool also tracks anaplasmosis and babesiosis.
State Renewable Energy Could Be Post-Election Winner
Bloomberg News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Renewable energy was high on the agendas of the governors-elect of the states Democrats wrested from GOP control, especially in Maine and other states where Republican governors either did little to support renewables. In the case of Maine, Gov. Paul LePage (R), outright opposed it. Maine Gov.-elect Janet Mills (D) has pledged to promote offshore wind development, which LePage attempted to block. She also said she supports decentralized electric power production and the “solarization” of the Maine power grid. “The Maine flip is incredibly important,” said David J. Hayes, executive director of the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law. “LePage was incomprehensibly opposed to offshore wind despite the fact that Maine has one of the best offshore wind resources in the world.”
Column: It’s time for birders to get ready for irruption of finches
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Finches make things interesting. While warblers and sparrows and thrushes travel the continent in predictable ways, summering and wintering in foreseeable places, finches wander chaotically, searching for seeds. And not just seeds. ~ Bob Duchesne
Judge Puts Keystone XL Pipeline On Hold Pending Further Environmental Study
National Public Radio - Friday, November 9, 2018 

A U.S. district judge has issued an order blocking construction of the controversial transnational Keystone XL Pipeline until the State Department conducts further study of its impact on the environment. Judge Brian Morris' 54-page order, issued late Thursday, overturns the Trump administrations's approval last year of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline and at least temporarily prevents it from being built.
Year after woman shot by hunter on her property, some question the law that allowed him to be there
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Newcomers to Maine are often surprised to learn that, according to state law, hunters and many other recreationists have an implied right to access most of the state’s land, so long as that land hasn’t been posted with “No trespassing” or “Access by permission only” signs. But that’s not good enough for many. Bruce Tibbetts is a hunter. He’s also a member of the family of Karen Wrentzel, the Hebron woman who was shot and killed by a hunter while working on her own land in 2017. Wrentzel’s land wasn’t posted at the time, but it is now. And Tibbetts has a problem with the default position of the Maine law, which gives the hunter — or trespasser, in the eyes of some — the right to access another person’s land as long as it hasn’t been marked.
Islanders claim victory as Maine officials say they will reconsider ferry fee hikes
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

A judge has denied part of a lawsuit filed by Islesboro residents regarding ferry service rate changes made by the Maine Department of Transportation earlier this year that increased ticket costs for residents. But the plaintiffs have framed the ruling as a victory because the court found they showed a likelihood of success on the merits of their argument that the DOT, which operates the Maine State Ferry Service, did not go through the proper rulemaking process to make the rate changes. A public hearing will be held at noon on Nov. 28 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. People may also submit written comments to the DOT through Dec. 12.
Letter: Pressure Governor-elect Mills to reconsider positions on tribal issues
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 9, 2018 

Congratulations to Governor-elect Janet Mills. Now, may her supporters, and your reporters, hold her accountable. Will she reverse:
• Her vigorous pursuit of major court cases that have resulted in further expropriation of the Penobscot River from the nation that bears its name?
• Her eleventh-hour undermining of an elver-fishing agreement between the state and the Passamaquoddy Tribe?
I am non-Native. My interest is in justice and healing. As governor, Mills must convince us she means well, and that she will act accordingly. We are watching closely. ~ Jeffrey Hotchkiss, Portland
Letter: No offshore drilling
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 9, 2018 

As an aspiring research zoologist with a passion for coastal ecosystems, the potential for offshore drilling along the Atlantic Coast is extremely discouraging. Not only would a potential oil spill completely devastate the plant and animal lives along the coast, but the seismic airgun blasting used to search for oil would harm marine wildlife up to 2,500 miles from the source of the blast. Maintaining a healthy ecosystem is also critical for the fishing, tourism and recreation industries. Susan Collins should ask the Trump administration to keep the coast of Maine, as well as the rest of the U.S. coastline, off limits to offshore drilling permanently. ~ Jessica Beneski, Old Town
5 Creatures you man not know used to live in Maine
Maine Audubon - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Maine is home to some incredible wildlife. From Moose, Canada Lynx, and Black Bear in our northern forests to Gray Seals, Northern Right Whales, and Atlantic Puffins in the Gulf of Maine, we’re surrounded by fascinating creatures. But not all of them are still around. Here are five animals that are no longer found in Maine:
• Sea Mink
• Labrador Duck
• Woodland Caribou
• Timber Rattlesnake
• Great Auk
Maine transmission line entangled by conflicting claims on emissions
Other - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Energy News Network - Critics of the planned New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) line say it will do little to lower global gas greenhouse emissions because it will merely divert clean power that would have otherwise gone to other customers. A spokesperson for Hydro-Québec, which owns and operates the hydro facilities that will supply the power, dismissed that concern as baseless and said the company has plenty of capacity to meet growing demand.
What Will Maine’s Clean Energy Future Look Like Under New Leadership?
Maine Public - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Many in Maine's energy industry are cheering the election of Janet Mills to the office of governor, as well as a Democratic takeover of the Legislature. Renewable energy advocates are perhaps the loudest, after contending with numerous roadblocks outgoing Governor Paul LePage put in the sector's way during his tenure. In an interview before the election, Mills promised a new direction on energy policy — beginning with her own cabinet.
Zinke prepares to leave Trump’s Cabinet
POLITICO - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been exploring potential roles with Fox News, the energy industry or other businesses amid growing signs that he will leave President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he faces investigations into his ethics, according to people knowledgeable about the discussions. The news comes just a day after Trump told reporters that word on Zinke's fate may come "in about a week" — and as the president is in the early stages of what could be a dramatic post-election house-cleaning of Cabinet officials and top aides, starting with Wednesday's ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
State tells CMP its application to build 145-mile power line incomplete
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection this week notified Central Maine Power Co. that its application to build a $1 billion, 145-mile-long transmission line through Maine is incomplete, a move that could push back the timeline for the New England Clean Energy Connect project. The DEP said it cannot move forward with evaluating CMP’s proposal until the company provides the mandatory information.
New Tool Launched To Teach Mainers About Tick Borne Diseases And Prevention
Maine Public - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Curious about the number of tick borne diseases in your county or town? A new web-based dashboard on the Maine Tracking Network provides daily updates on cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Incidences of tick borne diseases have been increasing in Maine. Lyme disease is the most common, but so far this year more than 400 cases of anaplasmosis have been confirmed.
Outdoor leadership program builds trail behind Waldo County Technical Center
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

A cold, November rain failed to dampen the spirits of students from the Outdoor Leadership program at Waldo County Technical Center when they invited their Tech Center classmates and teachers to walk the newly constructed trail in the woods alongside WCTCI in Belfast. Buck O’Herin and Maury Hepner of the Waldo County Trails Coalition, along with WCTC program instructor, Nicole Caruso, assisted with the design of the trail and supported the students’ vision during the construction phase. The class serves as volunteer stewards of the section of Hills to Sea Trail that runs by WCTC’s property. The ultimate goal of this project is to link the school’s trail with the Hills To Sea trail.
Declining Right Whale Species' Future Tops Meeting Agenda
Associated Press - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

A group of scientists, conservationists and others is meeting to brainstorm strategies to save one of the rarest marine mammals on the planet. The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium's annual meeting wraps up on Thursday. The right whales number only about 440 and have suffered from high mortality and poor reproduction in recent years. The whales are vulnerable to accidental deaths caused by ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. They appear off of New England's coast every spring.
Democrat Linda Sanborn upsets Republican Amy Volk in Senate race surprise
Maine Environmental News - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

In a shocking upset, Republican Senator Amy Volk of Scarborough has lost her seat in District 30 (Gorham and parts of Buxton and Scarborough) to Democrat Linda Sanborn. Volk is Assistant Majority Leader and an ally of Gov. Paul LePage (R). Sanborn is a retired family physician who previously served as a state representative from 2009 to 2016. Volk has a lifetime pro-environment score from Maine Conservation Voters of 50%. Sanborn's score was 97%. With Sanborn’s win Democrats have flipped control of the Maine Senate and secured a decisive majority with 21 D to 13 R seats and 1 still to be decided.
Governor-Elect Mills and the Energy Sector
Maine Public - Thursday, November 8, 2018 

Many in Maine's energy industry are cheering the election of Janet Mills as governor and the Democratic takeover of the Maine legislature. Renewable energy advocates are perhaps the loudest after contending with numerous roadblocks Gov. Paul LePage put in the sector's way during his tenure. [Audio]
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