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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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Kids make memories, learn about farming in Windsor
WCSH-TV6 - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

25-hundred kids came to Windsor to learn about farming and where our food comes from. "It's been really cool," said Logan Tsasulis, who was moving around the 50 stations with his friends. "We got to see horses and stuff, and we are about to go make butter." It's more than a day off from school. It's a chance to see and touch animals that provide much of our food and talk with farmers. An American farm, on average, feeds 165 people.
Hunting license charges dropped against ex-lawmaker
Associated Press - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

A Maine district attorney is dismissing charges against a former state lawmaker for failing to disclose a felony conviction when he obtained a hunting license. Former Rep. Jeffrey Pierce, of Dresden, faced three counts of fraudulently obtaining a hunting license, which is a misdemeanor. Pierce, a Republican, pleaded not guilty in March. Lincoln County District Attorney Natasha Irving says she doesn't believe she has enough evidence to guarantee a conviction of Pierce. She says he'll donate $750 to a Maine conservation group as part of an agreement.
Committee rejects proposed tax on water bottler Poland Spring
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

For more than a decade, critics of mega-bottler Poland Spring and its corporate parent, Nestle Waters North America, have attempted to impose severance or excise taxes on the hundreds of millions of gallons it bottles in Maine. But those targeted attempts have yet to pass muster with lawmakers – and it appears likely the 2019 session will be no different. A legislative committee voted resoundingly Tuesday to reject a bill that would have charged Poland Spring 12 cents for every gallon of water the company extracted in Maine for bottling.
Whole Oceans closes on Bucksport land purchase for salmon farm
Ellsworth American - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Whole Oceans has closed on the sale of property at the former Verso paper mill site where it plans to will raise Atlantic salmon. Whole Oceans announced Tuesday that it has closed the deal with AIM Development, USA LLC. Whole Oceans plans to raise Atlantic salmon in a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system.
Moose permit increase approved, but any-deer hunting permits may be reduced
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

An additional 11 percent of hunters will receive permits for the fall moose hunt this year, but the number of any-deer hunting permits might be reduced by 20 percent because of the high number of does taken last season, state biologists announced Tuesday at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council meeting. The IFW Advisory Council unanimously approved the 2,820 moose permits proposed by state biologists in March, the second consecutive annual increase.
Global Sea Levels Could Rise by Much More Than Previously Predicted, According to New Study
TIME - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Global sea levels could rise by almost 6ft by 2100 – twice as much as had previously been predicted – threatening major cities and displacing hundreds of millions of people, a study published Monday warned. The rate of glacier melt in Greenland and Antartica is accelerating, and the authors of the report say current prediction models don’t account for significant uncertainties in how melting ice sheets could affect sea level rise. In the worst-case scenario, 691,120 square miles of land globally – around twenty times the size of Maine – could be swallowed up by the sea.
Outsized battles over aquaculture leases overshadow economic reach of Maine oysters
Times Record - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Hundreds in Maine are getting involved in the burgeoning aquaculture industry that has pumped millions into the Maine economy, but it is now under fire from lobstermen who compete for the same fishing grounds and homeowners who don’t want to see aquaculture sites from their waterfront properties. The situation is coming to a head as the Department of Marine Resources holds a hearing Wednesday on whether to amend its rules to limit the size and location of aquaculture lease sites.
Mills says Maine will form its first long-range economic growth plan in over 2 decades
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills kicked off an effort to develop a 10-year economic development plan for the state on Tuesday. The plan will be turned over to lawmakers to use in the second session of the Legislature. Mills said the focus will be on developing strategies to enhance economic growth, especially in rural Maine, and to also address Maine’s tight labor market. Mills said she wants the state to be known by 2030 as national leader for developing a diverse and sustainable economy.
Vulnerable 2020 Republicans Back Mandatory Conservation Funding
Bloomberg - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

It’s been just two months since President Donald Trump signed a lands package that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Now conservation backers—including two of the more vulnerable Senate Republicans heading into the 2020 elections, Sens. Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Susan Collins (Maine)—want to essentially guarantee LWCF funding each year. They’ll have to overcome plenty of hurdles, including many Republicans in both chambers who fear Congress giving up the reins on spending. But backing conservation is generally seen as good politics. Multiple conservation groups back Collins’ efforts, including Maine Conservation Voters, the Nature Conservancy in Maine, and Natural Resources Council of Maine.
How a Chinese company plans to revitalize 2 struggling Maine mills
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

A Chinese company is investing heavily to restore two Maine paper mills it bought last year and turn them into sustainable, long-term businesses. The head of the company’s U.S. operations said his company, ND Paper, wants to improve efficiency and update operations at the former Catalyst Paper Mill in Rumford and the former Expera Old Town pulp mill, both of which ND bought last year. ND Paper and Nine Dragons will be receive the Maine International Trade Center’s foreign director investor of the year award on Friday, May 24.
Local author explores the last days of missing AT hiker Geraldine Largay
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Geraldine Largay, known as Inchworm on the Appalachian Trail, made national headlines when she disappeared in July 2013. The Maine Warden Service launched a massive search for her that continued for days, then weeks, then months. For more than a year, they followed leads. Then in October 2015, her remains were found, startlingly close to the trail. Maine author Denis Dauphinee is now giving voice to the last days of Largay’s life. His newest book, “When You Find My Body: The Disappearance of Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian Trail,” is published by Down East Books. The book, Dauphinee hopes, will help make sense of what happened while giving readers a chance to draw their own conclusions.
Bangor-area towns look at recycling options as new waste plant comes online
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Residents of some Greater Bangor communities will soon have to be more careful about the types of things they throw in the recycling if they want to make the most of a new waste processing facility that’s expected to open in Hampden at the beginning of July after a yearlong delay.
Editorial: Climate council would guide necessary changes
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

The kinds of policies that will need be implemented to meet Mills’ goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 will not be developed with new laws or regulatory changes on their own. It will require both branches working together along with a private sector making significant investments. And since Maine can’t reverse global warming on its own, it will need the same kind of effort to become more resilient in the face of sea-level rise and other effects of global warming. reation of the Maine Climate Council is an overdue response to a problem that demands swift and smart action.
Opinion: Consumer utility takeover will break CMP/Iberdrola stranglehold
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Like public roads, it is time to operate the electricity grid as a commons to facilitate competitive enterprise. With lower interest rates and no private shareholders, a public electricity grid promises lower costs. Most important, a public grid helps break the monopoly stranglehold on the electricity system, reducing the political influence of large utility corporations while creating a more level playing field for Maine’s electricity customers to generate their own affordable, clean-energy solutions. ~ Dick Davies, Maine public advocate 2009 - 2013, and John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Letter: Transmission line a poorly thought-out proposal by CMP
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

The very destructive proposed Central Maine Power transmission line seems both a lazy and a primitive solution to the emissions issue. Instead of a focus on creative alternative-energy solutions, CMP is relying on a distant and remote energy source in concert with a very long and damaging transmission line through a beautiful area of western Maine. Any benefit to Maine seems modest at best, and the supposed reductions in emissions related to this project seem exaggerated by project proponents. It is a bad deal for Maine. Let’s push CMP to be more creative and more responsive to the needs of the people of Maine. ~ John Phillips, Portland
Letter: Rate reform best way to address problems with Maine utilities
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Taking over an investor-owned utility and converting it to consumer-owned is rare because the costs can way overwhelm the assumed benefits. The state would be far better served by comprehensive and innovative rate reform that can force changes in investor-owned utility operation and costs. Working examples already exist in several other states. Want different operational outcomes? Change the rules. ~ Gerry Runte, York
First Glampsites Coming to State Parks
Other - Monday, May 20, 2019 

GearJunkie - Maine wants more people to trade a few nights in hotel linens for a weekend in sleeping bags. And to make it happen, the state will partner with glampsite curator Tentrr to install 10 fully equipped sites within the Maine state park system. The move marks the first such partnership by a state to add fully stocked glamping hubs inside designated camp areas. “With this partnership, we look forward to providing a new way for people experience our parks as campers, and to maximize the benefits that come with spending time outdoors,” said Amanda Beal, commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.
Eastern white pine reintroduction on tap for Maine bicentennial
Turner Publishing - Monday, May 20, 2019 

Reintroduction of Eastern white pines is among the activities and events that will help Maine celebrate its 200th anniversary, according to state Archivist David Cheever, vice chair of the Maine Bicentennial Commission.
Animal baby shower and egg hunt attended by more than 300 children, families in Albion
Morning Sentinel - Monday, May 20, 2019 

More than 300 children and their families came out to greet the newborn animals, hunt for hidden eggs, participate in farm games and fill a truck full of donated pet items to support Humane Society Waterville Area on May 5 at Hart-to-Hart Farm & Educational Center in Albion.
Bio-Based Economy: Using Renewable Resources from Maine's Sea and Forests
Maine Public - Monday, May 20, 2019 

As industries try to move away from petroleum-based products, the bio economy will play a huge role in the transition. Marine or forest resources—such as seaweed or wood—can be used to create energy as well as value-added products or food. Our panel will discuss what Maine is doing to promote the bio economy. Guests: Dana Eidsness, Director, Maine North Atlantic Development Office; Charlotte Mace, Executive Director of Biobased Maine; Call-ins: Briana Warner, CEO Atlantic Sea Farms; Olavur Gregersen, Managing Director, Ocean Rainforest, Faroe Islands.
Slew of business-related bills now signed into law
Mainebiz - Monday, May 20, 2019 

Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday that she has signed the following bills into law:
• LD 523, “An Act To Permit the Indoor Production of Industrial Hemp"
• LD 658, “Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine"
• LD 971, "An Act To Encourage the Purchase and Sale of Locally Grown and Raised Crops and Products"
• LD 983, “An Act To Exempt from Permit Requirements the Repair of Low-head Dams"
Maine’s Coast for the Proletariat: The Rest of Us
Other - Monday, May 20, 2019 

Over 97% of Maine’ s coast is privately owned and much of that is behind lots of signs telling us we can’t go there. How on earth are the rest of us to get to salt water? Enter the Maine Coastal Public Access Guides. The three guides are comprehensive and easy to carry in a pack or pocket. They detail 700 publicly-accessible shore sites along the coast of Maine from Kittery to Calais. Three volumes, are organized by region – Southern Region (South Berwick to Freeport), Midcoast (Brunswick to Hampden), and Downeast (Bangor to Calais).
The bee business is booming, even as people struggle to keep them alive
Bloomberg - Monday, May 20, 2019 

The effects of Colony Collapse Disorder are still reverberating in hives throughout the U.S., but the business of bees is actually booming. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that commercial beekeeping adds more than $15 billion in economic value to agriculture each year, with no sign of a recession in sight.
DIFW wants more bears killed
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, May 20, 2019 

Concerned about Maine’s high population of bears, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is considering a variety of ways to reduce the population. Most likely will be allowing hunters to kill two bears, a one-week extension of the bear hunting season, and lower fees (especially for nonresidents). They’re also analyzing bear baits, partly to make sure they are safe for bears to consume. All of these changes would be implemented next year, when the department also hopes to attract more bear hunters.
LL Bean to offer free outdoor courses
Bangor Daily News - Monday, May 20, 2019 

Starting Memorial Day weekend, L.L. Bean plans to offer free outdoor Discovery Courses, including stand-up paddleboarding and sporting clays, through the end of June. The courses, which normally cost $25 each, will be free from May 25 through June 30.
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