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Protecting the Nature of Maine Grants for Maine Middle Schools
Announcement - Friday, November 17, 2017 

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) has eight $500 grants available to middle school teachers and club leaders (6th, 7th, or 8th grades) in Maine for projects that educate and engage students in Maine’s environment and the value of protecting it. Deadline is November 30.
Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award
Announcement - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 

The Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award given by Maine Woods Forever recognizes young people and youth organizations whose efforts are in the spirit of Roosevelt’s conservation ethic and achievements, and recognizes what Maine’s young people are doing to conserve our forest heritage, with an eye to their potential as future conservation leaders. Deadline for Nominations: January 31, 2018.
Block Trump's dangerous climate denier from the CEQ
Action Alert - Monday, November 13, 2017 

Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump's pick to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, isn't just your run-of-the-mill, extreme right-wing climate-denier. She's a senior fellow at the Koch brothers and Exxon-funded Texas Public Policy Foundation. She believes carbon dioxide is harmless "plant food," equates belief in climate change to "paganism," calls solar and wind power "unreliable and parasitic," and asserts that coal use in the 1800s ended slavery in the United States.
AMC Maine Chapter Annual Meeting, Nov 18
Event - Posted - Saturday, November 11, 2017 

Speakers: Steve Tatko, Appalachian Mountain Club’s Land Manager, will talk on the AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative. Jed Williamson will talk on Accidents in Outdoor Pursuits - Their Causes and Cures. At Portland, November 18.
Conserving Maine’s Bats: A Workshop for Woodland Owners, Foresters and Loggers, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Maine Department of Transportation, will hold a workshop on Maine bats. At Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, November 16, 9-10:30 am.
Nature Based Fiction & Truth, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Sandra Neily will discuss novel ways to elevate conservation, nature based economics as well as outdoor-themed fiction. She will sign and read from her novel, "Deadly Trespass." At Curtis Library, Brunswick, November 16, 7 pm. Hosted by Maine Appalachian Mt. Club.
Little Long Pond: A Field Guide to Four Seasons, Nov 16
Event - Posted - Thursday, November 9, 2017 

Author talk and book signing with Samuel Eliot and John Rivers. At Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor, November 16, 7 pm.
Nature Based Fiction & Truth, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 

Sandra Neily will discuss nature-based fiction as well as sign and read from her debut novel, "Deadly Trespass." At Shaw Memorial Library, Greenville, November 15, 6 pm.
Seeing the Future Forest Through the Trees: Potential Changes and Management Responses, Nov 15
Event - Posted - Wednesday, November 8, 2017 

Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli will discuss how can forest managers can respond to ongoing and projected changes. At UMaine at Machias, November 15, 6:30 pm.
Online sustainability journal ‘Spire’ invites submissions
Announcement - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Spire: The Maine Journal of Conservation and Sustainability invites submissions for the second issue of the online journal, slated for release in spring 2018. Deadline: Dec 10.
Oil Drilling Means Oil Spilling
Action Alert - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

You still have time to stop the Trump Administration from paying for tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires by opening oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Mainers have nothing to gain and everything to lose from this dangerous scheme. ~ Natural Resources Council of Maine
Maine Farmland Trust Annual Meeting, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Speakers: Amber Lambke, Maine Grains; Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co.; and Sara Williams, Aurora Mills & Farm. At United Farmers Market Building, Belfast, November 14, 5:30-8 pm.
Mushing in Maine and Beyond, Nov 14
Event - Posted - Tuesday, November 7, 2017 

Polly Mahoney of Mahoosuc Guide Service will share her dogsledding experiences from the Yukon Territory to Maine to Nunavut and northern Quebec. She will bring a couple of her friendly sled dogs. At Bangor Public Library, November 14, 6 pm.
Baxter State Park sign auction, thru Dec 6
Announcement - Monday, November 6, 2017 

Auction of retired Baxter State Park signs, plus the historic dinner bell from Kidney Pond Camps. Friends Baxter State Park will donate half the proceeds to Baxter State Park, and half will support FBSP programs. Ends December 6.
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Q & A: Bill McKibben’s novel approach
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 5, 2017 

In the pages of Bill McKibben’s first novel, the activist and co-founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, proves to be a pretty funny guy. Reached by phone, McKibben spoke about the value of resistance, writing a comic novel in the Age of Trump and his own views on environmental issues related to Maine.
Katherine Paul fights for organic food and soil
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 5, 2017 

Katherine Paul is the associate director of the Organic Consumers Association, a national nonprofit with the tag line “Campaigning for Health, Justice, Sustainability, Peace, and Democracy.” We called the Freeport resident up to see what she does for the group and found out about the impulse move to Maine that changed her life.
Get your car ready for the ice and snow in an eco-friendly way
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 5, 2017 

October may have been the warmest on record in Portland, but most Mainers know that even climate change can’t keep winter at bay for long. One day soon, inevitably, the cold season will slap us in the face. Even in winter, when you’re heating your home and turning the lights on early, it’s possible to shrink your climate change footprint. One way to do so? Get your car ready for the ice and snow.
Column: Sowing wild seeds will help ecosystem in your backyard and beyond
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 5, 2017 

The world’s population is rising at an exponential rate (7.6 billion and counting), and because all of those people need someplace to live, the amount of wild land is shrinking even as I type this sentence. That in a nutshell is why gardeners should include more native plants in their domesticated gardens, Heather McCargo of the Portland-based Wild Seed Project said in a recent talk. ~ Tom Atwell
Column: Deer season has major economic impact
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 5, 2017 

According to the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, deer hunters represent 80 percent of the 13.7 million hunters in the U.S. (up 9 percent from the previous survey), and account for a similar proportion of total hunting days spent afield. According to figures from the Quality Deer Management Association, the average deer hunter spends about $1,700 a year, which collectively amounts to $18 billion annually. In Maine, deer hunters represent only about 72 percent of all hunters and account for roughly 61 percent of hunter days. That’s not as high as the national average but still pretty significant. Whitetails carry the load. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Climbing to Avery Peak more than just hike up Mount Bigelow
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 5, 2017 

I never really understood why my father would hike the same mountain year after year, tracing the same two or three trails to the summit over and over. But now I think I do. Every time you go outdoors it’s the same; but every time, it’s different, too. Every time it gives you exactly what you need. ~ Jake Christie
Editorial: LePage flouted law he’s now trying to use
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 5, 2017 

Gov. LePage claims that he is entitled to see documents that state employees worked on in preparation for a case, but the Attorney General’s Office refused, saying they are exempt from the Freedom of Access Act. This is a governor who called the Freedom of Access Act – which every board of selectmen and school committee has lived under since 1959 – a “form of internal terrorism.” We know what it’s like to see a government agency handle the people’s business as if it were their own private business. We know what it’s like to have records requests languish for months or even years, when they could be fulfilled with a few clicks on a keyboard. We know what it’s like to deal with officials who don’t think the law applies to them. Mostly, we’ve learned about this from LePage himself.
Letter: Don’t settle for subpar, from away spuds
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 5, 2017 

I have learned that standing up for Maine people can prompt change. My wife and I stopped for supper at Five Guys. A prominent white board identified the origin of their fresh potatoes, soon to become french fries. Idaho spuds lined restaurant passageways. I called Five Guys’ corporate offices and was told that it was a quality issue. After deflating that argument, I called corporate again, and was informed Five Guys enjoyed a strong, historic relationship with Idaho potato farmers. Maine potatoes spring from hardy soil, honed from a stout work ethic, enriched by staunch character. I believe that good Maine citizens can open floodgates bursting with hardscrabble spirit, and rally to the aid of Maine farmers. ~ Barry Lohnes, Topsham
Letter: Those who don’t hunt should get season warning
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 5, 2017 

Hunting season sneaks up on those of us who don’t hunt even though we enjoy spending time in the woods around our property. Wouldn’t it make sense to have public service announcements, on our local station, the week leading up to the start of the season to remind us? We all want to be safe and responsible while enjoying the outdoors whether we hunt or not. This may help in preventing such a tragedy as occurred this past week. ~ Lucy Pedersen, Gray
Letter: Acadia fee hike unfair
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, November 4, 2017 

Perhaps $70 for a week of access to Acadia National Park is a bargain, but my wife and I have been in the lodging business in both Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor and have 18 years of figures showing that the average length of stay is around three days. Many of our guests have asked why the park does not issue a daily pass. We have approached the park on this issue several times over the years with no luck. Additionally, it seems unfair if the park service is only looking to increase the cost for individuals and families, whether on foot, bicycle, motorcycle or car, and is not looking to spread the increase to commercial vehicles as well. A $10 daily pass would perhaps be an alternative leaving both the park and visitors happy. ~ Bryan Stevens, Mount Desert
South Portland market gives ‘ugly’ veggies new life
Forecaster - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Owners of a Knightville market are reducing food waste and helping Maine farmers at the same time. The Farm Stand, at 161 Ocean St., which celebrated its third anniversary in October, composts anything that cannot be made into prepared meals and sends it to Agri-cycle, a Maine company that converts food waste into electricity with a biodigester. According to Greg Williams, director of waste solutions at Agri-Cycle, The Farm Stand has diverted 11.6 tons of food waste since in the last year, which translates into enough electricity to power 421 homes and remove 508 passenger cars from the road for one day.
Kennebunk to dig for a ‘hidden gem’
Other - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Tom Wellman, president of the Kennebunk Land Trust, pitched a partnership with the town to help save Hope Cemetery, a 25-acre burial ground located at the intersection of Route 1 and Summer Street. The Hope Cemetery Corporation which oversees the site is in need of cash for continued operations and one way to raise money, Wellman said, would be to purchase a conservation easement on an adjoining 75-acre forest owned by the cemetery. The land trust intends to submit a grant application to the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. To improve the chances of success, the application will include plans for restoration of nearby Wiggins Pond, which already is part of a town-owned preserve and creation of walking trails through the woods, across the preserve, and around the pond, to expand on a trail network the friends group already maintains.
Maine environmental advocates pan Trump’s climate stance despite release of federal report
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Climate experts and environmental advocates from Maine are not hopeful that the release Friday of a federal report on climate change represents a softening in the Trump administration’s stance on the causes of climate change. “I am very surprised that the Trump White House allowed it to be published,” said Joel Clement, a Maine native and former official at Department of Interior who left his job last month after filing a whistleblower complaint against the Trump administration. “It flies in the face of everything they are saying.”
Trump administration report finds ‘no convincing alternative explanation’ for climate change
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Washington Post - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and President Donald Trump have all questioned the extent of humans’ contribution to climate change. One of EPA’s web pages posted scientific conclusions similar to those in the new report until earlier this year, when Pruitt’s deputies ordered it removed. The report comes as President Trump and members of his Cabinet are working to promote U.S. fossil fuel production and repeal several federal rules aimed at curbing the nation’s carbon output. Trump has also announced he will exit the Paris climate agreement.
Bleak report on climate change contradicts Trump administration’s stance
Portland Press Herald - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Washington Post - The Trump administration released a dire scientific report Friday calling human activity the dominant driver of global warming, a conclusion at odds with White House decisions to withdraw from a key international climate accord, champion fossil fuels and reverse Obama-era climate policies. To the surprise of some scientists, the White House did not seek to prevent the release of the government’s National Climate Assessment, which is mandated by law.
Four ways to help Maine birds
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Maine birds are doing OK this fall, but there are still problems affecting the health and success of birds worldwide. Several issues affecting the health of bird species, such as climate change, can seem overwhelming or too difficult for one person to address, but experts say people in Maine can take steps to make life better for our wild birds. According to Doug Hitchcox, staff naturalist at Maine Audubon, those include the following:
• Buying shade-grown coffee
• Keeping cats indoors
• Reducing bird-window collisions
• Planting more native species
Letter: Trump nominee a climate change denier
Bangor Daily News - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Sam Clovis, President Donald Trump’s pick for chief scientist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has no background in science or agriculture. The chief scientist position should be held by someone who understands and respects the role of science at the USDA. Clovis’ denial of climate change is an egregious affront to American farmers and rural communities. ~ Whitney Graham, Brunswick [Editor: Clovis acknowledged that he didn't have scientific qualifications for the position. He withdrew yesterday not because he was unqualified, but because it became known that he gave the green light to attempts to collude with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign.]
Answering Lubec’s Fish Whistles
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors - Friday, November 3, 2017 

Old timers in Lubec remember the days when the coastal economy revolved around sardines.
LePage Says Pingree’s Working Waterfront Bill Gets Feds Too Involved
Maine Public - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

Gov. Paul LePage was on Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify against a House bill designed to support working waterfronts. HR 1176 is sponsored by Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District, but LePage takes issue with the role the federal government would play.
ReVision Energy joins ranks of Maine companies owned by employees
Mainebiz - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

ReVision Energy, a regional solar company that has five offices in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, has converted to 100% ownership by employees through an ESOP Trust. The company's three co-founders chose the ESOP option after a rigorous three-year exploration of various strategies to ensure ReVision Energy's long-term economic and environmental sustainability.
Trump nominee withdraws from consideration for top USDA science post
Associated Press - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

The former Trump campaign official who has been linked to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has withdrawn his nomination for an Agriculture Department post. Sam Clovis said in a letter to President Trump dated Thursday that he does “not want to be a distraction or a negative influence.” Questions have been raised about Clovis’ qualifications to serve as the Agriculture Department’s chief scientist. He is a self-described skeptic of climate change.
To keep what is special about Maine, Maine must become more urban?
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

The Bangor Daily News hosted October’s Business After Hours event, presented by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. We brought together members of the business community to talk about the Bangor region’s economy and its prospects for growth. Evan Richert, principal of Richert Planning and a former state planning director, and Richard Barringer, professor emeritus of USM’s Muskie School of Public Service, discussed the importance of entrepreneurship and the central role of cities in powering Maine’s economy.
What you need to know about the law that allows hunters on your land
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

Simply put, hunters, hikers and explorers are typically allowed access to woodlands that aren’t marked with “No Trespassing” or “Access by Permission Only” signs or other markings. “If it isn’t visibly posted, you do not need landowner permission to access it,” Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said.
LePage heads back to DC to testify on Pingree waterfront bill
Maine Public - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is expected to head to Washington, D.C., again Thursday, this time to testify on a bill sponsored by Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District that’s designed to strengthen working waterfronts. It’s not clear what LePage has to say about the proposal. The bill establishes a grant program to coastal states to help preserve and expand access to coastal waters for commercial fishing, recreational guiding, aquaculture, boat building and other business uses.
Penobscot Nation elder runs 100-Mile Wilderness in under 48 hours
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, November 2, 2017 

It seemed impossible to hike through Maine’s rugged and remote 100-Mile Wilderness in less than 48 hours, but that’s why the challenge appealed to Barry Dana, 59, of Solon former Chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation. Whether he attained the goal or not, the endeavor would push him to the edge of his limits — mentally, spiritually and physically. On Oct. 8, Barry Dana completed the 100 miles. Following the Appalachian Trail, he traversed two major mountain ranges and kept up a quick pace through two nights and days. His time: 45 hours and 35 minutes.
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