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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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Opinion: Climate change is scary. ‘Rat explosion’ is way scarier.
Bloomberg News - Monday, November 5, 2018 

What’s so scary about climate change? The term is not scary — at last not in a visceral, skin-crawling sense. How about “rat explosion”? As the climate warms, rats are breeding faster — and experts warn of a population explosion. Rats are just the beginning. While extinctions may inspire a sense of tragedy, it’s the creatures multiplying in outbreaks and infestations that generate horror. Different people fear different things depending on their upbringing, education and surroundings. But we’re all sharing this warming planet, and at the very least surely we can unite against a future filled with rats. ~ Faye Flam
Burt’s Bees Joins E.O. Wilson Foundation to map 6,000 bee species
Maine Environmental News - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Burt’s Bees will partner with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation to map 6,000 bee species worldwide. With species extinction rates currently 1,000 times higher than any prior time in human history, the Burt’s Bees Foundation’s move to support pollinators through the lens of biodiversity comes at a critical juncture – particularly as bee populations, recognized as so-called “keystone species” which are central to many ecosystems worldwide, continue to decline. Burt’s Bees founders imparted a lasting passion for biodiversity and conservation: Burt Shavitz, a beekeeper with a deep appreciation for wilderness, and Roxanne Quimby, a lifetime conservationist.
Lobstermen To Begin Testing Rope-Less Gear Aimed At Reducing Whale Entanglements
Maine Public - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Scientists at the New England Aquarium will be testing rope-less fishing gear with lobstermen in the Gulf of Maine. Their goal is to try to reduce the number of entanglements that could kill endangered North Atlantic right whales. Scientists estimate there are only about 450 right whales left in the ocean. And there have been no documented births this season.
Maine's Fall Wild Turkey Hunt Coming to a Close
Associated Press - Monday, November 5, 2018 

Maine's wild turkeys need to survive just a few more days to make it to Thanksgiving. The state's fall turkey hunt ends on Wednesday. The birds were once nearly gone in Maine, but conservation efforts brought them back to the point that some Mainers consider them pests and traffic hazards. The fall season is open in most of the state except far northern Maine. Hunters are limited to one or two birds. The fall hunting seasons are still going on for deer, moose and bears.
Letter: Put kids and grandkids first by voting for sustainability
Portland Press Herald - Monday, November 5, 2018 

We desperately need to be promoting sustainability in all aspects of our lives, for our children, grandchildren and, if we get it right, our great-grandchildren. Environmental, social and economic sustainability all overlap, and all need to support each other to ensure that Americans in the future have every chance that we have had. Simple, right? Well, it is if we do one thing: Put our kids and grandkids first. Stop voting for those who promise to keep giving us more. Why? Debt. Need something to help you decide? Take a look at the U.S. Debt Clock. You might just change your mind about how you vote this year and feel good about it. ~ Pike Bartlett, Friendship
Letter: Trump a manipulator
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 5, 2018 

President Donald Trump is a clever manipulator. He understands many Americans are angry about their powerlessness. He has never offered any rational approaches to address issues such as education, broadening of economic opportunity, health care, or environmental sustainability — all issues that affect his base of supporters as well as most of the electorate. He has just offered various enemies to hate. Americans must urge their representatives and senators, regardless of party, to censure Trump’s language and, most importantly, to collaborate on legislation and policies that truly serve all citizens and do not pander to our darkest impulses. ~ Thomas Adelman, Pembroke
Letter: Uphold water quality standards
Bangor Daily News - Monday, November 5, 2018 

I appreciated Judy Harrison’s Oct. 29 article on the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt at scaling back Obama-era water quality standards. The current water quality standards were implemented largely to protect native communities that utilize the river as a food source. The move comes as the latest in a long line of regressive environmental policy moves by the current administration. Maine’s greatest asset is its outdoor resource, and any move to curtail protection of that resource should be admonished. ~ Eamon Laskey, Eddington
Passenger rail study cites ‘latent demand’ for Lewiston-Auburn connection to Portland
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The first phase of a study looking at bringing passenger rail to Lewiston-Auburn says the region has a “latent demand” for a transit connection to Portland. The study estimates between 600 and 800 daily trips in 2025, numbers that are estimated to rise to between 700 and 1,900 by 2040.
Sue Hubbell, writer of ‘Great American Pie Expedition,’ dies in Maine at 83
Ellsworth American - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The ornery, fiercely independent author gained a following for her essays, stories and books – especially her 1986 memoir 'A Country Year: Living the Questions' about her solitary farm life in the Missouri Ozarks.
National Park maintenance bill gaining momentum
Other - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Bismarck Tribune (ND) - The Restore Our Parks Act would establish the five-year National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund, starting in Fiscal Year 2019, using unappropriated revenues from energy development on federal lands. Annual revenue to the fund would be capped at $1.3 billion. While there is concern about getting the legislation through both houses and to the president in the short time between elections and Christmas, heightened attention is being paid to this initiative and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund program, which could result in a year-end federal lands legislation package.
Beyond Plastic Bans: Creating Products to Replace It
National Public Radio - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The growing number of campaigns to ban plastic waste are putting pressure on companies to find alternatives – not just for straws, but for all kinds of plastic packaging. So the Swedish-owned BillerudKorsnäs design lab in Portland, Oregon, tests out products they hope to sell in the budding market for plastic replacements. Some of their customers now use cardboard instead of clear plastic packaging for camping gear, and paper bags instead of plastic ones for food like pasta. The lab is even working on a paper soda bottle.
Well drillers find success on second try in Pittston
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

On Thursday, Greg Snow said a 500-foot well drilled by Rolfe Well Drilling, was producing about two and a half gallons of water a minute. They are waiting for test results to tell them whether the water is free from salt contamination. At a special town meeting in September, Pittston voters authorized town officials to spend $35,000 to pay for testing, legal fees and drilling a new well for the Snows, after testing showed the Snows’ well had been tainted by road salt that had been stored at the town’s highway maintenance garage.
Regulators Seeking Shrimp Fishery Comments, But Fishery Still Shut For Now
Associated Press - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Fishery managers are seeking feedback on potential changes to New England's long-shuttered shrimp fishery if it ever reopens. Shrimp fishing has been shut down off Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire since 2013. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering changes to the way it allocates quota in the fishery. The commission's holding a public hearing in Augusta on Monday. Written comments are due by close of business on Wednesday.
‘Dark money’ helps fuel litany of campaign ads in…Maine?
Associated Press - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The battle over who will represent Maine in the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River is the most expensive political race in state history, leading to more television campaign ads than any other state and underscoring millions of dollars of so-called “dark money” pouring into the race. That boils down to a rate of 26 commercials per hour, or about one every two minutes. But whether those never-ending ads fueling the Democrat and Republican duking it out in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District will sway voters is unclear. At least $1.6 million in contributions to Maine races this year comes directly from groups that don’t have to disclose their donors, including the League of Conservation Voters, which is different than Maine Conservation Voters.
Opinion: Interior Department’s legacy of corruption lives on
Bloomberg News - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The Interior Department’s own internal watchdog, the Office of Inspector General, has referred one of multiple examinations of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s conduct to the Justice Department for further investigation. The midterm elections this week could give Democrats control of powerful federal oversight committees. Those bodies might hold hearings to take the White House to task on various ethics problems and financial conflicts of interest that have hung over the president and a number of his Cabinet members and senior advisers – including his daughter, Ivanka Trump; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. And don’t forget former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt‘s scandal-fueled departures from the administration.
How to get bats out of your house
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Bats are one of the most common home invaders around the world, and while they’re usually harmless, they’re certainly not welcome. When bats roost in homes — usually in attics and other dry, warm places — they create a mess of droppings and pee that emits an unpleasant aroma. And if they manage to get into the living area of a home, there’s a concern they could carry rabies, a viral disease that can be transmitted to humans through a bite. So if you do find a bat or several in your home, what’s the best plan of action? One option is to call a professional, a pest-removal specialist who can evict the bats safely, efficiently and effectively. The other option is to get rid of the critters yourself.
How to set up a bat house
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

As symbols of Halloween and all things spooky, bats have a bad reputation. But in recent years, conservationists have have devoted more resources to educating the public about the benefits of bats and how they play a crucial role in the environment. As a result, some people are adding bat houses to their properties in hope of attracting bats and offering them a place to roost and raise their young.
When it comes to casting ballots, some Mainers elect not to
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Rumford has seen the lowest voter turnout in each of the last two statewide elections. The paper mill is still operating here, although it’s now on its third owner in less than five years and employs about half what it did a decade ago. Anxiety remains about its future. Linda-Jean Briggs, the town’s manager, said Rumford is trying to reinvent itself like any other mill town. She’s excited about the prospect of a new hotel. She hopes it will bring more interest in Black Mountain ski and recreation area. Poland Spring is exploring the purchase of 100 acres for a new bottling plant. Among residents, though, there is still a feeling that the town’s fortunes are not on anyone’s minds outside Rumford. That sense of isolation seems to contribute to voter indifference.
Scarborough cell tower opponents send a strong signal to Verizon
Portland Press Herald - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

The Prouts Neck Association is fighting Verizon’s proposal to site a 100-foot-tall tower 850 feet inland from the edge of the marsh. Opponents say that the ordinance is flawed because it allows Verizon to put the tower where it won’t improve local cellphone coverage and where it will spoil views of one of Maine’s most prized coastal resources. Scarborough Marsh is home to many rare birds and other wildlife, and it affords expansive views of spectacular sunrises and sunsets that enthrall kayakers, photographers and other outdoor enthusiasts. So Verizon officials knew they were in for a pitched battle over this one.
Market forces buffeting future of wind power in Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Ten years have passed since Maine enacted a landmark wind power law, designed to attract a new energy industry and decrease dependence on fossil fuels. It worked, for the most part. Developers have invested $1 billion erecting more than 375 turbines at 17 locations that have a combined generating capacity of 923 megawatts. That’s more wind output than in the other New England states combined. But developers say the state is unlikely to see strings of new turbine towers on the horizon, as market forces overtake policy directives. It’s too expensive to build the transmission capacity, solar is becoming cheaper to site, and citizen and political opposition persist.
Recycling bad habits put municipal programs at risk
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

People who throw their trash and other nonrecyclables into recycling bins are “contaminating” the value of the materials that can be recycled, raising town removal costs and prompting buyers of recyclables to stop buying because they’re fed up with dealing with trash. The result, say experts: Nationally and in Maine, many municipalities are recycling less, unable to find markets for recyclables and facing rising costs for their programs.
Recycling 101: Here's how to do it right
Sun Journal - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Recycling correctly isn’t difficult, but it does mean knowing what materials your local program accepts to avoid contamination, a big problem in the recycling market. If you live where there’s convenient curbside, single-stream recycling, you can’t throw just anything in. When in doubt, look it up.
After the election, get busy focusing on environmental progress
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

Two days after the election, the Natural Resources Council of Maine is hosting a post-election discussion at the Glickman Library in Portland. Whether it is celebratory or somber, the group’s CEO, Lisa Pohlmann and its advocacy director, Pete Didisheim, will be talking about the results. Whether it’s Gov. Mills or Moody, the topics will include clean water, clean air, forests, wildlife and climate change. The event is free but seating is limited, so RSVP now.
Climate anxiety: A strain of emotional stress is on the rise
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

“Climate anxiety,” centered around the issue of climate change, is a problem that hovers over other more typical reasons people seek therapy, and it leads to dread, grief and a questioning of one of the most basic, and hopeful, of human actions. The most common prescription is to go local and go outdoors, mental health professionals say.
Column: Waterville’s trail network keeps growing
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, November 4, 2018 

I never thought of Waterville as a spot for outdoor recreation. However, a bit of investigation showed me that there are myriad trails and outdoor spaces to explore in the Waterville, Winslow and Fairfield. ~ Josh Christie
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