Friday, March 27, 2015
"The whole continent was one of continuing dismal wilderness, the haunt of wolves and bears and more savage men".......... "Now the forests are removed, the land covered with fields of corn, orchards bending with fruit and the magnificent habitations of rational and civilized people."—John Adams, 1756 ................Indeed, the European outlook on North America was that it was a land of potential, but Man had to turn it into a garden, ridding the land of its wildlife and wild men, as it was a "desolate wilderness".................."Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wilde beasts and wilde men?"--Nathaniel Morton; Plymouth Massachusetts-1620
Posted by Rick Meril at 8:20 PM
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Following up on our earlier in the week Posting on how the Pros and Cons are shaping up regarding the creation of a Maine Woods National Park and Recreation Area............More and more Businesses in Maine are casting a YEA for the Park...........Gov. LePage, the State Legislature, Penobscot County Commissioners and the Millinocket Council remains steadfastly opposed..........From my perch, the momentum seems to be tilting toward the "YEAS" but there is still much convincing and collaborating to be done to get to a firm "Green Light" for the Park
Bangor Daily News
200 Maine businesses endorse proposed Katahdin-area national park
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
Posted March 26, 2015, at 4:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — More than 200 businesses from around the state endorsed a proposed 150,000-acre national park and recreation area in the Katahdin region Thursday.
“I think this national park would be good for business,” said Brad Ryder, owner of Epic Sports of Bangor and one of the speakers at a press conference at the Cross Insurance Center where the mass endorsement was announced. “It branches out beyond Millinocket and beyond Bangor. It really affects the entire state in a good way.”
The endorsement, which included a letter signed by all the businesses to Maine’s congressional delegation urging the creation of the park, is the latest public approval of the controversial gift to the nation first proposed by entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby in 2011. Now an initiative fronted by her son, Lucas St. Clair, the 75,000-acre park and 75,000-acre recreation area would go on family land east of Baxter State Park.
The Bangor City Council voted 7-2 Monday to support the concept. It joined the Katahdin Area and Greater Houlton chambers of commerce, Maine Innkeepers Association, Town of Medway and the East Millinocket Board of Selectmen with endorsements registered since Millinocket officials said in February that U.S. Angus King, I-Maine, sought a letter from them listing their issues with the park plan.
The council endorsement was blasted Thursday by Millinocket Town Councilor Michael Madore, who said it interfered with the “sovereign right of Millinocket council [members] to handle their own business.
“A park if approved would be about 10.8 miles from our community but about 88-plus miles away from yours. We as a council would never ever consider involving ourselves in the countless problems [of] the Bangor City Council,” Madore said in an email.
“It’s as if the Katahdin region has no voice in its future,” Madore said Thursday. “Seriously: Run your own community and leave ours alone. When you get your own house in order, then come see me.”
Millinocket’s council opted earlier this month to oppose the park and is expected to discuss the latest endorsements when it meets at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The federal delegation, Gov. Paul LePage and the state Legislature opted against Quimby’s proposal. The Penobscot County Commissioners opposed the plan in 2011 and was divided by St. Clair’s updated proposal, which the Maine Snowmobile Association and several sporting and forest products industry groups continue to oppose.
Bangor City Councilor Sean Faircloth, who helped engineer the 7-2 vote, dismissed Madore’s complaint. If distance is a factor in political involvement, then the Millinocket council “should defer to Medway’s endorsement because Medway is seven miles closer” than Millinocket to the proposed park area, said Faircloth, who attended the press conference.
Rob Lilieholm, a University of Maine economist whose study of the economic impact of the national park estimated it could create 450 to 1,000 jobs, said that Bangor has made many investments through the years that have benefited northern Maine.
Ryder counted among those investments Bangor International Airport, the Cross Insurance Center, about $63 million in Penobscot River restoration and $200 million in public and private investment in the Bangor-Brewer area that includes services used by all Penobscot County.
If the park is created, Bangor would be one corner of a triangle between the park and Acadia National Park through which most park visitors would have to pass via the airport or Interstate 95, which makes the park Bangor’s business, Ryder said.
“This is an issue for all of northern Maine,” Faircloth said.
Posted by Rick Meril at 10:17 PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
This past Monday, the very informative COYOTE YIPPS blog site posted a great synopsis of how all canids are territorial and that Wolves will kill Coyotes, Coyotes will kill Foxes and that each of these carnivores will kill others of their own kind if family units and packs trespass into neighboring territories..............The "YIPPS" site goes on to explain how dog owners can protect their animals if confronted by Coyotes during all seasons and especially during the pup birthing and pup raising season which is about to begin in April and May..............Soak in this thorough co-existence information below.........An excellent "live and let live" paradigm that if embraced will allow us to live side by side with Song Dogs for millenia to come
New post on Coyote Yipps
by yippsCoyote pupping season is in full swing, which is obvious from coyote behaviors I'm now observing in our parks. Since mating occurred through mid-February and, now that it is mid-March, dens are being selected and dug. In preparation for the big event, all coyotes, especially males, are vigilantly contributing their share to the process: they are safeguarding their family territories to help make them safe for pups. Where does this come from?We all need to become aware of coyote behaviors so that we can know how to prevent issues. Coyotes don't like canine intruders in their territories: they even don't allow non-family coyotes in. All canines, be they wolves, dogs, foxes or coyotes, don't really like each other and all will exclude the others, as well as members of their same species who are non-family members, from their territories. This is instinctive behavior. We can't really change their instincts for survival, but we can learn about them and understand them, and modify our own behaviors, so that all of us — human, cat, dog, coyote — can coexist. The guidelines are few and simple.I came upon this fella sitting in MY observation post — he was messaging me to move on. So I did.Seeing this dog, two coyotes ran in its direction. The walker didn't leash his dog until I yelled that coyotes were out. Facing the coyotes stopped the coyotes from following him.What behaviors might you see at this time?1) Coyotes want you and your dog to know they are around so that you'll know that the area has been taken and is not up for grabs. One way of letting us know this is being more conspicuous. Increased visibility is a "message" to everyone and it's a pretty basic way of letting us know they are around.2) Coyotes also may actually approach dogs to get them to "move on" or "go away." As you are walking along, a coyote could hurry in your dog's direction and could even try to sneak up from behind in an attempt to give your dog a little nip or pinch on the hind quarters. Remember that they are approaching your dog, not you. They could try to do this when you aren't looking at them, even if your dog is leashed. Their aim is not to maim, but to firmly "message" your dog to leave. A small abrasion or scratch may result. You can prevent this.An unleashed dog has charged in to chase coyotesThis is a nip to the behind that coyotes use to "message" their needs to be left alone. Coyotes avoid all-out "attacks" because they won't take risks that might jeopardize their their own safety.What you need to do during this season is:1) Be aware, alert and vigilant as you walk your dog during this pupping period. If you see a coyote, even if it's out in the distance, make sure your dog is on a short leash and continue walking on and away from the coyote. Nonetheless, the coyote, or coyotes, could hurry in your and your dog's direction -- they have a job to do which is instinctive: know what is happening and be prepared.2) If and when a coyote has come within 30-50 feet -- just stop and face the coyote eyeball to eyeball -- usually this is all you'll have to do for the coyote to move on. If the coyote remains there, step in his direction and clap your hands or toss a small stone in his direction (not at him so as not to injure him), if the coyote moves, continue on your way, keeping an eye on him and without running. If he makes a second attempt, do this again with a little more energy. He'll run off, and you, too, should walk on out of the area.
Posted by Rick Meril at 9:11 PM