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Action Alert - Monday, October 14, 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
Shells: Treasures from Maine Shores, Oct 21
Event - Posted - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Alison C. Dibble, conservation biologist, shares her passion for Maine shells ranging from clams and snails to slippers and whelks. At Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, October 21, 7 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Ocean Commotion 5k Run/Walk, Oct 19
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 12, 2019 

You and your friendly four legged running companions can participate in the 5th Annual Ocean Commotion 5k Race. At Hermit Island Campground, Phippsburg, October 19, benefits Marine Mammals of Maine.
Falling Leaf Fun, Oct 18
Event - Posted - Friday, October 11, 2019 

Friends of Sears Island will host a program for kids. At Belfast City Park, October 18, 2:30-4 pm.
NRCM's Annual Conservation Leadership Awards, Oct 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

Natural Resources Council of Maine 2019 Conservation Leadership Awards:
• Jon Lund, Hallowell, Lifetime Achievement Award
• Liz Caruso, Caratunk, tireless activist against the proposed CMP transmission corridor
• SolaRISE Student Activists, Portland, advocates for providing solar energy to local schools
• Sandi Howard for dedication to administering Say NO to NECEC
At Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, Portland, October 16, 6-8 pm.
Bees and Blueberries: Where Does It Go From Here? Oct 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

Pollinator Biologist Eric Venturi will present this year's Roque Island Lecture on Environmental Conservation: The future of cultivating blueberries. At UMaine at Machias, October 16, 11 am.
Evening for the Environment, Oct 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 8, 2019 

Keynote speaker Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods," speaks on nature-deficit disorder, the importance of exposure to nature for health, and the need for environmental protection. Also, celebrate policy wins for conservation and clean energy in Maine. At UNE's Innovation Hall, Portland, October 22, 5:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters.
Fall Photography Walk, Oct 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 5, 2019 

Jim McCarthy will share secrets for creative nature photography. At Cathance River Education Alliance Ecology Center, Topsham, October 12, 9-11 am, limit 20, pre-register.
Kennebec Land Trust, Howard Hill Historical Park dedication, Oct 10
Announcement - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

Judy Camuso, Commissioner, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife; Howard Lake, KLT Director; Bill Bridgeo, Augusta City Manager; Augusta Mayor Dave Rollins; and Andrew Silsby, President of Kennebec Savings Bank, provide remarks October 10, 4 pm, at the historic Gannett treehouse overlook.
Insects in decline in Maine, Oct 9
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Sarah Haggerty, Maine Audubon conservation biologist, talks about her research on Maine insect populations. At UMaine-Farmington, October 9, 7 pm. Sponsored by Western Maine Audubon.
Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

E.J. Milner-Gulland, Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford, UK, will speak on “An Optimistic Vision for a Sustainable, Wild, and Socially Just World.” Also, remarks by Senator George J. Mitchell. At UMaine at Orono, October 8, 2 pm, pre-register.
Pesticides disposal
Announcement - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Mainers can dispose of unusable and waste pesticides in October at four sites: Presque Isle, Jonesboro, Augusta and Portland. Registration deadline: October 7.
Fund for Maine Land Conservation seeking applications for grants to support future projects
Announcement - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

The Fund for Maine Land Conservation, a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications to support projects that encourage preservation of Maine’s land. Deadline: Oct. 15.
One Maine, One Health, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Maine Public Health Association's 2019 Annual Conference, "One Maine, One Health: Uniting Maine's people, environment and wildlife for better health and economy." At Augusta Civic Center, October 8, 8 am - 3 pm.
Sierra Club Maine’s Annual Celebration, Oct 10
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Keynoter: Elizabeth Rush, author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore." At Colby College, Waterville, October 10, 4 pm.
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Unity College expands online program portfolio with two programs
WABI-TV5 - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Unity College has added two new programs this fall to its online programs. One focuses on animals, while the other focuses on climate change. "Our mission is to provide affordable, accessible, and flexible curriculum to folks who care about the environment -- for folks who understand that the 21st century is not only the environmental century politically, but it's the environmental century from a career perspective," said Dr. Melik Khoury, the President of Unity College. Unity calls themselves "America's Environmental College."
Trips to the river have always provided comfort
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 14, 2019 

I will find a reason to like every month of the year but September and October are by far my favorite months. The days are shorter and the nights are colder. I have long referred to the autumn late-afternoon light in northern New England as “the golden light.” The foliage, the often unpredictable weather and the fishing all combine to make those months stand out for me. Fall fishing in Maine is still my favorite fishing of the year. ~ John Kirk
Al Cowperthwaite has done a great job for us and North Maine Woods
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Mainers are lucky to have access to 3.5 million acres in the North Maine Woods, and we are also lucky that Al Cowperthwaite has been the long-time manager of that property. I have enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures in the north woods, and feel privileged to have worked with Al on several important issues. North Maine Woods is a very special place, for hunters, anglers, hikers, campers, and all of us who enjoy outdoor adventures.
The Great Biomass Boondoggle
Other - Monday, October 14, 2019 

The New York Review of Books - The urgency of the climate crisis is inspiring some extreme and unproven ideas for how to hide carbon and cool the planet, such as ocean fertilization, turning CO2 into rocks, and seeding the atmosphere to dim the sun. Arguably one of the most reckless ideas, though, is already well underway: burning “forest biomass”—that is, trees—in power plants as a replacement for coal. The problem with this so-called green energy source is that instead of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, it increases the amount of CO2 coming out of the smokestack compared to fossil fuels, and the climate “benefit” is claimed by simply not counting the emissions.
Column: Confessions of a dedicated tree hugger
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Here’s a question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one salvages it, is that tree wasted? The answer really depends on how you assign a value to a tree and woodland. Here on Rusty Metal Farm, I tend to look at trees as extended members of my family. Yep, I am a bona fide tree hugger. ~ Julia Bayly
Letter: Inspired by monarch butterfly’s migration
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 14, 2019 

It has been delightful to see the monarch butterflies in our South Portland garden this summer. We see several going from flower to various flower – seeking sustenance before their amazing, arduous and life-threatening migration to a forest in central Mexico. several thousands of miles. We have also enjoyed the humming birds (and many other avian friends) flitting from flower to flower for nectar, before they begin their long journey to Central America. I wonder how global warming, pollution and their negative effects, caused entirely by us, will seriously affect these migrations in the near future. We are required to protect and take care of the most vulnerable among us. ~ Ravi Koil, South Portland
Letter: Support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act
Portland Press Herald - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Climate change is such a polarizing issue that passing bipartisan legislation to address it has been out of range, till now. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763) would reduce carbon pollution and bring climate change under control by charging a fee on fossil fuels. The idea is called “fee and dividend.” The bill would create 2.1 million jobs over the next decade, according to an independent study, and gradually reduce the $240 billion lost each year because of air pollution-related health and environmental costs (like those from the mercury in Maine’s freshwater lakes and streams, and Maine’s high childhood asthma rates). ~ Bob Lodato, Charleston
Letter: Tree clearing makes for safer interstate
Kennebec Journal - Monday, October 14, 2019 

In response to all the uproar over tree cutting along the interstate and the interchanges, I applaud the Maine Department of Transportation for the great job they are doing. The safety aspect of this operation greatly outweighs the sacrifice of the trees. The sun can get to the roadways and melt ice and snow. The line of sight for travelers is greatly improved for drivers to see oncoming traffic and wildlife near the roadways. As a retired firefighter/EMT, having responded to many vehicle accidents on highways, I say keep up the good work, DOT. ~ Bob Dore, Vassalboro
Letter: A win for America’s scenic byways
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 14, 2019 

The process for selecting new National Scenic Byways was dormant for a decade, but now a bill recently signed into law revives the program and enables designation of a round of new byways within one year. National Scenic Byways have been proven to attract visitors and generate economic growth in rural America. And additional culturally and historically important roads will be preserved for generations to come. ~ Bob Haynes, Skowhegan
Letter: Support small farms
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 14, 2019 

In response to the Oct. 1 story in the BDN, “Trump farm secretary: No guarantee small farms will survive”: Nearly all farms in Maine, including our dairy farms, are “small farms” under Secretary Sonny Perdue’s definitions. We must work to support these small farms, as they are critical to our food security, and our rural economy. Between 2012 and 2017, Maine lost 573 farms, many of those small- and medium-sized farms. If the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s policies continue to support a “get big or get out” philosophy, we will continue to see the loss of farms in Maine. ~ Sarah Alexander, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity
Lisbon Falls woman completes Triple Crown of Hiking
Sun Journal - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

In September, after hiking almost 8,000 miles over a four-year period, Elysha Dyer of Lisbon Falls became one of about 400 people in the world to have attained “Triple Crown” status in hiking. The Triple Crown of Hiking is reached when one completes the entirety of the Appalachian Trail, between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine; the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches through Washington, Oregon and California; and the Continental Divide Trail, located along the Rocky Mountains. Each of the three trails is more than 2,000 miles.
A solution for food waste in Maine schools: Give it to the pigs
Associated Press - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state.
Portland group awarded over $600,000 for immigrant farmer project
Associated Press - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

The federal government’s investing more than $600,000 in a Portland group that works with immigrants and refugees to teach sustainable farming practices. The awards will go to Cultivating Community, which manages and supports urban food growing. One of the grants is a $100,000 award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a project to build refugee agriculture in Maine
Fish farmer, gov, tribe partner on salmon stocking program
Other - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

A fish farming company says it's working with government agencies and a tribal group to raise salmon to be released into a Maine river. Cooke Aquaculture says it's working on the project with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the federal government and the Penobscot Indian Nation. The company says the project involves growing juvenile Atlantic salmon to adult size in aquaculture pens near Cutler and releasing them into the Penobscot River's East Branch. Salmon were once plentiful in Maine's rivers, but the fish are now listed under the U.S.'s Endangered Species Act. Cooke says about 5,000 adult salmon will be taken to the East Branch and tributaries in fall 2021 or 2022. It says that will result in the most spawning adults in the Penobscot River in decades.
Explore The County with these fall photos
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

Autumn in Maine is a precious season. With a variety of captivating scenic overlooks, pink-purple hues of cotton candy-colored sunsets or low-hanging tree branches that create a natural canopy over a wooded trail, this season is truly something to marvel. But it doesn’t last very long.
Column: Bowhunting for deer offers a lot of down time
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

Bowhunting can be hours of inactivity punctuated by moments of excitement. Filling those empty hours can be trying unless you have a diversion. Fortunately, Mother Nature has a remedy. Watching and identifying the feathered creatures that pay us an occasional visit while on stand is sometimes a welcome distraction. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Salmon Falls River offers a pleasant tidal estuary paddle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

This 6-mile round-trip tidal estuary paddle is best enjoyed between the time of three hours before high tide to three hours after high tide. Bonus: The river is chock-full of birdlife this month. Note: October is duck hunting season in Maine. Be sure to wear hunter orange when you go paddling anywhere in the state. ~ Michael Perry
Column: During fall migration, you never know what you’ll see
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

The fall migration is a time of loss for us. We bid farewell to our eastern phoebes as they head to Florida, our ruby-throated hummingbirds as they depart for Costa Rica, and even monarch butterflies as they begin to wing their way to the highlands of Mexico. Of course, fall does offer us the chance to see birds that neither breed nor winter in Maine. They delight us as they pass through Maine en route to wintering areas to the south. In addition to migrating birds are those sent off course by storms and birds whose internal compasses malfunction. ~ Herb Wilson
Opinion: Maine fishermen, like Maine farmers, deserve support
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

While it’s shameful that 75 percent of the $322 billion in farm subsidies have only gone to about 10 percent of the farms, of which most are soy, corn and wheat farms, there have been about $6 billion in subsidies to the fishing industry in the past 10 years. Or, less than 2 percent of $322 billion. If we don’t want to see fishing families go out, either, then we need to reconsider how we talk about and support fishermen and their businesses. Fishermen also face economic stress, but only see a fraction of the subsidy. ~ Monique Coombs, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association
Letter: Plant more trees for the climate
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

We have watched the unexpected ominous disappearance of the Arctic ice caps without becoming unduly concerned. We even refused to acknowledge that there could be a tragic link between this phenomenon and our own survival. We can’t afford to ignore the dire implications. What can still be done that has not been tried before? How about a unified, concerned struggle to reverse the seemingly hopeless destruction of our forests? “Scientists have calculated that the cheapest and most effective way to fight climate change may be to plant trees – a trillion of them.” ~ Howard Nau Stewart, Manchester
Letter: What happened to East-West Highway?
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

Cianbro’s Peter Vigue a few short years ago envisioned and championed the building of a limited-access expressway crossing Maine to and from the Canadian Maritimes to the Province of Quebec — the East-West Highway. Contained within that project were easement potentials for transmission lines, pipelines and proximities to potential solar farm sites. Such “bundled accesses” would have avoided the current Central Maine Power corridor request and the failure of a pipeline project through Massachusetts, and would have avoided more unsightly, bird-killing windmills. ~ N. Blake Bartlett, Hallowell
Letter: ‘We can’t pave our way out of climate change’
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 13, 2019 

Maine maintains 22,236 miles of road, pressuring local property taxes, emitting carbon from vehicles and consuming 90 percent of Maine’s federal transportation dollars. Paving and its oil-derived components are emissions heavy, resource extractive, costly to build and rebuild and inefficient for moving people, and they pollute waterways, divert resources from renewables, drive demand for fossil fuels and represent an untenable path to propose under the bold Mills carbon initiative. Passenger trains operating on steel railroads deliver access to workforce housing, jobs and climate change solutions that will transform our economy while aiding carbon neutrality. ~ Tony Donovan, Portland
Windsor home to substation that stabilizes power for rest of New England
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, October 12, 2019 

Central Maine Power Co. officials said a $50 million system in Windsor is the largest such system in North America and, when it was installed in 2018, the largest in the world. The system monitors voltage variations and power disruptions and makes adjustments to the grid in milliseconds to help prevent outages and enable faster restoration if there is an outage by stabilizing the system, a system which takes electricity produced in Canada, through Maine, which is distributed throughout New England. Doug Herling, CMP president and chief executive officer, said that in the past, ensuring the level of stability in the grid brought by the STATCOM system, would have required the construction of more transmission lines, meaning the new system lessens the power grid’s impact on the environment.
New Sharon officials wait for asbestos, air quality inspections
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 12, 2019 

The New Sharon Board of Selectmen is awaiting asbestos and air quality inspections before the Town Office can be reopened. The office was closed Tuesday after an asbestos pipe burst in a back room, flooding it with boiling water and sending steam down the hallway toward the front offices.
Column: Marketing the Maine outdoors
Sun Journal - Saturday, October 12, 2019 

Hunting annually brings in $339 million while fishing brings in $208 million to Maine. This economic impact also produces thousands of full-time and part-time jobs to the state’s rural areas, which have been hard-pressed for employment opportunities. IF&W’s marketing and communication program will get $250,000 from the governor’s budget and $150,000 for IF&W’s landowner relations program. This means that somebody has seen the light: Maine will be able to do a lot better competing on the national stage to attract hunting and fishing dollars to Maine. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
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