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Action Alert - Tuesday, September 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
The Ecology of the Heath, Sep 24
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 

Naturalist Fred Cichocki will describe the ecology of the 12-acre heath at Cathance Rive Nature Preserve in Topsham and other sphagnum moss wetlands. At Topsham Public Library, September 24, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
LUPC to Hold Public Meeting on Approved Fish River Lakes Concept Plan, Sep 25
Event - Posted - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 

The Maine Land Use Planning Commission staff will hold an open house and public meeting regarding the Fish River Chain of Lakes Concept Plan. At Caribou Inn and Convention Center, September 25, Open House 6 pm; Public Meeting 6:30 pm.
Oppose CMP's transmission corridor
Action Alert - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Ask Maine’s Congressional delegation to urge the Army Corps for an Environmental Impact Statement and public hearing on Central Maine Power’s proposal for a transmission corridor through Western Maine. ~ Nick Bennett, NRCM
No logging in the Tongass National Forest
Action Alert - Monday, September 16, 2019 

The Amazon is burning, yet Donald Trump wants to open the world's largest intact temperate forest to mining and logging exploitation. He is opening 10 million acres in the Tongass National Forest to brutal exploitation. Tongass retains more carbon than any forest in the U.S., provides habitat for iconic wild creatures and contains old-growth trees as much as 1,000 years old. Don't let Trump destroy it. ~ CREDO Action
York Beach Clean Up, Sep 23
Event - Posted - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Join a beach clean up & attempt to set a world record spelling the largest "NO PLANET B" ever in the sand. The goal is 500 people At Long Sands Beach, York, September 23, 9 am - 12:30 pm.
Guided Canoe Trip with Ryan Linehan, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Delve into themes of industry, waterways, and the environment, with conversation in art galleries and on the Messalonskee River. At Colby Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, September 22, 12-4 pm, pre-registration required.
Tumbledown trail maintenance, guided hike scheduled, Sep 22
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

A 4.7 mile round-trip guided hike up Tumbledown Mountain will include discussion of geology, trees and plants, history, wildlife and issues facing the mountain. Meet at Brook Trailhead on Byron Road, Weld, September 22, 9 am - 2 pm.
Portland Electric Car Ride & Drive, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Learn about electric cars during the 5th annual EV Expo. At Back Cove parking area off Preble Street, Portland, September 21, 12-4 pm, free pizza & coffee. Hosted by Natural Resources Council of Maine and ReVision Energy.
Smithsonian Museum Day, Sep 21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

An annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. At L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, September 21, 10 am - 4:30 pm.
Common Ground Country Fair, Sep 20-22
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

More than 750 varied events at this annual celebration of rural living with a mix of workshops, demonstrations, music, vendors, farmers’ markets, fantastic food and more. At Unity, September 20-22, gates open daily at 9 am.
Life Happens Outside Festival, Sep 20-21
Event - Posted - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

At L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport, September 20, 6:30 pm, food trucks; 7:15 pm, Maine Outdoor Film Festival. September 21, 10 am - 4 pm, climbing, biking, talks, exhibits. Free but donations benefit Teens To Trails.
Climate Strike, Sep 20-27
Action Alert - Friday, September 13, 2019 

It’s time to build a renewable energy economy that works for everyone. Join in the streets September 20 and the week after to demand climate justice for all.
• Portland City Hall, Sep 20, 12 pm
• Bowdoin Art Museum steps, Brunswick, Sep 29, 10 am
• Meetinghouse gazebo, Farmington, Sep 20, 12 pm
• Longley Square Park, Norway, Sep 20, 4:30 pm
• Sidewalk at Main and Temple St, Waterville, Sep 20, 4 pm
• Front of Bangor High School, Sep 20, 11 am
• Resistance Corner, Downtown Belfast, Sep 20, 12 pm
• Bar Harbor Village Green, Sep 20, 12 pm
• Dike on Route 1, Machias, Sep 20, 1:30 pm
Global Climate Strike, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Take to the streets for the Global Climate Strike to make sure elected officials and candidates for office in 2020 hear us loud and clear. Strikes in Maine at Farmington and Bar Harbor, September 20. ~ 350 Action
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Sep 20
Event - Posted - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Ron and Deidre Fournier will speak about the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center. At meeting of the Oxford County Educators Association-Retired, Universalist Church, West Paris, September 20, 1 pm.
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Column: Arctic charr restored to Reed Pond
Sun Journal - Saturday, March 31, 2018 

The American Fisheries Society recently presented the fisheries division of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife with a national award for cutting edge work in the restoration of the native Arctic charr to Big Reed Pond in Piscataquis County. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Letter: Animal lives matter
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, March 31, 2018 

As innocent American citizens continue to be murdered by disturbed men armed with military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, three organized groups can be counted on to resist life-saving, common-sense gun control: the National Rifle Association, Safari Club and the so-called sportsmen’s clubs. There is a documented link between the abuse and killing of defenseless animals, among many mass murderers, that often precedes the killing of people. The continued, state-sanctioned sport killing of native wildlife sends a message to disturbed people that taking innocent life is acceptable behavior when it should not be any longer. All lives matter. ~ Robert Goldman, Portland
Letter: Changes having negative impact on North Maine Woods
Fiddlehead Focus (St. John Valley, Aroostook County) - Saturday, March 31, 2018 

Ah, the days of going deer hunting in the North Maine Woods. Heading out to Allagash, seeing all the deer hanging at the sporting camps was quite the sight. Things have changed in the last 5 years. The clearcutting and spraying of our natural forests doesn’t provide the shelter and food for our deer and other animals. How did it get to be like this? I blame our politicians, period. Thank God I can bring my grandchildren to Baxter State Park, Debouille Public Reserved Land, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and Acadia National Park. We are so lucky to have these parks. ~ Pat Labbe, Fort Kent
Letter: Cote’s environmental concern refreshing
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, March 31, 2018 

Being in my 80s, and having served in many environmental and conservation positions – including as executive director of the Maine Audubon Society, commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation, chair of the board of the Gulf of Maine Aquarium, member of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection and several others – I am writing today to endorse Adam Cote for our next governor. ~ Dick Anderson, Portland
Provincial Pumas in the Northeast Urban/Wildlands Interface
Other - Friday, March 30, 2018 

ecoRI News - The mountain lion is the most widespread of any large terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. European settlers eliminated them from most of their former territory in the East centuries ago. But in some parts of Canada they survived. Their descendants, found in New Brunswick and Quebec today, may be secretive but they aren’t ghosts, cases of mistaken identity or figments of our imaginations. Cougars are highly efficient predators that are well adapted to life in the densely settled Northeast. This is especially true along Maine’s mid-coast region, where most of the state’s citizens live. It’s also where most of the state’s whitetails are concentrated. That’s one reason why the Atlantic Coast is perfect habitat for cougars.
Opinion: It's Time for the Outdoor Industry to Buy Its Own Politicians
Other - Friday, March 30, 2018 

Outside - Right now, the outdoors is facing an unprecedented political attack. Efforts to halt climate change are being withdrawn. Agencies that protect the environment are being defunded. The Endangered Species Act may be “rolled back.” And efforts are underway to sell off our public lands. There’s even talk of drilling for oil in national parks. Why is this happening? In part because the oil and gas industries have bought off our politicians. Rather than complain about the state of politics, work to be the change we believe in, or espouse some other well-meaning but ultimately ineffective slogan, why don’t we borrow a leaf from the Koch brothers’ playbook and buy our own politicians?
Mainers Brace For Trump's Expected Rollback Of Auto Emissions, Efficiency Standards
Maine Public - Friday, March 30, 2018 

The Trump administration is expected to announce next week that it will relax greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks that were last approved more than five years ago. Auto manufacturers are welcoming the move as a way to keep prices more affordable. Environmentalists, however, say the move will undo years of progress making cleaner cars and will result in more pollution, especially in a state like Maine. “I think this issue is going to get bogged down in the courts for a long time,” says Adam Lee, the chairman of the Lee Auto Group, one of the biggest car dealers in the state. Lee is an anomaly in the world of auto sales, a dealer who has long supported clean emissions and fuel economy standards because he thinks they’re better for the environment and for consumers, who save more money at the gas pump.
Emmy-winning Wildlife Conservationist and TV host Jeff Corwin to Deliver Unity College Commencement
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 30, 2018 

Internationally renowned wildlife conservationist and television personality Jeff Corwin, who has inspired a generation of the conservation-minded by sharing stories about the wild on shows including “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin” and CNN’s “Planet in Peril” with Anderson Cooper, will speak at Unity College’s 2018 commencement.
Wildlife Encounters
Maine Public - Friday, March 30, 2018 

Guests: Maynard Stanley Jr., Critter Catcher wildlife control; Josh Sparks, Sparks’ Ark Animal Services; and Bob Cordes, Department of Inland Fisheries biologist.
Brewers' 'silent partner': Portland Water District honored for protecting Sebago watershed
Mainebiz - Friday, March 30, 2018 

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization, named Portland Water District as the 2018 recipient of its annual Espy Land Heritage Award. "Portland Water District is tasked with providing clean water for 200,000 people in 11 Greater Portland communities and their goal was to do it without the use of expensive chemical filtration systems,"said MCHT President Tim Glidden, who presented the award to the district on March 22 at the 35th annual Maine Land Conservation Conference in Rockport. "To achieve their goals, they collaborated with local land trusts and towns within the watershed to secure local forestland and provide natural buffers to protect water sources."
Column: Project FeederWatch can turn you into a scientist
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 30, 2018 

Project FeederWatch is a citizen science survey where average citizens simply look at the bird feeder and occasionally count what they’re seeing. The survey happens in winter, when large flocks of birds are meandering all over the continent. The birds have to be somewhere. If they’re not at your house, they’re at somebody else’s, perhaps several states away. The Cornell Lab or Ornithology started Project FeederWatch as an easy way to track movements and trends. Based on thousands of reports from households all over the country, they can get a sense of where these winter wanderers are going. They can also detect if populations are growing or declining. ~ Bob Duchesne
Susan Gallo wins much deserved award
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Friday, March 30, 2018 

Susan Gallo has been doing great things at Maine Audubon for Maine’s wildlife since 1998, so it was nice that her work was recognized this year with Source’s Conservation award from the Maine Sunday Telegram.
New 3D models of Baxter State Park to give visitors a new perspective
Bangor Daily News - Friday, March 30, 2018 

This spring, new 3D terrain models of Baxter State Park will be installed throughout the park at visitor centers, campgrounds and ranger stations for the public to use while planning their backcountry adventures. Donated by Friends of Baxter State Park, these state-of-the-art displays were produced by Solid Terrain Modeling, the same company that makes terrain models for the National Geographic Explorers Hall and Smithsonian Institution. The donation consists of 10 models, which cost $65,000, making it the largest single donation Friends of Baxter State Park has ever made to the park.
Letter: Negative effects of climate change will worsen unless we act now
Portland Press Herald - Friday, March 30, 2018 

As Maine physicians, outdoor enthusiasts, parents and grandparents, we call on Mainers to stabilize our climate and protect the natural bounties that our state offers. And we entreat our elected leaders in Congress and the State House to endorse and support a bipartisan, revenue-neutral strategy (carbon fee and dividend – visit citizensclimatelobby.org for more details) that protects our well-being. We have too much to lose through delay or inaction. ~ Edward Pontius, M.D. andNicholas Bartenhagen, M.D.
Deal allows disputed expansion of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to proceed
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

The 4-1 vote by the town’s Board of Selectmen is the latest in a drawn-out battle over a proposed $30 million expansion of the popular attraction that was first announced in 2016. Two related lawsuits will also be dropped as the agreement brings a bitter battle to a close, but details of the resolution have not been released.
Opinion: Concerns Regarding the Nordic Aquafarms Land-Based Salmon Farm Project
Free Press - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

I am not in support of the zoning changes needed for the Nordic Aquaculture Salmon Farm at the Little River site on Route 1. This project proposal is being rushed too fast to be able to have accurate, fully fleshed out details on a project so large and which will have such a huge, long-term impact on our environment and our community. ~ Wendy Watson, Belfast
Maine won’t extend its ice fishing season this year
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

In spite of spring conditions that have left many of the state’s lakes and ponds with thick coverings of ice, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has decided it won’t extend ice fishing season on northern lakes and ponds beyond the end of March.
Longtime warden promoted to landowner relations slot
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

The Maine Warden Service beefed up its commitment to landowner relations recently, as it promoted Dave Chabot to game warden corporal. Chabot joins Cpl. Rick LaFlamme as the second warden in the landowner relations program. Chabot will focus on small landowners, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Questioning Benefits of Power Transmission Proposal
Public News Service - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

Environmental groups are challenging an electric transmission line proposal that was rejected by New Hampshire and now has been shifted to a route through Maine. The "New England Clean Energy Connect" project would carry power from Hydro-Quebec in Canada to Massachusetts. It replaces the Northern Pass proposal, which was rejected over concerns about environmental damage in the Granite State. According to Dylan Voorhees, climate and energy policy director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the impact would be similar in Maine, including fragmenting wildlife habitat by cutting through 50 miles of undeveloped forest.
Kennebec Land Trust receives donation of Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation Area
Sun Journal - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

Mt. Vernon residents George and Linda Smith have helped Kennebec Land Trust reach the 6,248 acres conserved mark with their donation of the 125-acre Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation Area Forest in Mt. Vernon. The 125-acre hilly property conserves a 50-acre wetland with a large vernal pool, a well-managed mixed hardwood-conifer forest and a deer wintering area. The extensive undeveloped uplands and wetlands along the Hopkins stream corridor provide wildlife habitat for ducks and wading birds.
Letter: Plastic bag ban a slight inconvenience for real gain
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, March 29, 2018 

Do we, recognizing that a segment of society cannot be bothered with proper disposal of plastic bags, inconvenience ourselves by carrying a canvas tote in and out of the grocery store? The children are watching us as we debate this issue, as their future is hanging in the balance. Also, my 10-year-old canvas tote is now part of my right arm, and I get some exercise out of shopping. ~ Rob Pfeiffer, Solon
The ultimate road trip: America’s quietest roads revealed in pictures
Other - Wednesday, March 28, 2018 

Maine's US Route 201: This 150-mile odd road offers users a greener backdrop tracing the Kennebec River through Maine. The road winds from Gardiner to The Forkers where road trippers can follow the road up into the north woods mountains.
Offshore Winds Enough to Power Maine
Other - Wednesday, March 28, 2018 

Offshore wind power could be the power source for Maine’s clean energy future. Winds blowing off the Maine coast could provide 35.9 times that amount of electricity each year than the state currently uses, according to a report released today by Environment Maine. Even if Maine converted all activities currently powered by gasoline, natural gas and other fossil fuels (like transportation and home heating) to electricity, the energy provided by offshore wind turbines could still produce 13.7 times as much power as they would use.
Nation’s Leading Enviro Groups Want Trump to “Boot Pruitt”
Sierra Club - Wednesday, March 28, 2018 

Only in Donald Trump’s hall-of-mirrors administration would someone so fundamentally opposed to environmental protections and public health be the head of an agency specifically created to protect the environment and public health. And greens have apparently had enough. A united front of the nation’s 10 biggest and most influential environmental organizations launched a multimedia “Boot Pruitt” campaign today to force Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Aagency, out of office.
EPA staffers get talking points downplaying human role in climate change
Washington Post - Wednesday, March 28, 2018 

Environmental Protection Agency staffers received a list of “talking points” this week, instructing them to underscore the uncertainties about how human activity contributes to climate change. The email is based on controversial – and scientifically unsound – statements that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has made about the current state of climate research.
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