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Action Alert - Tuesday, September 17, 2019 

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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: Earth’s lungs belong to the world
Washington Post - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

If the Earth’s lungs were on fire and the doctor refused to treat it, would there be cause for a third-party intervention? This query nags the conscience of an outraged international community as the Amazon rainforest is ablaze in Brazil and at least two other countries whose boundaries include sections of this crucial ecosystem. What, if anything, should the rest of the world do to save a critical organ in our planet’s body? As extreme weather incidents increase and other climate change-related conditions worsen, people’s survival sense may demand direct action and new ways of balancing sovereign interests with global priorities. Earth’s lungs may reside mostly in Brazil, but they belong to the world. ~ Kathleen Parker
Prince Harry announces travel sustainability project
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

The eco-minded Prince Harry is embarking on a massive travel sustainability initiative in partnership with key travel providers. They aim to improve the practices of the global industry amid an ever-increasing number of travelers. The long-term initiative is focused on tackling the travel industry’s impact on climate change, improving wildlife conservation, and protecting the environment in top tourist spots around the world. It aims to increase the amount of tourism dollars that go to local communities, and find answers to over-tourism.
Fledgling Portland parks group outlines priorities, begins raising money
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

Two years after its incorporation, the fledgling nonprofit Portland Parks Conservancy now has a 13-member board of directors, a full-time executive director and five specific projects to undertake in the coming years. Those projects include establishing a Portland Youth Corps, where teenagers could earn money working in the city’s parks. The group also is moderating a community discussion about the future of Fort Gorges, a historic island fort in Portland Harbor, and plans to expand recreational options for people with disabilities. The Conservancy was launched in 2017 with the help of Lucas St. Clair, who provided three years of start-up funding through his foundation, Elliotsville Plantation Inc., the nonprofit that amassed land that beaome Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Developer not giving up on vision for Portland’s historic island fort
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

When Mike Dugay looks at Fort Gorges, he sees a historic landmark in desperate need of repair and a location perfect to make that happen. The location, Dugay says, could not be better for a restaurant and brewpub and, at some point in the future, a bed-and-breakfast in the historic officers’ quarters. The type of financial investment needed to make that happen would help stabilize the fort, improve public access and allow many more people to visit, he said. But the idea of commercializing Fort Gorges has run into resistance, even though no formal proposal has been presented to the city. The plan is opposed by the Friends of Fort Gorges as incompatible with its mission to preserve the structure as a public resource.
Opinion: It’s time to decide what kind of park we want Fort Gorges to be
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

The future of tiny Hob Island on which Fort Gorges stands is more murky than ever. The structural integrity of the 155-year-old fortification is gradually faltering. Some, like the developers who recently proposed commercializing the fort, envision it becoming a place that offers the same amenities and comforts you’d find on Peaks Island or in the Old Port. Instead, let's preserve its unique beauty and raw and rugged character. Rather than transforming this park into a space that’s resource-intensive, let’s bring all the stakeholders together to preserve and enhance what’s already working. ~ Erin Quigley and Zack Anchors, co-founders, Portland Paddle, which offers guided tours of Fort Gorges
Letter: NECEC should receive close scrutiny from Army Corps of Engineers
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

The Army Corps of Engineers is deliberating on whether to issue a permit for the Central Maine Power corridor. The Army Corps is the lead federal National Environmental Policy Act agency on the CMP corridor. The public can still file written comments. The Corps should perform an environmental impact statement rather than an environmental assessment and hold a public hearing on the permit for the CMP corridor. Opposition to this corridor is overwhelming, and the Corps needs to hear directly from Maine people. ~ Kimberly Lyman, Say NO to NECEC, Caratunk
Blog: It’s the misogynistic roots of climate science denial, stupid
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 2, 2019 

A friend recently shared an article analyzing the vitriol among climate science deniers toward teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg as she visits the U.S. to attend a conference in New York. The article was titled, The Misogyny of Climate Deniers, but it might have just as well been called “The Climate Denying of Misogynists.” There is a psychological connection between climate science denial and misogyny. It has ancient, biblical roots, but I suspect there are modern factors as well. We are seeing the employment of hate and brute intimidation to battle the threat of losing power. A large fraction of Americans (and other Westerners) feel as though they are under attack. Electing more women to powerful political posts can only serve as a catalyst in furthering this cause. ~ James Tatum Gale
Pittston’s newly acquired island brings possibilities, problems
Kennebec Journal - Monday, September 2, 2019 

The only indication of a road accessing about 60 acres of town-owned land is a “No Trespassing” sign posted on a pole on Old Cedar Grove Road. But if town officials are successful in their quest, one day it could be the entrance to a multi-use public area with shore-front access to the Kennebec River both from the mainland and from an island that sits just a stone’s throw from that shoreline.
New Hampshire officials kept busy with hiker distress calls
Associated Press - Monday, September 2, 2019 

First responders had a busy holiday weekend responding to reports of distressed and lost hikers in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Two women became sick and dehydrated Sunday evening near the summit of Mount Cardigan in Alexandria. A 35-year-old man became lost on Mount Moosilauke in Benton but was located thanks to coordinates from a 911 call he made. A Massachusetts woman had to be carried out after suffering a lower leg injury while hiking down Mount Lafayette.
Implementation grant to help Emery Farm expand
Kennebec Journal - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Emery Farm is the recipient of a $48,276 implementation grant from the Maine Farmland Trust. The Farming for Wholesale Implementation Grant will allow the Emery Farm to increase its indoor growing space more than 80% and extend its growing season. Receiving the grant, however, was only part of the opportunity for Trent Emery, 38, the owner and manager of the farm. It was the business planning support. “What was helpful for me, regardless of whether or not I got the grant, I needed to and wanted to focus on the growth (of my farm),” said Emery. “It was a win-win in the end.”
IFAW Officials Disappointed with Lobsterman Association’s Position on Whale Issue
Other - Monday, September 2, 2019 

CapeCod.com - The International Fund for Animal Welfare is expressing disappointment for the Maine Lobstermen’s Association decision to withdraw its support for the Take Reduction Team Agreement concerning right whales. The association withdrew support last week due to what it calls “serious flaws in the data” presented during the agreement process. IFAW Marine Campaigner CT Harry said the association’s withdrawal shouldn’t serve a blow to the collaborative effort to save the whale species while ensuring long-term lobster fishing success. “Solutions can be identified to achieve both goals and IFAW remains committed to working with the lobster industry and stakeholders across all sectors to find them,” Harry said.
Dilettante's Guide to the Fine Feathered World of Maine Birding
Down East - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Among those who keep a lifelong, cumulative record of identified bird species, and who travel to expand their lists — Maine is considered a top birding destination. Why? In a word: habitat.
Opinion: Brazil fires threaten entire planet
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Tribune News Service - The Amazon is ablaze. This is horrific news for Brazilians, especially the indigenous peoples who call the rainforest home, and for all humanity. The Amazon rainforest absorbs atmospheric carbon that would otherwise heat the planet and accelerate the global climate crisis. Called “the lungs of the planet,” the Amazon region is a crucial source of oxygen for all people. Where far-right President Jair Bolsonaro deregulates the rainforest, President Donald Trump deregulates coal emissions, undermines the science on climate change, spreads misinformation about wildfires, and retaliates against government scientists who work on climate change. The emergence of dangerous authoritarian governments poses a grave threat to the world. ~ Basav Sen, Climate Policy Project, Institute for Policy Studies
ATV Issues Discussed in Augusta
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, September 2, 2019 

ATV use is rapidly increasing in Maine, and with registrations now totaling over 70,000 annually, Governor Janet Mills has created an ATV task force that will look at a variety of issues associated with the growth in ATV use in the state, including a focus on ATV use on private land. The first meeting of the Task Force is Thursday, September 5 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine headquarters in Augusta.
The most illogical one-star reviews from Maine’s top tourist attractions
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Maine summers are full of tourists looking to live the postcard-perfect fairytale of Vacationland, but tourists are going to complain about anything. Here are a few examples of one-star TripAdvisor reviews from people who were unhappy with their experience:
• Unhappy with the natural occurrence of fog
• Too much flannel at LL Bean
• Wanting free admission to FunTown Splashtown USA
• Confusion about the definition of ‘desert’ at the Desert of Maine
• Seaweed ruins the day at Old Orchard Beach
• An underwhelmed dog parent at Baxter State Park
• Someone who doesn’t understand what ‘one star’ means at Mount Desert Island
• Having to walk to the boat for a puffin cruise
• A customer at Red’s Eats who doesn’t understand what a Maine lobster roll is
• A non-art lover goes to Portland Museum of Art
Squirrels are not part of the plan on Rusty Metal Farm
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 2, 2019 

About a decade or so ago, I decided that Rusty Metal Farm was in need of a forest plan to help direct how the acreage is managed and tended. I made wildlife management the primary goal of that plan. And it’s worked out really well. Thanks to active stewardship of the farm’s woodland, grassland and wetland, there is a thriving population of critters of all shapes, sizes and species. Moose, deer, rabbits, coyotes, bear, grouse, ravens, snakes, frogs, woodpeckers, bumblebees and more roam or fly freely about the farm. Few things make me happier than interacting with these creatures. With one glaring exception. The damn squirrels. How do I count the ways they annoy me? ~ Julia Bayly
Column: Maine GOP finding its mojo again
Forecaster - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Republicans did taxpayers a favor during late August’s special legislative session by rejecting three of four Democrat spending proposals, [including a Land for Maine's Future bond.] For the first time since Gov. Paul LePage left office, Maine Republicans are finding their mojo. ~ John Balentine
Column: Lobster lovers versus blubber lovers
Forecaster - Monday, September 2, 2019 

In Maine, hardly any restaurants serve whale. For good reasons. Whales are endangered. The huge sea creatures get hit by ships. They become entangled in fishing gear. They’re pursued by madmen named Ahab bent on revenge. But the real villain isn’t Herman Melville. According to prominent environmental groups, it’s the lobster. Unlike whales, lobsters are delicious. That means there’s lots of demand for lobster meat. And that means there’s a thriving industry devoted to meeting that demand by trapping as many of the creatures as the law will allow. The eco-knowers are calling for a 60 percent reduction in the number of lines attached to lobster traps, a proposition as environmentally friendly as it is economically disastrous. There ought to be a technological solution to this dilemma. While we’re developing that, we should be careful not to do unnecessary damage to a crucial Maine industry in order to preserve a creature we can’t seem to coexist with and would prefer not to eat. ~ Al Diamon
Opinion: Farmers need a bill of rights
Morning Sentinel - Monday, September 2, 2019 

There used to be legal protections for farmers and consumers. Yet, the Trump administration decided not to finalize rules that clarify what counts as fair trade practices, helping farmers understand their rights in the marketplace and to impede corporate overreach. As incomes have slumped over the last few years, input costs have increased for feed, seed, fertilizer, fuel and machinery. Trump’s tariffs on imports from our trading partners and their retaliatory tariffs on our agricultural exports have caused even more pain in rural America. And corporate agribusiness continues to consolidate, with little more than a wink and a nod from government regulators. Those of us in farm country are in desperate need of a Farmers Bill of Rights. ~ Jim Goodman, organic dairy farmer, and Anthony Mahnke, Family Farm Defenders
Letter: Hosting the G-7
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful — and a change of pace from self-enrichment to focusing on the good of the country — for the U.S. to host the G-7 (and 7 only)? The Trump Administration could host it in one of our beautiful National Parks. ~ Vivienne Lenk, Beaver Cove
Gardiner contamination removal ending soon
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

More than six weeks after state environmental officials started supervising the cleanup of contaminated materials at the site of a bridge reconstruction project along Cobbosseecontee Stream, they are making plans to wrap it up. But they may not have cleaned up all the pollution. David Madore, communications director for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said Friday, “We’re going to try to remove as much as we can and do what we can to contain the rest.” To date, 3,700 tons of contaminated soil and 2,000 gallons of free product has been removed from the site.
A Down East park wants to be an Acadia alternative. But its tax exemption makes some unhappy.
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Acadia National Park broke records this summer when more than 35,000 people visited on a single day. In just 10 years, Acadia’s visitation has grown by 59 percent, a trend that has led one nonprofit to offer Down East tourists an alternative destination — Lubec. “Our hope is that we will attract visitors who go to Acadia and want a slightly different experience,” Carl Carlson said, “a place that’s more remote, more rural, where you’re not in the crowds but you still have the beauty of nature.” Carlson is chief operating office for the Butler Conservation Fund Inc., the nonprofit constructing an outdoor recreation area on Lubec’s coast, which will be known as Red Point Park. News of the park met with mixed reviews when Lubec residents learned the Butler Conservation Fund had filed for 100 percent tax-exempt status.
9 ways to repel deer flies and horse flies
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Deer flies and horse flies can easily ruin an outdoor experience. They swarm, ricochet off your skin and buzz around your ears. Their bites are nearly as painful as bee stings, and they’re absolutely relentless in their pursuit. But there are a few things you can do to fight back.
1. Test liquid repellents
2. Stay still
3. Go the distance
4. Wear light colors
5. Avoid water
6. Always wear a hat
7. Make a sticky hat
8. Don a dryer sheet
9. Befriend a tall person
How Maine could raise $100 million more for roads and bridges — and why it needs to
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

The Maine Department of Transportation says the shortfall to fund routine road and bridge maintenance is at an estimated $140 million for roads and bridges. Two years ago, a Republican-led proposal would have shifted all sales tax revenue from sales of vehicles and other products to the Highway Fund from the state budget. They proposed $3 million in annual fees on hybrid and electric vehicles opposed by environmental groups. A similar — though smaller — transfer could be part of a grand bargain. The Legislature set up a commission set to start meeting later this month with a bipartisan goal of proposing legislation in 2020 that could set up a more sustainable funding system.
A Hampden waste plant keeps finding American flags in the garbage, so it’s planning a proper farewell
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

More than 30 American flags have been plucked out of the waste that arrives each day at the Coastal Resources of Maine plant in Hamden. The plant’s staff is working with Hampden officials and a group of local Boy Scouts to provide a more gallant ending for the national flags that Mainers have been chucking in with their rubbish.
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