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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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Face Time: Emily MacCabe fell in love with the outdoors as a child
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Emily MacCabe developed a “lifelong love” of the outdoors when she was growing up. MacCabe, originally from Rockport, studied environmental science with a focus in conservation law enforcement at Unity College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2004. She has worked for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife since 2004, where she was recently promoted to director of information and education. MacCabe was recognized this past spring by the Northeast Conservation Information and Education Association as the northeast’s Information and Education Professional of the Year.
List of Maine towns opposing CMP transmission corridor grows
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Woolwich, which is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to revoke its support, could be the latest in a string of nearly two dozen Maine towns that have either formally opposed or rescinded support for the NECEC transmission corridor, as opponents continue to try to derail the planned 145-mile line. But their efforts may be for naught. The towns’ opposition is largely symbolic, said Tony Buxton, a lawyer who heads the energy practice at Portland law firm Preti Flaherty and also represents an industrial electricity users group that supports the $1 billion project. Under state law, the Maine Public Utilities Commission has the power to override a denied permit at the local level if commissioners decide the project is needed for “public welfare and convenience.”
Conservation projects get the Royal treatment
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Supporters of the Royal River Conservation Trust gathered Aug. 15 at Skyline Farm carriage house museum in North Yarmouth to celebrate with three cakes for three successes: the expansion of Chesley Meadows Preserve at Runaround Pond in Durham, the expansion of Old Crow Ranch in Durham and the creation of Big Falls Preserve in New Gloucester.
Column: Volunteers hope to restore the original Peary gardens on Eagle Island
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Several volunteers are working to re-create the original gardens planted on Eagle Island, Admiral Robert E. Peary’s summer home in Casco Bay, off the coast of Harpswell. The gardens were created between 1912 and 1946 by three women in the famed Arctic explorer’s life. But because the island is a state historic site, restoring the gardens isn’t as simple as weed, till and plant. ~ Tom Attwell
Column: Holbrook Island Sanctuary offers unique experience
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Imagine a pristine, scarcely touched stretch of Maine coastline. Imagine vistas of ocean and islands, stretching out from uncrowded beaches and bluffs. Imagine scenic hiking trails through old-growth woods, teeming with wildlife and birdsong. There’s a good chance you’re imagining something that looks a lot like Holbrook Island Sanctuary in Brooksville. More than 7.5 miles of trails offer many opportunities to explore this unspoiled bit of land poking into Penobscot Bay.~ Jake Christie
Column: Before you recycle that jar, reuse it
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Rather than waste water to wash used food jars and tubs, first make vinaigrette, dessert sauce, sweetener for tea and more right in the containers. Do as pop star Taylor Swift suggests in her hit song “Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. I shake it off, I shake it off.” ~ Christine Burns Rudalevige
Column: When – if ever – is the right time for a baby?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Is it moral to have children just because I may want to? Any child of mine would be born into a world ravaged by climate change. While all human life involves suffering to some extent, would I be condemning an infant to grow up in a world growing hotter, more toxic, more poisoned and more dangerous than I did? Raising a child, particularly in America, is incredibly resource-intensive. I mean, think of all the miles I would put on my car driving that kid to school and soccer and play dates. Children of mine would mean tons more carbon in the atmosphere, more plastic pollution in the ocean. Is it moral for me to do that when I could simply…not? ~ Victoria Hugo-Vidal
Column: Potholes in the information highway
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Republicans stood up for what they believe in last week – even though it’s not really clear what that is. At Monday’s special legislative session they voted nearly unanimously to kill $52 million in proposed bonds, including $20 million for the always-popular Land for Maine’s Future program, which preserves natural sights, wildlife habitat, historic downtowns and working waterfronts. This isn’t rocket science – it’s politics. The Republicans blew themselves up. ~ Greg Kesich
Opinion: We must work together to keep Lake Auburn pristine
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

The quality of the water in Lake Auburn is so clean that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted the Auburn Water District and the city of Lewiston, Water Division, a waiver from filtration, which allows the two agencies to keep costs down for their customers. However, to keep this waiver, the water quality must remain exceptional. It is a lot easier to keep a water source clean than it is to clean it up once it has been polluted. We must work together collaboratively to keep Lake Auburn as one of the most pristine lakes in the country. ~ Lauren Olson, Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission
Letter: Harvest is not needed to maintain healthy fish stocks
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

The recent article “Why catch-and-release is killing, not conserving, Maine fisheries” (Aug. 11) was incomplete and misleading. The issues presented are recreation, not conservation, and fishing, not fish. Saying “The widespread practice of catch-and-release in waters across Maine has thrown many ecosystems out of balance” is unfounded and dangerous, and flies in the face of modern fisheries management. What is hurting Maine’s fisheries is stocking; nonnative fish introductions – including state-sponsored, high-impact angling; and the harvest of large fish. In the case of Sebago and Moosehead lakes, it’s a combination of all the above. While you can harvest your way into trouble, you can rarely harvest your way out of it. ~ Bob Mallard, Skowhegan
Letter: Don’t blame fish for Vassalboro taxes
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

It’s easy to get the wrong impression from the Aug. 15 story “Vassalboro tax rate increases by 15 cents” which ran with an image of alewives and concluded with a cost estimate for the construction of a fishway at the Outlet Dam. The alewife restoration work is not causing local taxes to go up. We have removed two dams and have a construction project underway to install a technical fishway at the Ladd Dam, keeping that dam and its swimming hole in place. We have not used funding from Vassalboro’s property taxes. Vassalboro voters did approve putting alewife harvesting funds toward the restoration work, which invests current harvesting funding toward larger future harvests, but local taxes are not being increased for the alewife restoration work. ~ Landis Hudson, Yarmouth
Aurora borealis could be visible in Maine this weekend
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

There could be a widespread northern lights event coming to the northern U.S. this weekend. The University of Alaska at Fairbanks issued a forecast of the Kp level, the index used to measure light in the atmosphere, expected in the next few days. Scientists are forecasting a Kp value of 6, and call for ‘high auroral activity.’ As long as weather permits, the lights could possibly be seen in central Maine and northern Maine.
For the first time in 8 years, 1,000 Atlantic salmon have returned to the Penobscot
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

Three previously uncaptured salmon were caught at the Milford Dam fish lift this week, raising the season total to 1,097. This is the first year since 2011 that more than 1,000 Atlantic salmon have returned to the Penobscot River. Atlantic salmon are listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in all Maine rivers.
After months of repairs, Planet Uranus returns to Maine’s 95-mile solar system model
Presque Isle Star-Herald - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

After being absent from its place along Route 1 in Bridgewater since the winter months, the planet Uranus is now set in “orbit” along with the additional seven planets and three dwarf planets in the Maine Solar System Model. The Maine Solar System Model currently extends 95 miles from University of Maine at Presque Isle to the dwarf planet Eris in Topsfield in Washington County, and includes a 50-foot-diameter “sun” at UMPI’s Northern Maine Museum of Science. Community volunteers from schools, colleges and construction companies built the model over a period of four years between 1999 and 2003, and added dwarf planets in 2008. The Maine Solar System Model is the largest such model in the Western Hemisphere.
Opinion: The Earth will remember humans for the mess we left behind
Bloomberg News - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

We have caused huge shifts in the plants and animals sharing the planet with us, driven many species to extinction, left a layer of radioactive fallout from exploding nuclear bombs, accidentally changed the composition of our atmosphere, and left a layer of plastic that will in all likelihood still be around in a million years. The earth is not, as long believed, too vast to be changed by humans, and with a population of 7 billion and climbing, we are not too small to leave an indelible mark. ~ Faye Flam
Opinion: Taxing the rich won’t pay for Democratic promises
Kennebec Journal - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

The Democratic presidential candidates’ solutions are fiscally irresponsible and impractical. The price tag for Bernie Sanders’ climate plan comes in at an astonishing $16.3 trillion. His proposal aims to reach “100% renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050 at the latest.” In other words, he intends to rid the country of cars and power plants that run on fossil fuels in roughly 10 years. Joe Biden’s federal/state climate plan calls for a $1.7 trillion federal contribution to his overall proposal of $5 trillion over 10 years, while Elizabeth Warren’s climate plan is a $2 trillion proposal. The Democratic presidential candidates’ pandering to a base obsessed with so-called financial justice is turning their primary campaign into the theater of the absurd. Even at extraordinarily high tax rates, the “rich” aren’t rich enough to fund what these presidential progressives are promising. ~ David Winston, longtime adviser to congressional Republicans
Letter: Protect South Portland residents – enforce local air pollution ban
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

I like to keep things simple when it feels overly complicated. South Portland is home to a number of bulk oil storage facilities and tank farms. They collectively emit 633 tons a year of volatile organic compounds, 104 tons of which are hazardous air pollutants. That is a lot of toxins for the schools, the day cares and the people living near the tanks. We already have Chapter 16 of the city code, which prohibits air pollution, fining anyone or any company found to be in violation. As a city we need to stand together and protect each other. ~ Rachel Burger, South Portland
Letter: Chemical-free answers available to most household dilemmas
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

From weed killers to air-freshening room spray, there’s a seemingly harmless chemical solution for nearly any issue. Fortunately, though, one can use the internet to research potential safer alternatives, one of which may be to recognize the interconnectedness of all life, and just…let…be. Our challenge, then, is to question what we’ve been conditioned to believe. Did you know that a half-teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a tad of water makes a fully functioning underarm deodorant? ~ Susan Veligor, Portland
Scientist Who Successfully Rebooted Puffin Colony To Retire
Associated Press - Friday, August 30, 2019 

A scientist who helped re-establish puffins on islands off the Maine coast is retiring at month’s end. Dr. Steve Kress served as executive director of the Seabird Restoration Program and vice president of bird conservation at the National Audubon Society. Kress said that about 1,000 puffin chicks were moved from Newfoundland to Eastern Egg Rock, starting in 1973. He said he’s proud to have succeeded in rebooting the colony. The seabird work continues under the leadership of Dr. Donald Lyons, who spent 20 years at Oregon State University working on seabird science and conservation.
Waterville plastic bag ban launches Sunday
Morning Sentinel - Friday, August 30, 2019 

Starting Sunday, shoppers at large stores in the city will have to bring their own bags to tote their merchandise — or use paper bags if stores supply or sell them. Sunday is the day the city’s plastic bag ban goes into effect, prohibiting stores that are 10,000-square-feet or larger from dispensing single-use plastic bags to customers at checkout. That would include stores such as Shaw’s, Hannaford, JC Penney and Walmart. A statewide ban will go into effect on Earth Day, April 22, 2020.
Auburn man puts a new spin on fishing equipment
Sun Journal - Friday, August 30, 2019 

Trolling around Lake Auburn recently with a new spin on a tried-and-true piece of fishing equipment, Mike Ouellette of Auburn sat back and watched six lines evenly spread out behind a friend’s boat to test the latest prototype of his patent-pending Spread-Em Portable Outrigging System. He has applied for a patent for his invention.
How Maine Companies, Conservationists Are Helping Native Pollinators Thrive
Maine Public - Friday, August 30, 2019 

Just about every third bite of food you take was made possible by a bee. Bees are required in the production of everything from apples to zucchini, and even important cattle feeds such as alfalfa require bees for pollination. To meet high demand over the last 50 years, Maine growers have relied on trucking in thousands of hives of non-native honey bees to pollinate crops such as blueberries and cranberries. But with honeybee colonies now facing sudden declines and hive-rental costs soaring, there’s a renewed focus on establishing habitat for native pollinators. The goal of the project is to protect and preserve all the native bee species that could serve as pollinators.
Opponents Of CMP Transmission Project Work Toward Statewide Vote On 2020 Ballot
Maine Public - Friday, August 30, 2019 

Opponents of Central Maine Power’s controversial plan to build a new transmission line through western Maine have quietly submitted language that could lead to a statewide vote on the project. “It appears to basically direct the members of the Public Utilities Commission to declare that this is not in the best interest of the people of Maine,” says Maine Secretary of State Mat Dunlap. Dunlap says former Wilton state Sen. Tom Saviello is the lead member of a group of opponents seeking approval to circulate petitions on the question.
E-bikes soon to be humming along trails in Acadia and other national parks
Associated Press - Friday, August 30, 2019 

Motorized electric bicycles soon may be humming along serene trails in national parks and other public lands nationwide. It’s part of a new Trump administration order – hotly opposed by many outdoors groups – that will allow e-bikes on every federal trail where a regular bike can go. Adam Gariepy, manager of the Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop, said Friday that he’s “tentatively happy” about the new rules. But he has reservations because some e-bikes like his can reach around 28 mph, he said. That speed could be dangerous on trails that have a mix of bicycle riders, horses and carriages, hikers, families and pets.
Maine offers rebates for buyers of hybrid and electric vehicles
Portland Press Herald - Friday, August 30, 2019 

A $5.1 million legal settlement won by Maine against German automaker Volkswagen Group and its affiliates is being used to fund a new statewide rebate program for buyers of hybrid and electric vehicles. The program, announced Friday by Gov. Janet Mills, will provide rebates of $1,000 to $2,000 on qualifying plug-in hybrid and battery-powered electric vehicles, with higher rebates being offered to low-income households and government entities, including tribal governments.
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