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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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Portland hopes to get a better handle on West End air quality concerns
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Portland announced Friday it will partner with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to install an air quality monitoring device in the West End. The sensor will monitor air quality 24 hours a day and will capture the same data as the monitors that are located on the other side of the Fore River in South Portland, where residents have expressed concerns about air pollution emitted by tank farms. Portland hopes to combine its data with South Portland in an effort to mount a regional effort that could help identify the source of any potential air quality contamination.
Property owners push back against landmark designation
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Several property owners along Forest Avenue and within Woodfords Corner are pushing back against the city of Portland’s efforts to designate their buildings as historic landmarks. City officials and preservationists say the designations between Interstate 295 and Woodfords Corner are needed to preserve the remnants of what was once the city’s “auto row,” where some of the first auto dealerships and showrooms were located, and could free up historic tax credits for renovations. But several property owners say they’re not interested in participating in that program, which will only add a layer of bureaucracy and increase costs for maintenance and restrict the types of upgrades that can be made to buildings.
Maine finally addressing climate change in the gulf
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 16, 2019 

The Gulf of Maine is the second fastest-warming part of the entire world ocean, a side effect of climate change and the Arctic meltdown, with dramatic implications for life on the Maine coast. As the crisis has unfolded, Maine’s government has avoided taking action that would help the state understand and prepare for the impacts, including ocean acidification, a potentially catastrophic threat to Maine’s marine harvesters. That has changed suddenly with the end of the eight-year administration of Gov. Paul LePage, who dismissed the scientific evidence that human activity is driving climate change, and the Democratic takeover of the Blaine House and both chambers of the state Legislature this past January.
Column: Closing up camp bittersweet
Morning Sentinel - Monday, September 16, 2019 

The last two weeks at camp, we slowly pack up the things we know we won’t need — hot weather clothes, food from the fridge and cupboards, cleaning fluids we know will freeze over the winter, a radio, magazines, books, a food processor I ferry between home and camp each year. It is a sad process, having to close up camp, but as the nights get cold, we know it is time to go. At some point, I realize it is not just leaving that makes me sad, but having to say goodbye to summer, too. ~ Amy Calder
Letter: Extend rail service to prevent Portland congestion
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 16, 2019 

The number of cars and trucks filing into Portland each day in unprecedented numbers is not only going to grow by the month, but also will bring to light heightened issues of parking inadequacies. am excited about the growth that Portland is experiencing, but we need to look at long-term solutions to the challenges created by this growth. The rail line study between Portland and Westbrook, which Patricia Quinn of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority cited as a “conversation starter,” may very well be the best first solution to dealing with a crisis that’s not going away. ~ Edward McKersie, Portland
Letter: Lobsters before whales
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Can you believe this? They want to have the lobstermen cut way down on the rope they are using to tie the traps together to save the right whale. My good Mainers and wonderful visitors, which would you like to have: a whale feed or a lobster feed? I guess I know the answer to that. If this rule is applied, I don’t think the lobstermen will be able to keep up with demand. These lobstermen work hard, and I think lobsters are much more important than right whales. ~ Dwight C. Whitney, Sr., Jonesboro
Summer of Blob: Maine sees more big, stinging jellyfish
Associated Press - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

The Gulf of Maine and some of its beaches, ever popular with tourists, have recorded a high number of sightings of a big jellyfish that has the ability to sting swimmers and occasionally does. The lion’s mane jellyfish, the largest known variety, can grow to 5 or more feet across, with tentacles more than 100 feet long. Such giant jellyfish are uncommon, but beachgoers say larger than average ones have been exceptionally plentiful this year in the gulf.
Monmouth dairy uses federal, local grants to go solar
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

In 15 years, The Milkhouse in Monmouth will no longer have energy payments. The dairy farm recently installed 192 solar panels on the roof of a winter cow-housing barn, which will be online in the next couple of weeks, according to Caitlin Frame, who owns The Milkhouse with her partner, Andy Smith. The solar array, installed by Insource Renewables of Pittsfield, is a 72-kilowatt, roof-mounted system. “We estimated it would save us about $10,000 a year and generate around 70,000 kilowats hours annually, which will replace all of the energy needs of our business,” Frame said.
2050 The Fight for Earth
TIME - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Man-made climate change has thrown us headfirst into a true crisis that touches every part of the globe, and we can’t waste any time making systemic changes to the global economy, geopolitics, and culture if we want life on Earth to survive. Thirty years from now, we’ll look back at 2019 as another inflection point—whether good or bad is up to us.
1,000 salmon escaped a farm near the Canada-U.S. border
Associated Press - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

A salmon farming group is defending its effort to be transparent with the public about the problem of escaped fish in the wake of an incident in which hundreds of fish got loose near the border of Maine and New Brunswick. Cooke Aquaculture has said an equipment malfunction in August resulted in about 1,000 fish being released by Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., one of its divisions. The incident stoked criticism from environmental groups that say escaped salmon jeopardize the vulnerable wild Atlantic salmon population.
Colorful trails to enjoy this fall foliage season in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Each September and October, the trees of Maine put on a grand show, their leaves bursting into fiery colors. Here are a few trails and trail networks that I find to be exceptionally colorful in the fall.
• Viles Arboretum in Augusta
• Bald Bluff Mountain in Amherst
• Sargent Mountain in Acadia National Park
Opinion: Aquaculture poses threat to the lobster industry
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

As president of the Maine Lobstering Union, I know we have struggled with several concerns this summer from right whales to bait shortages to aquaculture leases. We need to take steps now to fix rules and regulations around aquaculture. If we don’t, it will encroach on ocean space for everyone. The lease sizes have gotten so large we are making Maine’s oceans attractive to out-of-state corporations. A corporation, business or individual can own 1,000 acres of the ocean. The leases can now be held for 20 years and they can be transferred without a mandatory public hearing. It’s time to make sure the rules and regulations are in place, so we aren’t losing our lobstering industry. ~ Rock Alley, Jonesport

Waters off the coast of Maine vulnerable to changing climate
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Clams, the basis of livelihood for generations of diggers from Cape Porpoise to Lubec, are back, at least for now, their numbers slowly recovering from a climate-driven disaster that will almost certainly strike again. The Gulf of Maine is the second fastest-warming portion of the world’s oceans, a vast laboratory for ocean scientists studying how global warming affects the marine environment and for policymakers trying to figure out how to minimize the damage to fisheries, communities or, as in the case of the 2012 lobster glut, civic peace. Their discoveries underscore the seriousness of the changes and the complexity of the required policy responses.
Free community college program teaches next generation of Maine loggers
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine partnered with Maine Community College System, and companies like Milton CAT and Nortrax, to help Maine’s logging industry weather a tight labor market. It can cost as much as $100,000 to train a first-year employee with no prior experience. “It’s not sustainable,” said Dana Doran, executive director of the trade group. Free tuition is part of the draw for students. After 12 weeks of training, the graduates can expect to earn between $45,000 and $50,000 a year. Jobs are available throughout the state.
Could Millinocket become the next mountain bike mecca?
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Matt Polstein has been at the forefront of ecotourism in Maine for a quarter- century as the founder and owner of New England Outdoor Center on the outskirts of Millinocket. The outdoors resort caters to snowmobilers, Nordic skiers, hikers, canoeists, rafting enthusiasts – and most recently, mountain bikers. Now, as executive director of Katahdin Area Trails, Polstein and others are working to turn Millinocket into a mountain bike mecca – one they think will bring significant economic impact to the former mill town. The vision: To build the trail system from Polstein’s resort to the heart of Millinocket, 10 miles to the southeast and throughout the forested region.
Column: When it comes to migration, timing is everything
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

The fall departure of those breeding birds is equally interesting but much more poorly documented than the spring sightings of various migratory breeding birds. To improve our understanding of the rhythm of Maine fall migration, I used the eBird database. Of the 85 species analyzed, 64 conformed to the expected pattern: earliest departures from the North Region and latest departures from the South Region. Eleven species showed no difference between two regions. Ten species showed surprising patterns. Spotted sandpipers departed last from the North Region. Nine species departed last from the Central Region. I think the explanation lies in the quality of the stopover habitat. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Answers in the debate among bowhunters
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Deer hunting has its unique topics for debate. Among bowhunters, the most contentious is probably fixed versus mechanical broadheads. Mechanical heads offer several distinct advantages. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Beauty so close you might miss it
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

All of Maine is so beautiful it makes me want to yell sometimes. We’ve got everything! Beaches? You want them rocky or sandy? Mountains? Plenty! Lakes, rivers, brooks, streams, and ponds? All present and accounted for! Even driving along the highway — which in most states is the most boring part of travel — the scenery is gorgeous, particularly in the fall. Sometimes being surrounded by such beauty can make you complacent about it; I always forget what a blessing it is to not have billboards until I leave Maine and go through another state. Living in Maine, constantly surrounded by natural beauty — beauty made much easier to see with our clean air — it can be easy to start to take it for granted. I, for one, will not be taking it for granted any longer — starting with the stars. ~ Victoria Hugo-Vidal
Opinion: One person can make a difference, even in today’s world
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Today, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges facing the world. But act we must! Instead of letting powerlessness take over, we owe it to ourselves and others to do what we can to leave our world better than we found it. It’s helpful to choose just one or two problems to focus on – something that you care deeply about. My top priority is addressing climate change and protecting the Earth so it remains habitable for future generations. Financial support is just as important. The limiting factor for most nonprofits is money, so a generous donation can be game changing for a well-run organization. Together we can make a big difference. ~ Marcia Harrington, Brunswick, Natural Resources Council of Maine board member
Letter: Fair event terrorizes innocent animals
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

I read with horror and dismay the front-page story about mutton busting at the Litchfield Fair. What a cruel way to treat an innocent animal. What an awful and cruel lesson for children. The story tells about the protective gear the child wears and the terror the animal experiences. This practice should be banned. ~ Nancy Blethen, Hallowell
Letter: Towns must hit pause on CMP project
Morning Sentinel - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Opposition to the Central Maine Power corridor proposal has surged in the last 14 months as Mainers learn about its negative impacts. 23 towns have either rescinded support or oppose the corridor. Polling shows that over 70% of Mainers know that the CMP corridor is a bad deal for Maine. These town votes, however, are non-binding. The next step for towns is to enact an electrical transmission corridor moratorium ordinance, which would serve as a pause in any electricity transmission corridor development in a town for 180 days. Let’s press pause, then stop the CMP corridor. ~ Sandi Howard, Say NO to NECEC, Caratunk
Letter: Maine energy planning should be open and democratic
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Corporations are not democracies. The decarbonized world of 2050 must look very different from the exploitative high-consumption world we live in now. Assuredly, though, a decarbonized 2050 won’t come through incremental steps like recycling alone, or worse, through undemocratic projects like the Central Maine Power corridor with its built-in private profit motive to generate and sell more electricity that, in turn, fuels demand and is itself fueled by other forms of ecological plunder. The Maine Public Utilities Commission is seeking decarbonization plans from private firms. Where is the vision from our elected officials that can inspire our vote? ~ Eben Rose, South Portland
Letter: Say ‘no’ to e-bikes on Acadia’s uniquely beautiful carriage roads
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

John D. Rockefeller Jr. clearly stipulated that motorized vehicles would never be allowed on the carriage roads his family donated to Acadia National Park. The carriage roads, which took 30 years to build and over 13 years to restore, are unequaled in the National Park System. I have spent many reverent hours walking on the carriage roads in wonder of the miraculous planning and details that went into these roads. The roads are shared by walkers, joggers, bikers, horses and carriages. They can get congested at times, and adding e-bikes to the mix (as directed by the Interior Department) would have a harmful effect on the roads and the habitats of the flora and fauna within the park. Say “no” to e-bikes on these amazing pathways of history. ~ Jan Jukkola, Bridgton
Homeowner asks for bat-removal tips
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Q: I have a bat problem. What can I do? A: Hire a professional if you suspect a big fat bat family is nesting in your house and/or porch. You don’t want an exterminator company. Many Maine bat species are protected under the Endangered Species Act and all species of bats are classified as protected wildlife and cannot be killed. You want Wildlife Services of Maine.
Game wardens rescue woman lost overnight in Rumford woods
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 14, 2019 

Firefighters and game wardens in Rumford on Friday rescued a Hanover woman who spent Thursday night lost in the woods. Elaine Makos, 76, had gone hiking by herself Thursday on the Whitecap Mountain Trails off East Andover Road in Rumford when she became lost, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Makos spent Thursday night in the woods, then spent most of the following day trying to walk out before calling for help shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, the department said. Makos was located after she was instructed by Warden Brock Clukey to call 911, which provided GPS coordinates to police dispatch and ground searchers.
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