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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: Don’t let vampire energy users suck your house dry
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

Ironically, now some home electronics use more power when they are off than when they are on. Vampire power loads are the electrical equivalent of vehicular idling; they waste energy and aggravate climate change for no practical purpose. Electricity generation accounts for more than a third of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions. The wasted electricity from phantom appliances nationwide represents the output of roughly 50 large power plants. The double shutdown that power strips require is neither efficient nor convenient. It’s a temporary fix to a problem that appliance manufacturers have created and need to solve. ~ Marina Schauffler
Column: Is your feeder getting little use? There’s a simple reason why
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

Fall migration is drawing to an end, so many of our summer birds have moved on to warmer quarters for the winter. However, most birds that frequent our feeders are residents. Many observers have noted the dearth of black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, American goldfinches, downy woodpeckers and hairy woodpeckers. Where did they go? The abandonment of bird feeders does not indicate a precipitous decline in bird populations. The phenomenon of resident birds forsaking handouts actually occurs every fall. ~ Herb Wilson
Column: Four paddlers create special bond while kayaking around New England
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

Tom Armstrong, Ben Pearson, Charlie Woodworth and I have been piecing together the dream of a 32-year, 3,200-mile kayak circumnavigation of New England a little at a time, 80 miles here, 150 miles there. Over the decades, family crises intervened and jobs changed, but we kept the dream alive, even during the few years we were not able create more lines on the map. The journey started in 1985 and ended in mid-October after a 3,200-mile trek. ~ Michael Perry
Column: Rattling a prize buck isn’t as easy as it sounds
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

Is it too early to rattle? When can I start using estrus scents? Has the rut kicked in yet? Deer hunters are constantly looking for answers that might give them a slight edge over the wiley whitetail, or at least boost their confidence. Unfortunately, it’s just not as simple as we would like. ~ Bob Humphrey
Opinion: Fall remains the time for cursing oak trees
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

Fall is the best time of year in Maine, but it’s also when my huge, 100-year-old oak trees decide to make my life miserable by first dropping billions of acorns on my lawn, and then, when I’ve barely recovered from that assault, shedding another few billion leaves. A leaf blower would be helpful, but I need a more creative solution. Yes, I have it – a flamethrower. ~ Steven Price, Kennebunkport
Letter: Bad decision on environment
Sun Journal - Sunday, October 29, 2017 

On Oct. 10, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made a disastrous decision to move forward with plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, America’s first and only federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. Not only that, he is also stacking the deck to justify dismantling these lifesaving health and carbon pollution protections. The Trump administration is making it clear that it is rigging the system to benefit big polluters at the expense of Maine citizen’s health and safety. That decision is against the environmental values of the great state of Maine. ~ Cassidy Cloutier, Auburn
Maine’s deer season off and running
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

This year is anticipated to be good for hunters. Mark Latti, spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, said last week that three consecutive mild winters have resulted in an increasing deer population across the state. In 2013, deer hunting supported 1,010 jobs in Maine and nearly $35 million in labor income. Direct spending by hunters of all species and the indirect spending that results contributed $191 million to Maine’s gross state product in that year, and generated a total economic output of more than $338 million.
Grand loop up Sargent Mountain tops hikes in Acadia National Park
Acadia On My Mind Blog - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Acadia’s tight, carefully designed network of 150 miles of trails allow hikers to create a nearly countless number of loop trips. There are many circular hikes in Acadia National Park, but perhaps none more spectacular than the “grand loop” from Jordan Cliffs to Sargent Mountain, the park’s second highest peak behind Cadillac, and then up Penobscot Mountain, the fifth highest summit, back to the Jordan Pond parking lot with a stop at lovely Sargent Mountain Pond along the way.
Seafood fans hope for return of Maine shrimp in 2018
Associated Press - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Seafood lovers might see the return of Maine shrimp to fish market counters and restaurants next year if interstate regulators decide the population is strong enough. The Maine shrimp fishery has been shut down since 2013, and a moratorium has been extended every year since. An arm of the commission is due to vote on Nov. 29 on whether the shrimp have recovered enough to withstand the return of commercial fishing.
Woman killed in hunting accident in Hebron
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

A 34-year-old woman was killed in a hunting accident Saturday morning in Hebron on the first day of deer hunting season. Authorities have identified the shooter as a 38-year-old man who was part of a small hunting party. Wardens say they don’t know whether she was hunting or in the woods for another reason.
Opposition to new industrial wind towers grows in Somerset County
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Four Republican members of the Maine Legislature have joined county commissioners in Somerset and Piscataquis counties in opposition to proposed industrial wind projects in the Moosehead Lake region as a threat to the area’s tourism-dependent economy. They all signed a letter to the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, expressing “our unanimous opposition” to new wind development and high-voltage transmission corridors in Somerset County. The project bids come in response to a group of agencies and electric utilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island that issued a request for proposals for energy projects last November to help them meet their clean-energy goals and fight climate change.
Whale Research to Highlight Impacts of Climate Change
Other - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

The study of whale foraging ecology will be undertaken by members of College of the Atlantic’s Allied Whale marine mammal research program, in partnership with Cetos Research Organization, during a five-year project beginning in Spring 2018. Paired with data from a similar Allied Whale study done before temperatures began rising so dramatically in the Gulf in 2004, this new research will give scientists their first broad picture of how the ocean’s top predators are adapting to a rapidly changing environment.
Maine at the cutting edge of compost technology
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Mark King and the other members of the Maine Compost Team have spent many years learning and teaching the finer points of composting food scraps, dead animals, human waste and other types of waste products. And he is very proud of the Maine Compost School, an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed program that is the longest-running such school in the country. Students from all over have come here for the last 20 years to learn cutting-edge compost technology.
LePage Promises To Address Issues Hurting Maine Loggers
Maine Public - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Angry and frustrated with what they say is unfair competition from Canada, nearly 100 Maine loggers and truckers in northern Maine sounded off in a Friday afternoon meeting with Gov. Paul LePage, and the governor has promised to take steps. Mainers are at a disadvantage, says Dana Doran, executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, because they can’t work in the Canadian woods in the same way Canadians can work here. Then there’s the fact that Canadians are provided health care by their government and subsidies for their equipment. Factor in the strength of the U.S. dollar in Canada and it becomes an even bigger sore point.
Maine hoping hunters harvest at least 7,000 does this fall to cull deer herd
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Maine’s 2017 deer season for firearm hunters begins Saturday and runs through Nov. 25, followed by muzzleloader season, which ends Dec. 2. The state has allotted 66,050 any-deer permits this year, the highest number since 2007. It’s a 130 percent increase from two years ago, when 28,770 permits were issued. State biologists hope hunters can harvest at least 7,000 does this fall in an effort to contain a white-tailed deer population that’s expanded by nearly 20 percent over the past decade.
Maine hoping hunters harvest at least 7,000 does this fall to cull deer herd
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

The white-tail population has grown nearly 20 percent over the past decade, leading the state to allot 66,050 permits for the season that opens Saturday – the most since 2007 and a 130 percent increase from 2015.
Column: Do you remember my story about the Maine moose hunt?
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

There’s fellows up around Millinocket that’s got shooting a moose right down to a science. The real pros might have to look at 30 or 40 moose before they find one that looks good, and then the first thing they do is walk over and muckle it right by the antlers and yank them right up and down. They want to make sure they’re on there solid. Imagine how embarrassed they’d be if one of them antlers should fall off the mounted head some night when there’s a crowd sitting around playing cards in the living room....Only when they have found the perfect moose do these moose hunting professionals take a little grain out their pocket and walk that moose right over to the pickup truck. There’s experts up around Greenville who’ve got it down to such a science that they can get that moose to put his front feet right up on the tailgate of that pickup truck, so when they shoot him he falls right in." ~ The humble Farmer
Letter: Fake news alert
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between “fake news” and the real thing. For example, I’ve heard a rumor that the U.S. House of Representatives is drafting legislation that would repeal global warming. Passage of this legislation would be such a relief for so many of us who are tired of this unseasonably warm fall. Bring back the frost and the early snowfall. Urge Congress forward. Let’s all get behind this overdue process. ~ Bill Shook, Bangor
Letter: No drilling in ANWR
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Earlier this year I had the chance to visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Located in the northeastern corner of Alaska, the refuge is one of our country’s most iconic wildernesses, rightfully considered alongside wonders like the Grand Canyon as a true public treasure. Unfortunately, Congress just slipped a controversial proposal to open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling into an unrelated budget bill, essentially selling off our landmarks to balance debt in lieu of responsible fiscal leadership. As a biology professor at the University of Maine, I can vouch for the ecological value of the Arctic Refuge. The thought of drilling in a place like the Arctic Refuge to balance a budget fills me with shame. I hope that Congress abandons this short-sighted idea. ~ Brian Olsen, Orono
Letter: Lamenting animal killing
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, October 28, 2017 

Fans of wild animals lament the loss of Big John, the bear, in the same way my wife and I were sad to see the corpse of a white deer being dragged away from its usual hangout just south of Addison on the Downeast coast. We have been entertained by this odd animal through the four years of its life, a life ended by just another coward with a gun. Shame on you, whoever you are. ~ Jerry Metz, Addison
Oyster farms popping up in southern Maine
Mainebiz - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Two Scarborough shellfish harvesters are seeking to be the first residents to operate commercial oyster farms in their town. Business partners Matthew Hassler and Robert Willette want to cultivate oysters in the Nonesuch and Spurwink rivers. Two other operations, Nonesuch Oysters and Pine Point Oysters, already operate in the river and are not owned by Scarborough residents.
Irving Oil fined over deadly 2013 Lac Mégantic derailment
Portland Press Herald - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Irving Oil Commercial GP of Canada was ordered by a New Brunswick court on Thursday to pay $4 million Canadian after it pleaded guilty to 34 violations of the country’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, stemming from the Maine-based Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. train derailment and explosion that killed 47 people in the town of Lac Mégantic, Quebec, on July 6, 2013.
Ann LePage: Bannon asked me to ‘pray about’ 2018 run against Angus King
Bangor Daily News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Maine first lady Ann LePage told a conservative radio host on Friday that Breitbart News chief Stephen Bannon called her once to lobby her to run against U.S. Sen. Angus King in 2018 and asked her to “pray about it.” Paul LePage ruled out his own run against King. But he has since cracked the door open to running if Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, doesn’t gain traction. It’s unclear whether Ann LePage wants to run.
Trump steps up attack on national monuments
Maine Environmental News - Friday, October 27, 2017 

On Friday, President Trump told U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, that he intends to reduce the size of the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had recommended in August that the monument be slashed. Zinke also reviewed more than two dozen other national monuments, including Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine. Trump is expected to open the area to logging. Jym St. Pierre, Maine director of RESTORE: The North Woods, said his organization and others are anticipating having to legally challenge changes Trump may impose on the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Winter has been arriving ever later since 1980, numbers show
Associated Press - Friday, October 27, 2017 

Winter is coming…later. And it’s leaving ever earlier. Across the United States, the year’s first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. Scientists say it is yet another sign of the changing climate.
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