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Action Alert - Tuesday, October 15, 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
A Citizen’s Guide to Helping the Birds of Maine, Oct 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

Laura Suomi-Lecker, Outreach Coordinator at Avian Haven, will show the effort and dedication required to rehabilitate eagles, owls, hawks, loons, and many species of songbirds. At Topsham Public Library, October 22, 6 pm. Sponsored by Cathance River Education Alliance.
Shells: Treasures from Maine Shores, Oct 21
Event - Posted - Monday, October 14, 2019 

Alison C. Dibble, conservation biologist, shares her passion for Maine shells ranging from clams and snails to slippers and whelks. At Moore Community Center, Ellsworth, October 21, 7 pm. Sponsored by Downeast Audubon.
Ocean Commotion 5k Run/Walk, Oct 19
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 12, 2019 

You and your friendly four legged running companions can participate in the 5th Annual Ocean Commotion 5k Race. At Hermit Island Campground, Phippsburg, October 19, benefits Marine Mammals of Maine.
Falling Leaf Fun, Oct 18
Event - Posted - Friday, October 11, 2019 

Friends of Sears Island will host a program for kids. At Belfast City Park, October 18, 2:30-4 pm.
NRCM's Annual Conservation Leadership Awards, Oct 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

Natural Resources Council of Maine 2019 Conservation Leadership Awards:
• Jon Lund, Hallowell, Lifetime Achievement Award
• Liz Caruso, Caratunk, tireless activist against the proposed CMP transmission corridor
• SolaRISE Student Activists, Portland, advocates for providing solar energy to local schools
• Sandi Howard for dedication to administering Say NO to NECEC
At Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, Portland, October 16, 6-8 pm.
Bees and Blueberries: Where Does It Go From Here? Oct 16
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

Pollinator Biologist Eric Venturi will present this year's Roque Island Lecture on Environmental Conservation: The future of cultivating blueberries. At UMaine at Machias, October 16, 11 am.
Evening for the Environment, Oct 22
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 8, 2019 

Keynote speaker Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods," speaks on nature-deficit disorder, the importance of exposure to nature for health, and the need for environmental protection. Also, celebrate policy wins for conservation and clean energy in Maine. At UNE's Innovation Hall, Portland, October 22, 5:30 pm. Sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters.
Fall Photography Walk, Oct 12
Event - Posted - Saturday, October 5, 2019 

Jim McCarthy will share secrets for creative nature photography. At Cathance River Education Alliance Ecology Center, Topsham, October 12, 9-11 am, limit 20, pre-register.
Kennebec Land Trust, Howard Hill Historical Park dedication, Oct 10
Announcement - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

Judy Camuso, Commissioner, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife; Howard Lake, KLT Director; Bill Bridgeo, Augusta City Manager; Augusta Mayor Dave Rollins; and Andrew Silsby, President of Kennebec Savings Bank, provide remarks October 10, 4 pm, at the historic Gannett treehouse overlook.
Insects in decline in Maine, Oct 9
Event - Posted - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Sarah Haggerty, Maine Audubon conservation biologist, talks about her research on Maine insect populations. At UMaine-Farmington, October 9, 7 pm. Sponsored by Western Maine Audubon.
Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

E.J. Milner-Gulland, Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford, UK, will speak on “An Optimistic Vision for a Sustainable, Wild, and Socially Just World.” Also, remarks by Senator George J. Mitchell. At UMaine at Orono, October 8, 2 pm, pre-register.
Fund for Maine Land Conservation seeking applications for grants to support future projects
Announcement - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

The Fund for Maine Land Conservation, a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications to support projects that encourage preservation of Maine’s land. Deadline: Oct. 15.
Pesticides disposal
Announcement - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Mainers can dispose of unusable and waste pesticides in October at four sites: Presque Isle, Jonesboro, Augusta and Portland. Registration deadline: October 7.
One Maine, One Health, Oct 8
Event - Posted - Tuesday, October 1, 2019 

Maine Public Health Association's 2019 Annual Conference, "One Maine, One Health: Uniting Maine's people, environment and wildlife for better health and economy." At Augusta Civic Center, October 8, 8 am - 3 pm.
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Letter: Lake health part of climate fight
Kennebec Journal - Friday, October 4, 2019 

I recently began teaching at a midcoast elementary school. I often think about the “Maine” that I cherished as a kid and how climate change will affect our environment for my students and future children. I hope to raise a family here, and continue to share summer traditions on a Maine lake. But our lakes, including the Belgrades, are battling harmful algae blooms and invasive plants. We all, including our state and local elected officials, must do all we can to prevent and address climate-related impacts to Maine’s lakes. This important work will directly affect Maine’s future generations by ensuring that they have access to healthy lakes, too. ~ Anna Pezzullo, Bowdoinham
Letter: Force CMP to do project the right way
Kennebec Journal - Friday, October 4, 2019 

Avangrid’s sanctimonious full page ad is a sickening example of greenwash. There is no power line of any size visible in the lovely background scenery, let alone one on the scale of the one proposed by Central Maine Power. The money spent on the ad would be better used to reduce the impact of the project, either by routing it along already established corridors, such as Route 201, putting it underground, or both. Once done, the damage to the last big forest in the east cannot be undone. Wild and beautiful places are disappearing fast. Maine should require CMP/Avangrid/Iberdola to do it right, and not allow them just to do it cheaply. ~ Fred Scholz, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Maine’s high court upholds town ownership of beach in Kennebunkport
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

Maine’s highest court has ruled that the town of Kennebunkport owns Goose Rocks Beach, possibly ending a decade-old legal battle over ownership and control of the 2-mile stretch of oceanfront. The 42-page ruling traces control of the beach back to the colonial period and dismisses arguments made by nearly two dozen beachfront property owners that ownership of the beach had effectively reverted to neighbors rather than to the public.
New England had fewer unhealthy air quality days in 2019
Associated Press - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

New Englanders breathed easier in 2019. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday the six-state region experienced fewer days with unhealthy air quality this year, compared to last year. There were 24 days when ozone monitors recorded ozone concentrations above levels considered healthy. There were 28 such days in 2018.
Senate panel approves marine research funding that Trump wanted to kill
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

The Senate Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved funding increases to several federal programs critical to Maine’s coastal communities, including ones President Trump had repeatedly proposed eliminating. The committee approved the fiscal year 2020 budget bill for the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Justice and related science agencies, including provisions to boost funding for the National Sea Grant program by $7 million to $75 million, with $2 million allocated to support research on lobsters and herring (which lobstermen use as bait), and how the rapid warming of the Gulf of Maine affects them.
Hike: North Traveler Mountain
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

North Traveler Mountain features one of the most challenging hikes in the north end of Baxter State Park. Topping off at 3,144 feet above sea level, the mountain is a part of a long, curving range that rises above Upper and Lower South Branch ponds. One of the great things about North Traveler Mountain is that hikers are rewarded with amazing views early on in the hike.
Want to know how many wild critters we’ve harvested?
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife now offers, on their website, an opportunity for you to learn how many big game animals we have harvested as the seasons progress, updated daily.
Regulators decide to consider revised route for CMP power line
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

Environmental and land use regulators have agreed to consider a proposed change to Central Maine Power’s plan for a 145-mile transmission line through western Maine that would bring Canadian hydropower into the regional grid. In a procedural order filed Thursday, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Land Use Planning Commission agreed to reopen the case record to consider CMP’s plan to re-route about a mile of the transmission line to avoid a protected pond near the Canadian border. “Now that the DEP and LUPC have granted CMP’s request to reopen the record, we expect that all intervening parties and public have an opportunity to file testimony and weigh in on this last-minute change to the CMP corridor site application,” said Sandi Howard, director of Say No to NECEC. “This entire project should be reconsidered."
Opinion: Our state’s actions are key to reversing trend of bird population decline
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

The numbers are staggering. A recent article in the journal Science documents declines among 64 percent of all Eastern forest bird species – a loss of 167 million birds – and among 50 percent of all boreal forest species – a loss of 501 million birds – in North America alone. That means nearly one in four of all Eastern forest birds and one in three of all boreal forest birds that were coloring the forest with their flashy feathers and cheerful songs in 1970 are no longer with us. Our Forestry for Maine Birds (maineaudubon.org/FFMB) program provides foresters, landowners and loggers with information, guidebooks and other materials they need to help create high-quality breeding habitat so these forest birds can keep making babies. Because without more babies, there will be no more birds. ~ Sally Stockwell, Maine Audubon
Letter: Sen. Collins helps Maine’s needy remove lead hazards
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

Sen. Susan Collins recently announced that Maine communities will receive $15 million in grants to help with lead abatement. As someone who championed this issue during my time in the Maine Senate, I would like to sincerely thank her for these efforts. Although we have known about the dangers of lead poisoning for decades now, our old housing stock, coupled with the high cost of abatement, has proven to be quite a challenge for many of our communities, with known hot spots in Portland and in old mill towns including Lewiston-Auburn and Biddeford. ~ Amy Volk, former Republican state senator, Scarborough
Letter: Climate change criticism
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

It’s remarkable that all the apocalyptic predictions of climate doom over the past 30 years have come to naught. Now they must make predictions for many decades in the future so we naysayers won’t be around to criticize. The term “climate change denier” is weasel words. It implies that climate has never changed before humans started their dangerous meddling. Must have been those cavemen with their campfires that brought about the melting of the great ice sheets that once covered our continents? And about temperatures in the Gulf of Maine rising “faster than 99.9 percent than the rest of the planet’s oceans.” Could it possibly be related to the fact that about 80 percent of the Earth’s volcanic eruptions take place beneath the surface of the seas? ~ Alan Boon, Bangor
Letter: US should take lead in climate solutions
Sun Journal - Thursday, October 3, 2019 

Trump, and many other Republicans, choose to not believe the scientific and objective evidence that human activity is a major factor in climate change. The United States should be a leader in climate solutions. This nation should set the example and educate others to join in. Young people are trying to teach that to the world. The Green Plan has been proposed. It may not be the ideal solution. Republicans offer only criticism but no practical alternative. The Earth itself will not be destroyed, but will humankind be able to survive the destruction of the environment? Will that be the legacy for future generations ~ Stan Tetenman, Poland
Artist Andy Mauery uses human hair to weave together exhibit about endangered species
Other - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Union Leader - Artist Andy Mauery says her exhibition “devolve” is an emotional call to action on the behalf of endangered species. The University of Maine associate art professor says she has created an ode to non-human species that people can’t seem to stop from destroying. Mauery’s work is on display at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, starting this Friday.
Soaring eagle to film crumbling Alpine glaciers as Earth warms
Associated Press - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

The images will be stunningly beautiful yet also hint of dire future consequences. Filmed with a camera mounted between his majestic wings, they’ll show how a white-tailed eagle named Victor sees the world as he flies over the Alps and capture its once-magnificent glaciers now crumbling because of global warming. Organizers hope that his spectacular eagle’s-view footage will help jolt the world out of its climate-change apathy and toward swifter action to combat its effects.
Maine nonprofit launches global effort to help small farms cut greenhouse gas emissions
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture is a vital part of the struggle to head off the unfolding climate crisis, as the sector accounts for about 14 percent of the worldwide total. But how to do that? Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment, the Freeport nonprofit previously known as Wolfe’s Neck Farm, thinks it has part of the answer: Give farmers the tools they need to rehabilitate their soils, boosting their yields and revenue while soaking up greenhouse gas-creating carbon rather than releasing it.
Feds Considering Maine Lobstermen’s Concerns About Plan To Save Right Whales
Associated Press - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

The federal government said it’s considering the concerns of a lobster fishermen’s group about a plan to try to save an endangered species of whale. The plan concerns the North Atlantic right whale, which numbers only about 400. The Maine Lobstermen’s Association pulled its support from the plan this summer because of concerns it placed too much onus on lobstermen, who would be called to remove miles of trap rope from the water. The lobstermen’s group’s concerns included that right whales are also subject to entanglement in fishing gear in Canadian waters. The U.S. is working with Canada to reduce that problem.
Fall yardwork can turn up toxic caterpillar hairs, Maine CDC warns
Associated Press - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Public health authorities in Maine are asking residents to be cautious while performing fall yardwork because of the presence of an irritating pest. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says Mainers need to take caution because of browntail moth caterpillars, which shed tiny hairs that can cause an irritating skin reaction similar to poison ivy. The caterpillars are active from April to early summer. However, their hairs remain in the environment and it’s possible to stir them up by doing yard work. The hairs can also lead to respiratory problems.
Column: Watching Bird Migration and Urging Protection
Boothbay Register - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Here in Maine, many of the shorebirds that are still around are young birds that hatched this past summer high up in Arctic Canada or the northern Boreal Forest region. The adults of most species passed through in August and early September. When you consider all of the places birds need for rest stops along the entirety of their continental or hemispheric migration routes, it’s no wonder many don’t make it. In fact, it’s more than a little amazing that any of them make it south in the fall and back north again each spring. Clearly, birds need lots and lots of safe habitat of all kinds to find food, water, and places to rest undisturbed to have any chance for survival. We need additional resources to allow more land to be protected by conservation organizations through programs like Land for Maine’s Future.~ Jeffrey V. Wells and Allison Childs Wells
Millinocket librarian wanted to get to know Baxter State Park, so he ran all the trails
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

It was a rainy afternoon on Sept. 28 when Matt DeLaney of Millinocket finished running all the trails in Baxter State Park. And that’s just one day of many. Baxter State Park is home to about 210 miles of trails, and DeLaney ran all of them this year. Actually, because of the way the vast trail network in the park is designed, he had to run many of the trails twice. In all, he thinks he covered about 300 miles, scaling dozens of mountains.
Acadia National Park takes steps to add trails to national historic register
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Acadia National Park’s trail system may join the park’s carriage roads, bridges and gatehouses on the National Register of Historic Places after the park’s application is reviewed by the National Park Service in the coming months. The hiking trail system then would become part of a small group of trails listed on the National Register. Acadia has 155 miles of trails, and the park is applying to put 120 miles on the National Register because of the historic stories the trails tell about early American landscape artists, land-conservation efforts of a century ago and even the nation’s political history.
Column: Millinocket deserves credit for revival
Kennebec Journal - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

The people of Millinocket deserve a lot of credit for rebuilding their community after the disastrous closing of Great Northern Paper’s mill in 2008. The Katahdin region is an amazing and very special place. We spent lots of time exploring Baxter Park. And now just east of Baxter we have the new national monument. Thursday at the New England Outdoor Center, Friends of Baxter Park will host an event focused on Gov. Percival Baxter’s legacy. One topic of discussion will be recent and ongoing dramatic changes in our climate, ownership of the land surrounding Baxter State Park, and in the economy of the Katahdin region. I want to thank the Friends of Baxter Park for organizing this conversation. ~ George Smith
Editorial: Focus on hunting safety has made the Maine woods more secure for everyone
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

In the last 31 years, three Maine women have been fatally shot by hunters, each while she was on her own property. Each death was an avoidable tragedy, and each time the incidents raised questions about Maine law regarding hunting access to private land. However, there has never been enough support to change Maine’s tradition of open access, and there shouldn’t be now. Instead, the focus should be on hunter safety, which has been shown in the past to greatly reduce the risk of being in the Maine woods in the fall.
Opinion: For Maine to beat forever chemicals, we need federal and state solutions
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

It’s clear that government action is needed to curb the impacts of these toxic chemicals. In the first regular session of the 129th Legislature, L.D. 1433, which phases out these chemicals in food packaging, was passed and signed into law. We are encouraged by the work of the PFAS Task Force appointed by the governor and are looking forward to reading the report that they will be issuing later this year. We are disappointed that the bond bill proposed by the governor, which could have helped water and sewer utilities manage the disposal of PFAS-contaminated sludge, was defeated in the special session. Public health and the increased costs to water and sewer district rate-payers for the disposal of contaminated sludge should not be a partisan issue. In the absence of leadership by the EPA, states are taking action and we should continue to work at the state level in order to find solutions. ~ Rep. Jess Fay, Raymond, and Rep. Henry Ingwersen, Arundel
Letter: Global’s concessions are too little, too late
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

For months, residents of South Portland have pressured their city to curb huge oil tanks spewing noxious smells – tanks they say hurt their health and are an eyesore. Global Partners just responded, claiming it will:
• Spend $400,000 to install odor-control equipment on its tanks.
• Contribute $15,000 to an air-monitoring system that the Department of Environmental Protection deployed in South Portland.
• Set up a website where residents can log air-quality complaints.
Global “heard” South Portland, but didn’t listen. Its air-quality complaint website is tantamount to the fox guarding the henhouse. Nothing short of removing these tanks would amount to “listening.” ~ Michael Kebede, South Portland
Letter: Climate activism includes commitment to new food choices
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Across the U.S., youth activists are speaking up, preaching and pleading for our world to address the climate crisis. I’m hoping they will do more than protest. Students: When in your school cafeterias, ask if the beef or chicken you are served was from an industrial farm, and make another choice if this is so. Ask your team bus to stop at Burger King so you can order the Impossible Whopper. Challenge your parents and friends to serve only meat raised on local farms. Experts estimate that industrial farming contributes as much to global climate change as the oil and gas industries do. Our forests are being cut for cropland for animal feed, and manure pits and fertilizers pollute our air and waterways. I challenge all climate activists to protest with your forks as well as your voices. ~ Margo Donnis, South Portland
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