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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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Rehabilitated seal pups found in Maine are set free on Cape Cod
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Two celebrity-named harbor seal pups that were rescued in Maine earlier this year have been rehabilitated and set free on a Massachusetts beach. “Giseal Bündchen” and “Sealonardo DiCaprio” were released Tuesday on Scusset Beach on Cape Cod by workers at the nonprofit National Marine Life Center. Video shows the seals making their way toward the water after being set free from their cages.
Group Seeks Public Comment On Plan To Improve Lobstering Data
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

The Atlantic States Fisheries Management Council is asking for public comment on draft rules that would change the way lobstermen report their harvest. The group’s lobster coordinator, Megan Ware, says data deficiencies have emerged during recent efforts to protect sensitive marine resources. She says right now, harvest data are collected over swaths of ocean so large that it’s hard to measure fishing activities around certain features, such as deep-water coral canyons off Mt. Desert Rock or, farther south, offshore wind turbines.
Advocates Urge Environmental Protections On Anniversary of Clean Water Act’s Passage
Maine Public - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Wednesday marks the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the landmark law authored by U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine, who was inspired by the Androscoggin and other rivers that were being treated as open sewers. Along the Androscoggin there were more than half a dozen paper mills dumping untreated waste into the water. Dick Anderson, a young fisheries biologist in the 1960s, was assigned to paddle the river from New Hampshire to Brunswick. “It was a revolting task,” he says. Anderson was among those standing at the edge of a much cleaner Androscoggin on Tuesday. It was made possible, he says, by legislation and by investments in pollution prevention. “Let’s celebrate today and make the commitment to keep this river and all the other great rivers of Maine and the United States up to the highest state of purity,” he says.
Students from across Maine take part in science day in Augusta
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

More than 1,000 students who visited the Maine State Museum on Tuesday in Augusta for the annual celebration of all the Earth sciences. Students, teachers, school officials and chaperons explored various interactive exhibits from scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Weather Service and the Department of Environmental Protection, among many others.
Regional group seeks to support farmers, protect farmland, in western Kennebec County
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

A new regional work group, Kennebec West, has formed with a goal of protecting farmland and supporting farmers in several western Kennebec County towns. The group, formed this year, includes members from Winthrop, Monmouth and Manchester, so far. On Thursday, group members are scheduled to meet with Stephanie Gilbert, farmland protection specialist with the state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, to hear about the Volunteer Municipal Farm Support Program, which allows municipalities to ease the property tax burden on local farms and other agricultural enterprises.
Setting off on a new adventure, with a farewell to ‘1-minute hikes’
Aislinn Sarnacki Act Out Blog - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Six years ago, my BDN editors asked me to start one of the first BDN blogs, on which I’d post a series of weekly videos and columns. I chose hiking. Now nearly 300 hikes later, my editors have asked me to take a break from the hiking column and videos, to spread my wings and write about a greater variety of topics. The archive of nearly 300 hikes will live on, and I’ll be posting occasional roundups of hikes of common themes — like the best fall foliage hikes or where to hike to see some really stunning waterfalls. And I’ll be writing a monthly column about outdoor adventures. My list includes canoeing, camping, foraging, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding and more.
DOE awards UNE $1,321,039 to develop new technologies for seaweed production
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. UNE aims to develop the tools to enable the United States to become a leading producer of macroalgae, or seaweed, to help improve U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness. Macroalgae can be utilized as a feedstock for domestic transportation fuels, chemicals, foods and other commercial products without competing with food crops for land and water.
Portland Moves Ahead With Plan To Ban Most Pesticide Use
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

City officials say Portland's ordinance would align the city with neighboring South Portland and other communities around the state and country that restrict synthetic pesticide use. They say the goal of the ordinance is to reduce exposure to residents, pets and wildlife.
Rep. Zeigler earns highest score on pro-environment, public health votes
Penobscot Bay Pilot - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Rep. Paige Zeigler, D-Montville, has received a 100 percent rating on environmental and public health policy votes in the newly released Maine Conservation Voters' 2017 Environmental Scorecard. "Maine's environment is the core of its future, but more than that it is the basis for our wellbeing," said Zeigler. "We need to strive to protect that environment."
Maine's Forest Economy
Maine Public - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

The forest economy in Maine has been a major force. How is forestry adapting to changes in the market and in the environment, and how are new workers being trained for a changing industry. Guests: Doug Cyr, Human Resource Manager, Irving Woodlands; Jeff Dubis, Instructor of Forestry, UMaine at Fort Kent; and Ryan Wishart, Operations Manager, Seven Islands Land Company.
Officials Flip Switch On Maine's Largest Municipal Solar Installation
Maine Public - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

South Portland city officials flipped the switch on Maine's largest municipal solar project Tuesday morning. The project was developed in collaboration with the city of Portland by Portland-based ReVision Energy. South Portland officials say it's expected to save both cities millions of dollars in the long run. Mayor Patricia Smith says South Portland has been working on renewable energy projects for several years.
Restoring Our Investment in America’s Forests
Center for American Progress - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

This is a critical juncture for the nation’s forests, as the effect of historical management practices and a changing climate threaten to dramatically impact both their ecology and the services they provide to society. Recent policy developments have made it easier to conduct some restoration activities, and have supported pilot projects to diversify financing to manage forests. However, the scale of the management needs associated with protecting rural communities, watersheds, and valuable forest resources far exceed the resources currently available to forest managers. The 2018 farm bill presents an opportunity to accelerate the pace of restoration.
Blog: Moosehead Lake Surf & Turf
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

What’s a surf and turf? My definition is a sea kayak or canoe trip blended in with a mountain hike. I’ve led trips on Donnell Pond and Schoodic Mountain, Tunk Lake and Black Mountain, and Attean Lake and Mountain. This year, my focus was on what I consider to be Maine’s quintessential surf and turf undertaking, Moosehead Lake and Mount Kineo. ~ Ron Chase
Maine Governor Wannabes
Maine Environmental News - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Paul LePage cannot run for another term as Maine governor. He has done massive damage to the state’s environmental safety net. Maine’s next gubernatorial election is set for November 6, 2018. It will be the first in the state’s history to be conducted by ranked choice voting, though the state’s Supreme Judicial Court suggests that ranked choice voting is unconstitutional leaving the election format uncertain. As of October 17, 2017, there are 11 declared Democratic candidates, 4 declared Republican candidates, and 5 others. Plus a bunch of possibles in the wings. Here is the list. Protection of Maine’s land, water, air and wildlife is one of the most important issues facing Maine. What are the policies of each of the candidates?
Resolute Forest Products lawsuit against Greenpeace dismissed in court
Other - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed claims filed against Greenpeace, Stand.earth and individuals under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Judge Jon Tigar wrote that the defendants' speech "constituted the expression of opinion, or different viewpoints that are a vital part of our democracy." The ruling requires the Montreal-based paper and forest products company to amend within 21 days its filing to provide more details to back up its claims. If the amendment is dismissed, Resolute would appeal and expects to prevail. However, Greenpeace says it is confident such an attempt will suffer the same fate as the court's dismissal. The racketeering lawsuit was heard in California after a district court in Georgia found in May that Resolute failed to show why the $300-million lawsuit should be held in the state.
Feds: Popular Species Of New England Flounder Is Overfished
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

The National Marine Fisheries Service says the Northwestern Atlantic witch flounder stock is overfished, and the status of whether overfishing is still occurring is unknown. Fishermen typically brought more than 5 million pounds of witch flounder to land in the early 2000s, but the catch had fallen to about 1 million pounds by 2015. The fisheries service says the New England Fishery Management Council must develop conservation and management rules to help the stock rebuild.
South Portland flips switches on new solar array
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

South Portland officials flipped several large switches Tuesday morning and activated the city’s new solar array. Portland-based ReVision Energy installed the 2,944 photovoltaic panels on the city’s 34-acre former landfill, which is behind the solid-waste transfer station and the public services facility that’s being built at 929 Highland Ave. ReVision project manager Josh Baston said it’s the largest municipal solar array in the state.
North Berwick mountain biker dies on trail in New Hampshire
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department says a mountain biker has died after he went out riding with friends for several hours. The department says 58-year-old Robert Summa, of North Berwick, Maine, was found by a member of the group on a trail near an area called Pudding Pond in North Conway at about 1 p.m. Sunday. Members of the North Conway Fire and Rescue agency tried to treat Summa, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Decision coming on Maine quota for lucrative baby eels in 2018
Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Maine fishermen could soon learn how many pounds of baby eels they’ll be able to catch next year for the worldwide sushi market. An arm of the interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is likely to vote Tuesday about the 2018 quota for baby eels, or elvers. Fishermen in Maine catch the elvers to sell to Asian aquaculture companies who raise them to maturity for use as food. The elvers are usually worth more than $1,000 per pound, and Maine’s the only state with a significant fishery for them.
Electricity Customers in 30 States Could Foot the Bill for Trump's Coal Bailout
Center for American Progress - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

On September 29, 2017, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced a proposal to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants—a move that could raise utility bills in many states. Experts have responded to the proposal with sharp criticism, expressing concern that the rule would blow up U.S. electricity markets and run up consumers’ electricity costs. Electricity customers in 30 states, including Maine, are at risk of bearing the brunt of its costs. Launched within weeks of the Trump administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, Perry’s coal bailout would, in essence, replace the first carbon pollution standards for power plants with a proposal to subsidize these same carbon-emitting plants—paid for by electricity customers.
French fry truck crashes on Maine highway; diesel leaked
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

A tractor-trailer carrying french fries rolled over on the southbound side of Interstate 95 in Pittsfield on Monday night. No one was injured in the rollover. The driver of the truck, Conor MacDonald, of Prince Edward Island, was blinded by the setting sun when driving through a one lane construction zone near mile marker 152. In order to avoid hitting another vehicle, MacDonald drove the truck into the median side ditch, where the truck rolled, coming to rest on the driver’s side. No french fries were spilled in the accident, but diesel fuel did leak out of the truck and was controlled by the Pittsfield Fire Department.
Opinion: As the ‘tailpipe of the nation,’ Maine deserves cleaner air
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

Last week, the Trump Environmental Protection Agency took steps to eliminate the Clean Power Plan. Before the Clean Power Plan rules were adopted, there were no limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants could dump into the atmosphere. Repealing these standards means more sick kids, more hospital visits and thousands of preventable untimely deaths. In fact, according to the Trump EPA’s own analysis, repealing the Clean Power Plan would mean a 45 percent increase in coal plant sulfur dioxide emissions and 4,500 avoidable premature deaths nationally in 2030. It would take us back to the days of smoggy skies and acid rain-laden lakes. Repealing the Clean Power Plan also ignores the reality that our climate is heating up and we must address the No. 1 source of climate pollution. ~ Conrad Schneider, Clean Air Task Force, and Jacqueline Guyol, Environment Maine
Letter: Killing ‘Big John’
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

An Oct. 6 headline in the BDN read, “Hunter takes down well-known ‘Big John,’” with the ensuing article relating to a skilled guide, three tracking dogs, suggestion of a bait box and an eager hunter from out of state. The glamour, excitement and thrill of killing Big John are evidenced strongly in the article by John Holyoke. The killing of this magnificent creature that had avoided human contact for many years and had probably fathered many young bears is tragic. Was he harming livestock, destroying property or otherwise becoming a nuisance? How sad that the hunter is thrilled with his “once in a lifetime” trophy. ~ Jean Miller, Castine
Opponents of an offshore wind project slated for development off Monhegan Island
Maine Public - Monday, October 16, 2017 

Hundreds Midcoast Maine residents have signed a petition opposing the planned Maine Aqua Ventus wind power project off Monhegan Island. Many St. George residents fear that siting the 576-foot high floating turbines off the island will negatively impact local fishing grounds and the region's tourism industry. Partners in the Aqua Ventus wind turbine project off Monhegan Island say considerable misinformation circulated by opponents of the initiative regarding the plan's alleged negative impact on fishing and tourism will be corrected in upcoming dialogues with residents of St. George.
Trump asks LePage to reconsider rejection of millions in job training funds
Bangor Daily News - Monday, October 16, 2017 

President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor last month asked Gov. Paul LePage to rethink his decision to withdraw from a federal program that sends approximately $9 million to the state each year to pay for training for thousands of unemployed workers and helps to fund the state’s network of 12 regional career centers. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta warned LePage that rejecting funding the state receives under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act could force some of the state’s career centers to close and put services at risk for 50,000 people who seek help upgrading their skills, gaining work experience and searching for jobs.
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