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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.
Maine Environmental News
Action Alert - Monday, September 16, 2019 

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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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Dilettante's Guide to the Fine Feathered World of Maine Birding
Down East - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Among those who keep a lifelong, cumulative record of identified bird species, and who travel to expand their lists — Maine is considered a top birding destination. Why? In a word: habitat.
Opinion: Brazil fires threaten entire planet
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Tribune News Service - The Amazon is ablaze. This is horrific news for Brazilians, especially the indigenous peoples who call the rainforest home, and for all humanity. The Amazon rainforest absorbs atmospheric carbon that would otherwise heat the planet and accelerate the global climate crisis. Called “the lungs of the planet,” the Amazon region is a crucial source of oxygen for all people. Where far-right President Jair Bolsonaro deregulates the rainforest, President Donald Trump deregulates coal emissions, undermines the science on climate change, spreads misinformation about wildfires, and retaliates against government scientists who work on climate change. The emergence of dangerous authoritarian governments poses a grave threat to the world. ~ Basav Sen, Climate Policy Project, Institute for Policy Studies
ATV Issues Discussed in Augusta
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, September 2, 2019 

ATV use is rapidly increasing in Maine, and with registrations now totaling over 70,000 annually, Governor Janet Mills has created an ATV task force that will look at a variety of issues associated with the growth in ATV use in the state, including a focus on ATV use on private land. The first meeting of the Task Force is Thursday, September 5 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine headquarters in Augusta.
The most illogical one-star reviews from Maine’s top tourist attractions
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Maine summers are full of tourists looking to live the postcard-perfect fairytale of Vacationland, but tourists are going to complain about anything. Here are a few examples of one-star TripAdvisor reviews from people who were unhappy with their experience:
• Unhappy with the natural occurrence of fog
• Too much flannel at LL Bean
• Wanting free admission to FunTown Splashtown USA
• Confusion about the definition of ‘desert’ at the Desert of Maine
• Seaweed ruins the day at Old Orchard Beach
• An underwhelmed dog parent at Baxter State Park
• Someone who doesn’t understand what ‘one star’ means at Mount Desert Island
• Having to walk to the boat for a puffin cruise
• A customer at Red’s Eats who doesn’t understand what a Maine lobster roll is
• A non-art lover goes to Portland Museum of Art
Squirrels are not part of the plan on Rusty Metal Farm
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 2, 2019 

About a decade or so ago, I decided that Rusty Metal Farm was in need of a forest plan to help direct how the acreage is managed and tended. I made wildlife management the primary goal of that plan. And it’s worked out really well. Thanks to active stewardship of the farm’s woodland, grassland and wetland, there is a thriving population of critters of all shapes, sizes and species. Moose, deer, rabbits, coyotes, bear, grouse, ravens, snakes, frogs, woodpeckers, bumblebees and more roam or fly freely about the farm. Few things make me happier than interacting with these creatures. With one glaring exception. The damn squirrels. How do I count the ways they annoy me? ~ Julia Bayly
Column: Maine GOP finding its mojo again
Forecaster - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Republicans did taxpayers a favor during late August’s special legislative session by rejecting three of four Democrat spending proposals, [including a Land for Maine's Future bond.] For the first time since Gov. Paul LePage left office, Maine Republicans are finding their mojo. ~ John Balentine
Column: Lobster lovers versus blubber lovers
Forecaster - Monday, September 2, 2019 

In Maine, hardly any restaurants serve whale. For good reasons. Whales are endangered. The huge sea creatures get hit by ships. They become entangled in fishing gear. They’re pursued by madmen named Ahab bent on revenge. But the real villain isn’t Herman Melville. According to prominent environmental groups, it’s the lobster. Unlike whales, lobsters are delicious. That means there’s lots of demand for lobster meat. And that means there’s a thriving industry devoted to meeting that demand by trapping as many of the creatures as the law will allow. The eco-knowers are calling for a 60 percent reduction in the number of lines attached to lobster traps, a proposition as environmentally friendly as it is economically disastrous. There ought to be a technological solution to this dilemma. While we’re developing that, we should be careful not to do unnecessary damage to a crucial Maine industry in order to preserve a creature we can’t seem to coexist with and would prefer not to eat. ~ Al Diamon
Opinion: Farmers need a bill of rights
Morning Sentinel - Monday, September 2, 2019 

There used to be legal protections for farmers and consumers. Yet, the Trump administration decided not to finalize rules that clarify what counts as fair trade practices, helping farmers understand their rights in the marketplace and to impede corporate overreach. As incomes have slumped over the last few years, input costs have increased for feed, seed, fertilizer, fuel and machinery. Trump’s tariffs on imports from our trading partners and their retaliatory tariffs on our agricultural exports have caused even more pain in rural America. And corporate agribusiness continues to consolidate, with little more than a wink and a nod from government regulators. Those of us in farm country are in desperate need of a Farmers Bill of Rights. ~ Jim Goodman, organic dairy farmer, and Anthony Mahnke, Family Farm Defenders
Letter: Hosting the G-7
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful — and a change of pace from self-enrichment to focusing on the good of the country — for the U.S. to host the G-7 (and 7 only)? The Trump Administration could host it in one of our beautiful National Parks. ~ Vivienne Lenk, Beaver Cove
Gardiner contamination removal ending soon
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

More than six weeks after state environmental officials started supervising the cleanup of contaminated materials at the site of a bridge reconstruction project along Cobbosseecontee Stream, they are making plans to wrap it up. But they may not have cleaned up all the pollution. David Madore, communications director for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said Friday, “We’re going to try to remove as much as we can and do what we can to contain the rest.” To date, 3,700 tons of contaminated soil and 2,000 gallons of free product has been removed from the site.
A Down East park wants to be an Acadia alternative. But its tax exemption makes some unhappy.
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Acadia National Park broke records this summer when more than 35,000 people visited on a single day. In just 10 years, Acadia’s visitation has grown by 59 percent, a trend that has led one nonprofit to offer Down East tourists an alternative destination — Lubec. “Our hope is that we will attract visitors who go to Acadia and want a slightly different experience,” Carl Carlson said, “a place that’s more remote, more rural, where you’re not in the crowds but you still have the beauty of nature.” Carlson is chief operating office for the Butler Conservation Fund Inc., the nonprofit constructing an outdoor recreation area on Lubec’s coast, which will be known as Red Point Park. News of the park met with mixed reviews when Lubec residents learned the Butler Conservation Fund had filed for 100 percent tax-exempt status.
How Maine could raise $100 million more for roads and bridges — and why it needs to
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

The Maine Department of Transportation says the shortfall to fund routine road and bridge maintenance is at an estimated $140 million for roads and bridges. Two years ago, a Republican-led proposal would have shifted all sales tax revenue from sales of vehicles and other products to the Highway Fund from the state budget. They proposed $3 million in annual fees on hybrid and electric vehicles opposed by environmental groups. A similar — though smaller — transfer could be part of a grand bargain. The Legislature set up a commission set to start meeting later this month with a bipartisan goal of proposing legislation in 2020 that could set up a more sustainable funding system.
9 ways to repel deer flies and horse flies
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Deer flies and horse flies can easily ruin an outdoor experience. They swarm, ricochet off your skin and buzz around your ears. Their bites are nearly as painful as bee stings, and they’re absolutely relentless in their pursuit. But there are a few things you can do to fight back.
1. Test liquid repellents
2. Stay still
3. Go the distance
4. Wear light colors
5. Avoid water
6. Always wear a hat
7. Make a sticky hat
8. Don a dryer sheet
9. Befriend a tall person
A Hampden waste plant keeps finding American flags in the garbage, so it’s planning a proper farewell
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

More than 30 American flags have been plucked out of the waste that arrives each day at the Coastal Resources of Maine plant in Hamden. The plant’s staff is working with Hampden officials and a group of local Boy Scouts to provide a more gallant ending for the national flags that Mainers have been chucking in with their rubbish.
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
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