September 16, 2019  
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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 

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
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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Maine receives grant to help exporters
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Maine International Trade Center, which helps Maine businesses export their goods and services, received a $344,500 grant from the federal government to increase overseas sales. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the award was granted through the SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program. It is the seventh consecutive year that MITC received funding through the STEP program. More than 50 Maine companies received STEP Financial Assistance Awards in fiscal year 2017-2018, resulting in $12.8 million in actual sales with an additional $17.2 million projected in the next 12-18 months.
Conservationists and lobstermen add videos to the ongoing right whale entanglement debate
Maine Public - Friday, September 13, 2019 

A new front is opening up in the public relations war over whether the lobster industry should make big changes to protect the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. An international marine conservation group called Oceana has released an online video that aims to raise awareness of the threats that fishing gear and ships pose for the survival of the planet's remaining North Atlantic right whales. The same day the conservation group’s ad was released, the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative introduced its own ad. It's a distinct counter-narrative: Maine lobstermen are willing to make gear changes, and are actively testing new types of rope that could be easier for whales to break free of.
Auburn to continue discussion on changes to the agricultural zone
Sun Journal - Friday, September 13, 2019 

After a summer off from the controversial subject, the City Council will hold a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Monday on proposed changes to the Agriculture and Resource Protection Zone. The subject of loosening development restrictions in the large zone has divided Auburn officials and residents for years. The amended zoning language is intended to loosen the zone’s historically strict rules, making it easier for people to build homes on land they own while encouraging small agricultural operations.
Avian Haven celebrates 20 years of helping Maine birds
 - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Over the past decades, Mainers who come across injured or ill birds have come to know the name “Avian Haven” as a rehabilitation facility that can offer the best care possible. On Sunday, the Freedom-based organization will hold a 20th anniversary celebration and fundraising event from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. Wildlife biologist Brad Allen, who serves as bird group leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, has relied on Avian Haven’s services countless times. And he said the group, along with its network of volunteers, has completely changed how bird rehabilitation is done in the state.
Opinion: It is time to unite against ticks
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 13, 2019 

The incidence of tick-borne diseases has exploded over the past 15 years. Far too many Americans with Lyme disease experience a complex diagnostic odyssey that takes months or even years. Other tick-borne diseases are also on the rise in our state. The TICK Act would apply a three-pronged approach to tackle tick-borne diseases. First, it would establish an office to develop a national strategy to prevent these diseases. Second, it would reauthorize Centers for Disease Control Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases that have led the scientific response to fighting ticks. Finally, the bill would establish grants to support state efforts to improve data collection and analysis, early detection and diagnosis, treatment, and public awareness. ~ U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins
Letter: Good fisheries management
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 13, 2019 

Bob Mallard once again states that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife does not fully embrace catch and release. It is disingenuous for Mallard to criticize biologists for stocking lake trout in Sebago and Moosehead Lakes that add fishing opportunities, and then blaming them for saying truthfully that C&R was the problem in those lakes because of an over population of small fish that threatened the survival of trout and salmon. As soon as C&R was eliminated in Moosehead, the brook trout population surged. ~ Joe Bertolaccini, Orrington
'Inside the Amazon: The Dying Forest' AR Experience
TIME - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

For centuries, the Amazon rain forest was one of the last great wildernesses on planet Earth, where isolated tribes and untold species of animals lived undisturbed by outsiders. But today the Amazon stands close to a tipping point, as rampant deforestation combines with climate change to threaten the rain forest’s very existence. Now you can be a witness to the crisis unfolding in the Amazon with TIME’s “Inside the Amazon: The Dying Forest” AR (augmented reality) experience.
The Family Business
Maine Public - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

NEXT New England - The Sununus are one of New Hampshire's most prominent families. John H. Sununu was governor and White House Chief of Staff. One of his sons, John E. Sununu, was a U.S. congressman and senator, and another, Chris Sununu, is governor today. In their powerful political roles, all of these men have faced a different landscape with regard to climate change - and what it means to be a Republican.
Chesterville won’t let residents vote on moratorium aimed at delaying CMP project
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Residents of Chesterville won’t get an opportunity to vote on a moratorium aimed at delaying Central Maine Power Co.’s plan to build an electric transmission line through the Franklin County town. Selectmen opted Thursday night to take no action on a request from former Republican state Sen. Tom Saviello of Wilton to schedule a special town meeting vote on the moratorium, which, if approved, would have remained in effect for 180 days. Saviello opposes CMP’s transmission line from Quebec.
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve gets grant for lobster research
Journal Tribune - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve will receive about $250,000 over two years to study how warming coastal waters are affecting lobsters in the Gulf of Maine, the National Sea Grant Office has announced. The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than most waters around the world. Since lobsters thrive in cold water, this warming trend has raised concerns about the future of the Gulf’s lobster fishery. Wells Reserve collaborators on the 2-year project include the University of New Hampshire, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, the New England Aquarium, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game.
Concerns grow over tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands
Associated Press - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

About half of the 7 million tons of sewage sludge from wastewater treatment plants generated annually in the U.S. is applied to farm fields and other lands, the EPA says. While the sludge offers farmers a cheap source of fertilizer, there long have been concerns about contaminants in the material — and attention of late has turned to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Several states are examining sewage sludge for PFAS contamination and assessing potential dangers. Maine has enacted a nonbinding advisory level for PFAS in sludge. Maine also found most biosolids from more than 30 wastewater treatment plants were above the state’s advisory level.
The Penobscot River is not-so-secretly a ‘world-class’ bass fishery
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

This stretch of the Penobscot River up around Greenish “really is a world class smallmouth bass fishery,” Rob Dunnett says. “It’s beautiful. We’re just spoiled.”

Clinton man killed in Litchfield logging accident
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

A 22-year old Clinton man was killed in a logging accident on Monday evening, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. McCausland said the victim, Brady Thomas Martin, was cutting down a tree on a wood lot half a mile off the Ferrin Road around 6 p.m. on Monday evening and was killed when the tree fell on top of him.
1,000 farm-raised salmon escape from Canadian pen, some captured at New Brunswick dam
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Researchers for the Atlantic Salmon Federation have captured and removed 53 Atlantic salmon from a New Brunswick river after an estimated 1,000 of the farm-raised fish escaped from a Cooke Aquaculture facility near Deer Island in the Bay of Fundy. Deer Island is just across the Maine-New Brunswick border. Dwayne Shaw, executive director of the Downeast Salmon Federation, said, “We know that fish do not recognize national boundaries. Escaped farmed salmon from Canada do pose a serious threat to endangered wild U.S. populations in our region."
Mount Willard is a great introduction to New Hampshire’s White Mountains 1-minute hike: Mount Willard in New Hampshire’s White Mountains
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Rising 2,865 feet above sea level, Mount Willard is a popular and easily-accessible place to hike in the heart of the White Mountains. Traveling up the mountain’s gradual north slope, the 1.6-mile Mount Willard Trail leads to an overlook near the mountain’s summit that offers stunning views of Crawford Notch. Starting at the Crawford Notch Depot and visitor center, the hike begins on Avalon Trail, a wide packed trail that eventually leads to Mount Avalon, Mount Tom and beyond.
Land Use Planning Commission Approves Irving's Fish River Chain of Lakes Concept Plan
Maine Government News - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

The Land Use Planning Commission has approved J.D. Irving Limited's Fish River Chain of Lakes Concept Plan in northeastern Aroostook County, authorizing zoning for up to 330 residences, a commercial development area and four community and economic development areas, and restricting for the life of the plan. The plan also includes permanent conservation of over 16,000 acres and long-term public access to lakes, and guarantees public recreational trail access for the life of the plan. The concept plan establishes a process through which Irving may sell leases and identifies areas where development may be located in the future after additional permitting reviews.
The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature
TIME - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Wallasea is the largest restored coastal wetland in Europe, an exemplar of a growing movement to “rewild” land and return it to the way it was before humans began exploiting it millennia ago. It’s good for the birds. But it’s also increasingly understood as crucial for ensuring a world hospitable to people.
Fort Gorges listed among Maine’s most endangered historic places
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Portland’s Fort Gorges is among the most endangered historic places in the state, according to a nonprofit group that promotes preservation efforts. The Civil War-era fort that sits on Hog Island Ledge in Casco Bay is among nine places across the state listed on Maine Preservation’s 21st annual list of endangered properties. Other properties include Maine camps and cottages; the Charles A. Jordan House in Auburn; the Callendar House in Bar Harbor; the Henry Tallman House in Bath; the Old Town House in Belgrade; the Chaloner House in Lubec; Readfield Union Meetinghouse in Readfield; and the Fales Homestead in Thomaston.
Environmental group says Trump change risks protections for about half of Maine’s drinking water
Washington Post - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

The administration of President Donald Trump said Thursday it plans to scrap a 2015 definition of what qualifies as “waters of the United States,” a move one environmental group said risks protections for half of Maine’s drinking water. The Natural Resources Council of Maine said in a news release the change would roll back protections for about half of Maine’s drinking water supply fed by small streams protected under the Clean Water Act. Heather Spaulding, policy director for the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, said part of the change would take away Maine’s ability to impose its own regulations on top of federal rules, something she said is integral to the state’s culture.
EPA scales back federal protection of water bodies to 1986 standards
Washington Post - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

On Thursday, the Trump administration plans to scrap the Obama-era definition of what qualifies as “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, returning the country to standards put in place in 1986. But critics say the rollback will speed the conversion of wetlands and headwaters, which provide critical habitat for wildlife and support the nation’s drinking water supply. Americans drained about half of the 220 million acres of wetlands in the contiguous United States between the 1780s and 1980s. “The administration wants to go back to an era where we are destroying wetlands heedlessly,” Robert Irvin, president of American Rivers, said.
New England Herring Fishery Restricted For Several Weeks
Associated Press - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Commercial fishing of an important species of bait fish is going to be shut down in one of its key areas in New England for about six weeks. Interstate regulators say the Atlantic herring fishery in the inshore Gulf of Maine is nearing a quota limit and will be subject to restrictions from Sept. 15 to Oct. 31. That means fishermen will not be allowed to bring the fish to land until that date. Fishermen sometimes catch more than 100 million pounds of the lobster bait fish in a year.
The turkey population is thriving — and hunters get a longer season
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Citing a thriving wild turkey population that some have said is a bit too high, lawmakers this spring passed new laws that will allow fall turkey hunters to enjoy a long season and take more birds in many Wildlife Management Districts. Those opportunities are coming right up, as Youth Turkey Day for the fall season will be observed on Saturday. Adult hunters can begin hunting on Monday, two weeks earlier than the previous fall season. Maine has a turkey flock of around 60,000.
New Culverts Helping Fish Passage
George Smith's Outdoor News Blog - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Conservation groups, town officials, the state DOT and DEP, and even some individuals have done a great job of installing new culverts that allow fish passage. In the old days nobody paid any attention to fish passage when they were putting in culverts and dams. In 2011, Maine Audubon and partners launched Stream Smart. Since then, they have hosted workshops and field trainings for over 1000 people across the state, reconnecting hundreds of miles of stream habitat for wildlife. If there is a culvert near you blocking fish passage, start advocating for a bigger culvert. The fish will be very grateful.
Conservation group takes its case to the public with video warning of right whale’s demise
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Oceana bolsters the release of a report with a clip featuring actor Sam Waterston, who says the whales ‘could go extinct in your lifetime.’ Maine's lobster industry says it's untrue and unfair, and releases its own video.
Column: Taking good money from bad people
Sun Journal - Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Koch Industries’ immense wealth originated in the fossil fuels business. There’s nothing inherently evil about oil money or even coal money. Early in the last century, coal powered the country. The scientific consensus says global warming is a threat to our civilization and fossil fuel use is much the cause. But in their lust to amass still more wealth, the Koch brothers funded a massive disinformation campaign to deny the existence of human-caused climate change. The Kochs are also unapologetic polluters. Upon David Koch’s recent death, much has been written about the $1.3 billion the billionaire gave to good causes. Do I begrudge New York’s American Museum of Natural History, etc. for cashing Koch’s checks? I do not. But this sum doesn’t come near compensating for the harm he and his brothers have done to our natural world. ~ Froma Harrop
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