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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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News Items
Harpswell looks to make Cliff Trail more accessible
Times Record - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Harpswell’s recreation committee is looking to make one of the town’s most popular trails more accessible to people with mobility limitations. Early this summer, the committee decided to apply for a state grant to fund improvements — widening the trail, removing tripping hazards, such as large roots, and spreading crushed rock along a 1-mile stretch at the beginning of the path.
Bill Gates, Ban Ki-Moon, other leaders propose ways to adapt to a warming planet
Washington Post - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Climate change isn’t slowing down anytime soon. So it’s time to focus on living with its impacts. That’s the message of a new report from nearly three dozen prominent figures – including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and former U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-Moon – who say it is time to jumpstart projects to adapt to a warming planet. The commission’s report estimates that investing $1.7 trillion in five areas between 2020 and 2030 could generate up to $7 trillion in net benefits. The areas include setting up early warning systems for floods or heatwaves, constructing infrastructure to withstand a changing climate, improving agriculture techniques that could boost cereal yields, investing in making water resources more resilient and protecting mangroves to fortify coasts from storm surges.
Maine to get $2 million for Gulf of Maine lobster research
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Two million dollars in federal funds will help fund a wide range of Gulf of Maine research projects aimed at advancing the understanding of the American lobster and create a regional lobster extension program. The NOAA National Sea Grant College Program will allocate the funds, according to members of Maine’s congressional delegation. Among the projects to receive funding are research on lobster migration and growth, early biology, and on increasing understanding of a lobster’s life cycle.
Maine's Largest Landowner Proposes 30-Year Plan That Could Transform Aroostook County Lakes Area
Maine Public - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Maine's largest landowner, Canada-based JD Irving, is hoping to get the green light this week to rezone 51,000 acres around four scenic Aroostook County lakes for residential and commercial development. The 30-year plan calls for as many as 330 new development units, and it would conserve nearly 17,000 acres. It could also pave the way for residents who currently lease camp lots to eventually buy them. But there are also concerns about how development could change the rural character of the region. Cathy Johnson of the Natural Resources Council of Maine points out that the conservation easement covers about one-third of the area slated for rezoning. By contrast, she says, the Plum Creek Timber Company was required to protect 95 percent of the area it proposed for rezoning around Moosehead Lake more than a decade ago.
CMP transmission line faces critical vote by state land-use panel
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Officials who oversee rural development in Maine are scheduled to decide whether Central Maine Power’s proposal to run a massive power line through the western part of the state is an acceptable land use. Deliberations Wednesday by Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission are part of the environmental permitting process for the New England Clean Energy Connect project intended to transmit Quebec hydropower to Massachusetts along a 145-mile line through western Maine to a substation in Lewiston where it will connect to the existing grid.
Portland composting company wins regional EPA award
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Garbage to Garden won a merit award in the business category at the annual awards by the New England office of the EPA. Garbage to Garden collects an average of 21 tons of food scraps daily from households, businesses and schools, composting the waste for use in gardens around southern Maine. The organization also educates students and others on the benefits of composting and recycling and donates compost to schools and community gardens.
Mainers get EPA awards
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

Two individuals from Maine were honored Tuesday with a lifetime achievement award. John Banks was director of the Penobscot Indian Nation’s Department of Natural Resources when the Nation was first recognized in 1980. The department has a comprehensive water quality monitoring program and operates projects designed to reduce runoff along the Penobscot River and other bodies of water, in addition to overseeing cleanup of 440 acres of contaminated lands. Matthew Scott of Belgrade was recognized for his work as a biologist with the state and after he retired. Scott formed a volunteer program to monitor the water quality of Maine lakes and helped lead the creation of a biological monitoring program to assess water quality and a nutrient management model. After retiring from the DEP, Scott became executive director of the Maine Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission and later led Project SHARE, creating watershed councils for five major rivers in the state. He also served on the Board of Environmental Protection for eight years.
Bangor trails will become ‘edible landscapes,’ abundant in berries, nuts and fruit
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

More than 100 baby blackberry and raspberry bushes line the trails of Bangor’s Walden-Parke Preserve, and more food-bearing plants will soon join them. Pear trees, grapevines, blueberries, wild rice — the list goes on and on. These young plants are a part of Bangor Land Trust’s new Edible Landscape Project, an effort to increase food sources for wildlife and visitors on Bangor preserves.
New rules would reward developers in Portland who plan for sea level rise
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

City planners are proposing new zoning rules for flood-prone areas of Portland in an effort to encourage developers to design buildings with sea level rise in mind. The proposed Coastal Resiliency Overlay Zone would allow developers to build taller buildings in those areas if they prove the additional height is being used to prepare for sea level rise and storm surges associated with a changing climate.
Following Trump administration order, Acadia is deciding where to allow e-bikes
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

In keeping with an order from their bosses at the Department of the Interior, officials at Acadia National Park are working on a plan to allow electric bicycles in places in the park where motorized vehicles are now banned. But this does not mean that so-called “e-bikes” will be allowed everywhere regular bikes are allowed now. The park still has some discretion to determine where in Acadia e-bikes will be allowed, depending on whether park officials believe the devices may hurt park resources or put visitors in danger in specific locations.
Opinion: Act now to keep planet livable
Morning Sentinel - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

In 1957, Exxon/Mobil scientists told them burning fossil fuels at the current rate could lead to a climate disaster that could threaten the livability of the planet. The scientists hoped the company might diversify into renewable energy. Instead the company paid politicians and political writers to spread the conspiracy theory that climate change is a hoax. The second idea threatening our world is that it’s OK to wait and shift to renewable energy sometime in the future. It will take a while to build the green energy infrastructure, and if we wait until the climate becomes more alarming, feedback processes that regulate weather will become more unbalanced. The third idea that has made our climate crisis inevitable is the notion someone else will save it. We cannot rely just upon our leaders or climate activists. The majority of American citizens will have to become climate voters, and raise our voices too loudly to be ignored. Call your representatives today. ~ Richard Thomas, Waterville
In response to conflicting reports, CMP executive says customers’ bills are correct
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 9, 2019 

Central Maine Power’s top customer service representative defended the company’s bills Monday as accurate and again blamed the cold winter of 2017-18 and supply price hikes for thousands of high customer bills. Linda Ball, CMP’s vice president for customer service, said that two reports issued last week confirmed that the utility’s bills were “predominantly” accurate. The analysis filed by BerryDunn consultants was a blistering indictment that showed CMP did not follow industry best practices leading up to the launch of its SmartCare billing system in 2017, did not catch and fix a number of system defects beforehand and may not have the capacity to solve its billing system problems now. The Public Advocate’s Office said its analysis indicated that CMP’s bills were plagued by errors in dates and energy usage.
Gulf of Maine Research Institute launches virtual climate center
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 9, 2019 

The Portland marine science lab that first told the world the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than almost any other part of the ocean is launching a virtual climate center that will focus on finding solutions to the challenges related to ocean warming. Under this virtual banner, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute hopes to leverage its science and educational expertise to help fishermen, policymakers, and coastal communities in Maine and around the world deal with the consequences of rising ocean temperatures.
Historic preservation groups sue to save iconic Brunswick-Topsham bridge
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 9, 2019 

Three preservation groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the Maine Department of Transportation from tearing down a historic two-lane bridge that connects the towns of Brunswick and Topsham and replacing it with a new structure. In the suit filed Friday, the plaintiffs ask the U.S. District Court to grant an injunction that would prevent any further planning, acquisition of rights of way, financing or construction of a replacement bridge over the Androscoggin River. The suit was filed by the Friends of the Frank J. Wood Bridge, the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States, and the Historic Bridge Foundation. The Frank J. Wood Bridge was built in 1932.
Hunting and fishing laws available online
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Monday, September 9, 2019 

DIFW has significantly reduced the number of books of hunting, fishing, and other laws now available, hoping that many of you will download the rules to your device. You can do that at: https://www.maine.gov/ifw/maine-outdoors-laws.html
Opinion: Trump mixes nuclear weapons and climate change
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 9, 2019 

Tribune News Service - President Donald Trump has suggested multiple times to senior Homeland Security officials and national security officers that we explore the possibility of using nuclear bombs to disrupt hurricanes before they hit land. This should worry us: climate change and nuclear weapons in the hands of a man given to erroneous ideas and impulsive assertions and actions, rather than restraint. And perhaps worst of all, he has surrounded himself with government officials and advisers who are afraid or unwilling to confront him with facts. As they say, what could possibly go wrong? ~ John M. Crisp
Column: Dream park
Daily Bulldog (Franklin County) - Monday, September 9, 2019 

Maine Mountains Park is the brainchild of Lance Tapley, the man behind the effort in the 1970s to create the Bigelow Preserve. Tapley wants to turn 2 million acres in northern Somerset, Franklin and Oxford counties into a massive state park based on the Adirondack Park in upstate New York, which has been around for 130 years. This might seem outlandish, but so did Baxter State Park, which resulted from the perseverance of the late Percival Baxter, who imposed his vision of a “forever wild” preserve on a reluctant state. Or how about the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. All that’s standing in the way of the Maine Mountains Park is the lack of somebody rich and powerful willing to counteract what is certain to be a thoroughly unreceptive political establishment. Even if the park never happens, Tapley’s dream ought to spark increased resistance to corporate encroachment on Maine’s wilderness. ~ Al Diamon
Opinion: Saving threatened wildlife should involve private landowners
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 9, 2019 

Maine is 95 percent privately owned. How are you going to recover endangered species if you do not collaborate and involve private landowners in a state like Maine, which is also 95 percent private land? The favored approach of the last 50 years has been for public entities to buy habitat, but the federal government now sports debt levels north of $20 trillion, and most states are teetering on insolvency. Buying all endangered species habitats is not an option, and the record of public land management is less than stellar. Harnessing a collaborative approach with private landowners to expand stewardship to a scalable level will be the key to scale endangered species recovery. ~ Amos S. Eno, Land Conservation and Assistance Network, Falmouth
Letter: Catch & release
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 9, 2019 

Catch-and-release is an invaluable management tool. It’s the regulation that comes closest to allowing a fishery to be what it naturally is. Maine has nearly 6,050 lakes and ponds. Approximately 2,435 are listed on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s lake and pond database, indicating they contain fish. Other than seasonal restrictions to protect spawning fish, only 32 lakes and ponds, or less than 1.5 percent of the total recognized by IFW, have a full or partial C&R rule. The Aroostook River has a unique watershed-wide C&R restriction on landlocked salmon, possibly to protect Atlantic salmon. There are just 18 sections of river and stream, and some tributaries, with a full or species-specific C&R restriction. I believe my assertion that IFW does not fully embrace catch-and-release is fair. ~ Bob Mallard, Skowhegan
Maine deer season gets started for archers in some areas
Associated Press - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Maine’s deer hunt is getting started with a special archery season in designated areas. The state’s “expanded archery” season started Saturday. The season runs through Dec. 14 and allows hunters to take deer in densely populated areas. The state designates the areas around the state near cities such as Portland, Augusta, Lewiston and Bangor. Archers are advised to check local and state laws before hunting. The regular archery season begins Oct. 5, and it’s followed by the firearms season, which starts Nov. 4. There’s also a season for people who hunt deer using muzzleloaders.
How to reuse car tires
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

There are many ways to reuse car tires, both indoors and outdoors:
• Tire swing
• Planters for nonedible plants
• Chairs
• Mulch
• Dog bed
• Sandbox
• Ottoman
• Backyard pond
• Mosquito trap
• Bike rack
Trail maintenance with a new twist, many new twists, on Katahdin
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Katahdin is famous in Maine as that singularly grueling, even dangerous, climb straight up the state’s tallest peak. As the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, it’s the last challenge for AT thru-hikers, a fitting end to their 2,190-mile odyssey. Soon it will become a kinder, gentler finale, as Baxter Park officials reroute several of the six trails that go up Katahdin, softening trail grades, and adding switchbacks and stonework to prevent water runoff and erosion, and ensure hiker safety.
Zip! Thwap! Thud! The sounds of outdoor learning
Sun Journal - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

I expected to be among the best archers on the range, second only to the instructor herself. A bunch of bored vacationers picking up bows and arrows just to kill some time before dinner? Surely I’d be better than all of them. So you can imagine my embarrassment when my very first shot was way down there at the 5 o’clock position and well off the target. “Sun was in my eyes,” I said. I fired another arrow. THWAP! “Distracted by a bee.” THWAP! “Got a bad rotator cuff.” THWAP! “Did you see that target jump out of the way just now?” ~ Mark LaFlamme
Column: A brief history of sporting guns
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

With every war, the technology improves and eventually makes its way to the woods and fields. ~ Bob Humphrey
Column: Craving solitude and the beauty of nature? Have we got the spot for you
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

In the heart of north central Aroostook County, a dozen miles south of the St. John River and the international boundary with New Brunswick, Canada, and a half-dozen miles east of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is the Deboullie Public Lands unit. One of the most remote properties in Maine’s public lands inventory, the name Deboullie is an adaptation of the French word déboulier, which translates to “tumble down,” a reference to the many steep cliffs and talus slopes on the property. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Maine Conservation Corps have constructed a superb 30-mile trail network that offers a wide range of day hiking and overnight backpacking opportunities. ~ Carey Kish
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