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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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Editorial: Bad weather doesn’t answer all CMP billing questions
Maine Townsman - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

It was the colder-than-typical winter of 2018 that drove up usage, and, along with a rate increase, led to higher bills, according to Central Maine Power Co. and the Maine Public Utilities Commission staff. Maine Public Advocate Barry Hobbins has worked with a consultant who has taken another approach to analyze the data, coming up with a very different picture. Hobbins concludes that CMP’s billing system suffers from multiple defects that are contributing to the errors on customer bills. The arrival of these two contradictory reports puts the commission in an awkward position. Thousands of customers who received inaccurate bills will be watching what the PUC does. It’s not just CMP that has its reputation on the line. Mainers want to know if they can trust this regulator to put the public interest ahead of the interests of a big business.
Insight: Rekindling America’s past love – the bicycle
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

As Europeans strive to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions, cities across the continent are promoting cycling like never before. Yet most American cities lag far behind. Why? It’s not simply that Americans love their cars more and need them to navigate a large nation. The climate crisis provides us with a reason to bring back our compact cities and restore our national love for the bicycle. And we can learn lessons from the very organizations and institutions that initially launched the bike’s popularity more than a century ago. ~ Thor Hogan, professor of politics and environmental sustainability, Earlham College
Letter: Balloon-release story overlooks Mt. Ararat team’s focus on service
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

I am writing in response to the article “Mt. Ararat nixes balloon release after public outcry.” I do not dispute the need to end the balloon release in favor of protecting our environment, but I take issue with the one-dimensional focus of the article. I can say with confidence that there are many positive aspects of the program as a whole and the Drive Out Cancer fundraiser specifically. Every Friday evening after practice, the girls coach youth program clinics, which requires dedication, organization, leadership and responsibility, all of which are also worthy of recognition in the stories you publish about the Mt. Ararat field hockey program. ~ Margaret Trebilcock, parent, Class of 2018 Mt. Ararat field hockey player, Topsham
Letter: Windham Rep. Corey’s support for land, water bonds sets example for other Republicans
Maine Sunday Telegram - Sunday, September 8, 2019 

Your chastisement of Republicans in the Legislature who voted down three of the four bond issues in the special session, was appropriate. However, I’m very pleased that my representative, Patrick Corey of Windham, supported both environmental bonds. He was one of only five Republicans voting for the Land for Maine’s Future bond and the only Republican voting for the water quality protection bond. Since the Land for Maine’s Future bill didn’t pass in the special session, voters won’t have a chance to have their say this year. The next chance for the Legislature to take up this important bond issue will be in January. Please urge your representatives to support this important bond. ~ Bill and Martha Briggs, Windham
Column: The County Connection is one worth making
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 7, 2019 

Aroostook County has always had an allure for me. Recently, in an attempt to scout out some moose country where my wife has a moose-hunting permit for this October, she and I headed for the County. People, even young people, hold doors for you. The store clerks smile and make eye contact. They express appreciation for your business, rather than be annoyed that you interrupted their cell phone chat. We’ll be back to Aroostook County, sooner rather than later. You might want to make the County Connection next chance you get. It will lift you up. ~ V. Paul Reynolds
Hundreds of cyclists camp out at Head of Falls before taking off on ride around state
Morning Sentinel - Saturday, September 7, 2019 

Despite the day’s rainy start, 450 cyclists from around the country flocked to Head of Falls on Saturday to enjoy lawn games, tenting, food and drinks for the start of the seventh annual BikeMaine event. The event was founded by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. A day packed with events ensued to help kick off the week’s festivities which involves riders traveling 324.6 miles around midcoast Maine and back.
Editorial: By permission only? Maine should periodically review its hunting access laws.
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 7, 2019 

In the face of changing land use patterns and weaponry, along with growing concerns about misuse of private land — especially trash dumping — it makes sense to periodically reconsider Maine’s access laws. Just as the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife periodically re-evaluates its plans for managing Maine’s game species, land use should also be reviewed. The state law that allows hunters an implied right to access land as long as the land has not been posted with “no trespassing” or “access by permission only” signs remains. Maine’s law is especially permissive. Those who oppose discussing any changes should remember that the easiest solution to abuse of access to private land is to post the land as off limits. That would be a terrible outcome.
Opinion: Arctic refuge is too precious for oil drilling
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 7, 2019 

Our call to be good stewards of God’s Earth and care for one another, however, is under threat in many places, but none more notable than Alaska. For the first time, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, located in the northern part of Alaska is slated to be opened up to oil drilling. This breathtaking parcel of God’s creation, home to the Gwich’in people, is so unique in its wilderness qualities and ecological integrity that many who have been to the refuge say it has forever changed their lives. Now is the time for Sen. Susan Collins to provide outspoken leadership on this issue and to join with the rest of the Maine delegation in insisting that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be protected from drilling. ~ Rev. Richard Killmer, Yarmouth
5 ways to reuse recycling bins
Bangor Daily News - Saturday, September 7, 2019 

Cities may change their recycling programs to single-stream or integrated collection. They may even retire the programs altogether as increased Chinese restrictions on imported recyclables make it more difficult to turn on profit on recycled materials. It would be an ironic shame to toss recycling bins in the trash. “Reuse” is the second of the three R’s, after all. If you have a spare recycling bin lying around, here is how to upcycle it around the house.
• Planter
• Garage storage
• Laundry basket
• Pet food container
• Grocery holder for your trunk
Pellowe explores chocolate clams, earns doctorate at UMaine
Wiscasset Newspaper - Saturday, September 7, 2019 

For six years, Kara Pellowe, a Wiscasset resident, studied the chocolate clam fishery and the coupling of socio-ecological systems in Loreto, Mexico. This summer, she earned a doctorate in ecology and environmental sciences at the University of Maine. Pellowe has been investigating how the features of the marine ecosystem, and of related human communities, help or hinder coastal communities in adapting to future change. The past summer, she led a team of researchers from the Darling Marine Center in Walpole who gathered information about the diversity and abundance of clams and other shellfish species in the intertidal flats managed by the Towns of Damariscotta and Newcastle.
Letter: Cold weather not to blame for spike in CMP bills
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 7, 2019 

I can prove that a spike during cold weather has nothing to do with the increase in Central Maine Power bills. Last January’s bill was $89 higher than my average bill of around $55 because of running the two heaters for four days. February’s bill was back to normal at $56.56. March’s bill was $310, and April’s was $335 (no cold spells). This one is the kicker – May’s bill of $439. There were definitely no more cold spells in May. My usage declined by 958.220 kilowatt-hours and my bill went up about 400 percent. I don’t buy their hogwash! ~ Lynn Bucknell, Windham
Letter: Connect Portland and Westbrook with multi-use trail
Portland Press Herald - Saturday, September 7, 2019 

The Press Herald recently reported that a train from Portland to Westbrook could cost as much as $100 million. For a fraction of the cost, we could have a safe, multi-use trail with rail that could connect the two cities. An off-road trail would be a great alternative to Brighton Avenue, Forest Avenue or outer Congress Street for bicyclists, walkers, joggers and cross-country skiers. A trail with rail would maintain the possibility of rail service for the future. ~ Robert Barrett, Westbrook
Letter: Proposed line is good for environment
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 7, 2019 

Residents of a couple dozen Maine towns who are against the proposed New England Clean Energy Corridor did very poor research on the end result if the power line is rejected. Some of their complaints against the project include cutting trees, the effects on tourism and other opposition produced from the group Say No to NECEC. If the power line is not built, northern New England states will be subject to more acid rain and other pollutants from the needed fossil fuel and nuclear plants. Massachusetts and other southern states need more energy. The building of the 145-mile clean energy power line is very good for the environment. ~ Richard McInnis, Rumford
Letter: In opposition to Gov. Mills
Sun Journal - Saturday, September 7, 2019 

I stand in opposition to Gov. Janet Mills and her support for the CMP proposed transmission line and her stance on abortion. CMP says use of herbicides along the route would be limited, despite knowledge that vegetation-control mixtures contain elements that cause human health issues. And remember the block of carbon she held last Feb. 21 while announcing support of the CMP plan? Hope she washed her hands thoroughly after handling that block of carbon. ~ John Davis, South Paris
Showing Women They Can Seek Adventure At Any Age
Maine Public - Friday, September 6, 2019 

For more than 50 years, Outward Bound expeditions have helped thousands of students undertake challenges and master skills in the outdoors that they never thought they could. Along the way, participating teens and adults have discovered the joys of adventure and teamwork, but programs generally have not been designed for seniors. But the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Camden has begun rethinking that practice by offering a short course for women 65 and over.
Opinion: NOAA’s Plan to Save the Whales Has Maine Lobstermen Boiling
Wall Street Journal - Friday, September 6, 2019 

The giant mammals have moved on to Canada, but the feds are targeting a local industry anyway. ~ Paul LePage
Aid coming to Maine to help communities hit by mill closures
Associated Press - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Maine is getting more than $2 million to assist the forest products industry. The money is from the Northern Border Regional Commission, which supports rural and economically depressed communities in the Northeast. The largest grant is more than $900,000 to the Northern Forest Center to launch an initiative in states including Maine to attract visitors. East Millinocket Industrials is receiving $450,000 to redevelop the East Millinocket paper mill site into a multi-industrial complex. The Maine Development Foundation is receiving more than $640,000 for a project to revitalize communities impacted by mill closures.
CMP faulted for poor management, system defects, in blistering analysis
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 6, 2019 

A report by the Maine Public Advocate's office criticizes Central Maine Power for failing to fix a defective billing and metering system that resulted in thousands of inaccurate bills, and recommends hiring a third party to oversee proper testing. The company has previously blamed high customer bills on their energy use and the weather, and not on failures of its billing system.
Creating Bee-Friendly Habitats
Orion - Friday, September 6, 2019 

While bee populations are under stress from climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, pests and pathogens, there are actions farmers and gardeners can take to make their lands more bee-friendly. In Maine, there are 276 species of bees said Jennifer Lund, Maine state apriarist for the Department of Agriculture, during a presentation at a pollinators event, held in mid-August in Piscataquis County. “One of the things that we can do is provide forage and nesting on our properties,” Lund said. “You don’t need a lot of property to do that. For forage, you can provide flowering plants."
Land trust to celebrate 25 years of conservation at Crystal Spring Farm, 20 years of farmers’ market with festival
Times Record - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Twenty-five years ago, the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust stepped in to keep Crystal Spring Farm, a property they say has been at the heart of the Brunswick farming community for generations, from becoming a large housing development. To celebrate community and conservation of 320 acres over the last quarter-century, the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust is hosting a festival on Sunday.
Column: Renewable energy still faces big challenges
Times Record - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Trump accepts environmental sacrifices as the price to pay for expanding the use of coal, oil and natural gas. Part of that policy uses the federal tax system to subsidize the oil industry, while cutting back breaks for renewable resources. That’s big government. Under a conservative approach, the market would pit renewables against fossil fuels in a fair contest. Another issue involving renewable resources is Central Maine Power's proposed “New England Clean Energy Connect.” The project imposes environmental costs which have not been fully evaluated. The common thread of Trump’s policy and the Maine transmission corridor is that they are big. Politicians like to land big fish. Yet the future is likely to depend on smaller, decentralized generators, closer to the customers served, probably renewable, less costly and more reliable. This future requires policies going beyond fossil fuels, but also wisely evaluating big renewable projects. ~ Gordon L. Weil
Concerned citizens start statewide effort to protect Maine’s traditional fishing heritage
Other - Friday, September 6, 2019 

A group of citizens who have been working to ensure continued access to Maine’s oceans has formed a new coalition Protect Maine's Fishing Heritage. The group has been active in advocating for lobstermen who are losing acres of fishing grounds to aquaculture leases in some parts of the state. The organization also supports Maine residents who are concerned about losing access to the ocean for recreational usage.
Maine companies hailed for sustainability
Kennebec Journal - Friday, September 6, 2019 

B Corporation is a global organization that sets standards of verifiable social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. This year, it recognized several Maine companies with its Best for the World designation, including:
• Insource Renewables of Pittsfield, a renewable energy contracting firm that provides design, installation and service of solar energy, heat pump, and battery storage systems; and
• ReVision Energy Inc. of Portland, a solar and renewable energy company that provides solar panels, battery backup, electric vehicle infrastructure, heat pumps, and water heating equipment.
Opinion: CMP to customers: We’ve heard you
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 6, 2019 

As the newly named vice president of customer service for Central Maine Power, I have a message for our customers and other Maine stakeholders. We have heard your concerns and we understand and acknowledge that our service has not met all of your needs over the past 18 months. We have been putting the people, organization and tools in place to provide the level of service our customers deserve and to rebuild trust among people in Maine. ~ Linda Ball, Central Maine Power Co.
If you enjoy food and clothing, you know why farmers are important
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Farmers grow crops and raise livestock or poultry we eventually eat. Farmers raise the fiber crops that are turned into the fabrics that become the clothes we wear. Farmers also maintain open spaces, often for the benefit of others. In the winter or in other non-growing seasons many farmers allow recreational activities on their land. Farmers can play a huge role in the survival and productivity of wildlife by managing the quality of food, water and cover available on farmland. Farmers, especially those who farm on smaller scales using heritage seeds, are crucial in maintaining the genetic diversity of the food-producing seeds and livestock in this country.
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