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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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Check this list to see if you got your any-deer permit
 - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Here are the 68,145 permit winners in this year’s any-deer permit drawing who were randomly selected by computer and will be allowed to harvest an antlerless deer in one of 20 Wildlife Management Districts.
CMP Transmission Project Update
Sierra Club - Friday, September 6, 2019 

On September 11, the Land Use Planning Commission will deliberate and possibly decide about granting a permit to Central Maine Power Company for construction of a transmission line through Maine to bring hydroelectric power from Canada to Massachusetts. Once the LUPC decision is made, the Department of Environmental Protection will move forward with its decision on the application for two permits for the project. The CMP proposal also still needs approval from the Army Corps of Engineers. There's still time to send public comments to the Army Corps of Engineers and request a full environmental impact statement.
The Abandoned Orchards of Maine
Maine Public - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Today’s poem is “The Abandoned Orchards of Maine” by Pam Burr Smith, who lives in Brunswick and works as a mental health therapist.
A study found cruise ship passengers like Rockland, but fewer are destined for the town this year
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Large cruise ship passengers enjoyed their stops in Rockland during the 2018 season, according to a city-commissioned study released last month. But only one large liner is expected to dock in Rockland this fall. The decline in large cruise ship traffic could be a reaction from pushback the industry has received from some locals and city officials who worry this type of tourism isn’t the right fit for Rockland.
Machias demolished a motel building to protect Route 1 properties from floods
Bangor Daily News - Friday, September 6, 2019 

The town has acquired a former motel and demolished it as part of an effort to help reduce the impact of occasional flooding of downtown properties along Route 1 where the highway skirts the Machias River. Rising sea levels have led to flooding at the property of the former Seagull Motel multiple times in recent years. The town is looking into how it can protect the lot and adjacent properties along the low-lying section of Route 1 from flooding. The public will also be able to access the property once some preliminary landscaping is complete. The town acquired the eyesore property earlier this year with money donated by Maine Coast Heritage Trust on the condition that the parcel be preserved as green space.
Gates upset fans of scenic Prouts Neck Cliff Walk, raise issue of access to waterfront
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 6, 2019 

The Prouts Neck Association, representing residents of an exclusive seaside neighborhood in Scarborough, recently installed gates at both ends of the mile-long path to block public access at night and during foul weather. The sudden appearance of the gates on the shoreline path has prompted some to wonder if the association took action to demonstrate legal control over land that’s privately owned but has been trod by the public for centuries. The association pays for a reserve police officer to patrol Prouts Neck year round. In recent months, there have been reports of widespread graffiti and broken glass on the path.
Opinion: Public Utilities Commission should look out for consumers’ interests, not CMP’s
Portland Press Herald - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Almost two years since the beginning of Central Maine Power’s billing fiasco – which continues – the Public Utilities Commission’s staff issued a report this week affirming CMP’s specious assertion that the billing system is perfectly fine and all of the wildly inflated bills can be explained by cold weather. This situation with CMP’s billing and and the PUC’s response shows that Central Maine Power cannot be trusted to hold the privileged position it now enjoys as a protected monopoly with a guaranteed profit. Second, it highlights is the need for the Maine PUC to start taking its role as the consumer’s protector seriously. ~ Ed Geis, Camden
Column: Making peace with insects
Times Record - Friday, September 6, 2019 

Scientists estimate that for every human on Earth, there are more than 200 million insects. At times this June, it seemed to me that they were all in close proximity. So when I heard of the new book “Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects,” I knew I should read it – if only to sweeten my sour attitude. Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson’s witty take on what she calls “six-legged lifesavers” was the perfect salve, helping me repair relations with my small neighbors. Despite her playful tone and welcome humor, Sverdrup-Thygeson reminds readers that our species has a serious “moral duty to coexist” with our insect neighbors. The tiny fraction of insects that can irritate us should not blind us to the gifts of the trillions of them that keep our world livable. ~ Marina Schauffler
NH Activist Files Suit To End Use of Vertical Ropes in Maine's Lobster Fisheries
Maine Public - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

A New Hampshire activist is suing the federal government and the state of Maine in an effort to end the use of vertical ropes in the state's lobster fishery. Richard "Max" Strahan says that is the quickest way to protect multiple marine species. Strahan, who heads a group called Whale Safe USA, filed the suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service and Maine's Department of Marine Resources in federal district court in Bangor on Thursday. "The thing [is] that the United States government is actually managing the whale into extinction — they want it to go extinct," says Strahan.
Agricultural fair in Clinton sees large opening day turnout
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

The 66th annual Lions Agricultural Fair kicked off Thursday afternoon and drew a large crowd to the Clinton Fairgrounds to enjoy vendors, food and live entertainment. Among the many attractions for fair-goers to enjoy were arts and crafts and 4-H exhibitions.
Photos: Butterflies, bees and pretty flowers in Auburn
Sun Journal - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

Butterflies and bees collect pollen in a garden on Mill Street in Auburn.
Summit to Shore: A Look at Maine’s Climate Research, Part 2
WVFX Fox Bangor - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

According to climate researchers, the water in the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than almost any other area in the world. “There are many, many changes we’re tracking here, trying to understand, so that we can facilitate conservation and pool our resources,” said Dr. Susan Shaw, director of the Shaw Institute. Researchers said the ocean has gone through warming periods before, but this time it’s different. By understanding how climate change has historically impacted the Gulf of Maine, researchers can build climate models to better predict what might happen next.
The Interns Teaching Mainers To Be Better Recyclers
Maine Public - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

A crash in the global recycling market last year is forcing municipalities in Maine to prevent household trash from contaminating their recycling streams or face hefty fees. The new added cost has led some Maine towns to drop recycling altogether. But a handful of towns in southern Maine tried a different tactic this summer — by hiring interns to walk through neighborhoods, peak into curbside recycling bins and leave behind direct feedback on the do’s and don’ts of recycling.
C-10: Sebrook plant’s concrete degradation poses threat
Seacoast Online - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

A nuclear watchdog group is publicly setting the stage for its case against NextEra Energy with its expert comparing the Seabrook Station’s plan to address concrete degradation to treating cancer in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Newburyport-Mass.-based C-10 will go before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Sept. 24 at Newburyport City Hall, contesting a license amendment granted to allow the nuclear power plant to operate until 2050.
Remote campsites near Roach River offer peaceful getaway in the Moosehead Region
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

Owned and maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club, a handful of primitive campsites are located on a chain of ponds along the Roach River east of Moosehead Lake. Each equipped with a fire ring, privy, tent pad and picnic table, these sites are a perfect getaway for campers looking for a secluded, peaceful camping experience. The campsites are located near Medawisla Lodge, one of AMC’s three wilderness lodges in the region. To date, AMC has purchased and permanently conserved about 70,000 acres of forest land in the 100-Mile Wilderness region, on which they’ve built more than 120 miles of trails and opened three wilderness lodges.
Mid-Maine Technical Center seeing early success in Outdoor Leadership program
Morning Sentinel - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

The Mid-Maine Technical Center has launched a new Outdoor Leadership and Natural Resource Management program that allows students to access to entry-level and college-bound careers. “We have seen a lot of interest in the program because there is a lot of need in the industry,” said Jason Cyr, the Outdoor Leadership instructor. “The program is designed to get the kids the skill set to go out into the workforce as guides. I’ve got a few students that want to be game wardens and some that want to be forest rangers, so it’s a pretty wide spectrum. The benefit of this program is that students (that complete the program) can go right into the workforce or into a four-year degree program in multiple disciplines that have to do with the outdoors.”
Modern ATVs have outgrown Maine’s trails, and a new task force is looking for a solution
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

Sixteen years ago, the last time a governor-initiated group attempted to better understand a growing ATV community in the state, the machines that riders were taking into the woods were small, light and mobile. That’s not the case anymore. And that’s why an ATV task force formed by Maine Gov. Janet Mills is tackling a new slate of ATV issues related to bigger, wider and heavier machines that have simply outgrown the existing ATV trail system.
Bucksport gives key approval for salmon farm to be built at former mill site
Ellsworth American - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

The plan to grow Atlantic salmon in a land-based facility at the site of the former Verso paper mill won a key approval this week. The Bucksport Planning Board approved the site plan review application submitted by Whole Oceans for its proposed 1.4-million-square-foot development on the banks of the Penobscot River. Also on Tuesday, Whole Oceans CEO Jacob Bartlett announced that the company plans to build a separate facility in Bucksport’s Buckstown Industrial Park to process Atlantic salmon for the wholesale and retail markets within the next four years.
Larry Rubinstein and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Maine Seniors - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

It was a doctor’s warning that made Larry Rubinstein the passionate biker he is today. “I got to be 50, and my doctor said, ‘You can’t run anymore. You’re ruining your legs. If you want exercise, you can either bike or swim.’” Rubinstein chose biking, and it proved to be a good choice. When he had prostate cancer surgery two years ago, his doctor said he was in such good shape that he didn’t need physical therapy afterward. He was back on his bike in two weeks. Biking was all the therapy he needed. Now the ordained rabbi, a youthful 72, heads the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a quietly persuasive force of 7,000 bikers whose efforts have helped make Maine the second-most bicycle-friendly state in the nation, behind only Washington.
Land Trust thanks four-legged summer interns
Seacoast Online - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

Great Works Regional Land Trust was awarded a $5,885 grant from the Davis Conservation Foundation to support the Trust’s work managing non-native invasive plant species on five properties. The high cost of mechanical solutions (mowing or volunteers with loppers) coupled with the ethical predicament of herbicide application led Great Works to pilot an old, but new again strategy: goats.
Opinion: US-China trade war damage could last decades
Bangor Daily News - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

Tribune News Service - Trump’s go-it-alone tariff approach and his statement, “trade wars are good, and easy to win,” couldn’t be further from the truth. Virtually all America’s allies and trading partners have responded in kind, often targeting U.S. agricultural exports. Working closely with our European, Asian and other friends around the world to establish a united front against China would likely prove more effective. American farmers and exporters have spent decades developing the Chinese market. Losing those markets is costly and difficult to bear. But trying to win them back may be extremely challenging, if not impossible. ~ John Manzella
New Trailhead Planned at Dodge Point
Free Press - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

Described as “a taste of the North Woods in our backyard,” the River-Link trail on the Boothbay peninsula continues to grow not only in length but also in popularity. To serve this increasing demand, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is preparing to create an additional trailhead and parking area at Dodge Point in Newcastle. River-Link was conceived in the late 1990s and is now coming to fruition through a partnership among state agencies, citizens, municipalities, funders, and local and statewide conservation organizations. Today it is possible to walk more than five miles from Dodge Point on the Damariscotta River in Newcastle to the Zak Preserve in Boothbay, experiencing woodlands, stream valleys, and extensive wetlands with abundant animal life and evidence of a rich human history.
The Monson Experiment
Down East - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

Over the past three years, the Libra Foundation has poured more than $10 million into rescuing a dying town in Piscataquis County. Will it be the spark that ignites a region-wide revival?
Collins touts Lyme bill in Senate hearing in Orono
Portland Press Herald - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

Maine Sen. Susan Collins on Thursday hosted a Senate field hearing at the University of Maine’s “tick lab” in Orono, to promote a bill that would boost federal funding to fight Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The TICK Act, sponsored by Collins and Sen. Angus King, would devote $100 million in federal funding, to be doled out at $20 million per year through 2026 for data collection and analysis to support early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and to raise awareness.
Maine deer lottery this week is not just about a few bucks
Associated Press - Thursday, September 5, 2019 

Maine’s deer hunters will learn this week if they’ve been selected for a permit that allows them greater ability to hunt the animals. Maine manages its large deer population with “any deer” permits that allow hunters to hunt antlerless deer and bucks that have antlers less than 3 inches in length. Hunters without such a permit can only pull the trigger when longer-antlered bucks are in their sights. The any deer permit lottery is scheduled for Friday. The state intends to issue a little more than 68,000 any deer permits this year.
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