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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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Snorkeling in Maine is like ‘going through the looking glass’ to find a fascinating new world
Bangor Daily News - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 

Lobsters, giant fish, snapping turtles and sunken ships. Maine’s underwater world is filled with wonders, according to those who snorkel. A niche activity in the Northeast, snorkeling is fairly easy to learn. The equipment required — a mask, snorkel and fins — is inexpensive and low tech. And given the region’s numerous lakes, rivers and ocean coves, there are many places to explore.
As the Gulf of Maine warms, Mainers are seeing more tropical ocean sunfish
Mount Desert Islander - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 

Ask a boat cruise naturalist, or just about anyone else who spends time on the water, and he or she will tell you that Mola mola sightings are on the rise this summer. “I had 10 the other day,” said naturalist Bill Townsend. “We usually see one or two,” he said. “They lay on their side because they’re tropical fish, and they lay in the sun,” he said. That behavior earned the species its common name, ocean sunfish. Bar Harbor naturalist and educator Megan McOsker agreed. “Yes, there are more Mola mola sightings in the Gulf of Maine. This goes along with a greater presence of one of their major foods, jellyfish. Our warming waters are making it harder for some species to thrive,” she said, “and expanding ranges of some species.”
Woolwich bucks trend, votes to continue support of CMP corridor
Times Record - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 

The Woolwich Select Board voted Tuesday not to withdraw a letter in support of Central Maine Power’s proposed 145-mile transmission line that would send hydropower from Canada to Massachusetts. Selectmen Allen Greene, Jason Shaw and Chairman David King Sr. voted not to rescind the town’s support, while two other members, Dale Chadbourne and Allison Hepler, voted to rescind. The vote was the result of urging from the public at the board’s Aug. 19 meeting to rescind a letter the board wrote in 2017 in support of the proposed transmission line. So far in Maine, 17 of the 38 municipalities the transmission line would pass through have voted to oppose the project or rescinded their earlier support.
Top Interior official who pushed to expand drilling in Alaska to join oil company there
Washington Post - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 

Last summer, Scott Pruitt left his job heading the Environmental Protection Agency and within a few months had started consulting for coal magnate Joseph W. Craft III. Three weeks after leaving the Interior Department, energy counselor Vincent DeVito joined Cox Oil Offshore, which operates in the Gulf of Mexico, as its executive vice president and general counsel. Now, Joe Balash – who oversaw oil and gas drilling on federal lands before resigning from Interior on Friday – is joining a foreign oil company that’s expanding operations on Alaska’s North Slope.
Maine Forest Society does lots of great things
George Smith BDN Outdoor News Blog - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 

My friend Karin Tilberg and I have a lot in common. Karin is executive director of the Forest Society of Maine. We both recognize Maine’s incredible forest resource for its economic contributions, recreational opportunities, history, and beauty/spiritual solace. We have worked together over the years to find pathways to bring meaningful conservation to Maine’s great North Woods. Today I want to share with you some impressive information about the forest society of Maine.
Letter: Maybe it’s time for Maine to reconsider fluoridated water
Portland Press Herald - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 

Out of 130 Maine cities and towns that added fluoride to their public water supplies, the seven towns in the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells Water District are the only towns that reconsidered the referendum, “Should fluoride be added to the public water for the intended purpose of preventing tooth decay?” The referendum was voted down in the 2016 general election by a 2-1 margin. Perhaps it’s time for a state law mandating voters to reconsider mandating our utilities to add toxins to the drinking water we use to prepare our food and craft our brews. ~ Alec Ferguson, Kennebunkport
Choose from two dozen Maine apple orchards
Kennebec Journal - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

These orchards in southern, western and central Maine have more than just apple-picking.
Crews remove Mill Street Dam in Lisbon
Sun Journal - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

Workers fro DEP, Marine Resources, DOT and NRC have been working together to clean up hazardous materials and remove the Mill Street Dam in Lisbon in an effort to return the river to it's original flow in hopes that salmon will once again return to the river. Workers from Linkel Construction of Topsham were at the site Tuesday using heavy equipment to create natural pools that will act as fish ladders. It is the first in a series of projects that are looking at removing several more dams up river as well.
Lobstermen’s group pulls its support for proposal to protect right whales
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association is withdrawing its support for a proposed right whale protection plan, claiming it was rushed into voting in favor of major fishing restrictions without adequate time to review the science behind the plan. Upon review, the state’s largest lobstering trade group expressed its displeasure with the plan, saying it is based on error-prone data, untested science and documentation that is biased against the lobster industry.
Column: Will Hurricane Dorian Impact Maine Birds?
Wiscasset Newspaper - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

The Bahamas are one of the most important wintering areas for piping plovers, a species that nests along our southern Maine beaches. We hope that most of them had not yet arrived in the Bahamas, but many piping plovers that nest or migrate through the beach habitats of the coast of the U.S. will have to feel the impact of Dorian. ~ Jeffrey V. Wells and Allison Childs Wells
Public advocate calls for $1 million fine and 1-year license suspension for Electricity Maine
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

The Maine Public Advocate’s Office is asking state regulators to fine Electricity Maine at least $1 million and suspend its operating license for a year, saying the energy provider engaged in fraudulent and deceptive marketing practices.
Every Maine Lighthouse Ranked
Down East - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

A categorical (and categorically tongue-in-cheek) run-down of all 65 of Maine's beloved coastal beacons.
Integrated collection may be the future of recycling
Bangor Daily News - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

Since the 1970s, recycling has attempted to tackle the ever-increasing piles of trash in landfills by turning waste into new materials. The system has proven far from perfect over the last half century, however, with languidly increasing rates of recovered material compared with the ballooning tons of trash produced. In order to address such challenges, the future of recycling may hinge on a new approach called integrated collection. Coastal Resources of Maine utilizes such an integrated collection system. Their Hampden facility is the first of its kind to integrate single-stream collection with a variety of processing technologies from a company called Fiberight.
Opinion: Forget Greenland. A far more dangerous game is being played in the Arctic.
Washington Post - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

While President Trump’s interest in buying Greenland grabbed headlines recently, there’s a much more serious territorial issue in the Arctic: Russia’s next chess move aimed at asserting ownership of the North Pole. As the year-round sea ice continues to melt for the first time in more than 100,000 years, critical shorter shipping routes are opening. Vast valuable resources are in the Arctic region, such as rare earth minerals needed for modern electronics; there are also significant oil and natural gas deposits and the rich Arctic fisheries. The United States should join the Law of the Sea convention as a full participant so that we not only have a powerful seat at the table, but also so that we can assert our own claims to an extended continental shelf in the Arctic region and elsewhere off our coasts. ~ John Englander
Column: Earth’s lungs belong to the world
Washington Post - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

If the Earth’s lungs were on fire and the doctor refused to treat it, would there be cause for a third-party intervention? This query nags the conscience of an outraged international community as the Amazon rainforest is ablaze in Brazil and at least two other countries whose boundaries include sections of this crucial ecosystem. What, if anything, should the rest of the world do to save a critical organ in our planet’s body? As extreme weather incidents increase and other climate change-related conditions worsen, people’s survival sense may demand direct action and new ways of balancing sovereign interests with global priorities. Earth’s lungs may reside mostly in Brazil, but they belong to the world. ~ Kathleen Parker
Prince Harry announces travel sustainability project
Associated Press - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

The eco-minded Prince Harry is embarking on a massive travel sustainability initiative in partnership with key travel providers. They aim to improve the practices of the global industry amid an ever-increasing number of travelers. The long-term initiative is focused on tackling the travel industry’s impact on climate change, improving wildlife conservation, and protecting the environment in top tourist spots around the world. It aims to increase the amount of tourism dollars that go to local communities, and find answers to over-tourism.
Fledgling Portland parks group outlines priorities, begins raising money
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

Two years after its incorporation, the fledgling nonprofit Portland Parks Conservancy now has a 13-member board of directors, a full-time executive director and five specific projects to undertake in the coming years. Those projects include establishing a Portland Youth Corps, where teenagers could earn money working in the city’s parks. The group also is moderating a community discussion about the future of Fort Gorges, a historic island fort in Portland Harbor, and plans to expand recreational options for people with disabilities. The Conservancy was launched in 2017 with the help of Lucas St. Clair, who provided three years of start-up funding through his foundation, Elliotsville Plantation Inc., the nonprofit that amassed land that beaome Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Developer not giving up on vision for Portland’s historic island fort
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

When Mike Dugay looks at Fort Gorges, he sees a historic landmark in desperate need of repair and a location perfect to make that happen. The location, Dugay says, could not be better for a restaurant and brewpub and, at some point in the future, a bed-and-breakfast in the historic officers’ quarters. The type of financial investment needed to make that happen would help stabilize the fort, improve public access and allow many more people to visit, he said. But the idea of commercializing Fort Gorges has run into resistance, even though no formal proposal has been presented to the city. The plan is opposed by the Friends of Fort Gorges as incompatible with its mission to preserve the structure as a public resource.
Opinion: It’s time to decide what kind of park we want Fort Gorges to be
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

The future of tiny Hob Island on which Fort Gorges stands is more murky than ever. The structural integrity of the 155-year-old fortification is gradually faltering. Some, like the developers who recently proposed commercializing the fort, envision it becoming a place that offers the same amenities and comforts you’d find on Peaks Island or in the Old Port. Instead, let's preserve its unique beauty and raw and rugged character. Rather than transforming this park into a space that’s resource-intensive, let’s bring all the stakeholders together to preserve and enhance what’s already working. ~ Erin Quigley and Zack Anchors, co-founders, Portland Paddle, which offers guided tours of Fort Gorges
Letter: NECEC should receive close scrutiny from Army Corps of Engineers
Portland Press Herald - Tuesday, September 3, 2019 

The Army Corps of Engineers is deliberating on whether to issue a permit for the Central Maine Power corridor. The Army Corps is the lead federal National Environmental Policy Act agency on the CMP corridor. The public can still file written comments. The Corps should perform an environmental impact statement rather than an environmental assessment and hold a public hearing on the permit for the CMP corridor. Opposition to this corridor is overwhelming, and the Corps needs to hear directly from Maine people. ~ Kimberly Lyman, Say NO to NECEC, Caratunk
Blog: It’s the misogynistic roots of climate science denial, stupid
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 2, 2019 

A friend recently shared an article analyzing the vitriol among climate science deniers toward teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg as she visits the U.S. to attend a conference in New York. The article was titled, The Misogyny of Climate Deniers, but it might have just as well been called “The Climate Denying of Misogynists.” There is a psychological connection between climate science denial and misogyny. It has ancient, biblical roots, but I suspect there are modern factors as well. We are seeing the employment of hate and brute intimidation to battle the threat of losing power. A large fraction of Americans (and other Westerners) feel as though they are under attack. Electing more women to powerful political posts can only serve as a catalyst in furthering this cause. ~ James Tatum Gale
Pittston’s newly acquired island brings possibilities, problems
Kennebec Journal - Monday, September 2, 2019 

The only indication of a road accessing about 60 acres of town-owned land is a “No Trespassing” sign posted on a pole on Old Cedar Grove Road. But if town officials are successful in their quest, one day it could be the entrance to a multi-use public area with shore-front access to the Kennebec River both from the mainland and from an island that sits just a stone’s throw from that shoreline.
New Hampshire officials kept busy with hiker distress calls
Associated Press - Monday, September 2, 2019 

First responders had a busy holiday weekend responding to reports of distressed and lost hikers in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Two women became sick and dehydrated Sunday evening near the summit of Mount Cardigan in Alexandria. A 35-year-old man became lost on Mount Moosilauke in Benton but was located thanks to coordinates from a 911 call he made. A Massachusetts woman had to be carried out after suffering a lower leg injury while hiking down Mount Lafayette.
Implementation grant to help Emery Farm expand
Kennebec Journal - Monday, September 2, 2019 

Emery Farm is the recipient of a $48,276 implementation grant from the Maine Farmland Trust. The Farming for Wholesale Implementation Grant will allow the Emery Farm to increase its indoor growing space more than 80% and extend its growing season. Receiving the grant, however, was only part of the opportunity for Trent Emery, 38, the owner and manager of the farm. It was the business planning support. “What was helpful for me, regardless of whether or not I got the grant, I needed to and wanted to focus on the growth (of my farm),” said Emery. “It was a win-win in the end.”
IFAW Officials Disappointed with Lobsterman Association’s Position on Whale Issue
Other - Monday, September 2, 2019 - The International Fund for Animal Welfare is expressing disappointment for the Maine Lobstermen’s Association decision to withdraw its support for the Take Reduction Team Agreement concerning right whales. The association withdrew support last week due to what it calls “serious flaws in the data” presented during the agreement process. IFAW Marine Campaigner CT Harry said the association’s withdrawal shouldn’t serve a blow to the collaborative effort to save the whale species while ensuring long-term lobster fishing success. “Solutions can be identified to achieve both goals and IFAW remains committed to working with the lobster industry and stakeholders across all sectors to find them,” Harry said.
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