September 16, 2019  
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Source to the Sea Day 12, Sep 7
Event - Posted - Sunday, September 1, 2019 

Join a paddle on the Androscoggin River. At Mill Street boat launch, Brunswick, September 7, 8:30 am - 3 pm.
Bills & Beaks Tell What They Eat, Sep 7
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

Engaging hands-on activities for families and children. At L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, September 7, 1-2 pm.
Champagne on the Sheepscot, Sep 7
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

Champagne, full bar, wine stations, at gourmet appetizers at a fundraiser for Midcoast Conservancy. At Alna, September 7, 4:30-7 pm.
Exploring the Forests of Lilliput – Elfin World of Lichens and Mosses, Sep 7
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

Jeff Pengel, a Maine Master Naturalist instructor, will lead a walk focused on the diminutive mosses and lichens. At Cathance River Education Alliance, Topsham, September 7, 10 am - 12 pm, pre-register.
Field Trip: Morse Mountain, Sep 7
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

Bates Morse Mountain Conservation Area is a great spot for watching the Fall migration of raptors. Meet at Morse Mountain parking lot, Phippsburg, September 7, 8 am. Sponsored by Merrymeeting Audubon.
Pollinator Day, Sep 7
Event - Posted - Saturday, August 31, 2019 

A family-friendly event to learn about the important role pollinators and native plants play in our ecosystem. At UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm, Falmouth, September 7, 2 pm.
Consumer Owned Utilities, Sep 5
Event - Posted - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 

Rep. Seth Berry, House Chair, Maine Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology, will discuss the idea of a consumer-owned electric utility for Maine. At Bath Senior Center, September 5, 5:30 pm.
Soil health workshops, Sep 3-5
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 

Workshops will demonstrate the principles of soil health, and how livestock management can influence soil quality and the environment.
• Sep 3, Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & Environment, Freeport
• Sep 4, Rainbow Valley Farm, Sidney
• Sep 5, Hardy Farm, Farmington
Vote for the NRCM 2019 People's Choice Award
Announcement - Monday, August 26, 2019 

Vote (once) for the Natural Resources Council of Maine's 2019 People's Choice Award. Voting closes September 9 at noon. Finalists:
• Donald Cote, Vassalboro
• Sandi Howard, Caratunk
• Don Miskill, Orrs Island
• Sandy & Wynn Muller, Wilton
• Sally Trice, Portland
Stop financing the destruction of the Amazon
Action Alert - Friday, August 23, 2019 

BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, is cashing in on the record-setting destructive fires spreading quickly across Amazon rainforests by investing millions in the oil, mining and agribusiness industries in Brazil that are destroying rainforests and indigenous homes and worsening the climate crisis. Demand that BlackRock divest completely from these operations immediately. ~ CREDO Action
Rangeley Outdoor Film Festival, Aug 30
Event - Posted - Friday, August 23, 2019 

The Rangeley Trail Town Festival features a variety of short films about the outdoors. At RFA Lakeside Theater, Rangeley, August 30, 7 pm, $6 for adults, $3 for Appalachian Trail hikers and children under 12.
LightHawk Paper Plane Contest
Announcement - Thursday, August 22, 2019 

Enter your best paper airplane design for a chance to have it mailed to thousands in LightHawk's 2019 Holiday Letter. Deadline: October 18, 2019.
BTLT Seeks Community Input on Future Conservation
Announcement - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is seeking community input on its current and future conservation work in Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin. A community survey is available online until September 2.
Solo Paddle of Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Laurie Apgar Chandler will read from and discuss her book “Upwards,” which tells her story as the first woman to solo paddle New England’s 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. At Bailey Library, Winthrop, August 27, 6:30 pm.
Butler to speak on conservation, Aug 27
Event - Posted - Tuesday, August 20, 2019 

Conservationist Gil Butler will discuss his efforts to establish outdoor education programs and conservation projects in Maine and throughout North and South America. At College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, August 27, 9 am, free, parking on campus is by permit only.
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Multiple climber and hiker incidents in the White Mountains Sunday
Associated Press - Monday, September 16, 2019 

A 20-year-old rock climber fell about 50 feet in the Franconia Notch area and suffered life-threatening injuries Sunday. The climber was unconscious and stuck on a ledge halfway up the cliff. A National Guard helicopter took the man to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment. Not far from the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain, another hiker, Christopher Cocaine, 63, fell about 20 feet off the Kinsman Trail on Sunday night. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. In a third case on Sunday night, a man hiking Mt. Osceola near Conway sent a text message to friends that he was off his intended route and had very little food or water. The 23-year-old hiker, Alexander Scates, was given water by passing hikers but later said he had no light source. A conservation officer reached him late Sunday. He was uninjured.
Fox that attacked Appleton men showed signs of rabies
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 16, 2019 

An Appleton man shot a gray fox to death after the animal attacked him in his yard around noon Sunday. Maine state authorities are testing the fox to determine if it was rabid, and even though the results were not available Monday, Heidi Blood, the animal control officer for the town, said she had a “sneaky suspicion” that the test will come back positive.
Who owns (the most land in) Maine?
Maine Environmental News - Monday, September 16, 2019 

According to the latest Land Report, 5 of the 11 largest landowners in America own a lot of property in Maine. Here is their ranking and total acreage in the U.S.:
1. John Malone, 2.2 million acres
2. Ted Turner, 1.92 million acres
6. Irving Family, 1.25 million acres
9. Peter Buck, 930,000 acres
11. Pingree Heirs, 830,000 acres
Most teens say they’re frightened by climate change; 1 in 4 have taken action
Washington Post - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Across the country, teens are channeling their anxieties about climate change into activism. “Fear,” says 16-year-old Madeline Graham, an organizer of a student protest planned for this week, “is a commodity we don’t have time for if we’re going to win the fight.” A solid majority of American teenagers are convinced that humans are changing the Earth’s climate and believe that it will harm them personally and other members of their generation, according to a new poll. This week, in the run-up to a major United Nations summit, hundreds of thousands of school kids plan to abandon their classrooms to demand more aggressive measures to protect the planet.
One cleanup effort at a time, the Maine woods are getting cleaner
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 16, 2019 

On Sunday, the state’s game wardens and forest rangers teamed up to stage the sixth annual Landowner Appreciation Cleanup Day, and volunteers across the state pitched in to help clean up sites where trash has been left in the woods. The goal: Let landowners know that outdoors enthusiasts are willing to help solve the problem of woodland dumping, and that they appreciate the access to land that they do not own themselves.
How the Lake Association of Norway Conservation Program Protects Natural Ecosystems in Maine
Other - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Reichen Kuhl is a member of the Lake Association of Norway (LAON), which works to protect freshwater bodies in Maine such as Lake Pennesseewassee where his summer home is located. The Lake Association of Norway runs off volunteer support and help from members like Reichen Kuhl whose mission it is to protect the freshwater lakes of Maine. By keeping up the waters and fighting off invasive species, LAON ensures the lakes maintain their natural beauty and function while maintaining the economic value of the area. In this way, residents strengthen both the natural ecosystems native to Maine lakes and the communities set up around them.
Maine gets $2 million for wetland conservtion
Maine Environmental News - Monday, September 16, 2019 

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved $2 million in funding for a pair of wetland conservation projects in Maine. One project in eastern Maine will protect 18,739 acres of undeveloped wetlands, river and stream corridors, lake and pond frontage, and surrounding upland buffers in the Narraguagus River watershed. A second project will protect 11,148 acres of undeveloped wetlands, river and stream corridors, saltwater coastline, and surrounding upland buffers in the Kennebec River Estuary. Each project will receive $1 million.
Maine ag chief endorses national climate policy
Mainebiz - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Amanda Beal endorsed a national policy that encourages climate-smart agriculture programs and initiatives at the federal level and confirms the necessity of adapting to protect the country’s natural resources, while building resilient agricultural and food supply chains. Beal was among state agriculture department heads from throughout the U.S. who adopted the new climate policy during last week’s annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. The frequency of extreme precipitation events in Maine has increased, increasing risk of soil erosion, seed loss, soil saturation, flooding and nutrient runoff, and resulting in loss of field-work days.
Scientists See A Hotter, Wetter, Less Snowy Future For Maine
Maine Public - Monday, September 16, 2019 

All this week, Maine Public - and more than 250 other news outlets all around the world - are reporting stories on climate change as part of the "Covering Climate Now" project. In Maine, scientists say that climate change means hot summers, warm winters, more rain, and less snow, along with a warming gulf of Maine, and that will affect the state's fisheries, its economy and traditional ways of life. Professor Ivan Fernandez of the Climate Change Institute at UMaine is one of the authors of the report, "Maine's Climate Future." He says that since the findings came out out in 2015, there have been many big changes in the state and globally, including an acceleration in the pace of change.
Democratic Presidential Candidates Focus On Climate Change On The Campaign Trail
Maine Public - Monday, September 16, 2019 

In August, a poll showed a sharp increase in the number of Americans who view climate change as a major threat to the well-being of the country ⁠— from 40% in 2013 to 57% now. It is of particular concern to Democratic voters, as reflected by the emergence of climate change as a leading issue in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. The same poll indicates that of the voters who identify as Democrats or left-leaning independents, 87% view climate change as a major concern. And that view is reflected by many of the top Democratic presidential candidates.
5 facts you need to know about the proposed salmon farm in Belfast
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 16, 2019 

A proposal to build a $500-million land-based salmon farm here has drawn both broad support and loud opposition from the community, which largely remains divided over the project’s potential to spur economic growth versus the environmental harm it poses to Penobscot Bay and the surrounding area. Norway-based Nordic Aquafarms has filed thousands of pages of legal documents and permit applications with local planners and officials that aim to address some of these concerns. Here is a brief primer for those who want to learn more about the project.
How one man’s laziness is saving the environment around Pushaw Lake
Bangor Metro - Monday, September 16, 2019 

My laziness has paid off. My yard became the first certified LakeSmart property on Pushaw Lake. Maine passed a shoreland zoning law in 1971 aimed at the prevention of erosion. It worked. Degradation of water quality slowed. Some lakes improved. Unfortunately, many lakeside cottages in Maine were built before the law, sometimes within inches of the waterline, and crowded together. Drainage on camp roads often directs runoff toward the lake. Fertilized lawns have grown more popular. Water quality remains a constant worry. LakeSmart is a modern way to address the problem. The free program informs homeowners on how to maximize enjoyment of their properties, while minimizing erosion. Since moving in nearly 20 years ago, I have seldom done anything to discourage regrowth along my shoreline. It was too much like work. I never thought that I would be an environmental hero. But thanks to my innate laziness, I’m crushing it! ~ Bob Duchesne
The 179th Farmington Fair has begun
Franklin Journal - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Whether competing in events or getting to know the animals, kids at the Farmington Fair were all smiles.
Portland police investigate possible theft at recycler ecomaine
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 16, 2019 

A top manager at ecomaine’s Portland recycling facility was fired in March for destroying documents, and police are now investigating the theft of more than $300,000 from the publicly owned nonprofit. John Morin was fired from his position as plant manager on March 8 for “unexplained irregularities” at the facility and failing to follow procedures and policies. Meanwhile, Morin is named in a search warrant affidavit that says Portland police are investigating a suspected theft from ecomaine of an estimated $309,000 over a number of years.
Portland hopes to get a better handle on West End air quality concerns
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Portland announced Friday it will partner with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to install an air quality monitoring device in the West End. The sensor will monitor air quality 24 hours a day and will capture the same data as the monitors that are located on the other side of the Fore River in South Portland, where residents have expressed concerns about air pollution emitted by tank farms. Portland hopes to combine its data with South Portland in an effort to mount a regional effort that could help identify the source of any potential air quality contamination.
Property owners push back against landmark designation
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Several property owners along Forest Avenue and within Woodfords Corner are pushing back against the city of Portland’s efforts to designate their buildings as historic landmarks. City officials and preservationists say the designations between Interstate 295 and Woodfords Corner are needed to preserve the remnants of what was once the city’s “auto row,” where some of the first auto dealerships and showrooms were located, and could free up historic tax credits for renovations. But several property owners say they’re not interested in participating in that program, which will only add a layer of bureaucracy and increase costs for maintenance and restrict the types of upgrades that can be made to buildings.
Maine finally addressing climate change in the gulf
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 16, 2019 

The Gulf of Maine is the second fastest-warming part of the entire world ocean, a side effect of climate change and the Arctic meltdown, with dramatic implications for life on the Maine coast. As the crisis has unfolded, Maine’s government has avoided taking action that would help the state understand and prepare for the impacts, including ocean acidification, a potentially catastrophic threat to Maine’s marine harvesters. That has changed suddenly with the end of the eight-year administration of Gov. Paul LePage, who dismissed the scientific evidence that human activity is driving climate change, and the Democratic takeover of the Blaine House and both chambers of the state Legislature this past January.
Column: Closing up camp bittersweet
Morning Sentinel - Monday, September 16, 2019 

The last two weeks at camp, we slowly pack up the things we know we won’t need — hot weather clothes, food from the fridge and cupboards, cleaning fluids we know will freeze over the winter, a radio, magazines, books, a food processor I ferry between home and camp each year. It is a sad process, having to close up camp, but as the nights get cold, we know it is time to go. At some point, I realize it is not just leaving that makes me sad, but having to say goodbye to summer, too. ~ Amy Calder
Letter: Extend rail service to prevent Portland congestion
Portland Press Herald - Monday, September 16, 2019 

The number of cars and trucks filing into Portland each day in unprecedented numbers is not only going to grow by the month, but also will bring to light heightened issues of parking inadequacies. am excited about the growth that Portland is experiencing, but we need to look at long-term solutions to the challenges created by this growth. The rail line study between Portland and Westbrook, which Patricia Quinn of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority cited as a “conversation starter,” may very well be the best first solution to dealing with a crisis that’s not going away. ~ Edward McKersie, Portland
Letter: Lobsters before whales
Bangor Daily News - Monday, September 16, 2019 

Can you believe this? They want to have the lobstermen cut way down on the rope they are using to tie the traps together to save the right whale. My good Mainers and wonderful visitors, which would you like to have: a whale feed or a lobster feed? I guess I know the answer to that. If this rule is applied, I don’t think the lobstermen will be able to keep up with demand. These lobstermen work hard, and I think lobsters are much more important than right whales. ~ Dwight C. Whitney, Sr., Jonesboro
Summer of Blob: Maine sees more big, stinging jellyfish
Associated Press - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

The Gulf of Maine and some of its beaches, ever popular with tourists, have recorded a high number of sightings of a big jellyfish that has the ability to sting swimmers and occasionally does. The lion’s mane jellyfish, the largest known variety, can grow to 5 or more feet across, with tentacles more than 100 feet long. Such giant jellyfish are uncommon, but beachgoers say larger than average ones have been exceptionally plentiful this year in the gulf.
Monmouth dairy uses federal, local grants to go solar
Kennebec Journal - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

In 15 years, The Milkhouse in Monmouth will no longer have energy payments. The dairy farm recently installed 192 solar panels on the roof of a winter cow-housing barn, which will be online in the next couple of weeks, according to Caitlin Frame, who owns The Milkhouse with her partner, Andy Smith. The solar array, installed by Insource Renewables of Pittsfield, is a 72-kilowatt, roof-mounted system. “We estimated it would save us about $10,000 a year and generate around 70,000 kilowats hours annually, which will replace all of the energy needs of our business,” Frame said.
2050 The Fight for Earth
TIME - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Man-made climate change has thrown us headfirst into a true crisis that touches every part of the globe, and we can’t waste any time making systemic changes to the global economy, geopolitics, and culture if we want life on Earth to survive. Thirty years from now, we’ll look back at 2019 as another inflection point—whether good or bad is up to us.
1,000 salmon escaped a farm near the Canada-U.S. border
Associated Press - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

A salmon farming group is defending its effort to be transparent with the public about the problem of escaped fish in the wake of an incident in which hundreds of fish got loose near the border of Maine and New Brunswick. Cooke Aquaculture has said an equipment malfunction in August resulted in about 1,000 fish being released by Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., one of its divisions. The incident stoked criticism from environmental groups that say escaped salmon jeopardize the vulnerable wild Atlantic salmon population.
Colorful trails to enjoy this fall foliage season in Maine
Bangor Daily News - Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Each September and October, the trees of Maine put on a grand show, their leaves bursting into fiery colors. Here are a few trails and trail networks that I find to be exceptionally colorful in the fall.
• Viles Arboretum in Augusta
• Bald Bluff Mountain in Amherst
• Sargent Mountain in Acadia National Park
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