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Talk on open pit mining in Maine on April 4

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Mining activities on Bald Mountain could have substantial negative impact on the surrounding waters, the brook trout population, and other wildlife. Photo of Bald Mountain courtesy of Isil Flynn.

For the first time in more than a decade, out-of-state mining companies are considering mining for copper, zinc, and other metals in Maine. This could have huge environmental consequences for some of Maine’s most pristine and treasured natural areas. Most of the discussion over the past year has focused on Bald Mountain, owned by J.D. Irving, in central Aroostook County. The impacts on the Bald Mountain area could be enormous. Mining activities there would likely drain into the Fish River and the Fish River Chain of Lakes, which provide some of the best brook trout fishing in the country. But the risk of open-pit mining extends beyond Bald Mountain. There are many other places in Maine where companies may want to pursue open-pit mining. Natural Resources Council of Maine Staff Scientist Nick Bennett and Jeff Reardon of Trout Unlimited will discuss the major issues associated with open-pit mining, focusing on lessons learned from other states and describing what’s ahead here in Maine.

On Thursday, April 4, Nick and Jeff will talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Fields Pond Audubon Center at 216 Fields Pond Rd, Holden, ME 04429. The program is sponsored jointly by the Fields Pond Audubon Center and the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

The program is free and open to the public so bring a friend. Parking is plentiful. For details on the Fields Pond event email John Mullens at education@amcmaine.org or Audubon Naturalist Holly Twining at htwining@maineaudubon.org