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Why Maine Farmers And Gardeners Are Saving Seed From This Year’s Crops

Sep 19, 2018
Courtesy Roberta Bailey / via Bangor Daily News

Fall is a busy time of year for farmers who need to harvest the last of the season’s crops and work on preparing the soil for next year. But Roberta Bailey of Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro is occupied with something else, too: saving seeds from this year’s crop.

Aggressive Canadian Green Crabs Threaten Maine's Coastal Ecosystem

Sep 19, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

BIDDEFORD, Maine  — Canadians are known as friendly folks, but these crabby brutes migrating from Canadian waters are better suited for the hockey rink.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine wildlife managers are making it easier for hunters to register their big game animals with a new web-based system.

In a move to slow the spread of a dangerous tree-killing pest, Maine forestry officials have expanded an emergency order stopping the movement of certain ash products and untreated firewood from infested areas.

DERRY, N.H. - A deluge from the remnants of Hurricane Florence has flooded parts of New Hampshire, forcing firefighters to rescue several people.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

CUTLER, Maine - A scientist with the University of Maine says the discovery of baby lobsters in the deep waters off of eastern Maine could be good news for the lobster fishery.

Maine game wardens say they've located an East Millinocket woman who went missing after planning to hike in the Mount Katahdin region on Sunday.

SULLIVAN, Maine - A Maine conservation group is beginning the process of removing a granite dam in Sullivan, Maine, as part of project to make a brook more accessible to fish.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Sweeping changes proposed to the federal Endangered Species Act have conservation groups and others alarmed about protecting plants and animals on the verge of extinction in Maine and around the country.

A new online ocean conservation tool has been launched. It's called the Conservation Planning Database.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Good news for Maine lobstermen:  Just as a scarcity of the herring they use to bait their traps has closed that fishery, state officials are expanding the fishery for another baitfish - menhaden, or pogies that have shown up in large numbers off Maine for the third year in a row. 

Courtesy University of Maine

Forest officials warn of impending disaster after the discovery of the destructive emerald ash borer in Maine — for the second time.

The High Cost Of Recycling Is Hitting These Greater Bangor Communities Hard

Sep 12, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

Soaring recycling costs that show no sign of reprieve have forced at least six Greater Bangor towns to stop offering the service, and more are likely to follow.

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BATH, Maine - Maine forestry officials are going to release parasitic flies as a preemptive strike against the winter moths that plague some of the state's forests.

PORTLAND, Maine - Interstate fishing regulators say the quota is almost tapped out in one of the most productive herring fishing areas of the Northeast, and they're shutting the fishery down for the rest of the month.