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A coalition of land conservation groups is buying and preserving a 15,000-acre tree farm in western Maine that's been in one family for 12 generations.

MACHIAS, Maine - A coalition of Maine conservation groups is calling on the state to add the Atlantic salmon to its list of endangered species.

Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public

Acadia National Park reopened to motorized traffic on Monday. The park’s access road and many of its trails had been open previously for walkers and bicyclists, but this afternoon Park spokesperson Christie Anastasia says she found a handful of visitor cars at the top of Cadillac Mountain.

A rare spring heatwave is causing record high temperatures and dry conditions across Northern Maine, just a couple of weeks after the last snows.

Maine Audubon

FALMOUTH, Maine — A Maine-based wildlife conservation organization says a record number of piping plovers are nesting in the state so far this year.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s wildlife biologists are considering expanding the number of deer hunting permits in the state to an all-time record.

A Maine Loon Killed A Bald Eagle By Stabbing It In The Heart, Examination Shows

May 21, 2020
Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press/file

It had to be one of the strangest cases of eagle death that Danielle D’Auria has ever seen.

PORTLAND, Maine - The federal government is continuing to waive the need for some fishing vessels to carry at-sea monitors.

New England Aquarium

There are new developments Friday in the legal battle over whether rope used by Maine lobstermen poses a deadly threat of entanglement to endangered North Atlantic right whales. An activist who has won past decisions to protect the whales filed a motion in Bangor federal court, seeking a preliminary injunction to halt lobster fishing in Maine.

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. - A harbor seal pup found sick on a Maine beach last week has made a speedy recovery.

JAY, Maine - A black bear has attacked ten goats, eight of whom died, and destroyed three beehives in homes across southern Maine.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The state Department of Environmental Protection and the Land Use Planning Commission signed off today on vital land use permits Central Maine Power needs for its proposed 151-mile power line through western Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

If you want to see the night sky in all its pristine dark glory, you could go to Antarctica. But if you can't, the International Dark-Sky Association says the next best place is Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's annual moose hunt lottery is typically part of a big celebration of the giant animals, but this year scientists and game wardens will take the stage.

YORK, Maine - Maine's flagship public university is looking for forest landowners to work with on a tick surveillance project.