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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man and three children who were reported to be in the water off the Maine coast.

VAN BUREN, Maine - Peak foliage has arrived in northern Maine, the home of some of the earliest leaf-peeping opportunities in the eastern states.

New Englanders breathed easier in 2019. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday the six-state region experienced fewer days with unhealthy air quality this year, compared to last year.

Maine Forest Service / via Associated Press

Maine officials are urging people working outside to protect themselves from the toxic hairs of the browntail moth caterpillar, which can cause rashes and breathing problems.

EAST MACHIAS, Maine - An environmental group in Down East Maine says it will release thousands of salmon into a river next month as part of an effort to help grow the population of the species.

Scientists Worry That As Climate Rises, So Will New England Moose Deaths

Sep 30, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

The devastating toll of ticks on New England’s moose herd has caused the region’s population to shrink, and experts worry it could get worse with climate change.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's fall hunting seasons are arriving for hunters who pursue small game animals.


A discovery last week shows that another invasive aquatic species is continuing to take hold along the Maine coast, a development that could spell trouble for some native species on which fishermen depend.

Maine's largest city is on track to have one of the driest Septembers in its recorded history.

Hilton Hafford

Around the country, concerns are being raised in television ads about the use of one of the most widely-used herbicides: "If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup or a glyphosate herbicide, call now."

Beginning Saturday some electric bicycles or e-bikes will be allowed on Acadia National Park's carriage roads where motorized vehicles have been prohibited.

PORTLAND, Maine - The federal government is shutting down recreational cod fishing in a key fishing area off New England for several months.


Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' Climate Council met for the first time Thursday in Hallowell.

Maine environmental regulators are moving forward with a proposal to require manufacturers to divulge use of particular "forever chemicals" in clothing, cookware and other household items.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal plan that could loosen the rules about fishing for one of the most debated species in the ocean has attracted the attention of fishermen and environmentalists, some of whom fear years of conservation work could be undone.