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AUGUSTA, Maine - It's peak season for leaf peeping in Maine, where fall foliage has just about reached its high point of coloration for the fall.

The Maine Forest Service says it has entered into a settlement agreement with a timber harvester over allegations about inadequate water quality protection.

The Penobscot River's Biggest Salmon Return In Eight Years Continues To Grow

Oct 10, 2019
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

The peak of the Atlantic salmon run in the Penobscot River was in June and early July, but fish are still showing up at the Milford Dam fish trap, where they’re being counted by Maine Department of Marine Resources staffers.

An invasive insect pest that can cause significant crop losses for growers of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale has been found in Maine, the last New England state to report Swede midge.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

City councilors in South Portland are committing to speeding up their efforts to curb greenhouse gases after a push by youth climate activists from southern Maine.

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."