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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's state government is looking to fund projects around the state that develop and maintain recreational trails.

PORTLAND, Maine - A storm with powerful wind gusts swept across New England and knocked out power to thousands across the region.

While small streams and low lying areas across the northern third of the state may see minor to moderate flooding overnight into Tuesday, forecasters expect northern Maine’s large rivers to stay within their banks.

High Wind Gusts, Heavy Rain Will Hit Maine As Thousands Remain Without Power

Apr 13, 2020
Susan Sharon / Maine Public

A wind storm will bring heavy rain and gusts up to 60 mph to Maine on Monday as thousands still remain without power after last week’s nor’easter.

A trapping program aimed at reducing the density of wildlife to reduce the number of rabid animals has wrapped up in Bath.

Twenty-four raccoons and four skunks were captured and euthanized under the program conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Twenty-six other animals were captured and released.

The program was approved by Bath City Council in February in response to an influx of rabid animals that resulted in 18 fox attacks on people and pets over the past year.

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The landscape of northernmost Maine is primed for possible flooding early this week.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

An April storm packing heavy snow and gusy winds has knocked out power to more than 250,000 homes and businesses in Maine.

Maine wildlife officials are asking residents to take precautions to avoid unwanted confrontations with black bears.

A statewide non-profit organization that works to support family woodland owners in Maine has received more than 2,000 acres of forest land in New Gloucester, the largest land donation in the group's history.

Jesse Costa / WBUR

Atmospheric and oceanographic scientists are just as concerned as anyone about helping their friends and family, the nation and the world make it through the trials of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it is also their job to pay attention to a kind of grand experiment that's underway — an unprecedented hiatus in human pressure on global ecosystems and what that hiatus could mean on the ground, and on the water, for Maine.

Federal fishing regulators are evaluating how to use electronic monitoring to help manage one of the largest fisheries on the East Coast.

Andrew Catalina / Maine Public

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) has announced that it will close nearly a dozen coastal state parks and beaches on Friday to protect the health and safety of visitors from the threat of COVID-19. The parks will be closed until April 8, but that could be extended.

Courtesy Leanne Bard / via Maine Public

A spring snow storm that hit Maine overnight has knocked out power to thousands, mostly in southern Maine.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine forestry officials are broadening restrictions about the movement of some wood and forest products to try to stop the spread of a pair of invasive pests.

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BOSTON - The federal government is extending three protective zones designed to help endangered whales until late March. The protective areas are intended to protect North Atlantic right whales from ship strikes, which can be fatal.