Environment and Outdoors

Environmental news

Alex Brandon / AP

All 10 U.S. senators in coastal New England reintroduced a proposal Friday to bar oil and gas drilling from the region's shores.

All that rainy weather in April has a silver lining: There have been fewer forest fires.

Paul Cyr / via Maine.gov

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine wildlife authorities in Maine say the state has already received more than three dozen complaints this spring about nuisance bears, which are emerging from their dens hungry for food.

BOSTON - The rules for recreational shark fishermen are going to get more difficult to try to protect a vulnerable species of shark.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

PORTLAND, Maine - Interstate fishing managers have approved new protections for an important species of small fish that they hope will help reverse an alarming trend in the fish's population.

Maine Among States Moving To Knock Air Out Of Festive Balloon Launches

Apr 28, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

The tradition of releasing balloons at weddings, birthdays and memorials may soon get deflated by lawmakers in more than half a dozen states.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

Maine’s newest national park, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, was the subject of much debate before it was declared by former President Barack Obama. It survived a challenge from former Gov. Paul LePage, who tried to get the Trump administration to reverse the designation.

Stephan Savoia / Associated Press file

The top marine resources officials from Maine and New Hampshire, joined by Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd District, are sharply criticizing the federal government’s efforts to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale and are calling for a slowdown of plans to impose new rules that could be costly for New England’s lobster fleet.

Philip Goddard / Flickr/Creative Commons

Officials from Maine towns infested with browntail moths are urging state lawmakers to help them fight the invasive pest.

CARIBOU, Maine - It's another overcast day in Maine, but there's reason for cheer in Caribou. The National Weather Service reports that the city is mostly snow-free after setting a record for longest stretch with at least an inch of snow on the ground.

Parts of Maine could see some minor flooding Monday into Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday for a few locations.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - The University of Maine at Presque Isle is committed to green energy but not necessarily to replacing its wind turbine that caught fire a year ago.

Flooding Strikes Communities Across Aroostook County

Apr 22, 2019
Jessica Potila / Fiddlehead Focus/via Bangor Daily News

Despite little additional rainfall predicted for Sunday, law enforcement and Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency reported additional road closures across the region.

Cynthia Christman / NOAA

This could be a big week for the endangered North Atlantic right whale, and for Maine's lobster fishery as well.  A meeting in Providence will consider new regulations on lobster and other fishermen to protect the roughly 400 remaining whales from becoming entangled in fishing gear.

NWS Caribou

Rain and snow-melt are creating flood spots around the state Sunday morning, especially throughout Northern Maine.