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PORTLAND, Maine - The state with the largest population of black bears on the East Coast is putting off a plan to study how the consumption of human food affects the animals.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine conservationists are hopeful a new database about roadkill will protect the state's critters from becoming statistics.

Bangor Will Close Local Recycling Station As Part Of City’s Switch To New Waste Plant

Jul 30, 2019
Bridget Brown / Bangor Daily News

Bangor residents who have grown accustomed to leaving their recycling at the city’s public works garage at 530 Maine Ave. will no longer be able to do so starting Sept. 2.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A state official says Maine's environmental agency was wrong to resist a federal crackdown on pollution from oil tank emissions.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

WISCASSET, Maine - Wiscasset would collect more than $8 million for storing radioactive waste from Maine Yankee under a proposal in Congress.

Maine Public File

Maine's Department of Environmental Protection is pushing back against a report that raises questions about water quality at beaches around the United States. The report from the national advocacy group “Environment America” notes that of 85 sites sampled in Maine, nearly half were unsafe for swimming on at least one day last summer.

Stuart West / National Park Service

Acadia National Park is seeing some record breaking attendance numbers this summer. With that comes significant congestion at the park.

BANGOR, Maine — Park-goers who want to imbibe at permitted events held in Maine parks now don’t have to worry about a thing.

The Bangor Daily News reports a Saturday reggae festival at Fort Knox State Historic Site will feature a beer garden for attendees 21 and over.

Maine has long prohibited drinking in state parks.

But the state has partly relaxed such regulations when it comes to groups holding specific events such as weddings and private parties in state parks.

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Environmental groups are pushing for a statewide ban of the neonicotinoid class of pesticides, which they say is harmful to bees.

In Oct. 2015, a forest surveyor working in federal land in western Maine made a disturbing discovery. The surveyor stumbled across what turned out to be the campsite and the skeletal remains of Geraldine Largay. Largay, who was 66, had gone missing two years before, and her body was found surprisingly close to the trail. 

More Than 1,000 Salmon Return To Penobscot River For The First Time Since 2011

Jul 23, 2019
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

Penobscot River-watchers had a reason to celebrate last week as the unofficial total of returning Atlantic salmon reached 1,000 for the first time in eight years.

The hot weather in northern New England is over almost as quickly as it arrived.

A heat wave will continue to keep much of the Eastern United States in its grip Sunday, while a cold front that could lower temperatures in the middle of the country may be accompanied by thunderstorms that threaten flash floods.

Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Mainers will experience some exceptionally hot and uncomfortable weather this weekend, especially in the south and southwestern parts of the state.

Work has begun on a dam removal project on a southern Maine river that's expected to restore river flow to areas that haven't experienced it in centuries.