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Acadia National Park officials are closing trails to protect nesting peregrine falcons.

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Staff at the Maine Public Utilities Commission is recommending approval of Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line through western Maine. In a long-awaited “Examiner’s Report,” the Commission’s analysts said the controversial project “is in the public interest.”

Maine’s Top Court Sides With Property Owners In Dispute Over Rockweed Harvesting

Mar 28, 2019
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Maine’s highest court on Thursday ruled that rockweed along the seashore isn’t public property, siding with coastal homeowners in a case that pitted them against business interests.

The 30-page opinion issued by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court upheld a 2017 Washington County Superior Court decision that affirmed property owners’ right to deny cutters the right to harvest the brown alga.

Organic Maine Seaweed Firm Wants To Make Your Table Salt Obsolete

Mar 28, 2019
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A Gouldsboro organic seaweed aquaculture firm is hoping to lease a site in Frenchman Bay that could help to significantly boost its output.

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As state regulators work through permitting decisions for Central Maine Power’s proposed western Maine transmission line, numerous debates are emerging over whether the project will, in the long run, harm or help the environment.

The largest homeless shelter in Portland, Maine, now has a new director.

Maine Wants To Help 10 Coastal Towns Prepare For Rising Seas In Penobscot Bay

Mar 27, 2019
Nick McCrea / Bangor Daily News

State officials are hoping to find out which areas around the shores of Penobscot Bay are most vulnerable to rising seas and how to help protect them.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Farmington last night became the latest and largest town to go on record against Central Maine Power’s  proposed high-voltage transmission line through western Maine. Residents at the annual town meeting voted to require the Board of selectmen to void an earlier letter of support that CMP had sought,  and reverse course.

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Visitors to Acadia National Park will at some point be required to make a reservation for their car to visit certain popular sites, such as Cadillac Mountain. For those who can’t get a reservation, the park plans to expand public transit.

Northern New England's cold and snowy winter is giving way to an early spring pockmarked with potholes, uneven roads and lots and lots of mud.


State forestry officials are proposing to expand the quarantine against the gypsy moth to all of Maine. 

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In an effort to reduce Maine's carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels, Gov. Janet Mills is ready to offer Mainers a subsidy for buying electric vehicles (EV).

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team will meet next month to consider new rules to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

PORTLAND, Maine - Wildlife and transportation officials are moving a nesting platform for endangered peregrine falcons in Maine to protect workers on an Interstate 95 bridge.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Two weeks after Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order to study the prevalence of a family of chemicals that pose potential public health risks, environment and health advocates are urging her to do more. They staged their call to action Tuesday at a dairy farm in Arundel, where contamination from the chemicals known as PFAS was discovered two years ago.