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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.

Courtesy University of Maine

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.

Michael Dwyer / AP File

Gov. Janet Mills is launching an effort to test whether the midcoast town of Searsport has potential as a hub for the development of wind energy off Maine's coast.

New Hampshire Company Plans 5-Megawatt Solar Array In Belfast

Mar 11, 2020
Dave Kolpack / Associated Press/via Bangor Daily News

BELFAST, Maine — A New Hampshire-based development company hopes to turn 20 acres of hayfield here into a solar array that could generate enough electricity to power roughly 1,400 households.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine - According to the United States Geological Survey, three small earthquakes have been recorded in New Hampshire and Maine since Sunday morning. A 2.2-magnitude earthquake was reported Monday morning near Mount Vernon in Maine.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Dozens of Bath residents questioned state wildlife officials Thursday about a proposal to trap and euthanize animals in the city to deal with an outbreak of rabies.

GRAY, Maine - Many New England residents enjoyed record warmth on Tuesday.

PORTLAND, Maine - One of the most popular fish with recreational anglers on the East Coast will be subject to new fishing restrictions.

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