Carly Sponarski

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / via Associated Press

A team of researchers at the University of Maine has been awarded more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to try to help protect forest workers from tick-borne diseases, such as lyme disease.

UMaine School of Forestry Resources Professor Jessica Leahy says the money will be used to study land management practices that in turn affect forest conditions conducive to higher tick populations.