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$3.5M to revitalize 11 downtowns

MaineBiz, News Staff.  10/13/11

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded 11 grants totaling $3.5 million to downtown revitalization projects around the state.

The department received a total of 32 applications seeking more than $8.6 million from the Communities for Maine’s Future program, according to a press release from Portland-based organization GrowSmart, which in 2009 helped get the program approved by the Maine Legislature. Read more…

Culture and economy project featured at White House

ST, JOHN VALLEY – Project Cultivate,  Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, presented a briefing paper on a creative economic development initiative taking place in the St. John Valley at a recent White House Community Leaders Briefing in Washington, D.C.  Smith highlighted details on development efforts taking place in Maine and what is required for economic growth. Read more…

Project Canopy alerts to Hazardous Trees in Houlton, ME

Rotting, dead wood and bark decay. While some tree owners may rub these signs off as no big deal, The Maine Forest Service calls them a huge hazard. News Source 8 Reporter Jenna Callari has the details about an informational workshop held Tuesday, that warned residents about potential tree hazards.  Read more…

Executive Director Nancy E. Smith on Good Day Maine

Nancy Smith, executive director of GrowSmart Maine joins "Good Day Maine" this morning to talk about her company, which promotes sustainable prosperity for all Mainers by integrating working and natural landscape conservation, economic growth, and community revitalization.  Read more…

RHS Progress Report – August 2011

Think back to last weekend, as you were going about your Saturday errands. Think about the number of separate stops you had to make, the number of times you parked your car, the traffic,  the street lights . . . and then think about how exhausted you were when you got home!  ReEnvisioning the Highway…

Historic Orono mill torn asunder as town makes way for condo project

Posted Aug. 22, 2011, at 9:38 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — When an excavator’s grapple peeled part of the roof off the old Webster Mill on Monday evening, the crowd that had gathered to watch the demolition of the more than 130-year-old building let out a cheer.  The cheers grew louder when the grapple came down on the wall, sending a cluster of red bricks crashing to the ground and a plume of dust into the air.

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Project Canopy Offers Community Forestry Grants

AUGUSTA, Maine – Project Canopy, the Maine Forest Service’s community forestry program, will award $200,000 in grants to local governments and municipalities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations that support community efforts to develop and maintain long-term community forestry programs.

Project Canopy, a cooperative partnership between the Maine Forest Service, under the Maine Department of Conservation, and GrowSmart Maine in Portland, encourages communities to develop project proposals that support sustainable community forestry management, increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests, and increase the health and livability of communities through sound tree planting and maintenance, Jan Ames Santerre, Project Canopy director, said.

Maine Takes Steps to Keep Harmful Invasive Insect at Bay

Tom Porter, MPBN.  July 27, 2011
State conservation officials are keeping a serious eye out this year for signs of an invasive beetle that destroys ash trees.  The emerald ash borer has had a devastating impact on ash tree populations in the Midwest since it arrived from Asia nine years ago, and has now been seen in parts of the Northeast, including New York state and Quebec.  Read more…


Battle of the bugs

In the war the state expects to wage against the tree-killing emerald ash borer, a native wasp has a prominent role on the front lines.

Beth Quimby, Portland Press Herald.  July 28, 2011

FREEPORT – A non-stinging wasp that likes to build its nests in baseball diamond dirt is helping Maine entomologists detect an insect that has decimated millions of ash trees in the Midwest.  The Cerceris fumipennis wasp is the best weapon that researchers have for determining whether the emerald ash borer has made its way to Maine.  Read more…