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Wanted: Biosurveillance volunteers to monitor ground wasps for bad beetles

Sun Journal – Terry Karkos, July 23, 2011.  No, this isn’t an “X-Files” episode featuring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson digging up Maine baseball diamonds for native wasps.

Instead, Project Canopy and the Maine Forest Service are trying to establish a network of bug hunters across the state to learn when the insidious emerald green ash borers arrive from upstate New York.  Read more…

Rockland building renovation benefits from tax credits

ROCKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER6) — Historic preservation groups say jobs have been created in Maine because of a tax credit program for historic renovation projects.

The groups are cheering a 10-year extension of the tax credit that was approved by the legislature last month. 449 Main Street in Rockland is the most recent building in Maine to be renovated under the tax credit. This credit allows the owners of a building to deduct a substantial amount of the cost of renovation from their taxes.  Read more…

Maine Forest Service: Project Canopy and GrowSmart Maine Announce New Outreach Partnership

AUGUSTA, Maine – Project Canopy, the Maine Forest Service’s urban and community forestry program, has formed a new partnership with GrowSmart Maine, a statewide community support organization, to provide the project’s outreach and communications functions.

The partnership, required under Project Canopy’s funding grant from the U.S. Forest Service, began this month. The relationship is expected to enhance Project Canopy’s education and outreach efforts throughout Maine’s communities, according to officials from both programs.  Read more…

Bipartisan work drives regulatory reform

Deborah Mcdermott, Seacoastonline.com. July 3, 2011.  AUGUSTA, Maine — It was a remarkable journey, said Senate Majority Leader Jon Courtney, R-Springvale, who led a bipartisan committee of legislators in crafting a regulatory reform package in the session of the Legislature that ended recently.  Read more…

Improve, Don’t Destroy, LURC

Editorial Staff, Bangor Daily News.  June 24, 2011.  Lawmakers were right to delay any decisions about the future of the Land Use Regulation Commission until a review of the agency is completed. This makes sense, but only if the study of LURC is objective.  Read more…