Archives: News

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…

 

 

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…

Belfast Gets Rolling: Historic Main Street Award and 28 New Businesses and More, More, More

Christine Parrish, The Free Press.  June 30, 2011.  The city of Belfast has seen its share of lean times, but the long slow growth in the city has suddenly taken off with a sprint. Belfastians gathered and cheered at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday morning, June 29, for the 47 businesses that have made a…

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…