Environment

State Entomology Staff Win for Invasive Bug Costumes

They’re creepy, they’re spooky, they’re altogether ooky – not to mention dangerous to Maine’s forests, but they make great Halloween costumes!

Two state entomology staffers walked away recently with top prizes for their invasive bug costumes at a national consortium on forest insects and diseases.

Maine Forest Service entomologist Allison Kanoti took “Most Creative Costume” for her hemlock woolly adelgid/elongate hemlock scale costume, while Anne Bills, Maine Department of Agriculture forest pest outreach coordinator, won “Most Scientifically Accurate” for her Asian longhorned beetle costume.

Landowner Clean-up Effort Makes Impact on Local Trash

It took a lot of hard work by a lot of dedicated people, but the final tally shows it was all worth it.

Local ATV and snowmobile clubs, land trusts, community groups including Boy Scouts, and local municipalities hauled away a total of 46 tons of material, including 30 tons of trash, discarded furniture and appliances, during last month’s Landowner Appreciation Day, held Saturday, Sept. 25, according to the clean-up organizer.

5th Annual Maine Green Home & Energy Show

Welcome to the 5th Annual Maine Green Home & Energy Show, Augusta Armory, Augusta, Maine, Exit 109, I-95, route 202, Western Ave. With plenty of FREE parking.  Show hours are Friday, October 15, 12 noon to 7pm, Saturday, October 16, 10am to 7pm, and Sunday, October 17, 10am to 4pm.
A special senior citizens day will be presented from noon to 7pm on Friday. Seniors 62+ get into the show for $5.00 per person (no coupons apply).
With shorter days and colder nights Mainers are now preparing for a long-cold and dark winter. Heating, windows, insulation, fuel saving devices and weatherization are on everyone’s minds. Costs of propane, natural gas, oil, wood and pellets becomes very important for long term ownership. Home owners want to prepare for savings and benefits of improvements for not only this winter however, for many winters to come.

Maine Coast Foliage Color Peaking This Week

Maine foliage conditions for October 13. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation
AUGUSTA, Maine - Peak leaf color will reach all of Maine's coast this week, according to the fifth fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC).
 
Forest rangers in the tracking zones covering the southern, middle and northern portions of the coast are observing peak color, from 85 to 100 percent, and moderate leaf drop of 30 to 50 percent.
 
Peak color and moderate leaf drop are also being reported throughout the tracking zone that stretches from Fryeburg and Sebago Lake to Augusta, Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft. Peak color is holding on in the western mountains region from Rangeley to Bethel, and in eastern Maine between Bangor and Calais, according to the report.
 
Rangers are observing foliage color past peak in Aroostook County, and in northern locations from Jackman to Greenville and Millinocket.

Kennebec Woodland Partnership

An October 21-23, 2010 conference organized by the Kennebec Woodland Partnership will focus on the importance of forestland to the Kennebec County region.  The conference is open to the public and will feature sessions of interest to forestland owners and others who work and recreate in the woods in Kennebec County.  The Partnership supports a wide range of actions and tools available to landowners that will help sustain forests in Kennebec County.

The Kennebec Woodland Partnership, a forestland conservation initiative launched by the Maine Forest Service and Kennebec Land Trust, was formed out of common interests and an awareness that the county’s local economy, wood products markets, recreational opportunities, water quality, wildlife habitat, and quality of life all depend largely on about 388,000 acres of woodland.  The KWP’s goal is to provide a wide range of tools and strategies to help landowners make informed decisions about their woodlands. &nbsp