Environment

  • LED bulbs to be given away

    LED bulbs to be given away

    BAR HARBOR — A Climate to Thrive (ACTT), the local group working to help Mount Desert Island achieve energy independence by 2030, has a new ‘bright idea.’ To get island residents thinking about energy efficiency in their own homes, the ACTT building efficiency committee will give away thousands of LEDs over the next two weekends

  • Lecture topic: Climate refugees

    Lecture topic: Climate refugees

    BAR HARBOR — Doreen Stabinsky, professor of global environmental politics at College of the Atlantic, will present a special Maine Fulbright lecture in the college’s Thomas S. Gates Jr. Community Center on Friday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will explore the severe consequences for billions

  • Senior pass fee increase

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80 next year, according to AARP. That senior passport allows holders unlimited free access to parks for life. It does not cover items such as campground or activity fees. “National Park Service officials are unsure

  • Acadia keeps the lead out

    Acadia keeps the lead out

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A ban on the use of lead ammunition and fishing sinkers on federal lands, issued on the last full day of the Obama administration, would have had no effect on Acadia. And neither will the reversal of that ban by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on March 2, his first

  • Tree pruning class offered

    ELLSWORTH — A four-part course in pruning woody landscape plants will be held at the Hancock County Extension Office Saturdays, March 18 and 25, and April 1 and 8, from 8:30 p.m. till noon. In each session, there will be both classroom and hands-on practice. Participants will gain experience pruning ornamental trees and shrubs, fruit

  • Solar experts to speak

    Solar experts to speak

    BAR HARBOR — Maine solar energy experts will discuss how solar panels work, how much solar systems typically cost, how solar owners get compensated for the power they generate, and financing options and incentives when they speak at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. The program is called “Here Comes

  • Nonviolent beaver management focus of forum

    Nonviolent beaver management focus of forum

    BAR HARBOR — Skip Lisle, president and chief scientist of Beaver Deceivers International, will present his nonviolent, creative approach to beaver management at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum in the McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 4:10 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public. Lisle will share humorous

  • Ash borer workshop

    Ash borer workshop

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A free workshop for anyone interested in learning how to detect the emerald ash borer, an invasive forest insect, will be held Feb. 15 at park headquarters off Eagle Lake Road between 9 a.m. and mid-afternoon to learn how to correctly peel ash tree bark to look for the ash borer.

  • Water contains road salt, septic seepage

    Water contains road salt, septic seepage

    TREMONT — Recent testing by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has concluded that the town’s storage of salt and its use on winter roads is contaminating wells, possibly leaving the town liable for the damage. Effluent from private septic systems in the area also is contributing to the problem, the report notes. The

  • Intertidal bill changes sought

    Intertidal bill changes sought

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A proposed federal law that would legalize the commercial digging of clams and worms in the intertidal zone around Acadia should be amended to make clear that it does not apply to the harvesting of seaweed, the Acadia Advisory Commission said Monday. Commission members voted unanimously to ask Maine’s congressional delegation