Environment

  • 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

  • State prohibits sale of 33 invasive plants

    State prohibits sale of 33 invasive plants

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) has adopted rules to prohibit the sale and distribution of 33 terrestrial plants that were deemed invasive. The plants were reviewed by a specially-convened committee of horticulture professionals, land managers, foresters, wildlife biologists and other scientists. The new rule went into effect on Jan.

  • Great Duck Island is talk topic

    Great Duck Island is talk topic

    BAR HARBOR — John Anderson will speak about Great Duck Island at a Human Ecology Forum in the McCormick Lecture Hall on the College of the Atlantic campus on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 4:10 p.m. “Hints and Guesses: History and Natural History of Great Duck Island” is the title of the talk. Anderson is the

  • Demeo to talk about rethinking energy

    Demeo to talk about rethinking energy

    BAR HARBOR — Anna Demeo, director of energy education and management at College of the Atlantic, will give a talk entitled “Rethinking Energy: Opportunities and Challenges for Communities” at Acadia Senior College’s Food for Thought program at Birch Bay Village on Friday, Jan. 27, from 12-1 p.m. Businesses and individuals are facing rising and fluctuating

  • Solar talk set at library

    Solar talk set at library

    MOUNT DESERT — Solar energy experts will discuss how solar panels work, what makes a good site, and how much solar typically costs at a presentation entitled “Here Comes the Sun: Solar Power on MDI” at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 5:30-7 p.m. The presentation, which follows a similar presentation at