Environment

  • League leaders establish list of regional priorities

    MOUNT DESERT — The future of municipal waste disposal and the potential restructuring of county government are the top priorities for 2015 for the League of Towns. Leaders from Mount Desert Island-area towns gathered in Somesville on Oct. 15 to set their priorities for the year. Rounding out their top four issues were improving regional

  • Songbird research donated to park

    Songbird research donated to park

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Acadia National Park has announced the donation of Barbara Patterson’s collection of bird research to the park’s natural history collection by the Patterson, Burnett and Wheeler Families. For more than 20 years, from the late 1950s through the early 1980s, Patterson conducted annual investigations of migrating songbirds on her family property

  • Other islands embrace changes in deer hunt

    Other islands embrace changes in deer hunt

    BAR HARBOR — When residents go to the polls this November, they will consider whether to open rural areas of the town to deer hunting for the first time in 80 years. If the proposed deer management plan passes, the area will see winter depredation hunts by firearm followed by annual archery seasons every fall.

  • Ospreys nest on cell towers

    Ospreys nest on cell towers

    MOUNT DESERT —The nesting schedule of ospreys likely will dictate when AT&T Mobility installs additional antennas on its cell phone towers in Pretty Marsh and Somesville. The Mount Desert planning board last week approved the company’s application to increase the number of antennas on each tower from six to 12 and the number of remote

  • Schoodic eyed to ease crowds

    Schoodic eyed to ease crowds

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island is a fraction of the size of parks in the West, yet it ranks not far behind Yosemite, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain National Park in popularity.

  • Campground septic woes may aid town

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Acadia National Park’s need to replace the sewage treatment system at Seawall Campground plus Southwest Harbor’s desire to extend its sewer line out Seawall Road could equal an opportunity for both parties.

  • Insects ‘from away’ kill red pines

    Insects ‘from away’ kill red pines

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — The death of more than 100 trees along Sargeant Drive this summer was the result of the first confirmed infestation of red pine scale in Maine, according to Allison Kanoti, a Maine Forest Service entomologist.