Environment

  • Trash group faces roadblocks

    MOUNT DESERT — The group representing the solid waste disposal needs of Mount Desert Island towns is resolute in its plans to create a cutting-edge disposal system, even in the face of a series of roadblocks put up by state regulators and other interests, MDI town officials were told at a recent joint meeting. Greg

  • Deer, Lyme disease explored

    Deer, Lyme disease explored

    BAR HARBOR — Significantly reducing the deer population would be an effective way to reduce deer ticks and Lyme disease exposure to humans, a member of the Maine Medical Center’s Vector Borne Disease Lab told a standing-room-only crowd in council chambers Monday evening. However, the deer management proposal voters will face on the ballot next

  • Jesup to be abuzz about honey bees

    Jesup to be abuzz about honey bees

    BAR HARBOR — Ed Flanagan of sustainable blueberry producer Wyman’s of Maine will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. to discuss his company’s environmental initiatives, including their commitment to saving the honey bees. Honey bees are responsible for pollinating one-third of our nation’s produce, including wild blueberries. Every

  • Deer statistics remain elusive

    Deer statistics remain elusive

    BAR HARBOR — Many of the questions surrounding proposed deer management measures are centered around the fact that there is little science on the current deer population. Wildlife officials do not know the size or condition of the deer herd here, opponents of the hunt say, so any attempts to manage the population will be

  • 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.