Environment

  • Bucksport Town Council considers solar energy agreement

    Bucksport Town Council considers solar energy agreement

    BUCKSPORT — The Town Council will have an array of issues to consider at its meeting Thursday, including the possibility of installing a solar array on the Public Works garage. Earlier this summer, the council received a proposal from ReVision Energy, a Portland-based solar energy company that has installed thousands of systems for businesses, municipalities

  • Frenchman Bay Conservancy eyes Jordan property for preservation

    Frenchman Bay Conservancy eyes Jordan property for preservation

    ELLSWORTH — Frenchman Bay Conservancy is looking to preserve a large parcel of undeveloped land along the shores of the Union River. The group called the chance to purchase 30 undeveloped acres near downtown Ellsworth a “unique opportunity.” The property features field, forestland and more than 1,600 feet of frontage on the Union River. The

  • Arctic changes, rising sea level will be lecture topics

    Arctic changes, rising sea level will be lecture topics

    BLUE HILL — The loss of Arctic permafrost, rising sea levels, increases in temperature, severe droughts, the melting Greenland ice sheet and ocean acidification are all evidence of climate change in plain sight. The devastating destruction and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey is another grim reminder of our changing weather and climate patterns. Next week,

  • BHHT celebrates a productive year

    BHHT celebrates a productive year

    BROOKLIN — Over 100 community members joined Blue Hill Heritage Trust at WoodenBoat in Brooklin for the land trust’s 32nd Annual Meeting and BBQ. This was the first annual meeting for BHHT’s new executive director, Hans Carlson, who spoke about the trust’s recent projects such as Surry Forest, Fish Passage Restoration in Penobscot and Caterpillar

  • NOAA protects Atlantic sturgeon habitat

    NOAA protects Atlantic sturgeon habitat

    ELLSWORTH — Federal fisheries managers have taken a significant step toward promoting the recovery of the nation’s depleted Atlantic sturgeon resource. Last week, NOAA Fisheries designated a vast area along the Atlantic coastline as critical habitat for the Atlantic sturgeon. The critical habitat designation will require federal agencies to consult NOAA Fisheries if they operate

  • DMR’s Sea Run Fisheries Division gets new head

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Marine Resources has announced the hiring of Sean Ledwin as the new director of the department’s Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat Division. Ledwin takes over for Oliver Cox, who left DMR for a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ledwin will supervise DMR’s staff responsible for data

  • Surry Forest property dedicated

    Surry Forest property dedicated

    SURRY — Supporters of Blue Hill Heritage Trust (BHHT) gathered at a dedication for the newly acquired Surry Forest on Aug. 11. The forest was dedicated to longtime board member Pamela Johnson, who died last winter from complications of ALS, said spokeswoman Chrissy Allen. Johnson left her estate to BHHT, half of which has been