Maine DEP and IFW Issued Temporary Belgrade Lakes Ban On Boats Extended To Facilitate Fight Against Invasive Milfoil (Sep 17, 2012)
Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
The Maine Departments of Environmental Protection and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have extended the temporary ban of all boats on Great Meadow Stream and a portion of Great Pond in the Belgrade Lakes Region to enable effective control efforts of a variable leaf milfoil infestation on the popular waterway. By the order, signed by Commissioner Patricia Aho and IFW Commissioner Chandler Woodcock, no watercraft may enter or travel these waterways through Dec. 31 except in emergency situations or when state officials and endorsed partners are doing survey or removal work related to the variable leaf milfoil infestation.
Winter Moth Invasive Found in Harpswell (Jun 15, 2012)
Maine Department of Conservation.
A new invasive pest has been discovered in Harpswell, one that can damage Maine's hard wood, fruit trees and blueberry bushes and possibly affect the state's associated industries from wood products to agriculture to tourism, according to Maine Forest Service (MFS) entomologists. An area of about 400 acres in the small coastal town was found last month to be infested with winter moth, a small tan moth that lays eggs that develop into a voracious caterpillar that causes the leaves on trees to look like Swiss cheese. The green inchworms can be seen in trees this time of year, according to the forestry entomologists. It is the first time that the insect infestation has been found in Maine.
Bat Disease, White-Nose Syndrome, Confirmed in Maine; Not Harmful to Humans, but Deadly to Bats (PDF | 64 KB) (May 24, 2011)
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received confirmation that white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed more than one million bats in eastern North America, now is in Maine. During surveys conducted by MDIF&W biologists this spring, bats at two sites in Oxford County displayed visible signs of white-nose syndrome fungus on their wings and muzzles.
Hemlock Insect Found in Kittery Point (Nov
Maine Forest Service.
A new population of the
invasive insect, Elongate
Hemlock Scale, that damages hemlocks,
has been discovered in southern Maine.
The elongate hemlock scale was found for
the first time in a natural setting of
hemlocks, rather than an ornamental landscape
setting, indicating that there is an additional
threat to Maine's forest health. The scale
also can exist in fir trees. Though the
scale has not yet been discovered in Maine
in natural fir stands, its presence and
possible need for treatment could eventually
impact the state's commercial Christmas
tree industry, state officials predict.
The discovery of elongate hemlock scale
also follows recent findings that an associated
invasive species that destroys hemlocks
Woolly Adelgid (HWA) - has spread farther
up the coast of Maine from South Portland
to Bristol. For more information, see Hemlock
Woolly Adelgid In Maine.
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