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    National Invasive Species Awareness Week: Lookout for Pepperweed and Stiltgrass!

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    National Invasive Species Awareness Week: Plants as Pests

    February 28, 2024 - What do plants like 'Crimson King' Norway maple, burning bush, and Japanese barberry have in common? They are long-standing favorites in urban and suburban landscapes; they grow quickly and provide beautiful red or purple foliage all year or in the fall. Those are their positive attributes. Unfortunately, they all have become invaders in our forests, farms, and natural areas. Each is now classified as "invasive." Continue Reading


    Help Stop Invasive Species during National Invasive Species Awareness Week - February 26 - March 3, 2024

    February 23, 2024 - Augusta, Maine - National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) is being observed from February 26 to March 3, 2024. This annual event aims to educate the public about the threats posed by invasive species and encourages collective action to mitigate their spread. Continue Reading


    Grants Available for Municipal and Regional Projects in Coastal Communities

    February 22, 2024 - Augusta - The Department of Marine Resources' Maine Coastal Program (MCP) and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestrys Municipal Planning Assistance Program (MPAP) are seeking applications for coastal planning grants totaling approximately $300,000. Funding for these planning grants comes from the Maine Coastal Programs annual grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Continue Reading


    Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Announces Chad Hammer as Invasive Plant Biologist

    February 20, 2024 - Augusta - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is pleased to announce Chad Hammer as the new Invasive Plant Biologist with the Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP). Continue Reading


    $660,000 Available To Maine Growers To Pursue Innovation

    February 20, 2024 - Augusta - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources is seeking proposals for the 2024 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). Continue Reading


    Funding Opportunity: Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grants in Maine

    February 15, 2024 - Augusta - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Maine Forest Service (MFS) is pleased to announce the availability of grants for community forestry projects under the Urban and Community Forestry Inflation Reduction Act Grant Program. Through the Project Canopy, an MFS program, a total of $1,000,000 in grants will be offered, comprising $250,000 in Project Canopy Assistance grants and $750,000 in Inflation Reduction Act Urban and Community Forestry grants. Continue Reading


    February Declared Browntail Awareness Month: Act Now

    February 7, 2024 - Augusta, Maine - As February unfolds, some Maine residents brace themselves for the annual return of a persistent foe: the Browntail Moth (BTM) caterpillar. Recognizing the significance of this challenge, February has been designated as Browntail Awareness Month, urging individuals to take proactive measures against this invasive pest. Continue Reading


    Maine's Ending Hunger Corps Welcomes National Acting Director of AmeriCorps VISTA

    January 26, 2024 - Augusta - Carly Bruder, the National Acting Director of AmeriCorps VISTA, and Sharon Bassett, AmeriCorps Northeast Regional Portfolio Manager, recently spent two impactful days immersing themselves in the operations of Maine's Ending Hunger Corps. This visit aimed to provide a firsthand experience of the unique program pivotal in Maine's historic initiative to end hunger. Continue Reading


    Maine State Parks See Slight Decline in Use During 2023, Anticipates Continued Upward Trend in Visitation and Camping

    January 17, 2024 - AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) Director Andy Cutko announced a slight decline in visitation to Maine State Parks during 2023, with 2.93 million visitors spending time at the bureau's 48 state parks and historic sites (2.64 million day-use visitors and 291K campers). While visitation fell below the record-breaking years of 2022 and 2021, with 3.28 million and 3.3 million visits, the slight 2023 decrease was attributed to poor weather. Maine State Parks welcomed 319K campers in 2022 and 315K in 2021. Despite this decrease, BPL anticipates a continued upward trend in visitation. Continue Reading


    Resources to submit storm damage assessments to the Maine Emergency Management Agency

    January 12, 2024 - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is aware that the recent major storm events have been extremely challenging to our farming community. To effectively address the impacts of the storms, it is imperative that the extent and nature of the damage sustained by businesses is accurately captured and reported. Continue Reading


    Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Announces Rex Turner as Director of Acquisitions and Planning

    January 12, 2024 - Augusta - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) is pleased to announce Rex Turner as the Director of Planning and Acquisitions. Continue Reading


    Maine Officials Respond to Avian Influenza Detected in York County

    January 12, 2024 - Augusta - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) Animal Health Division and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) have confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), also known as avian influenza, in a non-commercial backyard (non-poultry) flock in York County this week. Samples were tested and confirmed for HPAI by the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center. This confirmation is the first instance of HPAI in a domestic flock in Maine since the spring of 2023. It emphasizes the ongoing need for vigilance as the disease continues to be a risk to domestic birds. Continue Reading


    Dean Hannah Carter Honored with DACF Commissioner's Distinguished Service Award

    January 10, 2024 - Augusta, Maine - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) today announced Dean Hannah Carter, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Online and Continuing Education and Dean of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMaine Extension), has been named the recipient of the 2024 DACF Commissioner's Distinguished Service Award. This respected honor recognizes her outstanding contributions to the UMaine Extension's mission and exemplary leadership in education, applied research, and scholarship. Dean Carter's leadership has contributed significantly to supporting, sustaining, and growing Maine's food-based economy and empowering the state's youth through 4-H.</p> <p align="left">The DACF Commissioner's Distinguished Service Award is the highest agriculture sector recognition in the state, annually celebrating individuals who demonstrate exceptional dedication and outstanding contributions to preserving Maine's farm culture, heritage, and future. Continue Reading


    Maine Agricultural Trades Show Announces Noontime Start Wednesday Due to Weather Conditions

    January 9, 2024 - The Maine Agricultural Trades Show, organized by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF), will experience a delayed start on Wednesday, January 10, due to anticipated hazardous weather conditions. The event will now open at Noon. The decision to postpone the scheduled events is a precautionary measure in light of expected high winds, heavy snowfall, and rain, which present significant safety concerns for attendees, exhibitors, and staff. Continue Reading