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Monday, 12 January 2015 13:51

Adventure Briefs - (01/14/15)

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The Benefits of Bats

BANGOR The public is invited to learn about 'The Benefits of Bats' with Katelin Craven on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

AUGUSTA Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) rangers are reporting hazardous ice conditions on the Allagash headwater lakes. State officials are advising ice fishermen and snowmobilers to use extreme caution when heading out to fish this week.

AWW Superintendent Matthew LaRoche warned that there is only an inch of good black ice with about five inches of soft snow ice on top of that. The rain that fell over the Christmas holiday has caused the lakes to rise and the ice to break away from shore in many places. There is two or three feet of open water along the edges of the lakes in most places. When rangers and wardens were out checking the ice on Monday they found the same conditions on all the lakes that were checked. There is also open water in all thoroughfares that connect the lakes.

BANGOR - The Forest Society of Maine (FSM) is pleased to announce the acquisition of an important parcel of land on the north end of Moosehead Lake to be added to the adjacent state-head Seboomook Unit Public Reserved Lands.

Known locally as Little W Shoreline, this parcel was the largest undeveloped inholding on the 41,000-acre Seboomook Unit that was acquired with Forest Legacy Program funds in 2003. Now, thanks to the descendants of Blin W. Page of Skowhegan, 81 forested acres with two miles of shoreline will provide a wonderful connection between the state's inland forests and Moosehead Lake.

AUGUSTA The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands will host free, guided hikes in five (5) state parks on New Year's Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. That initiative, held in all 50 states, offers individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on Jan. 1, 2015 at a state park close to home.

'Last year, nearly 5 and a half million people visited Maine during the winter season, many to enjoy the outdoors,' said Governor LePage. 'We have some of the best skiing in New England and Maine is the premiere snowmobiling destination in the eastern US. We also have some of the most beautiful State Parks, which remain open all-year long. To ring in the New Year, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands will host free, guided hikes in five state parks throughout Maine on New Year's day.'

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:32

Department seeks public help in locating destructive insect

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When moths fly with snow, let the Maine Forest Service know

AUGUSTA If you are seeing moth flights this time of year in Maine, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Maine Forest Service would like to know how many, what size, when and where through a simple online survey. Public assistance is being sought to help combat the destructive winter moth (Operophthera brumata) by better understanding the locations and sizes of the populations in Maine.

SALT LAKE CITY A new high-speed gondola is set to be built this summer to connect two Utah ski resorts and create one of the largest ski areas in the country, Vail Resorts Inc. announced Monday.

The lift connecting Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort is the key part of $50 million in investments planned at the two resorts ahead of the 2015-16 ski season. Other plans include making two other lifts bigger and faster, building one new restaurant and upgrading two others, and improving snowmaking.

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 23:16

Adventure Briefs - 12/10/14

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UMaine extension offers 4-H Afterschool Academy in Bangor

BANGOR University of Maine Cooperative Extension will provide professional development for after-school providers on consecutive Fridays Feb. 6 and Feb 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Penobscot County UMaine Extension office, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor.

Findings will help direct restoration efforts, assist threatened species

ORONO The Federal Emergency Management Agency is monitoring infrastructure repair efforts around Atlantic City, New Jersey, where Superstorm Sandy killed 73 people and caused billions of dollars in damage when it barreled ashore a little more than two years ago.

ORONO How old is a deer that has all its teeth and three cups on the four premolars?

Eighteen months old.

The 21st annual state-wide competition for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is underway. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites students in grades K-12 to create designs featuring ducks, swans or geese in their natural habitats. Designs are judged in four age categories, with awards for first, second and third places and honorable mentions. Entries must be received at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge by March 15, 2015. This year the judging will take place in the Bangor area.

The Maine Best of Show entry will compete with contest winners from other states in a national competition in Washington, D.C. The first place national winning design is used to create the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps (which cost $5 each) support conservation education by providing awards and scholarships for students, teachers and schools.

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