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Students and Others Prepare for the Next Spruce Budworm Outbreak

By Joe RankinForests for Maine’s Future Writer It’s not every educator who sees a teaching opportunity in a forest-munching nondescript brownish-gray moth. But Susan Linscott does. And not just an opportunity to inform her students, but her community as well about the spruce budworm, a cyclical pest of spruce and fir trees that is now…

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Emerald ash borer: a voracious pest nears Maine

By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer  When the emerald ash borer arrives in Maine everyone will lose, but the state’s native American tribes have more to lose than most. The ash is a valuable hardwood: straight, tall, with a beautiful open grain; producer of prime firewood. The three ash species that grow in…

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Emerald Ash Borer

Fresh from the Woods Wabanaki ash baskets are displayed outside a tent at the Native American Festival at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. (Photos by Ethan Andrews) Asian beetle theatens Maine ash trees, livelihood of traditional basket makers   By Ethan Andrews The expected arrival of an invasive beetle that kills ash…

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Chestnut Revival

Fresh from the Woods To prove they are resistant, hybrid chestnut trees growing in Weeks Mills were inoculated with two strains of this fungus in late June. Nut enthusiasts attempt to breed blight-resistant American chestnut By Andrew KekacsThis is a story about staggering loss — the kind of loss that leaves a community or an…