GotPests bookmarks aimed to inform public

Posted Aug. 18, 2011, at 3:30 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 18, 2011, at 4:51 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — In recognition of Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Month, the Maine Department of Agriculture is asking Mainers to be on the lookout for the invasive pest.

The wood-boring beetle is responsible for the death of thousands of hardwood trees in Massachusetts.

To recognize the beetle and other pests, local libraries are offering GotPests bookmarks with pictures of the insects on them. The bookmark highlights the www.gotpests.org website, designed to help Mainers identify common pests and report infestations.

Project Canopy to award $200,000 in grants

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Forest Service’s community forestry program, Project Canopy, will award $200,000 in grants to local governments and municipalities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations that support efforts to develop and maintain long-term community forestry programs.

Project Canopy, a cooperative partnership between the Maine Forest Service and GrowSmart Maine in Portland, encourages communities to develop project proposals that support sustainable community forestry management, increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests, and increase the health and livability of communities through tree planting and maintenance, said Jan Ames Santerre, Project Canopy director.

The grants are available in two categories: planning and education grants, and tree planting and maintenance.

Nearly $90,000 in grant funds is also available specifically for projects in the Presumpscot watershed. Grant applications are due at the Maine Forest Service by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

Houlton Higher Education Center to hold open house

HOULTON, Maine — The Houlton Higher Education Center will mark its first decade of serving the community and providing close-to-home educational opportunities during a 10th anniversary celebration and open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at 18 Military St. in Houlton.

During the open house, guided building tours, a Native blessing, and the unveiling of a new granite installation at the center’s entrance will take place.

The program will start at 1 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud serving as the keynote speaker. The public is invited to join in the celebration. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call 768-9452 or email sara.martin@umpi.edu.

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