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Maine Forest Rangers, shown in November 2014, monitor the taking of evergreen boughs, which requires written landowner permission.

Away with the rangers? After weapon bill veto, LePage plans forest service overhaul

By John Holyoke on Jan. 16, 2015, at 3:56 p.m.
Eight months after vetoing a bill that would have armed Maine forest rangers, Gov. Paul LePage, in his budget proposal, is seeking to overhaul the Maine Forest Service by creating a new class of natural resources law enforcement officers under the Bureau of Forestry and removing the police powers of …

Greenville school budget hike won’t raise taxes, says superintendent

By Mike Lange, Piscataquis Observer on May 28, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
The Greenville School Committee endorsed a $3.45 million budget that is 3.9 percent higher than last year. But Superintendent Beth Lorigan said Greenville taxpayers won’t see property taxes affected because of the hike. “We’ve had a healthy carry-forward balance for a number of years,” Lorigan told the …
Forest rangers deploy from a Maine Forest Service Bell 407 helicopter after landing near a simulation burn site for their media demonstration in Township 32 MD Monday morning, May 2, 2011.

Panel recommends starting to arm Maine’s forest rangers

By John Holyoke on Dec. 09, 2013, at 2:55 p.m.
A task force created by Gov. Paul LePage has recommended that the state begin arming forest rangers over a period of several years. Rangers are trained law enforcement officers who primarily focus on forest conservation law and firefighting but are not currently allowed to carry guns. State law would have …

Maine Forest Service, fire crews fight eight fires across state on Monday

By Dawn Gagnon on April 22, 2013, at 10:08 p.m.
OLD TOWN | At least eight grass and brush fires Monday kept crews from the Maine Forest Service and local fire departments on their toes, a regional forest ranger said. “It was a busy fire day,” Regional Forest Ranger Jeff Currier of the Maine Forest Service said Monday evening. …

Maine Forest Service publishes Katahdin spider report

on Nov. 29, 2012, at 10:32 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A new report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has determined that there are 145 different species of spiders on and around Mount Katahdin, including five that had not previously been found on the mountain. According to a Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry …

Maine rangers to get award for video on protecting property from wildfires

The Associated Press on Aug. 16, 2012, at 6:25 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Forest Service rangers will receive an award for their video about protecting property from wildfires. The rangers will receive a Telly Award on Thursday for their video, “Defensible Space: It could save your home from a wildfire.” Telly Awards honor film and video productions, groundbreaking Web …

New poster illustrates out-of-state firewood ban

on July 30, 2012, at 1:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Forest Service has a brand-new poster, created by an Augusta-area vocational student, designed to get out the word about Maine’s ban on out-of-state firewood. The new poster features an out-of-state “bugmobile” graphic by Kalyn Van Valkenburgh, who graduated this year from Erskine Academy and the Capital AreaTechnical Center in Augusta. The poster is a strong reminder …

Maine Forest Service settles with Athens logger after Palmyra clear-cutting violation

By Alex Barber on July 12, 2012, at 7:58 p.m.
An Athens man who violated a state wood harvesting rule while working on private land in Palmyra has reached a settlement with the Maine Forest Service. Gerhard Grignon has agreed to pay a $2,000 civil penalty for clear-cutting 30 acres that did not have a harvest plan …
A Maine Forest Service helicopter captured images of a series of 24 to 30 grass fires along Interstate 95's northbound lane from Carmel to Sherman that investigators believe was caused by debris falling from a truck on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

Charges unlikely for string of I-95 grass fires

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 11, 2012, at 2:24 p.m.
Maine Forest Service rangers were collecting evidence along Interstate 95 on Wednesday as they continued investigating 27 grass fires between Carmel and Sherman started by debris that fell from a northbound flatbed truck. Forest Rangers Joe Mints and Kevin Somers and Forensic Specialist Stephen Wipperman were in Herseyville just north …
Houlton High School students clean up the roadside along Route 2 on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 as part of a communitywide effort. Houlton Police Department officers also took part in the project, organized by Maine Forest Service Forest Rangers.

Houlton roadside cleanup nets 80 bags of trash, tires and other junk

on May 23, 2012, at 5:49 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Forest Service rangers collaborated this week with Houlton-area groups to conduct a roadside cleanup effort in Houlton. Houlton High School students and Houlton Police Department officers spent Tuesday picking up litter during what they called “Houlton Community Cleanup Day,” according to Maine Forest Service District Ranger …

New French edition of ‘Best Management Practices’ now available

on May 18, 2012, at 4:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In the latest publication from the Maine Department of Conservation, loggers are called “bucherons,” the Maine Forest Service is “Service de la foret du Maine,” and the term “Best Management Practices (BMPs)” — which describes how loggers can protect water quality at harvest sites — is “Pratiques …
Bill Williams

Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine names first deputy director

on May 17, 2012, at 11:26 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Bill Williams, former chief ranger for the Maine Forest Service, has been named deputy director of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, a new position for the 37-year-old nonprofit organization. Williams brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the association, according to Board President Rich …

Presque Isle man arrested in connection with 3 wildfires

By Jen Lynds on April 23, 2012, at 5:01 p.m.
A 23-year-old man has been charged in connection with three small wildfires that were set in the city earlier this month. According to information provided Monday by Maine Forest Service Lt. Bill Greaves, Chad Hamilton was charged with one count of felony aggravated criminal mischief and …
A Bridgewater man was convicted of theft by unauthorized use
of property on Friday, April 20, 2012, for taking a joyride on logging
company equipment such as the delimber pictured here. The man pictured here is an employee of the company, not the man who was charged. The Maine Forest Service charged 27-year-old Louis Finemore after catching him using the equipment during a surveillance operation.

Bridgewater man fined for joy rides on logging company’s equipment

By Jen Lynds on April 22, 2012, at 10:37 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | A Bridgewater man was convicted on Friday on a charge connected to a joy ride he took on equipment owned by a logging company. According to a statement Sunday from the Maine Forest Service, Louis Finemore, 27, pleaded guilty to theft by unauthorized use of property …

Maine Forest Service, local fire crews busy fighting 15 wildfires

By Dawn Gagnon on April 20, 2012, at 9:56 p.m.
BANGOR | Rangers and pilots from the Maine Forest Service and local fire department crews scrambled Friday to deal with 15 wildfires, most of them in communities along the coast and in the southernmost third of Maine. Lt. Jeff Currier of the Maine Forest Service said most of the …
Maine Forest Service Forest Ranger Art Lavoie works Thursday at a fire in a mountainous area of Gilead. Four forest rangers were at the scene along with about 24 local firefighters. A Maine Forest Service helicopter was making repeated drops at the fire scene, getting water from the nearby Androscoggin River.

Red flag warning issued for much of state as firefighters battle western Maine wildfire

By Kevin Miller on April 05, 2012, at 1:02 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | High winds and low humidity created potentially dangerous fire conditions across nearly half of Maine on Thursday and hampered efforts to fight a tough-to-reach wildfire in the western mountains. The National Weather Service, in collaboration with the Maine Forest Service, had issued a red flag warning for …

Maine logging company to pay $35,000 fine for clear-cutting violations

The Associated Press on Feb. 10, 2012, at 4:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Forest Service says a Madison logging company has agreed to pay a $35,000 fine for violating the state’s clear-cutting laws. The forest service says T.R. Dillon Logging Inc. violated state forest management laws when cutting land in the towns of Industry and Peru. State officials …

Maine Forest Service finds two new beetles but no new invasive bugs

By Maine Department of Conservation on Nov. 23, 2011, at 2:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Forest Service bug trappers got some good news this fall — they didn’t catch any of the most troublesome pests they had targeted. While the Maine Forest Service entomology staff, under the Maine Department of Conservation, did find some bugs they weren’t expecting, they nonetheless have …

Wardens come to aid of lost Houlton hunter

By Diana Bowley on Oct. 02, 2011, at 3:41 p.m.
HODGDON | A 22-year-old Houlton hunter who was reported missing by his family when he failed to return to his truck late Saturday was located Sunday in a bog in Hodgdon. Wardens and other searchers were working Sunday afternoon to rescue T.J. Quint Jr. from the “very spongy, difficult …
Students from the Veazie Community School rake mulch around one of the trees that were planted in the school yard Friday. The town received a gift of 44 trees from the Maine Forestry Program and employees planted them on town properties among the school. Pictured are (from left) Noah Parker, 6, Dominic Needham and his twin brother, Zach Needham, both 8.

Veazie children help plant some of 44 trees donated to town

By Nick McCrea on Sept. 30, 2011, at 4:56 p.m.
Town employees, volunteers and schoolchildren have been busy beautifying the town over the past week. Veazie received a gift of 44 trees from Project Canopy, a community tree program initiated by the Maine Forest Service, and has been planting them on town-owned plots from the Buck Hill …