AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s state government is giving money to a pair of groups to tackle the problem of invasive forest pests.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is giving $35,000 to the Maine Association of Conservation Districts Employees Committee and $5,000 to the Saco River Recreational Council.
The agriculture department says the money will support the groups’ efforts to provide outreach and education to get residents interested in protecting Maine forests.
The department also says the two awards will expand outreach about invasive forest pests to all 16 counties in the state.
Agriculture commissioner Walt Whitcomb says the efforts will help with early detection of pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, winter moth and others. The pests do damage to Maine’s working forests.