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    February 6, 2012

    Remembering an old growth cedar stand

    “When you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees, higher than the ordinary, and shutting out the sky with their thickly inter-twined branches, do not the stately shadows of the wood, the stillness of the place, and the awful gloom of this doomed cavern then strike you with the presence of a deity?” – Seneca Rooted firmly in the moist soils near the shore of Elm Pond, 12 miles northwest of Moosehead Lake, …

  • Published
    December 16, 2011

    LURC under assault by Governor, GOP

    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. — Ernest Benn Gov. Paul LePage’s goal to reevaluate LURC seems reasonable and prudent on the surface. Government agencies benefit from independent reviews by qualified evaluators. He and Republican leaders in the Legislature selected a 13-member LURC Reform Panel to decide …

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    December 2, 2011

    Silent wings: Journey’s end for a remarkable wild goose

    “Death is sometimes a punishment, sometimes a gift: to many it has come as a favor,” Seneca: Hercules Oetaeus Having worked as a wildlife biologist for 33 years, I’m no stranger to dead animals. Young eagles electrocuted by power lines, lifeless deer entangled in wire fences, and warbler carcasses beneath lighthouse windows are sad spectacles. However, the most heart-wrenching moment was the sight of a Canada …

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