Help save our dunes!

Help save our dunes!

You might wonder why Ogunquit and other shore towns with sand dunes discourage people and their dogs from climbing on, sliding down, and walking on our dunes. We have a barrier beach; our sand dunes protect our fragile wetlands and marsh from the ocean waves.  Our...
Children, cancer, the EPA and you

Children, cancer, the EPA and you

Questions: Are cancer causing pesticides prohibited by the EPA and other government agencies? Does the EPA or any other government agency try to especially approve pesticides that are safe to use around our children? Is cancer is the usual consequence of long term...
How much do you really know about pesticides

How much do you really know about pesticides

How much do you really know about pesticides?      Part 1   QUESTIONS:   We all have heard about Rachel Carson and her brilliant 1964 book, Silent Spring, about the harmful effects of pesticides and especially DDT. Did the bestselling Silent Spring change...
Goodbye lawn grubs!

Goodbye lawn grubs!

How to you rid your lawn of those pesky lawn grubs?  Here are a few tried and true methods. Have you heard of beneficial nematodes, microscopic organisms that can be applied to the soil from a hose-end sprayer? These little guys have to be applied here in mid June and...
Becoming the environmental conscience of your town

Becoming the environmental conscience of your town

Conservation commissions can do so much even if you have just a small number of people on your conservation commission and a limited budget. Even a few can advocate for a town to buy land to be put aside for preservation from development. If these conservation lands...
The environmental conscience of your town

The environmental conscience of your town

They have been called the environmental conscience of the town – your town’s conservation commission – organized to protect and improve a town’s water, beaches and land; advise select boards and city councilors about environmental issues facing the town, and educate...

Learning from one who does

For the past few years, our town conservation commission has recognized a business owner with our annual conservation and environmental award. Now you have to realize our town may be one of the greenest in Maine, since we have had an ordinance for almost two and a...