DACF News

    Baxter State Park Authority Accepting Applications for Park Director

    December 7, 2022 - AUGUSTA, Maine - The Baxter State Park Authority (BSPA), a three-person authority consisting of Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey, Maine Forest Service Director Patty Cormier, and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Judy Camuso, announced that they are accepting applications for the position of Director of Baxter State Park. Continue Reading


    82nd Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show Kicks Off January 10

    December 6, 2022 - AUGUSTA, ME - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Agricultural Trades Show, the state's largest farmer-focused event, returns to the Augusta Civic Center on January 10-12, 2023. This year's event is the first in-person gathering since 2019. The previous two years featured exclusively online attendee experiences. DACF's Agricultural Resource Development Division is the show organizer and announced plans for the 2023 edition. Continue Reading


    Animal Health Officials Remind Bird Owners to Protect Flocks from HPAI

    November 25, 2022 - AUGUSTA- Maine Animal Health officials with the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) remind commercial and backyard flock owners to keep birds indoors to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Today's reminder follows the detection of HPAI in a small, non-commercial group of backyard birds in Washington County. Continue Reading


    Send Holiday Cheer, Not Pests: Follow Out-Of-State Plant Health Regulations

    November 18, 2022 - AUGUSTA -Many Maine residents' holiday celebrations are incomplete without decorating with Maine-grown wreaths, trees, and other decorative plant material. Sending wreaths and trees to our friends and families across the country can help us feel connected even if we can't be together this holiday season. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) reminds Mainers sending holiday greenery that they can save time and money and prevent product loss by shipping only healthy plant material. Continue Reading


    Report Highlights Economic Impact of Urban Trees in Maine

    October 31, 2022 - AUGUSTA, ME - Project Canopy, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's urban and community forestry program, announced findings from the recently published and ground-breaking economic analysis of urban forestry. Published by the Northeast-Midwest State Foresters Alliance (NMSFA), the study revealed that Maine's urban and community forestry industry contributes an estimated $410 million to the economy annually and directly supports nearly 4,000 jobs. Further conclusions show that trees cover 44.9% of Maine's most populous communities and save $83.8 million annually by removing air pollutants, reducing stormwater, and carbon sequestration. Continue Reading


    Maine Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources Announces New Division Director

    October 27, 2022 - AUGUSTA, ME - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources announced Michelle Webb as Director of the Agricultural Resource Development Division (ARD). As the new ARD Director, Michelle will oversee important and impactful statewide programs benefitting farms, food producers, and the public, including marketing and promotion efforts such as the Real Maine agriculture and agri-tourism branding program, as well as supporting domestic and international trade opportunities. Continue Reading


    Vigilance is still needed as HPAI continues to be detected in Maine's wildlife

    October 14, 2022 - AUGUSTA, ME - Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is a highly contagious virus that can be spread in various ways from flock to flock, including through wild birds, contact with infected poultry, equipment, and on the clothing and shoes of caretakers. Starting in February 2022, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) reported detecting 12 cases of the disease in domestic birds, all involving non-commercial backyard flocks. DACF found these cases in six counties across the state. Though the DACF has not reported any HPAI cases in domestic bird flocks since June 29, 2022, the virus is still being detected in wild birds. Continue Reading


    Cleaning up storm debris? Here's what to know.

    October 13, 2022 - Continue Reading


    State Drought Task Force Says Drought Conditions Have Improved Across Maine

    October 7, 2022 - Continue Reading


    Mills Administration Creates PFAS Fund Advisory Committee and Hires Elizabeth Fuller Valentine as PFAS Fund Director

    October 5, 2022 - Augusta, ME - The Mills Administration has named Elizabeth (Beth) Fuller Valentine as the new PFAS Fund Director and announced the list of appointed members to serve on the newly established PFAS Fund Advisory Committee. The $60 million PFAS Fund, proposed by Governor Mills and passed by the State Legislature, will provide direct relief to Maine farmers impacted by PFAS contamination. Continue Reading


    Governor Mills Announces 12 New Land for Maine's Future Projects

    September 29, 2022 - Governor Janet Mills today announced 12 Land for Maine's Future conservation projects across the State of Maine which will protect working lands and wildlife habitat and preserve public access to lakes, rivers, scenic views, and mountain vistas. The projects include Reed Deadwater, the states largest conservation project to protect deer wintering habitat to date. Continue Reading


    Mills Administration Announces Maine Building Exhibitors and Maine Day Plans at the 2022 Big E

    September 12, 2022 - Augusta, ME - Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) Commissioner Amanda Beal and Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources Director Nancy McBrady announced today that the department would host two dozen Maine-owned businesses and organizations in the Maine Building at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The Maine building is located on the Avenue of States, next to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont state buildings. The Big E has been the world's only multi-state fair since 1917. In 2021, the Big E welcomed nearly 1.5 million visitors. The 2022 Big E begins Friday, September 16, and runs through Sunday, October 2. Continue Reading


    Coastal Community Grants Available for Municipal and Regional Projects

    September 8, 2022 - Augusta, ME - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Municipal Planning Assistance Program (MPAP) is seeking applications for a new round of Coastal Community Grants (CCG). FY23 CCG details and the program statement are found on the <a href="//www.maine.gov/dacf/municipalplanning/financial_assistance.shtml">MPAP website</a>. CCG applications are due Friday, October 14, 2022, by 5:00 pm. Continue Reading


    Mills Administration Announces 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grants Program Funding

    August 31, 2022 - Augusta, ME - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced nearly $560,000 in the Fiscal Year 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funding to Maine. This USDA grant will help the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF) fund projects ranging from managing soilborne diseases in potato production through integrated soil improvement to drought stress management for wild blueberry growers. Continue Reading


    Reminder: Camping Prohibition on Tumbledown Mountain

    August 25, 2022 - Continue Reading