Who knew…we’d be afraid to walk in the woods?

  Who knew? That after years growing up playing in the woods and later hiking mountain trails, we now would avoid the woods like the plague? Having grown up playing in the woods that bordered our country house, I never worried about the woods, its insects or animals and was lucky not to be allergic […]

Why not protect those you love?

If you knew that you could help protect you, your family and friends from life threatening health problems, would you? We acted to protect ourselves and our neighbors here in Ogunquit, voting to use only organic pesticides and fertilizers about three years ago. Since then several other Maine communities have followed suit. The question is […]

Help save our sand 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 marsh is home to an ark of small fish, […]

How does your beach make out in this newest report?

Every two years, the Maine state geologists issue a report on the state of Maine beaches. Their latest report was published this month and shows how those Maine beaches participating in this program have added sand, lost sand or remained stable. Two beaches, Ogunquit Beach and Goose Rocks Beach scored best, adding sand and both […]

Cancer, children, 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 exposure to pesticides?  …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Answers Not necessarily. Seven years ago a panel […]

How much do you really know about pesticides part 1

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 anything? Has there been a lot less use of pesticides since Rachel Carson’s Silent […]

Creating a conservation commission in your town

Need help creating a conservation commission in your town?  Help for beginning a conservation commission is as close as your computer or phone – just contact a town near you and ask for information about their conservation commission. If that doesn’t work, contact us, at www.ogunquitconservation.org and we’ll help. Or you can go on line […]

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 are forested, then trails for dog walking, hiking, […]