Coping with Emerald Ash Borer, Maine’s Slow-Motion Natural Disaster. Could Cost Camden Maine $250,000!

Coping with Emerald Ash Borer, Maine’s Slow-Motion Natural Disaster. Could Cost Camden Maine $250,000!

Maine communities are unprepared for the economic and ecological costs of this deadly tree infestation.

BY MARINA SCHAUFFLER | JANUARY 30, 2020 | Pine Tree Watch

Maine communities stand to lose a lot with the arrival of emerald ash borer (EAB), an Asian parasite that attacks white, green and brown ash (Fraxinus spp.) — killing most trees within a few years. One Maine town that received state Project Canopy funding calculate EAB’s potential impact found that tree removal and treatment would total a quarter-million dollars, roughly a third of its annual budget.

The Prosecutor’s Power

The Prosecutor’s Power

Maine’s eight elected district attorneys wield tremendous power to decide how or whether to charge someone with a crime, whether to strike a plea deal and whether there’s enough evidence to win the case at trial.

That power became painfully clear to Alison McKellar of Camden over the last two years after the death of her 32-year-old sister in a boating accident on Damariscotta Lake. Kristen McKellar and a friend were swimming late in the evening on Aug. 2, 2018, when she was struck and killed by a boat operated by Jonathan Roberts, 46, of Waban, Mass.