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Snapshots Of A Controlled Burn On Connecticut’s Coast

Dan Evans is a forester at Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown. Along with a treaded vehicle called a "bombardier," Evans' job is to "hold" the fire. He watches closely to maintain established perimeter lines as seven acres of grass at Harkness burns. Photo by Patrick Skahill for Connecticut Public Radio

Recently, part of Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford caught fire. But this shoreline blaze wasn’t a disaster. It was actually a carefully-planned “burn” aimed at preserving what’s been called the “last remnant” of eastern prairie in Connecticut.

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Mills, 2 Environmental Groups Back CMP’s $1 Billion Western Maine Transmission Project

Gov. Janet Mills holds up a pound of carbon at a press conference at the Portland Jetport on Thursday. Photo by Fred Bever for Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills and two environmental groups are signing on to Central Maine Power’s bid to build a controversial new transmission line through western Maine’s forests. That significantly broadens the coalition of interests supporting the project, but the deal is also drawing fire from other environmental groups, grassroots opponents and some renewable energy developers in Maine.

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