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Not out of the woods

[Maine] Acid rain is still a threat to more than one-third of Maine’s forestland, according to a new study presented Tuesday in Portland. While not the urgent and unregulated threat it was in the 1980s, enough acidic pollutants are settling across the landscape today to gradually weaken forests in sensitive areas, the study found. “Acid rain is still very much an issue in Maine and New England,” said David Littell, commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The report does not include evidence of slowing forest growth or weakened and diseased trees, but it warns that sensitive areas eventually could face such problems at the current rate of acidification.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes





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