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Town of New Gloucester

385 Intervale Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260

(207) 926-4126 (phone) / (207) 926-4136 (fax)

Town of Poland

1231 Maine Street, Poland, ME 04274

(207) 998-4601 (phone) / (207) 998-2002 (fax)


Biennial Budget Hearings

Biennial budget hearings are ongoing.  To view the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee’s upcoming schedule, click here.  Budget material can be found online at


Do You Have Unclaimed Property?

Every year, tens of millions of dollars go unclaimed by Maine residents.  These financial assets are turned over by thousands of national and local businesses and organizations.  The Office of the Treasurer holds these assets, free of charge, until claimed by the owner or heir.

Please use this Web site to search your name, your business, and the name of your friends and family.  Help spread the word about this free service.


National Invasive Species Awareness Week, February 22-26

Ten Ways to Slow or Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species in Maine

“Together, we can do more" is the theme under which the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF) is rolling out its 2021 National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) campaign February 22-26.  This annual program is designed to raise consumer awareness of invasive species, the threats they pose, and what can be done to slow or prevent their spread.

10 Ways to Slow or Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species in Maine

  1. Learn how to identify signs of emerald ash borer.  Winter is a great time to see "blonding" on ash trees, the shallow flecking of the bark by woodpeckers.  If you think you see "blonding," take some good quality photos, note your location, and report your findings on the EAB Report Form.
  2. Learn how to identify invasive plants, like Japanese stiltgrass, that might be growing on your property, and volunteer with your local land trust or conservation commission to help remove invasive plants on local public lands.  The Maine Natural Areas Program developed the Maine Invasive Plant Field Guide to help you recognize problem plants.  The Guide also describes control methods to help you start reclaiming your landscape.
  3. Be on the lookout for the invasive tree of heaven, which is host to a new invasive insect threat -- the spotted lanternfly.  If you think you have seen the tree of heaven in Maine, please report it to
  4. Watch out for browntail moth! Browntail moth winter webs have been found from northern Aroostook County to York County.  Check your hardwood trees and shrubs for browntail moth winter webs.  Now is a great time to clip out and destroy webs of overwintering browntail moth caterpillars before they become active.
  5. Protect our forests from invasive earthworms!  Did you know there are no earthworms native to Maine?  European and Asian invaders destroy forest soils with their voracious feeding.  The most destructive worms are known as crazy worms, jumping worms, or snake worms.  Earthworms spread when people move plants, soil, mulch, or leaves or when bait worms are left on the banks of waterways.
  6. Planning a camping trip? Leave your firewood at home and prevent the spread of invasive pests.  Buy firewood at the campground or other local sources.
  7. Play-Clean-Go…clean hiking boots, waders, boats and trailers, off-road vehicles, and other gear to stop invasive species from hitching a ride to a new location. Learn more at Play-Clean-Go.
  8. Protect Maine's waterways from invasive aquatic plants by following Clean, Drain, Dry. Want to do more?  Join Lake Stewards of Maine, the longest-standing, state-wide citizen lake monitoring program in the U.S.
  9. Don't release aquarium fish and plants, live bait, or other exotic animals into the wild.  If you plan to own an exotic pet, do your research and make sure you can commit to its care.  Learn more at “Habitattitude”.  Remember, it is illegal to import any freshwater fish, and many other organisms, into the State of Maine without a permit from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
  10. Together, we can do more! Spread awareness, tell your friends, family, neighbors, and others about invasive species and the harm they do to our environment and health.  Please encourage them to get involved with National Invasive Species Awareness Week in their own way. Here are some resources to help get started.


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