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AUGUSTA, Maine - Environmentalists in Maine are praising an Obama administration rule that restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly 10 years.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine company is hoping to attract younger audiences to national parks by creating free mobile apps.

The Portland Press Herald reports users who download the app, Chimani, will have access to a map, guidebook and activity planner of the park they're visiting.

The app uses the device's built-in GPS and remains operational without phone or data connectivity since it preloads the content. It also shows the user's location in real-time as well as nearby points of interest.

Courtesy: Maine.gov

AUGUSTA, Maine - State forestry officials say that this year's infestation of the noxious invasive insect known as the browntail moth caterpillar is going to be worse than last year.

Maine Forest Service entomologist Charlene Donahue says winter surveys of webs in the tops of trees, such as oak and apple, show that browntail moth numbers are up, although biologists aren't sure why.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's spring turkey hunting season, which opened on Monday, is expected to yield a modest harvest.

That's according to state Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Brad Allen. Allen says several factors have contributed to a reduction in the state's turkey population. The harsh winter, he says, reduced the turkey population by 10 percent to 15 percent from the fall. 

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This story is the third installment of Beyond 350: Confronting Climate Change.