Maine Forest Tick Survey Reports First Findings

To understand the growing risks of tick-borne diseases in Maine and investigate potential risk mitigation strategies, University of Maine’s researchers developed the state’s first active tick surveillance program in partnership with volunteer landowners with up to 1,000 wooded acres in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Hancock, Knox, Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo and York counties. Land managers and citizen science landowners collect ticks on their wooded properties, which are then identified and tested for pathogens.