Lamoine State Park to spearhead area coastal cleanup

Posted Sept. 24, 2010, at 3:14 p.m.

LAMOINE — Lamoine State Park will join at least 44 other Maine coastal sites as part of a major statewide coastal clean-up, according to park officials.

Sponsored by the park and the Lamoine Conservation Commission, the local beach clean-up is part of the week-long Maine Coastweek celebration, Sept. 25–Oct. 2, which highlights the importance of Maine beaches. Volunteers will work on cleaning up about two miles of local coastline, including the park’s 1,500 feet of shore, Park Manager Jay McIntosh said.

“We know that all our volunteers will make a real contribution to improving the condition of our local coastal area,” the park manager said in a press release. “Their efforts will be significant in protecting and caring for our coastal resources as well as in enhancing the Maine state park experience for everyone.”

Lamoine State Park coastal clean-up runs from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 2; volunteers to meet at the park boat launch. Park admission will be waived for volunteers.

The Maine Coastweek Coastal Clean-up is the largest volunteer effort in the state, involving people of all ages and backgrounds. Volunteers at sites all along Maine’s 3,500-mile-long coast not only pick up beach debris, but also record the type and amount of items found, which helps determine the source and can lead to significant environmental changes.

McIntosh said this year’s clean-up will be the first one held at the park in about 8 years. He said he is hoping about 25 to 35 volunteers will take part, which would make it “the best turnout ever.” In the past, volunteers have come from as far away as Bangor and Brewer to participate, he noted.

This year, the park is working with the Lamoine Conservation Commission to organize the effort. The Lamoine Parks Commission also taking part. Lamoine Harbormaster David Herrick also will be using his boat in the clean-up effort, McIntosh said.

The park manager said he expects the clean-up to make an important difference and create “a renewed interest in the Coastweek Coastal Cleanup from a local perspective.” Not only will the park benefit, he said, but local coast landowners will as well.

Anyone can participate, but volunteers should be able to walk on rugged, seaweed-covered rocks. Less mobile volunteers will be assigned to the beach areas, McIntosh said. Volunteers should wear appropriate cold-weather clothing, including hiking shoes or waterproof boots. They also should bring work gloves, sunscreen, water and snacks, etc. There is no rain date, but participants can call the park with questions or if they are in doubt about weather conditions.

For more information, call Park Manager Jay McIntosh at (207) 667-4778 or go to: www.lamoine-me.gov/Town%20Hall/Boards/Conservation%20Commission/2010/Shoreclean.htm

For information about Maine Coastweek, go to: http://www.maine.gov/spo/coastal/projects/coastweek/

For information about Maine state parks, go to: www.parksandlands.com

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