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Houlton roadside cleanup nets 80 bags of trash, tires and other junk

Maine Forest Service | BDN
Maine Forest Service | BDN
Houlton High School students clean up the roadside along Route 2 on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 as part of a communitywide effort. Houlton Police Department officers also took part in the project, organized by Maine Forest Service Forest Rangers.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Forest Service rangers collaborated this week with Houlton-area groups to conduct a roadside cleanup effort in Houlton.

Houlton High School students and Houlton Police Department officers spent Tuesday picking up litter during what they called “Houlton Community Cleanup Day,” according to Maine Forest Service District Ranger Joe Mints.

The groups assembled and collected 80 large bags of garbage, six tires, old mailboxes and other junk from five road systems in Houlton. Two forest rangers, two police officers and nearly 40 students and staff worked a good part of the day on the effort.

“It was great to be part of a communitywide effort that had a positive impact on the town,” Mints said. “To have the students and staff from the high school involved and doing something positive for their community was an added bonus.”

The collaborative event was organized by Ranger Jeremiah Crockett and Dee Butler, a job specialist with Houlton High School. Students who are part of the school’s mentoring program as well as members of the student council participated.

Maine forest rangers regularly assist in such cleanup efforts and also investigate complaints of illegal dumping.

To report illegal dumping activity, call the Maine Forest Service at 800-750-9777.

For information about the Maine Forest Service, go to: http://www.maineforestservice.gov.

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