Landowner Appreciation Cleanup Day set for Saturday

Posted Sept. 12, 2012, at 3:46 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The third annual Landowner Appreciation Cleanup Day is Saturday, Sept. 15.

Landowner Appreciation Cleanup Day is a way for all who enjoy the outdoors to say thank you by helping clean up unwanted trash and dump sites on private property throughout the state, according to a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife press release.

Last year, volunteers helped clean up more than 130 sites, collecting 95 tons of refuse and nearly 1,000 discarded tires.

This year, the Maine Department of Conservation, Forestry and Agriculture along with DIF&W are working with outdoor groups such as the Maine Snowmobile Association, the Maine Professional Guides Association, the Maine Trappers Association and other volunteers to help clean up private land.

Public access is the key to enjoying Maine’s outdoors, yet each year, access and the environment are threatened by illegal dumping. Landowner Appreciation Cleanup Day is one way for those who enjoy the outdoors to help the landowners who allow them on their property. Over 90 percent of Maine is privately owned. Without public access to private land, there would be few opportunities to hike, hunt, fish, trap, boat, watch wildlife, snowmobile, mountain bike and ride ATVs.

Maine Forest Service Forest Protection Division is using its incident command system to identify and prioritize illegal dumping sites throughout the state. It has compiled a database of illegal dump sites and is using its dispatching system to direct volunteers to different sites to help clean up. To see the site list, visit https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=209039316182295407160.0004c908f263fb412c5d9

Maine Forest Rangers and Maine Game Wardens will be at dumpsites assisting volunteers, and the Maine Forest Service is providing equipment to haul away trash and dispose of it properly.

For more information, contact mark.latti@maine.gov; or call 800-750-9777.

 

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