HUDSON, Maine — Kevin Chessa admitted there’s a certain primal joy that comes along with sitting high in the cab of a front-end loader, squashing various pieces of debris that will then be hoisted into a dumpster.
But there are also some items that ought to be above demolishing.
“It’s always fun crushing stuff,” Chessa said Sunday, shortly after rendering an abandoned, rotting ice fishing shack into a pile of metal and soggy splinters. “But an ice house? I don’t like crushing ice houses.”
Crushing, demolishing and discarding was the order of the day on Sunday, as the Maine Warden Service and the Maine Forest Service combined forces to stage the fifth annual Landowner Appreciation Cleanup Day.
“It’s an initiative to assist landowners who have been abused by chronic dumping of tires, white goods, TVs, computers, electronics — you name it,” said Game Warden Jim Fahey, who helped clean up a parcel in Hudson with area volunteers. “Statewide, there has been decades of abuse toward landowners that have actually, in some cases, still been providing access to their land for recreational purposes.”
John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. He spent 28 years working for the BDN, including 19 years as the paper's outdoors columnist or outdoors editor. While...
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