A Boy Scout troop from Norridgewock came in first and the Norridgewock Sportsman’s Club third in a cleanup sponsored by Maine Warden Service, Maine Forest Service and the Kittery Trading Post.

Boy Scout Troop 485 won a Kittery Trading Post $1,000 gift card for cleaning up 26 truckloads of garbage on Landowner Appreciation Clean-Up Day Sept. 12, the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced Friday. The event was open to any organized club throughout the state, including but not limited to ATV clubs, snowmobile clubs, sportsman clubs, fish and game clubs, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, according to a news release from the department.

The Norridgewock Sportsman Club cleaned up 12 truckloads of garbage and got a $500 gift card from the Kittery Trading Post.

The second place winner was the Southern Maine ATV Club of Berwick with 15 truckloads, and fourth place was the Penobscot Valley 4WD Club of Bangor in a tie with Sportsman Unlimited of Winthrop with 11.5 truckloads each.

The goal of the cleanup day was to recognize Maine’s landowners and the privilege to access private land for recreation, according to the release. Efforts were focused on about 200 sites owned by private landowners that had experienced illegal dumping.

Nearly 100,000 pounds of trash was picked up and 30 30-yard dumpsters were filled statewide by game wardens, forest rangers and volunteers representing about 30 clubs and 250 volunteers, the release said.


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