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Thank you, cleanup volunteers!

We would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who participated in Friends of Acadia’s 15th annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup on Saturday. The skies threatened before and they threatened after the event but the rains held off so that volunteers could clear a winter’s worth of trash from our communities’ roadsides.

Trawling through wet ditches and soggy roadsides, Earth Day volunteers collected 2.1 tons of trash (more than 500 bags) from 120 miles of roads on MDI and in Trenton. Everyone reported that there was less trash this year, so the annual cleanup is making a difference for the better.

We are grateful for the individuals who joined us; to our sponsors—Acadia Mountain Guides, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, Birch Bay Village, the Bluenose Inn, Chapter Two, The First, Galyn’s, the Knowles Company, and Window Panes; to the many local businesses who recruited volunteers; and to Hannaford Supermarket for providing water and snacks to fuel the volunteers for this project. Our thanks, also, to the Maine Department of Transportation for picking up the bagged trash. This event is successful because of the ongoing support of our local businesses and generous community members.

You, too, can celebrate Earth Day—all year long—by keeping the roadsides trash-free. Please dump your trash appropriately. Recycle what you can and put the rest in trash cans or dumpsters.

Our thanks, again, to all who participated in the Earth Day Roadside Cleanup this year. We hope to see you “on the road” next year, April 25, 2015, with friends and family, coworkers and neighbors.


Stephanie Clement
Conservation Director
Friends of Acadia


Letter to the Editor
For Immediate Release: Monday, April 28, 2014
Contact: Stephanie Clement,

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