Attention all stewards! Our friends at the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are seeking volunteer support for an upcoming large-scale cleanup of Petit Manan Point. Petit Manan Point is a large peninsula located in the town of Steuben, the majority of which is managed by the USFWS's National Wildlife Refuge System. Their goal this spring is to stage trash and lobster traps along the shoreline of the Point for removal later in the summer. To reach their goal, USFWS needs 30+ volunteers to comb the shoreline and bag debris. Later in the summer, they'll need more folks to remove the debris from designated collection points.
This cleanup is a cooperative effort of the Clean Water, Clean Shores project and under the USFWS is sponsored by MITA, Acadia National Park, Friends of Acadia, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), MDI Paddlers, the Nature Conservancy, the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation, and the Island Institute.
When: week of April 30 - May 2 (weather dependent), followed by a second cleanup on Saturday, May 17. Cleanup will be 9:00-1:00pm. The Refuge will host a BBQ following the cleanup.
Contact: 207-546-2124 (ext. 10) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up (and get up to date info).
Where: meeting point will be Birch Point Trail parking lot of Petit Manan Point, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, located 5.7 miles south on Pigeon Hill Road in Steuben.
Safety note: the cleanup areas require a significant walk (up to 45 minutes) along rocky and cobble-covered shoreline. Please keep this in mind when making the decision to volunteer. Also a rugged closed-toed shoe and work gloves are a must. The Refuge will have a small supply of gloves for volunteers.