Mud season will come in Maine

Berwick, ME (NEWS CENTER)--A week of mid-summer like weather has left Mainers feeling like it's July. However, a long mud season is coming and ATVers are being asked to keep that in mind as they head outdoors.

The Southern Maine ATV Club has been out marking trails. Some are open, but rain or even a snowstorm will shut them right back down again. "You'll see a red and white sign that the clubs hang up," said club President Ed Coleman. "That says the trail was temporarily closed due to saturated soil. Mud is what we call it here in Maine."

ATV's, dirt bikes and pick ups have all been spied on area trails. That's a problem because only ATV's are allowed on ATV trails.

"Pick-up trucks can be a problem," says Jim Brown a Trails Coordinator for the Maine Department of Conservation. "They can do a lot of damage. Owners allow ATV's, but don't allow pick-ups."

ATV trailsopen up territory, but pick-up trucks can fit on many trails.This leads to illegal dumping of trash and tires on private property. This makesthe scene lookugly and creates a financial burden for theowner.

Anyone who sees someone dumping trash on private property is asked to call the Maine Warden Service at 1-800-ALERT USor call any regional office of the Maine Warden Service which is part of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.


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