Maine Forest Service Says It Will Look Out for Drivers During Mud Season 

With the coming of spring, Lieutenant Jeffrey Currier and his team of forest rangers are prepared to hit the road aggressively to protect Maine’s land.”We want to treat landowners with respect and avoid these problems in the first place,” said Lt. Currier.Lt. Currier says each spring, the Maine Forest Service and Maine Department of Conservation receive numerous complaints about roads being torn up by mudding.”They tear up these roads for fun thinking that it’s no harm, no foul, when in fact landowners both large and small have to pay for that.”Mudding may seem like a fun activity, but the fun stops when it turns illegal.”It becomes illegal when you don’t have landowner permission or when the damage that you cause creates runoff, creates saltation in our streams,” Lt. Currier added.There’s a high price to pay, not just for landowners but also violators.”It’s up to a 500 dollar fine, six months in jail, defendant who is found guilty can be asked to pay for the damages,” he said.But there are some exceptions.”Certainly we know there are times when people get stuck and that’s not the issue. It’s also not an issue if you have landowner permission,” he added.What it comes down to is a simple message of respect.Which is what the Maine Forest Service hopes drivers keep in mind so no one gets stuck in a messy legal situation.You can contact the Maine Forest Service to report an incident by calling 1-800-750-9777