AUGUSTA — People across Maine are taking part in an effort to clean up more than 100 illegal dump sites on private property in the state.

 

Saturday is Maine’s fourth annual Landowner Appreciation Day. The day is designed to thank property owners who allow the use of their land for recreational purposes.

 

The forestry division of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has been working with other state agencies and recreational groups to identify locations that need cleaning up. The state will track the cleanup progress using an online database.

 

Forestry staff is supplying trucks and trash bags and volunteers are helping to clean up and load the items. The state says sites could include anything from one piece of discarded furniture to several pickup-truck loads of shingles and mattresses.