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Belanger to head Landowner Relations Program, landowners honored
Friday, October 18, 2002
AUGUSTA, Maine - Michelle Belanger, an eight year veteran of the Maine Warden Service, was promoted to sergeant and will lead the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's landowner relations program. The promotion was announced at the Landowner of the year banquet last night in Augusta where thirteen landowners were honored for their work in granting access to the sporting public.

Belanger takes over the duties of Sergeant David Peppard who retired at the end of August. Belanger is responsible for overseeing the Department's landowner relations program, in addition to supervising the whitewater boating officer. The Landowner Relations program works as a liaison between key landowners and managers and land users to insure the highest degree of outdoor recreation access. She previously held the position of Whitewater Boating Officer and prior to that was a District Game Warden in Cumberland and Aroostook Counties. Belanger is also a member of the Maine Warden Service K-9 Team.

"The Landowner Program is a very significant responsibility and function of the department," said Colonel Timothy E. Peabody, "We are pleased to promote Michelle to this very important position. Michelle has demonstrated through past performance that she has the people skills and administrative potential necessary to successfully and effectively manage our Landowner Relations efforts."

At the banquet, thirteen landowners from all over the state were honored last night for their role in providing access to the sporting public. Nominations papers were sent out to 650 snowmobile, ATV and sporting clubs all over the state early last February. Selections are made in four categories from the nominations received. The winners, the nominating club and in what category and are listed below:

Faulkner Family Eastern Maine Snowmobile Club Private under 100 acres
Richard & Cora Longley Embden Travelers Snowmobile Club Private under 100 acres
Jerry Major Rock O Dundee Snowmobile Club Private under 100 acres
John Zacharius York Fish and Game Assn. Private 100 + acres
Leo & Carrie Beane Lexington Highlanders Snowmobile Club Private 100 + acres
Scotty Nevers Smoki Hauler Snowmobile Club Private 100 + acres
Barbara & Dan Roberts Springvale Fish and Game Private 100 + acres
Gaylord Larrabee National Wild Turkey Federation Private 100 + acres
Town of Palmyra Palmyra Snowmobile Club Municipal
Town of Hartland Smokey's Angels Snowmobile Club Municipal
Pride Manufacturing Piscataquis Wildlife Cruisers Small Corporate
Plum Creek Blue Ridge Riders National wild Turkey Federation Smokey's
Angels of Hartland Moosehead Lake Fisheries Coalition Kokadjo Roach Riders
Large Corporate
International Paper Company
Kennebec Scenic Riders Down East Trail Riders
Large Corporate

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