Ogunquit was honored recently at the National Pesticide Forum, held this year in Portland, Maine. Beyond Pesticides presented their highest honor, the Dragonfly Award, to Ogunquit. Last year Ogunquit voters banned chemical pesticide use on all land in town.
“In Honor and Appreciation of the Town of Ogunquit, Maine,” the glass plaque reads, “For eliminating toxic pesticide use on public and private lawns to protect the health of people and the ecosystem.”
Honorees also included Representative Chellie Pingree and Scott Eldredge, who has championed organic lawn and garden care in Maine.
Beyond Pesticides is a national organization based in Washington, DC, that seeks to protect healthy air, water, land and food for current and future generations.
The plaque is on display at the Dunaway Center, joining Down East Magazine’s 2015 Environmental Award to the town.