Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Census Taking in Maine: ATVs, Lobster Boats, and Snowmobiles All Help Out

"PORTLAND, Maine - Census workers are using snowmobiles, airplanes, all-terrain vehicles — even lobster boats — to visit the most far-flung, hidden-away dwellings when counting the nation's populace.

Hand-delivering 2010 census questionnaires in the bush of Alaska, Maine's North Woods and other isolated regions isn't as simple as strolling up a front walk to a suburban home. To get to the more remote homes, census workers might fly over mountains or onto far-removed islands, four-wheel it through forests and contend with deep snow, bone-chilling temperatures and wildlife on the move.

In Maine, census workers will begin delivering forms this week by whatever means it takes — ATV, snowmobile, cross-country skis or snowshoes — to get to those hard-to-get-to places."

Read the rest of the article in "Snowmobiles, ATVs, lobster boats used for census", CNBC, March 21, 2010.

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