BOG RE-NAMED FOR LATE WARDEN

by Christian Mower on November 27, 2013

A WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA IN WESTERN MAINE HAS BEEN RE-NAMED IN HONOR OF A POPULAR MAINE GAME WARDEN WHO KNEW IT WELL.

MAJ. GREGORY SANBORN – A GRADUATE OF FRYEBURG ACADEMY – WAS A 23-YEAR VETERAN AND THE SECOND HIGHEST RANKING OFFICER IN THE MAINE WARDEN SERVICE.

HE DIED IN EARLY 2013 FROM CANCER AT THE AGE OF 47.

NOW THE FORMER BROWNFIELD BOG SANBORN USED TO RECREATE IN THAT INCLUDES ABOUT 5,900 ACRES JUST SOUTH AND EAST OF THE EASTERN SLOPES AIRPORT IN FRYEBURG AND LOVEWELL POND – HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY RE-NAMED THE MAJOR GREGORY SANBORN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA.

INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE COMMISSIONER CHANDLER WOODCOCK AND SANBORN’S FRIEND AND WARDEN COMMANDER COL. JOEL WILKINSON JOINED MEMBERS OF SANBORN’S FAMILY EARLIER IN NOVEMBER, 2013 AT A CEREMONY IN THE WILDLIFE AREA.

SANBORN WAS FONDLY REMEMBERED AT THE CEREMONY THAT INCLUDED AN HONOR GUARD.

SANBORN HAD BEEN THE SUBJECT OF AN INTENSE CAMPAIGN TO FIND A MATCHING DONOR TO TREAT HIS ILLNESS, AN EFFORT HE PUBLICLY EXPRESSED HIS GRATITUDE FOR.

DESPITE A MATCHING DONOR BEING FOUND FOR HIM, HE DIED IN FEBRUARY, 2013.

MAINE GOV. PAUL LEPAGE WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO ANNOUNCE HIS PASSING, PAYING TRIBUTE TO SANBORN BEFORE GIVING HIS STATE OF THE STATE SPEECH IN AUGUSTA.

THE WILDLIFE AREA PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOATING AND CANOEING, FUR TRAPPING, FISHING AND ICE FISHING, HUNTING AND WILDLIFE WATCHING.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IT CAN BE FOUND BY LINKING TO THE IFW WEBSITE THROUGH www.maine.gov.

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