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March 26, 2010

2010 Census — Extreme Edition

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Above and below, U.S. Census Bureau crew chief Danielle Forino, "who will use her ATV [and snowshoes] to get to hunting, fishing and logging camps in the wilds of far northern Maine."

She told an Associated Press reporter, in a story that appeared in the March 23, 2010 Washington Post, "You don't know what you're going to find. And I definitely anticipate coming across a lot of wildlife; the bears are coming out, so we have that to look forward to. And I'm not sure if the people will want to be bothered, but hopefully they'll be cooperative."

According to the article, "... only two places in the U.S. — much of Alaska and Maine's North Woods — have been designated by the Census Bureau as requiring special travel arrangements to reach remote locations."

"Those rural and sparsely populated areas, which contain fewer than 1 percent of all U.S. households, have irregular mail service and often cannot be reached by car."

"Forino, who lives in Fort Kent, Maine, along the Canadian border, is a crew leader overseeing other census workers in the north of that state."

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"Her workers will drive four-wheel-drive vehicles down dirt or gravel logging roads until they become impassable because of either snow or mud caused by the thaw, she said. At that point, they will get on snowmobiles or ATVs or put on snowshoes or skis to complete their work."

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