SEARSPORT — Marietta and Bob Ramsdell, longtime town residents, recently received special recognition from the town and Friends of Sears Island.

Presented in January, the citation to the Ramsdells reads: “Over the many years, Bob and Marietta Ramsdell have made countless contributions to the Town of Searsport, with a focus on marine life, the environment and sensible town growth. Bob served as Chair of Searsport’s Shellfish Management Committee, and he and Marietta were instrumental in the establishment of Friends of Sears Island.”

The Ramsdells, who recently relocated to Brunswick, were also active in the Penobscot Bay Stewardship Program of Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition; in fact, Bob was one of the first participants in the program, which began in 1995. In later years, in his shellfish management capacity, he led tours for participants on the Sears Island clam flats while Marietta discussed the island’s history from inhabitance by Native Americans, later farming families, and most recently by white-tailed deer, porcupine, coyote and migratory birds.

The mission of the Friends of Sears Island is to support permanent protection of Sears Island’s environmental and cultural resources, preserve its marine, shoreland and forest ecosystems, and encourage educational and low-impact recreational uses of the island.