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Presentation: Winter Adventures in Baxter/Happenings on AMC Maine Lands

Join us on Tuesday, April 28 when Peter Roderick, AMC Maine Chapter leader, volunteer and adventurer will talk about some winter adventures he has enjoyed in Baxter State Park. He has summited on Baxter Peak and Hamlin Peak the two tallest points on Katahdin from several different trails in all seasons. Later in the evening, Peter will recount some highlights of his 11 years of volunteering in the Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) area east of Greenville and near portions of the 100 Mile Wilderness Section of the Appalachian Trail. He will be joined by several staff members of the AMC’s MWI team. AMC has created an area of learning as well as a world-class lodge system on their land. They actively involve the children of the area as well as guests from the world. Their lodges are showpieces of environmental friendliness and culinary excellence. Partnership with surrounding and inholding landowners complete a multiuse timberland where one can fish, hike, bike, canoe, camp, and ski. Join AMC and Maine Audubon on Tuesday, April 28 at Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, ME. Potluck at 6, meeting at 7. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gerald Sawyer 207-234-2425 (before 9 pm)

Nature Notes – Cathance River Preserve in Spring

View of Cathance River

View of Cathance River

Spring is here! Days are getting longer and warmer, and the grass is showing! Well the grass is showing on our lawns, but not so much at higher elevations. Even at some of the lower elevations, if the trail is shaded and in the woods, you will most likely encounter snow well into late April. continue

Maine Outdoor Film Festival: Earth Day Screening

What are you doing for Earth day? Please join us on Wednesday April 22 for an exciting night of nature-minded films. Maine Audubon and the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club present an Earth Day screening of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival MOFF Selects Tour at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center. Doors and cash bar open at 6, films start promptly at 7. Tickets are $5 for members (of either AMC or MA) and $8 for nonmembers. We expect this event to sell out, so advanced registration is encouraged to ensure your seat.

Maine Chapter Trip Leader Meeting

On Thursday May 7 there is a meeting for AMC Maine Chapter leaders and those interested in becoming leaders. We will be serving pizza and discussing upcoming events. This is also a great time for those interested in leading to meet leaders and sign on to co-lead hikes. All leaders have a chance to work with experienced leaders before leading on their own. The night will include pulling the calendars out to plan some great adventures for the summer months. Time: 6:00-8:00pm American Red Cross, Mid-Coast
Chapter, 16 Community Drive, Topsham. Contact Peter Roderick for more information.

Presentation: Harness the power of Sun at AMC’s Solar Social!

Join us on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM to harness the power of Sun at AMC’s Solar Social! This event will be at the Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant Street in Brunswick. Doors open at 6:15 PM. The Appalachian Mtn Club, Maine Chapter, is hosting an open forum about solar possibilities here in Maine. Vaughan Woodruff, solar educator and owner of the nationally recognized Maine based solar company Insource Renewables, will be here to break down the nuts and bolts of solar energy. Benjamin Holt, a Unity College graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Energy, Design, and Technology will also be with us to join the discussion! Investing in solar is like investing in your own personal energy security, while contributing to Maine’s own energy security, and energy independence. This Solar Social will give homeowners an opportunity to connect with great Maine folks working towards the future of a more sustainable Maine. For more information, contact Lisa Pengel 207-212-6464 (before 8 PM).

Becoming an Outdoor Woman- Summer Weekend

This year’s summer weekend workshop is June 5-7, 2015 at Nicatous Lodge and Cabins in Greenbush, Maine. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is sponsored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. It offers programs aimed primarily at women 18 years and older who are interested in learning or improving their skills in hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in a safe and comfortable environment. Class sessions include freshwater fishing, rifle and shotgun handling, outdoor survival, archery and map and compass. These workshops provide the opportunity to learn about the outdoors but to also provide a venue for women to learn more about themselves. To learn more about BOW, the weekend workshop, or to register, visit BOW’s website or contact Brittany Humphrey.

River Level Alert System

Attention river paddlers- get ready for spring! Would you like to receive an e-mail or text message when your favorite river reaches its ideal level? The U.S. Geological Survey has a system in place to do just that. USGS WaterNow will let you select the monitored river from a map and subscribe to different thresholds such as above or below a certain level, or inside or outside of a given range for either or both river height or discharge. So you will never miss a paddling opportunity again!

North Peak of Pleasant Mountain Under Contract

The last major peak on Pleasant Mountain’s ridgeline is now under contract for permanent protection. Loon Echo Land Trust signed an agreement in January with Chet Homer of Shawnee Peak Ski Area for the purchase of 160 acres, including the North Peak, and additional forested parcels to the west. The North Peak is unique in that it hosts a rare Red Pine Woodland designated by the State of Maine’s Natural Areas Program. The woodland environment includes carpets of fresh blueberries, low shrubs and stark granite outcroppings under a healthy stand of red pine trees; and with it all, a fabulous view of the White Mountains. Large sections of the Sue’s Way Trail and North Ridge Trail (7/10th of a mile in total) will be protected as a result of this purchase; AMC Maine Chapter maintains some of the trails on Pleasant Mountain. These two trails offer an interesting loop hike from the Bald Peak Trail to the top of the North Peak. For additional information, check out the story on page 8 of the Winter/Spring 2015 newsletter, or contact Loon Echo if you are interested in making a tax decudtable contribution to support this project.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Film Festival

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Film Fest featuring the hottest watersport films of the year will be in Maine this spring. The show date is Thursday April 30th at 7pm in Hannaford Hall at University of Southern Maine Abromson Center in Portland. This presentation is co-hosted with the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA). Buy your tickets in advance; proceeds benefit both NFCT and MITA. The film festival is advertised as “top notch paddling flicks, from remote white water to scenic quiet water to environmental water issues of the day”. NFCT is partnering with Rapid Media’s Reel Paddling Film Festival for these showings.

It’s Here- Maine’s Own Carey Kish’s Book on Coastal Hikes!

AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast“. It’s out in print, and authored by our very own Maine Chapter member Carey Kish. Get your copy today and start planning your spring and summer coast hikes!

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