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Volunteer for Trails and Get a Free Lodge Stay

Are you a Young Member, or New to Trailwork, or Both?

Then you can volunteer for trails and get a free lodge stay! That’s right. The Peter Roderick Trail Work Award (PRTWA) will cover the cost of a multi-day volunteer trail work outing around one of AMC’s log lodges outside of Greenville, Maine. You’ll stay overnight, sleep in a bed, and eat chef-prepared meals in a log cabin lodge. In exchange, you’ll be part of a volunteer trail crew working outdoors in the Maine woods on projects such as building or improving foot trails and bog bridging, stacking firewood, gardening, and marking boundaries. A volunteer leader will provide appropriate instruction and oversight. See more information on the trips, how to apply, and the deadline.

These trips have been going on for many years, are very popular, and have a limited number of participants. One purpose of the new PRTWA scholarship is to open the trips to new and younger folks who can use the scholarship to attend for free.

Presentation: Utah- A magical landscape: Canyons, sandstone sculptures, red rock and so much more..

AMC members Michelle and Stan Moody spent 5 months traveling from Maine to the Rockies with many stops along the way. However, one of the highlights of their journey was spending over a month exploring Utah. This not only included the very well known and popular Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks but lesser know spots like Nine Mile Canyon, the San Rafael Swell, Little Wild Horse and Bell Canyons, Goblin State Park, Wire Pass and Bucksin Gulch, Grand Escalante National Monument including Spooky Canyon, and Natural Bridges National Monument- to name a few of the other wonderful places in Utah. Come join them on Tuesday March 7 at the Bangor Public Library (154 Harlow Street) beginning at 6PM for a photo review of some of these highlights including petroglyphs and pictographs from ancient native peoples. Journey with them through a canyon so narrow they had to walk sideways and not take a deep breath to avoid getting stuck. Please contact Nancy Jacobson for more information.

Presentation: The Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Join us on Thursday, March 2! In 1994, Sheila and Dean Bennett produced a small booklet for the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Maine Department of Conservation, that visitors to the waterway could take with them on their trips. The following is excerpted from that booklet: “”This remote and isolated river corridor is perhaps the most diverse of our northeastern waterways. . . . But perhaps more importantly, it is a place where you can still capture the essence of the great north woods and experience the feeling of an earlier, more primitive time…” Sheila and Dean Bennett invite you to a PowerPoint presentation of a 100-mile canoe trip through this place in the wild which is full of mystery, history, and beauty. They have been paddling this river since 1976 and have much to share. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Doors open at 5:30pm. For more information, please contact Michelle Moody.

Presentation: The Canada Lynx and Other Northern Wildlife- Can we Protect them from Global Warming?

Mark McCollough, Ph.D. is the lead biologist for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Northeast for the threatened Canada lynx. He is working with a team of wildlife biologist to develop recovery strategies for the Canada lynx and other endangered species in response to climate change. On Wednesday February 8 beginning at 6PM Mark will talk about how warming temperatures and changing snow conditions could present challenges to moose, pine marten, and northern songbirds that live in the North Maine Woods. By the way, you already know Mark McCollough. He is the artist who created Maine’s chickadee and loon license plates. Please contact Nancy Jacobson for more information.

Presentation: The A.T. in Maine- Beyond Trail Maintenance

Join us on Thursday February 2 at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick (23 Pleasant Street), for an examination of the behind-the-scenes work undertaken by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Maine A.T. Land Trust and the Maine A.T. Club along with AMC to protect the scenic integrity and hiker experience along the trail in Maine. Most people are aware of the seasonal trail maintenance work required to keep our trails functioning but there are longer-term threats from increased visitation, sprawl development & energy development that can change and degrade the A.T. experience for future generations. Come February 2nd to learn about these ‘behind the scenes’ efforts and to ask your questions about the Appalachian Trail in Maine and how you can get involved. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Doors open at 5:30pm. Free and open to the public. Contact Michelle Moody for more information.

Banff Mountain Film Festival in Portland

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be returning for its 16th year to Portland on Sunday, February 12th and Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 7 pm at the State Theatre. There will be a different film menu shown each evening. Tickets are available now at EMS, Nomads, Salt Pump Climbing Co, and evoRock & Fitness. Tickets are also available thru the State Theatre at the Port City Music Hall box office online. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the theatre with no service charge; Mon–Fri 10am to 5pm. Tickets are $18 in advance (students $15 with school ID); buy in advance and save. Check out the 2016 Banff intro video!

AMC Annual Meeting

January is here, and Annual Summit 2017 on Saturday January 28th in Norwood, MA at the Four Points Sheraton is filling up fast! Register Now!

This year’s schedule is better than ever. Whether you’re a lifelong member or a newcomer curious about all AMC has to offer, we hope to welcome you there! Highlights include:

  • Trails, Ecology and Forestry, with AMC conservationist and Maine Woods land manager Steve Tatko at Blue Hills Reservation (outside)
  • Trouble in The Presidentials: What a Mountaineering Tragedy Teaches About Decision-Making & Managing Risk, with Primex CEO Ty Gagne
  • Yoga for the Outdoors
  • Adding GPS & Apps to Map & Compass, with Philip Werner of
  • CPR Certification
  • AMC in DC: Our Conservation Mission in the Halls of Congress
  • Trip Planning: On the Connecticut River; in Southern NY; and more
  • The Appalachian Trail Through the Eyes of Trail Architect Myron Avery, with AMC author Jeff Ryan
  • All About Axes and Griphoist & Highline (outside) with AMC trails staff
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Presentation: Bangor EcoHomes: Balancing sustainability and affordability

On January 11th beginning at 6PM at the Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow Street), join Suzanne and David Kelly of Bangor for a talk titled, Bangor EcoHomes: Balancing sustainability and affordability. The mother and son team will discuss the evolution of Bangor EcoHomes, a ‘green pocket neighborhood’ of six nearly self sufficient single family homes. They’ll discuss the complex balance between affordability, sustainability and performance in the design/build process. Plenty of time will be left to answer questions you might have about your own projects. For more information, please contact Nancy Jacobson.

Protect the Places you Love – AMC’s Conservation Work & How to Engage!

If you love to hike, paddle, ski, camp or just love our Maine mountains, please join use on Thursday, January 5 starting at 6:00pm at the Curtis Memorial Library (23 Pleasant St., Brunswick). What happens in the State House and Congress affects YOU! Learn how development, pollution or land conservation can change your trails experience for the better or worse. Here in Maine, AMC works hard all year-round to support a variety of conservation and environmental policy issues both in Augusta and at the federal level in DC. We advocate on behalf of all of our members with recreation access as our primary lens. Issues we’ve worked on include: Land for Maine’s Future conservation funding, energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, wind siting rules, forest management and regulations, Maine’s mining rules, and the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund. Join AMC Policy Staff Bryan Wentzell & Kaitlyn Bernard and the ME Chapter Conservation Chair, Pete Carney for an update on Maine’s current environmental issues and a preview of the 2017-2018 Legislative session. We’ll have a rundown of the election results and what they mean for our policy agenda. We’ll also have opportunities for Maine members to stay in the loop and try their hand at policy advocacy. Doors open at 5:30, optional potluck dinner at 6pm, presentation starts at 7pm. For more information, please contact Michelle Moody.

Medawisla Update

by: Paul Hahn, Chair, Maine Chapter MWI Committee

By now all Maine Chapter members should know about Medawisla. Just in case, Medawisla was a sporting camp purchased by the AMC in 2006 as part of the Club’s Maine Wilderness Initiative (MWI). The camp is located north of Greenville and eight miles from Kokadjo on Second Roach Pond. (Delorme Atlas Maps #41 and 42) The camp, after years of use by AMC, but unable to be refurbished economically and too small, was torn down in 2012. New lodge and cabin facilities are now nearing completion.

Some of the cabins will have self-serve kitchens, allowing guests to do their own cooking if they wish to save money and have greater use flexibility. This past fall, the Maine Chapter Ex-Com made a donation of $7,500 to the Medawisla project. The money will be used to build dock and boating facilities on Second Roach Pond. Any leftover monies will be used to enhance the self-serve cabin kitchens. This is a commitment by you, Maine Chapter members, of which you can be proud. Medawisla now has a planned opening in Summer 2017. Your Maine Chapter Ex-Com encourages you to be among the first to use the beautiful new AMC lodge and cabins.

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