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Fall Gathering 2014!

Registration is now open, come join AMC for its annual Fall Gathering October 17-19, 2014, hosted this year by the AMC Maine Chapter at Camp Wavus on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson, Maine. The entire AMC membership from all 12 chapters is invited to join together for a three-day weekend to experience, enjoy, learn, and celebrate all that is AMC. In addition, a pre-Fall Gathering opportunity invites AMCers to experience two nights at the gorgeous AMC Maine wilderness lodges outside of Greenville, Maine. Extend your stay to experience more of the Maine coast, its views and seafood.

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Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

It’s the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! Join us on Saturday for a nature-based program and book signing for families with young children. Hosted in partnership by Maine Audubon and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). Featuring special guest, Yemaya St. Clair, co-author of “Outdoors with Kids: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.”

Family Hiking Day on the AT

Saturday September 27 is Family Hiking Day on the Appalachian Trail (AT). From Georgia to Maine, families are encouraged to take a walk on their favorite section of trail to instill and introduce to children the value of the great out-of-doors and an active lifestyle. This day is held in coordination with National Public Lands Day. So- Moms, Dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents; please take children for a hike on the infamous AT!

Presentation: Triple Crown: How one Mainer Made it

How does walking the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails change one’s life? Can you do something crazy and bold? Please join us on Wednesday, September 17 with Lincolnville’s “Uncle Tom” Jamrog for a talk and photo demo about his experiences, both high and low, on America’s storied National Scenic Trails. Topics covered will include: How a “seasoned individual” physically trains for a thru-hike, tools and resources to get you started, special considerations, as well as tips and tricks to hike further, and taking the thru-hiking lessons back to the “shower world”.

This event will be held at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Optional potluck at 6:00 PM, followed by the presentation at 7:00 PM. To join in on the potluck fun, please bring a food item to share, along with your own plate and utensils. The talk is free and open to the public. FMI email: Lisa Pengel.

Maine Chapter Officers 2014/2015

Let your voice be heard! As part of Fall Gathering, the AMC Maine Chapter will vote on its slate of officers for 2014/2015. All Maine Chapter members can and should vote! Be sure to check out the slate of officers listed below, and email Paul Hahn with any questions.

  • Chair- Roger David
  • Vice Chair- Doug Chamberlin
  • Secretary- Mary Riendeau
  • Treasurer- Cindy Caverly
  • At Large and Nominating- Paul Hahn
  • At Large- Dave McCarthy
  • E-Communications- Tim Flight
  • Meetings and Education Co-Chair- Lisa Pengel
  • Meetings and Education Co-Chair- Gerry Sawyer
  • Membership- Kristen Grant
  • Maine Woods Initiative- Paul Hahn
  • Newsletter- Carey Kish
  • Outings- Kathy Baillargeon
  • Past Chair- Larry Dyer
  • Trails- Jeff Pengel
  • Young Members Co-Chair- Kim Sanders
  • Young Members Co-Chair- Sarah Keats

Presentation: Learn how the White Mountain National Forest was Born

Join us on Tuesday September 16th at 7PM, 105 Eastport Hall, UM-Bangor Campus for a showing of the film “The People’s Forest: The Story of the White Mountain National Forest”. David Huntley’s film is about one of the greatest environmental comeback stories in American history. In the period from 1880 to 1911, the White Mountains region was ground zero for a vast ecological disaster caused by intensive, indiscriminate logging and a rash of major forest fires. The destruction of New Hampshire’s forests sparked one of the nation’s first grassroots conservation movements and set-off a decades-long national battle over the fate of eastern forestlands.

The film relates the story of the devastating floods that struck southern New Hampshire and other New England states in 1895 and 1896. The flooding closed down mills and other factories that depended on waterways like the Merrimack River for vital hydroelectric power. Thousands of people were put out of work as a result. Many blamed the flooding on the effects of deforestation in the White Mountains. The disasters led to the dawning of a new environmental consciousness in New England and throughout the country: people began to realize that natural systems like forests, watersheds, and rivers were inter-related over long distances and in complex, little-understood ways. FMI email

Telluride Mountainfilm Festival in Portland

The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival World Tour will be returning for its 12th year to the Portland area, Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm. They will be back at the Hannaford Theater, Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine. Tickets for Telluride are available at Horny Toad in Freeport and Nomads in Portland. Tickets are $15 in advance ($12 students with school ID), or $18 at Hannaford Theater the day of the show. Check out these great previews.

Maine Tornado Video

A year ago this July, there was an EF1 tornado in Baxter State Park. The National Weather Service put together this video fly-over of the path it took through the park. You can certainly see where it touched down and the damage it caused as it zig-zagged through the park!

Climate March in NYC September 21

The AMC will be marching with thousands of others to call for worldwide political action on climate change. The New York-North Jersey Chapter will host AMC members and friends at the largest ever Climate March. The group will meet at the AMC’s NYC Headquarters (in the West Side YMCA on 5 West 63rd Street) on Sept 21 and walk together to join the March, which begins at Columbus Circle. Membership Chair Jill Arbuckle will lead the group on the day. For more information, click on March with the AMC . Email Lauren Zondag to sign up to march with the AMC and to receive updates.
AMC Climate March

New Book from SOLO

Our friends and teachers at SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) have a new book called “Wildcare.” Outdoors organizations and enthusiasts look to SOLO for wilderness first aid and medicine. And this new textbook is written by none-other-than Dr. Hubbell himself- founder of SOLO and pioneer of wilderness medicine. Check it out!

Retracing Thoreau

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Thoreau’s famous book “The Maine Woods.” In honor of this occasion, a group spent 16 days retracing his route over 300 miles from Moosehead Lake in Greenville, north of Mount Katahdin, then down the Penobscot River to Indian Island near Orono. Bugs, rain, waves, muddy portages, and wind were some of the obstacles they faced. AMC had a hand in the trip helping to shuttle supplies and people. Check out this article including some great pics for a taste of the expedition.

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