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AMC Books Call for Submissions: Fall 2017 narrative

Do you have an engaging story of backcountry adventure to tell? Perhaps you’re halfway through writing a reflective memoir that is sure to become a bestseller? Are you friends with any writers who are currently looking for a publisher for their harrowing story of wilderness survival? If so, now is your chance! The AMC books team seeks submissions for a work of narrative non-fiction for publication in the Fall 2017 season. We publish creative nonfiction, memoir, essay, and narrative journalism pertaining to the outdoors, mountaineering, wilderness survival, and the Appalachian Trail region. We must have a full and complete manuscript in hand by February 2017. Please see the flyer for more information. Feel free to circulate among friends, family, or any groups and organizations you are part of. If you or anyone you know is interested in submitting their work for consideration, please be sure to send an email message with the subject line “Fall 2017 Submission”

CANCELLED– A New National Park and Recreation Area for Maine? – Bangor Presentation

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED. A NEW DATE WILL BE POSTED ON OUR CALENDAR PAGE WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE!

npA New National Park and Recreation Area for Maine?
With Lucas St Clair
February 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm

The proposal for a new National Park and Recreation Area on lands east of Baxter State Park has evolved considerably in recent years and would include donated lands owned by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. (EPI) . Lucas St. Clair from EPI, the primary proponent of the park and current owner of lands in this area, will present the concept and be available for questions and answers following the presentation. The talk is being offered by The Maine Chapter of the AMC and Maine Conservation Policy Office. AMC seeks to inform members of the public on the details of the park proposal and solicit feedback.

Please note that this is a new and changed date for the event.

February 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church; 120 Park St; Bangor

FMI:contact Nancy Jacobson

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 7th and Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 7 pm at the State Theatre. AMC Maine Chapter will be there, so please pay us a visit! There will be a different film menu shown each evening. Tickets are available now at EMS, Nomads, and Portland Gear Gub in Portland, and Salt Pump Climbing Co in Scarborough. Tickets are also available thru the State Theatre at The Cross Insurance Arena Box Office or online. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the theatre with no service charge; Mon – Fri 9am to 4pm. Tickets are $17 in advance (students $14 with school ID); buy in advance and save. Check out the 2016 Banff intro video!

Winter Weather Links

Planning an outdoor adventure, be it a hike, ski, over-night trip, or just a walk through the woods? Winter weather is definitely something to consider. And, the weather out your back door may be drastically different from where you intend to recreate. An accurate local forecast is needed for proper planning, so you know if you will need the basic winter gear, or extra hand-warmers. If you are headed to the White Mountains, the trusted weather source is continue

Presentation: A New National Park and Recreation Area for Maine? – Brunswick Presentation

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Join us on Thursday, January 28 in Brunswick for two presentations on the proposed new National Park and Recreation Area on lands east of Baxter State Park. The proposal has evolved considerably in recent years and would include donated lands owned by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. (EPI). Lucas St. Clair from EPI, the primary proponent of the park and current owner of lands in this area, will present the concept and be available for questions and answers following the presentations. AMC has not taken a formal position on the park. The presentation seeks to inform AMC members on the details of the park proposal and solicit feedback from members which will be considered in developing a formal position on the National Park concept. This event will be held at the Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, Maine on Thursday, January 28, 2016. 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 and help us be green and bring your own plate, utensils and cup. The talk is free and open to the public. FMI contact: Lisa Pengel.

Honoring Fallen Heroes of Maine through The Summit Project

story by Lisa Pengel

tspThe Summit Project (TSP) welcomes groups of any size and any affiliation who want to carry the memorial stones and memories of our fallen in order to honor and sustain their memories. If you represent a group, have an idea for a Team Event, we want to know it. Get involved today. We to invite you to be part of TSP, and we thank you for honoring our heroes through this living memorial. continue

Intro to Winter at Bradbury Mountain

Bradbury2016Jan09BWhat more can you ask for when doing an Intro to Winter outing than a few flakes of snow in the air and temperatures just cold enough to let you know it’s winter.  With 3 AMC leaders to help out, the group was able to split up.  After a bit of review of equipment, those with more experience headed out for a hike on the Boundary Trail with Ray Cooper.  Michelle and Stan Moody helped those new to snowshoes practice a bit near the parking area.  Then they headed out on a hike and by chance met the rest of the group at the viewpoint at the top.  A few decided to head back at that point and the rest continued on a loop hike on Tote Road Trail.  It seemed everyone had a fun time and hopefully learned a bit more about winter hiking.
Submitted by Michelle Moody

Pine Tree Search and Rescue’s (PTSAR) Training

Our friends at PTSAR have asked us to post this notice, a good opportunity for AMC members:

Please join us for Pine Tree Search and Rescue’s (PTSAR) first training in 2016, on the topic of “What is Search and Rescue”? This training is a great way to get a general understanding of what it means to be a search and rescue volunteer. All are welcome; please feel free to invite friends who may be interested in joining the team to attend as well. The training will be held on Thursday, January 21st from 6:00-7:45pm at Cabela’s in Scarborough, and will be led by Bryan Courtois, President of PTSAR. Please email Sarah Wintle at sarah.wintle@gmail.com if you have any questions or need more information.

Restoring the American Chestnut Tree

Photo courtesy of the University of Maine Foundation

Photo courtesy of the University of Maine Foundation

Dr. Brian Roth is an acclaimed expert in forestry regeneration and management, and has been conducting research in the field for 25 years. Roth and team recently discovered the tallest chestnut tree in North America growing here in Maine. In 1900, the species accounted for 25% of all trees in the Eastern US and had great value. A fungal blight crippled the population and by 1950, less than 0.1% of the chestnut trees had survived. Come learn more about his discovery and efforts to restore chestnut populations in Maine.

When: Wednesday, January 27th, 6:30 – 8pm
Where: First Congregational Church of Brewer, 35 Church St.

FMI contact Nancy Jacobson at education@amcmaine.org.

Trails that Beckoned

Wayne Newton, hiker since youth, more motivated by retirement, trip leader for many years and story teller for the Appalachian Mountain Club will talk about some of the more than 12000 miles of trails he has followed.

The Long Trail runs south to north for 272 miles, the length of the state of Vermont. It is the oldest long-distance trail in the country, constructed in the early years of the twentieth century by the Green Mountain Club to promote stewardship of Vermont’s mountains. The Long Trail traverses most of the Green Mountains’ major peaks. About a third of it coincides with the AT. Wayne has hiked it. continue

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