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Maine Chapter Seeks Award Nominations

The Maine Chapter is currently seeking nominations for its “Appie of the Year” award. The chosen recipient will be announced at the annual meeting on November 12. An Appie (or it can be two people) is recognized for her or his outstanding contributions to the growth, success and leadership of the Chapter and/or the Executive Committee specifically within the past year. The Appie of the Year receives a Maine Chapter Appie hiking stick with his/her name etched in it and a token gift. The Chapter also gives a “Lifetime Achievement” award when applicable. The criteria for this award are: The person should have contributed to the Chapter in multiple ways and/or served the Chapter in several capacities for a significant amount of time. Please e-mail Peter Roderick your nominations and reasons why this person is deserving!

Presentation: Paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Looking for an evening adventure into the North Woods? Join us on Thursday, September 15th to hear the first female through paddler of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail as she reflects on 10 years of paddling along its waterways. Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth will share a short, home-grown film about her 2006 trip as well as photos and stories of times along the trail since that epic paddle. Come and learn more about this amazing paddling resource, 347 miles of which cross some of the most spectacular waters of Maine. Location is the Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow Street) beginning at 6PM. Event is free and open to the public. Download a flyer.

Flags on the NH 48

“Flags on the 48” is an annual event and will be held this year on Saturday September 13th. The goal- to raise an American flag on each of New Hampshires forty-eight 4,000-footers from noon to 2PM. These efforts are to honor those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. For more information on this year’s event or to register, visit the Flags on the 48 website.

Presentation: Paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Looking for an evening adventure into the North Woods? Join us on Thursday, September 15th to hear the first female through paddler of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail as she reflects on 10 years of paddling along its waterways. Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth will share a short, home-grown film about her 2006 trip as well as photos and stories of times along the trail since that epic paddle. Come and learn more about this amazing paddling resource, 347 miles of which cross some of the most spectacular waters of Maine. Location is the Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow Street) beginning at 6PM. Event is free and open to the public. Download a flyer.

Maine Chapter Newsletter “Wilderness Matters”

Did you know you can see the current issue of our Maine Chapter newsletter on the newsletter page of our website? In the unfortunate event that you misplaced yours, it’s always here for your reference. Back issues are there as well. Secondly, did you know you can opt to receive the Maine Chapter newsletter Wilderness Matters electronically? You can forgo a paper copy entirely and only receive an electronic copy sent to your e-mail inbox for each issue. This preference is set through AMC’s Member Center. Electronic distribution saves the chapter valuable funds that we can repurpose for workshops, outings, and other chapter activities. Thirdly, anyone can contribute to the newsletter. Just email our newsletter editor Carey with any content based on the schedule.

Seek the Peak!

Do you want to go hiking AND support a cause at the same time? July 15-16 is the 16th annual “Seek the Peak” hike to support the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory. There is thousands of dollars in prizes, hiker goodies bags, live music, and awards bash as well as a dinner feast. So, grab your hiking boots and a couple of friends and help raise even more funds in 2016. To register visit the website SeekthePeak.org!

National Trails Day, Saturday June 4

Have you ever thought about the “freeway” of trails we all hike on, but you want to pay your “toll”? National Trails Day is a way to do that!. The event occurs this year on Saturday, June 4th and there are several ways you can get involved! The Maine Chapter is co-sponsoring an event with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Volunteers with be shuttled via 19-foot skiff to Babson Island and Bear Island in the Eggemogon Reach. Work will consist of expanding and clearing the hiking corridors on these two well protected, easily accessed, heavily used and wild feeling islands. Or, donate some of your own time to clean-up a favorite trail in your neck of the woods. And as they say, “Trails Day is EVERY day!” There’s a job for everyone! Contact Jeff Pengel for more information.

Presentation: The 1940 National Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Championship in Maine with Zip Kellogg

ZIP Kellogg, renowned author and canoeist, will present on Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm a 20 minute film from the 1940 National Whitewater Championship which was held on the Rapid River in western Maine. He searched for the film over the course of 30 years and finally found it through a twist of fate. You can see the techniques, equipment, the flips and swims (if they were different) from that era and hear the story behind the film. The presentation will take place at the Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow St, Bangor, ME 04401). For more information, please contact Nancy Jacobson or download this flyer.
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40th Anniversary of Bigelow Victory to Be Celebrated

News Release: June 5 Potluck Supper and Climb to “Reclaim the Mountain for the People of Maine”

Friends of Bigelow, the group that spearheaded the 1970s’ people’s-initiative campaign to create the 36,000-acre Bigelow Preserve on the Bigelow Mountain Range, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the successful statewide vote with a public potluck supper at 6 p.m., Sunday, June 5, at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library and Community Center.
Earlier in the day, group members will duplicate the 1974 climb to Bigelow’s summit to plant a Save Bigelow flag “to claim the mountain for the people of Maine.” That climb, which got national publicity, kicked off the initiative effort. continue

Mountain Leadership School 2016

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 7.54.04 PMNow in its 58th year, Mountain Leadership School (MLS) is a five-day wilderness leadership training program designed to help you lead groups with minimal impact in the backcountry. It’s perfect for new trip leaders, or experienced leaders looking to improve their skills. There is a multi-day backpacking program, and advanced program, as well as a program for day hike leaders. Participants will discover and develop their own leadership style and learn new techniques such as trip planning, map and compass, time management, group dynamics, Leave No Trace, and accident scene management. Mountain Leadership School is now accepting registrations. See the website FMI, or to reserve your space at MLS.

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