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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.

Presentation: My 2500 Mile Solo Paddle with Grandmother, Deb Walters

You won’t want to miss this presentation on Wednesday May 4 from 6:30-8:00PM! After over 30 years as a cognitive scientist, administrator and then as university vice president at Unity College, Deb decided to retire early and live simply, freeing up time and resources to follow her passion, to give back. In her leadership role with the Rotary Club, Deb learned about Safe Passage, an organization that assists the children of the families who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community. After volunteering there she was asked to join the Safe Passage Board of Directors, and served as President from 2009-2012. She now travels regularly to the garbage dump community and leads service groups. In July 2014, Deb began a journey which would combine her passion for the children and families at Safe Passage with her passion for long distance paddling, by kayaking from her home in Maine to their home in Guatemala. The goal has been to raise awareness and funds for education for the children at Safe Passage. For this expedition, she paddled alone more than 2,500 miles over the course of a year and a half. She had to stop in the middle of her journey to undergo emergency surgery and rehabilitation. Determined as ever, she resumed her voyage which she just completed this February of 2016. Along the route Deb stopped and shared the stories of the grit and perseverance of the children and families living in the Guatemala City garbage dump community. Deborah Walters lives in Troy, Maine with her husband. She has two children and four grandchildren. Presentation is from 6:30 to 8PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bangor (120 Park St, Bangor, ME 04401). For more information, please contact Nancy Jacobson.

Presentation: Copenhagen to Berlin: A Solo Sustainability Cycling Tour

bikingJoin us on Thursday, May 5 in Brunswick! Alicia Heyburn rented a bicycle in Copenhagen last summer and cycled solo to Berlin learning about local foods, the shared economy, traveling slowly, self-acceptance and the benefits of significant government investment in long term sustainability solutions. If you’ve wondered what it is like to be alone, but not lonely, the type of people you’ll meet CouchSurfing, why bike touring is massively popular, the accommodations in a former concentration camp, or simply how to experience all your favorite things in one spectacular journey, join us on May 5th. Alicia lives in Brunswick, is a Community Spoke for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a Registered Maine Guide, and works in areas of connectivity: connecting communities to their natural resources, connecting watersheds for migratory fish, and connecting transportation routes for bicyclists and pedestrians. Event is at the Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional potluck begins at 6pm. Please bring a dish to share and help us be green by bringing your own plate, silverware and cup. Free and open to the public. Contact Michelle Moody at 207-406-5221, or Lisa Pengel, Meeting & Education co-chair.

It’s National Park Week!

April 16-24 is National Park Week! All parks are offering free admission the entire week as part of the Centennial Celebration of our National Park system. If you are interested in visiting Acadia National Park in Maine, they are hosting several activities during the week. Enjoy YOUR parks!

Presentation: Restoration of Migratory Fish to the Penobscot

On Thursday, April 14, come learn about our current state of knowledge of how to restore migratory fish to the Penobscot. Joe Zydlewski is a fisheries scientist and a professor with the USGS and the University of Maine. His work focuses on the study of fish movements and migrations, particularly those of diadromous fish such as Atlantic salmon, American shad, alewife and sea lamprey. Joe has developed a research program that has contributed to understanding how dams and their removal influence fish communities and river ecology. While you’re at Fields Pond Audubon Center you can visit the salmon fry they are hosting there for release to the Kenduskeag River. The presentation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Fields Pond Audubon Center at 216 Fields Pond Rd, Holden, ME 04429. For more information, contact Nancy Jacobson.

“HIKE 40”

With our early Spring, we are all thinking of getting out on the trail, whether the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) or our local trails. Here’s a program that you can register for to allow you to measure your progress towards getting 100 miles under your belt in 2016. The 40th Anniversary of the American Hiking Society (AHS) is marked by HIKE 40. AHS is the only national hiking & trails advocacy group lobbying for such programs as the Land & Water Conservation Act and the Recreational Trails Program. AHS has organized for 40 years “Volunteer Vacations” to work on trail stewardship projects around the country. AHS usually has one or more projects in Maine. A.T. boundary maintenance has been a popular repeat project for the past 3 years. In the HIKE 40 Challenge, participants commit to hike 40 miles or 40 unique trails by October 13, 2016. It is set up as a fundraiser but you can list any fundraising amount – even zero.
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