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139th Annual Summit

It’s not too early to register for AMC’s Annual Meeting on Saturday January 24th, 2015! Whether you are a long time volunteer or are interested in becoming more involved as a volunteer in 2015, the Annual Summit will have something for you!

  • What: A fun day of exciting trainings, meaningful meetings, and fun conversations.
  • When: Saturday, January 24, 2015
  • Where: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Norwood, MA
  • Cost: $30- includes lunch, program materials, and our evening Celebration Reception of drinks and heavy hor d’oeuvres.
  • We have curated a great selection of useful and interesting courses this year, so whether you want to brush up on your splinting skills, see a historical AMC film, learn about conservation tactics, or trail tools, we will have a session that interests you. continue

    Hunting Season Awareness Tips

    The woods is a big place in Maine, and there are a variety of activities that people enjoy from hiking, to birding, to ATV riding, to plant foraging, to hunting. Sometimes these activities can cross into the same geographic area, and hunting is potentially one of them so here are a couple of items to keep in mind if you are out in the woods this fall. There are different seasons depending on the game sought such as birds, moose, bear, deer and more. So how should a non-hunter prepare for an outdoor outing? Know what game season it may be by checking the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife web page for more date and geographic location hunting information. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy also has a summary of hunting seasons by state for states along the AT. Non-hunters should also wear blaze orange (make sure any upper body garment is not covered by your backpack!) and be more aware near road crossings. Visit the ATC web page for more hunting awareness information.

    Fall Gathering is this Weekend in Maine

    See you on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson this weekend for AMC’s Fall Gathering. This will also serve as the annual meeting for the Maine Chapter, so be sure to join the fun and vote on the direction of the chapter.

    Presentation: Listen to Old Tales of the Maine Woods

    Join us on Thursday October 16 in Bangor to enjoy an evening of enchanting stories of the Maine woods. Author Steve Pinkham can answer questions like: How did a mountain get the name Moose’s Bosom? Why is another called Picked Chicken Hill? Was Smart Mountain named for a local Einstein? And what’s afoot on Toenail Ridge? He researched these and many others in his first book, Mountains of Maine, Intriguing Stories Behind Their Names. Join us in listening to Steve Pinkham share some of his favorites. 7:00 PM Thursday October 16th 105 Eastport Hall UMA/Bangor Campus, Bangor, Maine 04401. 20141016_More old tales

    Baxter State Park Authority Approves Abol Trail Relocation

    This just in from Baxter State Park Authority: “The Baxter State Park Authority approved a $100,000 trail relocation effort to relocate the Abol Trail off of the Abol Slide. The Abol Slide is currently closed due to recent soil, rock and debris movement creating unstable and hazardous conditions. The new trail will be slightly longer but with a reduced grade and improved footing. The new trail will provide safer travel for hikers, an easier ascent to the Tableland of Katahdin and great views. Crews will begin work in the near future. The new trail may be open as early as the fall of 2015.”

    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

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