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A Maine Guides Travels & Tales in Wilderness Canoeing Poling

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lisa Diehart will present, "A Maine Guides Travels & Tales in Wilderness Canoeing Poling." Maine Guide and Maine Canoe Symposium Pro Staff member Lisa DeHart has spent the last 25 years canoeing everywhere from the Rio Grande in Texas to the Gaspe Peninsula in Canada, along with most every River in the great State of Maine. Come join us for a journey of photographs and film of the best of those Wilderness Canoe Trips. Learn about the Art of Canoe Poling and some tried and true safety tips used by Maine Guides.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

AMC Potluck and Presentation: Backpacking in Yellowstone National Park

Date: Thursday, October 26, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Join our group of five Maine and New Hampshire backpackers in a photo journey as we spend eight nights on the trail in Wyoming and Montana, starting with five nights in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, including an ascent of ~11,000' foot Electric Peak. Then, after one night off the trail, we take on the spectacular and rugged Beartooth Plateau Loop, just outside the park, where we'll pass numerous pristine alpine lakes and tackle the navigational challenges of off-trail travel in this high-altitude wilderness. We'll also take a quick drive through Yellowstone National Park, stopping to enjoy its abundant wildlife, waterfalls, and geothermal features. Jonathan Rundell is an avid hiker and photographer. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional Potluck starts at 6pm - please bring a dish to share and help us be green by bringing your own silverware, plate and cup.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, Oct. 26, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

Mushing in Maine and Beyond

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Polly Mahoney of Mahoosuc Guide Service in Newry, Maine will share her dogsledding experiences from the Yukon Territory to Maine to Nunavut and northern Quebec. Polly has been mushing for 37 years and is co-owner of her business for the last 27 years offering dog trips in the northeast. She will bring a couple of her friendly sled dogs to meet you and a sled to demonstrate how she hooks the dogs up.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Potluck and Presentation: Making the Case

Date: Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

New & "Novel" Ways to Elevate and Empower Conservation Want new strategies to reach decision makers, neighbors, selectmen deciding taxes for conservation lands? Family at Thanksgiving? Folks who haven't ventured from the back lawn but might decide the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund's future? Join Sandra Neily for a discussion about how to harness reality in two creative ways. She will share powerful economic data and strategic ways to insert it into public discussions and decision making systems. (Maine wildlife: $1.4 billion. Lakes, $2.8 billion and 50,000 jobs....and more.) Then, channeling Ralph Waldo Emerson ("Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures"), she suggests another tool. People aren't reading much Al Gore, but they are reading mysteries and thrillers (the most popular genre). Often these works are very accurate, compelling, and they take readers to landscapes and issues they need to experience.(Sandy invites folks to grow her list... Bring your favorite book!) The award winning author of "Deadly Trespass," (reviewed as "...a beautiful book that brilliantly captures the battle to conserve Maine's mythical woods..."), Sandra has also been a Maine Guide, a whitewater outfitter, the Director of the Maine Conservation School, and as Maine Audubon's Outreach Coordinator, the author/editor of "Valuing the Nature of Maine." (Find "Deadly Trespass" at all Shermans Books locations and at Amazon.) Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional Potluck starts at 6pm - please bring a dish to share and help us be green by bringing your own silverware, plate and cup.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Instruction (Skills), Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library
FMI: Sandy Neily - Value Nature

Maine Chapter Annual Meeting

Date: Saturday, November 18, 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Please join us at our 2017 Annual Meeting at the Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102. Festivities will begin at 5:30 pm with registration and a cocktail social with an opportunity to meet and greet some of our current leadership. A buffet dinner will be served around 6 pm (with vegetarian options), and our business meeting will begin around 7 pm, followed by our featured speakers. We also plan to hold a raffle for some great prizes! Cost is $25 per person which includes dinner and one drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available. First speaker is Steve Tatko, AMC's Land Manager, who will give a talk on the AMC's Maine Woods Initiative. The Maine Woods Initiative is an innovative approach to conservation that combines outdoor recreation, resource protection, sustainable forestry, and community partnerships. To date, AMC has purchased and permanently conserved 70,000 acres of forest land, created over 120 miles of recreational trails, opened three sporting camps to the public, established an Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable forestry operation, and developed a partnership with local Piscataquis County schools. Steve was born and raised in Willimantic, ME to a fifth generation slate mining family. He's a Registered Maine Forester and has worked for AMC since 2012. The second speaker is Jed Williamson who will give a talk on Accidents in Outdoor Pursuits - Their Causes and Cures. John (Jed) Williamson was a member of the Board of the American Alpine Club from 1974 to 1998, serving as President from 1992-94 and recently retired as the Chair of the Safety Advisory Council and the editor (since 1974) of the American Alpine Club's annual report Accidents in North American Mountaineering. He also served on the boards of the National Outdoor Leadership School and the Student Conservation Association, where his primary involvement was in risk management. We will also vote on a revised set of By-Laws. We are required to review and update By-Laws every few years and this is our latest update. You can read more at http://www.amcmaine.org/proposed-by-law-changes/ If you need further information about this meeting email chair@amcmaine.org or call Doug Chamberlin at 978-761-3815.

Social EventsActivity Categories: Social Events
Adult Member Fee: $25
Adult Non-Member Fee: $25
Location: Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Meetings & Education Committee 978-761-3815 (Evenings 6-9pm)
Registration is required for this activity.
FMI: Registration link

Potluck and Presentation: Land Conservation in Maine

Date: Thursday, December 7, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

The AMC Maine Chapter Conservation Committee and the Meetings Committee invite you to join our guest speakers for an enlightening look at how land is conserved in Maine. Representing the local land trust level - Angela Twitchell from the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, the state wide (and beyond) large land preservation efforts - Bill Patterson from The Nature Conservancy, and what tools are out there for funding these types of efforts - Warren (Whit) Whitney from the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Learn about how these organizations go about their work, what you can do to help, how you can find out more about these conservation efforts including where to look for information and how you can stand up to ensure future funding programs. From water access to mountain views, we count on these preserved places to enjoy the great outdoors. We'll be sure to throw in plenty of photos to entice you to visit some of these conserved lands and include some tips on finding that perfect spot you might want to discover. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Str., Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Maine Coast Heritage Trust
FMI: Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust

Blazing Ahead: the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail

Date: Thursday, December 7, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Few know the full story behind the creation of Appalachian Trail. The proposal to create it could have died in the pages of a journal had it not been for the efforts of many people?and two, in particular: Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery. While the two men shared a common goal, their vastly different personalities meant it was only a matter of time before these sometimes allies, sometimes adversaries had a falling out. Jeffrey Ryan's book, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail weaves history and biography to bring the story of the unlikely creation of the AT to life. Drawing upon never before published sources, Blazing Ahead delves deep into the historical realities MacKaye and Avery faced and how their personalities and views ultimately forced them apart. Join us as Jeff shares the story of the creation of the AT and how many of the challenges faced in the 20s and 30s still resonate today. Published by AMC Books, Blazing Ahead (and Jeff's first book, Appalachian Odyssey), is available on Jeff's website: www.JeffRyanAuthor.com and will also be available at the presentation.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Bangor Public Library
Region: Maine, Inland
Leader: Nancy Jacobson 207-942-4924 (Before 9pm)

Potluck and Presentation: Connecting rivers, people and fish - by bike

Date: Thursday, January 18, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Join us for this unique presentation on fish passage and biking in Europe. Alicia Heyburn, of Brunswick, spent five weeks last summer on a solo bicycle tour from the source of the Rhine River in the Swiss Alps, to the outlet at the North Sea near Amsterdam. Traveling on an exceptional network of bike paths, she experienced the various characters of the river along its 1300 km course - wild, tamed, power-producing, awe-inspiring, industrial and bucolic; and met with people who are working to improve river conditions for migratory fish, such as salmon.  In her presentation you will learn about Europe's extensive international network of bike trails, free cultural exchange and accommodation services, the stages and benefits of re-wnaturalizing a river, and how to travel alone without being lonely or turn an interest into an expedition. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional Potluck starts at 6pm - please bring a dish to share and help us be green by bringing your own silverware, plate and cup. Free and open to the public.

ConservationActivity Categories: Conservation, Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library
FMI: The Nature Conservancy - Alicia

AMC Potluck and Presentation: Appalachian Odyssey - A 28-year hike on America's trail

Date: Thursday, February 15, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

When two new hiking companions went on a day hike of Katahdin in 1985, they had no idea they were starting a 28-year, 2,100-mile adventure. Author, speaker, photographer and avid hiker Jeff Ryan's book it, Appalachian Odyssey, has delighted readers who enjoy reliving the adventure through a refreshing blend of history, photography and humor. Born and raised in Maine, Jeff grew up in a family that relished time outdoors and he has certainly carried on that tradition. He has hiked 9,000 miles in the U.S. and is still going strong. In the past year and a half he has traveled the U.S. in a 1985 VW camper, sharing the story of Appalachian Odyssey in hundreds of venues nationwide. His presentations combine terrific storytelling and 30 years' worth of trail AT photos to create a memorable evening. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm. Free and open to the public.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings, Social Events
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: Jeffrey Ryan
FMI: Curtis Memorial Library

Date: Thursday, January 1

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