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The Maine Woods Initiative: the history, development and management objectives of 70,000 acres of AMC land in northern Maine with Steve Tatko, Land Manager for MWI

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

As AMC's most ambitious conservation project, the Maine Woods Initiative has afforded the club with a tremendous opportunity to practice what it preaches at a landscape scale in one of the most important conservation regions in Maine.  Combining sustainable forestry, world-class recreational facilities and trails, and ecological restoration, AMC has been pioneering a new model of conservation ownership in Maine.  With a land base of 70,000 acres or about 100 square miles, AMC's Land Manager will reflect on the first decade of AMC's ownership and what lies ahead.    Steve Tatko was born and raised in Willimantic, ME to a fifth generation slate mining family. At a young age he started working for the family business and gained firsthand experience with logging, road building, and business management skills. He was also a history major and became a Registered Maine Forester.  He has worked for AMC since 2012.

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

Potluck and Presentation: PaddleQuest 1500 - An Expedition to Inspire Outdoor Desire

Date: Thursday, April 6, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm

PaddleQuest 1500, An Expedition to Inspire Outdoor Desire: Linking the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Maine Island Trail via Canada OR How I met the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Survived Violent Storms. Join us as John Connelly shares this journey with us. On June 25th, 2016, he became the first to both canoe the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and kayak the Maine Island Trail, but went a step further connecting them with the Saint John River and Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Canada; 1500-miles in 75-days. This solo expedition launched in the Adirondack Mountains on April 16th proved challenging, rewarding, eye-opening and was tracked in real-time by satellite and was followed by thousands online. Find out how he met the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and survived violent storms. Be inspired to seek out these water trails and experience portions of them for yourself. Connelly's 75-day trip took him through 2 countries, 4 states, 22 streams, 58 lakes and the North Atlantic. Check out his trip at The trip was inspired by Connelly's recognition of a growing body of evidence that confirms the physical and mental health benefits that come from communing with nature at a time when EPA reports suggest that Americans spend 93% of their lives indoors. Connelly has expressed his hope that his trip can inspire others to increase the time they spend outside, citing research that suggests the profound sense of personal stewardship for natural resources that such contact inspires. Presentation starts at 7pm. Optional potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Doors open at 5:30pm. Free and open to the public.

MeetingsActivity Categories: Meetings
Location: Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME
Region: Maine, Southern and Mid-Coast
Leader: Michelle Moody 207-406-5221 (before 9pm)
Co-Leader: Stan Moody
FMI: PaddleQuest 1500