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Presentation: The Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Join us on Thursday, March 2! In 1994, Sheila and Dean Bennett produced a small booklet for the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Maine Department of Conservation, that visitors to the waterway could take with them on their trips. The following is excerpted from that booklet: “”This remote and isolated river corridor is perhaps the most diverse of our northeastern waterways. . . . But perhaps more importantly, it is a place where you can still capture the essence of the great north woods and experience the feeling of an earlier, more primitive time…” Sheila and Dean Bennett invite you to a PowerPoint presentation of a 100-mile canoe trip through this place in the wild which is full of mystery, history, and beauty. They have been paddling this river since 1976 and have much to share. 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. For more information, please contact Michelle Moody.

Presentation: The Canada Lynx and Other Northern Wildlife- Can we Protect them from Global Warming?

Mark McCollough, Ph.D. is the lead biologist for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Northeast for the threatened Canada lynx. He is working with a team of wildlife biologist to develop recovery strategies for the Canada lynx and other endangered species in response to climate change. On Wednesday February 8 beginning at 6PM Mark will talk about how warming temperatures and changing snow conditions could present challenges to moose, pine marten, and northern songbirds that live in the North Maine Woods. By the way, you already know Mark McCollough. He is the artist who created Maine’s chickadee and loon license plates. Please contact Nancy Jacobson for more information.

Presentation: The A.T. in Maine- Beyond Trail Maintenance

Join us on Thursday February 2 at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick (23 Pleasant Street), for an examination of the behind-the-scenes work undertaken by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Maine A.T. Land Trust and the Maine A.T. Club along with AMC to protect the scenic integrity and hiker experience along the trail in Maine. Most people are aware of the seasonal trail maintenance work required to keep our trails functioning but there are longer-term threats from increased visitation, sprawl development & energy development that can change and degrade the A.T. experience for future generations. Come February 2nd to learn about these ‘behind the scenes’ efforts and to ask your questions about the Appalachian Trail in Maine and how you can get involved. 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. Contact Michelle Moody for more information.
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Banff Mountain Film Festival in Portland

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be returning for its 16th year to Portland on Sunday, February 12th and Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 7 pm at the State Theatre. There will be a different film menu shown each evening. Tickets are available now at EMS, Nomads, Salt Pump Climbing Co, and evoRock & Fitness. Tickets are also available thru the State Theatre at the Port City Music Hall box office online. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the theatre with no service charge; Mon–Fri 10am to 5pm. Tickets are $18 in advance (students $15 with school ID); buy in advance and save. Check out the 2016 Banff intro video!

AMC Annual Meeting

January is here, and Annual Summit 2017 on Saturday January 28th in Norwood, MA at the Four Points Sheraton is filling up fast! Register Now!

This year’s schedule is better than ever. Whether you’re a lifelong member or a newcomer curious about all AMC has to offer, we hope to welcome you there! Highlights include:

  • Trails, Ecology and Forestry, with AMC conservationist and Maine Woods land manager Steve Tatko at Blue Hills Reservation (outside)
  • Trouble in The Presidentials: What a Mountaineering Tragedy Teaches About Decision-Making & Managing Risk, with Primex CEO Ty Gagne
  • Yoga for the Outdoors
  • Adding GPS & Apps to Map & Compass, with Philip Werner of SectionHiker.com
  • CPR Certification
  • AMC in DC: Our Conservation Mission in the Halls of Congress
  • Trip Planning: On the Connecticut River; in Southern NY; and more
  • The Appalachian Trail Through the Eyes of Trail Architect Myron Avery, with AMC author Jeff Ryan
  • All About Axes and Griphoist & Highline (outside) with AMC trails staff
  • Browse all 25 workshops
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Presentation: Bangor EcoHomes: Balancing sustainability and affordability

On January 11th beginning at 6PM at the Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow Street), join Suzanne and David Kelly of Bangor for a talk titled, Bangor EcoHomes: Balancing sustainability and affordability. The mother and son team will discuss the evolution of Bangor EcoHomes, a ‘green pocket neighborhood’ of six nearly self sufficient single family homes. They’ll discuss the complex balance between affordability, sustainability and performance in the design/build process. Plenty of time will be left to answer questions you might have about your own projects. For more information, please contact Nancy Jacobson.

Protect the Places you Love – AMC’s Conservation Work & How to Engage!

If you love to hike, paddle, ski, camp or just love our Maine mountains, please join use on Thursday, January 5 starting at 6:00pm at the Curtis Memorial Library (23 Pleasant St., Brunswick). What happens in the State House and Congress affects YOU! Learn how development, pollution or land conservation can change your trails experience for the better or worse. Here in Maine, AMC works hard all year-round to support a variety of conservation and environmental policy issues both in Augusta and at the federal level in DC. We advocate on behalf of all of our members with recreation access as our primary lens. Issues we’ve worked on include: Land for Maine’s Future conservation funding, energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, wind siting rules, forest management and regulations, Maine’s mining rules, and the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund. Join AMC Policy Staff Bryan Wentzell & Kaitlyn Bernard and the ME Chapter Conservation Chair, Pete Carney for an update on Maine’s current environmental issues and a preview of the 2017-2018 Legislative session. We’ll have a rundown of the election results and what they mean for our policy agenda. We’ll also have opportunities for Maine members to stay in the loop and try their hand at policy advocacy. Doors open at 5:30, optional potluck dinner at 6pm, presentation starts at 7pm. For more information, please contact Michelle Moody.

Protect the Places you Love – AMC’s Conservation Work & How to Engage!

If you love to hike, paddle, ski, camp or just love our Maine mountains, please join use on Wednesday, December 7 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow Street). What happens in the State House and Congress affects YOU! Learn how development, pollution or land conservation can change your trails experience for the better or worse. Here in Maine, AMC works hard all year-round to support a variety of conservation and environmental policy issues both in Augusta and at the federal level in DC. We advocate on behalf of all of our members with recreation access as our primary lens. Issues we’ve worked on include: Land for Maine’s Future conservation funding, energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, wind siting rules, forest management and regulations, Maine’s mining rules, and the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund. Join AMC Policy Staff Bryan Wentzell & Kaitlyn Bernard and the ME Chapter Conservation Chair, Pete Carney for an update on Maine’s current environmental issues and a preview of the 2017-2018 Legislative session. We’ll have a rundown of the election results and what they mean for our policy agenda. We’ll also have opportunities for Maine members to stay in the loop and try their hand at policy advocacy. For more information, please contact Nancy Jacobson.

Presentation: Northern California’s White Trinity Alps

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Join us on Thursday December 1 as Bill Geller takes us on an 8 day photographic journey well off the beaten path. “With the exception of the first afternoon and the last day we picked our way over a challenging white granite landscape at 7000 – 8000 feet in the middle of a spectacular wilderness which seemed to extend to the horizon in every direction. Bill Geller lives in Farmington, Maine where he retired from UMF in 2010 after 33 years of service. Presentation is at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick and 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. For more information, please contact Michelle Moody.

Presentation: Clever Corvids- Ravens and Crows

Crows and Ravens are common Maine residents with uncommon smarts and interesting behaviors. On Wednesday November 9, come learn the differences between them and the habits that they share. From courtship to play, these corvids do amazing things. Come learn about them in a slide talk you’ll be raven about! Not to crow about her but Lynn Rachel Havsall is a biologist who taught at the University of Washington and has worked as a naturalist for 38 years. Her co-workers included an educational one-winged crow, named Corvus, who was the caws of much enjoyment. Presentation is at Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow Street) beginning at 6PM. For more information, please download a flyer or contact Nancy Jacobson for more information.

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