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Presentation: A Promising Method to Combat Climate Change

Come to the Bangor Public Library at 145 Harlow Street on Tuesday May 9th beginning at 6:00PM to hear a presentation on: “A Promising Method to Combat Climate Change with the Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Carbon Fee and Dividend has received accolades from both sides of the aisle in Congress, and from leading scientists and economists who tout it as the best method to combat climate change. Come learn about it from Peter Garrett, the Maine Chair of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Connie Potvin, chair of the Bangor Chapter, and Paul Potvin. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Nancy Jacobson for more information, download a flyer

Skills to Fight Back for Maine’s Environment Advocacy Training

A workshop will be held on Tuesday April 25th entitled “Skills to Fight Back for Maine’s Environment Advocacy Training.” This worksop will be in Hallowell from 6:30-8:30PM. AMC is working with The Wilderness Society, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Conservation Alliance, and the Maine Public Health Association to put on fun, skills based advocacy trainings across the state. You will learn about the current threats and our efforts to protect our public lands, defend the crucial Clean Air Act, and preserve the EPA’s budget. Then you will learn the skills to make a difference – how to lobby your legislators on issues that matter to you, how to make an impact with your unique story, and tools to communicate your message. There will be fun actions to take and plenty of networking with other Mainers who want to take a stand right now for Maine’s environment. We’ll even provide some snacks to keep you fueled for action! Event is FREE, but please RSVP.

If you cannot make this date, the same workshop will be held in Bangor on April 27th from 6-8PM. Event is FREE, but please RSVP.

Maine Outdoor Film Festival at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth

On Thursday, April 20 the Appalachian Mountain Club and Maine Audubon will host the Maine Outdoor Film Festival at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth. AMC and Maine Audubon members will receive a discount on tickets. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1287501761341230/

Presentation: The Maine Woods Initiative: The history, development and management objectives

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 Steve Tatko will reflect on the first decade of AMC’s ownership and what lies ahead during this evening presentation on Thursday April 6 beginning at 6PM at the Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow Street). Steve 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. Please contact Nancy Jacobson for more information.

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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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
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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.

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