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Volunteer for Trails and Get a Free Lodge Stay

Are you a Young Member, or New to Trailwork, or Both?

Then you can volunteer for trails and get a free lodge stay! That’s right. The Peter Roderick Trail Work Award (PRTWA) will cover the cost of a multi-day volunteer trail work outing around one of AMC’s log lodges outside of Greenville, Maine. You’ll stay overnight, sleep in a bed, and eat chef-prepared meals in a log cabin lodge. In exchange, you’ll be part of a volunteer trail crew working outdoors in the Maine woods on projects such as building or improving foot trails and bog bridging, stacking firewood, gardening, and marking boundaries. A volunteer leader will provide appropriate instruction and oversight. See more information on the trips, how to apply, and the deadline.

These trips have been going on for many years, are very popular, and have a limited number of participants. One purpose of the new PRTWA scholarship is to open the trips to new and younger folks who can use the scholarship to attend for free.

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
  • 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.

Medawisla Update

by: Paul Hahn, Chair, Maine Chapter MWI Committee

By now all Maine Chapter members should know about Medawisla. Just in case, Medawisla was a sporting camp purchased by the AMC in 2006 as part of the Club’s Maine Wilderness Initiative (MWI). The camp is located north of Greenville and eight miles from Kokadjo on Second Roach Pond. (Delorme Atlas Maps #41 and 42) The camp, after years of use by AMC, but unable to be refurbished economically and too small, was torn down in 2012. New lodge and cabin facilities are now nearing completion.

Some of the cabins will have self-serve kitchens, allowing guests to do their own cooking if they wish to save money and have greater use flexibility. This past fall, the Maine Chapter Ex-Com made a donation of $7,500 to the Medawisla project. The money will be used to build dock and boating facilities on Second Roach Pond. Any leftover monies will be used to enhance the self-serve cabin kitchens. This is a commitment by you, Maine Chapter members, of which you can be proud. Medawisla now has a planned opening in Summer 2017. Your Maine Chapter Ex-Com encourages you to be among the first to use the beautiful new AMC lodge and cabins.

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.

2016 Annual Report

AMC Maine Chapter
2016 Annual Report

We have a lot to be proud of this year! 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 Appalachian Trail Conservancy web page for more hunting awareness information.

Candidates for Executive Committee

As part of the Annual Meeting, members will vote for officers and committee chairs who make up our Executive Committee. Here is the slate to be voted on. continue

Maine Chapter Seeks Award Nominations

The Maine Chapter is currently seeking nominations for its “Appie of the Year” award. The chosen recipient will be announced at the annual meeting on November 12. An Appie (or it can be two people) is recognized for her or his outstanding contributions to the growth, success and leadership of the Chapter and/or the Executive Committee specifically within the past year. The Appie of the Year receives a Maine Chapter Appie hiking stick with his/her name etched in it and a token gift. The Chapter also gives a “Lifetime Achievement” award when applicable. The criteria for this award are: The person should have contributed to the Chapter in multiple ways and/or served the Chapter in several capacities for a significant amount of time. Please e-mail Peter Roderick your nominations and reasons why this person is deserving!

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