Presentation: Mushing in Maine and Beyond

Date & Location: Tuesday, November 14, 6-7:30 pm, Bangor Public Library
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. For more information, contact Nancy Jacobson.

Presentation: Making the Case

Date & Location: Thursday, Nov 16, 6-9 pm, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick
Come here about New & “Novel” Ways to Elevate and Empower Conservation at the Curtis Memorial Library (23 Pleasant Street) in Brunswick. 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. Contact Michelle Moody for more information.

Nominations for the 2017 Annual Meeting

Chair: Kathleen Redmond-Miller
Secretary: Jeanine Libby
Treasurer: Cindy Caverly
At Large: Dave McCarthy
Conservation: Pete Carney
E-communications: Tim Flight
Meetings & Education Chair: Nancy Jacobson
Membership & PR: Kristen Grant
Maine Woods Initiative: Paul Hahn
Newsletter Editor: Carey Kish
Nominating Chair: Paul Hahn
Outings Chair: Bill Brooke
Past Chair: Doug Chamberlin
Trails: Jeff Pengel
Young Members Co-Chair: Sarah Keats
Young Members Co-Chair: Nick Montecalvo

Presentation: Backpacking in Yellowstone National Park

Date & Location: Thursday, Oct 26, 6-9 pm, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick
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. Contact Michelle Moody for more information.

Presentation: 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 on Tuesday, October 24 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Bangor Public Library 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 Guide.

Proposed By-Law Changes

The Maine Chapter is required to review the chapter By-Laws to ensure they are current. The Executive Committee has reviewed the Chapter By-Laws and is proposing an update. Here is a summary of the changes:

  • Various changes to clean up grammar and notation.
  • Changes to relax the constraints on when the annual meeting must be held.
  • Change terms of office to be on a calendar year basis.
  • Change the possible number of consecutive terms for Chair and Vice-Chair from two to three.
  • Changes to standardize the length of time notice must be given to the membership for various events to 30 days.
  • Change in quorum for Executive Committee from five persons to 50% of current membership of Executive Committee.
  • Eliminated electronic voting but simplified remote meeting participation.
  • Increased to 10 the number of members required to make nominations for elected positions.
  • Removed the need for an audited financial report each year. (The AMC still requires a financial report from the chapter.)
  • Require the spending of money to conform to the AMC financial policy.
  • Added a prohibition against discrimination.

The Chapter membership will vote on the proposed By-Laws at the annual meeting November 18, 2017. You can preview the complete By-Laws document.

Presentation: Tamed- A City Girl Walks From Mexico To Canada On The Pacific Crest Trail

In 2010 Anne O’Regan left her home in Boston and traveled west to do what, on average, only 300 people accomplish each year. Starting in Campo, California (on the Mexican border), she backpacked north for 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Traveling through California, Oregon and Washington, she completed her thru-hike five months later in Manning Park, Canada. Join us for this evening presentation on Thursday October 5th at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick (23 Pleasant Street) as Anne shares tales from the trail, and offers a unique visual presentation gleaned from over 3,000 photographs taken along the way. Anne is the author of Tamed. Her book is available on her website and will also be available at the presentation.

Presentation: Tamed- A City Girl Walks From Mexico To Canada On The Pacific Crest Trail

In 2010 Anne O’Regan left her home in Boston and traveled west to do what, on average, only 300 people accomplish each year. Starting in Campo, California (on the Mexican border), she backpacked north for 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Traveling through California, Oregon and Washington, she completed her thru-hike five months later in Manning Park, Canada. Join us for this evening presentation on Thursday September 14th at the Bangor Public Library as Anne shares tales from the trail, and offers a unique visual presentation gleaned from over 3,000 photographs taken along the way. Anne is the author of Tamed. Her book is available on her website and will also be available at the presentation.

Hiking Skills Series

AMC’s Leadership Training Department is excited to launch two train the trainer (T3) opportunities for active and aspiring chapter leaders and facilitators during the fall of 2017.

(1) The T3 Hiking Track is designed for active or aspiring leaders interested in organizing and facilitating close to home, and instructional hiking skills program series across AMC’s region. This workshop will be held at The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center in New York September 16th-17th.

(2) The T3 Leadership Track is designed for active or aspiring Chapter Leadership Training Facilitators interested in bolstering their event organization and facilitation skills using AMC’s new Leadership Track curriculum package. This workshop will be held at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, Massachusetts October 21st-22nd.

Please send an email for more information.

Presentation: Clean Energy Transition

Have you ever wondered how you can transition into a clean energy future? Join ReVision Energy and AMC’s members and supporters on Thursday August 24th in Portland from 5:00-7:30PM to learn how individuals, businesses, and nonprofits can help transition to a clean energy future! Over the past 10 years, solar technology has dropped in price by more than 75% making today, more than ever, a great time to invest. Come learn what makes your home a good site for solar power, how much these systems cost, and what you can expect for a return on investment. This event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are appreciated.

 

Presentation: Tick Science and Safety

Don’t let worries about ticks keep you and your family inside! On Thursday August 10, Maine Audubon is sponsoring an educational evening program focused on understanding and preventing tickborne diseases. We will begin with a panel discussion and question and answer session featuring Ben Stone from the Vector-borne Disease Lab at Maine Medical Research Center Institute and Emer Smith of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to the panel discussion we will have some hands on activities to further tick education and prevention.

Presented by Maine Audubon and the Forest Playgroup, “Adventure Parenting” workshops provide parents and caregivers with practical knowledge, effective tools, and simple strategies they can use to confidently and regularly explore the natural world with their kids. Your participation in these workshops supports the fundraising efforts of Forest Playgroup as they become a 501c3 organization in the state of Maine and continue to host weekly free adventures around the state.

Presentation: Clean Energy Transition

Have you ever wondered how you can transition into a clean energy future? Join ReVision Energy and AMC’s members and supporters on Thursday August 24th in Portland from 5:00-7:30PM to learn how individuals, businesses, and nonprofits can help transition to a clean energy future! Over the past 10 years, solar technology has dropped in price by more than 75% making today, more than ever, a great time to invest. Come learn what makes your home a good site for solar power, how much these systems cost, and what you can expect for a return on investment. This event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are appreciated.

 

Presentation: Maine Hikes and Tales with Aislinn

Join us on Thursday, June 8th, beginning at 6pm at the Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow St, Bangor, ME 04401). Aislinn Sarnacki is an outdoor reporter for the Bangor Daily News and author of the new guidebook “Family Friendly Hikes in Maine,” just released by Down East Books. For the BDN, Aislinn writes a weekly column (and blog with videos) about Maine trails, as well as stories about wildlife, conservation and low-impact outdoor recreation. She will talk about some of her favorite trails from her new book and also plans to tell some entertaining stories about observing wildlife, hiking solo and endeavoring to Leave No Trace. Her presentation will include photos and video clips, a Q&A session, and book signing. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please download a flyer or contact Nancy Jacobson.

Follow Dan, Danny, and Daisy on the A.T. this Summer!

These two Mainers, and their dog Daisy, are hiking the Appalachian Trail this summer from Georgia to Maine! They are already more than a month into their adventure, and have encountered sun, rain, snow, and more. MPBN is tracking their journey as part of their “Here to There and Back” project. Follow along there, and we’ll try to keep you updated here as well. Happy trails “Triple-D”!

Birding Festival in Freeport

May 27-29 is all about birds in Freeport! There will be guest speakers, outings, and demonstrations. A great family activity, or for adult “kids” too who want to learn more about those avian feathered friends. FMI.

Presentation: Pacific Crest Trail Multi-Media Presentation

Did you know that a Mainer, Marcus Moschetto, was one of the pioneers that actually mapped the PCT? Marcus is 94 years old and lived his adult life in Portland, Maine. On Thursday May 25th at 4PM, Barney Mann will be giving a multi-media presentation at Oxbow Blending and Bottling (49 Washington Ave) in Portland, including a segment on Marcus Moschetto. Barney is the renowned author of “The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail”. Proceeds will benefit the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

 

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: PaddleQuest 1500 – An Expedition to Inspire Outdoor Desire

Join us on Thursday April 6 for an evening presentation in Brunswick 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 on this solo expedition! Find out how he met the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and survived violent storms. Presentation starts at 7pm at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick (23 Pleasant Street). 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.For more information, download a flyer or please contact Michelle Moody for more information.

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.

Presentation: Utah- A magical landscape: Canyons, sandstone sculptures, red rock and so much more..

AMC members Michelle and Stan Moody spent 5 months traveling from Maine to the Rockies with many stops along the way. However, one of the highlights of their journey was spending over a month exploring Utah. This not only included the very well known and popular Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks but lesser know spots like Nine Mile Canyon, the San Rafael Swell, Little Wild Horse and Bell Canyons, Goblin State Park, Wire Pass and Bucksin Gulch, Grand Escalante National Monument including Spooky Canyon, and Natural Bridges National Monument- to name a few of the other wonderful places in Utah. Come join them on Tuesday March 7 at the Bangor Public Library (154 Harlow Street) beginning at 6PM for a photo review of some of these highlights including petroglyphs and pictographs from ancient native peoples. Journey with them through a canyon so narrow they had to walk sideways and not take a deep breath to avoid getting stuck. 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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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
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Presentation: 50 of the Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

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Adventurer and writer Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been exploring Maine’s coastal and mountain hiking trails for more than four decades. His new guide, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, is designed to take readers on a grand journey of discovery along Maine’s coastline and coastal interior, from York County and Casco Bay to the Midcoast, Acadia National Park and Downeast. Please join Carey on Tuesday November 1 at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick for an informative and entertaining look at 50 of the best hiking trails from Kittery to Eastport. Signed copies of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast will be available for purchase ($19), as will the AMC Maine Mountain Guide ($24). 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: Climate Change, the Story Behind the News

On Thursday, October 13, Glen Koehler will present on global climate change. The main focus is to provide context for understanding the larger story behind the news stories about climate change by covering key concepts that explain why and how the climate is changing. The presentation briefly addresses some common myths, how human-driven climate change is different from natural climate variation, and why such rapid change matters to ecosystems, agriculture, and human prosperity. It concludes with some thoughts on meeting the challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities that are upon us. Glen came to this topic through his work on Integrated Pest Management in fruit orchards New England over 28 years and seeing the critical impact of weather on orchard management decisions. Presentation is at Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow Street) beginning at 6PM. For more information, please contact Nancy Jacobson or download a flyer.

Conservation Meetup for all Outdoor Adventure Lovers at Allagash Brewing

Please join us on the evening of Thursday October 6 at Allagash Brewing Company in Portland! To further its conservation mission AMC is inviting hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, cyclists, paddlers, skiers, and surfers, and anyone involved in similar adventures to come together to meet and discuss conservation issues related to our outdoor-adventure sports. This gathering is intended to be a loose affiliation of like-minded people who want to put their collective heads together to work on conservation of and access to areas with outdoor recreation opportunities. And yes, there will be beer tasting and snacks available from Allagash Brewing! For more information, please download a flyer.
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Presentation: Exploring Maine by Foot

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For the past five years, Rebecca Goldfine, of West Bath, has been building an online guide to Maine’s trails. She decided early on that because the Internet is so open and easy to use, she would use the web as her publishing platform. Starting in the Midcoast region and gradually working her way farther afield, Rebecca has been hunting down public trails to hike and photograph. Along the way, she has discovered some incredibly beautiful places, and is excited to share information about them. She has also developed a greater appreciation for the many conservation organizations around the state that help keep Maine relatively undeveloped. Please join us on Wednesday October 5 for an evening talking about local trails, Maine, its conserved lands, mapmaking, and the wonderful way the Internet is making it possible for people to better know the natural areas around them. Presentation starts at 7pm at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. 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, download a flyer or contact Michelle Moody.

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!

Presentation: Paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Looking for an evening adventure into the North Woods? Join us on Thursday, September 15th to hear the first female through paddler of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail as she reflects on 10 years of paddling along its waterways. Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth will share a short, home-grown film about her 2006 trip as well as photos and stories of times along the trail since that epic paddle. Come and learn more about this amazing paddling resource, 347 miles of which cross some of the most spectacular waters of Maine. Location is the Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow Street) beginning at 6PM. Event is free and open to the public. Download a flyer.

Flags on the NH 48

“Flags on the 48” is an annual event and will be held this year on Saturday September 13th. The goal- to raise an American flag on each of New Hampshires forty-eight 4,000-footers from noon to 2PM. These efforts are to honor those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. For more information on this year’s event or to register, visit the Flags on the 48 website.

Presentation: Paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Looking for an evening adventure into the North Woods? Join us on Thursday, September 15th to hear the first female through paddler of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail as she reflects on 10 years of paddling along its waterways. Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth will share a short, home-grown film about her 2006 trip as well as photos and stories of times along the trail since that epic paddle. Come and learn more about this amazing paddling resource, 347 miles of which cross some of the most spectacular waters of Maine. Location is the Bangor Public Library (145 Harlow Street) beginning at 6PM. Event is free and open to the public. Download a flyer.

Maine Chapter Newsletter “Wilderness Matters”

Did you know you can see the current issue of our Maine Chapter newsletter on the newsletter page of our website? In the unfortunate event that you misplaced yours, it’s always here for your reference. Back issues are there as well. Secondly, did you know you can opt to receive the Maine Chapter newsletter Wilderness Matters electronically? You can forgo a paper copy entirely and only receive an electronic copy sent to your e-mail inbox for each issue. This preference is set through AMC’s Member Center. Electronic distribution saves the chapter valuable funds that we can repurpose for workshops, outings, and other chapter activities. Thirdly, anyone can contribute to the newsletter. Just email our newsletter editor Carey with any content based on the schedule.

Seek the Peak!

Do you want to go hiking AND support a cause at the same time? July 15-16 is the 16th annual “Seek the Peak” hike to support the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory. There is thousands of dollars in prizes, hiker goodies bags, live music, and awards bash as well as a dinner feast. So, grab your hiking boots and a couple of friends and help raise even more funds in 2016. To register visit the website SeekthePeak.org!

National Trails Day, Saturday June 4

Have you ever thought about the “freeway” of trails we all hike on, but you want to pay your “toll”? National Trails Day is a way to do that!. The event occurs this year on Saturday, June 4th and there are several ways you can get involved! The Maine Chapter is co-sponsoring an event with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Volunteers with be shuttled via 19-foot skiff to Babson Island and Bear Island in the Eggemogon Reach. Work will consist of expanding and clearing the hiking corridors on these two well protected, easily accessed, heavily used and wild feeling islands. Or, donate some of your own time to clean-up a favorite trail in your neck of the woods. And as they say, “Trails Day is EVERY day!” There’s a job for everyone! Contact Jeff Pengel for more information.