AMC Leader Training Workshop

Date and Location: Saturday, August 25, at Maine Audubon, Falmouth, Maine
Join experienced Maine AMC Leaders and AMCs Leadership Trainers for a one day workshop to develop and practice leadership skills necessary to plan and lead safe and enjoyable chapter activities. This workshop is for new and prospective leaders with no prior AMC leader experience and for experienced leaders looking to improve their skills. The workshop format will be a combination of presentations, discussion, and interactive sessions on outdoor leadership including; leader decision making , group management strategies, accident scene management, trip planning, and others. Whether you are an experienced leader looking to make your trips run more smoothly, or are interested in becoming a leader, this workshop will give you the skills and confidence you need to lead a chapter activity. Participants successfully completing this workshop will meet AMCs requirement for chapter trip leader training. To register or for more information, please contact Bill Brooke.

Kayak Assisted and Self Rescue Workshop

Date and Location: Saturday, June 9, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Range Pond State Park, Poland, Maine
Sea Kayak assisted and self rescue training course taught by BCU trained sea kayakers (3* & 4*) at Range Pond in Poland ME. We will demonstrate safe boating set up for sea kayakers, demoing both assisted techniques (T-rescue, eskimo rescue) and self rescue techniques. Must have kayak, spray skirt, paddle, pfd, paddle float, cold water immersion gear. Instructors will work with all participants to improve and master rescue techniques. Bring lunch and plan on paddling Range ponds after training. To register or get more information, please contact Al Mandell.

Presentation: The Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake

Date and Location: Tuesday, June 5, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, at the Bangor Public Library
The creation of Flagstaff Lake wrote a sad chapter in our history. The three villages of Bigelow, Dead River and Flagstaff were inundated and their residents forced to relocate and scatter. Buildings, most of them purchased by CMP prior to the gates in the dam being closed, were either razed, sold, or moved by their owners. Some buildings were left to be flooded. Long Falls Dam was constructed in 1948 and 1949 and impounds an area of approximately 22,000 acres. Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing, lifelong Mainers have had a shared passion for the story. They will share the photos and storied from their book, Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake. For more information, please contact Nancy Jacobson.

Beginning Backpacking Workshop

Date and Location: Tuesday, May 8, at Gilsland Farm Maine Audubon, Falmouth, Maine
The introduction to backpacking workshop is for beginners and experienced hikers who would like to take the next step from day hiking to multi-day trips. The workshop will cover the basics needed for a safe and enjoyable three season backpacking trip. Topics include: conditioning for backpacking, planning a backpacking trip, dealing with emergencies, food & water considerations, selection of appropriate clothing and footwear, and gear for backpacking. Have your questions on backpacking answered , see backpacking gear, and a demonstration of how to load a backpack. Register for this workshop online or contact Bill Brooke for more information.

Presentation: Potluck and Presentation: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Date and Location: Thursday, April 19, 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm, at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick
Join us for an exciting presentation on Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. We will entice you to visit KWWMN with a video. In September of 2017, a team of four Maine-born photographers and filmmakers set off into Katahdin Woods & Waters to document the land in hopes of encouraging more public use. Their film, Monumental , documents a five day, 64-mile-long human powered circumnavigation of the park by canoe, bike, and foot. Learn about the many things to see and do in the monument from those who are involved in the activities going on up there. We’ll entice you with photos and details on how you can enjoy what the monument has to offer and how you can get involved in shaping this gem. We’ll also hear from the newly established Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, a membership organization working to raise funds and support for the Monument. They’ll share early accomplishments and plans moving forward, including how you can raise your voice during the management planning process for the Monument’s future. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm. Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Michelle Moody.

Presentation: Monitoring Maine’s Great Blue Herons Across State and International Borders

Date and Location: Thursday, April 5, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Bangor Public Library
In Spring 2016, five Great Blue Herons in Maine were outfitted with lightweight GPS tracking devices and released to allow researchers to follow their movements during nesting, migration, and wintering. Two of the herons migrated to Florida, one to the Bahamas, one to Cuba, and one flew all the way to Haiti! Hear about herons and the project from Danielle D’Auria, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and project leader for the Heron Observation Network of Maine (HERON), a citizen-science initiative that has involved hundreds of volunteers and school students over the past nine years. For more information, contact Nancy Jacobson.

Presentation: Atlantic Canada

Join us on Thursday March 15th from 6-9PM at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick! Our Closest Neighbor and its Exceptional Natural Beauty Priscilla Anson is a world traveler whose most recent journey took her through the four provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Boondocking most nights with no planned itinerary, Priscilla experienced through hiking and wanderlust-filled days the expansiveness, natural beauty, and cultural warmth of this unique region. Join us as she she shares photos, narrative, and anecdotes that will bring to life this beautiful region, with a focus on Newfoundland. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. Free and open to the public. Contact Michelle Moody for more information.

Free Food, Free Lodging in AMC’s Maine Woods!

Been thinking you’d like to do some volunteer trail work to repay or give back for the hours you’ve spent hiking trails? You are invited to apply for a scholarship that will cover all costs for food and overnight lodging during one of three trail work opportunities in AMC’s MWI.

The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2018.

The Peter Roderick Trail Work Award (PRTWA) will cover the cost of a multi-day volunteer trail work outing in AMC’s MWI area in Maine. With preference to first- or second-time trail work volunteers and to Young Member volunteers, up to four scholarships may be awarded for use during any of three volunteer trips during 2018.

These trips have been going on for many years, are very popular, and have a limited number of participants. The May and July trips take only 12 participants each while the October trip takes 24. Normally every participant pays a (discounted) rate to stay in the bunkhouse for three nights and eat three days of lodge-prepared meals. Despite having to pay to volunteer, the trips tend to fill up and get waitlisted, primarily because prior participants all want to return year after year.

We are using the new PRTWA scholarship to introduce new folks to trail work and have saved spaces for scholarship recipients. Each trip is led by one or more seasoned volunteer leaders, and new volunteers get instruction, practice, and oversight in current trail work methods. All tools are provided.

Trip details

The three volunteer trips during 2018 are May 25-28, July 9-12, and October 5-8. Each trip begins with 6pm dinner and an overnight at one of the three AMC lodges outside of Greenville, Maine, and ends after lunch on the final day. All charges for bunkhouse accommodations and all meals during that time are covered by the scholarship. Final details and carpooling information will be sent in advance.

Who may apply

Just like all Maine Chapter trail work volunteer opportunities, the PRTWA is open to any AMC member who has the desire to be part of a team as they build or improve foot trails, bridging, or bog bridging in the Maine woods under the supervision of a volunteer leader.

How to apply

Complete the PRTWA Scholarship Application. The application is designed to gain an understanding of the applicant such as prior experience with volunteering, with trail work, and with AMC. Applicants should identify their first, second, and third preference for trip dates. Complete the form online.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2018. Awardees will be notified by March 15.

Questions?

Contact MWI Committee Chair Paul Hahn at mwi@amcmaine.org for answers to specific questions.

Annual Summit Update from Maine Chapter

Here are some notes on four presentations made at the 2018 Annual Summit meeting. Lots of choices were available and I wish I had been able to see more. The information quality was excellent and all presentations were enjoyable! Fun for all!

Photo by Doug Chamberlin

Trouble in the Presidentials: What a Mountaineering Accident Can Teach Us About Decision Making and Managing Risk
Ty Gagne captured the attendee’s attention with a detailed account of the tragic death of Kate Matrosova in the Presidential Range in 2015. Based on his book, Where You’ll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova, Ty provided relevant observations of the trip. He put us all into Kate’s mindset as she planned and set out on her last hike, a solo winter day trip in nasty weather. Ty sprinkled his account of the trip with astute comments and lessons that connected me back to my own past questionable decisions. Very instructive as well as enjoyable! After his talk several audience members recommended the book highly – even for those of us who just heard the talk.

Backcountry Photography
Ryan Smith, Managing Editor of AMC Outdoors, held our interest while he described how he plans for and achieves the great photos seen in our magazine. He had stories to tell and some “during the making of” photos to share of his team journeying to high places to get just the right shot. In addition to the extensive planning for photo shoots I was surprised to learn he packs a compact snapshot camera everywhere he goes so he can grab those unexpected shots that are so much fun. Ryan highly recommended The Photographer’s Ephemeris and Sun Seeker app, a smart phone app that plots the sun and moon tracks across the sky. The is great for planning when you need to be at a certain spot for sunrise or sunset and exactly where the sun will be during those events. It will predict those positions for future dates so you can answer questions such as “When will I need to arrive to get this shot at sunrise next month when I can return to this spot?”

Adding Smart Phone Apps to your Hiking Tool Kit
Beth Zimmer shared several smart phone apps that she uses to enhance her hiking experiences. She setup her phone to display on the screen for us and walked us through using these apps. Chief among them was PeakFinder which can identify just about any peak you see in the distance. It will even superimpose the name of the location onto the scene your phone’s camera is seeing and it will work offline. Fascinating stuff! Also recommended is Maplets for access to over 12,000 maps that can be used offline. And if you want even more maps, look at CalTopo.com and the Avenza Maps app. Also mentioned was REI’s Hiking Project. All good stuff to check out!

Weather by the Seat of Your Pants
John Huth took us for a whirlwind tour of weather signs you should look for and how to interpret them. His enthusiasm and knowledge of meteorology was evident as he bounced between in depth descriptions of weather phenomena and practical tips to predict what’s coming. If anyone did not come away having learned something new they just were not paying attention!

Presentation: Appalachian Odyssey – A 28-year hike on America’s trail

Date & Location: Thursday, Feb 15, 6-9 pm, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick
When two new hiking companions went on a day hike of Katahdin in 1985, they had no idea they were starting a 28-year, 2,100-mile adventure. Author, speaker, photographer and avid hiker Jeff Ryan’s book it, Appalachian Odyssey, has delighted readers who enjoy reliving the adventure through a refreshing blend of history, photography and humor. Born and raised in Maine, Jeff grew up in a family that relished time outdoors and he has certainly carried on that tradition. He has hiked 9,000 miles in the U.S. and is still going strong. In the past year and a half he has traveled the U.S. in a 1985 VW camper, sharing the story of Appalachian Odyssey in hundreds of venues nationwide. His presentations combine terrific storytelling and 30 years’ worth of trail AT photos to create a memorable evening. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm. Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Michelle Moody.

Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course

March 13-16, 2018
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center
Falmouth, ME 04105
Instructor: Jessica Woodend
Registration Cost: $230 (Certification is an additional $150)

Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a training course for individuals in the field of Interpretation. It is designed for individuals who deliver interpretive programs or have contact with the public at interpretive sites. Here’s a link with more information.

Banff Mountain Film Festival Comes to Portland!

We are pleased to announce that the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be returning for its 18th year to Portland on Sunday, February 11th and Monday, February 12th, 2018 at 7 pm at the State Theatre. There will be a different film menu shown each evening.

Tickets are available now at Eastern Mountain Sports in Portland, Nomads in Portland, Salt Pump Climbing Co. in Scarborough. Tickets are also available thru the State Theatre in person or online.

View the awesome 2018 Banff Intro video, or check out the full film menu

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Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument Management Plan Hearings

The National Park Service (NPS) will host a public meeting in Millinocket on January 24 to discuss winter use within the monument. The meeting is designed to help the NPS better understand the diversity of opportunities and concerns related to winter activities and to help inform the development of a management plan for the newly created national monument.

The meeting will open with an overview of winter activities and planning efforts to date, including the themes which emerged during the listening sessions held in 2016. A breakout session to discuss potential future winter activities will follow. The hearing will be held at the Katahdin Region Higher Education Center
1 Dirigo Dr, East Millinocket, Maine.

If you cannot attend in person, you can share input via email. For more information on this or future meetings please email the superintendent. Please email Kaitlyn Bernard with any questions.

Presentation: Connecting rivers, people and fish – by bike

Date & Location: Thursday, Jan 18, 6-9 pm, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick
Join us for this unique presentation on fish passage and biking in Europe. Alicia Heyburn, of Brunswick, spent five weeks last summer on a solo bicycle tour from the source of the Rhine River in the Swiss Alps, to the outlet at the North Sea near Amsterdam. Traveling on an exceptional network of bike paths, she experienced the various characters of the river along its 1300 km course – wild, tamed, power-producing, awe-inspiring, industrial and bucolic; and met with people who are working to improve river conditions for migratory fish, such as salmon. In her presentation you will learn about Europe’s extensive international network of bike trails, free cultural exchange and accommodation services, the stages and benefits of re-wnaturalizing a river, and how to travel alone without being lonely or turn an interest into an expedition. 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. Free and open to the public. Contact Michelle Moody for more information.

Conservation

Presentation: Hiking in and around Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

Date & Location: Thursday, January 11, 6-7:30 pm, Bangor Public Library
Greg’s first visit to KW&W was more than fifteen years ago. He’s paddled the East Branch and the Seboies River. Since 2013, he’s mapped more than 500 hikes in Maine including numerous hikes in KW&W. He has also backpacked from one end of Baxter State Park to the other and has hiked more than 200 of the 215 miles of trails in the park. In his slideshow, he’ll be discussing hiking and paddling routes in and around Katahdin Woods and Waters. He’ll have suggestions for where to go for a family outing, where to get lost for a week, where to find wildlife, and where to see spectacular scenery. Greg’s passion for nature began when he was a young child and carried him through travels and adventures while he grew up. Twenty years ago Greg and his wife settled in Maine to continue this journey. They hike, camp, canoe, ski, and generally love their wild home. The author of five Falcon guides about hiking in Maine, Greg has also published more than fifty articles. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches writing at Husson University and Eastern Maine Community College. He’ll bring copies of his five hiking guides for sale and discuss his latest book projects. Greg lives in Glenburn with his family and too many pets. For more information, contact Nancy Jacobson.

Seeking New Trailwork Volunteers

You are invited to apply for a scholarship that will cover all costs for food and overnight lodging during one of three short-stay trailwork opportunities in AMC’s Maine Wilderness Initiative area (MWI). The Peter Roderick Trail Work Award (PRTWA), named to honor a longtime Maine Chapter trail volunteer, will cover the cost of a multi-day volunteer trail work outing in AMC’s 78,000 acre MWI area outside of Greenville, Maine. The goals of this program are to encourage first- or second-time trail volunteers into the woods, to expand our cadre of new trail volunteers, and to provide an on-site opportunity to learn trailwork skills.

With preference to first- or second-time trailwork volunteers and to Young Member volunteers, up to four PRTWA scholarships may be awarded for use during any of three volunteer trips during 2018. Yes, Virginia, you can volunteer for trails and get a free lodge stay! See more information on the trips, how to apply, and the deadline on the PRTWA page.

Post-Thanksgiving Hike – No Turkeys Observed

By Tony Barrett

After Thursday family feasts and shopping until dropping on Black Friday, AMC hikers took on a traverse of the Camden Hills. Many of the 20 hikers had walked the trails of the Camden Hills, but none not had done the 9-mile, one-way hike over the third highest mountain on the East Coast from Camden village to the Cellardoor winery in Lincolnville.

After spotting cars at the winery, the group carpooled to Camden village for the quick warmup on the Mt. Battie Trail. What a view of the town and harbor on this blustery and clear morning! But the ½-mile climb was just the beginning of the journey and what turned out to be a great late Fall hike. The clear blue skies, the trails cleared of storm debris, the residual hint of Fall colors in the trees, views of both lakes and ocean and the warming glass of wine at the Cellardoor tasting room gave us much to be thankful for.

Chris Stacey taking in the view of Camden harbor while resting on the steep scramble up Mt. Battie.

Tamara Antunes with Alicia Heyburn behind looking out from Ocean Lookout on the shoulder of Mt. Megunticook.

Lisa Miranda and Carolyn Wheeler (keeping her hat) on while looking out from the open ledges along the Scenic Trail near Maiden Cliff.

142nd Annual Summit!

AMC’s amazing members and volunteers make our mission a reality every day. Let us thank you at the 142nd Annual Summit! Register Today!

Whether you are a long-time volunteer or are interested in becoming more involved in 2018, Annual Summit will have something for you!

Registration includes:
– Dozens of interactive workshops led by AMC experts and outdoor pros
– Meetings open to all, to learn more about what AMC does and how
– Volunteer service awards
– New member orientation
– Delicious buffet lunch

Details:
– When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
– Where: Norwood, MA at Four Points by Sheraton
– Cost: Register before January 1, 2018 to take advantage of the $35 Early Bird Special. The regular rate of $45 applies starting on January 1.
– Lodging: Special group rate for those who stay Friday and/or Saturday night

For full details, visit outdoors.org/AnnualSummit

Backpacking the International AT through Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

By Stephen Brezinski

This past August, I had the pleasure of further exploring this new national monument, via the not so new International Appalachian Trail (IAT). The IAT begins at Mile 12 on the Katahdin Loop Road in the southern portion of KWWNM, just east of Katahdin Lake and Baxter State Park.

After the 3 ½-hour drive, our plans were to leave a car at the private Matagamon Wilderness Camps (MWC) at the north end of the hike. The camp owners arranged our hour-long ride back south to mile 12 of the Monument’s Loop Road for the beginning of the 30-mile trek. With all the driving, my hiking partner (trail name Respite) and I (Tommy’s Brother) got on the trail mid-afternoon for a leisurely 4-mile walk to Wassataquoik Lean-to.

Much of the trail system within the monument is on old logging roads, wide enough to often hike side by side. Though well marked, we needed to pay attention to the trail markings and maps, as it would be easy to turn down the wrong old tote road. In many places the wide old roads are grown in with thick shrubs. Trail markings consist of hundreds of blue and white metal IAT markers and blue surveyor’s tape tied onto tree limbs.

The first real challenge was fording the rocky Wassataquoik Stream, which is about 150 feet wide at the ford. The stream was knee deep and not too swift at this time; with a spring melt and runoff I expect it through the forest.

Day 2 was the most strenuous with climbs up and over Deasey Mtn. and Lunksoos Mtn. It was only eight miles to the next shelter but with the only significant elevation change of the entire walk. Good views are had east and west from these peaks. Cell phone service is generally bad in the monument so these peaks offered an opportunity to contact home. In this section of the trail, low shrubs and trees regularly blocked and masked the trail and the blue markers, which kept us on our toes checking map and compass and paying attention to our sense of direction. The lone day hikers we encountered in our four days told us that trail clearing and building was temporarily on hold while the National Park Service and International AT Club negotiated trail maintenance.

On Day 3 we had a 10-mile easy walk from Lunksoos Lean-to to Grand Pitch Lean-to, which is situated along the East Branch of the Penobscot River. Each of the lean-tos was similar to those on the AT, hold six persons, are relatively new and in good condition. There is also tenting space, picnic table, privy and fire ring.

Side trails along the East Branch of the Penobscot River lead to beautiful sights like Grand Pitch Falls, Haskell Rocks, Haskell Hut and Stair Falls. I love hiking in August in Maine; most all of the black flies and mosquitoes had passed on so there was little need for repellant and mosquito netting. The only night we slept under netting was at Grand Pitch Lean-to next to the river.

On Day 4, we hiked out to the car at MWC and enjoyed great meals, showers, and a campsite along the river.

Though we were in prime hiking time of the summer, we encountered only two other backpackers going the same direction and pace as us, and two day hikers on Lunksoos Mtn. The most recent entries in the lean-to logs were two weeks earlier. While we saw no moose or bear, I have never seen so much fresh moose and bear scat in any other area, so we know they were out there; I am sure they saw us. My hope is that in the future this new National Monument may take some of the excess tourist and hiking traffic from Baxter State Park and the ever-crowded AT.

This is a wonderful area and I hope to get back next summer. I understand that AMC is planning to arrange AMC hikes and backpacks to the KWWNM in the summer of 2018. Check the Maine IAT and the KWWNM websites for maps and trail info, and contact the staff at MWC for information on staying there and a ride to or from the trailhead.

AMC Maine Chapter – 2017 Annual Report

Summary by Doug Chamberlin, Chair, November 18, 2017

Our Outings Committee started the year with 40 qualified trip leaders and most met the requirements to lead one trip per year and maintain their wilderness first aid qualification. Overall our chapter provided 85 trips to date this year. Most were hiking trips but also included were backpacking, biking, paddling, skiing, and snowshoeing. To help everyone become more comfortable and safe outdoors, we sponsored training in Wilderness First Aid, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, beginner backpacking, beginner bike touring, self-assisted kayak rescue, beginner winter hiking, map and compass, and outdoor leadership training. Three of our members became certified as AMC Outdoor Leadership Training trainers. In addition, Bill Brooke led an effort to revise and update our Leader Handbook which is a major accomplishment. All of these activities speak well of our chapter leaders and indicate we have a healthy cadre of volunteer leaders.

In September, the Executive Committee held a retreat at the Medawisla Lodge and Cabins. Chapter volunteers had been busy all year helping the AMC staff and contractors build and outfit this facility so it could be ready for a grand opening in July. Volunteer efforts included painting, sanding and refinishing floors, hanging curtains, assembling furniture, clearing and marking trails, and marking land borders. Our chapter contributed funds to ensure a dock was built on Second Roach Pond to facilitate access to remote campsites. We also helped secure self-service kitchen facilities in the waterfront cabins to ensure a lower cost alternative to the full-service cabins was available.

While all this was going on, Tim Flight completely refurbished our chapter website to match the look and feel of the main AMC website. This update keeps the website fresh and current, emphasizing our connection and role in the overall AMC organization. While the website is our main communications tool, we also printed four issues of the Wilderness Matters newsletter, which has been put forth as an exemplary example of chapter newsletters. In addition, we maintain communications on Facebook, Meet-Up, and Instagram. Our membership, which now numbers 5,654 individuals, continues to grow with some 400 new members this year. We continued a full schedule of educational and entertaining meetings in both Brunswick and Bangor.

For the third year, Kittery Trading Post has generously directed funds from their Round Up conservation donation program to our chapter. To date we have received $7,081 from them and we are very grateful. The Executive Committee has consistently chosen to direct these funds to the youth outdoors programming efforts in the Maine Woods.

Finally, I want to acknowledge the success of the ATC 2017 Conference and Art Symposium which our chapter co-sponsored along with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Several of our volunteers served on the steering committee for this large event and even more volunteered as hike leaders, workshop presenters, and in myriad other roles. With over 900 conference attendees engaged for over a week, this was a major achievement.

Doug Chamberlin
Chapter Chair 2016-2017


2017 Report from AMC’s Northern Regional Director to the Maine Chapter

2017 was a notable year for the Appalachian Mountain Club as the headquarters and staff transitioned out of their cramped and woefully out-of-date Joy Street offices in Boston into a wonderfully historic building at 10 City Square in Charlestown with level floors, modern mechanical systems, and room for expansion. This is a great development as it assures that AMC is not held back by outdated infrastructure or building systems and can expend all of its energy working on more productive goals for the good of members and the general public. The new digs are right on the Freedom Trail, providing a great opportunity for AMC to promote its brand of recreation, education, and conservation to visiting members and to all Freedom Trail walkers.

My role as a member of the AMC Board of Directors is to contribute toward the best possible decisions to help the Club develop and operate programs and services to meet its mission and objectives. As a Regional Director with special responsibility for Maine and New Hampshire, I work to strengthen the connection between the Club and the Chapters, make sure that the Chapters’ viewpoints are understood in Board deliberations, and that the Club’s perspective gets heard at the Chapter level.

Working closely with the Maine Chapter this year has reinforced my appreciation of the wonderfully talented and generous people volunteering on the Executive Committee. The Chapter is well served by their knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, generosity of time, and willingness to volunteer.

This is Doug Chamberlin’s final year as Chapter Chair and I want to acknowledge his two years of leading the Chapter. From the first day, Doug was eager to step into the role and help generate enthusiasm and energy to move the Chapter forward. A thoughtful and caring leader, Doug kept his hand on the pulse of all facets of Chapter life, setting high but reachable goals, and encouraging Committee volunteers to do the same. As Doug prepares to move into a more advisory role as Past Chair, his efforts have well positioned the Chapter Executive Committee for another excellent year upcoming.

Now, as Kathleen Miller takes over the reins, I have no doubt she will confidently step up to the task, as she has been an integral part of the leadership team these last two years. I’m looking forward to working with Kathleen as she moves into this role and puts her own spin on Chapter leadership.

AMC is a vibrant, forward-thinking conservation, education, and recreation organization and its chapters are one of the reasons AMC is so healthy. If you have a hankering to be a closer part of the action in this chapter, I urge you to get in touch with Kathleen to explore how your interest areas, experience, and skills can contribute to AMC and Chapter goals and get you enthusiastic about volunteering. If you are up for some hard work and learning leading to joy and satisfaction in being a Maine Chapter volunteer, there are enough opportunities to share with others!

I’m so pleased to be part of the exciting work being done by AMC and the Maine Chapter. I look forward to meeting more Chapter members-on the trails, at volunteer trail work weekends, at workshops, in meetings-and to working with the Club and Chapter on exciting and new opportunities in the coming year.

John Mullens
AMC Northern Regional Director
rd@amcmaine.org
November 7, 2017


Maine Woods Initiative Committee 2017 Report

There were three primary areas of attention to MWI taken by the Committee in 2017.

  1. Launching the Peter Roderick Trail Work Award program: PRTWA
  2. Continuation of the trail work weekends in the Maine woods.
  3. Ensuring that Medawisla made its target opening in July.

PRTWA

Applications were accepted in the Spring for new volunteers whose costs would be covered. Four volunteers were accepted and worked during one of the three work weekends. The Committee plans to expand the program in 2018 as funds allow and has increased its 2018 budget to achieve this goal.

Trail Work

The work weekends: May, July (midweek) and October continue to draw a high level of interest and effort, and are led by three experienced leaders.
Little Lyford: 12 volunteers, Gorham Chairback: 10 volunteers, Medawisla: 22 volunteers
An extra activity was the Island Campsite on Long Pond: 6 volunteers.

Medawisla

The committee organized volunteers to work to open Medawisla on time with work in cabin preparation such as building of furniture, putting together self-serve kitchens, and treating walls. On June 24 members attended an Open House for the contractors, employees and spouses on completion of the project. To permit the July 1 opening, the Chapter received significant recognition for this effort.

The Committee, which now has 11 members, met this Spring with Walter Graff, Dan Rinard and Steve Tatko to discuss Medawisla and the Maine Woods. This type of meeting, as well as the Chair’s attendance at Club MWI meetings, continues and enhances the relationship between the Club and the Chapter. The Committee also decided to hold two face-to-face meetings a year, in Spring and Fall. The Fall meeting was held on November 9.

Other activities supported: Teen Wild Program which brings youth from Portland and Piscataquis County together for a wilderness trip. In 2017 it was held on the Allagash.

Of interest, though not a Committee activity, the Trail Adopter Coordinator and adoptees for Third Mountain Trail, Indian Pond Section of Third Mountain Trail and Indian Mountain Trail all involve Executive Committee and Chapter Members.

Paul Hahn
MWI Committee Chair


Outings Committee

Here is a summary of Outings activity for the year:

Leaders:
  • 40 Leaders (Jan 2017)
  • 2 Leader Candidates in Training
  • 15 Leaders led 0 trips (YTD)
  • 16 Leaders led 3 or more trips
  • 2 New Leaders added
  • 4 Leaders WFA expired & not renewed
  • 25 Leaders Led 85 trips & 6 workshops (YTD)
  • 28 Leaders projected for Jan 2018
  • 14 Leaders not meeting the new 1 trip per year requirement in 2017/ and or WFA expired
Leader Recognition:
  • Three trips per year award (dues reimbursed) – 16 Leaders
  • Five-year leader award (personalized jacket)- 3 leaders
  • All leaders (SOLO Patient Assessment Bandana)
Trips:

85 trips (YTD) anticipate a 5%-8% decrease in trips from last year

  • Backpacking – 7
  • Biking – 5
  • Hiking – 56
  • Paddling – 4
  • Skiing – 6
  • Snowshoeing – 6
Training & Workshops:
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid
  • Beginner Backpacking Workshop
  • Beginner Bike Touring Workshop
  • Self and Assisted Kayak Rescue
  • Map & Compass Workshop
  • Outdoor Leadership Training Beginner
  • Winter Hiking Workshop
AMC Outdoor Leadership Trainers:

Three Maine chapter members attended the AMC Train the Trainer for Leaders workshop in Oct. and are now certified as AMC Outdoor Leadership Training Trainers

  • Bill Brooke
  • Denise Fredette
  • Kathleen Redmond-Miller
Maine Chapter Outdoor Leadership Requirements and Guidelines

Revised and renamed the Maine Chapter Leader Handbook to reflect the current AMC Leader requirements. Updated the Maine Chapter Leader requirements. Added policies on leader participation and recognition. Defined activity specific leader requirements. Defined the process to becoming a Maine Chapter Leader. Incorporated the latest AMC information on trip planning, accident scene management, and incident response

Bill Brooke
Outings Committee Chair

AMC Maine and MeetUp

MeetUp is an online website that allows people with similar interests to meet each other and go on outings or get together to share their interests. It’s a great way to make some new friends and do some cool things together. You may not know this but AMC Maine has had a MeetUp group since September of 2015 and as of December 2017 we count 1,603 members in this group. Now you have another way to find out what kinds of things are happening with AMC Maine! MeetUp allows participants to post pictures or comments about trips so it is a great source of information for people. You can always check out the Local Activities on the AMC Maine website at https://www.amcmaine.org/calendar/ but if you are on MeetUp you can also see what AMC Maine is up to. For most activities, such as hikes or trips that require some physical exertion or might have limited space you will need to make sure you contact the outing leader to register for that event. Signing up for Meet up is easy! Just follow this link and provide some information about yourself and you’re in!

Toast the Outdoors with Maine Beer Company

Date: Thursday, December 14, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Raise a glass for the wild places you love! Throughout December, Maine Beer Company is placing its delicious beers on tap in pubs throughout AMC regions to support the mission of the AMC. It’s simple, when you drink one of their beers at an AMC event a portion of your tab gets donated to AMC. Join us at the Maine Beer Company flagship in Freeport on Thursday, December 14 from 6pm – 9pm. Each month, Maine Beer Company writes, “We selected Appalachian Mountain Club

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Presentation: Blazing Ahead- The Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail

Date & Location: Thursday, December 7, 6-7:30 pm, Bangor Public Library
Few know the full story behind the creation of Appalachian Trail. The proposal to create it could have died in the pages of a journal had it not been for the efforts of many people and two, in particular: Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery. While the two men shared a common goal, their vastly different personalities meant it was only a matter of time before these sometimes allies, sometimes adversaries had a falling out. Jeffrey Ryan’s book, Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail weaves history and biography to bring the story of the unlikely creation of the AT to life. Drawing upon never before published sources, Blazing Ahead delves deep into the historical realities MacKaye and Avery faced and how their personalities and views ultimately forced them apart. Join us as Jeff shares the story of the creation of the AT and how many of the challenges faced in the 20s and 30s still resonate today. Published by AMC Books, Blazing Ahead (and Jeff’s first book, Appalachian Odyssey), is available on Jeff’s website and will also be available at the presentation. For more information, contact Nancy Jacobson.

Presentation: Land Conservation in Maine

Date & Location: Thursday, Dec 7, 6-9 pm, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick
The AMC Maine Chapter Conservation Committee and the Meetings Committee invite you to join our guest speakers for an enlightening look at how land is conserved in Maine. Representing the local land trust level – Angela Twitchell from the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, the state wide (and beyond) large land preservation efforts – Bill Patterson from The Nature Conservancy, and what tools are out there for funding these types of efforts – Warren (Whit) Whitney from the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Learn about how these organizations go about their work, what you can do to help, how you can find out more about these conservation efforts including where to look for information and how you can stand up to ensure future funding programs. From water access to mountain views, we count on these preserved places to enjoy the great outdoors. We’ll be sure to throw in plenty of photos to entice you to visit some of these conserved lands and include some tips on finding that perfect spot you might want to discover. Potluck dinner will start at 6pm (please bring a dish to share, help us be green and bring your own cup, plates and silverware). Presentation at 7pm. Contact Michelle Moody for more information.

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.