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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.

2016 Annual Report

AMC Maine Chapter
2016 Annual Report

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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.

Candidates for Executive Committee

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

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.

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.

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