Free Food and Lodging for Doing Trail Work

The 2019 scholarships have been selected, please check back in early 2020 if you’re interested in applying.

Have you been thinking you’d like to do some volunteer trail work to repay or give back for the hours you’ve spent hiking trails? Want to have fun doing it? Like to stay overnight as part of it and eat chef-prepared meals in a log cabin lodge? Like to sleep where you can smell the pine-scented fresh air? The Maine Chapter has just the deal for you!

You are invited to apply for a scholarship that will cover all costs for food and overnight lodging during one of three trailwork opportunities in AMC’s MWI. 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 trailwork volunteers, up to four scholarships may be awarded for use during any of three volunteer trips during 2019.

The three volunteer trips during 2019 are May 24-27, July 8-11, and October 11-14.  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.

Click here for more information or to apply!

Maine Chapter Annual Report

The Maine Chapter Annual Report was distributed at the Chapter Annual Meeting. You can view a full color copy of the report here.

Some highlights of the Report:

  • This year, 27 Maine Chapter Leaders led more than 450 participants on 98 trips and provided 7 instructional/training sessions. This represents more than an estimated 1,000 hours in volunteer time under the leadership of Bill Brooke and the Outings Committee trip leaders.
  • The Maine Chapter contributed funds to assist with the remodeling of the bunkhouse at Little Lyford Lodge in Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness as well as $1,000 each to the Maine Woods Community Youth and Environment Project and Teen Wilderness Adventure Trips.
  • The Maine Chapter now reports over 6,500 active members as of September 2018, its highest count in 5 years.
  • The Chapter Executive Committee has 7 openings for chairs. If you think you’d like to tackle a chair position, please contact Paul Hahn, Nominating Committee Chair, for more information,
  • Besides 4 quality newsletters, the Maine Chapter Newsletter editor Carey Kish also produced the latest edition (11th) of the Maine Mountain Guide. This guide now contains 464 pages. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, featuring 175 new trails, 50 new mountains, and 13 additional in-text maps. And Carey is already collecting notes for the next revision.

Members of 2019 Chapter ExCom

The following people were elected to the 2019 Maine Chapter Executive Committee during the November 10, 2018 Chapter Annual meeting. Their terms officially begin on January 1, 2019.

  • Chapter Chair – Kathleen Redmond-Miller
  • Chapter Vice Chair – Cindy Caverly
  • Secretary – Jeanine Libby
  • Treasurer – Kristen Grant
  • Archives – Doug Chamberlin
  • At Large – Chris Franklin
  • Past Chapter Chair – Doug Chamberlin
  • Maine Woods Initiative Chair – Paul Hahn
  • Newsletter Chair – Carey Kish
  • Nominating Chair – Paul Hahn
  • Outings Co-Chair – Bill Brooke
  • Outings Co-Chair – Denise Fredette

The following Executive Committee positions are open:

  • At Large
  • Conservation Chair
  • E-Communications Chair
  • Meetings & Education Chair
  • Membership Chair
  • Trails Chair
  • Young Members Co-Chair

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Maine Chapter and are willing to consider any of these positions, please contact Paul Hahn, Maine Chapter’s Nominating Committee Chair, at

2018 Nominations for the Executive Committee

Listed below is the slate of nominations for ExCom to be voted on at the Annual Meeting.

Chapter Chair Kathleen Redmond – Miller
Chapter Vice Chair Cindy Caverly
Secretary Jeanine. Libby
Treasurer Kristen Grant
At Large Chris Flanklin
Past Chapter Chair Doug Chamberlain
Conservation Chair Pete Carney
Maine Woods Initiative Paul Hahn
Newsletter Editor Carey Kish
Nominating Chair Paul Hahn
Outings Co- Chairs Bill Brooke and Denise Fredette

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.


Contact MWI Committee Chair Paul Hahn at 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 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.


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.