Gorman Chairback opening date set

October 24, 2010

October 25, 2010

Please note: The full Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins online media kit is accessible at this link: www.outdoors.org/about/newsroom/gorman-chairback-opening.cfm

GREENVILLE, Maine—The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) today announced that January 27 is the opening date for its newest destination in the Maine Woods, Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins, located on the shore of Long Pond between Greenville and Brownville in the Moosehead Lake region. Gorman Chairback adds a fourth stop to AMC’s popular lodge-to-lodge ski route, and is a new destination for hiking, paddling, and angling. Reservations are now being taken for the 2011 season.

Off the grid and powered by solar energy, the new lodge is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-registered, with certification anticipated in 2011. Newly refurbished shoreline cabins include queen beds, wood stoves, and gas lamps.  Home-cooked meals are served in the main lodge, which features a library, dining room, and wood-fired sauna. Furnishings have been provided through a generous donation from L.L. Bean. 

Gorman Chairback is set within 66,000 acres of AMC conservation land, which includes an ecological reserve and land managed for sustainable forestry. Guests can ski, hike, and snowshoe on some 70 miles of AMC-managed trails, paddle on several backcountry ponds, fish for wild brook trout and land-locked salmon, or simply enjoy the quiet beauty of the region. Moose, loons, and eagles, and even lynx tracks, can be spotted on the property. AMC will be offering a variety of guided family, fly fishing, and outdoor skills programs at Gorman Chairback and its other Maine Wilderness Lodges, Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins, and Medawisla Lodge and Cabins.

This authentic Maine sporting camp was originally built as a private camp in 1867. It was later operated as a commercial sporting camp until 1990, when it became a private summer residence. AMC is pleased to be reopening this historic sporting camp for use by the public once again, and protecting public access to a spectacular natural area.  AMC is building on the Maine sporting camp tradition by adding an extensive trail network and offering a variety of public programs. Through its Moosehead Area Schools Program, AMC has also slated Gorman Chairback as a venue for outdoor learning for Piscataquis County schoolchildren.

The lodge and cabins are named in honor of longtime AMC supporters and outdoor enthusiasts Leon and Lisa Gorman. Building of the new lodge and cabin remodeling was funded through generous contributions to AMC’s Campaign for the Maine Woods.

Overnight reservations at Gorman Chairback can be made by calling (603) 466-2727, or visiting www.outdoors.org/mainelodges.

Opening of Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins is the latest accomplishment in AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative, an innovative approach to land conservation that combines outdoor recreation, resource protection, sustainable forestry, and community partnerships in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness region. The initiative supports local forest products jobs and recreation, creating new multi-day experiences for visitors and attracting new nature-based tourism to the region. More information on the Maine Woods Initiative can be found at www.outdoors.org/mwi.

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. With more than 100,000 members, advocates, and supporters in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC supports natural resource conservation while encouraging responsible recreation, based on the philosophy that successful, long-term conservation depends upon first-hand enjoyment of the natural environment.

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