100-Mile Wilderness

If you want to experience the true wildness of winter in the Northeast, strap on your skis and slip into the backcountry. Here are five choice picks to get you started, from the tranquil Maine Woods to New York’s highest peak. For more on these and many other winter adventures (50 in total), check out…

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KOKADJO, Maine—More than 50 local workers, including a dozen Maine contractors, have been employed in the construction of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC’s) new lodge and cabins on Second Roach Pond near Kokadjo. Medawisla Lodge and Cabins, one of three wilderness lodges operated by AMC and open to use by the public, is set to…

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What’s one thing an outdoor enthusiast likes even better than conservation land? New conservation land, when—by donation or purchase—more turf gets protected for the health of the environment and the enjoyment of future generations. A number of key habitats, from remote forests in Maine to an island in the Chesapeake Bay, were preserved by governments…

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Some hikes are rewarding in almost any condition, whether the ground is frozen solid or covered by deep snowpack. When we asked AMC Books authors for their favorite early-winter hikes, they volunteered a coastal walk, a summit climb, a lake loop, and everything in between. Frozen and frosty or snowy and slick, these recommended hikes…

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Did you know AMC forestland in Maine is helping to combat climate change? It’s doing so by naturally storing—or sequestering—atmospheric carbon, says David Publicover, AMC’s forest ecologist and assistant director of research. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Storing carbon in forests, which take up more carbon than they…

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From forestry to mining to farming, much of the Northeast and Mid- Atlantic has seen industrial use. But in many places, nature is once again taking hold, with forests colonizing formerly cultivated fields and overgrowing the remnants of mines. When hiking in these reclaimed settings, keep an eye out for stone walls, cellar holes, and…

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Our trail crews’ axes and hazel hoes have gotten such a workout lately, the team will need to schedule extra tool sharpenings as they work to complete several new multiuse trails on and near AMC’s conservation and recreation land in Maine, part of a regional trails effort in which AMC plays a lead role. AMC…

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UPDATE: On August 24, after this story went to press, President Barack Obama designated 87,500 acres as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., donated the land to the federal government along with a $20 million endowment to assist with operational needs and infrastructure development, and a commitment to raise an additional $20…

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Visitors to the new Medawisla Lodge & Cabins, rebuilt from the ground up and set to open in winter 2017, will find a new lodge, an expanded trail network, and views of lofty Katahdin—Maine’s highest peak and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail—from the camp’s perch on Second Roach Pond, near Kokadjo, Maine. In addition…

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When AMC launched the Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) in 2003, it was with the key goals of working with community partners to conserve thousands of acres of Maine woodlands and to provide new opportunities for nature-based recreation. To date, 70,000 acres of what was industrial forestland is now owned by AMC and managed for a…

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