Maine

  In 1987, I received a phone call from a books editor at the Appalachian Mountain Club. Would I be interested in writing a backcountry skiing guidebook for New England? I was a 27-year-old budding journalist, ski bum, political activist, and climber; I’d never written a book. The invitation seemed incredible: Somebody wanted to pay…

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  The need to get outside and break free from our homebound life is acute this winter. If you’re living in a snow-bound world or plan to drive to one, a pair of snowshoes can open up new doors of exercise, adventure, and escape. It’s a booming pastime—early numbers are showing a dramatic increase in…

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This story was originally published in the Summer/Fall 2020 issue of Appalachia Journal. Last night’s rain clinging to the trailside underbrush soaked our thighs as we pushed up the lower part of the trail up Doubletop Mountain, in Maine’s Baxter State Park. The day was clear and bright, and a warming midsummer sun promised to…

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November 12, 2020 (Augusta, ME) — Three conservation groups have asked a federal judge to halt Central Maine Power’s (CMP) premature plans to begin construction on its controversial transmission line. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), and Sierra Club Maine filed a motion for preliminary injunction to prevent work beginning…

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Many of the trail systems in New England and the mid-Atlantic are rich in history as well as beauty and versatility. From repurposed railroads to ancient foot paths used by Indigenous peoples, history-lovers and hikers alike will enjoy these 6 fascinating and beautiful walks sure to transport you to a bygone era.   MACKWORTH ISLAND…

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  As temperatures start to drop, hardwood forests across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic stand ablaze with color. Deep azure skies, cooler weather, and the changing leaves draw many biking enthusiasts outside, especially in 2020 as we navigate physical distancing regulations. Biking allows riders to easily maintain a six-foot berth and spend time outdoors in circulating…

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Maine organizations receive $1 million federal grant to protect over 13,000 acres of wildlife habitat 3 federally Endangered, 3 federally Threatened, 6 state Endangered, 4 state Threatened species to benefit. Portland, ME September 18, 2020—Four Maine conservation organizations will share a $1 million grant from the federal North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) to conserve…

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I’ve loved embarking on outdoor treks ever since I was 14 years old. What started with me sneaking onto El Toro Marine Base near Irvine, Calif., to run through its adjoining wildlands has evolved into hikes on Pikes Peak, the James Irvine Trail, and my favorite site: Katahdin. The first time I attempted the ascent…

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The following is an excerpt from the 3rd Edition of Quiet Water Maine: AMC’s Canoe and Kayak Guide. Trip 74: Second, Third, and Fourth Roach Ponds The scenic Roach ponds, now part of AMC’s Maine Woods land, no longer suffer from extensive clear-cutting. These remote ponds offer an outstanding opportunity to see wildlife. We’ve spotted…

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  From his backyard in Augusta, Maine, astronomer Jon Silverman can look into the night sky and see light emitted from stars hundreds, thousands, even millions of years ago. Anyone can. All it takes to see light coming from, say, the Andromeda Galaxy, our closest galactic neighbor at 2.5 million light-years away, is a simple pair…

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