Maine Woods Initiative

Policy Changes to Impact our Health and the Outdoors It’s clear the Trump Administration is rolling back protective environmental standards and rules to support the fossil fuel industry. The New York Times recently updated the tally to a total of 84 completed and in-process rollbacks, which include the Clean Power Plan, the Methane rules for…

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When it comes to AMC’s intent to purchase 26,740 additional acres of land in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness, Walter Graff, the organization’s executive vice president, doesn’t want anyone to miss the forest for the trees. Yes, purchasing the acreage at what AMC is calling Pleasant River Headwaters Forest will keep crucial Maine forestland intact and undeveloped….

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1. SUMMIT HIGH POINTS The 143rd Annual Summit, AMC’s meeting open to all members, welcomed a record 535 attendees on January 26. Some 40 workshops and hands-on tutorials included yoga, backcountry cooking, and learning about AMC’s recent conservation work. Summit also provides a chance to recognize volunteers who demonstrate outstanding passion and commitment to the…

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In as few as 25 years, a handful of islands in Chesapeake Bay may be underwater. According to one recent report, islanders there are already familiar with the ocean slowly overtaking their lands—expected to be the first United States territories rendered uninhabitable by climate change.  This image should haunt conservationists and flat-earthers alike. No wall…

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Fat bikes draw attention. Tricked out with bulbous tires measuring 3, 4, even 5 inches wide, they’re more dune buggy than mountain bike. And while those tires allow cyclists to roll over just about any terrain, they also elicit comments from bystanders. Which means I’m more than a little self-conscious as I adjust the seat…

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They could’ve joined the Peace Corps, launched a nonprofit, or run for office. Instead, they founded outdoor brands in which social and ecological stewardship permeates every product line and business decision, and where serious profits convert to social progress. Consider them next-generation enviropreneurs, taking up the charge led by their godfather, Yvon Chouinard. In mingling…

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1. No-Pay Stays In its third year, the Peter Roderick Trail Award Scholarship was given to six AMC members, all first-time trail-work volunteers on AMC’s Maine Woods property. Established in 2016 by the Maine Chapter in honor of a longtime executive committee member, the scholarships cover the cost of food and lodging on volunteer trail-work…

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The Swiss Miss Fire started on a hot August day in 2017. Deep in the 100-Mile Wilderness, 300 feet from the Appalachian Trail, someone had stopped to make cocoa on Columbus Mountain. “It was in one of those high, dry areas where you get deep layers of decayed leaf matter and moss,” explains Steve Tatko,…

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The very first Maine Mountain Guide, a svelte sky-blue volume, appeared in 1961 as a spinoff of AMC’s longstanding Katahdin Guide, itself an offshoot of the original White Mountain Guide. At a scant 190 pages, the book was hardly the definitive compendium we rely on today. Nonetheless, each of the Maine Mountain Guide hikes below…

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We caught up with Karin Bothwell, AMC’s first ever research fellow. AMC’s research fellowship program, supported by the Leadership Giving Initiative (LGI), provides a recently graduated MS or PhD student an opportunity to build their professional resume while augmenting AMC’s research capacity in a relevant area of expertise. In December 2017, Karin Bothwell joined AMC…

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