Maine Woods Initiative

I’ve always understood AMC first as a pragmatic place—built for fun and adventure, but also deeply invested in plans, safety protocols, good maps, and the right gear. Look around you during one of our outdoor leadership, wilderness first aid, or avalanche safety training courses, and you’ll see very plainly the kinds of situations in which…

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AMC purchased its first parcel of land in Maine’s 100-mile Wilderness in 2003. Today, AMC owns nearly 75,000 acres of land in the Maine Woods, achieving landscape-scale conservation goals, creating a new outdoor recreation destination, partnering with local communities on economic development and environmental education, and inventing a new model for land ownership that is…

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1. EARTH DAY ONLINE AMC marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day virtually with an array of online opportunities to celebrate our planet. Throughout April, AMC staff and volunteers hosted weekly lunchtime learning webinars on a variety of conservation topics, and members were encouraged to share their stories from the first Earth Day in 1970, as…

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The woods of central Maine remain a popular destination for active adventurers. Here, with Baxter State Park and Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, looming over the surrounding communities, you’d expect that outdoor knowledge is part of everyone’s upbringing. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, especially in Piscataquis County where access to the…

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AMC’s Maine Woods holds a unique role in the preservation of night sky—nestled within a more secluded part of northern Maine, it’s in the heart of one of few remaining dark skies in the Eastern United States. “A dark sky is one where artificial light doesn’t interfere with the view of the natural starry environment. Very…

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AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative now encompasses nearly 75,000 acres of forest land in the 100-Mile Wilderness region. While timber harvesting on a portion of these lands provides the major source of revenue to defray the costs of land ownership, AMC has also invested in an additional source of income to support land conservation—forest carbon offset…

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When you think of forests you might not think of fish, yet native Eastern Brook Trout and endangered Atlantic Salmon are signature species of the North Maine woods. AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative has been working to protect and enhance brook trout and salmon habitat, one of the largest fisheries restoration projects in the nation reconnecting…

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Last month the Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued its draft order approving Central Maine Power’s proposed New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission project. The project, first proposed by Central Maine Power in September 2018, would build a 145-mile above-ground transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts, with 53 miles of the corridor would cross…

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Protecting the Maine Woods has been AMC’s focus in this century, but did you know the organization’s commitment to land conservation goes back to 1895? That’s when AMC purchased Snyder Brook in the northern region of the White Mountain National Forest, and 2020 marks the 125th anniversary. The 36-acre parcel follows its namesake, as the…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club today released a new report titled The Impact of Wind Power Development on High Value Scenic Resources in Maine. This study, conducted by AMC Senior Staff Scientist David Publicover and Assistant Staff Scientist Catherine Poppenwimer, examined the extent to which certain scenic resources (mountain summits and great ponds) have been and…

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