Maine Woods Initiative

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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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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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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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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2016 GREENVILLE, Maine—Experienced fly fishing anglers and beginners alike can enjoy guided fly fishing excursions and improve a variety of angling skills at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC’s) Maine Wilderness Lodges in the Moosehead/100-Mile Wilderness region this spring. Fly fishing workshops for beginners and guided fly fishing excursions to backcountry…

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Most of economic impact, job creation, benefits Piscataquis County FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2016 GREENVILLE, Maine- The Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC’s) spending on activities such as land conservation, sustainable forestry, construction, trails, programs, and salaries in the Moosehead/100-Mile Wilderness region has contributed nearly $16 million to the Piscataquis County economy and $22 million to…

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Think of it as the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for forests. That’s the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) certification for well-managed woodlands, and AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) lands recently attained that coveted distinction. That means wood harvested from MWI land can now carry the FSC label— a sign that AMC’s forest management practices conform…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2016 GREENVILLE, Maine—The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has awarded its coveted FSC certification to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC’s) forest management on its 70,000 acres of Maine woodlands in the 100-Mile Wilderness region. Certification verifies AMC’s conformance with 10 principles and 56 criteria addressing the ecological, economic, and social aspects…

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At a mere 2,061 feet, Third Mountain hardly commands attention as one of Maine’s lofty massifs. In fact, it ranks 352nd among the state’s notable peaks. And that’s just fine with me. What Third Mountain lacks in altitude, it more than makes up for in quietude. From Monument Cliff, an inviting granite perch on its…

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For more than a decade, visitors to AMC’s Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins have marveled at the stunning view of Baker Mountain from the shore of First Little Lyford Pond. At 3,521 feet, Baker Mountain is the second highest peak between the Bigelow Range and Katahdin. Home to the headwaters of the West Branch of…

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