Maine Woods Initiative

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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Dear Mr. Mann— I have in my head a scheme for an attempt at preserving some of the finest bits of Nature near Boston. I want, if possible, to interest you… Charles Eliot, a young Boston landscape architect, wrote those words to Appalachian Mountain Club President George C. Mann on March 5, 1890. Eliot, AMC’s…

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AMC Assistant Director of Research Dave Publicover says American marten don’t like young forests. Large, contiguous tracts of what he calls “relatively mature forest with good structure and deadwood” are favored by marten as preferred hunting and denning habitat. Conversely, “lynx need young, dense spruce-fir” forests, which provide habitat for the snowshoe hares on which…

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I’m wary of big dogs, especially those that look like wolves. So when Stephen Madera asks me to help Teddy, a 50-pound Siberian husky, get down from the kennel on the back of his truck, I’m nervous. “He might like to use your shoulder,” Madera says. I hook a hand under Teddy’s collar and he…

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Dawna Blackstone was born and raised in the Greenville area of Maine, where her dad was a game warden, and she’s never wandered too far from its woods and waters. As a school health coordinator and part-time health teacher in Greenville, she has helped her students learn about the natural beauty around them, bringing groups…

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