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Recreation in the North Maine Woods

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The Maine north woods are intriguing year-round but never more beautiful than in the fall.

BANGOR, Maine – New ways to enjoy the north Maine woods will be the feature of a program at 6:30  p.m.  Wednesday, June 6, in the Lecture Hall at the Bangor Public Library.

Appalachian Mountain Club staff and members of the Maine Chapter Executive Committee are combining to present a slide-illustrated program to highlight ways that outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy AMC’s 66,000 acres in the 100-mile wilderness region outside of Greenville, Maine, about 90 minutes NW of Bangor. Bryan Wentzell, AMC Maine Policy Director, and Steve Tatko, AMC Land and Recreation Supervisor, will headline the program. Bryan works daily on conservation and land-use policies and regulations in Maine while Steve is responsible for day-to-day land management, timber, and conservation; creating recreational opportunities; and working with volunteers. Also speaking will be members of the Chapter’s Executive Committee including Peter Roderick, co-chair of the committee tasked with developing opportunities for AMC volunteers to experience the Maine woods, support outdoor recreation, encourage nature-based tourism, and promote sustainable forestry.

The program will address AMC’s long-range intentions in northern Maine, their goals in buying the land, and how they plan to manage and sustainably harvest it. They will explain AMC plans for conservation and land management in the 100-Mile Wilderness region, sustainable forestry, AMC-style logging, and how that differs from large-scale commercial logging.

The program will also include photos and descriptions of recreational opportunities available in the area including trails highlighting the area’s natural resources, Maine wilderness lodges, campsites, shelters, and lakes and ponds for activities in all seasons. Learn about AMC naturalist-guided activities at each location, focus activity weekends and educational weeks, and the visitor services available at AMC’s Greenville office.

In addition to the hiking, canoeing, skiing, and snowshoeing opportunities available currently, the program will also highlight AMC plans for future recreation opportunities on the Roach Ponds, on the KIW lands south of the Appalachian Trail, and on other adjacent lands. These additional plans include mountain biking, canoe camping, and special programs for youth and seniors. Arranging carpooling and shared transportation options that target first-time visitors to the area is also a goal of the MWI Committee.

The North Woods program begins at 6:30pm. FMI check the AMC website at www.amcmaine.org