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June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
On June 21 at 7 p.m., join Scott Andrews for a presentation and historical discussion about the diverse range of past and ongoing efforts to conserve the natural beauty that makes Maine a leading destination for outdoor adventures. Maine’s top tourist attraction is Acadia National Park. The top-most point in Maine is in Baxter State Park. Canoeing the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and kayaking the Maine Island Trail are among our state’s signature outdoor adventure experiences. Maine boasts the second-longest mileage on the Appalachian Trail, as well as its two most difficult segments. Maine boasts two opportunities for hut-to-hut backcountry travel by cross-country skiers.
These experiences take place on land that has been preserved for public recreational use by a complex combination of public and private initiatives. This live-narrated PowerPoint presentation is a one-hour visual romp that traces this fascinating story, from the futuristic aspirations of Henry David Thoreau in 1853 to today’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and myriad smaller initiatives. Highlights include the role of several of Maine’s numerous land trusts in preserving mountains, forests, lakes, rivers and coastline – plus promoting public access for multiple forms of recreation.
Andrews earned a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago, an M.B.A. from the Chicago Booth School of Business and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. A Registered Maine Guide and certified professional ski instructor, Andrews is also an award-winning writer who has covered outdoor recreation in New England for more than 30 years for local and national publications. Meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building.