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North Maine Woods: Managing recreation on a sizable chunk of Maine

Photo courtesy of North Maine WoodsThere is the north Maine woods:  the vast expanse of trees and mountains and ponds that makes up a significant portion of the Pine Tree State. Then there is North Maine Woods, the organization that manages recreation on 3.5 million acres of the state owned by a variety of landowners,…

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Winter: A Time to get to know your Forest Neighbors by their Tracks

There’s something about the winter woods — the profound silence, the sheer whiteness. Snow whispering through the branches of the firs or slanting sunlight. The, well, purity and profound timelessness of it. But that’s our human perception. Far from being a place caught out of time, the winter woods are a happening neighborhood. It may…

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Nature photography: A new way of seeing the woods

  By Joe RankinForests for Maine’s Future Writer Pam Wells has patience.When she’s in search of the perfect photo she can wait hours, in some disheartening conditions. She’s not Bobcat (All photos courtesy Pam Wells)shooting brides or weddings or newborn babies or products. She’s photographing the natural world. And she knows there are a lot…

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Community Forests: an old idea that’s new again

Fresh from the Woods Forest scene on Branch Lake land in Ellsworth. Photo courtesy of Jerry and Marcy Monkman, Ecophotography.org Community Forests: an old idea that’s new again January 2011 By Joe Rankin They provide timber, hiking trails, opportunities to learn, even maple syrup. They serve to protect watersheds and provide habitat for wildlife. They’re…

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Trails from the 21st Century

Fresh from the Woods Trails for the 21st century December 2010  By JOE RANKIN   It’s a beautiful day. Leaves are turning. The air smells of the dying days of summer. A swollen stream roars off to the right. The group is moving slowly, pulling brush off a newly cleared footpath. Snipping pesky branches, cutting saplings. Later…

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North Maine Woods

Fresh from the Woods A group of hikers nears the summit of White Cap Mountain in the KI Jo-Mary region. (Photo courtesy of North Maine Woods) North Maine Woods offers unequalled opportunities for backwoods recreation By Andrew Kekacs Few would argue that the 205,000-acre Baxter State Park is a national treasure, but there is another…