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Give the gift of Baxter State Park for the holidays[November 17, 2016]

We all have people on our holiday shopping lists who are difficult to buy for. This year, skip the socks and give the gift of Baxter State Park to a friend or loved one! We're having a special holiday sale on our four most popular gift items: maps, calendars, field guides, and gift memberships. It's easy to combine one or more of these items into the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiast on your list. Place your order now, or learn more about each item below. ...

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Plants of Baxter State Park Field Guide Released[August 16, 2016]

On August 23, the University of Maine Press will publish The Plants of Baxter State Park field guide in association with the Maine Natural History Observatory, Friends of Baxter State Park, and Baxter State Park. Four years in the making, this guide represents an incredible conservation tool for Baxter State Park, and a new way for visitors and staff to understand the Park’s biodiversity and wilderness landscapes. At 6 inches by 9 inches in size, the field guide will fit...

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Katahdin Goes to Trail Days[June 22, 2016]

Friends recently attended the Trail Days festival in Damascus, Virginia. To my knowledge, this was our first major outreach effort outside the state of Maine. This three-day event, which draws about 15,000 people, is a celebration of the Appalachian Trail and an annual reunion for the AT hiker community. I’ve been told that it’s the largest festival of its kind anywhere in the world. Our group at Trail Days included Board members Dick Klain and Jaime Renaud (aka Navigator),...

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New Permit System for AT Thru-hikers[June 1, 2016]

Baxter State Park recently announced a new permit system for Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hikers for summer 2016. Park staff have been raising concerns about increasing thru-hiker numbers and declining behavior for several years. Our cover story in the summer 2015 issue of Forever Wild provided some background on these issues. Here are the key details of the new permit system: All northbound, section, and flip-flop AT thru-hikers entering Baxter State Park in 2016 must obtain an...

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Friends hosts 2016 Annual Meeting[April 2, 2016]

On April 2, Friends held its Annual Meeting on a lovely spring day at Viles Arboretum in Augusta. This event is always a celebration of good work, an inspiration for work yet to be done, and a chance to gather with fellow members to share stories and enthusiasm about the Park. This year was no exception. After morning coffee and muffins, President Dick Klain brought the meeting to order with a brief synopsis of the year’s many accomplishments, membership growth, and financial...

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Friends launches outreach campaign to AT hikers[April 1, 2016]

For over 80 years, Katahdin has been the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail (AT). Reaching the summit of Maine’s greatest mountain has taken on a near-mythical significance for northbound thru-hikers. The vast majority of thru-hikers celebrate the end of their 2,185-mile journey responsibly, with a sense of reverence for a very special place. A small but growing number of thru-hikers are finishing the trail in a way that negatively impacts the Park's wilderness...

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Friends hosts hike for Great Maine Outdoor Weekend[February 19, 2016]

With members in every corner of Maine – and spread out across most of the United States and Canada – Friends has been making an effort to host more regional events near where our members live. On February 15, we hosted a snowshoe hike on Ragged Mountain in midcoast Maine as part of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.  Please stay tuned for more regional events in 2016! ...

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