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2020 Annual Meeting is Canceled[March 17, 2020]

As our communities strive to flatten the curve and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is recommending no gatherings of more than 50 people, nationwide, for the next eight weeks. Governor Mills has issued similar guidance for Maine, with a recommendation to cancel all gatherings of more than 50 people, or more than 10 people if seniors are in attendance. We have decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting of Friends of Baxter State...

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Friends of Baxter State Park President Responds to Deceptive Ad Featuring Park Image[March 3, 2020]

Friends of Baxter State Park: Cherished park not part of power line debate. Ellen Baum, President of Friends of Baxter State Park, responds to the deceptive use of Baxter State Park imagery in an ad for Hydro-Quebec’s transmission line.  Published 03/03/2020 in Portland Press Herald BOWDOINHAM — Last Friday, I opened my morning paper to find a two-page color advertisement (Pages A4 and A5) from Hydro-Quebec in support of the Central Maine Power transmission...

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Baxter State Park Issues Response to Hydro-Quebec Ad[February 29, 2020]

In response to a two-page advertisement from Hydro-Quebec featuring Baxter State Park, which ran in Maine newspapers Friday, February 28, Baxter State Park Director Eben Sypitkowski issued a statement Saturday pointing out that it had “no affiliation with Hydro Quebec” and was not consulted in the making of the ad.  The Park's response reads:  Baxter State Park - On Friday, February 28, the Hydro-Quebec Maine Partnership placed a full-page,...

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Get Ready for the Warm Winter Weekend![December 28, 2019]

Our annual Warm Winter Weekend is one of our most popular trips for members. Please join us from March 19 – 22, 2020, at New England Outdoor Center. Outdoor winter activities abound at NEOC, including snowshoeing, cross country skiing for classic and skaters, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. Day trips to Baxter State Park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Penobscot River Trails, and the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area have taken place in the past. We all enjoy...

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Katahdin in the News on MPBN[December 28, 2019]

Listen to MPBN as they present a panel of experts discussing Katahdin’s historic role and cultural and economic importance, featuring Barry Dana, teacher, artist, former chief of Penobscot Nation, David Little, landscape artist, author, "Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, The Range, The Region," Jym St. Pierre, board secretary, Friends of Baxter State Park; Maine director, RESTORE: The North Woods; editor, Maine Environmental News and Howard Whitcomb,...

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Third Annual Sign Auction a Success[November 2, 2019]

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Baxter State Park history? Friends' annual sign auction, featuring retired Baxter State Park signs, is the perfect way to express your love for Baxter State Park and your favorite trail or location. This year’s auction raised almost ten thousand dollars and included 20 signs from favorite hikes like South Turner, Mount OJI, the Marston Trail, and Little Abol Falls. Several iconic fishing spots were represented, including Russell...

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Hiking Guide for Katahdin Region is Perfect for Young Adventurers[October 31, 2019]

"Ten Days in the North Woods: A Kid's Hiking Guide to the Katahdin Region," by Hope Rowan, is available in the Friend's store. It recently got very hig marks from outdoor writer, Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News. The story is told through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl named Hattie. It's a wonderful blend of fiction and real information about hiking and camping in this remarkable wilderness area, with room for the young hiker to...

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2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps[September 21, 2019]

In 2019, the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps expanded by an additional 50%, to six weeks in total.  We are so proud of the hardworking teens who were part of the 2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps! This was our third year of offering this summer employment and service learning program to high school students from the Katahdin Region. Our 20 youth participants earn $14/hour and up while working full-time on trail crews led by experienced adult leaders. In addition to trail...

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