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Friends accepting submissions for 2019 BSP Calendar[September 1, 2017]

The annual Baxter State Park calendar is a collaborative effort of Friends of Baxter State Park and Baxter State Park. The calendar is an important outreach tool for the Park, and a wonderful opportunity to support the Park with your photography. Every year, Park staff and Friends members donate all photos for the calendar. The calendar is published by Maine Scene, a family-owned business located in Union, Maine. Friends is now accepting submissions for the 2019 edition of the...

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Friends launches new Baxter Youth Conservation Corps[May 10, 2017]

After several years of planning, Friends is excited to launch our new Baxter Youth Conservation Corps (BYCC) in July 2017. The BYCC is a job training and service learning opportunity for youth from the Katahdin region of Maine. This program gives youth the opportunity to work with professional leaders on trail projects in Baxter State Park. The program will also incorporate a group hike, workshops with a variety of outdoor professionals, and other special learning opportunities....

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Application Deadline February 8 for Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program[December 29, 2016]

Friends of Baxter State Park invites current Maine high school sophomores and juniors to submit an application to participate in the 9th annual Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program. The program includes a nine-day wilderness experience in Baxter State Park, scheduled for early August. The application deadline for the program is February 8, 2017. This program offers ten high school sophomores and juniors the extraordinary opportunity to spend nine days immersed in the finest...

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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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