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Annual Meeting on April 7[April 5, 2018]

Please join us this Saturday, April 7 for a great spring tradition - the annual meeting of Friends of Baxter State Park. We'll have lots of hot coffee, good company, interesting speakers, and a delicious lunch at noon. All are welcome. The meeting is at the Viles Arboretum in Augusta, this Saturday, April 7. We'll gather for coffee and goodies at 8:30am, and the meeting starts at 9:00am. We'll have updates from the Park, as well as great photography, special announcements...

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Mountain model celebration on March 15[March 9, 2018]

Please join us on Thursday, March 15th to celebrate the completion of ten new terrain models for Baxter State Park. These new high-resolution, state-of-the-art 3D models were produced by the same company that makes terrain models for the National Geographic Explorers Hall and Smithsonian Institution. Friends of Baxter State Park coordinated and funded this project with the support of five generous donors, and donated the new models to Baxter State Park in December 2017. Now’s...

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Join us for Warm Winter Weekend 2018[December 21, 2017]

We invite you to join other Friends of Baxter State Park members for a weekend of fun at New England Outdoor Center this winter. On the weekend of March 15 - 17, we've rented three beautiful heated cabins with full kitchens. The accomodations also include groomed cross-country ski trails, an inviting lodge and restaurant, and wonderful views of Katahdin. To reserve space, call New England Outdoor Center at 1-800-634-7238, and tell them that you want to sign up for the Friends...

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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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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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