Resources for businesses during the COVID-19 crisis in Maine

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, Katahdin Chamber of Commerce has been working with colleagues at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce to ensure that Maine businesses, employees, families, and communities are taken care of. For continuous updates of available resources during this rapidly changing situation, please see the link below.

A message from the Katahdin Chamber of Commerce

As updates continue in regards to COVID-19, we at the Katahdin Chamber of Commerce are monitoring and taking notice. We understand the public concern will cause people to act cautiously when patronizing local businesses, keeping travel plans, and attending public gatherings. Following the recommendations of the CDC and practicing good, personal hygiene are vital to keeping this spreading health risk at bay.

During this time, our Visitors Information Center will be closed as travel is not recommended to deter the spread of COVID-19. Our Director, Peter Jamieson, will be working from his home office. Communication will remain open and constant via phone, email, and social networking. He will also remain available to meet one on one or in small groups as needed. Our business and community members are encouraged to call at any time with questions, needs, or concerns.

The Katahdin Chamber of Commerce will be reevaluating this plan as new information arises and will adapt as necessary. We wish you the best. Stay safe. We’ll get to the other side of this together.

Katahdin Chamber of Commerce
1029 Central St.
Millinocket, ME. 04462
(207) 723-4443


Untold Secret–Maine’s Public Lands

Maine Public Lands

Some of Maine’s most outstanding natural features and secluded locations are found on Maine’s Public Lands. The more than half million acres are managed for a variety of resource values including recreation, wildlife, and timber.

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands new 21-minute short film, Untold Secret, explores the unbelievably beautiful Maine Public Lands. These are magical places in Maine—and they belong to all of us.

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Unveils Untold Secret
The film documents the over 600K acres of Maine Public Lands

AUGUSTA, Maine- The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) announced the launch of Untold Secret, a short film showcasing Maine Public Lands. The Untold Secret includes a full-length (21-minute) version and nine, one to three-minute segments, created to introduce viewers to over 600K acres of Maine Public Lands. The film features commentary from BPL leaders and state of the art cinematography, including breathtaking drone footage. The result is an incredibly detailed and birds-eye view of some of the most spectacular Maine Public Lands.

“Maine people are the owners and stewards of more than half a million acres of public lands, and, from hunting to fishing to hiking, these places have been and will be enjoyed by countless generations,” said Governor Janet Mills. “Experiencing and preserving the outdoors is an integral part of our heritage, it is who we are as a people, and it is a cornerstone of our state’s economy. Untold Secret builds on that legacy and encourages more people, visitors and Mainers alike, to explore our state’s public lands and to witness firsthand the unrivaled beauty of Maine.”

Untold Secret is a gorgeous introduction to Maine Public Lands, and this special project was led by the respected experts in the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands,” said Andy Cutko, Bureau Director. “We want everyone to know that these lands are a magnificent resource for the people of Maine. We are thankful to the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund for its support of this video, and we’re thankful to the Land for Maine’s Future Program for conserving many of Maine’s most iconic places. We’re proud to showcase the work we do, and we hope these videos will get more people outside and exploring these treasured places.”

Aspects of the Maine Public Lands shared through Untold Secret range from wildlife habitat and timber management, to outdoor recreation, ecological sensitivity, and unfettered public access. Untold Secret was paid for by a Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund grant and produced by 360 Media Ventures, a Portland, Maine, based content marketing company specializing in action and adventure videos. Recently retired BPL forester Vern Labbe spearheaded the project, with assistance from BPL staffers Doug Reed and Rex Turner.

Watch Untold Secret now on The full-length film and segments are available for free use by conservationists, producers, school systems, economic development offices, libraries, and anyone else wishing to share and educate others about this natural and cultural resource.

BPL provides environmental and economic benefits for the people of Maine by protecting and managing its most valued natural and cultural resources and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. With over 1.5 million acres in its care, including 48 state parks and historic sites, the Maine Public Lands, and conservation easements, BPL protects thousands of miles of hiking- and multi-use trails, ocean and lake beaches, swimming, camping and picnic sites and shelters, health and nature appreciation and outdoor recreation events and programs. For more information visit

In the Katahdin Region, along with Baxter State Park and the Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument, we have the Sebeois Public Lands and the Guide, and the Nahmakanta Public Lands; and then we have the Debsconeags…so much natureal wonder to explore!

Hunting is one of the safest activities in Maine…let’s keep it that way!


The November firearms season in Maine is now underway! As you head out for the woods, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife asks that you to take a few extra moments to remember these important safety tips and to be prepared for unexpected endeavors in the Maine woods.


Keep it safe.

Hunting is one of the safest outdoor activities in Maine! Let’s keep it that way by following these safety tips when heading into the woods:

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  • Use safe carrying methods
  • Always be certain of your target and beyond
  • Be aware of your surroundings and others around you

Remember, hunters share the woods with many others! Utility workers, road crews, woods operators and fellow outdoor enthusiasts are also out and about. Always be cautious and courteous.

Have a plan. Be prepared.

Before you head out for any adventure in the Maine outdoors, always tell someone your plan for the day to include where you are going and when you plan to return. If your trip plans change, be sure to tell someone that they have changed. Bring a small pack to include essential items such as food and water, a means to make fire, extra socks, any needed medications, a compass and a GPS or cell phone. All of these items will easily fit into a comfortable pack that will add considerable safety to any trip. These items will not only make an unexpected stay in the woods more comfortable, Maine’s game wardens will have a much easier time locating you should you become lost.

Know before you go.




Our Katahdin will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at Our Katahdin’s Office located at 245 Aroostook Avenue, Millinocket, Maine. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and hear public comments, questions and/or concerns on an application being submitted for an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant for the ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, located at 1 Katahdin Avenue in Millinocket, at the former Great Northern Paper Mill Site. The purpose of this grant application is to obtain funds to remediate hazardous building materials as part of the future remodel and redevelopment of this building/Site. A copy of the draft application proposal and Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) will be available for public review at the meeting as well as Our Katahdin’s Office during regular business hours. The public comment period will run from November 25, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. until Friday, November 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Comments may be submitted in writing to Mr. Sean DeWitt, President, Our Katahdin via email at, or in person at the Our Katahdin’s office. Please include your full name, address, telephone number, and email address in your correspondence. Interested parties are invited to appear at this meeting or to express their views in writing.


1st Annual Katahdin Festival of Trees

The 1st Annual Katahdin Festival of Trees is a fun, festive and family fundraiser aimed at bringing people together during the holidays…and raising some money to give back to the community.

We will have several Christmas trees adorned with gifts, etc. on display at the Municipal Building in downtown East Millinocket beginning on Saturday, December 7 at 4pm through Saturday, December 14th. People are encouraged to stop in and buy tickets to in turn use to bid on their favorite trees! Winners will receive everything associated with the tree(s) they win (except the tree, which the Festival will hold onto for use in future years). Activities such as an adult Christmas dance, caroling, kids’ crafts, a public supper, business Holiday Open Houses, calendar social, hot cocoa bar and business holiday open houses will also happen!


Maine DOT is ready for Winter Weather!

For More Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer – 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297

11/07/2019 12:56 PM EST
AUGUSTA – Maine Department of Transportation workers are ready to respond to what we expect will be the first winter weather event of the season Thursday night and Friday morning.

“Our plow trucks are ready, our salt sheds are full, and our snow fighters are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way,” said MaineDOT Highway Maintenance Engineer Brian Burne.

MaineDOT is responsible for plowing 8,300 lane miles of road. We have about 400 plow trucks staffed by nearly 800 Transportation Workers at 100 maintenance locations statewide. Last winter, these snow fighters plowed roughly 2.3 million miles of road: that’s the equivalent of 92 trips around the earth at the equator. Our five-year average amount of rock salt used annually is 142,000 tons.

Last year was our most expensive year ever for snow and ice control. We spent approximately $46 million. Several icing events and storms that required overtime pay (because they occurred on nights and weekends) contributed to this high total.

“Keeping Maine roads and bridges safe during winter storms is a year-round job for us,” said Burne. “While people are enjoying their summer vacations, we are filling salt sheds, training personnel, ordering plow blades, and preparing our equipment to ensure that we can efficiently maintain safety and mobility on Maine roads during winter weather events.”

As always, we ask that drivers exercise caution on the roads, maintain safe speeds, and stay at least four car lengths back from our snowplows.

Please contact Public Information Officer Paul Merrill to arrange for interviews today or tomorrow. We may be able to make crews available at our regional offices as well.

Stay safe!

Small Business Saturday

Please consider shopping in our small businesses this holiday.

Small Business Saturday is so important to our communities, because the money spent here, stays here to be spent elsewhere in the community.

Get your shopping list ready early, and support our local businesses this holiday season!

We’ll be adding specials and sales as they are announced…keep checking back!

Nahmakanta Public Lands–Another great place to hike and see the North Woods of Maine

Have you ever hiked in the Nahmakanta Public Lands?

Check out this article by By Aislinn SarnackiBDN Staff • October 31, 2019, and try it yourself sometime!


This hike along dramatic cliffs offers amazing views of Maine’s North Woods


More information about Nahmakanta Public Reserved Lands:

Information about Maine Public Reserved Lands

Nahmakanta Public Reserve

Nahmakanta Public Land Brochure Info


Important information to know before you hunt this season

Like thousands of hunters, you have likely spent months anticipating the fall hunting season in Maine and now it’s finally here! You have scouted your favorite hunting spot, prepared your hunting equipment and gear, and now you’re ready for the hunt.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife reminds you that the vast majority of us hunt on private land. Maine is extremely fortunate that landowners allow access for hunting, for without that generosity, there would be very few places to hunt. Respect their property and take the extra step to show your gratitude.


7 Ways to be a good land user

  • Always ask for permission
  • Learn what matters most to the landowner
  • Provided detailed information
  • Know your boundaries
  • Keep it clean
  • Keep it legal
  • Say thank you

It is important to remember that the private land you use for recreation belongs to someone else, just as surely as your car or home belongs to you, and accessing it is a privilege, not a right. Learn more at


What do purple stripes mean?

Have you ever noticed a tree, rock or post painted with a vertical purple stripe and wonder what it means?


One vertical “OSHA Safety Purple” stripe at least one inch in width and at least 8 inches in length means “Access by Permission Only” when it is placed on trees, posts or stones between three and five feet off the ground.


Remember, in addition to paint marks or signs, landowners may also, either verbally or in writing, personally communicate to others that access is prohibited. It is unlawful to remove, mutilate, deface or destroy a sign or paint mark that is placed in order to prohibit or restrict access; and it is unlawful to post the land of another without permission of the landowner.

Additional information to know before you go. 

Did you know you can quickly and easily download a copy of Maine’s hunting laws to your mobile device to access even when you don’t have cell service? Learn more at

Katahdin Woods and Waters Getting Road Signs

Katahdin Woods and Waters monument is getting road signs

Robert F. Bukaty | AP


By Eesha Pendharkar, BDN Staff • October 26, 2019 10:45 am

Signs directing visitors to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument will go up along the Interstate and state routes after months of delays.

The installation will be completed this November, with six signs off the interstate and 16 signs on state routes in the Katahdin region, according to Tim Hudson of the National Park Service.

After the monument was established in 2016, former governor Paul LePage initially blocked installation of directional signs. Even when the ban was lifted, the request for road signs submitted by park superintendent Hudson was not granted immediately.

Since the monument was established by former President Barack Obama, it has attracted an increasing amount of visitors.

In 2017, approximately 14,000 people visited Katahdin Woods and Waters, according to the Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters. In 2018, there were over 20,000 visitors. This year’s preliminary numbers indicate that the monument attracted even more people this year.

Lonely Planet Travel Guide recommends the Katahdin Region for travel in 2020

8 big adventures in the Maine backwoods


Lonely Planet Writer

27 AUGUST 2019

Stretching across stony peaks and rolling whitewater, Maine goes big in the state’s vast, forested interior. With thousands of moose and not many people, the landscape dares visitors to tackle oversized adventures, from skiing backcountry trails to reeling in bass on the Penobscot River. Committing to the challenge pays off, with pristine campsites, mountaintop sunsets, and some of America’s most spectacular stargazing. Here are our picks for epic, backwoods experiences in Maine.

No matter what kind of outdoor adventure you’re looking for, you can find it in the Maine backwoods © Jerry Monkman / Aurora Photos / Getty Images

Ski (or bike) from hut to hut

Evergreen forest shades the map between the Mahoosuc Range and Moosehead Lake, parting only for mirrored lakes and snow-fed streams. Maine Huts & Trails’ four backcountry huts offer cozy shelter in the midst of the rugged country, which is woven together with 80 miles of trails. Strap on Nordic skis or snowshoes for a winter visit, and you’ll arrive to home-cooked meals, hot cocoa, and a convivial sleepaway camp vibe in the huts’ common rooms. In the summer, make it a hut-to-hut mountain bike trip that shuttles between single track and double track.

Angle for bass in America’s newest national monument

The East Branch of the Penobscot River frames Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument – 87,500 acres of trees, trails, and little else (not even a paved road, yet.) Those rustic conditions don’t seem to bother the smallmouth bass, which spend their days gulping bugs from the surface of the clear water. To experience some of Maine’s best bass fishing, plan to canoe or raft on the East Branch, where you’ll have awe-inspiring views of the Appalachian Mountains as you paddle through blueberry tangles, moose habitat, and pristine swimming holes.

Hiking can cover all kinds of terrain, like this creek in Baxter State Park © Jen Rose Smith / Lonely Planet

Hike the 100-mile wilderness

When northbound hikers on the Appalachian Trail reach the 100-mile wilderness in western Maine, they’re on the final stretch of the 2,190-mile footpath. But this section is known as one of the trail’s wildest places, and it’s a serious test for even the fittest, most experienced walkers. It’s not the 18,000 feet of elevation gain, endless stream crossings, or even the storm-swept summits that turn the 100-mile wilderness into a make-or-break adventure. The real challenge is the sheer remoteness — the trail doesn’t cross a single road in 99.4 miles of backwoods. Follow the Appalachian Trail northbound from Monson for 6-10 days to get face-to-face with wild nature, served straight up.

Paddle the Allagash Wilderness Waterway

A charm bracelet of lakes and ponds dangles along the 92-mile Allagash Wilderness Waterway, where paddlers can take on the canoe adventure of a lifetime. Class I and Class II rapids form a rippling obstacle course on the northward flowing Allagash River, while long stretches of flat water invite afternoons of basking. Bring a fishing pole to angle for trout, and camp in riverside sites along the way; one is named for writer Henry David Thoreau, who explored the region in 1857.

Grab your camera for a moose safari

With lofty antlers growing to six feet across, moose can strike a serious pose – and Maine has more of the massive creatures than any place in the lower 48. For the best chance at spotting moose, plan a moose safari between mid-May and July, or head to the woods during the autumn breeding season. You can explore by car, on foot, or even by canoe or kayak since moose thrive along lakes and waterways. Just keep your distance: Moose only look like they’re slow-moving.

Ride the churning whitewater rapids

Granite cliffs plane upward from the West Branch of the Penobscot River, squeezing the powerful waterway into a roiling chute. While multi-day rafting trips are possible, some of the river’s biggest thrills are packed into a day-trippable 15-mile section starting at McKay hydroelectric power station. From there, you’ll white-knuckle it past Ripogenus Gorge, then hit a wall of whitewater called The Cribworks. (Known as New England’s toughest rapid, this Class-V beast subjects paddlers to tight curves, raft-eating holes, and a lurching 10-foot drop.) Link up with a local outfitter for a wild ride on this natural roller coaster.

The Knife Edge descent from Mount Katahdin’s summit is only for the bravest © Jen Rose Smith / Lonely Planet

Touch the sacred summit of Mount Katahdin

Watch a summer squall batter Mount Katahdin’s rocky peak, and you’ll understand why the Penobscot tribes named the mountain as home to the stormy spirit Pamola. Maine’s highest mountain marks the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and it’s one of New England’s most dramatic hikes. You’ll have huge views across the surrounding treetops as you climb the Helon Taylor trail to the top; the most daring hikers can continue down the vertigo-inducing Knife Edge, a thin spine of boulders with exposure on both sides.

Stargaze the darkest skies in the east

Look at a nighttime satellite image of the United States, and you’ll see Maine’s backwoods as an inky blot behind constellations of East Coast city lights. Those dark skies put on a natural show after dark: Astrotourism can be easy as dragging a lawn chair out for a night of stargazing, or you can bring a telescope to the undeveloped Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Down on the rocky coast, Acadia National Park celebrates a yearly night sky festival that includes a long night of star watching from the summit of Cadillac Mountain.

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Waterfalls in the Katahdin Region

Looking for waterfalls to go visit? Here are some suggestions…


While most of the waterfalls in The Katahdin Region are tucked away in remote locations, many of them are also very accessible. Here are a few of our larger waterfalls; please remember your outdoor ethics when traveling through our region. For more information on the Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, please visit:



Gulf Hagas
The “Grand Canyon of Maine” has four named waterfalls (Screw Auger, Buttermilk, Billings, and Stair) and numerous cascades and swimming holes. There are just under 9 miles of hiking trails, with waterfalls along 4 of them. The entire loop takes between 6-8 hours to complete and your views will reward your hard work hiking the trail.

Location: Gulf Hagas
Directions: Heading north from Brownville Junction on Rt. 11, take a left onto KI Road. Drive 7 miles to the entrance to Gulf Hagas.

Hay Brook Falls
With so many waterfalls in the state, it’s hard not to find one that is well known and heavily explored, but Hay Brook Falls is a truly hidden gem. Tucked away inside of KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest, this horsetail waterfall has a 25 foot plunge and a view to experience.

Location: KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest
Directions: Going north from Rt. 11, turn left onto Ebeemee Rd., which leads to Katahdin Iron Works Rd. Take this for 14 miles.

High Bridge
This little waterfall is complimented by a wonderful swimming hole—a great place on a hot summer day! The trail to reach this waterfall is only about 0.1 miles long, so it’s easy to get to when you need a spot to cool off.

Location: Bowdoin College Grant East
Directions: From the center of Millinocket take Rt. 11 South for about 26 miles. Take a right on the Katahdin Iron Works Rd. for about 6.5 miles. Stop and register at the Gate Station.

Contact: Katahdin Region Chamber of Commerce
1029 Central Street, Millinocket, ME 04462

Abol Falls
Located near Baxter State Park, Abol Falls is worth adding on to your visit to Mt. Katahdin. On the West Branch of the Penobscot River these falls gush best in the spring, but with serene woodland surroundings and a beautiful view of Katahdin itself, Abol Falls is worth a visit any time of year.

Location: Township 2
Directions: Take Telos Rd. (Golden Rd.) from Millinocket Rd. heading north, Abol Falls is roadside.

Katahdin Falls
Maine’s tallest waterfall, Katahdin Falls is a gorgeous and rustic fall inside of Baxter State Park. Kept natural on state park land, this fall, located on Katahdin Stream, is uninterrupted and absolutely worth seeing on a trip to Baxter State Park.

Location: Baxter Stare Park
Directions: Take Rt. 157/11 North to Baxter State Park. After entering the park, continue until you reach Katahdin Stream Campground.

Little Abol Falls

Also located inside Baxter State Park, Little Abol Falls is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Millinocket, Maine that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until November.

Ledge Falls
Less of a waterfall and more of an area with slides and rapids, we’re including this on this list because of its popularity within Baxter State Park. If you’re looking for some natural waterslides, check this place out!

Location: Township 4, Range 10
Directions: Take Rt. 157 through Millinocket and take a right on Millinocket Ave. (this is sometimes called Katahdin Ave. or Baxter Park Road). Check in at the gate to Baxter State Park and the Ranger will direct you to the west side of the main Baxter State Park Road.



Nesowadnehunk Falls
While not a grand drop, Nesowadnehunk Falls is a powerful fall to be appreciated. This beautiful horseshoe fall is a frequented spot for portrait artists for obvious reasons, with it’s broad whitewaters in the forefront, and a scenic view of Katahdin in the background.

Location: Township 2, Range 10
Directions: Take Telos Rd. (Golden Rd.) from Millinocket Rd. heading north.

Orin Falls

Orin Falls Hike Distance: 6 miles round trip (gravel roads, use caution crossing bridge) | Difficulty: Easy Wassataquoik Stream and Orin Falls — Described by Myron Avery as “a brawling mountain torrent of the clearest water, tumbling along a bed choked with enormous pink boulders,” the Wassataquoik descends in continuous rapids from Baxter State Park to the Penobscot River’s East Branch, a distance of about 14 miles. Once a scene of intense logging activity in the 19th century, it is now one of the wildest, least-developed watersheds in the northeast. The Wassataquoik Tote Rd. was built along the stream to support logging operations in the 1950’s and early 60’s. Orin Falls is an attractive stretch of rapids well worth a visit. Also, Donn Fendler (Lost on a Mountain In Maine) followed sections of the Wassataquoik down to the East Branch and his rescue at Lunksoos Camps. Directions: Drive 2 miles past the Loop Road Gate. At Katahdin Loop Road intersection turn right, drive 1.5 miles and turn right at Wassataquoik Gate sign. Drive approx. 3 miles to the service gate and park your vehicle. Follow the road north (turns left) staying on the IAT across Katahdin Brook — 1.5 miles to the intersection. Go straight here for 1.5 miles to Orin Falls sign on the right. Walk in 100 yards to the falls.


Sawtelle Falls
This 12-foot, 2-tiered waterfall is a hidden gem! The half-mile trail to get to the falls are easy, and you’ll be happy to find that you will, most likely, be the only visitors! Your trek to Northern Maine to visit this natural beauty will be rewarded with a dip in the cool waters.

Location: Township 6, Range 7 (Shin Pond Village)
Directions Take Rt. 11 north to Rt. 159 west through Patten. Continue on to Grand Lake Road, then right onto Scraggly Lake Road.

Shin Brook Falls
Shin Brook Falls Difficulty: Easy/Moderate to Upper Falls and top of Lower Falls; Moderate/ difficult to Lower Falls Distance: 0.3 miles to Upper or Lower Falls; 0.7 mile loop for both Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Directions: From Exit 264 Sherman/Patten, follow Rt. 159 West 9.8 miles until it ends at Shin Pond. At Shin Pond, Rt. 159 continues straight as the paved Grand Lake Road. Drive approximately 5.1 miles on Grand Lake Road and turn left onto Shin Brook Falls Rd, a dirt road. Parking area is straight ahead.

Located on private land but open to the public, Shin Brook Falls is one of Maine’s finest and is a plunge and horsetails type of waterfall. Three drops are found at the falls with the last one a spectacular drop of 30 feet. This horsetail spreads diagonally as it flows over rows and rows of rock shelves. Trail begins to the right of the parking lot and starts off mostly flat until you reach a fork. At the fork go left and about 300 feet in the trail will narrow and lead off deeper into the woods on the right. To visit the base of the Lower Falls—go right and after about 25 feet the path will begin to descend on a very steep and rough trail. The base of the Lower Falls is about 500 feet away. The descent can be difficult and caution needs to be used. You can also choose to visit the Upper Falls and the top of the Lower Falls. A very steep and rough trail connects the top of the Lower Falls with its base. You can make a nice loop out of both waterfalls, however this connecting trail is not recommended for children. There is one section of the trail with a steep drop-off so again use caution. Fishing is excellent below the falls.The 30-foot drop is a highlight of these waterfalls. If you like to fish, bring you pole; the fishing, we hear, is excellent.

Location: Township 6, Range 7 (Shin Pond Village)
Directions: From the center of Shin Pond Village head west towards Baxter State Park. Drive for approximately 5  miles and the entrance to the falls will be on your left. Look for a wooden sign. It’s a 10-15 minute hike to the falls.

Thank You Al Cowperthwaite!

Al Cowperthwaite has done a great job for us and North Maine Woods

October 14, 2019Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife NewsFishingForestryHikingHuntingLandowner IssuesMaine WoodsOutdoor Recreation

By George Smith

Mainers are lucky to have access to 3.5 million acres in the North Maine Woods, and we are also lucky that Al Cowperthwaite has been the long-time manager of that property. I have enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures in the north woods, and feel privileged to have worked with Al on several important issues.

North Maine Woods is a very special place, for hunters, anglers, hikers, campers, and all of us who enjoy outdoor adventures.

North Maine Woods has 8 staffed checkpoints and seven automated checkpoints, and I have always found the staff to be friendly and helpful. The landowners actually get none of the money we pay to access the north woods. It all goes to the staff who maintain the checkpoints, 350 camp sites, and 211 outhouses.

I’ve especially enjoyed my visits to Bradford Camps, about an hour and a half past one of the checkpoints.

Al was recently on Paul Reynolds’ radio show, Maine Outdoors, and said while they do get a lot of hunters, anglers, and campers, October grouse hunters represent the largest user group by far. Al told Paul, “We get more grouse hunters through the gates each year than all of the other users combined.” I’ve grouse hunted up there and this information does not surprise me, because it’s a great place to hunt grouse.

One year the landowners decided they’d like to offer us opportunities to hunt on Sundays, so they submitted legislation which I worked on with Al. But like all other Sunday hunting bills, it did not get enacted.

Al was recently named to the Fish and Wildlife Advisory Council and I’m sure he is enjoying that job. He has announced that he plans to retire next fall. We will all miss him, and we have a lot of gratitude for all the years he has worked to help us experience and enjoy the North Maine Woods. Thank you Al!

Hiking Horse Mountain in Baxter State Park, by Aislinn Sarnacki

By Aislinn Sarnacki, BDN Staff • October 17, 2019

Difficulty: Moderate. Out and back, the hike is about 3 miles. The trail climbs gradually but steadily. Watch your step for exposed tree roots and rocks. Footing is especially tricky near the East Spur Overlook. Take your time traveling over the exposed bedrock.

How to get there: Take Interstate 95 Exit 264, then head north on Route 11 toward the town of Patten. Drive 9.3 miles, then take a left onto Route 159. Drive 9.9 miles, and you’ll arrive at Shin Pond Village. Drive another 14.3 miles, staying on Route 159, and you’ll reach Matagamon Wilderness Campground, then cross a bridge over the East Branch of the Penobscot River. Continue another 1.8 miles to Matagamon Gate, the north entrance to Baxter State Park. Register at Matagamon Gate, then drive about 0.6 mile on the Tote Road to the trailhead parking area for Horse Mountain, which will be on your left.

Information: Located in the northeast corner of Baxter State Park, Horse Mountain is the first peak to greet you when driving through the park’s Matagamon Gate. Rising above the treetops, it’s an impressive sight, with dramatic cliffs on its steep eastern side.

The mountain tops off at 1,589 feet above sea level, making it one of the smaller mountains in the park. However, from a bald outcropping on its eastern side, hikers are rewarded with a wide open view of the mountains in the north end of the park.

Read the whole article below:

Horse Mountain

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Maine Foliage Week 5 Report

Maine Fall Foliage Report
October 9, 2019

The Colors of Fall are Appearing Throughout Maine for the Long Holiday Weekend

Augusta, ME – This week’s fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry reports peak and near peak conditions throughout most of Maine, with coastal regions (zones 1 and 2) reporting high color (less than 70 percent color change).

Typically, northern Maine (zones 6 and 7) reaches peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. The rest of the state’s progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions mid-to-late October.

“Peak conditions are a projection for the upcoming holiday weekend. Included with the foliage map is a key that indicates color progression. While there is still some green in the canopies (mostly the oak trees, which are very hardy), peak is indicated when the forest is at 70 – 100 percent color,” reports Gale Ross, Maine’s fall foliage spokesperson. “From my visual perspective, the entire state is very, very close to peak with low leaf drop,” added Ross.

Enjoy one of many fall-themed events taking place over the course of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day long weekend. Starting tomorrow, Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™ kicks off with a weekend-long lineup of family-friendly, pumpkin-related activities, including pumpkin-boat building, a scavenger hunt, pumpkin pie eating contests, a giant pumpkin catapult a pumpkin slingshot and more. On Friday and Saturday, Acadia’s Oktoberfest will offer a variety of local foods, beer, wine and crafts. In the mountains, Sunday River’s Fall Festival is also taking place this Saturday and Sunday, featuring the North American Wife Carrying Championship, New England Corn Hole Championship, music, a wine tent and more.

For foodies, next week is the much anticipated Harvest on the Harbor event, featuring unique culinary experiences and highlighting Portland’s incredible food scene.

If you plan to explore Downeast this weekend, take a road trip to Acadia National Park to see the foliage surrounded by mountains, lakes and the Atlantic. Drive up Cadillac Mountain for the ultimate foliage views at the summit and see up to 100 miles, or for outdoor adventurers, hike the mountain. Rent a bike on the island and pedal along the carriage roads to enjoy the foliage from a different perspective.

Autumn enthusiasts can visit the state’s official foliage website at to sign up to receive weekly reports by email and can share their photos from throughout the state as the progression of color begins. Our Facebook page will include statewide events taking place throughout the foliage season, and our Instagram account (@mainefoliage) will also feature colorful fall shots. For more information about fall activities and events in Maine, go to


A two-day, hands-on introduction to stream survey techniques and
concepts associated with developing ecologically sound road/stream crossings.
Day One will include field training on what information to collect and how to collect it.
Day Two participants will analyze the data to develop preliminary designs in the classroom.

For more information download their flyer

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Maine’s 2019-2020 Hunting Laws Available Now Online

Being a responsible user of the Maine outdoors means staying informed of, and complying with, the current laws and rules.

MDIFW’s popular summary guides make it easy to find and follow the laws and rules that apply to you. And now, our NEW digital formats allow you to quickly check a law, confirm legal hunting hours, look up best practices and more – from anywhere, anytime.

Just visit


No cell coverage in the woods? No problem.

Just visit and browse by activity. Before you head into the woods, follow these instructions to save an offline law book or quick reference guide to your mobile device.

  1. Download the Adobe Acrobat Reader or iBooks app.
  2. In Safari, go to:
  3. Click the link for the PDF you want to download.
  4. When it opens, tap on the share icon in the bottom center of the screen, then tap “Copy to Adobe Acrobat Reader” or “Copy to iBooks”. The file is now saved in your Adobe Acrobat Reader app and your iBooks app for offline viewing.


  1. In Chrome, go to:
  2. Select the link for the PDF you want to download.
  3. Choose to download the file to your Downloads folder OR
  4. Download the Adobe Acrobat Reader app and open the PDF.



Go to to save a copy and/or print just the pages you need.

You will find a series of helpful quick reference guides as well, including a legal hunting time table and a chart of the hunting seasons and bag limits.

Why digital law books?

In 2016, we printed over 700,000 law books. That’s a lot of paper and a lot of resources diverted from Maine’s fish and wildlife.


With 77% of the U.S. population using smartphones in 2017, our agency’s mission clearly directed us to make a shift. And while we’re still printing some books (available at license agent locations), we’re asking you to do your part and make use of the convenient and responsible digital options.


As a bonus, the digital options are searchable and always on hand, as long as you have your mobile device. If you always keep it on you (and charged) to take photos or use the GPS, this is a no-brainer.

Hunting season is approaching! Be prepared, review Maine’s 2019-2020 hunting laws today.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable hunting season in Maine!

Deer permit (antlerless) lottery applications now available

Applications for 2019 any-deer (antlerless) permit lottery are now available online from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife


Each year, thousands of applicants wait until the final few hours of the application period. If you haven’t applied yet, avoid the headache and get your application in now! If you have submitted your application, thank you!

Applications are only accepted online! Apply now at 


The deadline to apply is 11:59 P.M. on August 15, 2019.


It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held on September 6, 2019 and results will be posted on the Department’s website.


Learn more about the any-deer permit lottery at:

1st Annual Magic City Cruise In!


Don’t miss out on this fun event for the whole family! The Magic City Cruise In will feature sweet, vintage rides along Penobscot Avenue and certificate awards for these car show participants. The local downtown businesses and restaurants will be open for supper, so make sure to grab some grub! There will also be a DJ and a family movie screening of Disney’s ‘Cars’ at dusk. (On sidewalk in front of Designlab, bring your own chairs)

When: Friday, August 9th 2019 // 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Downtown Millinocket
Car Show: Register your car, truck, motorcycle, etc. in the show for a chance to win ‘People’s Choice’, ‘Participant’s Choice’, or ‘Best in Show’. Judging is during the event at 7:00 pm. Day-of registration in front of the Town Office at 5:00 pm, $5 entry-fee per vehicle, CASH ONLY.

If you have any questions regarding this event or joining the show, please contact the following:
Police Chief Worster
Phone: (207) 350-5018

Click here to download the Magic City Cruise In flier

This event is proudly presented by the Millinocket Events Committee.

Donations for this event can be made to the Town of Millinocket Events Committee. Memo: Car Show, Cruise In, etc.

Learn About Pollinators

Pollinators are vital to food production all over the world. In Maine, examples of well-known pollinators include butterflies, birds, beetles and of course, bees. In June, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) worked with local volunteers to plant a Pollinator Sunflower Garden, a garden space for the public to enjoy, observe and learn about native pollinators.

In celebration of this new addition to the Law Farm, the PCSWCD will be holding a free Pollinators! event on Friday, August 16th from 10AM-12PM at the Law Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. 

The PCSWCD is hosting Maine State Apiarist Jennifer Lund and Miss Michelle from Thompson Free Library for a morning of fun and learning for this event. Jennifer Lund will share facts and information about native pollinators. Miss Michelle will hold a pollinator-themed story time in the center of the garden. Afterwards, participants can join guests and PCSWCD staff for a “Pollinator Search & Find” at the Law Farm.

RSVP is required to attend and appreciated.

For more information about the Law Farm, or any program or event offered by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, please contact the District at 207-564-2321 ext. 3, email, visit our website – – and follow us on Facebook –

Applications for 2019 any-deer (antlerless) permits.

Applications for 2019 any-deer (antlerless) permit lottery are now available online from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife


Each year, thousands of applicants wait until the final few hours of the application period. If you haven’t applied yet, avoid the headache and get your application in now!

Applications are only accepted online! Apply now at 


The deadline to apply is 11:59 P.M. on August 15, 2019.


It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held on September 6, 2019 and results will be posted on the Department’s website.


Learn more about the any-deer permit lottery at:


Want a Career in Hospitality and Tourism?

Come to the Open House on July 31st at Katahdin Higher Education Center to find out more.

A certificate or degree in Hospitality
and Tourism Management from
Eastern Maine Community College
offers a diverse mix of career choices
and prepares graduates for
opportunities such as positions in
hotel and lodging management,
conference management,
consumer show, trade show and
event management as well as food and beverage management.
Some graduates may be interested in resort management positions
or working in the airline industry. Sustainable tourism development,
the cruise line industry and entertainment arts management are
also part of the career choice list of options. With training in
customer service, as well as comprehensive management and
marketing techniques and a solid foundation of general education
courses, the program includes the building blocks for a rewarding
and exciting career. Successfully completing the program will open
the door to a variety of lucrative career opportunities that offer
advancement and travel options. As well, transfer education,
stackable credentialing, entrepreneurship, and immediate
employment with a vast number of major corporations are just some
of the options that a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management
can offer.





Meet our newest Member

We would like to welcome Arcadia Designworks as the newest member of the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce. Celeste Bard and Patrick Santerre are the architects of the designs for the Renovated Millinocket Memorial Library, as well as many projects down in Southern Maine. Their offices will be located on Balsam Drive and they hope to be moved in shortly; they office architectural or design services, and are ready to help you design or renovate your dream home.


In addition, they have two rental spaces available at their site, that are also being renovated. The two commercial units that are nearly ready for rent are 369 square feet and 411 square feet. Check out the pictures below.

Anyone interested in renting space can call 207.317.7099.


Top 5 Ways to Support Small Businesses During National Small Business Week

Top 5 Ways to Support Small Businesses During National Small Business Week


In honor of National Small Business Week, we would like to share with you a few ways we are encouraging local communities to give back to small businesses. This year, National Small Business Week is being celebrated from May 5th through 11th.


Here’s how we can all show our support this week:

  1. Shop local

One of the best ways to support small business is to go shopping! Use this week as a reason to splurge at that new boutique downtown, see what’s sprouting this weekend at the Farmer’s Market, or buy some flowers for your loved ones from the local florist.

  1. Spread the word

Many small businesses rely on word-of-mouth to get people in their door. Impressed with the service and expertise of the company that brought new life into your home with a fresh coat of paint? Write a review! Use platforms like Google and Yelp to let others know the great experience you’ve had.

  1. Get social

Another way to spread the word on your experiences at small businesses is to use social media. Check-in on Facebook so your friends know you are trying that trendy gelato shop. Snap an Instagram photo of before and after you received that life-altering beard trim from a new barber. You can even live-tweet your way through eating the giant bacon donut you found at that hole-in-the-wall bakery.

  1. Say Thank You

There is a lot to be thankful for when it comes to small businesses. They create tons of new jobs every year, provide personal experiences, and support your local community.  Have you had a personal experience with a small business? Drop off a music gift card so the barista you talk to about music every morning can download those new songs. Buy coffee for your dry cleaners to thank them for removing so many coffee stains out of your shirts. Or, just say “thank you” to let local businesses know you appreciate the time and effort they put into making your life better.

  1. Join the fun! Participate in community events

Are you seeing signs around your neighborhood for local events? Block parties, Summer BBQs, Earth Day cleanups, 5ks, or local festivals are great ways to meet up with local business owners. Don’t be surprised if you see small businesses coming together at community events. When you attend those events – you are supporting those small businesses!

These are just a few ways we can show support to our local businesses during National Small Business Week. Just remember how much these businesses impact our communities and our lives, then let’s show our appreciation all year long!

Thank you to Constant Contact for these suggestions.

Tick Aware and Tick Alert

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Tick Aware and Tick Alert

Warmer weather is on its way, which means that everyone needs to be doing their part to help prevent tickborne diseases. Providers reported over 1,400 cases of Lyme disease in 2018 (preliminary data as of 3/25/19). May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month each year in Maine—the perfect time to remind everyone to be “Tick Aware and Tick Alert” when spending time outdoors since ticks are most active in warmer weather.

Lyme disease is treatable and most individuals recover completely with proper treatment, however easiest way to avoid tickborne diseases is prevention. This May please remember to be “Tick Aware and Tick Alert”:

  1. Use caution in areas where ticks may be found;
  2. Wear light-colored clothing that covers arms and legs;
  3. Use an EPA approved repellent such as: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus; and
  4. Perform tick checks daily and after any outdoor activity on yourself and pets. Taking a shower after exposure to a tick habitat is an effective way to wash off any unattached ticks and provides a good opportunity to do a tick check.

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial infection that is passed through the bite of an infected deer tick. Adults over the age of 65 years and children between the ages of 5 and 15 years have the highest rates of the disease in Maine. Individuals that work and play outside are more likely to be exposed to ticks. Ticks must be attached for 24-48 hours before they can transmit the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. Proper tick checks will allow you to find and remove ticks before getting Lyme disease.

If you are bitten by a tick or spend a lot of time outdoors, make sure to monitor for symptoms for up to 30 days after exposure. Also be sure to call your healthcare provider if symptoms develop. The most common symptom of Lyme disease is a skin lesion called erythema migrans (EM), better known as the “bull’s-eye” rash. This usually appears 3-30 days after the tick bite. Other symptoms include fever, headache, and joint or muscle pain.

Lyme disease is not the only disease that can be carried by deer ticks in Maine. Anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi, and Powassan are other tickborne infections found in Maine. The number of provider-reported human cases of anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan decreased in 2018 while reported cases of Borrelia miayamotoi increased slightly. All four remain a public health concern for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC).

While the deer tick is the only species of tick in Maine that can pass the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, there are a number of other species of ticks found across the state. Tick identification is important, especially when removing ticks. There are tick identification resources available to order at the Maine CDC website. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick ID Lab also offers identification and testing services as well as educational references.


Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands: May 2019 News and Events

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Events & News

May 2019

Feathers over Freeport – Reminder – This weekend, April 27 & 28

Join in on our traditional bird watching weekend!

  • Saturday, April 27 the event is held at Bradbury Mt. State Park, Pownal.
  • Sunday, April 28 the event is held at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport.
  • View all current information at the event web page:

iMapInvasives In Action! – And A Success for Maine

Treatment of terrestrial invasive plants in Maine’s woods, including on State Parks and Public Lands, is aided by mapping efforts in iMapInvasives.  This web-based map and database coordinates the efforts of citizen groups, landowners, and land managers to map infestations of invasive plants and provides a state-wide rapid detection and response network.

Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist with the Maine Natural Areas Program of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, coordinates the project and reports on the success of iMapInvasives to date.  Maine Conservation Corps AmeriCorps volunteers have aided in the project by assisting with mapping and eradication efforts. The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund contributed financial support to the invasives project.

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine in Effect

A quarantine on the emerald ash borer (EAB) and materials that may harbor it is now in effect for:

  • All of York County, and the
  • Northeastern corner of Aroostook County.

Materials movement restrictions:

  • Ash nursery stock movement from the quarantine area is prohibited.
  • Movement of hardwood firewood, hardwood chips and other ash products with bark, such as logs and pulp, and untreated ash lumber are regulated.

“A quarantine can help slow the spread of this destructive insect into uninfested areas,” said State Entomologist Allison Kanoti. “That gives businesses, Native American craftspeople and artists that use ash as well as homeowners, landowners and municipalities who care for ash across the state additional time to consider their options and make plans for a future with EAB.”

Additional information on EAB, how to recognize and report its damage, and details of the Maine ash quarantine.

Grant Announced by Forest Legacy Program

The State of Maine, Bureau of Parks and Lands is currently accepting applications to the Maine Forest Legacy Program.

The Forest Legacy Program is a conservation program administered by the U.S. Forest Service in partnership with state agencies to encourage the protection of privately owned forest lands through conservation easements or land purchases. It operates on a competitive basis nationwide and aims to protect an array of traditional uses, forest economies and public values by preventing the conversion of Maine’s forest to non-forest uses.

Since 1994, Maine’s Forest Legacy Program has received more than $76 million through the program, and has permanently protected over 755,000 acres, with iconic landscapes that include Tumbledown Mountain (in photo), Nicatous Lake, and Pierce Pond, to name just a few.

For more information about Maine’s program and the grant application materials read the Letter to Landowners and Application Instructions (PDF 355KB)

  • Proposals submitted by June 1st will be eligible to compete for FY 2021 funding.

Grant Announced by Land and Water Conservation Fund

Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) can, and should, be used to rehabilitate existing recreation facilities in addition to acquiring park land and building new facilities in communities across the state.

Go to the Maine LWCF website to learn more about the application process, schedule a pre-application site inspection, and apply to receive funding to benefit your local park system.

Grant Announced by Recreational Trails Program

The RTP grant cycle for 2020 trail projects is now officially open and the updated grant applications have been posted on the website.

Please note that there are two applications posted:

  • Trail Development projects
  • Safety & Environmental Protection projects

Be sure that you use the correct application for the type of project for which you want assistance.

Kayak Rentals Offered at Colonial Pemaquid – Book Now!

Kayak rentals are available June through September, at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, by Maine Kayak.

If you prefer to have a guided trip, Maine Kayak is also taking reservations for May – October for guided paddles at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic.

The Camp Cook

Bacon & Egg Fried Rice

  • 3/4 cup diced white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup diced carrots
  • 1/4 cup peas (or 1/2 c. of frozen peas & carrots)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 green onions, sliced &/or handful of beansprouts
  • Freshly ground white pepper

Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat, then add 2 tablespoons of oil and the bacon. Render the bacon for about 2 minutes until crispy. Stir in the onion, garlic, carrots and snap peas and saute for a minute or until the vegetables start to soften. Add the eggs to the skillet, then add the rice directly into the wet egg. Using the back of a spatula or spoon, press the rice into the egg, fold and repeat until the rice is completely coated and heated through. Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir to coat the rice. Season with a pinch of salt. Cook over high heat, stirring, until the rice is heated through, 2 to 4 minutes. Garnish with the green onions and some white pepper.

(Contributed by Jen Neumeyer, Boating Facilities Secretary, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.)

Hike-ku of the Month

Trail’s mud-smeary path.

Hike gently through; leave no trace.

Mud season in Maine.

April showers bring May flowers and plenty of mud on the trails. May sunshine will help harden the trails, but in the meantime please honor posted trail closures. When you encounter mud on open trails please either hike on the hardened trail surfaces, such as rocks, or hike through the mud so the trail is not widened. Appropriate footwear is essential; be prepared to get muddy and enjoy Maine’s 5th season!

Consider volunteering to help refurbish damaged trails.

Learn more about the challenges of damaged trails and The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace.

May Reads – Books We Recommend

Here If You Need Me

This deeply moving memoir by Kate Braestrup is at times very funny and joyful, and at others intense and heartbreaking. But such has been her life and her calling, as a chaplain with the the Maine Warden Service – which conduct’s Maine’s search and rescue operations.

Abracadabra, It’s Spring!

A delightful picture book whose pages open out to reveal and celebrate the seasonal change form winter to spring. Written by Anne Sibley O’Brien; illustrated by Susan Gal.

Maine’s Bicentennial Celebration – Join in!

Maine will celebrate 200 years of statehood in 2020. Special events, activities, and commemorative projects are being planned now. The Bicentennial Celebration Kick-off Event will take place on July 26, 2019.

Learn how your Maine community, group, or business can plan an event or participate in the bicentennial programs underway by visiting

Anniversary Celebration Goals are to:

  1. Explore Maine’s history from the many perspectives of its multiple past and current populations;
  2. Celebrate Maine’s present people, places, institutions and economy; and
  3. Envision the public and private actions that will enhance Maine’s future prosperity.

A Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference is being held May 30 – June 1, 2019 at the University of Maine – Orono. Conference Program & Schedule.

View the Bicentennial Events Calendar now and check back often as events will be added now through 2020.

Programs & Events

Holbrook Island Sanctuary

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

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 Send article suggestions or newsletter comments to Jocelyn Hubbell, Interpretive Specialist, webmaster, and newsletter editor for the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

Black Bears Are Coming…


Maine has the largest population of black bears in the lower 48, and they’re most active April through November.


When natural foods are scarce, especially in the spring or dry summers, bears will venture into backyards in search of easily accessible food such as bird feeders, garbage, grills and pet foods.


While hundreds of conflicts between bears and people are reported each year in Maine, many can be prevented by simply removing or securing common bear attractants. Removing these food sources will also limit other backyard visitors (raccoons, skunks, etc).



Since bears are active between April and November, each spring and summer take these steps to avoid unwanted black bears in your backyard or neighborhood:

  • Secure garbage and recycling: Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t encourage them with easily available food, liquids or garbage. Store garbage cans inside until the morning of trash pickup.
  • Remove and store bird feeders: Birdseed and grains have lots of calories, so they’re very attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid damage to your feeders and property. Rake up any seed from the ground and store bird feeders and bird seed inside. Even an empty bird feeder can be enticing to a bear and they will tear it down, damage or destroy it. You can continue to feed birds in the winter when bears are not active.
  • Never leave pet food outdoors: Feed pets indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed in single portions and remove food and bowls after feeding. Store pet food inside where bears can’t see or smell it.
  • Clean and store your grill: Clean grills after each use and make sure that all grease, fat and food particles are removed. Store clean grills and smokers in a secure building to keep bears out.

See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your neighbors and share information with them on how to avoid bear conflicts.


Once a bear discovers an easy food source, they will return and they will cause damage to your property. This spring, be proactive and take these simple steps to avoid problems with black bears in your backyard or neighborhood.

For more information:

Hunting Season Begins Soon…know before you go!

Spring turkey hunting season is almost here! 

You have scouted your favorite hunting spot, prepared your hunting equipment and gear, and now you’re ready for the hunt. As you head out, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife asks that you to take a few extra moments to remember these important safety tips and to be prepared in the Maine outdoors.

Keep it safe.

Hunting is one of the safest outdoor activities in Maine! Let’s keep it that way by following these safety tips when heading into the woods:

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  • Use safe carrying methods
  • Always be certain of your target and beyond
  • Be aware of your surroundings and others around you

Remember, hunters share the woods with many others! Utility workers, road crews, woods operators and fellow outdoor enthusiasts are also out and about. Always be cautious and courteous. Be a good land user.

Be a good land user.

Maine is fortunate to have landowners who offer access to their private property to hunt.

This access is an incredible gift, and in order to preserve it, everyone who ventures outdoors needs to understand the contribution that landowners make.

Read more about exploring private land in Maine.

Know before you go.

Hunting on private land

Festivals and Events in the Katahdin Region


2019  Spring into Summer season

May 18th                                             Fiddlers & Fiddlehead Fest                          Patten

May 25th                                             Summit Project Riders                                  Millinocket

July 4th                                               Parade, Fireworks, Food, Crafts                  Millinocket

July 10th – 13th                                  Summerfest                                                      East Millinocket

July 13th – 14th                                  Strawberry Festival                                         Stacyville

July 28th – Aug. 4th                          Summerfest                                                      Island Falls

August 2nd – 4th                               Wooden Canoe & Riverfest                            Medway

August 5th – 11th                               Patten Pioneer Days                                        Patten

August 30th – Sept. 2nd                  Sherman Olde Home Days                            Sherman

August 31st – Sept. 1st                      Springfield Fair                                                Springfield, ME

Sept. 13th – 15th                               Trails End Festival                                            Millinocket













How and when Maine will decide whether to approve permits for CMP’s $1B transmission line

Article by Lori Valigra, Bangor Daily News  (click link for story and photos)

How and when Maine will decide whether to approve permits for CMP’s $1B transmission line


By Lori Valigra, BDN Staff • April 5, 2019 1:01 am

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is holding hearings this week in Farmington as it considers whether or not to grant two necessary permits for a controversial $1 billion Central Maine Power transmission project that would be located in some pristine wooded areas of the state.

But its decision-making process is very different from that of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, another regulatory body reviewing parts of CMP’s request to build a 145-mile transmission corridor from the Canadian border to Lewiston.

The DEP, the PUC, the Land Use Planning Commission and other regulators all have to pass on some aspect of the CMP project.

Here are all the things these different entities will be considering as they review this project, when they expect to make their decisions and how those decisions will affect whether it’s ultimately constructed.

The different entities

To date, the PUC’s hearings, which started earlier, have garnered the most publicity. But the spotlight shifted this week to the combined hearings of the DEP and the LUPC, which oversees the unorganized territory.

There are two major differences in how the DEP and PUC decide whether or not to green flag the CMP project.

One is that the PUC has three commissioners who, with staff input, will make the final decision on CMP’s request for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on its project.

The DEP commissioner, with staff input, will make the final decision on CMP’s request for two permits, one for site location, the other for compliance with the Natural Resources Protection Act, said DEP spokesman David Ladore.

Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Sen. Brownie Carson, D-Harpswell, seen here in a BDN file photo, has proposed a bill that would require state regulators to study the CMP project’s net effect on carbon emissions in New England, Quebec and other regions.


The DEP decision also will include the recommendation from the LUPC, whose commissioners will rule on whether the CMP project is allowed and whether it meets the land use standards in the unorganized territory, said LUPC regional supervisor Bill Hinkel.

The second major difference is that the DEP does not allow stipulations such as the one submitted to the PUC, with the governor’s support, for a 40-year benefits package worth $250 million to towns along the transmission corridor.

The PUC’s staff on March 29 recommended that the PUC approve CMP’s New England Clean Energy Connect, or NECEC, project, along with the stipulation for benefits.

Parties to that case can file exceptions and comments on the PUC staff’s recommendation, which came in the form of a 162-page Examiners’ Report, by April 8.

The PUC commissioners are expected to make their decision in April, and will likely firm up the exact date next week, said PUC spokesman Harry Lanphear.

The DEP commissioner’s decision is expected in late October or early November, Madore said.

The NECEC would pipe electricity from the Canadian border through western Maine for use by Massachusetts to meet that state’s clean energy goals.

What CMP has to prove to environmental regulators

In October 2017, CMP applied for the two types of permits from the DEP: site location and Natural Resources Protection Act.

In this week’s hearings, the DEP and LUPC are focusing on whether CMP can demonstrate that its project:

— Will not unreasonably interfere with the scenic character where it plans to locate its transmission line,

— Will not unreasonably harm any significant wildlife habitat, freshwater wetland plant habitat, or threatened or endangered plant habitat,

— Will not unreasonably impact “protected natural resources” as defined by the Natural Resources Protection Act,

— Has no reasonable alternatives that would have less of an adverse impact on the recreational and natural features of a river crossing, and,

— Will provide compensation for unavoidable impacts to resources such as cold water fish habitat.

What information those regulators will use to decide

The DEP and LUPC public hearings include citizens and parties to the case, also known as intervenors. The two regulators plan to hold one last public hearing on May 9 to handle overflow questions and information.

After May 9, the public will have 10 calendar days to file written comments to the DEP about the information in the record. Then, for another seven days after that, the public can respond to written comments submitted during the previous 10-day period. Then the record closes.

“From that we have 150 days to take all of the information, including the transcription of the hearings this week, and once its done it will be submitted into the record for this project,” Madore said.

“The staff will take all information submitted and all of the information we’ve asked CMP to provide and go through all of that,” he said. “It’s volumes of work considering what this project is. The staff will review it and lay it against the statute and the rules and look at whether [CMP] has met the standard to prove it should be granted the permits.”

The commissioner will consider the staff’s recommendations, then decide whether to approve or deny the permit applications.

Lori Valigra | BDN

The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Friday ordered Central Maine Power to make redacted versions of certain confidential documents public per the request of the Maine Public Advocate.


Unlike the PUC’s process, the DEP does not allow for a stipulation that would offer financial and other benefits.

“We are bound by statute and rules,” Madore said. “Stipulations are not an opportunity. People can’t just say to us please add this in or please consider this.”

Madore said that under the current timetable, the commissioner will make a decision in late October or early November.

After the commissioner issues a final decision, there’s another opportunity for people to challenge it before the Board of Environmental Protection. That board, which is separate from the DEP, can hear the entire case again and decide whether to support the commissioner’s decision or deny it, Madore said.

Anyone not happy with results before the board can take their objections one step further and challenging the commissioner’s decision in court.

What about the unorganized territory?

The LUPC will rule on whether the CMP project should be allowed within the unorganized territory, an area of northwestern Maine including 429 townships with no local, incorporated municipal government.

The LUPC is a nine-member board composed of county and gubernatorial appointees who will certify to the DEP whether the CMP project is an allowed use within the areas where it is proposed.

The commission also will determine whether the project meets any land use standards that are not considered in the DEP’s review under the Site Location of Development Act.

The commission’s certification is then incorporated into the final permitting decision by the DEP, said LUPC regional supervisor Hinkel.

The commission held a public hearing with the DEP on April 2 as part of the DEP’s week-long hearings. The LUPC and DEP will continue the hearings on May 9.

“Sometime after the hearing and after having the opportunity to review and consider all the hearing materials, the commission will deliberate and ultimately vote on a decision regarding the Site Law certification at a meeting,” Hinkel said.

Staff typically prepare materials to help the commission with its deliberation. This may include preparation of a staff recommendation. The commission will provide the time and location of its meetings following the hearing once they are scheduled. All meetings are open to the public.

How could the Legislature play a role?

Madore said the Legislature will debate a number of bills that potentially could affect how and when the DEP proceeds.

One bill from Sen. Brownie Carson, D-Harpswell, would make the DEP study the project’s net effect on carbon emissions in New England, Quebec and other regions. Greenhouse gas emissions have been one of the most contested aspects of the project.

“The Legislature is asking for additional things that doesn’t come into our statute, so that could create some legal issues,” Madore said.

“If the [greenhouse gas study] were to come in, we don’t know how that would play because it doesn’t fit into any of our statutes now as being part of what we would be reviewing for information,” he said.

“Depending on what the Legislature decides to do with that issue could have an impact on whether we can proceed or not,” he said.


Land Use Planning Commission Votes

Changes Bring Flexibility to Rural Economy, Protect the Environment

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Changes Bring Flexibility to Rural Economy, Protect the Environment

On April 2nd in Farmington, the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC or Commission) voted to change the rules that guide the location of development and the design of subdivisions in the LUPC’s service area. The LUPC serves those places that have no local government or in which local government has chosen not to regulate land uses – an area that includes roughly half of the State of Maine.

The revised rules encourage most new zones for subdivision and commercial development to locate close to towns that provide public services. At the same time, the rules allow some new outdoor recreation and woods-related businesses – important to our evolving economy – to be farther away. In some cases, new zones for subdivisions would be allowed away from town, but only on already developed lakes. The rules protect important habitat, keep development away from remote undeveloped lakes and ponds, protect consumers and support our rural economy.

“The new adjacency and subdivision rules are a practical approach to providing economic opportunity while still protecting Maine’s environment and controlling costs for public services,” said LUPC chairperson Everett Worcester. “The Commission worked hard to include a broad array of people interested in the future of the UT, and to make sure the review process was thoughtful and transparent.”

Rule changes about the location of development (sometimes called the “adjacency principle”) increase flexibility for recreation-based or woods-based businesses such as trail centers, mobile gear rental operations, or new kinds of wood fiber processing, while still protecting sensitive resources. Revised subdivision standards introduce new protections for wildlife habitat, ensure legal right of access for lot buyers, and give property owners more flexibility to tailor a subdivision design to the local area. Also, for the first time, the Commission is adopting visual impact standards specifically for hillside development. Hillside development standards will ensure that views from public places, which are important to Maine citizens as well as to the tourism economy, are protected.

The adjacency review process took place over the last three years and included surveys, focus groups, community meetings, and hundreds of conversations with people who live, work, own property or recreate in the unorganized and deorganized areas, often called “the UT.” Officials from municipalities near the UT and officials from counties that administer public services in UT areas have participated in the public process. The rule changes will ensure that local emergency service providers are consulted before new subdivisions or businesses are approved so public costs can be minimized and any new development will not overburden rural fire departments and ambulance services.

In adopting the rule revisions, the Commission recognized the significance of the change.  “The LUPC is committed to monitoring development trends closely to ensure that the changes we adopted have the positive effects that we anticipate,” said Betsy Fitzgerald, Commission Vice-chair. The new rules will become effective this spring. More information is available on the Commission’s website at:

Baxter Youth Conservation Corps

The Baxter Youth Conservation Corps is a job training and service learning opportunity for youth from the Katahdin Region. This program gives youth the opportunity to work with professional leaders on trail projects in Baxter State Park. Participants will gain valuable training, job skills, and work experience in a spectacular wilderness setting. Participants will earn an hourly wage (currently $14/hour) and may also receive community service hours for potential school credit.

Check out the webpage for more information.

Head North Ski Days

Head North Ski Days is a weeklong winter recreation event offering free XC ski equipment rentals for visitors to enjoy the beautiful terrain in the north end of the Monument.


Saturday, March 16th to Friday, March 22nd
Starting each day at 10 AM
Free rentals of XC skis, boots, and poles or snowshoe equipment
North Gate of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Head North Ski Days

Thrive Penobscot

Did you know that Thrive Penobscot is investing in the well-being of those living in the Katahdin Region and Lincoln Lakes region by addressing some of the most pressing issues and needs facing older people and those living with chronic disease?

Based out of Millinocket Regional Hospital, Thrive is a network of over 30 Partners collaborating to increase the knowledge, availability and use of resources for transportation, food security, social interaction and caregiver support. The goal of the collaborative is to link people to resources to live well longer in a place they call home.

To learn about the resources available in the region or to become involved in the collaborative visit their website:  Thrive Penobscot


PETS welcome here…

According to The Safewise Report (see petMAINE magazine), Maine is ranked #1 as the “most pet-friendly State in America. The Katahdin Region is definitely a pet friendly place to visit. Here’s some information to help you plan your adventure.
(Specific information can be found in our Visitor’s Guide, online or by mail when requested.)


5 Lakes Lodge: Dogs allowed in 2 rooms on main floor only.

Abol Properties/ Kitty’s Lake House: Pets welcome

Baxter Park Inn: Pet friendly/ Pets welcome

Big Moose Inn
Pets: We do not allow pets to stay in the Inn, however we have 2 small cabins which are pet friendly.  The cost is $20 per pet/per day.  We also require a $200 security deposit, to be returned granted there are no property damages.
Our campground is pet friendly provided the following:

  • Must be on a leash at all times
  • Pet must not be left unattended
  • Must pick up after your pet

If you would rather board your pet contact:

Bowlin Camps Lodge:
 $15.00 per day, per dog, with the exception of working dogs accompanying Hunt Package guests.  All dogs must be kenneled while in cabins and on leash when unattended outdoors. You may use our outdoor kennel. Dogs are to be kept off furniture and bedding at all times. Dogs must be picked up after while in all common areas of the camp. In the event dry cleaning of furniture or wool bedding is needed upon your departure, a $95.00 fee will be billed to your credit card.

Chewonki Big Eddy Campground:
Pets are welcome and must be kept on a leash at all times. Pets may not be left unattended in the campground. Please pick up after them.

Katahdin Forest Cabins:
Dogs are welcome at the cabins and campgrounds, They are not welcome on X-Country Ski trails in winter!

Katahdin Inn and Suites:
Contact hotel directly for booking pet friendly rooms.
 Pets allowed based on the availability of pet friendly rooms. Up to 2 dogs per room with an 80 pound weight limit. Additional pet types (cats, birds, etc) may be accepted at the hotel’s discretion. Pet rate is $15 per day per pet.

Katahdin Shadows Campground:
PETS are welcome. They must be leashed at all times, attended, quiet, and cleaned up after. No pets in any buildings (except cabins), no pets on playground, or in the pool area. No pets are to be left unattended in the cabins.

Libby Camps: Yes, for a small fee.

Matagamon Wilderness: Yes, we do allow dogs, $10 a day in the cabin and $10 per stay in the campground. Dogs cannot be left unattended but can be left in a crate in a cabin.

Mt. Chase Lodge:
Pet’s are not allowed in our Lodge Rooms. If you would like to bring your furry friend along, please choose one of our Private Cabins. Pet Friendly Lodging

We are a pet friendly facility and allow guests staying in our Private Cabins to bring their furry friends. Pets are expected to be well behaved and current on vaccinations. For the safety and comfort of other guests (and your pet), pets must be under the owners control at all times. Pet owners will be responsible for the cost of any damage done by their pets. We do charge $20 per pet/night.

New England Outdoor Center:
Our Pet Policy
We believe that when you go on vacation, whether it’s a Maine whitewater rafting vacation or another outdoor adventure vacation, you shouldn’t have to leave a part of the family at home. We want all our guests (two legged and four legged) to enjoy their time at our resort. However, we do ask you to follow a few simple rules.

We welcome pets at the following areas of our resort:

  • Twin Pines Camps Cabins; Small, Large, Premium and Coveside Guest Houses.

Out of respect to our other guests, proximity to Baxter State Park and for the safety of the animals, pets

are prohibited at the following locations on our resort:

  • Penobscot Outdoor Center; camping, cabin tents, bunkhouses.

Dogs are allowed at Twin Pine Camps Cabins with prior reservation for $20 per dog/per night. We have a few rules that we ask you to follow:

  • Must be on a leash at all times.
  • Please pick up after your dog.
  • Due to barking, damage and summer heat, you may not leave your dog unattended unless in a kennel.
  • Please keep cabins clean after your dog goes swimming, walking, etc.
  • No dogs allowed on beds and furniture.
  • You will be charged for any damage or extra cleaning.
  • A $200 security deposit is required (we provide you with a clean dog bed and bowls).
  • If you fail to register your pet with us – there is a $250 fee for unregistered pets.
  • For all other pets, please inquire before making your reservation arrangements.


Pamola Motor Lodge:    Pet friendly

Pinegrove Campground and Cabins:
We are a rustic campground that all can enjoy. And we welcome pets.

Shin Pond Village:
Pets Policy: Your pets are welcome.  There is a $10 per night fee.  Maximum of 2 pets.  We love ours and enjoy to travel with them too.  However we do ask that you bring what will make them comfortable while away from home such as kennels, dog beds etc. and keep them off beds and furniture.  Pets must be leashed at all times.  Please be considerate of all and clean up after your pet.

White House Landing Camps: Yes, but must be well behaved because they have free-range chickens in summer.

Wilderness Edge Campground: Pet friendly

Wildwoods Trailside Cabins:  Two of our cabins are pet friendly if your pet is friendly


Appalachian Trail Cafe:  is a dog-friendly restaurant in Millinocket. They welcome pets at outdoor tables whenever the weather is nice.

River Driver’s Restaurant: has a couple pet-friendly table where you can dine overlooking Millinocket Lake.



HIKING–DOGS ALLOWED, usually on a leash please
Look for directions and descriptions on our webpage–Explore MAPS & APPS

    Please note: there are NO DOGS ALLOWED in Baxter State Park, neither for day trips or camping–it’s a wilderness area


Ice Cave at First Debsconeag Lake

River Pond Nature Trail

Michael Michaud Walking and Biking Trail

The Bait Hole Trails–only in Spring, Summer and Fall

Katahdin Region Multi-Use Trail

Gulf Hagas Trail System

Mt. Chase

Shin Brook Falls

Seboeis River Heritage Trail

Namakanta Public Reserved Land Hikes

Turtle Ridge Trail

Tumbledown Dick Trail

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Sandbank Nature Walk

Lynx Pond Walk

Barnard Mountain Hike

Orin Falls Hike


Katahdin Woods and Waters Snowshoeing and X-Country Skiing Trails–up at the Northern end of the Monument, near the Matagamon Wilderness Store and Cabins. Pets are allowed but must be leashed and picked up after. Try to keep them off the groomed sections of the trail.

East Branch Sno-Rovers Snowmobile and ATV Club has some trails around the clubhouse that are pet friendly, but please pick up after your dog.

Chester Animal Hospital, Chester, ME     207-794-2706
Ray C. Newman, DVM, Island Falls, ME   207-463-2204
Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic     207-989-6267   Open 24 hours from Friday at 5:30 – Monday 8 AM

F. A. Peabody Insurance Now Has Live Chat Service


F. A. Peabody Insurance Now Has Live Chat Service On Our Website!
FAPCO now offers a live chat service Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm. Whether you’re searching for a home, auto or business insurance quote, or need help with service or a claim, we have professionals ready to help who get the answers you need in a hurry!


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Whatever Your Needs – Let’s Chat!


Maine Environment: Frontline Voices

NRCM has a new podcast! Every other Tuesday, we’re bringing you new episodes of Maine Environment: Frontline Voices featuring conversations with NRCM’s policy experts, citizen activists, and elected officials. You’ll get news, updates, and exclusive information about what’s happening on the ground and at the State House to shape key policies that protect Maine’s land, air, waters, and wildlife.

Tune in to our recent episodes:

As your host, I invite you to subscribe to Maine Environment: Frontline Voices on iTunes, Google Play, or Sound Cloud to listen to the latest episodes. And we welcome your ideas and suggestions for future podcast topics!


Carly Peruccio
NRCM Forests & Wildlife Outreach Coordinator and host of Maine Environment: Frontline Voices

Katahdin Gear Library

What is the Katahdin Gear Library? Through a partnership with our friends at Outdoor Sport Institute, patrons can borrow cross-country skis and snowshoes for a week with their library card for free. We have a range of sizes for adults and children, so this is a great way for the whole family to get out on the trails and experience winter in the Katahdin Region!

There are also several videos explaining how to snowshoe and how to get started cross-country skiing.


2019 Snowmobile Map

The snow is here, and so is the 2019 Katahdin Area Snowmobile Map.

Go to the webpage, to Explore, then Maps, then click on the links. Or, click here!

They are available at most Millinocket Motels, and various stores throughout the region, and, of course, at the Chamber of Commerce.

And, as a bonus, there’s a separate copy of the Millinocket Snowmobile Inset 2019 for those who need that (note that there are no advertisers or legend, just the map.)

Backcountry Adventuring

Backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and other types of exploration are growing in popularity.  The solitude, breathtaking views and chance to make first tracks in the snow are prime reasons for adventure-seekers to head to remote mountain locations in the winter.  Those new to backcountry sports and exploration may not be aware of the dangers of avalanches in these regions.

Think avalanches only happen in the midwest?  Think again!  Mt. Katahdin frequently experiences serious avalanches during the winter months.  One particular area on Katahdin known for avalanches is near First Cathedral on the Cathedral Trail.  Two snowshoers lost their lives on the mountain in the ’80s due to an avalanche, and two others nearly did the year before in the same area.  Proper avalanche safety training and the proper gear is a must before visiting Mt. Katahdin or any other remote mountain destination in the winter.

FIRST:  Get Avalanche Safety Training

Avalanche Safety Course Providers in Maine:

  1. Acadia Mountain Guides, Bar Harbor
  2. Alpine Logic, various locations

Avalanche Safety Course Providers in nearby New Hampshire:

  1. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools
  2. White Mountain Avalanche Education Foundation
  3. Northeast Mountaineering
  4. Synnott Mountain Guides 
  5. Chauvin Guides International
  6. International Mountain Climbing School 
  7. Mooney Mountain Guides

Get the Forecast

There are several places you can get the avalanche forecast, such as  This website offers forecasts as an assessment of the avalanche danger and snowpack conditions but is only a starting point.  It is up to you to make informed decisions on when, where and how you travel in regions prone to avalanches.  Check with park rangers if you’re exploring Baxter State Park for more information.

Bring Avalanche Gear

  1. Avalanche Transceiver– This is used to transmit and receive a signal to locate someone buried under snow.
  2. Probe– A probe is a long pole used to pinpoint the exact location of someone buried under snow.
  3. Shovel– The average avalanche burial is 4 feet!  Once an avalanche stops moving the debris quickly become hard and dense, especially the longer it sits.  A sturdy avalanche shovel is essential for both recovery and to assess the snowpack before heading into avalanche territory.
  4. Airbag Pack– These are highly recommended.  It is an inflatable avalanche airbag pack that can increase your chances of staying near the surface of an avalanche when you are in one when it is properly deployed.  Check out this YouTube videoof freeskier Aymar Navarro who survived a massive avalanche and was quickly rescued because he was wearing an airbag pack.

Avalanche “Red Flags” to Look Out For

  1. Recent Avalanches– If you see recent avalanches, this shows that the snowpack was recently unstable, and still could be.
  2. Look and Listen– Snow that has cracks in it, has collapsed, or “whump” or “drum-like” sounds are all signs of unstable and unsafe snow.
  3. Significant Weather– Recent heavy amounts of snowfall or rain can make the snowpack unstable for many days.
  4. Quick-Melting– Lots of rain, sun, or periods of time where the weather has been above freezing can increase avalanche danger.
  5. Wind Blown/Loaded Snow– Wind is a major factor in the recipe for an avalanche.  Avoid cornices (overhanging snow on a ridge that is formed by wind) and snow drifts on steep slopes.  These two features place extra weight in one place, which shows some areas have less snow and others have more, making the snowpack uneven and unsafe.
  6. Storm-Slabs or Persistent Slabs– These are thicker slabs formed from additional snowfall and/or wind-blown snow that is built on top of a persistent weak layer in the snowpack.  Persistent slabs can be triggered weeks after a storm or significant snowfall or windy conditions.

Learn How to Identify Avalanche Terrain

  1. Slope Angle– Use an inclinometer to check the slope angle.  Most avalanches occur on slopes measuring 35 to 50 degrees, although they are possible on any slope steeper than 30 degrees.
  2. Connected Terrain– One section of a mountainside can experience an avalanche and trigger another avalanche on an adjoining slope that is connected lower by snow.  An avalanche triggered near the top of a mountain can easily flow to the terrain at the base, even with a slope of 30 degrees or less near the base.  The momentum, volume of snow, and the level of friction determine how far the avalanche will flow.
  3. Terrain Traps– These are land features that increase your chance of being in or injured by an avalanche.  They include being above cliffs (if the cliff drops), trees or rocks (where you can get pinned or trapped), or in a place where you can get washed into a gully, and also flat transitions, creeks, and lakes (known as “runout zones” where the avalanche flow is heading and will come to a rest).

Plan for Safety

Most of the time you can’t dig yourself out of an avalanche.  Traveling with a group makes it possible for you to collectively make decisions and are necessary if things go wrong.  As a group, create a plan that you will follow in the event of an avalanche.  Communicate frequently as you move along to assess the risk of danger.  If you are in an area with avalanche prone slopes, never expose more than one person at a time to the slope.  If something goes wrong, it becomes much easier for the rest of the group to assist one person than for the entire group to become trapped.  Stay out of the way of places where you will be exposed to an avalanche.  Remember avalanches usually flow into open-terrain runout zones.

If you are Caught in an Avalanche

If you can, deploy your airbag.  Try to get off the slap or out of the way of the slide.  Fight as hard as you can to keep your head above the surface, and as it slows down, try to bring your hands to your face.  Above all, stay calm and know that your group knows how to find you, and call out to them if possible.

If Someone Else is Caught in an Avalanche

Watch them closely and use a point of reference to remember the last place they were seen.  If you have service, call 911.  Determine if it is safe to begin searching for them without getting caught in another avalanche yourself.  Follow the avalanche plan you created and discussed before you headed out and begin searching for the victim.  Once you find them, treat them for any injuries they may have sustained, and especially for hypothermia.

Get the Training, the Gear, and Be Prepared

While the temptation of backcountry adventure and exploring remote locations few see in the winter is tempting, it comes with a high level of danger when in avalanche-prone locations.  If you do plan to go, make sure you first take an avalanche safety course, have the proper gear, are with a group, and have a plan.  Winter backcountry exploration is exciting, fun, and rewarding when done safely!

Credit to Untamed Maine Magazine and Angela Q. Snowman


When the weather outside is frightful, your pets could be at risk!

Remember these tips to keep your pets safe this winter:

  1. Know your dog’s limits! Some dogs are more susceptible to the cold than others. Short-coated, thin, elderly, or very young dogs get cold more quickly – so adjust the amount of time they stay outside! If your dog enjoys being outdoors and you will be outside longer than a few minutes, consider outfitting it with a sweater or coat to keep it warm. Hypothermia and frostbite pose major risks to dogs in winter, so remember, if it is too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your dog!

  2. Check the hood! Cats often sleep in the wheel wells of cars during the winter months to keep warm. If you start your car and a cat is sleeping on your tire, it can be severely hurt or even killed by moving engine parts. Prevent injuries by banging loudly on your hood or honking the horn before starting your car. This will wake up the cat and give it a chance to escape before starting the car.

  3. Wipe their paws! During winter walks, your dog’s paws can pick up all kinds of toxic chemicals – salt, antifreeze, or de-icers. Be sure to wipe off your dog’s paws when you return from walks to prevent him from licking it off and becoming sick. Purchase pet-safe de-icers for your home for an extra level of safety. And when wiping off your dog’s paws, remember to check for signs of injury, such as cracked or bleeding paws.Keep them leashed!More pets become lost in the winter than any other season because snowfall can disguise recognizable scents that would normally help them find their way home. Prevent your pets from becoming lost by keeping dogs leashed on walks and, just in case you are separated from your pets, make sure their collars have up-to-date contact information and they are microchipped.
  1. Avoid the ice! When walking your dog, be sure to avoid frozen lakes and ponds. Your dog could be seriously hurt or even killed if the ice breaks.

  2. Leave them home! Just as hot cars are dangerous for pets in the summer, cold cars pose a threat as well! Only take your pets in the car if it is necessary, and never leave them unattended.

  3. Be seen!Due to Daylight Savings, many of us are relegated to walking our dogs in the dark. Keep yourself and your dog are safe by wearing reflective gear (clothing, leash, collar, etc) and keeping your dog close when walking on the street.

  4. Give them shelter! Ideally, all pets should live inside. If your pets live outdoors primarily, bring them indoors during sub-zero temperatures. For the rest of the winter, provide them with a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow them to sit and lay down comfortably, but small enough to conserve body heat.  The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw.  Turn the shelter so it faces away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic. Also, pets who spend a lot of time outside need more food to replace energy lost from trying to stay warm. Use plastic food and water dishes instead of metal – when the temperature is low enough, your pets’ tongue can become stuck to metal.

  5. Avoid spills! Antifreeze attracts cats and dogs because it is very sweet to taste, but it is extremely poisonous and can cause serious illness or death when ingested. Be sure to clean up any antifreeze that spills in your garage, and keep the bottle somewhere your pets cannot access.

  6. Be prepared! Winter brings extreme weather that can cause power outages. Have an emergency plan and make sure they include your pets! Have an emergency kit with enough food, water, and medication to last your pets at least five days. Most likely you will never need it, but if you do, you will be thankful you planned ahead!

10 Things You Need for Your Winter Outdoor Adventures



December 26, 2018


10 things you need for your winter outdoor adventures

10 key items for enjoying the outdoors during winter


By Natalie Williams, BDN Staff • December 25, 2018 1:00 pm

Mainers know that hiking isn’t just for the summer months. Sometimes you want to hit the trails even when it’s below-freezing. BDN outdoors and features reporter Aislinn Sarnacki walks us through her favorite winter gear for those who want to spend December in the great outdoors.

  1. Aislinn’s top recommendation for spending time in nature: a warm winterhat. Aislinn recommends a fleece-lined hat that covers your ears for most cold winter days. Luckily, warm hats are not hard to come by in Maine, so find your favorite style and get outside.
  2. From your driveway to the trails, ice cleatsare another must-have this winter. If you find yourself in some rugged terrain, it’s time to upgrade to heavy-duty spikes. Whatever variety of ice cleats you choose, you’ll be happy you have them when you find yourself staying upright on a patch of ice.
  3. Although much of Maine is without snow right now, those snowy winter days are probably far from over. If you want to hit the trails, you’ll probably need some snowshoesto help you out. Make sure you get the right size and attachments for your winter trail needs. Some people even prefer wooden snowshoes. Who would have thought?
  4. It’s only going to get colder, but that doesn’t mean you should stay inside. Get a face maskto protect your nose and cheeks on those bone-chilling days. Aislinn recommends a fleece-lined neck warmer or a full face mask, whatever you prefer.
  5. With the sun setting around 4 p.m. this week, light isn’t always plentiful. That’s why a headlampis next on the list. “It’s really important that you have a source of light on you, so you’re not racing the sun out of the woods and worried if you’re going to be able to see your way back,” Aislinn said. She also recommends to bring extra batteries along, too.
  6. To continue with the theme of staying nice and warm, mittensand gloves are the next must-have. For warmth, go with mittens, but if you want to more mobility or want to use your phone, get some gloves. Take it up a notch and add heat packs to your gloves or mittens and stay extra warm.
  7. As mentioned above, heat packscan be your best friend in winter. Chilly fingers and toes are no fun, so use heat packs to keep warm from head to toe. These little packets just need to be shaken up, and they’ll produce heat in no time. Keep them stockpiled in your backpack for a little extra heat when you need it.
  8. Wear lots of layers, but make sure they’re woolor synthetic. When you’re active outside in winter, you’re probably going to sweat a bit, or at least run into snow or rain. If you wear the right materials, they will dry quickly and you won’t be stuck with cold, wet layers. Stay away from cotton though, it stays wet.
  9. Even if you’re not the most outdoorsy in the bunch, you could still use an emergency kit. Aislinn recommends keeping it in your car or backpack. You can amend an existing first aid kit with other survival tools such as a fire starter, or buy a survival kit already made (if you can find it).
  10. If snow has completely covered a trail or there are downed trees, a GPS could come in handy to help with navigation. Get a traditional GPS or a satellite tracker where you can notify rescue personnel if you get stuck. These work when cell phone reception isn’t always working. And don’t forget the original Maine GPS: “ The Delorme Maine Atlas & Gazetteer.”


To see the video, go to Bangor Daily News

Shop Local…

Need some ideas for gifts to go under the tree this year? Check out our list of members who have all kinds of items and experiences to give:

Gift ideas:
Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium–large gift selection of Maine Made items, clothes, stuffed toys, Stonewall Kitchens products…
Katahdin General Store–outdoor gear, clothing, food novelties, kids toys…
Lennie’s Superette–clothing, food, outdoor necessities…
Millinocket Historical Society–buy a calendar, or a book of Millinocket History…
Moose Prints Gallery & Gifts–a variety of photos that come in all sizes, media, and frames…
North Light Gallery–paintings and art of all sizes and types, perfect for that hard-to-buy-for person…
Roots 2 Remedies–All kinds of wellness items, including CBD products, care-giving services, and consultations for your pain…
St. Martin’s Thrift Store–all kinds of gift items, winter outwear and toys…
Timberchic–Re-purposed wood in a variety of shapes and uses…
Trailside Country Store–Stained glass, wood baskets, local products, special food items…
Woods & Waters Shop–Local wines, decorative art and photography, area clothing…

Give a meal (or a gift certificate towards a meal):

Angelo’s Pizza Grille
Fredericka’s at Big Moose Inn
Hillcrest Golf Club
Hotel Terrace
Katahdin General Sotre
Lennie’s Superette
Mt. Chase Lodge
Northern Timber Cruisers
Raymond’s Country Store
River Drivers Restaurant
Scootic In Restaurant
Shin Pond Village
Wildwoods Trailside Cabins, Lodge & Restaurant

Or, give an experience:

Rounds of Golf at the Hillcrest Golf Club

A scenic Boat or Airplane Tour–Big Moose Inn, Katahdin Air Service, Libby Camps, Maine Quest Adventures, New England Outdoor Center, West Branch Aviation

Rafting with North Country Rivers, Northern Outdoors, or Penobscot Rafting at New England Outdoor Center

Snowmobile rentals with New England Outdoor Center or Shin Pond Village

Canoe or Kayak rental with Katahdin Air Service, Katahdin Outfitters, Maine Quest Adventures, New England Outdoor Center or Shin Pond Village

A Guide to the Adventure of your choice–Hiking, Paddling, Hunting, Fishing, Wildlife Tours, Snowmobiling, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing–Bowlin Camps Lodge, Eagle Lodge & Camps, Katahdin Air Service, Libby Camps, Maine Quest Adventures, Moose Woods Guide Service, New England Outdoor Center, Shin Pond Village, Spencer Cover Outfitters

A yoga retreat at Sewall House in Island Falls

A Photography Workshop or Class–Moose Prints Gallery

A gift certificate for a Bed and Breakfast, Lodge or Inn, such as 5 Lakes Lodge, Big Moose Inn, Eagle Lodge & Camps, the Lake House, Mt. Chase Lodge, North Country Rivers, Wildwoods Trailside Cabins, Lodge and Restaurant, Sewall House, Summit Farm Lodging, God’s Country Inn, or the Young House.

A gift certificate to a Sporting Camp–Bowlin Camps Lodge, Chewonki Big Eddy Cabins, Katahdin Air Service, Katahdin Forest Cabins, Libby Camps, Pine Grove Campground & Cottages, Twin Pines Lodging, Whitehouse Landing Camps, one of the Eco-Lodges through Appalachian Mountain Club

A gift certificate to a campground–Katahdin Shadows Campground & Cabins, Pamola Motor Lodge Camping,Wilderness Edge Campground.

A ride…shuttle or limousine–Pamola Shuttle and Limousine Service



Groceries–Ellis Family Markets, Hannaford, Sam’s Club

Fuel–Dead River

Garbage pickup service for a year–Plourde’s Rubbish & Recycle

A newspaper subscription–the Lincoln/Katahdin News

A Haircut–Russ’ Barber Shop

A Membership to LIFEstyle Fitness

A Gift Certificate to Katahdin Kritters, for your pet’s enjoyment, and your, or someone else’s, piece of mind


Or, donate your time or funds to a local non-profit, in someone else’s name, or your own!


Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands: Events and News

Want to know what’s coming up with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands?

Click on the link to the Bureau of Parks and Lands webpage for more information

Expand Your Business With SBA’s Federal Small Business Programs presentation

Jim Pineau, from the US Small Business Administration, will be presenting a workshop on:

An overview of SBA’s Small Buiness Programs and financing program opportunities.

What government entities purchase for goods and services…right here in Maine and how Maine PTAC can assist you with government contracting.

And more!

Wednesday, December 5
8:30 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.
Katahdin Region Higher Ed Center
1 Dirigo Drive, E. Millinocket

RSVP’s are appreciated; please contact Dana Delano at or by calling (207) 521-1713.

Expand your business with Federal Small E Millinocket 12 5 18 (2)

New Katahdin Region Economic Director

The members of the Katahdin Revitalization groups has secured a 7-year funding contract for an Economic Development Director for the Katahdin Region.

Working with the Penobscot County Commissioners, all six towns within northern Penobscot County, and Eastern Maine Development Corporation they have garnered support and financing for this position. This will include a Board of Directors to define the scope of work, hire the Director and provide guidance and oversight of the work done.

For more information, read the article from the Bangor Daily News, or check out the Katahdin Revitalization Facebook page.

Millinocket Marathon and Half

Registration for the Marathon and Half has closed, and there are currently 2626 runners coming to Millinocket on December 8th, 2018. For more information about what’s happening from Friday, Dec. 7th through Saturday, Dec. 8th, and Sunday, Dec. 9th,  check the Marathon and Half Facebook page. For specific events, check the Chamber Calendar of Events. For housing and ride share possibilities, check Millinocket Rooming and Rides.

Whether you’re running, cheering and supporting, or just want to support Millinocket, there will be lots to do and see. Check out the Craft Fair, the meals, the dance…be a part of it all!

Download the DISCOVER KATAHDIN App to find information while you’re on the go!

MARATHON DETAILS    (from the Crow Athletics WebPage)

    FREE bus transportation TO and FROM Stearns High School ONLY from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
    more info here
    Stearns High School, 199 State St, Millinocket, Maine 04462

 (please use these provided buses and DO NOT attempt to park near the race start. Using these buses will allow us to grow our event and show appreciation to this generous community for making them available. Keep in mind the race is FREE!

Bib Number Pickup & Artisan Fair (see listing below); December 7 & 8, 2018. Stearns High School, 199 State St, Millinocket, Maine 04462

  • Friday, Dec 7thfrom 12 noon to 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Dec 8th – (RACE DAY) from 7:30am to 4:00pm (come shop for after race goodies!)

As we all know this event was created solely to help the town & people of Millinocket, and the entire Katahdin region. It was never our intention for the town or region to have to do anything for us… Well, as we also know it’s not how real Mainer’s roll and the entire region is both excited and energized! With that said, there are many, many dinners, activities and other things planned. PLEASE please patronize all of these events: (Note: keep checking here for more updates and additions to race weekend!)

Drop Off places:

Millinocket Memorial Library Open for Gently Used Clothes Drop Off, Friday, Dec. 7th and Saturday, Dec. 8th.
Drop In Benefit —Moose Drop In has MM Rubber bracelets to support the local schools. Also, drop off New Toys, Food , Clothing, and Pet Supplies for local pets and families in need.
Fuel Up Friday at Moose Prints Gallery with some tasty carbs, and purchase raffle tickets through the weekend for a “Birches in Fall” canvas wrap by Mark Picard to benefit Millinocket Memorial Library. Coffee and apple cider available on Sunday morning, 9 – 12.


In the Park–Love Meat Tender Food Truck
Santa in the Park Information Booth–hot chocolate, baked goods, raffle, and runner and visitor information.
Katahdin General–at 135 Penobscot Ave., snacks and goods
North Light Gallery–Raffle for Charity with Live Painters, Fuel Up Friday, Pie and Ice Cream. Friday, Dec. 7, 4:00pm. Saturday, 9:00am – 4:00pm, and Sunday hours too.Proceeds to benefit local food insecurity
Fundraiser for Ashton–at designlab, 135 Penobscot Ave.
Mini Golf to benefit Millinocket Memorial Library, at the Gear Hub, 96 Penobscot Avenue, Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Gracie’s Aunt’s Emporium, 555 Central St., Millinocket–Friday, December 7, 9:00am – 2:00pm; Saturday, December 8, 10:00am – 4:00pm…Gifts galore, special sales and a drawing. Stop in a support this local business on your way to the Marathon.

Warming stations–
Moose Drop In, 242 Penobscot Ave.
Katahdin Woods & Water NM Visitor Center, 200 Penobscot Ave.
Roots 2 Remedies, 112 Penobscot Ave.
Millinocket Elks Millinocket Elks Lodge 1521 located right around the corner from the start/finish area is generously OPENING at noon on race day as a warming area and they will be preparing yummy food for sale in their concession area!

  • Dec 7, 2018Spaghetti OR Pancake Dinner; 4:00 – 7:00pm – American Legion Riders Post #80, 970 Central Street, Millinocket, Maine 04462 : Details HERE Tickets HERE
  • Dec 7, 2018 – The Millinocket Marathon & Half Variety Show; 6:30pm – Walker Auditorium at Stearns High School, 199 State St, Millinocket, Maine 04462
    Details: Come and enjoy a night of music and dance before the big race! This promises to be an event for all ages!! Donations are Welcome! All proceeds benefit the Millinocket Performing Arts Boosters
  • Dec 7, 2018 – Third Annual HWYRT Crankle 2K; 7:00pm to 8:00pm – Blue Ox Saloon, 61 Penobscot Ave, Millinocket Maine 04462
    (note: HWYRT strongly encourages a $10.00 donation which will go to Bragdon Energy Service for their home heating oil donation program.)
    Details & Sign up HERE.
  • Dec 7, 2018So This Is Fitness LIVE Podcast;
    Time TBA During Bib Number pickup at Stearns High School, 199 State St, Millinocket, Maine Millinocket, Maine 04462
  • Dec 7 & 8, 2018Bib number pickup & Artisan Fair;
    Friday, Dec 7th – 12 noon to 8:00pm


  • Saturday, Dec 8th(RACE DAY) 7:30am to 4:00pm Stearns High School, 199 State St, Millinocket, Maine 04462 – HERE
  • Dec 8, 2018 – Marathon Breakfast; 6:00am to 11:00am – Northern Timber Cruisers, Millinocket Lake Road, Millinocket Maine 04462. (note: this venue is located on the race route!) – HERE  
  • Dec 8, 2018 – The 1st Annual FREE Millinocket Marathon Kids Run will start at 9:15AM sharp on Dec 8 between the logging trucks! FREE registration starts at 8:45am near the bonfire. See you all there for a lot of adorable! #KidsRunMillinocket!
  • Dec 8, 2018 – Millinocket Marathon and Half   10:00 AM, Half starts at 10:10. See more information below.
  • Dec 8, 2018 Dance Millinocket featuring band SHYBOY! doors at 7:00pm, rocks at 8:00pm until !!!Elks Club, 213 Aroostook Ave, Millinocket Maine 04462. Advance tickets are highly recommended. (last year this event sold out!) Send $10 per ticket via PayPal to:
    PLUS ..
    Hamburgers, hotdogs, chili, pizza and bake sale for purchase!
    Run all-day and shake everything all-night!!’
    (your name and the number of tickets your purchased will be on the VIP reservation list at the door!)
  • Dec 8, 2018Live Music, After Party;
    TBA – Highlands Tavern at Pamola Motor Lodge, 973 Central Street, Millinocket, Maine 04462
  • Dec 8, 2018Ugly Sweater Party – New England Outdoor Center NEOC;
    7:00pm -10:00pm – River Drivers Restaurant, 30 Twin Pines Road, Millinocket, Maine 04462
  • Dec 9, 2018 –1 K Sunday Fun Day Recovery Run from 10:30 – 11:00 at Veterans Memorial Park, to benefit the Millinocket Historical Society
  • Dec 9, 2018 – Celebrate Chanukah, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Moose Shed, 237 Bates Ave. Open house to celebrate Chanuakah and the runners, and wish everyone a safe journey home, a wonderful winter season, and a happy 2019.
  •  WAIT!!!!!

(click on the marathon & half tab)


WATER STOPS: Typically these are runner driven, pop-up affairs. If you require fluids on a super rigid schedule we recommend carrying what you need, otherwise use what’s offered or even better organize a water stop with your friends!


RACE DATE: Saturday December 8th, 2018

START TIME:  FULL Marathon 10:00AM – HALF 10:10AM


START LOCATION:  33 Penobscot Ave, Millinocket ME, 04462








  • As of the 2nd edition in 2016 our race course became USATF certified, making it a Boston, NYC and Chicago Marathon qualifier.
    USATF Course Certifications.
  • The course is two loop circuit, half marathon is one loop, full marathon is two.
  • START INFORMATIONStart/Finish Line Location – 33 Penobscot Avenue, Millinocket, Maine 04462

    Marathon Start Time – 10:00AM

    Half-Marathon Start Time – 10:10AM

    There is no parking near the race start. Runners should leave vehicles at Stearns High School and walk or run the approximately ½-mile to the start, or use the provided buses. Dry gear/bags may be left near gazebo at the start area. Buses will run from Stearns HS to the Start Area ONLY, from 8AM-4:30PM. If you need transportation outside of that time frame or to other locations in town, call the Pamola Shuttle/Taxi, 207-731-6663.

  • Runners – After you exit gravel Golden & Huber Roads at approx. Mile-6 you MUST cross the paved Lake Road/State Road and run on the LEFT side facing traffic all the way back to town. DO NOT run on the right or down the center of the road as traffic will need room to shift over to give you running space on the left.

    Spectators – Only official or emergency vehicles with permits will be allowed on Golden Road after the race starts. This will be strictly enforced to help keep runners safe/separated from expected heavy spectator traffic. Spectators who wish, may drive out the paved part of the course toward Baxter State Park and turn RIGHT into Huber Road and park and walk to Golden Road to cheer on or support runners. (DO NOT turn LEFT onto the race route.)

  • The race will be timed and there will be offical results. (all donated services!)
  • Participants should NOT attend our event with the typical race mindset, ‘how many perks will I receive?’ instead please come run and support this town (remember nobody paid an entry fee!)
  • The event won’t be supplying race shirts but the Moose Drop In has created many wonderful designs. Many other local businesses feature unique, fun and locally crafted race bling. #ShopMillinocket
  • There is a pasta dinner, a craft fair/expo, bib pick up as well as an epic Saturday after party and a whole lot more in the works! This is definitely not a just run and leave event. Make plans now to come for the night or the weekend or forever works fine too


Street and Road Closures: Race Day, December 8, 2018 Penobscot Ave, from the lights at the Penobscot/Central Street intersection to Veteran’s Memorial Park from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Golden Road route traffic closed from 10:00 am to 11:30 am to all traffic. Emergency vehicle and permit holders only. Ham Radio operators will be monitoring the route.

Parking and Public Transportation: Race Day, December 8, 2018
No parking on Penobscot Ave, from the intersection to Veterans Memorial Park. Parking is allowed on side streets. There will be no parking at the former mill site.

Public Transportation:
FREE bus transportation TO and FROM Stearns High School/Race Start ONLY from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Stearns High School, 199 State St, Millinocket, Maine 04462. If you need transportation outside of that time frame or to other locations in town, call the Pamola Shuttle/Taxi, 207-731-6663.
Safety Notes
1. Do not leave unattended bags or packages along the race route or in town.
2. There are no official medical stations along the race route. If you need medical attention, call 911.
3. To all motorists: PLEASE USE CAUTION when navigating streets with runners. Go slowly and use caution when making turns.
4. If you are running the race, please be aware there are no official water stations along the route. Be prepared.
5. Dress warmly and use common sense.


Millinocket Marathon • Half Artisan Craft Fair

Heres a list of the crafters!
Most take credit/debit cards!

Mainely Woolyns (Lynn Beaulier)
Crocheted Creations (Nadine McGibbon)
Soulful Jewels & Creations (Sherrie Grenier)
Rosealie Wentworth homemade stuffed elephants +
Mitten Lady (Lillian LeGassey)
Feather Duster Crafts (Maureen Carmichael)
Monkey Mamas Mittens & more (Pauline Therriault)
Dakota Dreams & Montana Wishes (Lisa Richardson)
The Woodworking Guy (David Levesque)
Messier Studios (Tim Messier)
Maine Woods Crafts (Jennifer Gordon)
Sponz in the Sand (Judith Bither)
Maine Gallery & Crafts ( Laurie York)
Linda Haste (handbags, jewelry and more)
Silly Stitches (Jody Pinette)
Linda Labby ( Quilted items, glass angels and much more!)
Canaan York, Childrens author,signs, jewelry and more!)
Andreas Rocks (Andrea Paoletti)
Allagash Tails (Tim Caverly, Author)
The Laughing Llama (Nancy Carhart)
Faraway Gems & Jewels (Sandra Fayle)
Kerwin Whitney Photography (Kerwin Whitney)
Eko-banz (Diana Thomas)
Gallifreyan Farm (Tessa Flannery)
Gene Bailey (wooden spoons and cutting boards)
Crazy Crochet Lady (Amy Bernardini)
Denise Bragdon (Homemade Jellys, Jams, relish and cookies)
Maine Man Flavahs (Brian Hallett)
Eastport Sea Glass Design (Rachael Rowland)
Knitting Needles (Mary Jane DuBois) quilting and other sewing projects!
Maine Focus Photography (Roger Stevens Jr)
Mainely Coffee, LLC (Roger & Sarah Buzby)
Kims Turning Corner (Kim McNally)
Merry Moose of Maine (Steve & Lorraine Guiggey)
All About the Honey (Mark Bogue)
Two Old Hags Soap (Carla Heath)
Bad Kitty Creations (Cathy Brown & Nora Kittrick )
The Bar Harbor Bag Lady (Carrie McKay)
Judi Thompson (Penny Rugs and more
Lively Oak (Andrew & Abbie Connolly)
Pine Ridge Scents Candles & Signs (Allicca Quirion)
Lil Moose Kids (Gayle Cormier)
Be • Vi Naturals (Jessica Lundstrum)
Gould Mountain Maple (Sandra Gould)
Mountainman Minerals (Dana Foster)
Paint with Me-Laura (Laura Manzo)
Betsys, Goatmilk CBD Lotion & Soap (Betsy Lancanster)
Lynda Tedford. ( Christmas ornaments and more)
Bar Harbor Jam Co (Patrick Corson)

The Maine Highlands–2017 Visitation and Economic Impact

Recently, the Maine Office of Tourism went around the State, gathering input from each of the eight tourism regions. We also completed surveys to indicate our feelings about tourism as it is, and where we think it needs to move. Here is some of the data from the research, and MOT studies:


Katahdin Region Begins Another Gorgeous Leaf Peeping Season

While it’s not officially Fall yet, the leaves in the Katahdin Region are starting to turn. Lots of beautiful Red Maple leaves are showing up, with the golds, oranges and yellows soon to follow. We have spectacular views here, there’s nothing better than a nice crisp early fall walk through the woods, a kayaking or canoeing trip, or even a nice leisurely drive to view the spectacular foliage. Here is the latest Fall Foliage Report.

Maine Fall Foliage Report September 19, 2018

LUPC Proposal

UPDATE, Dec. 28, 2018:

There will be another LUPC hearing on Tuesday, January 8th, at noon, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.
For more information click on LUPC above.


Recently, the Chamber has been made aware of a new proposal for Adjacency Rules for development of Unorganized Territories, which could have a significant impact on the people and businesses in the Katahdin Region and the entire North Woods.

Here are two websites from both the Committee that is proposing the rules

The Land Use Planning Commission’s page on adjacency:

and the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s position

NRCM’s page on adjacency:

Finally, here is a link to an article in the Bangor Daily News that covered the hearing on June 20th, 2018.

Bangor Daily News on LUPC Hearing


Updated 9/20/18


New Rulemaking Schedule for Adjacency Review

Written comments about the Land Use Planning Commission’s (LUPC or the Commission) review of the adjacency principle will continue to be accepted beyond the current deadline of September 24, 2018.

At its meeting on October 10, 2018, the Commission will consider revising the proposal, establishing a new comment deadline, and holding an additional public hearing in winter of 2019. More details about the rulemaking schedule will be available on the website in advance of the October meeting.

How to participate:
To review the proposal, please visit the Adjacency webpage. If you have questions or would like to submit written comments, please email Benjamin.Godsoe; or write to: Land Use Planning Commission, c/o Ben Godsoe, 18 Elkins Lane, 22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, Phone: (207) 287-2619.



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