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Maine books on the great outdoors

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Above the Gravel Bar

David Cook takes the reader on a birchbark canoe journey through the landscape in the context of Northeastern geological development and Indian prehistoric culture. On rivers, lakes, over carries, and through coastal routes, we follow the archaeological and historical record, informed by accounts of early explorers.

First attempted in the early twentieth century, the publication of these ancient canoe routes, in daily use for millennia, is finally accomplished and in its third edition, with translations of Indian place names, a thorough index, notes and bibliography, and a foreword by Penobscot tribal historian, James Eric Francis, Sr. The eminent anthropologist David Sanger, PhD, provides an introduction. Read more

The Interrupted Forest: A History of Maine’s Wildlands by Neil Rolde

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More than half of Maine has never been settled and lies in what is called the Unorganized Territories, millions of acres of quasi-wilderness. Add to this the thousands of farms that have grown back to woods since the Civil War, and you have the most forested state, percentage wise, in the United States. But the “uninterrupted forest” that Henry David Thoreau first saw in the 1840s was never exactly uninterrupted, for loggers had cut it severely even before the Concord iconoclast’s trip, settlers had gnawed into it, and the Indians, much earlier, had left their mark.

This is the story of these lands, wild then and, in many places, wild still, and the humans who used them and shaped them and fought over them. It is a story that starts in the present with the current controversies over land sales, clear-cutting and spraying, proposals for a gigantic National Park, the future of the pulp and paper and lumber industries, and no less than a secession movement in Northern Maine, and then seeks to answer the question: “How did this extraordinary region come into being?” Read more

Above the Gravel Bar: The Native Canoe Routes of Maine by David S. Cook

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David Cook takes the reader on a birchbark canoe journey through the landscape in the context of Northeastern geological development and Indian prehistoric culture. On rivers, lakes, over carries, and through coastal routes, we follow the archaeological and historical record, informed by accounts of early explorers.

First attempted in the early twentieth century, the publication of these ancient canoe routes, in daily use for millennia, is finally accomplished and in its third edition, with translations of Indian place names, a thorough index, notes and bibliography, and a foreword by Penobscot tribal historian, James Eric Francis, Sr. The eminent anthropologist David Sanger, PhD, provides an introduction. Read more

Maine’s Books about the Coast

Growing Up on an Island Off the Coast of Maine

Of the many books that have been written about the people who live on islands off the Maine coast, few are by individuals who were born and raised on an island. This book is an exception.

“Born in 1927, Carroll M. Haskell (known as ‘Cabbage’ to most islanders) grew up on Deer Isle, graduating from Stonington High School in 1945. Over the years, he did all the things island boys did: besides getting into mischief, he clammed, went lobstering, worked on the granite quarry, and went yachting, before settling into a career with the telephone company. Read more

Your Maine Lands by Tom Hanrahan

On behalf of Maine’s Department of Conservation, a master Maine guide introduces the free amenities of the nearly one million acres of Maine’s public lands, including hunting and fishing, with advice on how to prepare for a visit to the North Maine Woods. Features thirty-eight illustrations by Kelly Thorndike.

With a foreword by Governor John E. Baldacci, and an introduction by Commissioner Patrick K. McGowan, Department of Conservation.

To order, please e-mail: Gale Ross, gale.ross@maine.gov, or phone 207 287-5266. Thank you! Your Maine Lands: Reflections of a Maine Guide, by Tom Hanrahan, 38 black & white illustrations by Kelly Thorndike, 96pp

Quality Paperback, ISBN 978-1-882190-91-1, US $10.95