Category Archives: The North Maine Woods

A critical Review of Current Ecological Thinking for Conservation, and it’s application to Baxter State Park.

Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes hayes@missionwilderness.org A critical review of Implications of Current Ecological Thinking for Biodiversity Conservation: a review of the Salient Issues September 13, 2014 It was with great interest that I read the article under consideration in this review. Having seen the application of a “hands-off” approach to conservation in my professional career- and …

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The Unknown River Driver

  In Foster’s Field where the loggers bunk along the river, “Saurdnahunk” in morning mist a stranger stood out from the northern mystic wood- A long shaft peavey in his hand and cleated feet- A stout young man. He hoped they would agree to hire him on as a chief river driver so he inquired …

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Climbing Katahdin for a View of the Future

The Appalachian Trail stretches some 2,184 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia to the top of Mt. Katahdin in central Maine. The last stretch of the Appalachian Trail- as one travels from south to north- is known as The 100 Mile Wilderness of Maine, because the final miles, from Monson Maine to the top of Mt. …

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From Alabama to Maine; The Appalachian Mountains Have Always Been My Home

My heritage is that of the frontiersmen. I do not say this with a great degree of pride because it meant that the Hays family was never very settled. Every generation sought to push into the next frontier. We were settled in America 100 years before it was a country. We were settled into Tennessee …

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Environmental Theology: The ‘First-Fruits’ of All Creatures

It is my intent to write quite a bit here on the topic of environmental theology. Let’s begin by stepping into the waters. We will wade out a little bit more next time. But let us begin with a discussion of what it means  for Christians to be the “First-Fruits” of all Creatures.     …

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“Rendezvous”

  As I rose from my bed on a crisp winter morning to go about my day’s duties, I heard her.   Standing in the market where I merchandized machines, I realized that I must heed her summons.   I heard her beckoning me, as she does most every day, with a voice that pierces me with …

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The Northeastern Coyote: A Morphometric Survey of Canis latrans variant in Northeastern Maine

    Abstract The ecological role of the wild canids in the Laurentian Hills Ecoregion of Maine PREDATOR OR SCAVENGER ADAPTATIONS? The coyotes of the Laurentian Hills Ecoregion of Maine are a part of the northeastern coyote (Canis latrans variant) population, known to be the largest extant version in of the coyote in North America. …

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Theophany

  My name is Philip I’m sure it must be As today I sought A Theophany With hope to the wood To hear, feel and see An affirmation Of His will in me But what did I hear? No formal decree; A spring mountain stream In swift jubilee And what did I feel? His breath …

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CANIS RUFUS: Red Wolf Ecology and Recovery

  Introduction Just like Romulus and Remus All right. I will admit I was not responsible for constructing Rome. Nor was I raised by a pack of wolves, but a simple encounter with a red wolf when I was a child did shape my life.  When I was a child growing up in eastern Tennessee …

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Wilderness Experience

I truly believe there is no replacement, no counterfeit, for a man or woman removing himself from civilization and into the creation of God’s hand, the wilderness, for a time of renewal and focus. This is where prophets have always gone to pour out themselves and download God’s will for their lives. The Scriptures are …

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