Places Volume 4

monkmanphoto

On assignment with conservation photographer Jerry Monkman.

PLACES

On Assignment with Jerry Monkman

LAND CONSERVATION

Photos from projects on the Maine

Coast, the Adirondacks, and more.

FARMS AS OPEN SPACE

New Hampshire land trusts work

to conserve area farms.

MAINE WOODS ADVENTURE

A spring visit to the AMC’s

Maine Wilderness Camps.

MERRIMACK

Work begins on a new film

exploring one of America’s

most endangered rivers

AWARD SEASON

The Monkmans are awarded

their second National Outdoor

Book Award.


My 2015 film,The Power of Place, explored the impacts of a potential transmission line project on the New

Hampshire landscape. That project is one step closer to being defeated - Story on page 4.

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From Jerry

I’m looking at a foot of snow outside my New Hampshire window today,

but I’m confident we’ll all be enjoying the blissful warmth of spring when

you read this. It’s fun to share some highlights of the great photo and

video projects I’ve been a part of during the last year in this 4th edition of

Places.” I’m blessed to consistently work with local, regional, and national

NGO’s working to conserve some amazing places in the Northeast. Most of

this issue is devoted to those places (though I’ve thrown a little bragging

in as well - please forgive me!) Enjoy the pages that follow and have a great

spring and summer.

Cheers!

Table of Contents

-Jerry

Announcements.....................................................................................................4-5

A new book, a new award, and Northern Pass is denied.

A day in Casco Bay.................................................................................................. 6-7

An excursion to islands conserved by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

Conservation in New York’s Adirondack Mountains...........................................8-9

A winter trip to some wild parcels conserved by Open Space Institute.

Farms as open space.......................................................................................... 10-11

New Hampshire land trusts work to conserve area farms.

From the Mountain to the Sea........................................................................... 12-13

Land trusts band together to conserve a diverse greenway in southern Maine.

Landscapes......................................................................................................... 14-17

Maine Woods Adventure.................................................................................... 18-21

A spring visit to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Maine Wilderness Camps.

Merrimack............................................................................................................... 22

Work begins on a new film exploring one of America’s endangered rivers.

On the Cover: The Katahdin Iron Works road at sunrise in Maine’s remote 100 Mile Wilderness

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Announcements

A new book and a new award!

In September, my wife Marcy and I released a revised edition of our book,

Colors of Fall: Road Trip Guide, a guidebook to enjoying New England’s most

colorful season. I’ll admit that this one was fun to research.

In November we received word that our book, Outdoor Adventures: Acadia

National Park, received a National Outdoor Book Award(our second) in the

adventure guide category. Super honored to receive that news!

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IN A PLACE WHERE THE STATE MOTTO IS “LIVE FREE OR DIE”

PEOPLE DON’T GIVE UP TRADITION OR THEIR LAND WITHOUT A FIGHT.

Northern Pass is denied!

The view is worth it.

A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY JERRY MONKMAN

ECOPHOTOGRAPHY.COM/THE-POWER-OF-PLACE

SPONSORED BY: ART/SET LLC

AND APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB

My 2015 documentary, The Power of Place, looked at the negative impacts

of Northern Pass (a proposed electricity transmission line) on the New

Hampshire landscape, its residents and economy. In February, the state

of New Hampshire’s Site Evaluation Committee voted 7-0 to deny a permit

to Northern Pass, effectively killing the project (pending appeals by the

project sponsor, Eversource Energy.) This was a long hard-fought victory for

conservation interests in the region and I’m proud to have contributed this

film to the fight.

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A day in Casco Bay

Recreation

MAINE

An excursion to two islands conserved by the Maine Coast

Heritage Trust.

In August I spent a day with the Maine Coast Heritage

Trust photographing the recreation that they encourage

on two of their protected islands (East Gosling and

Lane’s Island) in Casco Bay near the Maine towns of

Harpswell and Yarmouth. By motor boat and canoe,

MCHT Communications Director Rich Knox and I made

our way out to the islands to meet a pair of families

enjoying quintessential Maine coast scenery. Maine

Coast Heritage Trust now has more than 100 preserves,

conserving more than 150,000 acres. Many of their

preserves are on remote coastal islands, only accessible

by boat, and providing the opportunity for camping in

some of the states most scenic locations.

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Above Left: Saying goodbye to The

Goslings.

Above Right: Taking in a Casco Bay

sunrise with some camp coffee on

Lane’s Island.

Lower Right: A family of five enjoys a

driftwood fire on one of The Goslings.

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Conservation in

New York’s Adirondack

Mountains

Conservation

NEW YORK

A winter trip to some wild parcels conserved by the Open

Space Institute.

A February trip to New York’s Adirondack Mountains

opened my eyes to some great work being done there

by the Open Space Institute. While fighting mediocre

light for much of the three days I had to shoot, I was

nonetheless impressed by the beauty of the landscape

on their Tahawus and Huckleberry Mountain tracts

(and the few moments of sunshine I did encounter

proved fruitful.) It was a strange winter in the northeast

with long stretches of really cold weather and strecthes

of unseasonably warm weather. Snow came and went

for the most part without consistent conditions. When

I arrived in Tahawus, it was in the 40’s with just enough

snow to wear snowshoes on the trails that serve as the

southern access to the Adirondack’s highest peaks.

The trees were bare until the morning of my departure

when a fresh couple of inches coated the trees, adding

beauty to the above scene of the Hudson River about 8

miles south of New York’s tallest peak, Mount Marcy.

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Above left: The Hudson River near

its source in the High Peaks of the

Adirondacks.

Above right: Two teenagers snowshoe

across Henderson Lake on the

Tahawus Tract.

Below right: A couple and their

daughter on a footbridge over the

Hudson River on the Open Space

Institute’s Upper Works Trail.

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Farms

as Open

Space

Conservation

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire land trusts work to conserve area farms.

Southern New Hampshire (which I call home) is one

of the fastest growing regions in New England with

rising real estate prices luring many farmers to sell

their land, which is then used for other purposes.

Land trusts throughout New England are working

to conserve farmland, insuring it will be available to

future generations for food production. Working on

recent projects with the Southeast Land Trust of New

Hampshire and the Society for the Protection of New

Hampshire Forests was particularly rewarding because

the farms I photographed were places I’ve bought

produce from for more than 20 years.

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Above left: A young woman works as

a seasonal farmhand at Barker’s Farm

in Stratham, NH.

Above right: Emery Farm in Durham,

NH is an iconic farm on US Route 4.

Below right: A seasonal farmhand

from Jamaica harvests eggplants at

Barker’s Farm.

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From the Mountain

to the Sea

Conservation

MAINE

Land trusts band together to conserve a diverse greenway in

southern Maine.

In southeastern Maine, Mount Agamenticus serves as

the center of conservation efforts in a rapidly growing

region of the state. “Mount A” and it’s surroundings

harbor a diverse collection of flora and fauna in habitats

ranging from sandy beaches and rocky shorelines to salt

marshes and tidal creeks to deep forests and freshwater

wetlands. For the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity

to photograph the region for the Mount Agamenticus to

the Sea Conservation Initiative, a unique coalition of

land trusts and government entities working together

to conserve the most important habitats in the region

for wildlife and people. To date, more than 13,000 acres

have been conserved. My photo shoots for the initiative

have focused on human-powered recreation in the

region - hiking, biking, paddling, and wildlife-watching.

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Above left: Seapoint Beach in Kittery

after sunset.

Above right: A pair of birdwatchers

at Seapoint Beach.

Below right: A young explorer in the

Orris Falls Preserve in South Berwick.

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Landscapes

Alpenglow on the Presidential Range in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

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Landscapes

A throwback to my first assignment for The Nature Conservancy back in 2000. Shot on film with a 6 x 7 cm medium format

camera, this image captured the high elevation beauty of the Bunnel Tract in New Hampshire’s Northern Forest. At the

time, it was one of the largest private conservation projects in state history (10,000+ acres). Ironically, a decade later, this

landscape was briefly threatened by the proposed Northern Pass project mentioned on page 5.

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Maine Woods Adventure

Recreation

MAINE

A spring visit to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Maine

Wilderness Camps.

In June, I made a return visit to the Appalachian

Mountain Club’s Wilderness Camps in Maine’s 100 Mile

Wilderness. It was only my second visit to the camps

when there wasn’t 3 feet of snow on the ground, and it

was a joy to paddle the nearby ponds and photograph

the beautiful area landscape and camp life. The beauty

present in the photos belies the pain suffered by my

companions at the mouths of relentless biting black

flies!

AMC has now purchased and conserved more than

70,000 acres of forest in this area, built 120 miles of

recreation trails, and with their three lodges they

make it easy to have a comfortable experience

while enjoying some of the best wilderness Maine

has to offer.

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Above left: An after dinner paddle on

Long Pond.

Above right: An aerial view of Long

Pond and Gorman Chairback Lodge.

Below right: Fly-fishing on the nearby

Pleasant River.

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The sun sets behind Baker Mountain

and Little Lyford Pond near the AMC’s

Little Lyford Pond Camps.

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A little ‘glamping’ on the porch of a new cabin at the AMC’s Gorman Chairback Lodge.

Beginning a hike in the 100-Mile Wilderness from the cabins at Little Lyford Pond Camps.

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4358 acres of forest around Silver Lake and the west branch of the Pleasant River near Gorman Chairback Lodge

were purchased for conservation in 2016 by the Maine Forest Society, the Open Space Institute, and the Appalachian

Mountain Club.

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Film

NH & MA

Merrimack

Work begins on a new film exploring one of America’s most

endangered rivers.

The second half of 2017 saw work ramping up for

my next feature-length documentary film project,

Merrimack. In 2016, the 117-mile long Merrimack

River in New Hampshire and Massachusetts was listed

as one of America’s 10 most endangered rivers by

American Rivers. The river is the birthplace of America’s

industrial revolution and powered the textile mills of

cities like Lowell, Lawrence, and Manchester. Terribly

polluted by the 1950’s, the health of the river rebounded

after passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, but the

Merrimack is once again experiencing a decline in water

quality due to accelerating development in the region.

I am very excited to be partnering on this film with The

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests,

and last year we spent 8 days filming a portion of the

film that is now being edited into a fundraising trailer

(to be released soon.)

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