A region as well as a river, the Allagash's vast watershed forms the center of the wild land that blankets northwestern Maine. Because of its remoteness, these half-million acres, once the hunting ground of the Abnaki, remain a woodsman's world. The history of the Allagash is filled with loggers, poachers and inventors-all seeking to conquer the wilderness. But there were also the naturalists, the game wardens, the guides, the mapmakers and finally the conservationists who in 1966 created the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and gave Maine the honor of being the first state to preserve an entire river. A skillful writer of history and natural history alike, Lew Dietz evokes the sights, sounds and smells of the river, the great stands of evergreens and the animals. Originally published in 1968. Paperback. 272 pgs.
Make no mistake: Annette Jackson loved the Maine woods. Loved nearly everything about them. She fished, hunted, canoed, hiked, and accompanied her husband—none other than famed game warden David Jackson—on many of his official travels. Throughout the Allagash region, Annette took full advantage of the gifts the Maine woods offered, all while keeping house and raising children.
My Life in the Maine Woods recounts Jackson’s experiences during the 1930s when she, her husband, and their children lived in a small cabin on the shore of Umsaskis Lake. Jackson, an avid sportswoman and nature lover, writes of hunting, fishing, campfire cooking, and the sounds of the wilderness through the seasons. She visits trappers and woodsmen, and tells what it’s like to sleep on a bed of pine boughs under the stars that shine on the legendary Allagash.
This new edition expands on Jackson’s original, including not only new photographs, author biography, and foreword, but also new material from Jackson and revisions she made following its original publication. Paperback; 216 pages.