19 episodes

"A Talk in the Woods" is about the people who live, work, and play in Maine's north woods and rugged mountain region and their relationship with the land. Conversations are recorded "in the field" in pickup trucks on dirt logging roads, walking in the woods, and by lakes and rivers.

Podcast logo by Ryan Smith at Rooted in Light Media (https://www.rootedinlightmedia.com/)

A Talk in the Woods Bryan Wentzell - Maine Mountain Collaborative

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    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

"A Talk in the Woods" is about the people who live, work, and play in Maine's north woods and rugged mountain region and their relationship with the land. Conversations are recorded "in the field" in pickup trucks on dirt logging roads, walking in the woods, and by lakes and rivers.

Podcast logo by Ryan Smith at Rooted in Light Media (https://www.rootedinlightmedia.com/)

    Episode 18: In Love With the Earth, with Alexandra Conover Bennett

    Episode 18: In Love With the Earth, with Alexandra Conover Bennett

    In mid-July, Bryan and Lily visited Alexandra Conover Bennett at her remote cabin in Elliotsville, Maine. Accessible only by canoe, Alexandra and her partner, Kermit, live simply without running water or electricity. Alexandra is well-known in Maine, New England, and the international community as an outdoor educator, guide, and writer. Her work has touched the lives of countless people, and it was truly an honor to visit her home and hear her speak about nature and spirituality. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 17: The World Cracked Wide Open, with Karin Tilberg

    Episode 17: The World Cracked Wide Open, with Karin Tilberg

    In this episode, Bryan talks with Karin Tilberg, the Executive Director of the Forest Society of Maine. As Karin fishes the East Outlet of Moosehead Lake they talk about their respective connections to the Maine woods and to that place in particular. 

    • 41 min
    Episode 16: "I want to be the engine!", with Jenny Ward

    Episode 16: "I want to be the engine!", with Jenny Ward

    Lily returned to Greenville to interview Jenny Ward, the Maine Business and Community Relations Manager for the AMC. Like most people you've heard from on this podcast, Jenny wears many hats, and her connection to this place runs deep. Listen to this episode to hear more about the AMC's Dark Sky Park, the importance of conservation organizations (like the AMC) to Maine communities during COVID, Jenny's 29029 Everesting event, and a cool trick she shared for calling in birds. 

    • 31 min
    Episode 15: The Wildlands, with Landon Fake

    Episode 15: The Wildlands, with Landon Fake

    In this episode Lily traveled to Orland, Maine to interview Landon Fake, the Executive Director of the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust. Their 4500 acres of conserved lands, called The Wildlands, are just inland from Penobscot Bay, less than an hour south of Bangor. Lily and Landon hiked to the top of Great Pond Mountain, discussing wildlife sightings, rare plants, and the role of land conservation in Maine communities. 



    For more information about Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, visit: https://www.greatpondtrust.org/ 

    • 25 min
    Episode 14: Skis and Cardboard Boxes, with Kaitlyn Bernard

    Episode 14: Skis and Cardboard Boxes, with Kaitlyn Bernard

    In this episode, Lily interviewed Kaitlyn Bernard, who is the Natural Resources Policy Advisor with the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Kaitlyn grew up in a town called Fort Kent, located in Maine's Aroostook County (or "The County" as most people here call it). Kaitlyn and Lily talked about the funding of the Land for Maine's Future program and shared stories about their cross country skiing experiences. 





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    Note: An earlier version of this podcast description misstated Kaitlyn's current role. This has been corrected—  apologies for any confusion.  

    • 32 min
    Episode 13: Majored in Forestry and Rock n' Roll, with Roger Merchant

    Episode 13: Majored in Forestry and Rock n' Roll, with Roger Merchant

    While visiting the Greenville area, we met up with Roger Merchant, a long time forester and advocate for Maine's woods. He took us on a trek into Big Wilson Stream Forest, which is an area of old growth forest that he helped discover and protect. Some of the trees in this stand are over 200 years old. In this episode, Roger talks about forestry, Maine's ecotourism potential, and his fears about the effects of climate change on our forests, among other things. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

JWrona ,

Great series!

Love all the stories and leaning more about the outdoors I love!

Richard Rib ,

Loving it

Loving it so far! What a great find keep it coming and I'll keep listening

Rooted in Light ,

A Podcast Fit for Every Mainer and Beyond

Recorded in the rough and rugged North Woods of Maine, A Talk in the Woods meets outdoor professionals where they live, work, and wander the lands that give back to those that give the most. This podcast is not just for the lifelong tramper but also the next generation of up-and-coming stewards who will inherit the immense responsibilities of protecting our environment for the sake of humans and animals alike. A must listen for anyone who has a passion for the outdoors.

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