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The first thing a visitor to Boston’s Breed’s Hill notices is the iconic obelisk honoring the Revolutionary War battle fought here and at nearby Bunker Hill. But a closer look reveals sights that don’t befit such treasured grounds. North of the monument, metal barricades block access to stairs that have fallen into disrepair. On the…

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It’s a sunny October day, and AMC staff scientist Georgia Murray is on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, gathering data for an ambitious project that charts climate change on the Appalachian Trail (AT). As hikers set out, packs full and boots not yet muddy, Murray uses the Nature’s Notebook app on…

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Mayors spend a lot of time thinking about roads, bridges, mass transit, and other systems that make cities livable. But when Boston University researchers surveyed 89 mayors last year, nearly 40 percent said that if they received a modest grant for extra infrastructure projects, they would spend it on parks or bike and pedestrian improvements….

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EDITOR’S NOTE: On October 25, 2016, five months after the publication of this story, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the official creation of the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge. Even forests struggle in the search for eternal youth. In an effort to protect young forest and shrubland, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service…

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Every spring, Doug Blodgett, a biologist for Vermont Fish and Wildlife, laces up his sturdy boots and goes out to count rattlesnakes. It’s hard work, as they’re masters of camouflage. “You don’t see them until, literally, you’re a foot or two away,” he says. “It’s never boring.” Blodgett’s yearly count is part of an effort…

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A row of trees fills the median bisecting Delancey Street, where the Williamsburg Bridge spills into Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For now, those trees are the only plant life in sight, but a local group has begun testing an idea that could put this intersection at the forefront of urban green space—as home to the…

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If Willy Wonka were a hiker, imagine what kind of backcountry food he might dream up. Self-contained meals in edible packages? Dissolvable, single-serve coffee balls? Those fantastical-sounding products soon could be a reality. Several companies are developing packaging that eliminates waste—a possible boon for backpackers seeking lightweight, eco-conscious products. “Sustainable design that is both smart…

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Whenever Richard Barringer has been confronted with a major decision, he has taken a trip to Maine’s North Woods to paddle the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. “It makes me feel so good to be there,” he says. “It has a remoteness to it, an austere beauty. It’s peaceful. It’s really quite remarkable.” And as of October,…

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AMC Outdoors, November/December 2015 Was the down in your jacket or sleeping bag stripped from a live animal? Maybe. Maybe not. Until recently, it was impossible to know. That’s changing, however, as a small but growing number of outdoor companies institutes standards designed to ensure none of their down comes from live-plucked birds. Goose and…

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Roanoke, Va., was founded in 1882 along the Norfolk & Western Railway. Smokestacks and coal cars anchored its identity. These days, the city’s image is a little greener. In the late 2000s, business leaders asked the Roanoke Regional Partnership (RRP) to reevaluate the city’s approach to economic development. “We recognized that we were not taking…

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