Field Notes

Think of it as the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for forests. That’s the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) certification for well-managed woodlands, and AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) lands recently attained that coveted distinction. That means wood harvested from MWI land can now carry the FSC label— a sign that AMC’s forest management practices conform…

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In the years since its initial 1888 investment of just over $700 to build Madison Spring Hut in the Northern Presidential Range, AMC has become an important contributor to the New Hampshire economy. A recent Plymouth State University study finds that, from June 2014 to May 2015, spending by out-of-state guests at AMC huts and…

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AMC and its conservation partners succeeded last month in getting the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to issue a supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Eversource Energy’s new preferred route for the proposed Northern Pass electric transmission project. The conservation groups’ request came in response to the company identifying a revised route, or “proposed…

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AMC and its conservation partners succeeded last month in getting the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to issue a supplement to its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Eversource Energy’s new preferred route for the proposed Northern Pass electric transmission project. The conservation groups’ request came in response to the company identifying a revised route,…

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Comprising more than 36,000 acres across four New England States, the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge was authorized by Congress in 1991 and officially established in 1997 to conserve the 7.2 million acres of forests, wetlands, wildlife, and fish habitat in the watershed of the 410-mile-long Connecticut River. To help stay on…

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Do you know a kid who’s out of shape, overweight, or more likely to hang around the house than run around outside? There’s a prescription for that. Thanks to AMC and a growing number of partners, Boston-area families are spending more time outside together exploring, exercising, and having fun—doctors’ orders. In an effort to help…

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Maine’s “Vacationland” appeal isn’t limited to out-of-state visitors. Head out to the state’s parks, trailheads, or trout streams in late September, and you’re likely to see great gatherings of Mainers enjoying their favorite pursuits. Building on that homegrown passion for the outdoors, the eighth biannual Great Maine Outdoor Weekend (GMOW) returns to the Pine Tree…

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Since 2007, AMC Trail Crew members have built new backpacking shelters in the White Mountain National Forest at Kinsman Pond, Eliza Brook, and Garfield Ridge. This spring, with assistance from members of the Cohos Trail Association, they added another shelter to that list—not in the forest but in central New Hampshire. Indoors. You can venture…

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It wasn’t the first hut with flush toilets. (That was Greenleaf.) Nor was it the first hut to boast fine views. (Take your pick on that score.) But AMC’s Mizpah Spring Hut, which opened 50 years ago in June at a former shelter site of the same name, was the first AMC hut to see…

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For more than a decade, visitors to AMC’s Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins have marveled at the stunning view of Baker Mountain from the shore of First Little Lyford Pond. At 3,521 feet, Baker Mountain is the second highest peak between the Bigelow Range and Katahdin. Home to the headwaters of the West Branch of…

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