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While the recent election season was often contentious and at times divisive, the outdoors remains something that unites us and that people of all beliefs and backgrounds can enjoy. It is AMC’s mission to help everyone connect to the inspiring, soothing, and energizing qualities of the outdoors. There has never been a greater need for…

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As we go to the polls on November 8, we all have the opportunity to make a difference in preserving the outdoor experiences we enjoy. We rely on public lands for access to our favorite forests, peaks, and waterways—for solitude, adventure, and spiritual renewal. They are ours because citizens spoke up for their protection, and…

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Our trail crews’ axes and hazel hoes have gotten such a workout lately, the team will need to schedule extra tool sharpenings as they work to complete several new multiuse trails on and near AMC’s conservation and recreation land in Maine, part of a regional trails effort in which AMC plays a lead role. AMC…

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The filmmaker Ken Burns subtitled his documentary on the national parks “America’s Best Idea,” after a quote by the writer Wallace Stegner, and it’s hard to argue the point. It is through the national parks that we come to discover the jaw-dropping beauty of some of America’s best-loved places, and where we find the irresistible…

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For several years now, guests at AMC’s Lakes of the Clouds Hut in New Hampshire have had the opportunity to get a close-up look at a tiny alpine flower that exists nowhere on Earth except above treeline in the White Mountains. It’s the diminutive, yellow-petaled Potentilla robbinsiana, or dwarf cinquefoil, and AMC was instrumental in…

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From time to time, many of us find ourselves taking a step back and admiring the handiwork of our fellow lovers of the outdoors—those volunteers who devote time and elbow grease to trail work. We can think about it a bit differently, too, considering not just what we do for the trails, but what trail…

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Throughout its history, AMC has supported and fought for protecting the outdoor resources of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. So I was encouraged this summer when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Clean Power Plan, a multiyear, multisolution approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving healthier air. I’m sometimes asked why an organization…

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AMC has seen many changes over the years, but one thing has remained constant: a commitment to connecting people to the outdoors. We believe the outdoors belongs to everyone, no matter who they are, where they live, or how they choose to enjoy it. We want to help everyone spend more time outdoors, to fall…

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One hundred years ago, AMC opened Lakes of the Clouds Hut above treeline on the southern shoulder of Mount Washington, near two glacial tarns for which the hut is named. It was AMC’s third hut, after Madison Spring and Carter Notch, and countless hikers have benefited from the hospitality, shelter, and camaraderie provided within its…

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It may be hard to imagine using grub hoes, rock bars, and loppers to build and maintain a hiking trail from Boston to Denver, but that distance—about 1,800 miles as the crow flies—is equivalent to the number of trail miles AMC volunteers and staff maintain every year. Think about that: all the way from the…

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