The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has notified the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development that it is withdrawing its proposal for a new hikers’ hut in Crawford Notch State Park, based on more than a year of study and careful consideration of comments received during a public scoping process.
In summer 2015, AMC, the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization, proposed creating a new hikers’ hut for use by the public in Crawford Notch. Under the proposal, the hut would join AMC’s existing system of eight huts in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Subsequently, the state held scoping sessions in Concord and Crawford Notch to encourage comments from the public and to provide AMC with opportunities to present details on the project. The state also solicited written comments from the public.
“While the outcome of this proposal is not as hoped for, we remain fully committed to continuing to provide high-quality outdoor recreational experiences for the citizens of New Hampshire and the visitors to our State, in partnership with New Hampshire State Parks and other resource management agencies,” wrote AMC Vice President of Outdoor Operations Paul Cunha in a Dec. 7 letter to State Parks Director Phil Bryce.
At the time the proposal was submitted, Cunha noted that occupancy at AMC’s huts had tripled since it constructed and opened Mizpah Spring Hut in 1965. He said a new hut would help to meet public demand, and would provide opportunities for new users, and a new generation, to enjoy the outdoors.
AMC’s historic hut system dates to the creation of its first hut in the saddle between Mounts Madison and Adams in the Northern Presidential Range in 1888. Today, AMC operates a system of eight huts for use by the public. Each hut is located a day’s hike apart along a 56-mile-long stretch of the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The huts are popular destinations, a reflection of AMC’s mission, and important catalysts for conservation stewardship and learning.
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., guidebooks and maps, and unique lodges and huts, AMC helps people get outdoors on their own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. AMC invites the public to support its conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and care of 1,800 miles of trails. More information is available at www.outdoors.org.