Alpine Ecosystems

While the White House backs away from the Paris climate accord and the United States leadership role in addressing climate change, we are now charged with taking up the mantle of leadership on climate change. This time is too important for us to acquiesce to Washington’s failure to lead.

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AMC strongly disagrees with President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, retreating from our world leadership in addressing greenhouse gas contributions to human-caused global climate disruptions. The climate is changing across the AMC region with warmer temperatures, more intense rainfall, and shorter snow seasons. AMC maintains a robust scientific…

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for public input on what environmental rules should be changed or scrapped. Yes, you read that correctly … the EPA is asking the public to weigh in on how the agency could roll back climate and clean air policies, public health safeguards, the Clean Power Plan,…

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In July 2014, working as part of a team surveying plants above the Alpine Garden on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, I came across many interesting native flora: arctic lichens, elfin tundra clubmoss, even a rare white-flowered rhododendron. The most remarkable find, though, was a distinctly unpleasant surprise: a patch of non-native dandelions blooming high on the…

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If you’ve spent any time in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, you’ve no doubt seen the bumper sticker that reads “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington.” Most of the vehicles bearing this point of pride belong to vacationers who drove up for the amazing views often found on the Northeast’s highest peak. But at…

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Since 1876, volunteers have been central to AMC’s mission of understanding, enjoying, and protecting the landscape and trails of the Northeast. So, when research and education staff created Mountain Watch in 2003, AMC was confident volunteers would step up. In the 13 years since its founding, Mountain Watch has benefited from the passion and commitment…

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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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Editor’s note: What if the outdoors AMC exists to promote and protect were to alter dramatically—or even to disappear? We asked a graphic artist and former AMC caretaker with a master’s degree in cartooning to paint the striking picture.   LEARN MORE Learn more about AMC’s research on climate and energy.  

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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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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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