Conservation

On October 16, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. AMC’s President and CEO, John Judge, responds to this action: “Repealing the Clean Power Plan sends our nation in the wrong direction. In the face of soaring temperatures, shorter winters, and increased storm intensity, reducing climate-disrupting emissions…

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AMC responds to the Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan An environmental policy designed to greatly reduce carbon emissions in the US is now on the chopping block. Finalized in 2015, the Clean Power Plan created targets for each state in the country to work towards for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from their power plants….

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AMC is working to highlight 52 weeks of stories around the Land and Water Conservation Fund, highlighting the milestones and successes of our nation’s most popular conservation funding program, before it expires in September, 2018.

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The following excerpt has been abridged and condensed from Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail, by Jeffrey H. Ryan (AMC Books, 2017), available now from AMC, as well as from other online and retail locations. The decade since Benton MacKaye had first proposed the Appalachian Trail (AT)…

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In the near future, hikers working their way up the western side of Mount Washington could encounter a startling sight: a hotel straddling the Cog Railway tracks. The railway unveiled a preliminary plan in December to build a two-story, 25,000-square foot hotel on its 99-foot-wide strip of land above 5,000 feet and is currently working on a formal proposal to bring before New Hampshire’s Coos County planning board….

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Preserving nearly three-quarters of New England’s forests is an ambitious goal. But it has to be. Forestland declining for the first time in 200 years is a big deal. Thanks to Wildlands and Woodlands and related efforts by AMC and other groups, efforts are underway to permanently preserve much of the region’s iconic landscape and…

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Peak-bagging, thru-hiking, red-lining: There’s no shortage of challenges for hikers who like to check off their accomplishments. And as the lists multiply, so does the number of hikers reporting their achievements. With three years still to go in this decade, the 2010s have already been record-setting. (Data gathered from ADK 46ers, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, AMC Four Thousand Footer Club)

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AMC’s on-the-ground conservation efforts in Maine extend to the water, thanks to recent successes in aquatic habitat restoration. That’s a fancy way of saying that, over the past seven years, AMC has worked to restore historic brook-trout habitat on the organization’s 115 square miles of land in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness. To date, AMC and partner agencies have opened 33.5 new miles of streams, with four separate projects restoring 4.5…

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Untouched by humans for centuries but ravaged by deer and nearby development, an old-growth forest in suburban New Jersey was foundering until ecologists stepped in, revisiting the question of wilderness versus management. You wouldn’t guess from the patchwork of yards, golf courses, and I-95 feeder roads surrounding it, but an ancient forest stands in suburban…

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BOSTON, Mass.– The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) applauded nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors Aug. 23 for setting ambitious air pollution reduction goals in a plan to extend the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  This regional action to address climate change is refreshing news in the face of eroding national protections for public health and…

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