Land and Water

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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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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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers have proposed changing the definition of waters of the United States that are subject to pollution protections.  Specifically, smaller streams and wetlands, which are so common to the Northeast and feed into larger bodies of water, would no longer be protected under the Clean Water…

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AMC is calling on Governors in 9 Northeastern states to set the strongest emission reduction targets possible as they decide on key provisions in an update to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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Nonprofits focused on conserving land through purchase or easement—commonly known as land trusts—have played an important role in U.S. land protection since 1891, when the Massachusetts legislature established The Trustees of Public Reservations. More than 1,300 land trusts now operate nationwide, with 667 focused on Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. A conservation-easement tax incentive passed by…

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Nearly 75,000 acres. More than 115 square miles. That’s one-and-a-half times the size of Acadia National Park and five times bigger than Manhattan. It’s also the extent of the conservation and recreation land AMC owns and manages in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness region, thanks to the backing of you, our members, friends, and supporters. But what…

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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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On May 5th, 2017 Springfield, MA became the 27th Urban Migratory Bird City in America. At a signing ceremony at the Springfield Science Museum, the city’s Mayor Dominic J. Sarno signed an Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds along with key partners such as The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service and…

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