Conservation

Protecting Treasured Outdoor Places in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

Protecting treasured Outdoor places

We protect the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Northeast through hands-on stewardship, scientific research, and public policy advocacy.

AMC and our volunteers care for more than 1,800 miles of trails throughout the Northeast, including nearly 350 miles of the Appalachian Trail in five states. We advocate for land and riverway protection, monitor air quality, research climate change, and work to protect alpine and forest ecosystems through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

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Our Initiatives

Leading Regional Conservation Action

AMC's long experience in promoting landscape level conservation from Maine to Washington DC, our large and active volunteer and outdoor recreation community, and our history of coalition building around regional conservation issues puts us in an exceptional position to address the conservation challenges facing our region and the nation.

Key elements of AMC's Vision 2020 conservation initiatives include:

  • Protecting and maintaining 2,500 miles of trails.

  • Working with partners to protect an additional 2 million acres from development.

  • Expanding AMC's capacity to offer professional trails assistance to other organizations.

  • Expanding teen trail crew opportunities and developing a regional Youth Conservation Corps.

  • Growing our river and waterway expertise and involvement.

  • Catalyzing growth, stewardship, and use of close-to-home trails like the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN).

  • Increasing the number and impact of conservation advocates.

  • Educating and motivating members, guests, and other outdoors people on ways to reduce their recreation-driven carbon footprint.