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Franconia Ridge, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
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Success Story
Car-Free Travel
AMC cares deeply about reducing greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions from recreational travelers. Visit our transportation alternatives webpage to see the AMC hiker shuttle route and other options for getting around. AMC recently co-partnered in a transportation study with the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF). The study examined current transportation patterns, defined alternatives and identified potential solutions that could alleviate traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, and related impacts by WMNF visitors.
What’s At Stake?

The WMNF is within a day’s drive of 70 million people, with annual visitation of more than 6 million. Despite the popularity of its trails, some trailheads remain unprotected, putting public access at risk, and heavy use strains budgets for trail and infrastructure maintenance. The Forest contains the largest alpine zone in the U.S. east of the Rockies, providing habitat for threatened and endangered species.

What We're Doing
  • AMC partners closely with the WMNF on trail maintenance and alpine plant monitoring, and operates its huts and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center under a special use permit. We have used our GIS experience in mapping roadless areas to influence forest management plans.

  • Using staff pro-crews and more than 500 volunteers, AMC maintains over 350 miles of trails in the Whites. AMC is the primary maintainer of the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains.

  • Launched with support from NOAA, AMC and partners are researching the effects of climate on alpine ecosystems. Our Mountain Watch “citizen-science” program gets hikers involved in monitoring potential climate impacts. We also monitor air quality at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and Lakes of the Clouds Hut.

  • Northern Pass: AMC has intervened in the federal permitting process for Northern Pass, a proposed 185-mile high-voltage electric transmission project to bring Quebec hydropower to southern New England through New Hampshire, including 11 miles of the WMNF. Learn more >> about why we oppose the project as proposed.
Get Involved

Contact Us
Susan Arnold
Vice President for Conservation
5 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108

AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Route 16 (P.O. Box 298)
Gorham, NH 03581
603-466-2721