What’s At Stake?
The WMNF is within a day’s drive of 70 million people, with annual use straining budgets for trail and infrastructure maintenance. Despite the popularity of its trails, some trailheads remain unprotected, putting public access at risk. 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.
- Through staff and 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.
- With the support of NOAA, AMC and partners are researching the effect 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.
- New! Spring 2011: AMC has filed a motion to intervene in the permitting process for a proposal by electrical utility consortium Northern Pass to construct a 140-mile-long power line through New Hampshire.
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AMC Deputy Conservation Director
5 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108
|AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Route 16 (P.O. Box 298)
Gorham, NH 03581