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To paraphrase the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, the canoe trip of 410 miles begins with a single paddle stroke. Why 410? That’s the length of the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail, which now hosts two new campsites built by volunteers from AMC’s Berkshire Chapter and members of AMC’s Roving Conservation Crew. With so many miles of…

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Visitors to the new Medawisla Lodge & Cabins, rebuilt from the ground up and set to open in winter 2017, will find a new lodge, an expanded trail network, and views of lofty Katahdin—Maine’s highest peak and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail—from the camp’s perch on Second Roach Pond, near Kokadjo, Maine. In addition…

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Years ago, in response to a visitor’s question, “How far can you see from here?” a Lakes of the Clouds Hut croo member was heard to reply, “If you look at the sun, you can see 93 million miles.” All kidding aside, today’s AMC croo members are shining sources of information on celestial bodies, as…

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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Pick a cabin, a bunkhouse, or a campsite: Whichever you prefer, you now can bed down in some of New York’s wildest woods, just a smidge over 40 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Your destination is AMC’s Harriman Outdoor Center (HOC), open July 1 in New York’s Harriman State…

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When AMC launched the Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) in 2003, it was with the key goals of working with community partners to conserve thousands of acres of Maine woodlands and to provide new opportunities for nature-based recreation. To date, 70,000 acres of what was industrial forestland is now owned by AMC and managed for a…

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What’s in the water in the White Mountains? The answer, at least in part, is what’s in the air. AMC’s Research department recently wrapped up a three-year air-quality analysis of 10 sites in the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF). The research, performed with the WMNF, was part of the Wilderness Stewardship Challenge, a U.S. Forest…

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With the December 2015 installation of a 240-panel solar array, AMC’s Cardigan Lodge and Three Mile Island Camp have gone solar, capturing power to serve electrical needs at both New Hampshire locations. In this way, Cardigan, in Alexandria, and Three Mile, in Meredith, are doing their part to help AMC achieve its goal of cutting…

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Visitors to AMC’s Joe Dodge Lodge and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in New Hampshire will have a unique opportunity to see trail work up close this summer. AMC’s professional trail crew is set to construct an elevated boardwalk, featuring an accessible design to accommodate users of various physical abilities, at the Lost Pond trailhead, just…

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Think of it as the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for forests. That’s the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) certification for well-managed woodlands, and AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) lands recently attained that coveted distinction. That means wood harvested from MWI land can now carry the FSC label— a sign that AMC’s forest management practices conform…

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In the years since its initial 1888 investment of just over $700 to build Madison Spring Hut in the Northern Presidential Range, AMC has become an important contributor to the New Hampshire economy. A recent Plymouth State University study finds that, from June 2014 to May 2015, spending by out-of-state guests at AMC huts and…

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