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Pluck an issue—any issue—of Appalachia from the bookshelf and let it fall open to any page, and you’ll find yourself time-traveling. If your passions run to mountains and climbing, travel, exploration, or natural history, chances are you’ll find a story, poem, map, or photo that pulls you in. Published by AMC since 1876, and billed…

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It’s likely some lodgers at AMC’s Shapleigh Bunkhouse may not be aware that they’re resting their heads in a space where once were created master works of American landscape painting. The building housed the summer studio of White Mountain School of Art landscape painter, Frank Shapleigh, who, from 1877 to 1893, served as artist-in-residence for…

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Early on, staff working on the Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) recognized that to be successful, AMC’s presence would need to benefit local communities. MWI was and is a conservation and recreation effort, yes. But there’s a third leg to the project stool, and that stands for community partnerships. Now 11 years into AMC’s most ambitious…

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AMC Assistant Director of Research Dave Publicover says American marten don’t like young forests. Large, contiguous tracts of what he calls “relatively mature forest with good structure and deadwood” are favored by marten as preferred hunting and denning habitat. Conversely, “lynx need young, dense spruce-fir” forests, which provide habitat for the snowshoe hares on which…

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To paraphrase Barbra Streisand, on a clear day, you can see—well, if not forever, certainly a lot farther than you once could. And hikers in the White Mountains and elsewhere in the Northeast are seeing more occasions of clear skies than was the case a few years ago. That’s according to AMC Air Quality Scientist…

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It was at AMC’s Gorman Chairback Lodge, somewhere around 1:30 in the morning, when I overheard a visitor ask a friend with whom he was traveling, “Do we have butt cream?” It wasn’t all that unusual a query, really. You see, this duo was part of a European team competing in the 200-mile Untamed New…

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Our region’s increasing demand for energy is exacting a toll on places valued for recreation, and AMC recently launched a campaign to encourage members to curb their energy use. Dubbed the “Cleanest Energy” campaign, the effort is built on the premise that the cleanest energy is energy not used. While the Northeast is transitioning away…

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Back when a dollar went a lot further than it does today, an overnight stay at AMC’s Carter Notch Hut would run you 75 cents. That was a century ago, and while the Consumer Price Index has since seen more hikes than a chapter trip leader, one could argue that the value of a visit…

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Picture a place where you can go with your kids, leave the daily clamor behind, and imagine what it’s like to be a salamander. Better yet, you and your kids can figuratively walk in a salamander’s shoes as part of a naturalist-led outdoor program. We have such a place at the far end of a…

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About 1,800 miles into their thru-hike of the 2,186-mile-long Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.), northbounders encounter a place where weather, terrain, and hiker services differ markedly from what they’ve come to know from miles and miles and months in the woods. The skies throw in a wild card, what with the trail’s proximity to fabled…

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