As the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization, we’ve always acknowledged a responsibility to lead in the outdoors. Often that means blazing trails or teaching Wilderness First Aid, organizing legislative advocacy down south or protecting important land up north. It also means having a clear vision for how all of those things—and many others—fit together as priorities.
The Board of Directors has been laying the foundation for a new organizational strategic plan since May of last year. To kick off the work, our board chair, Elizabeth Ehrenfeld, is leading a committee of staffers and volunteers charged with answering one simple, enormous question: What should the Appalachian Mountain Club and its impact on the world look like in 2026, at the youthful age of 150? The answers will form the vision behind our next strategic plan: AMC150.
It’s a process designed to approach the many challenges that lie ahead from a position of common understanding. Preparations so far have included listening sessions with hundreds of members; small focus groups with volunteers, staffers, program participants, and partner organizations; and forums with subject experts in conservation, learning, technology, and other areas intended to clarify the opportunities all around us.
At their meeting this month, the Board of Directors will review the committee’s progress and affirm a plan for sharing the AMC150 vision at our next annual summit. Then, later this summer, be on the lookout for a survey that will give you the opportunity to weigh in with your own thoughts and ideas about the vision. I’m excited to hear all of them—and to put them to work on behalf of our club’s future.
See you on the trail,
President & CEO