1. Let’s Come Together
AMC’s 144th Annual Summit will take place Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Norwood, Mass. The event celebrates the hardworking volunteers who power AMC’s conservation mission, with a full day of interactive workshops and presentations. Register here.
2. Climate in the City
On September 19, 2019, AMC kicked off climate week with the event Climate, Conservation & Community at The Loeb Boathouse in New York City’s Central Park. The 166 attendees heard Sarah L. Knapp discuss her community platform, OutdoorFest, and green travel resource, offMetro, while Daniel A. Zarrilli, the chief climate policy advisor to New York’s Office of the Mayor, shared his efforts to prepare the city for new and increased action against the climate crisis.
3. Fairer Air
In August 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must revisit its approach in meeting the Clean Air Act’s obligation to protect trees and vegetation from ozone pollution. It’s a win for AMC and partners, who sought a science-based approach in setting national standards to protect forests. Courts also sided in favor of AMC and others against a Trump administration attempt to do nothing to clean up ozone pollution that is transported across state lines. AMC’s Research Department, whose scientists have tracked ozone concentrations in the White Mountain National Forest for more than three decades, hope the court’s decision will help restore healthy, breathable air for flora, fauna, and humans alike.
4. Highlands Headway
AMC’s Bethlehem, Pa., office hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in August 2019 for construction of Upper Bucks Rail Trail, a 3-mile, shared-use trail connecting Bucks and Lehigh counties as part of the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN). Thanks to two grants from Schuylkill Highlands Landscape, AMC is also preparing a feasibility study on extending Unami Creek Trail, another section of the PHTN, and is developing a nature trail and native garden in Richland Township. Closer to home, AMC is working with Green Lane Borough to establish a connecting trail through Bethlehem to the regional Perkiomen Trail.
5. Three Strikes
On September 20, 2019, an estimated 4 million young people and allies in 185 countries marched out of their schools, offices, and homes, inspired by the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg to demand immediate action in slowing the effects of climate change. AMC Outdoors reporters fanned across the region for the centerpiece event in the eight-day-long Global Climate Strike, interviewing some of the 7,000 strikers in Boston; 800 in Plymouth, N.H.; and 2,000 in Portland, Maine.