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  The threats posed by climate change—including stronger and more frequent storms, habitat loss, sea level rise, and an uptick in climate refugees—will permanently alter the future of our planet. Climatologists agree: decisive and bold action is necessary to minimize global warming and mitigate its most dire consequences. The climate change public policies and actions for which AMC advocates coincide are consistent with the…

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Editor’s note: This year marks the 100th birthday of three AMC Chapters: Connecticut, Narragansett, and New Hampshire. In this post, Robert McLaughlin—New Hampshire Chapter member and editor of its Mountain Passages newsletter—offers the fascinating history of the AMC’s Chapter in the Granite State.   The Appalachian Mountain Club was founded in 1876. About 30 years…

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  The Mid-Atlantic Highlands comprise a ribbon of green space stretching through northwestern Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—the geographical heart of AMC’s region. Not surprisingly, protecting such a large and unspoiled swath of land in the nation’s most populous and industrial corridor takes a lot of day-to-day work, and an act of Congress…

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  Eileen Yin spent most of her spring online with AMC. A long-time volunteer with the organization’s New York–North Jersey Chapter, Yin has dedicated much of her free time to planning and leading trips for her chapter, providing a space for members to socialize, try new activities, or just be outdoors. “AMC made a big…

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1. EARTH DAY ONLINE AMC marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day virtually with an array of online opportunities to celebrate our planet. Throughout April, AMC staff and volunteers hosted weekly lunchtime learning webinars on a variety of conservation topics, and members were encouraged to share their stories from the first Earth Day in 1970, as…

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The woods of central Maine remain a popular destination for active adventurers. Here, with Baxter State Park and Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, looming over the surrounding communities, you’d expect that outdoor knowledge is part of everyone’s upbringing. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, especially in Piscataquis County where access to the…

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AMC’s century-plus commitment to maintaining hundreds of miles of recreational trails in the East has received a big boost with the renovation of the Camp Dodge Trails Training Center, which closed in 2017. Located four miles north of Pinkham Notch Visitor Center on Route 16 in New Hampshire, Camp Dodge has been a hive of…

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Protecting the Maine Woods has been AMC’s focus in this century, but did you know the organization’s commitment to land conservation goes back to 1895? That’s when AMC purchased Snyder Brook in the northern region of the White Mountain National Forest, and 2020 marks the 125th anniversary. The 36-acre parcel follows its namesake, as the…

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When Aaron North greets a new group of teenage volunteers to serve on one of AMC’s trail crews for a week, he’s sympathetic. For some, it’s their first outdoors experience, and supporting these adolescents as they navigate new situations is one of North’s primary concerns. “Being a teenager is complicated enough,” says North, AMC’s southern…

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When staff scientist Georgia Murray launched AMC’s first initiative on iNaturalist in 2018, she had a hunch she was on to something. As far as theses go, this one seemed like a safe bet: Murray—who tracks plant phenology, or how plant species respond to weather patterns and, over time, to climate change—anticipated that using the…

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