Field Notes

The science is settled: Since the mid-19th century, human activities have contributed to global warming by at least 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 degree Celsius. If climate change continues at its current pace—or ramps up, as last fall’s United Nations Intergovernmental Panel predicted—our children will face ecological challenges previous generations could not have imagined: worsening…

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1. SUMMIT HIGH POINTS The 143rd Annual Summit, AMC’s meeting open to all members, welcomed a record 535 attendees on January 26. Some 40 workshops and hands-on tutorials included yoga, backcountry cooking, and learning about AMC’s recent conservation work. Summit also provides a chance to recognize volunteers who demonstrate outstanding passion and commitment to the…

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Editor’s Note: On January 25, 2019, after this story had been written, President Trump and Congressional leaders agreed to a stop-gap bill that would temporarily end the partial government shutdown, funding and reopening the government for three weeks, through Feb. 15. President Trump has stated publicly that he will veto any Congressional bill that does…

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1. YOP AT 50 AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP), an initiative that ensures meaningful outdoor experiences for youth, closed out its 50th year with fall celebrations in New York City and Boston. The approximately 200 people who attended YOP’s New York celebration at the Central Park Boat House on September 20 were treated to gorgeous views…

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Nestled in the shadows east of Baxter State Park, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has remained relatively wild since its designation by President Obama in 2016. Sparse infrastructure throughout the monument’s 87,500 acres, much of which once served the area’s logging industry, offers minimal support for outdoor recreation. In order to make the monument…

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Update: On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Central Maine Power announced they will bury the proposed transmission line under Kennebec Gorge. While this satisfies one of AMC’s concerns regarding the project, it fails to address others and AMC remains opposed to the project. Read the updated statement here. The Appalachian Mountain Club has officially been designated…

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1. No-Pay Stays In its third year, the Peter Roderick Trail Award Scholarship was given to six AMC members, all first-time trail-work volunteers on AMC’s Maine Woods property. Established in 2016 by the Maine Chapter in honor of a longtime executive committee member, the scholarships cover the cost of food and lodging on volunteer trail-work…

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The Swiss Miss Fire started on a hot August day in 2017. Deep in the 100-Mile Wilderness, 300 feet from the Appalachian Trail, someone had stopped to make cocoa on Columbus Mountain. “It was in one of those high, dry areas where you get deep layers of decayed leaf matter and moss,” explains Steve Tatko,…

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The next time you visit the White Mountain National Forest, you may notice more phones than usual in the woods. No, cell service in the White Mountains didn’t magically improve. Any possible influx of photo-snapping and trail-texting is likely due to the iNaturalist app, newly integrated into AMC’s Mountain Watch program. Mountain Watch began in…

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Also Noteworthy typically appears in print but was held from the Summer 2018 issue of AMC Outdoors magazine to cover the unraveling of the Northern Pass transmission line at length. You can always find more AMC news in Field Notes. 2017 TRAIL WORK, BY THE NUMBERS In 2017, more than 1,000 AMC trail crew volunteers…

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