Conservation

Human health standard upheld, rebuffing challenges that it is overprotective A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in late August 2019 affirms AMC and others’ claims that the 2015 ozone standard left forests under-protected. The court sent portions of the rule back to the EPA where they must…

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Evidence that the Clean Air Act works can be found in the clouds. Every summer the AMC sets up a low-tech cloud catcher on the slope of Mount Washington and we have accumulated a dataset unlike any other.  Clouds are “caught” when they pass through the sample box and cloud water precipitates onto a bank…

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June is an active season for plants in the Northeast. Now that the snow has melted in most mountain regions, the photosynthesizers of the forest break open their buds, stretch out their leaves, and start to plan ahead for next year’s seedlings by producing their showy, often fragrant flowers. You can track the flowers and add observations, learn how. In…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club has joined an increasing number of organizations using iNaturalist to explore life outdoors. iNaturalist is a free app you can use on your smartphone and an online community where people explore and share observations of the natural world. Participants upload photos of plants or animals which includes information about where and…

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The New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) was selected in a Massachusetts process intended to bring in renewable energy to the state and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed powerline project would bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts using a 145-mile above-ground High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission line. The power line would run…

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Your voice is needed before April 15th to help protect Clean Water Clean water is essential to enjoying the vast and pristine waterways of the Northeast, whether it be through paddling, swimming, angling, or watching wildlife. Protecting water quality throughout our region must focus on the interconnectedness of the water system. The quality of larger…

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AMC’s Research Department has released the Ecological Atlas of the Upper Androscoggin River Watershed 2nd Edition.  The new Atlas, authored by Senior Staff Scientist David Publicover and retired Research Director Kenneth Kimball with maps produced by Assistant Staff Scientist Cathy Poppenwimer, updates and expands upon the original award-winning Atlas released in 2003.  The 100-page full-color…

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Support the state’s plan to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Re-entering the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) makes a lot of sense for New Jersey.  RGGI is a successful 9-state program that has led to important reductions in power plant greenhouse gas emissions and significant investment in energy efficiency.  NJ was a founding member…

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate failed to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), despite overwhelming bipartisan support when it approved a continuing budget resolution minus a critical lands package. LWCF, America’s most important conservation program for protecting parks, forests, watersheds, and open space, expired at the end of September. The program now…

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On Thursday, October 18th Central Maine Power (CMP) notified Maine regulators that they now intend to bury the proposed transmission line under Kennebec Gorge.  This announcement came after a lengthy public hearing the previous night before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, during which the vast majority of more than 70 speakers expressed opposition to the…

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