Conservation

The greenhouse effect has caused the Earth’s average temperature to rise 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since such records were first kept in the late 19th century. This may not seem like a significant increase, but even incremental climate fluctuations can and do affect many facets of life on Earth, from where we live to where we…

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Most birds start singing just before sunrise, and in June, that means 4 a.m. Dave Cowan had already cleaned up his campsite and was close to the summit of Maine’s Baker Mountain when he heard a flute-like “shreee.” “It was a Bicknell’s thrush,” Cowan, a longtime volunteer for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies Mountain Birdwatch…

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On Wednesday, July 22nd the U.S. House of Representatives took a truly historic and momentous step in passing the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) by a vote of 310 to 107. This bill will finally, after 55 years, permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). It will also help fund the…

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  Measuring a person’s carbon footprint includes a number of factors. Choices we make, from the food we eat, to the products we use and industries we support, to the distances we travel, play into the amount of greenhouse gases we add into the atmosphere. These greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide,…

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One of every three bites of food we eat comes from a plant that was pollinated by something. Despite their size, pollinators—those tiny bees, birds, bats, and insects that aid in the reproduction of plants by carrying pollen from one flower to another—are vital to the success of a healthy ecosystem. “We’ve come to a…

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On June 17, following several days of debate, the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) by a vote of 73-25 in a bipartisan victory for our nation’s public lands. The act combines two important issues, full and permanent funding for the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and funding to the maintenance backlog…

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AMC’s Maine Woods holds a unique role in the preservation of night sky—nestled within a more secluded part of northern Maine, it’s in the heart of one of few remaining dark skies in the Eastern United States. “A dark sky is one where artificial light doesn’t interfere with the view of the natural starry environment. Very…

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What could you do with an hour each week to support AMC’s conservation mission and protect the outdoors? If the forests, trails, and waters could talk I’m sure they would be thanking you for your continued engagement and activism. AMC is urging our members and supporters to limit their outdoor recreation pursuits to brief, local…

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When you think of forests you might not think of fish, yet native Eastern Brook Trout and endangered Atlantic Salmon are signature species of the North Maine woods. AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative has been working to protect and enhance brook trout and salmon habitat, one of the largest fisheries restoration projects in the nation reconnecting…

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What could you do with an hour each week to support AMC’s conservation mission and protect the outdoors? The outdoors needs you as much as ever right now. AMC is urging our members and supporters to limit their outdoor recreation pursuits to brief, local outings in support of the effort to stem the COVID-19 pandemic….

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