Spring 2020

Around the globe, stay-at-home orders have halted operations at factories, grounded flights, cleared highways of vehicles, and shuttered most shops, hotels, restaurants, and offices. While these shutdowns have created a headache for families and crippled economies, there are signs the planet is breathing a sigh of relief. Global carbon dioxide emissions were down 17 percent…

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  The 1960s were a time of reckoning for humans’ relationship with the planet. The world population ballooned, straining resources. Three centuries of unregulated industrialization and urbanization had poisoned Earth’s air, waters, plants, and wildlife. Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 1962 book, Silent Spring, awakened the nation and its leaders to the ecological hazards of agricultural pesticides….

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With COVID-19 still at the forefront of our thoughts, there’s another health hazard to keep an eye out for this spring and summer—ticks. While it’s important to continue to follow CDC guidelines when heading outdoors, including wearing a face mask and maintaining at least six feet of physical distance between you and another person, its also important to…

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AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative now encompasses nearly 75,000 acres of forest land in the 100-Mile Wilderness region. While timber harvesting on a portion of these lands provides the major source of revenue to defray the costs of land ownership, AMC has also invested in an additional source of income to support land conservation—forest carbon offset…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ripple across the country, we’re all thinking about how we can best support efforts to limit the spread of the virus and to help protect the frontline workers most at risk, from health care workers to grocery store clerks, first responders to public transportation operators. In the outdoor gear…

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  If you’re like me, you want your training runs to build toward something—a test or competition that will show you what’s working, and what’s not. Racing accomplishes this for most of us, and back in January, I shared a model trail race calendar to keep us all competitive in 2020. Then, a pandemic hit….

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Last month the Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued its draft order approving Central Maine Power’s proposed New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission project. The project, first proposed by Central Maine Power in September 2018, would build a 145-mile above-ground transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts, with 53 miles of the corridor would cross…

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Rock climbers are used to having to take rest days, but this quarantine is making my calluses become involuntarily soft. I’ve been climbing for 15 years, both competitively and recreationally. After high school, I hung up my competition shoes and moved to California for college—based on its proximity to climbing haven Joshua Tree National Park,…

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Are you longing to get or stay in paddling shape, even as we’re confined to our homes and backyards because of physical distancing? Here’s a paddling workout you can do in your living room or backyard, courtesy of Kathy Ellis, M.S.—a licensed personal trainer, certified yoga trainer, and volunteer Class 2 excursions leader with AMC’s…

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Try these exercises to stay in paddling shape or this at-home rock climbing workout. You’re probably not doing much hiking these days—certainly nothing too intense or far away—but staying safe and physically distanced doesn’t mean you have to fall out of hiking shape. For a dose of inspiration and some hiking exercises you can do in your…

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