At the heart of the region is the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), which AMC helped establish through our advocacy for the 1911 Weeks Act, which created the eastern national forest system. The WMNF is within a day’s drive of 70 million people, and one of its biggest challenges is being loved to death. But despite the popularity of its trails and scenic vistas, some trailheads remain unprotected, putting public access at risk, and heavy use strains budgets for trail and infrastructure maintenance. The Forest contains the largest alpine zone in the U.S. east of the Rockies, providing habitat for threatened and endangered species, but the health of this unique environment is also threatened by air pollution and climate change.
White Mountain National Forest Partnership
AMC partners closely with the WMNF on trail maintenance and alpine plant monitoring, and operates its huts and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center under a special use permit. We have used our expertise in mapping roadless areas to influence forest management plans.
Through our professional trail crews and more than 500 volunteers, AMC maintains over 350 miles of trails in the Whites Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire State Parks. AMC is also the primary maintainer of the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains. Get involved and volunteer with AMC Trails today.
AMC collaboratively conducts research on air quality and climate change and rare plants. Our Mountain Watch "citizen-science" program gets hikers involved in monitoring potential climate impacts. The AMC research department also monitors ecological impacts around AMC’s huts on the WMNF and reports on their condition every 5 years.
AMC has intervened in the federal permitting process for Northern Pass, a proposed 192-mile high-voltage electric transmission project to bring Quebec hydropower to southern New England through New Hampshire, including under ground sections in the White Mountain region. Learn more about why we oppose the project as proposed.
Vice President for Conservation
10 City Square, Boston, MA 02129
AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Route 16 (P.O. Box 298) Gorham, NH 03581