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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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For centuries, artists have flocked to the White Mountains’ tranquil rivers, lofty summits, and craggy cliffs to create magnificent works of art. To continue the tradition, the U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and Friends of Mead Base Conservation Center, has named White Mountain National Forest artists-in-residence every…

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Do you take photos with your phone when out on the trails? You can turn your mobile device into a reporting tool with iNaturalist and join other citizen scientists by documenting the flowering plants you observe on your next hike.  Using iNaturalist, your mobile device will automatically geotag the image, assigning its location, and if…

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We caught up with Karin Bothwell, AMC’s first ever research fellow. AMC’s research fellowship program, supported by the Leadership Giving Initiative (LGI), provides a recently graduated MS or PhD student an opportunity to build their professional resume while augmenting AMC’s research capacity in a relevant area of expertise. In December 2017, Karin Bothwell joined AMC…

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While the White House backs away from the Paris climate accord and the United States leadership role in addressing climate change, we are now charged with taking up the mantle of leadership on climate change. This time is too important for us to acquiesce to Washington’s failure to lead.

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AMC strongly disagrees with President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, retreating from our world leadership in addressing greenhouse gas contributions to human-caused global climate disruptions. The climate is changing across the AMC region with warmer temperatures, more intense rainfall, and shorter snow seasons. AMC maintains a robust scientific…

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for public input on what environmental rules should be changed or scrapped. Yes, you read that correctly … the EPA is asking the public to weigh in on how the agency could roll back climate and clean air policies, public health safeguards, the Clean Power Plan,…

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In July 2014, working as part of a team surveying plants above the Alpine Garden on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, I came across many interesting native flora: arctic lichens, elfin tundra clubmoss, even a rare white-flowered rhododendron. The most remarkable find, though, was a distinctly unpleasant surprise: a patch of non-native dandelions blooming high on the…

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If you’ve spent any time in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, you’ve no doubt seen the bumper sticker that reads “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington.” Most of the vehicles bearing this point of pride belong to vacationers who drove up for the amazing views often found on the Northeast’s highest peak. But at…

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Since 1876, volunteers have been central to AMC’s mission of understanding, enjoying, and protecting the landscape and trails of the Northeast. So, when research and education staff created Mountain Watch in 2003, AMC was confident volunteers would step up. In the 13 years since its founding, Mountain Watch has benefited from the passion and commitment…

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