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I hadn’t heard of Greenbelt, Essex County’s land trust, prior to registering for its Run for the Hills 10K trail race. As I darted along well-manicured singletrack and wide cart paths into the Pingree Woodland—formerly the Pingree Estates—I soon realized that the competition was as much a celebration of the land Greenbelt preserves and maintains as…

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From its headwaters in Crawford Notch, N.H., the Saco River flows 130 miles to Oxford County, Maine, and on into the Atlantic Ocean. With gentle water in some places and fast-paced rapids in others, there’s a section of river for everyone—and we do mean everyone. Known as the floating tailgate party, the Saco gets a…

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On a recent trail run in the Middlesex Fells with my two training partners, two of us ran into a bit of unexpected trouble. We were attempting to complete the technical and hilly Skyline Trail, which clocks in at around 8 miles, and we had time constraints. One in our group became a bit sluggish…

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While my fellow dads and I had been frequenting the Middlesex Fells for our early Sunday trail runs, we recently rediscovered a trail network further to the northeast, but equidistant from our homes in Boston: Lynn Woods Reservation. Operated by the City of Lynn, the 2,200-acre reservation is said to be the second largest municipal…

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For more than three decades, Rhode Island’s state parks, forests, beaches, and campsites have been Jeff Ulricksen’s playground. But Ulrickson, the communications chair for AMC’s Narragansett Chapter and a volunteer with its trails committee, has observed changes in his beloved public lands—and not for the better. “You constantly come across old structures, camps, picnic areas,…

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The scars of domestic violence are not always visible. One traumatic act can have a lasting effect on a survivor, with the road to recovery requiring time and attention. For families, part of that healing involves regaining a sense of hope—a process AMC is helping nurture by offering survivors and their children a safe place…

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If you’ve seen any of Winslow Homer’s maritime paintings, you’ve likely seen the view from Prouts Neck.  Homer, the famed landscape painter who grew up just outside of Boston, moved to the southern Maine peninsula in 1883, where he stayed off and on until his death in 1910. Many of his paintings were landscapes of…

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What might be the most successful river cleanup you’ve never heard of just received a big assist from Washington, D.C.  By the 1960s, the Nashua River—which runs between Worcester County, Mass., and Nashua, N.H.—had earned the distinction of being one of the most polluted in the country, awash with discharge from area paper mills. The…

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When it comes to AMC’s intent to purchase 26,740 additional acres of land in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness, Walter Graff, the organization’s executive vice president, doesn’t want anyone to miss the forest for the trees. Yes, purchasing the acreage at what AMC is calling Pleasant River Headwaters Forest will keep crucial Maine forestland intact and undeveloped….

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  For decades, when a power company wanted to build or relicense a hydroelectric dam, it could do so with little outside input about the structure’s impact on fish, animals, or recreational users downstream. The Deerfield River Agreement of 1994, which AMC helped facilitate and which turns 25 this year, changed all that—not just for…

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