Conservation

A major contradiction underlies New England’s recent conservation history. For the past quarter-century, the region, at once heavily forested and densely populated, has conserved land at a record pace. At the same time, the rate of residential and commercial development also has picked up. According to “Wildlands and Woodlands: Farmlands and Communities—Broadening the Vision for New England,” a report released by Harvard Forest in September 2017,…

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Want to know if an upcoming storm will dump heavy, wet snow or soft powder perfect for skiing? You’ll probably need to check a meteorologist’s forecast. But to understand why the white stuff falls, and which atmospheric conditions create different kinds of snow, you can learn the basics yourself. Here’s a primer from Mike Carmon,…

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For millennia, birds have migrated lengthy distances, guided by the moon and stars. But as dark skies dwindle around the globe, scientists wonder how light pollution affects this natural phenomenon. One unlikely light source provided a unique research opportunity. For one night a year—September 11, in the midst of warblers’ and small passerines’ migration—two beams…

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You can take a trail to get somewhere, but it’s often the trail that takes you to places you never dreamed of. AMC members revel in trail-based recreation while also recognizing the need to care for the trails we use to disappear into the forest or climb to a stunning vista. Throughout our region, AMC…

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A closer look at the Administration’s recent actions and how they impact the outdoor places that you love Public lands including our parks and trails are near and dear to AMC. When President Trump took aim at these places by signing orders on December 4 to shrink the boundaries of two National Monuments in Utah…

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Brunswick, ME – The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is deeply concerned about a move this week by President Trump to significantly shrink two national monuments. Further recommendations by the U.S. Department of the Interior to shrink two more national monuments, and greatly modify several others, are also troubling. AMC opposes rescinding, shrinking, or otherwise diminishing…

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Boston, MA – The Appalachian Mountain Club is deeply concerned about today’s precedent-setting announcement from President Trump that he is unilaterally slashing the size of two National Monuments in Utah. While today’s announcement is focused on Utah, it raises serious concerns for National Monuments across the country. AMC opposes rescinding, shrinking, or otherwise diminishing the…

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AMC and Maine Beer Company Team Up for Conservation To support AMC’s strong conservation and advocacy efforts in Maine, the Maine Beer Company will feature our organization as their 1% For the Planet non-profit this month! In 2002, AMC embarked on the Maine Woods Initiative, a multi-pronged strategy for land conservation that combines outdoor recreation,…

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Join AMC on a conservation hike, write to your Members of Congress, and learn more about LWCF After 52 years of protecting some of the most iconic landscapes and trails in the Northeast, The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is set to expire in less than 52 weeks if Congress does not act. AMC…

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Despite Department of Energy Permit Approval, Application Deficiencies Continue to Slow Project Review and Cast Final Project Approval in Doubt Boston, MA – On November 16, 2017, the Department of Energy issued a Presidential Permit for the Northern Pass transmission project, an action required by the project’s proposed crossing of the Canadian border. The Presidential…

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