Conservation

The Appalachian Mountain Club has joined an increasing number of organizations using iNaturalist to explore life outdoors. iNaturalist is a free app you can use on your smartphone and an online community where people explore and share observations of the natural world. Participants upload photos of plants or animals which includes information about where and…

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“Green New Deal”: It’s already one of most-used political phrases of 2019—and arguably one of the most divisive. For some Americans, the proposed Congressional resolution embodies government overreach in its most egregious form. For others, the Green New Deal represents the decisive action needed to save humanity from climate extinction. Still others, including Speaker of the House…

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With time and use, those factory-applied durable water repellent coatings on your outdoor equipment slowly wear off. But did you know you can use an after-market treatment at home to help restore your gear’s water resistance, without restoring the PFCs? Several options are available, but only Nikwax produces its entire line without PFCs and has…

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On a crisp early November morning in 2017, Zack Urgese, AMC’s White Mountain trails supervisor, and Joe Roman, AMC’s campsite program and conservation manager, were hiking up Mount Pierce for the umpteenth time. But this hike was different for the coworkers and friends: Urgese and Roman weren’t sure exactly what they’d find when they reached…

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The outdoor gear industry has used PFC-based coatings for decades, but only in recent years have the associated risks brought increased scrutiny. Most notably, in 2012 Greenpeace launched its Toxic Threads campaign, which tested gear from a range of manufacturers for PFCs and then called out companies with the chemicals in their products. In response…

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The science is settled: Since the mid-19th century, human activities have contributed to global warming by at least 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1 degree Celsius. If climate change continues at its current pace—or ramps up, as last fall’s United Nations Intergovernmental Panel predicted—our children will face ecological challenges previous generations could not have imagined: worsening…

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January welcomed a new class to U.S. Congress, including some emerging female superstars. Many of these political freshwomen hail from AMC’s region and bring environmental insight and ideas for climate change mitigation to our nation’s capital. AMC looks forward to working alongside these leaders, continuing to build broad, bipartisan support for the protection of Northeastern…

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The midterm elections of 2018 saw the highest recorded voter turnout since 1914. The result? A record-breaking group of Congressional freshmen, with a significant number running on environmentally focused platforms. The Environmental Voter Project, launched by Nathaniel Stinnett in 2015, attributes some of this momentous turnout to a rise in environmental voters, which nearly doubled since…

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AMC’s White Mountain Professional Trail Crew celebrates its 100th birthday in 2019. Here are the milestones that have helped grow the AMC trail crew from a rag-tag band of volunteers into one of the preeminent maintainers in the Northeast. 1819 Abel Crawford and his son Ethan Allen cut Crawford Path—considered the oldest U.S. recreational trail,…

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Cambridge, Mass., long known as an urban bastion of Ivy League academia, is betting on a new type of greening: harnessing its treetops to fight climate change. Cambridge officials are developing an urban forest master plan to restore and expand the city’s tree canopy after studies found an alarming shrinkage of tree cover. Cambridge is…

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