Federal Conservation Funding

A warming planet is wreaking havoc on bird populations. That’s the assessment of two big reports on North American birds, the latest of which foresees a bleak future for our feathered friends if climate change is not curbed. The National Audubon Society on October 10 published Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, which…

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First, it was #SaveLWCF. Now, it’s #FundLWCF. With the signing of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Recreation, and Management Act on March 12, the U.S. Congress and President Trump permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF. The March bill did not, however, permanently fund LWCF—a program that is popular across the…

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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 toxic mercury levels that can harm wildlife, the Northeast is “the tailpipe of the world,” says David Evers, executive director and chief scientist of the nonprofit Biodiversity Research Institute, in Portland, Maine. Global wind patterns carry mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants across the United States and from as far away…

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The official recertification of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, this spring marks more than the victorious end of a hard-fought battle. Think of it as a binding, unbreakable, forever truce. For years, AMC had rallied alongside other conservation groups in advocating for the fund. Even before its Congressional authorization expired in September…

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  Do you enjoy the challenge of negotiating bumpy slopes or tight treelines on skis, staying in perfect control, even when obstacles and gravity conspire against you?  Do you love riding roller coasters? Or getting tossed around by big waves at the beach?  Have you ever stood rapt in front of a front-loading washing machine…

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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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1. SUMMIT HIGH POINTS The 143rd Annual Summit, AMC’s meeting open to all members, welcomed a record 535 attendees on January 26. Some 40 workshops and hands-on tutorials included yoga, backcountry cooking, and learning about AMC’s recent conservation work. Summit also provides a chance to recognize volunteers who demonstrate outstanding passion and commitment to the…

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Continued focus needed to ensure full and dedicated funding The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) welcomed passage of legislation this week in Congress to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as part of a package of bills related to public lands. The public lands package passed the Senate on February 12th with overwhelming…

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate failed to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), despite overwhelming bipartisan support when it approved a continuing budget resolution minus a critical lands package. LWCF, America’s most important conservation program for protecting parks, forests, watersheds, and open space, expired at the end of September. The program now…

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