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Highlands Conservation Act

Speak up for the Land and Water Conservation Fund Our nation’s premier conservation funding program expires on September 30 In Pennsylvania, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail crosses the Lehigh River, then traverses 15 miles maintained by AMC’s Delaware Valley Chapter. As the Appalachian Trail continues north, it passes through 3,000 acres of specular, privately-owned forested…

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AMC Cheers Highlands Conservation Act Renewal and Full Funding Protecting the places you love just got a lot easier. Congress last week renewed the popular Highlands Conservation Act for seven more years, providing $10 million this year to fund open space projects in the Mid-Atlantic region. First passed in 2004, the Highlands Conservation Act (HCA) allowed…

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  Now?” my nephew Kyle asks, sounding anxious. Peering into the water, I can just make out the pebble-strewn bottom down below. “Yep,” I reply. “Ready?” Without a word, he slips from his board and plunges into the clear, temperate Delaware River. Snorkel mask on, I follow him beneath the surface. And with that, we…

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The federal budget has been in the news a lot recently, and for good reason. When it comes to our public lands and waters, our trails, and the programs that support their use and enjoyment, the annual budget is among the most important pieces of legislation that Congress is entrusted to pass every year. So…

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From White Cap Mountain in Maine to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect special places in the Northeast and across the country for more than 50 years, but this key federal conservation funding program needs our support today. Now is the time to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the…

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Have you ever heard the trail adage: “It’s a simple footpath”? But, when it comes to privies, shelters, signage, re-routes, protecting adjacent corridor lands, and on-going funding for staff, interpretation, and programs, there is nothing simple about managing our National Scenic Trails. That’s why ‘Hike the Hill’ takes place every year, allowing AMC and other…

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This fall, we asked you to join us in calling on Congress to #FinishTheBusiness as pressing conservation issues remained unaddressed while the clock ticked down the days until a new President and a new Congress took office. After the election in November, Congress returned to their offices on Capitol Hill and our campaign kicked into high…

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Congress has until the end of December to pass this critical legislation. Tell them it’s time to #FinishTheBusiness. With the election behind us, one thing hasn’t changed: AMC remains committed to ensuring that the outdoors has a strong voice in Washington D.C., a voice that was heard loud and clear on election day as voters…

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As we go to the polls on November 8, we will have the opportunity to make a lasting difference for the outdoors we all enjoy. We are able to enjoy public lands and access our favorite mountains, forests, and rivers because citizens spoke up for their protection and, in most cases, elected representatives took action….

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As we go to the polls on November 8, we all have the opportunity to make a difference in preserving the outdoor experiences we enjoy. We rely on public lands for access to our favorite forests, peaks, and waterways—for solitude, adventure, and spiritual renewal. They are ours because citizens spoke up for their protection, and…

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