Highlands Conservation Act

Dr. Sarah Nelson brings more than two decades of scientific scholarship to her role as AMC’s director of research. Before joining AMC in September 2019, Nelson spent 21 years at the University of Maine, most recently directing the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program and serving as associate research professor in the School of Forest Resources….

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LEARN MORE: Read about AMC-supported campaign to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Learn how AMC helped save and fund the Highlands Conservation Act in 2018. Join AMC’s efforts to conserve the land and waters we love and enjoy.  

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Why does AMC get involved in conservation policy? For insight, we asked the key players behind one major success story, the Highlands Conservation Act, which protects the water supply of 11 million Americans. This is their oral history. Did you know that members of AMC’s conservation and leadership teams trek to Washington, D.C., every year,…

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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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