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A 13-day Paddle and Walk Along the Connecticut River from June 15 – 27, 2018 AMC is excited to work with the Massachusetts Walking Tour on a two-week paddle/concert series on the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. AMC has worked with the MA Walking Tour over the years to hike/promote the New England National Scenic Trail…

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Northeastern Pennsylvania is on its way to officially becoming a fracking-free zone. In November 2017, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) released draft regulations that included a basin-wide ban on the high-pressure injection of water and sediment into the ground to release natural gas for harvesting. A public comment period ended March 30, and DRBC…

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The rustic simplicity of AMC’s White Mountain huts belies the decades of construction and technology upgrades that have gone into making these full-service lodgings—eight total, spaced along the Appalachian Trail—the low-impact backpacker havens they are today. The low-use, low-waste structures tread lightly on their fragile mountain environments: An AMC hut, which may house dozens of…

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Update: A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service on May 24, 2018, challenging a December 2017 memo that reinterpreted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This year marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). One of the nation’s oldest and most impactful…

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National forests are like the multitool of the public land system, open to a wide, if carefully monitored, array of uses: hiking, fishing, timber harvesting, and conservation among them. And then there’s forest bathing—the new trend of immersing yourself in nature as a remedy for the stress and anxiety of everyday life. Whether you dip…

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Also Noteworthy typically appears in print but was held from the Summer 2018 issue of AMC Outdoors magazine to cover the unraveling of the Northern Pass transmission line at length. You can always find more AMC news in Field Notes. 2017 TRAIL WORK, BY THE NUMBERS In 2017, more than 1,000 AMC trail crew volunteers…

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Among the 20 million acres of forestland protected in the United States since Congress passed the Weeks Act, in 1911, those known collectively as the White Mountain National Forest stand alone. There’s no other alpine zone on the continent as accessible as this one. What you find on the West Coast at 12,000 feet can…

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Update: The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee unanimously voted on May 24, 2018, to uphold its February decision, choosing not to reconsider the Northern Pass proposal. Northern Pass’s parent company, Eversource, is deliberating whether to appeal to the state supreme court. After more than eight years of research, public hearings, expert testimony, and debate, one…

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The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is opposed to the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission line as currently proposed. Introduction Avangrid/Central Maine Power proposes to build a 145-mile above-ground High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission line from Beattie Township along the Canadian border to an interconnection point in Lewiston, Maine to transport HydroQuebec electric…

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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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