Land and Water

Evidence that the Clean Air Act works can be found in the clouds. Every summer the AMC sets up a low-tech cloud catcher on the slope of Mount Washington and we have accumulated a dataset unlike any other.  Clouds are “caught” when they pass through the sample box and cloud water precipitates onto a bank…

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For more than three decades, Rhode Island’s state parks, forests, beaches, and campsites have been Jeff Ulricksen’s playground. But Ulrickson, the communications chair for AMC’s Narragansett Chapter and a volunteer with its trails committee, has observed changes in his beloved public lands—and not for the better. “You constantly come across old structures, camps, picnic areas,…

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If you’ve seen any of Winslow Homer’s maritime paintings, you’ve likely seen the view from Prouts Neck.  Homer, the famed landscape painter who grew up just outside of Boston, moved to the southern Maine peninsula in 1883, where he stayed off and on until his death in 1910. Many of his paintings were landscapes of…

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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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  For decades, when a power company wanted to build or relicense a hydroelectric dam, it could do so with little outside input about the structure’s impact on fish, animals, or recreational users downstream. The Deerfield River Agreement of 1994, which AMC helped facilitate and which turns 25 this year, changed all that—not just for…

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When it comes to AMC’s intent to purchase 26,740 additional acres of land in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness, Walter Graff, the organization’s executive vice president, doesn’t want anyone to miss the forest for the trees. Yes, purchasing the acreage at what AMC is calling Pleasant River Headwaters Forest will keep crucial Maine forestland intact and undeveloped….

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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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“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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