Land and Water

  The threats posed by climate change—including stronger and more frequent storms, habitat loss, sea level rise, and an uptick in climate refugees—will permanently alter the future of our planet. Climatologists agree: decisive and bold action is necessary to minimize global warming and mitigate its most dire consequences. The climate change policies and actions for which AMC advocates are…

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The following was published in the 2016 Winter/Spring edition of Appalachia. Twelve years ago, in December 2003, the Appalachian Mountain Club bought Little Lyford Pond Camps (as it was called then) and the surrounding 37,000 acres of forestland. The property, known as the Katahdin Iron Works or KIW property, marked the club’s first steps on…

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  Permanent ponds are scattered across the highest elevation ridges and ravines in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. All of these ponds are accessible by hiking trails, and many feature AMC overnight facilities nearby. The best known of these high-mountain ponds are Lakes of the Clouds and Hermit Lake on Mount Washington, Star Lake on the…

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Late in the summer of 1996, by the banks of the Colorado River where it crosses through Austin, Texas, a group of researchers demonstrated something remarkable. While examining how water moves underground through a karst region—an area built on porous, soluble rocks, such as limestone—they poured a fluorescein dye into a sinkhole. Their plan was…

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  What is the value of a striking vista, and what would we do to preserve it from development? That is the question being asked by Protect the View, an online, AMC-led campaign seeking to build awareness and support for the protection of trail views and experiences within greater Philadelphia’s Circuit Trails network. “From the…

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It might be hard to believe that the now lush White Mountain National Forest was, just a century ago, barren and heavily logged. By the 1850s, about 70% of the land south of the White Mountains had been cleared of trees, due to the arrival of European settlers who used the area for agriculture and…

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As electric vehicles are increasingly being seen as a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change, one category of vehicle has seemed to lag behind: trucks. But now, many electric truck models—including Ford, General Motors, and Tesla—are set to become available in the next few years. And soon, some New Jersey businesses…

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New Guidance Removes Roadblocks to Access Conservation Funding The Appalachian Mountain Club welcomes an order from Acting Secretary of the Interior Scott de la Vega that reverses damaging actions taken by the previous Administration on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Acting Secretary issued Secretarial Order 3396 on February 11, 2021, to remove roadblocks…

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Awards Appalachian Mountain Club Land Conservation Grant through Walmart’s Acres for America Program A $500,000 grant will support the Appalachian Mountain Club’s acquisition of a 26,740-acre parcel of forestland known as the Pleasant River Headwaters Forest in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness landscape. Greenville, ME December 10, 2020—The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)…

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Late last fall, Appalachian Mountain Club staff and volunteers celebrated the opening of a 3-mile rail trail that is an important link in a larger recreation initiative in eastern Pennsylvania. Taking nearly a decade to come to fruition, the conversion of this former commuter rail line into the Upper Bucks Rail Trail was a key…

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