Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network

I step out of my car, gravel crunching underfoot. The warm September afternoon is filled with the aroma of sun-baked pine and fern, and I breathe it in deeply. As I stretch my legs, my mind wanders ahead of me, into the wilderness. I’ve driven more than two hours from my home in northeastern Pennsylvania…

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On a crisp early November morning in 2017, Zack Urgese, AMC’s White Mountain trails supervisor, and Joe Roman, AMC’s campsite program and conservation manager, were hiking up Mount Pierce for the umpteenth time. But this hike was different for the coworkers and friends: Urgese and Roman weren’t sure exactly what they’d find when they reached…

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Editor’s Note: On January 25, 2019, after this story had been written, President Trump and Congressional leaders agreed to a stop-gap bill that would temporarily end the partial government shutdown, funding and reopening the government for three weeks, through Feb. 15. President Trump has stated publicly that he will veto any Congressional bill that does…

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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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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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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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It may be hard to imagine using grub hoes, rock bars, and loppers to build and maintain a hiking trail from Boston to Denver, but that distance—about 1,800 miles as the crow flies—is equivalent to the number of trail miles AMC volunteers and staff maintain every year. Think about that: all the way from the…

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