Pioneer Valley

This year, think big: When it comes to outdoor-inspired New Year’s resolutions, there are countless possibilities. Here are a few worthy quests and—should you choose to tackle them­—top spots across the Northeast where you might begin your journey.   I. START A NATURE JOURNAL It’s difficult to think back to a good hike or a…

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A red-tailed hawk with a bullet to its wing. A bobcat hit by a car. A toad with a wounded leg. Patients like these are often admitted in serious pain, according to Dr. Florina Tseng, director of the Tufts Wildlife Clinic at Tufts University’s Cummings Veterinary Medical Center in North Grafton, Mass. Determining pain levels…

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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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What’s better than protecting not one Massachusetts forest, but two? Protecting them and the 20-mile corridor in between. That’s the case in central Massachusetts as of fall 2018, thanks to the Quabbin to Wachusett (Q2W) Forest Legacy Initiative, which conserves the crucial greenway between Quabbin Reservoir and Wachusett Mountain. Situated in close proximity to 7…

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Good news, leaf peepers of New England: 2018 could be a banner year for foliage hikes. According to the University of New Hampshire, historical trends show that tree leaves are especially colorful in years when the spring has been mild and wet, the summer has been rainy, and the early fall has been warm and…

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Blazing temperatures and no school make weekend trips to cold water absolutely necessary. For a break from the crowded neighborhood pool, pack up the family and head to these eight fast-flowing freshwater destinations for the thrill of a whitewater rafting adventure—all in rented gear and under the supervision of an expert guide. Whether you’re a…

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6 months down, 6 to go! Meet some of the hikers who have completed the Hike50 New England Trail Challenge. Are you next? The Hike50 New England Trail challenge is well underway with over 1,000 participants coming from 16 states and 4 countries! For some, the trail winds through their backyards, but for others, the…

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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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The sounds of summer are only a few weeks away: kids laughing and playing at the park, the conspicuous jingle of the ice cream truck, the buzz of lawnmowers cutting the grass, pickaxes and shovels clinking on hardened earth and rock. Wait, pickaxes and shovels? That’s right: Summer is trail work season in New England….

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Congress passed the National Trails System (NTS) Act 50 years ago this October, designating the country’s marquee footpaths, the Appalachian Trail on the East Coast and Pacific Crest Trail on the West Coast, as National Scenic Trails. The NTS also recognizes two additional categories, National Historic and National Recreation trails, and has grown to include…

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