Rivers

  For more than four decades, Ken Powley has made his living on the Lehigh River. The founder of Whitewater Challengers, a whitewater rafting company in Weatherly, Pa., Powley has guided thousands of visitors over rapids, through a forested gorge and rugged terrain reminiscent of the famed whitewater rivers of the West. For Powley, this…

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Whether it’s a bag stuck in a tree or a bottle floating in a pond or stream, litter of single-use plastics is not only an eyesore; it is damaging to the natural environment, endangering our trails and waterways. Each year, the nonprofit Break Free from Plastic—a “global movement working to stop plastic pollution for good”—sets…

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Dr. Sarah Nelson brings more than two decades of scientific scholarship to her role as AMC’s director of research. Before joining AMC in September 2019, Nelson spent 21 years at the University of Maine, most recently directing the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program and serving as associate research professor in the School of Forest Resources….

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Protecting your skin from the sun is a no-brainer when it comes to the outdoors. The easiest method, sunscreen, is a top health tip for any activity, but new research connecting coral reef deterioration and water pollution to elevated levels of chemicals commonly found in sunscreens is presenting a challenge for consumers. But what exactly…

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1. EARTH DAY ONLINE AMC marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day virtually with an array of online opportunities to celebrate our planet. Throughout April, AMC staff and volunteers hosted weekly lunchtime learning webinars on a variety of conservation topics, and members were encouraged to share their stories from the first Earth Day in 1970, as…

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Around the globe, stay-at-home orders have halted operations at factories, grounded flights, cleared highways of vehicles, and shuttered most shops, hotels, restaurants, and offices. While these shutdowns have created a headache for families and crippled economies, there are signs the planet is breathing a sigh of relief. Global carbon dioxide emissions were down 17 percent…

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  The 1960s were a time of reckoning for humans’ relationship with the planet. The world population ballooned, straining resources. Three centuries of unregulated industrialization and urbanization had poisoned Earth’s air, waters, plants, and wildlife. Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 1962 book, Silent Spring, awakened the nation and its leaders to the ecological hazards of agricultural pesticides….

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Protecting the Maine Woods has been AMC’s focus in this century, but did you know the organization’s commitment to land conservation goes back to 1895? That’s when AMC purchased Snyder Brook in the northern region of the White Mountain National Forest, and 2020 marks the 125th anniversary. The 36-acre parcel follows its namesake, as the…

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Half a century ago, 20 million Americans took to their streets, parks, and campuses to celebrate the planet and decry the environmental degradation they saw around them. Earth Day 1970, America’s first, set the stage for milestone laws and regulations that protect the health of people and planet and sparked a global environmental movement that…

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  You don’t have to venture far to get a taste of untamed nature, thanks to the efforts of more cities establishing urban wilds within their footprint. Often protected and managed through public–private partnerships, these areas are almost entirely unmaintained, allowing flora to grow with minimal human interference. They play a critical role in health…

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