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  If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that for those who live in and around cities, walkable access to a decent-sized park is a physical, social, and emotional necessity. And yet, according to data compiled by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), nearly a third of all Americans—100 million people—do not have a…

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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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  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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We get so much from being active outdoors in beautiful places, both near and far. Whether it’s a hike and a swim on Tumbledown Mountain, a multi-day backpacking exploration of the Grafton Loop, or a quick jog or bike ride on a nearby trail, we can stretch our legs, clear our minds, and renew our…

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Seventy percent of Maine’s 1.3 million residents regularly participate in outdoor recreation, with many more coming from out of state to enjoy Vacationland’s mountains, lakes, rivers, and iconic coastline. All that hiking, fishing, and paddling is big business. The outdoor recreation industry employed more than 40,000 Mainers—that’s 6 percent of the state’s population—and manufactured $328…

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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 and…

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A warming planet is wreaking havoc on bird populations. That’s the assessment of two big reports on North American birds, the latest of which foresees a bleak future for our feathered friends if climate change is not curbed. The National Audubon Society on October 10 published Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, which…

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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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  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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1. SUMMIT HIGH POINTS The 143rd Annual Summit, AMC’s meeting open to all members, welcomed a record 535 attendees on January 26. Some 40 workshops and hands-on tutorials included yoga, backcountry cooking, and learning about AMC’s recent conservation work. Summit also provides a chance to recognize volunteers who demonstrate outstanding passion and commitment to the…

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