Wind

The rustic simplicity of AMC’s White Mountain huts belies the decades of construction and technology upgrades that have gone into making these full-service lodgings—eight total, spaced along the Appalachian Trail—the low-impact backpacker havens they are today. The low-use, low-waste structures tread lightly on their fragile mountain environments: An AMC hut, which may house dozens of…

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With environmental conservation at the core of its mission, AMC closely monitors energy-related projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. When those projects infringe on natural resources, AMC weighs in and often takes action. AMC has been involved in evaluating and commenting on windpower projects for more than two decades and was instrumental in developing legislation,…

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When it comes to wind energy, the New England coast is a perfect storm: The wind blows more strongly and steadily here than it does in most parts of the country; relatively shallow waters make for easier turbine installation; and thanks to coastal population density, there is significant energy demand. Even so, offshore wind power…

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Since 1876, volunteers have been central to AMC’s mission of understanding, enjoying, and protecting the landscape and trails of the Northeast. So, when research and education staff created Mountain Watch in 2003, AMC was confident volunteers would step up. In the 13 years since its founding, Mountain Watch has benefited from the passion and commitment…

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Throughout its history, AMC has supported and fought for protecting the outdoor resources of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. So I was encouraged this summer when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Clean Power Plan, a multiyear, multisolution approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving healthier air. I’m sometimes asked why an organization…

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A predawn light has begun to brighten the eastern horizon, but I still need my headlamp as I scramble along under a cloak of maples and oaks. I make up time on a clear stretch of trail but immediately slow down again to avoid stumbling on loose stones. I’m hurrying because I’m late. I was…

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It’s obvious to those of us who hike that open spaces, especially those along ridgelines, tend to be breezy spots. We love climbing to those inspiring heights for the solitude, the unspoiled views, and the sense of accomplishment they provide, wind or no wind. Energy developers covet many of the same places here in the…

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Our region’s increasing demand for energy is exacting a toll on places valued for recreation, and AMC recently launched a campaign to encourage members to curb their energy use. Dubbed the “Cleanest Energy” campaign, the effort is built on the premise that the cleanest energy is energy not used. While the Northeast is transitioning away…

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