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Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia


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AMC’s Waters and Rivers Protection Fund Expands Whitewater Paddling Across the Region

Julia Khorana can remember a time when the Deerfield River in Western Massachusetts was nearly unusable by paddlers and whitewater lovers. The problem, back in the early 1990s, was that the old hydroelectric dam that held back water in the summer months resulted in an unpredictable schedule of when water would be released into the […]


Black History Month: Sharing Personal Experiences in the Outdoors

Photo courtesy of Juan Michael Porter IIJuan Michael Porter II on one of his many fast hikes to the summit of Katahdin.   As we share stories this Black History Month on the accomplishments and progress of the Black community, we also realize that there’s still much more work to be done. While we strive […]


Black History Month: Contemplating Inclusion in the Outdoors

PAULA CHAMPAGNEBlack, Indigenous, and People of Color have frequently been excluded from American outdoor spaces. Black History Month is meant to be a time of celebration and commemoration. We share stories of history, of art, of culture, of science, of standing up for equal rights and staring down adversity to help create a better, more […]


5 Black Heroes of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

Courtesy of John FrancisDr. John Francis took a 17 year long vow of silence and gave up motorized transportation—all in the name of environmental activism. Throughout our nation’s history, Black Americans have broken barriers and made great advancements in outdoor conservation and recreation—even in the face of racism that frequently impeded their access to outdoor […]


Crazier River: The Neversink River Goes Rogue in the Climate Crisis

This story was originally published in the Winter/Spring 2022 issue of Appalachia Journal. The Neversink River goes rogue in the climate crisis Topsoil lies thin on the ancient slopes of The Western Catskills. As the locals say, it’s two rocks to every dirt. Given that and a downpour during a sudden thaw, or a dry spell, […]


Climate Change in the Mountains: AMC-led Journal Issue Explores the Impacts

DANIEL BEHR / AMC PHOTO CONTESTWhat are the short- and long-term impacts of climate change in the mountains of the Northeast? A new journal issue, featuring the work of many past and present AMC researchers, explores that question in detail.   For decades, AMC scientists have studied the patterns and effects of air pollution and […]


The Past, Present, and Future of AMC’s Land Conservation Work in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

CAIT BOURGAULTMuch more than a year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts, Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness—where AMC has protected more than 75,000 acres of forest—is a model for land conservation and carbon storage. Each year, Acadia National Park welcomes more than 2 million visitors to the scenic coast of Maine. At the same time, local parks in cities […]


Inclusive Outdoors Project: Improving Access to the Outdoors

Representation is a key piece to making the outdoors a more inclusive and welcoming place. While seeing more diversity in the world of professional athletes helps, it’s equally important to have this diversity in the groups we join in the outdoors. That’s where the mission of Inclusive Outdoors Project starts, as they strive to bridge […]


Indigenous History in the White Mountains: An Interview with Abenaki Chief and Elder Paul Bunnell

Long before the Crawfords cut their namesake path to Mount Washington’s summit and brought the first tourists to New Hampshire’s White Mountains in the 19th century, the Indigenous Abenaki Tribe called these mountains home. The Abenaki considered Agiocochook—now widely known as Mount Washington—so sacred that climbing it was forbidden. The natural world provided the Abenaki […]


The Climate is Changing. So are We.

5 minute read The climate is changing. The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2)—one of the atmosphere’s leading heat-trapping gases—is at its highest level in human history. Climate scientists warn that significant actions are necessary to slow climate change and its impacts. Every region is experiencing its own impacts of climate change. In recent decades in […]