The mission of the Appalachian Mountain Club is to foster the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the outdoors.

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


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AMC Praises Recent Administrative Action on LWCF

New Guidance Removes Roadblocks to Access Conservation Funding The Appalachian Mountain Club welcomes an order from Acting Secretary of the Interior Scott de la Vega that reverses damaging actions taken by the previous Administration on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Acting Secretary issued Secretarial Order 3396 on February 11, 2021, to remove roadblocks […]


The Mid-Atlantic Highlands and the Highlands Conservation Act: An Explainer

Paula ChampagneCanoeists enjoy a quiet paddle on Breakneck Pond at the Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center. Harriman State Park in New York benefits from funding in the Highlands Conservation Act. The Mid-Atlantic Highlands comprise a ribbon of green space stretching through northwestern Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—the geographical heart of […]


Debunking 5 Common Climate Change Myths

What leads a person to become skeptical of human-caused climate change? Often times, it’s inaccurate information being passed from person to person, sometimes over social media, and frequently originating with industries that have a financial stake in lobbying against climate actions, such as renewable energy. But despite scientific consensus that Earth’s climate is changing and […]


A Reflection on Chaos at The Capitol

AMC denounces the actions taken on Wednesday by a hate-filled mob in Washington D.C. This should have been a day of hope, progress, and celebration following the election of Georgia’s first Black and Jewish Senators and the certification of a new president. Instead, we witnessed an egregious display of white supremacy. The terrorist attack on […]


We must act swiftly and boldly to tackle climate change

Maine releases comprehensive, detailed four-year Climate Action Plan Climate change is already threatening our health and safety, our quality of life, and our economy. All of Maine experienced drought this summer. Our beloved Allagash River had extremely low water levels, and the Maine Forest Service put out a record 910 forest fires. Shorter, warmer winters […]


Implementing the Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million annually in perpetuity and provides funding to address a $20 billion backlog of deferred maintenance projects at national parks, forests, and other public lands. After decades of advocacy, members of Congress and supporters should be cheering this victory, but […]


‘We Didn’t Expect to See You’: Racism and Profiling on Katahdin

Photo courtesy of Juan Michael Porter IIThe author on one of his many fast hikes to the summit of Katahdin, where he says he’s experienced several instances of racism and stereotyping. I’ve loved embarking on outdoor treks ever since I was 14 years old. What started with me sneaking onto El Toro Marine Base near […]


The Clean Air Act and the White Mountains: An Air Quality Success Story

Paula ChampagneHikers today enjoy more clear days in the White Mountains than they would’ve a few decades ago, thanks in part to the Clean Air Act and AMC air quality advocacy. Fifty years ago, Congress passed arguably the most important environmental and public health legislation to date: the Clean Air Act (CAA). By setting emissions […]


The Federal Government’s Most Dangerous Environmental Rollbacks

PixabayMany environmentalists say the EPA’s most dangerous environmental rollbacks amount to a giveaway to industrial polluters and emitters. Since taking office, the Trump administration has, through the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies, been hard at work dismantling more than 100 environmental rules that protect and preserve American land, water, and wildlife from pollution, […]