Thursday, December 18, 2014

Victory in the New York Highlands – No Casino in Sterling Forest!

This fall, AMC joined with a large group of partners to urge the New York State Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board to deny a gaming license for a proposed 1,000 room casino and resort in the middle of Sterling Forest State Park. Thank you to our many supporters who took action to stop this project.

The announcement came on December 17th when the Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board announced the three applicants that would receive casino licenses in New York State, citing strong opposition and economic factors as reasons not to select the proposed Sterling Forest Resort. 

You can read more about the Facility Location Board’s decision in this article from The Record.

Read more about our position on the proposed Sterling Forest casino on our Action Center.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AMC's 2014 Conservation Highlights

Building trails, protecting land, and advocating for the outdoors. We're proud to share just a few of AMC's 2014 conservation accomplishments in this interactive map! Want to see the whole report? Get it here >>

Monday, December 15, 2014

Congress Funds New Land and Trail Protection Projects

Before adjourning for 2014, Congress passed a federal budget that includes much-needed funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Speak up today to help stop the proposed Sterling Forest casino!

In the New York Highlands, Sterling Forest State Park is threatened by a proposed 1.4 million-square-foot hotel and casino. The resort would overwhelm the park with an estimated 6.9 million visitors a year, bringing 19,000 new cars a day, along with increased noise and light pollution and that will negatively impact the enjoyment of Sterling Forest and Harriman State Parks.

The New York State Gaming Commission is expected to decide on December 17th whether or not to grant a casino license to the developers proposing this massive development in Sterling Forest, less than 1.5 miles from the Appalachian Trail and in the heart of the Highlands.

Speak up today! Write to the NY State Gaming Commission and urge them to oppose the Sterling Forest casino.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Appalachian Mountain Club Encouraged by EPA's Proposed Strengthening of Ozone Health Standard

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) welcomes a Nov. 26 proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce ozone-laden smog pollution by strengthening federal air-quality standards, according to AMC Staff Scientist Georgia Murray. 
“AMC has monitored rural ozone pollution in New Hampshire since the 1980s, and its impacts on the lungs of people who engage in outdoor recreation,” Murray said.  “AMC’s collaborative research on hikers’ lung response to ozone pollution in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and hundreds of other scientific studies, show that ozone air pollution is detrimental to human health and well-being. AMC is encouraged by EPA’s proposed plan to strengthen the ozone public health standard.  However, we believe that according to the science, too much risk has been left on the table.”

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Most WMNF forest roads now closed

Most forest roads on the White Mountain National Forest have been closed for the season. This includes the Zealand Road. Know before you go. Check this roads status chart from the U.S. Forest Service.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Appalachian Mountain Club's Not Without Peril Wins 2014 National Outdoor Book Award

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire by Nicholas Howe has won a 2014 National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) in the Outdoor Classic category, in recognition of its unusual and lasting significance in the outdoor field. More than 70,000 copies of Not Without Peril have been sold since its initial release in 2001.

From the days when gentlefolk ascended in hoop skirts and wool suits to today's high-tech assaults on wintry summits, Not Without Peril offers extensive and intimate profiles of people who found trouble on New Hampshire's Presidential Range, from the nineteenth century through the present day.

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