Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMC Books Call for Submissions: Fall 2017 narrative

Do you have an engaging story of backcountry adventure to tell? Perhaps you’re halfway through writing a reflective memoir that is sure to become a bestseller? Are you friends with any writers who are currently looking for a publisher for their harrowing story of wilderness survival? If so, now is your chance!

The AMC Books Team seeks submissions for a work of narrative non-fiction for publication in the Fall 2017 season. We publish creative nonfiction, memoir, essay, and narrative journalism pertaining to the outdoors, mountaineering, wilderness survival, and the Appalachian Trail region. We must have a full and complete manuscript in hand by February 2017. Please see the below flyer for more information.

If you or anyone you know is interested in submitting their work for consideration, please be sure to send email to the email address with the subject line “Fall 2017 Submission” - thanks!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

AMC’s Maine Woodlands Achieve FSC Certification

The Forest Stewardship Council has awarded AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative lands its coveted FSC certification, meaning wood from  AMC’s 70,000 acres was responsibly grown and harvested. Read the news release here.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Next Appalachia: Those Who Backtracked, Missed Turns, and Relied on Cell Phone Flashlights

Coming in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of Appalachia Journal:

Mount Chocorua in winter.
Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman.
Rest of 2015 saw no more tragedies: As Accidents Editor Sandy Stott writes in the new issue of Appalachia, extreme cold and snow continued for some weeks after the tragic death of Kate Matrosova (covered in our feature “Too Cold”). Much of the rest of the accidents in New Hampshire’s White Mountains were almost routine. It didn’t feel that way for the lost and struggling, but they came out of their troubles bravely.

Hypothermia on Mount Chocorua: Early in the season, on November 28, 2015, a couple in their 20s called 911 from Camp Penacook on the flank of this mountain in the southern Whites. They’d planned an overnight but were worried about dropping temperatures. New Hampshire Fish and Game personnel talked them out, urging them to pack up and walk out. Officers Alex Lopashanski and Christopher Brison met them at the trailhead in Albany. Fortunately, the decision to keep moving and get out of the woods was the right one for them.

Six Stories of the Ill-Prepared: Stott gathered a set of similar mishaps, similar because all of the hikers were inexperienced and the NHFG recommended that they be billed for the costs of their rescues, which is allowed under state law:
  • Three Keene State University students hiked in to Bear Den Natural Area in Gilsum to watch the sunset. NHFG Officer Jonathan DeLisle walked them out. 
  • Two 19-year-olds missed a turn on the summit of Mount Lafayette and found themselves near sunset on the Garfield Ridge Trail without lights. NHFG conservation officers met them with gear and helped them down the Garfield Trail.
  • A couple and an 11-year-old called for help when they felt wet and cold on March 9 on the Kinsman Pond Trail above the Lonesome Lake Hut. They had no gloves, hats, or appropriate footwear. An Appalachian Mountain Club caretaker took gear up to the family by 10 p.m. and led them to conservation officers from NHFG and a volunteer, who walked them out by midnight.
  • And more—a 20-year-old called for help wedged between ledges on Chocorua; a student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology attempted Mount Moosilauke in 11 degrees with thin driving gloves and inadequate clothing; and two women in their 30s persisted up Mount Pierce knowing heavy snow was coming but without proper gear.
Subscribe to Appalachia Journal by January 10 to receive the Winter/Spring 2016 issue »

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Late-Breaking Good News in Land Conservation Funding

This week we’re celebrating major successes for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Land for Maine’s Future program, thanks to the sustained actions of AMC, our partners, and many members and supporters.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) won a hard-fought battle on December 15, nearly three months after Congressional inaction allowed our nation’s most important source of conservation funding to expire for the first time in 50 years.

Although the fight for permanent reauthorization and full funding continues, LWCF has received a three-year extension through 2018 as part of the federal fiscal year 2016 (FY16) spending bill. It provides $450 million in LWCF appropriations for FY16—giving new life to critical projects whose futures were at stake—and includes up to $10 million for the Highlands Conservation Act (HCA) program and $62.3 million for Forest Legacy. Overall, LWCF received significantly more than the approximately $300 million in LWCF funding that was appropriated last year, and it’s the first year of full funding for the HCA program.

A widely supported, bipartisan program, LWCF helps protect lands, forests, and trails across the U.S. at no cost to taxpayers through a small portion of offshore oil and gas leasing revenues.

Adding to this victory, on December 14 Maine Governor Paul LePage announced that he would release $5 million in Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) bond money, which he had been refusing to release despite the fact that the bonds had been approved by voters. An additional $6.5 million, approved by voters in 2010, expired in November. Governor LePage has committed to releasing those funds as well if the Legislature passes an extension, and it is now up to the Legislature to do so.

Many thanks to AMC’s members and supporters who have reached out to their elected officials to express the importance of these programs! 

AMC’s region is home to elected officials from both sides of the aisle that work relentlessly to support our natural resources and recreational access. Bipartisan support was key to accomplishing both of these conservation victories.

Negotiations around the Federal omnibus spending bill were particularly difficult, and we were fortunate to have so many Congressional champions on our team. Their hard work is truly appreciated, and their efforts will continue to be key to ensuring permanent reauthorization and full funding for LWCF in the future. Many, many thanks to all of them!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Time Sensitive Northern Pass Updates

Important developments in the permitting process for Northern Pass have recently occurred. Click here for more information about the delay in the US Dept. of Energy public hearings and comment period, and the NH Site Evaluation Committee’s determination that the Northern Pass application is complete and ready to proceed with review.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

AMC's 2015 Trail Sign Auction Has Ended

Top: The Old Bridle Path trail sign
just before its retirement
Photo: Josh Lake
Every year the AMC's White Mountain Trail Crew replaces weathered or out-of-date trail signs with new ones. The old signs are collector's items, having guided thousands of visitors for many years along celebrated paths throughout the Whites. All proceeds from the auction will directly support AMC's trail maintenance efforts.

This year's auction ended on Friday, 12/4 at 12pm ET.

AMC's Trails team offered up some treasures this year, including signs from the Davis Path, Falling Waters Trail, Mt. Jefferson Loop, Airline, Buttress Trail, and Old Bridle Path.

Check out full descriptions of the 2015 signs and stay tuned for next year »

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Next Appalachia: Too Cold – The Death of Kate Matrosova

Two rescuers, one kneeling, the other’s leg showing,
work to recover the body of Kate Matrosova (out of frame).
The site where she was found is between
Mount Adams and the Madison Spring Hut,
off the Star Lake Trail south of the lake,
at the bottom of the summit cone of Mount Adams.
Photo Credit: Mike Cherim
In the Winter/Spring issue of Appalachia journal:
“Too Cold: The Death of Kate Matrosova” by Sandy Stott

“It was an ambitious itinerary. In the face of an extreme forecast, speed would be essential; Matrosova expected to be up and down before it got too tough.”
Read more »

Subscribe to Appalachia Journal by January 10 to receive the Winter/Spring 2016
issue »

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