Monday, August 31, 2015

Moriah Brook Trail Bridge Closed

The U.S. Forest Service has issued the following news release.

GORHAM, N.H.--   The Moriah Brook Trail Bridge is closed as of Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  In consecutive storms in 2011 and 2012, Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy delivered extensive flooding in the Wild River watershed, eroding much of the river banks, particularly under the eastern abutment of the bridge.  Since those large storms, the river has remained in a state of change, further removing soil and vegetation from the banks.  This, combined with decaying wood, has led United States Forest Service engineers to determine the bridge is unsafe and due for removal.

This pedestrian bridge provided access from Wild River Campground to the west side of the Wild River Wilderness, and the east side of the Carter-Moriah Range.  Hikers need to be prepared to ford the river, find another crossing, or turn back and hike another day.  With the closure of this bridge, the only remaining hiker bridge is at the northeastern end of the Highwater Trail, seven miles downstream at the confluence of the Wild River and Evans Brook.

A barricade is in place on both sides of the bridge preventing further use.  All trailheads that provide reasonable access to the bridge are posted with notices. Hikers are urged to be prepared by planning ahead.

The Forest Service is currently in the process developing a proposed action and will be seeking public comments.   We welcome thoughts on locations and alternative suggestions and designs.  For comments and questions, please contact Helon Hoffer at Androscoggin Ranger Station of the White Mountain National Forest at 603-466-2713 x1211.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Please attend a Northern Pass Information Session!

On August 18th Northern Pass announced modifications to the proposed route for its 187-mile long high voltage transmission line through New Hampshire. They now propose to bury an additional 52 miles of the line under roadways from Bethlehem to Bridgewater, reducing impacts to the White Mountain National Forest and Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

While progress appears to have been made on addressing the visual impacts to the central part of the state, the south and north remain highly impacted. But Northern Pass and Eversource now plan to file their application with the state’s Site Evaluation Committee for this route. As required by state statute, before submitting their application, they must schedule public information sessions in each county in which the project will be located.

Please attend a Northern Pass Information Session:

  • Merrimack County: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, Grappone Conference Center, 7 Constitution Ave., Concord
  • Rockingham County: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, Deerfield Fair Pavilion, 34 Stage Rd., Deerfield
  • Grafton County: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, Mountain Club on Loon Resort & Spa, 90 Loon Mountain Rd., Lincoln
  • Coös County: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa, 101 Mountain View Rd., Whitefield
  • Belknap County: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, Lake Opechee Inn & Spa, 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia
The schedule for each session is as follows:
  • Open House: 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Project Overview: 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Questions & Answers: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Public Comments: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
If you plan to attend one or more of the sessions, please email us at amcconservation@outdoors.org.

Click to download talking points about concerns with the current proposal.

Thanks for speaking up in support of the places you love!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunsets, Ridge Walks, and Waterfalls: Q&A with AMC’s Trail Reporter

Tanner Pelletier spent this summer working as an intern for AMC, helping to share the beauty of New Hampshire’s White Mountains with the rest of the world. A recent graduate of Plymouth State University, Tanner was AMC’s Trail Reporter, hitting the region’s hiking trails with his camera and tripod in tow. Along the way he captured images of sunsets, waterfalls, flora, and fauna and produced a series of videos showcasing just a few of the reasons why the White Mountains are such a magical place. Here’s one reason...



After creating this video of his 5-day hike along Garfield Ridge and the Twinway (spending the night at AMC’s Galehead and Zealand Falls huts, plus Garfield Ridge and Guyot campsites), we sat down with Tanner and asked him to reflect on his experience with AMC.

Q: You grew up hiking and climbing in the White Mountains – was there a particular hike that hooked you on getting outside?

Emerald Pool, Pinkham Notch, NH. Photo by Tanner Pelletier
A: I don’t think there was a particular hike that got me hooked on hiking the Whites. For me the experience of hiking was something that I couldn't match with anything in my life at that time. I was fairly young when I started hiking in the Whites and grew a passion towards what each mountain had to offer. For me personally it was an escape from main stream life such as school, work, and other obligations that needed serious commitment. This was a way for me to find myself, reflect, unwind, and gain a sense of realism that I couldn't get anywhere else. The outdoors are my backyard since I live in the heart of the Valley, so it was only fitting to take advantage of my surroundings and explore what the Whites had to offer. I found peace in the mountains and found my love for climbing there as well. I’ve been climbing for about six years now and every day the thrill and enjoyment are still present in the sport.

Q: What struck your interest in outdoor photography and videography?

A: To be completely honest, I have always loved filming the great landscape of the White Mountains, but what really hooked me on filming nature would have to be working with the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University. My boss Rachelle Lyons really made me feel the passion of what we can do with the great outdoors. It was such an amazing opportunity working with Rachelle because she really promoted creativity towards the projects we were working on and brought me to amazing places throughout the period we worked together. She really opened my eyes on what the world had to offer in the field of outdoor videography.

Q: What was your favorite moment of the Garfield ridge/Twinway trip?

Tanner on the summit of Mt. Garfield
A: My favorite moment of this trip was connecting with like-minded individuals and hearing their stories from past and current travels. I also liked getting to know the people who commit their summer to working at AMC Huts and AMC Backcountry Campsites. I also enjoyed the solitude portion of the trip since I was flying solo throughout the Garfield ridge. This allowed me to reflect on my graduation and really pushed me to think about what I want to do in the future as an up-and-coming filmmaker.

Q: As your summer wraps up, what was the best part of your time as AMC’s Trail Reporter?

A: Exploring new places, meeting extraordinary people with like-minded opinions, and pursuing my passion for the art of film. This was such an amazing opportunity to have right after college and I couldn't have asked for a better summer job.

Q: Where can we look to see your next project?

A: I haven’t made a website yet but that’s something I will be working on in the future once I find the time to do so, but for now you can follow me on Vimeo. Most of my videos on Vimeo consist of snowboarding edits from when I attended Plymouth State University, and I have other miscellaneous videos on there as well. Most of my other videos are scattered throughout the inter-web and I’m not entirely sure where they are, but for now Vimeo is my nesting ground.

Tanner produced a number of video projects for AMC throughout the summer of 2015 – you can watch many of them in this playlist on AMC’s YouTube channel.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Crawford Notch hut proposal details, Q&A posted



AMC and the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation are in discussion about a potential lease with the Division to construct, operate, and maintain a new hut to provide public recreation and information services in Crawford Notch State Park. Learn more about the new hut proposal here. Additional information is available in this Q&A.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Now Available: New England Trail and Bay Circuit Trail Map & Guide Kits

Bay Circuit Trail Map & Guide 
Appalachian Mountain Club Books is pleased to announce the release of the Bay Circuit Trail Map & Guide, the first large-format, waterproof map and guide to the entire Bay Circuit Trail & Greenway that encircles Boston. Extending 230 miles through 34 towns, this “outer Emerald Necklace” stretches from Plum Island in the north to Kingston Bay in the south.


New England Trail Map & Guide

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in partnership with the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) has published the New England Trail Map & Guide, the first-ever comprehensive hiking resource for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET). The three-map set and guide includes 20 suggested hikes and covers the entire long-distance trail. The NET is one of only 11 National Scenic Trails in the U.S. and is among the most recently designated.


 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

On NHPR: AMC weighs in on Northern Pass

AMC Director of Research Kenneth Kimball was among the guests on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange” program August 20, weighing in on the latest developments of the proposed Northern Pass electric transmission project. Listen here >>

Northern Pass to bury 52-mile segment of transmission line

In late August 2015, Eversource officials announced an amended plan for the proposed Northern Pass project that would include burial of 52 additional miles of the controversial 187-mile long transmission line. Read more >>

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