Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Petition the White House to Support the Outdoors

Now is the time to speak up for protecting the land, water and trails you love. Given the uncertainty of the federal budget situation, we need to make sure that the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is funded through oil and gas drilling revenues, not taxpayer dollars, remains intact. LWCF is the most important source of funds for protecting outdoor recreation areas like the New England National Scenic Trail, the White Mountain National Forest, the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, and the Highlands of PA, NJ, CT and NY.

Now there is a new way to show support for LWCF and the outdoor places it helps to protect. The White House has created “We the People,” a new online feature to petition the White House for action. Please sign the LWCF petition and ask the White House to act to ensure full, dedicated, and permanent funding for LWCF. The goal is to get 25,000 individual signatures by December 16, 2011. This is very doable if we all take a few minutes and get friends and family to act NOW!

Through the LWCF, up to $900 million of the $6 billion in annual revenue from offshore oil and gas drilling leases is supposed to be spent on protecting America's special places, creating state and local parks, and conserving working forest lands. Unfortunately, LWCF funds have been increasingly diverted from their intended uses.

Take Action: Sign the petition and forward this to your friends (anyone over 13 years old can sign).
1. Go to the petition on the We the People site.
2. Scroll down and click on “Create an Account” and fill in the form.
3. Follow directions and you’ll receive a confirmation email.
4. Go back to the web page and sign the petition.

Read more about the places your action will help protect >>

That’s it! And thanks.

AMC Books Launches Nine Titles as eBooks

AMC Books has released its first eBooks, available now for Kindle, Apple, and Nook devices.

New eBooks include Katahdin: An Historic Journey; AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping; Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast; four books from the popular Best Day Hikes series, including guides to Boston, the Whites, Washington, DC, and the Catskills and Hudson Valley; and two paddling titles, Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont and Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Starting in spring 2012, AMC Books will release many of its new books simultaneously in print and eBook format.

Browse and purchase your AMC eBook today through Amazon's Kindle Store, iTunes, or Barnes and Noble's Nook Book Store >>

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

AMC's Annual Trail Sign Auction is Ending!

The 2011 AMC Trail Sign Auction ends Friday, 12/2, at noon!

As we do every year, AMC is auctioning off retired White Mountain trail signs - they are great collector's items and outstanding holiday gifts.

All proceeds from the auction directly support AMC's trail maintenance efforts and, in particular this year, trail cleanup and repair work following Tropical Storm Irene.

Check out the following signs for auction on eBay:

More information on the signs >>

Mohican is Open for the Holidays!

After years of holiday closures, we are pleased to announce that Mohican Outdoor Center will be open through the holidays this year. Want an easy escape either with or from your family? Head to Mohican for some early winter hiking or snowshoeing!

Check availability at Mohican >>

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday at the AMC Store: Free Shipping on Orders of $50 or More!

It's Cyber Monday! To celebrate, AMC's online store is offering free shipping on orders of $50 or more this week!

Offer ends on Friday, 12/2, so hurry on over to the online store, check out great holiday gift ideas--think AMC ornaments & souvenirs, AMC gift memberships, and great gear essentials--and get your shopping started now >>

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Favorite Winter Hikes from AMC

Happy Thanksgiving! Among the many things we're all thankful for, a quiet outing in the woods may be one of them. AMC Outdoors compiled a list of lesser-known great winter hikes. Check out this great list of lesser-known winter hikes from AMC chapter trip leaders and staff >>

Enjoy a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bretton Woods is Open!

Our friends at Bretton Woods tweeted yesterday that they're open...and there is snow in the forecast today!

Combine their early season ticket prices ($49 for adults!) and AMC's Bed & Breakfast rates at Highland Lodge for a budget-friendly early December ski trip!

Check Bretton Woods daily report for conditions & pricing info >>

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Annual Trail Sign Auction is Underway

The 2011 AMC Trail Sign Auction is Underway on eBay!

As we do every year, AMC is auctioning off retired White Mountain trail signs - they are great collector's items and outstanding holiday gifts!

All proceeds from the auction directly support AMC's trail maintenance efforts and, in particular this year, trail cleanup and repair work following Tropical Storm Irene.

This year's auction ends on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. Get your bids in!

Check out the following signs for auction on eBay:

More information on the signs >>

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Northeast Senators Stand Up for Clean Air and a Healthy Outdoors

Last week, an overwhelming majority of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Senators voted for clean air and a healthy outdoor environment when they defeated a resolution that would have overturned the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.

The Northeast can suffer from poor air quality when winds deliver pollutants across state borders to our coastal and mountain regions. This rule will help downwind states meet clean air standards by targeting power plant pollution from upwind states.

AMC research has shown that even healthy hikers suffer declining lung function when they breathe polluted air, in part because when people exercise they breathe more air.

It is very important to let our Senators know we appreciate their vote, and urge them to continue to prioritize clean air and a healthy outdoor environment.

Below is the list of Senators who voted for clean air. Please take a moment to call and thank your Senators for their NO vote on S.J. Resolution 27, and their support for clean air and healthy outdoor recreation. Ask them to continue to defend our air quality. You can call through the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224 3121.

• Collins (R-ME) Snowe (R-ME)
• Shaheen (D-NH) Ayotte (R-NH)
• Leahy (D-VT) Sanders (I-VT)
• Kerry (D-MA) Brown (R-MA)
• Lieberman (ID-CT) Blumenthal (D-CT)
• Reed (D-RI) Whitehouse (D-RI)
• Schumer (D-NY) Gillibrand (D-NY)
• Lautenberg (D-NJ) Menendez (D-NJ)
• Casey (D-PA)
• Carper (D-DE) Coons (D-DE)
• Mikulski (D-MD) Cardin (D-MD)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gas Development Heads to the Delaware

The Delaware River Basin Commission has worked for over 40 years to protect the Delaware River by opposing the Tocks Island dam project and drafting legislation to protect the river through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Now, the Commission is preparing to allow controversial natural gas development in the watershed before having conducted an environmental impact analysis.

The Delaware River serves 15 million people with clean and plentiful drinking water and accounts for $21 billion a year in ecosystem services. A truly cherished resource for people from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and even farther afield, the Delaware sees nearly 4 million visitors a year, more than Yellowstone or Yosemite National Parks. The River itself is a state and federally recognized water trail complimented by the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and featuring a multi-use canal path and numerous historic and scenic sites.

Opening up the Delaware River watershed to natural gas development before a comprehensive environmental impact analysis has been completed places a valuable natural asset at risk. Join us and other concerned citizens to help protect the Delaware.

Take Action: On November 21, please attend a rally outside of the Delaware River Basin Commission’s meeting in Trenton, NJ, urging the Commission not to open the watershed to natural gas development until an environmental impact analysis has been completed. The rally will take place from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. at the Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ.

While the Delaware River Basin Commission is no longer accepting formal comments on the regulations, a strong show of solidarity from the public will send a clear message that the Delaware River is a valued place and that energy development should only be considered after a formal environmental assessment has been completed.

Learn more about AMC’s work on natural gas development >>

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Will Sunday Recreation Change in PA?

Pennsylvania has a long tradition of promoting outdoor recreation, including hiking, paddling and hunting. Since 1873, Pennsylvania has limited hunting to Monday through Saturday, creating a tradition supportive of all outdoor recreation pursuits. That may change though, as the state legislature is now considering a bill that would amend Chapter 34 of the Pennsylvania code and allow the Game Commission to extend hunting to Sundays.

The current arrangement allows all recreationists to enjoy Pennsylvania’s public lands year-round. Changing this approach may discourage many people across Pennsylvania from exploring our cherished outdoor spaces during game season. As many state legislators are on the fence as to whether or not they should support changing the 138-year old restriction on Sunday hunting, now is the time to weigh in.

Take Action: The bill, HB 1760, is currently in the Game and Fisheries Committee, but could move out of committee at any time. Call your state Senator and Representative to express your views on changing Pennsylvania’s 138-year old tradition and allow hunting on Sundays.

Find contact information for your state Senator and Representative >>

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Get Ready to Ski! Sign up Now for AMC's Winter Ski Weekends

With 130 volunteer- and staff-led ski programs listed throughout New England and even into Quebec, AMC has ski opportunities for everyone this winter. For beginners and experts, for downhill, telemark, or cross country, in AMC huts, ski resorts, and inns--if you are dreaming of snow, get signed up today!

See a full list of AMC ski programs for the 2011-2012 season >>

Enter AMC's Annual Photo Contest!

We want your pictures!

Once again, we're looking for our members' best images of the Northeast and of AMC-related activities from the past year.

We'll collect all of the entries and post them in a Flickr gallery—then our judges will begin their deliberation!

New this year, an overall grand-prize winner will receive a spot in a Jerry Monkman photography workshop and an accompanying stay at an AMC destination. A People's Choice vote will also be held on our Facebook page at the end of the contest.

Get your submissions in by 11/15! Learn more & enter now >>

Note: AMC's Photo Contest is for members only! Not a member? Join today >>

Monday, November 7, 2011

Clean Air is Worth Fighting For!

Post on Senator Scott Brown's Facebook page, asking him to "Vote NO on S.J. Resolution 27 and stand up for the health of Massachusetts families and the beautiful outdoor lands we value so much." Here in Massachusetts, we value healthy forests, lakes & streams, and clear mountain views. But when upwind power plants spew out air pollution, Massachusetts gets the acid rain, haze pollution, and ozone that can foul our waters, block mountain views, and damage our lungs. EPA is working to solve these problems with the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) that will require upwind states to clean up at no cost to Massachusetts. Learn more >>

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Comment on the New Plan for Middlesex Fells

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is seeking public comment on the Middlesex Fells Draft Resource Management Plan. The plan will establish policies and guide future decisions about trails, allowable recreational uses, and natural resource protection.

Now is the time for everyone who visits the Fells and enjoys its many diverse features to share their thoughts on the draft proposals. Comments are due November 14. Read more about the Fells and the Resource Management Plan>>

TAKE ACTION
Review and discuss the plan with friends and colleagues, and send your comments to DCR by November 14th. Comments may be submitted via email to rmp.comments@state.ma.us or by mail to Fells Trail Comments, 136 Damon Road, Northampton, MA, 01060.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

AMC Outdoors: How the White Mountains Were Named

Ever wondered how your favorite peaks in the Whites got their names? In the November/December issue of AMC Outdoors, Mark Bushnell uncovers the history behind naming the White Mountain peaks.

Read article >>

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