Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival Earth Day weekend, April 21-23

A new film festival in Philadelphia will showcase thought-provoking, exceptional new shorts and feature films related to the environment. The organizers hope to make this a regular event on or around Earth Day every year. To check out the film schedule and related events, click here.

Divided panel OKs pipeline through Pinelands ... link

Delaware Canal Vision Study AMC staff was involved in developing this draft document and has made comments. Please review and comment on the draft as individuals and recreational users. Learn more and comment here.

Clean Air Council interactive gas and shale infrastructure map ... link

AMC: First in conservation - Reaffirming our Values

As the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s conservation leadership is needed more today than at any point in our history. From conservation policy and trail stewardship to science-based advocacy and protecting our outdoor places, AMC’s time to lead is now.

I have been asked by many people – AMC members and the general public – about how AMC will lead in conservation during these turbulent times.

 Given threats with the potential to undermine or overturn the good work we have done on everything from air quality to public lands protection, it is important for us to reaffirm our role as a conservation leader.

In the weeks and months ahead, I ask for your support in making America’s great outdoors the best it can be: open to all, protected from unwise development, and naturally clean and healthy for generations to come.

We hope to engage you in this important conservation work. Some of our key strategic themes for conservation leadership include:

Science-based. AMC will continue to lead on the policy and advocacy front backed-up and supported by science. Our positions are more persuasive because they are supported by our well-known conservation science and research. In addition to a legacy that includes monitoring the impacts of weather and climate in the Northeast’s alpine zone for almost 100 years, AMC’s research department continues to build its capabilities in other areas, including energy project siting and sustainable forestry.

Outdoor Citizenship We will engage and rally public support. In a time when many may question whether conservation is a priority, it is critical for citizens to stand-up for the outdoors. In addition to opportunities to galvanize people around policy priorities, we will work to engage people in understanding science, sharing knowledge and love of the natural world, and in leadership opportunities. As our region’s premier trails organization, we will maintain, build, and steward a vibrant trails network to connect people to the beauty and wonder of the outdoors.

Speaking-Out. We will speak-out and defend our public lands and waters. These special places belong to all Americans and once they are destroyed there is no going back. AMC will lead the way in these efforts, like we have against the threat of the Northern Pass transmission project in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This mission-centric policy work will include our efforts in cities, suburban areas, and our long-standing work in rural and wilderness areas.

Advocate. We will advocate for public funding and appropriate management policies to secure wise stewardship of the outdoors. We will speak up to strengthen our regional trails network and to create new trails connections. We will work in coalitions to advance important programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. We will work to advance projects and policies that expand recreation opportunities, preserve natural areas, foster landscapes that mitigate against the effects of climate change, and lower green-house gas emissions.

Maine Woods. AMC has taken an incredible leadership role to preserve, protect and enact AMC’s 75,000 acre Maine Woods. With nearly $70,000,000 invested, this is AMC’s biggest conservation effort and a world class conservation model. AMC will work to protect this critical wilderness region and ensure that the Maine Woods leads in sustainable forestry, eco-tourism, outdoor recreational infrastructure, environmental education and conservation stewardship.

Together we have an unprecedented leadership opportunity to elevate the conversation on conservation in our region, in our nation, and around the world. Thank you for your continued support, encouragement, and hard work, and for helping AMC lead in conservation for our next 141 years.

--  John D. Judge, AMC President

Congress passes Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, but ignores many other important conservation priorities, including:

Reauthorizing and fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Reauthorizing the Highlands Conservation Act.

Passing a budget that includes robust investments in conservation and trails programs.

Learn more at AMC's Conservation Recap of Our Last Congress.

Learn more about the Delaware River at Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed website, and join the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement released for PennEast pipeline

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the PennEast pipeline, which gives a comprehensive look at the effects the proposed pipeline could have on the environment, has just been released. It is available on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) website by clicking here. Get even more information from pipeinfo.org.

This $1.62 billion project to build a new pipeline to transport natural gas roughly 114 miles from Luzerne County, PA to Lambertville, NJ, would affect several areas we hike in. It would expand rights of way (where a 50 ft plus corridor is permanently cleared of trees) through Hickory Run State Park and Ted Stiles Preserve, to mention a few; and create new rights of way through several sensitive areas like the Wickicheoke Creek and, of special importance to us, across the Appalachian Trail through the section that our chapter maintains between Little Gap and Delps.

This remains a hot issue for AMC, the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and other organizations as we continue to send comments requesting no impact alternatives to the AT, detailing alternative AT crossing points, deficiencies in PennEast’s filings, and additional information that is needed from the company.

The public comment period closed on September 12. Click here to read AMC’s comments on PennEast to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and see what AMC is doing to protect our Appalachian Trail.

Also take a look at what the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Get involved!

Contact the Conservation Committee Chair (conservation@amcdv.org) to:

Join the Conservation Committee and help engage chapter members in conservation activities

Find out more on any issues listed on this page

Send suggestions, ask questions, challenge assumptions!

 

 

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