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Divided panel OKs pipeline through Pinelands ... link

Latest on PennEast project on main AMC web site ... link

AT Hall of Fame 2017 inductees are Harlean James of Washington, DC; Charles Parry of Blacksburg, VA; Mildred Norman "Peace Pilgrim" Ryder, of Egg Harbor, NJ; and Matilda "Tillie" Wood, of Roswell, GA. ... more

AT Museum to honor Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau at 7th annual banquet On June 2 ... link

2017 AMC Women's Conservation Leadership Program, June 10 ... link

At AMC's Noble View Outdoor Center in the  Berkshires

AMC’s Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) offers a variety of trainings, specifically geared toward urban youth workers and teachers who would like to increase their skill set so they can effectively manage risk while creating great outdoor programming for their constituents. More information on YOP can be found here.  Training options, here.

 If you are interested in more information, they should contact either Lindsay Watkins (YOP-New England) at or Sebastian Venuat (YOP-NY & NJ) at

Conservation policy manager Will Callaway joins AMC's Bethlehem, PA, office


Will Callaway has joined AMC as our Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager based in the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania office where he will be coordinating and advancing our conservation policy priorities in the region, such as open space funding, air and climate policies, and energy development threats to the outdoors.

Will has a long career in policy and natural resource conservation that includes five years as a staff member in the United States Senate, and14 years working with non-profit organizations focused on environmental protection and public health.

He grew up in southeast Tennessee and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his graduate degree in environmental sciences from the University of Michigan.

In addition, Will spent several years working on political campaigns and was the Democratic nominee for the US House of Representatives for Tennessee’s Third Congressional District in 2000.

A lifelong fly fisherman, he looks forward to spending time on and in Monocacy Creek just outside the doors of the AMC office in Bethlehem. You can reach Will at or 610-868-6903.

Young Members leader Sarah Richardsen, volunteer of the month

Sarah is one of our Young Members leaders.  Sarah recently served our Young Members program by filling in for the Young Member chair Kate Prisby while Kate needed to be out of state serving AMC in another capacity.  Sarah has also represented our chapter at the Young Member inter-chapter retreat.

Sarah also volunteered to help increase Philadelphia resident participation in our chapter. In her life away from AMC activities, Sarah is known for her artistic talents.

The Chapter’s Volunteer of the Month program was initiated to recognize volunteers nominated by their peers. Chapter members can nominate volunteers by e-mail to

The nomination should contain the nominee’s name, reason for the recognition, and name of the nominator. Each nominee name is entered into a random drawing for the Volunteer of the Month recognition. The monthly winners are entered into an annual drawing at the Annual Dinner for a grand prize of a weekend stay at an AMC facility. Nominees must be an AMC member, not a member of the current Executive Committee, and may serve in any volunteer capacity that benefits the Chapter mission in the Delaware Valley area. See the past Volunteers of the Month.d encouraged many new AMC hikers and has developed a loyal following in these activities.

Ruby Horwood, first AMC Board President, DV Chapter Chair, celebrates 100 birthday

Ruby Horwood, who was the first woman chair of the Delaware Valley Chapter (1969-1970) recently celebrated her 100 birthday with all the women who have held that position at her home near North Wales.

She also was the first female to serve as president of AMC's Board of Directors, holding that office in 1974 and 1975. During her tenure, she led the way for the expansion of AMC's Joy Street headquarters, and led two major environmental battles, protecting Franconia Notch from I-93, and saving the Delaware River from the proposed Tocks Island Dam.

Ruby was presented with a certificate of recognition signed by AMC President John Judge. along with balloons and flowers. Those visiting were past and present female chairs, left to right, Joan Aichele, current chair Lois Rothenberger, Lennie Steinmetz and Jane Shepard, They chatted, sipped lemonade & reminisced. Not able to attend were Priscilla Estes and Andrea Deaton.

Read more about Ruby's amazing career of hiking and outdoor activities  by clicking here.

More than three-quarters of all trip reports now submitted electronically

In 2016, our chapter ran 767 trips, and 583 of these were submitted electronically, reports hiking chair Malcolm Preece. This innovative system was designed and implemented by two chapter volunteers. John Rowen wrote the program code, and serves as the primary support person for passwords and help. Eric Pavlak created the instruction pages ( and e-mail system, and serves as the help backup.

Your report and sign in sheet  is automatically sent to the trip logger, to the appropriate activity chair, and to AMC headquarters in Boston. A backup copy of your scanned sign-in sheet is automatically made. And you can get a copy of your submitted report sent back to you. All without paper or postage.

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