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AT Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees Announced ... link

ATC, AMC appeal Blue Mountain hotel near trail ... link to article      .... link to video

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

Mike Ahern, hike and bike leader, volunteer of month

Michael Ahern, our volunteer of the month, completed AMC Leadership training in 2017 when he retired from the business world and has become an active hike and bike leader. Mike enjoys multiple outdoor activities including road, mountain, and trail biking in addition to hiking and kayaking. He is also a certified lifeguard, a wilderness first responder and kayak instructor. We are fortunate that Mike shares his love of the outdoors with DV members.

For those of you who are kept up to date by receiving the Weekly Bulletin, you can thank Mike for his volunteer work in helping this message gets to you every week.

During his life off trail, Mike enjoys playing his saxophone at a local coffee bar on amateur nights and spending time with his five grandchildren. Please thank Mike for his service!

Our Volunteer of the Month program was initiated to recognize volunteers nominated by their peers. Chapter members can nominate volunteers by e-mail to recognition@amcdv.org.

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.

AMC volunteers clean up Monocacy Way

Our volunteers, led by Dan Schwartz. walked five miles along the  the Monocacy Way trail in Bethlehem between Illick's Mill (the AMC office) and Broad St and collecting trash. The walk follows the Monocacy creek past the mill, through the woods, by the Paint Mill Pond which usually has swans, past the Burnside Plantation and down into the center of Bethlehem.

Twenty graduate from chapter's outdoor leadership training class

Twenty students graduated from the DV Outdoor Leadership Training course this past weekend. They were an interested and enthusiastic group of people who should be a most welcome addition to the DV leadership ranks when they complete their co-leads in the coming weeks.

If you or anyone you know would be good potential AMC leaders, but were unable to attend this past weekend's event, the NY-No. Jersey Chapter's Outdoor Leadership Training course will take place at the Harriman Outdoor Center on the weekend of May 18-20, and that they may become DV Chapter leaders by attending that course and doing their two required co-leads with the DV Chapter. Click here for more information.

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Appalachian Trail work: Delps to Ski Area Cutoff, March 31

Our crew clears deadfalls and keeps the route open ... more photos.

Judge denies Appalachian Trail Concerence standing before zoning board;

Threat of 85-foot tall condominium complex looms over AT

There is disappointing news from Carbon County Court of Common Pleas. Judge Joseph J. Matika ruled that Appalachian Trail Conference was denied standing in an appeal involving Lower Towamensing Township Zoning Hearing Board’s decision to grant Blue Mt. Resort’s request for six variances to permit the construction of an 85-foot tall condominium with 135 units and a swimming pool.

At a Zoning Hearing Board in April, Blue Mt. requested the variances so it could build the condominium less than 12 feet from a National Park Service conservation easement that was purchased using federal dollars to protect the AT. At the hearing, ATC was denied standing because the Hearing Board claimed ATC was not an “aggrieved party.” NPS was granted standing, but it chose not to challenge the decision.

Blue Mt. could have selected many other locations among the 280-acre property to build the condominiums that would have had less of an impact on Kittatinny Ridge recreation and natural resources, but it wanted to create the “ski in – ski out” experience for its customers.

Appalachian Mountain Club’s Delaware Valley Chapter helped to defend the appeal. Due to several specific considerations and other issues, ATC decided not to appeal the Judge’s decision. This is probably not the last time that hikers will hear of Blue Mt. The resort is planning to build a water park approximately 300 feet from the AT on 40 acres. The water park and the condo (if it is built) will be visible from a new vista created following a new trail relocation to be completed in the coming years.

Top leaders and participants honored at Activities Social

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Phil Mulligan and David Stein were 2017 top leaders, with 69 and 68 leads respectively, while Jane Richter and Joan Aichele were the year's top participants, logging more than a thousand miles each. Click here for the complete list.

They were among our many leaders and participants honored at this year's activities social and gear swap, held March 11 in New Hope.

The event was a great time to connect with friends and to celebrate over dinner the achievements of our members who completed more than 100 activity miles during 2017. We also honored leaders who led more than four events during the year and they are shown here with their new blaze orange fleece hats.

Join an AMC-DV event and begin to earn your 100 activity points for next year, or better yet, become a leader and lead trips and other activities. For our leadership workshop weekend, April 6-8, click here.

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival April 6-8 ....link

With 265 total submissions from from 43 countries, this event presents thought-provoking, exceptional new shorts and features that entertain, inform, and inspire personal action. In addition to the film lineup, the Festival includes an exciting Opening Night Red Carpet Gala, a juried competition, awards, and opportunities to meet the filmmakers.

Volunteer vacations, new for 2018; volunteer trail crews and teen trail crews

Adult Volunteer Vacation participants will lend a hand to maintain trails and do similar work and have some time to enjoy the sights and sounds of different and  locals. More info.

For more information on volunteer trail crews and teen trail crews, click here.

Click here for the Appalachian Mountain Club main website.

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