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A list of news items relating to Conservation



Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and Clean Power Plan Initiatives

Conservation is one of three important pillars at the AMC, next to recreation and education. The AMC is involved in a number of conservation initiatives from DC to Maine. Two pressing conservation initiatives for the AMC involve land conservation and clean air. Read more about these issues below and find out how you can get involved.

For fifty years the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been the country's principal source of federal funds for public land acquisition. It has supplied billions of dollars for national and state parks and other public lands as well as for park infrastructure, including a $100 million for Massachusetts. The fund was originally established in 1965 but is set to expire in September 2018. It is vital for conservation of critical natural resources that our legislators become champions for its permanent renewal. For more information see    and 

The Trump administration proposes eliminating the Clean Power Plan, which was put in place in 2015 to reduce emissions of greenhouse and other pollutants from power plants.  The comment period for this change in  EPA regulations ends on 12/15/17.  Comments are needed in support of keeping the Plan in place.  See  and 


Tom Wessels to Speak at Annual Meeting

Photo of Tom Wessels

On Saturday, November 7, at 5:30pm, the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club will hold it’s annual dinner meeting at the Summit View House in Holyoke.

We are excited to announce that the speaker will be Tom Wessels, ecologist, educator and author. His books include: Reading the Forested Landscape, The Granite Landscape, Untamed Vermont, The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future, and Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to reading the Forested Landscape. His focus will be on Reading the Forested Landscape. His books will be available for purchase and signing.

The evening will also include the annual business meeting. More information on the dinner price and where to RSVP will be forthcoming.

Please save the date and plan to attend!

Warner Pond

Warner Pond, just a few yards off Route 47 and bordered by Warner Hill and North Hadley farmlands, was a relaxing two-plus hour paddle last Saturday under a sun and puffy cloud blue sky. Swans with their cygnets, painted turtles, and a maze of blossoming Pond and Swamp Dock Lilies greeted us as we slowly meandered past a shoreline teaming with the signs and sounds of plant and animal life.

On our arrival, the Friends of Mt. Warner were launching their Annual Invasive Species Water Chestnut Pull. A couple of us joined in but it was a challenge to do from a kayak. Want to lend a hand? Contact Cynthia at or call 413-548-8002.

Great news about Warner’s dam restoration: Kestrel Land trust of Amherst announced that a generous donor is offering $25,000 dollars in support for Warner's dam restoration – if $25,000 dollars in matching donations can be raised. This is a wonderful opportunity to double your contribution. For more information please contact Kristin DeBoer, Executive Director, Kestrel Land Trust, 413-549-1097. ( Excerpts for the last two paragraphs from The Friends Facebook Site. )

We topped off our morning with noon hour freshly made sandwiches at the North Hadley Sugar Shack, just down the road. Their Maple Soft Serve is whipped up with maple syrup. Having shared a large, I was tempted to have another for the road home.

-Elbert Bowler


CRWC Annual River Celebration

AMC is partnering with the Connecticut River Watershed Council for their Annual River Celebration on Saturday, June 21 at Gillette Castle State Park in CT. This year they are celebrating the expansion of the CT River Paddlers’ Trail, a major initiative that the AMC has been hard working on.

The event will feature speakers Steve Grant and special guest Jim Dina.
· Pulitzer-prize nominated journalist Steve Grant delighted readers of The Hartford Courant with his widely-acclaimed 17-part series detailing his 5-week paddle down the 410-mile-long Connecticut River.
· Jim Dina began his upstream adventure by carving a birchbark canoe using Native American tools and technology. Jim’s book, Voyage of the Ant, shares the story of this spirit-filled trip. Weather permitting, Jim plans to bring his boat, The Ant, and some of the tools he used to craft it.

The celebration begins at 11am. Lunch will be provided and we’ll wrap up with a Summer Solstice Paddle, launching at 1:30pm. For more information & to RSVP (preferred but not required),



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