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Help Wanted

The chapter conservation committee is looking to chapter members to warn us of threats to trail corridors, scenic vistas, and vital ecosystems. Whether it's development, inappropriate resource managemnt, invasive species, etc.  that poses the threat, the chapter cannot help if it desn't know. If you are aware of an issue please contact


Conservation News

50th Earth Year Kick-off Event with Naturalist and Radio Host Laurie Sanders

A Call to Action and Celebration of Biodiversity

This event is sponsored by Valley Environmental Education Collaborative. AMC will be represented and staffing a table at the event.

April 1, 2020
Opening Reception 6:00 p.m.
Keynote Kick-off 7:00 p.m.
USFWS Regional Headquarters, Hadley, MA
Cost: FREE

Earth Day 1970-2020: A Retrospective & Next Steps

In a time when it can be easy to be despondent over the future of the world, naturalist Laurie Sanders will take a retrospective look at the changes in environmental protection, conservation and our understanding of the natural world during the fifty years since the nation's first Earth Day drew a crowd of 20 million. Using examples from the Valley, she will discuss important national and global changes and trends as well as highlight the Valley's special natural areas, its fascinating flora and fauna, and pay tribute to some of the local people whose vision and determination have helped protect the Valley's landscapes and natural resources.

Join Laurie Sanders and the Valley Environmental Education Collaborative for an evening of celebration and reflection.  Ms. Sanders is a naturalist, writer and the former host and producer of Field Notes, a weekly natural history series that aired on New England Public Radio for a decade. Ms. Sanders currently works with Conservation Works and co-directs Historic Northampton. The Valley Environmental Education Collaborative includes Mass Audubon, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, FirstLight Power’s Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Western Mass Pollinator Networks. Throughout 2020 the Valley Environmental Education Collaborative (VEEC) is hosting a series of events focusing on biodiversity and pollinators.

Join us for this free kick-off event on April 1st celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.

Event location:  300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 6:00pm

Conservation News

Help Wanted

The chapter conservation committee is looking to chapter members to warn us of threats to trail corridors, scenic vistas, and vital ecosystems. Whether it's development, inappropriate resource managemnt, invasive species, etc.  that poses the threat, the chapter cannot help if it desn't know. If you are aware of an issue please contact


Current Conservation Initiatives

Today's Most Urgent Conservation Issue The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is the most important source of funding for conservation land acquisition in the nation. This 54-year old Federal program, funded with the proceeds from offshore leases, has provided billions of dollars for expanding and improving access to wild and recreational lands around the country, including many millions of dollars in Massachusetts. The LWCF is now permanently reauthorized by Congress after a nationwide advocacy effort. Permanently reauthorizing this program is a huge victory, and we thank Congress for its strong bipartisan action, but authorization without an annual appropriation is an empty victory. In the past appropriations have fallen far short of the authorized $900 million per year.


Right now, through Senate Bill S. 1081 and House Bill H.R. 3195 we have the opportunity to pass legislation calling for permanent full funding of the LWCF making it a reliable resource for preserving and providing access to the lands and sites we love and admire. Securing permanent full funding for the LWCF will provide assurance to willing sellers, planners and officials at state and local levels that there will be funds to secure our land, outdoor recreation economy, access to hunting and angling opportunities, water resources, and the historic and cultural sites we treasure.

To prevent the loss of our beloved natural and cultural resouces, and truly fulfill the promise the of LWCF we must get our legislators to bring key legislation to a floor vote in congress. Here is an action you can take today: Please contact the following Senators urging them to request the leadership to schedule a floor vote on S. 1081 and these Representatives to request Speaker Pelosi to do the same for H.R. 3195 for permanent full funding of the LWCF.


For another urgent matter see 


Up coming Issues: - What can we do to preserve the Endangered Species Act?

                                 - Putting solar power installations where they the most good


For comments, questions, offers to help, contact:


Senate Passes Land and Water Conservation Legislation

On February 12th, the United States Senate voted 92 to 8 to pass legislation that included permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund ( LWCF). The LWCF, which is supported by a share of the income the federal government receives from off-shore oil and other leases, is the principal source of federal funds for land acquisition for parks and reserves as well as  for recreational developments. It had been in place for more than fifty years before it was allowed to expire last fall. The Senate vote for authorization was a top priority for the AMC and a host of other conservation and outdoor recreation organizations. The funding can be used at the federal, state, or local levels.

The next step in the process is for the House of Representatives to approve the measure, which appears near certain considering the very broad support the measure has in the House. Indications are that the President will sign the measure when it reaches his desk.

While authorization represents major progress, it takes an appropriation to make the funds available. The LWCF had been authorized at $900 million for years, but the funds actually appropriated each year have averaged less than half of that, so stand by to help in a major push for LWCF dedicated funding legislation, so that we ensure the full amount that goes into the fund is spent on 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 



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