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Outsmart Invasive Species Project

This summer, individuals from UMass, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Nature Conservancy are collaborating on the Outsmart Invasive Species Project in an effort to stop the spread of non-native plants and insects that jeopardize the health of our environment. The Outsmart team, partnering with the Nature Conservancy's Don't Move Firewood program, will be visiting a number of music festivals, farmers' markets, and other events throughout the summer to conduct in-person training in invasive species identification.

Berkshire Chapter Meet & Greet July 29, 6:30 PM

Berkshire Chapter leadership is eager to meet new and established members and have you meet each other. We've planned a meet-and-greet with the Sabine Prather, Chapter Chair and Pat Fletcher, Trails Committee Chair, at Agawam Public Library at 6:30 on Monday, July 29th. We can talk about what AMC and Berkshire Chapter does and see what you'd like to do in the club. We'll have coffee and snacks, and some information about the club and Chapter. Please come with questions, or just to meet and talk to folks! You're also welcome to come to Executive Committee and other committee meetings.

AMC NEWS

Tatra Trek June 2012 , Steve Reiss

2014 AMC Adventure Travel Trips Announced

Think Spring and AMC-Adventure Travel! There are a wide variety of excursions – check out our listings and discover your wanderlust.

http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm?type=2&sortby=date

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AMC Trains Outdoor Leaders, Volunteer Naturalists, and Trail Volunteers

Work of 1000 Program, Westfield, MA

Stoddart civic engagement flyer

Conservation leaders from the Appalachian Mountain Club Berkshire Chapter and Westfield Transition Towns are presenting the Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program at the Westfield Athenaeum on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 PM.

This program, a 30-minute film complemented by a personal discussion with the film’s central figure, citizen activist Marion Stoddart - provides a gripping profile of an ordinary citizen who realized her power to make a difference. The film, The Work of 1000, shares Marion’s exhilarating story of her work to clean up the Nashua River, once one of the most polluted rivers in America.

Our communities are facing real challenges. Economic uncertainty, global climate change, and other critical social issues are literally right at our doorstep. And now, more than ever, we need stories of hope, grit, empowerment and change. We need an inspirational model that engages people to make a difference in the world.

AMC's 137th Annual Summit

The 137th Annual Summit of the Appalachian Mountain Club was held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, Massachusetts.

The day included many exciting activities and programs including: Hiking Around the World, AMC Backcountry Shelters, Safeguarding Rivers, A Survival Guide to Leading with Kids, and many more! Click here to see the complete agenda.

Jim & Julie Pelletier receive the Volunteer Leadership Award

Our own Berkshire Chapter AT Committee Chair Jim Pelletier, and his wife, AT Committee Treasurer Julie Ann Pelletier, were recipients of the Volunteer Leadership Award.

Gary Forish receives the Distinguished Service Award

This year there were three recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. The first went to Gary Forish for his many contributions to the AMC through the years. Gary is a former chair of the Berkshire Chapter and a tireless advocate for the Noble View Outdoor Center. This award was also given to AMC’s Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) in appreciation of their 45 years of getting young people out of the cities and into nature. The third was awarded to John 'Noel' Cotter.

You can also access the AMC Clubwide Awards on Outdoors.org, which contains the full list of award recipients for 2012.

The evening's keynote speaker was Audrey Peterman, who spoke with the goal of helping the AMC come up with a plan to get ALL Americans to appreciate the outdoors.

AMC Annual Meeting – Berkshire Bash

Berkshire Chapter's Annual Meeting was held Saturday, November 3rd at the Summit View Restaurant in Holyoke MA.

The Annual Meeting portion was short – we voted on officers and gave a few awards to deserving individuals. Jim Pelletier was presented with a certificate designating him as 'Appie of the Year' by outgoing Chair Dave Sauriol.

Shortly afterwards Dave presented Congressman Olver with the first ever 'Friend of the AMC' award for all he has done for the outdoors in Western Massachusetts.

After dinner, there was a presentation of the Wildlife Encounters environmental education show by The W.I.L.D. Center and Zoological Park of New Hampshire.

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