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Report of 2017 AMC Berkshire Chapter Activities

Conservation—Robert Cherdack—robertcherd@gmail.com

The Chapter Conservation Committee has been reinstituted with the following goals: 

1) Supporting the club in its conservation campaigns.

2) Identifying and responding to local issues within western Massachusetts.

3) Encouraging conservation work such as cleanups and invasive controls within chapter activities.

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.

Learn more about the New England National Scenic trail | Local Meetup

Jones Library 
43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 
November, 30, 2017 
6 - 8 pm 

Come spend an evening with the Appalachian Mountain Club to learn more about the New England National Scenic trail and hear music inspired by the trail, performed by NET Artist-in-Residence Ben Cosgrove. The evening will also include the opportunity to learn about the history of canoes in North America from writer Norman Sims and find out how you can take a canoe on the Massachusetts stretch of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. 

* Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. 

Date: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Berkshire Bash - Chapter Annual Meeting

Please join us at the Berkshire Bash, AMC Berkshire Chapter's annual dinner meeting! This year we are requiring that the event fee ($20) be paid when you register through our Eventbrite page. Please register by November 1.

Date: 
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 5:15pm to 9:30pm

Berkshire Exchange Fall 2017

2017: Fall

Dalton Event Celebrates Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community

By Andrea Minoff

Government officials, community leaders, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and members of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Berkshire Chapter joined with members of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Committee for Dalton on Saturday, August 19 at Pinegrove Park on High Street to celebrate the official designation of Dalton as one of the newest Appalachian Trail communities.

Schist and Ice

Come learn a bit about regional geology while walking down to Pitcher Brook. Along the way we'll get a basic introduction to the different types of rocks and how they form, followed by a closer inspection and discussion of the rocks exposed near the falls. If there's time, we'll stop to visit a glacial erratic on the way back, taking a quick look at the more recent geologic history of the area.

Date: 
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am

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