Appalachian Mountain Club

Conservation


Sterling Forest Threatened by Casino Proposal

Take action by visiting the AMC’s Conservation Action Network

Take Action: New Jersey Legislature Proposes to Permanently Protect the Palisades

Marcellus Shale’s Greatest Treasures

The AMC has launched a new ”Marcellus Shale’s Greatest Treasures” interactive website featuring first-hand accounts of the impact of natural gas development by people who rely on the public lands and waters in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region for outdoor recreation (including the Delaware River and the Delaware Water Gap).

Through personal stories and photos, this new website gives Pennsylvania residents and visitors an opportunity to better understand and discuss natural gas development on and near public forests, parks, trails, and waterways. The individual stories represent a variety of outdoor recreation perspectives, including hikers, paddlers, hunters, and rock climbers, as well as popular destinations such as Pine Creek Gorge, Ricketts Glen, and Ohiopyle.

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AMC Opposes NPS Approval of Susquehanna Roseland Power Line

In partnership with other organizations, AMC recently filed an injunction in Federal court challenging the approval by the NPS of the Susquehanna Roseland transmission line in NJ and PA. Learn more about the power line and the issues.

 

No Decision on Fracking in New York

Still no decision on fracking in New York State, announced the state environmental commissioner, Joe Martens. The state’s health commissioner will assess potential public health impacts from the process, and only after this review will the state issue a decision. Read the Press Release.

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Climate Change – Awareness Raising

 

The following questions are very worthwhile and appropriate to ask of your elected officials

  • The science is clear: climate change is happening and humans are contributing to it. Do you believe that we are experiencing a period of human induced climate change?
  • Will you reject the manufactured “debate” and speak out in support of climate science?
  • Will you support limits on greenhouse gas emissions? If yes, will you support the reduction recommended by scientists of 80% below 1990 levels by 2050?
  • Will you protect EPA’s ability to enforce their legal mandate to protect clean air and regulate greenhouse gas emissions?
  • What would you do to increase energy conservation and efficiency in the country (or state)?

 

Specific Policy Actions

  • Support RGGI (Regional Green Gashouse Initiative) as well as other state based reductions in GHGs (greehhouse gases)
  • Support EPA’s authority to carry out their greenhouse gas emissions responsibilities
  • Support the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill (S 1000)
  • Support reducing GHG emissions 80% (from 1990 levels) by 2050
  • Support energy efficiency and conservation as core components to addressing climate change

 

Helpful Articles on Climate Change

 

For objective information on climate change, see:

 

Can you tell fact from science fiction?

Test you climate change knowledge with this short quiz from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

 

275, 392, 350. Do you know what these three numbers represent? Do you know how much CO2 is in the atmosphere? Do you know how much CO2 in the atmosphere is considered by many scientists to be a safe upper limit? Learn about atmospheric CO2 levels from 350.org.

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Letters Needed Now to NJ Assembly – Ban Fracking in New Jersey!

The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee unanimously approved the New Jersey Frack Ban Bill S246 to ban hydraulic fracturing in New Jersey on February 9; the Bill will next go to the full Senate for a vote. The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee has not yet scheduled a Hearing on the Bill; we need to advocate for them to do so. Primary sponsors of the bill: Assembly members Connie Wagner, Reed Gusciora, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Herb Conaway, Jr., and Ruben J. Ramos, Jr. Co-sponsors of the Bill are Assembly members Ralph R. Caputo, Charles Mainor, Vincent Prieto, Peter J. Barnes III, Linda Stender, Daniel R. Benson, Upendra J. Chivukula, Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., and John S. Wisniewski.
Please write the members of the Assembly Environment Committee  and ask them to support the Ban Bill and send it to the full Assembly for a vote. It is important that this bill get moved now, before the Legislature goes into the all-encompassing budget session. For information on fracking’s impacts on New Jersey and the struggle for a ban in the State, contact the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

 

Fracking Friday

Join the RIVERKEEPER event every Friday by calling Governor Cuomo and tell him not to frack with New York water.

  

Proposed New York Hydrofracking Regulations

New York State DEC issued a draft of regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing on September 28. The comment period ended on January 12.

 Read what the League of Conservation Voters and the New York Times wrote about the record-breaking response, and learn more about the proposed regulations.

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Energy Conservation

The Energy Department has a fun game for kids that teaches them about saving energy.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Naturalist
The Conservation Committee is looking for volunteers interested in helping with its naturalist program at AMC’s southernmost destination – the Mohican Outdoor Center. Bring your love for the woods, waters, and wildlife of the Mid-Atlantic region! Add to that your knowledge about either our local ecology, geology or human history. Cover topics of your own personal interest such as the natural changes vs. threats to the mid-Atlantic deciduous forest, biodiversity, local wildlife habitat, native endangered snakes, bear safety, Leave No Trace principles, fungi, mosses, or songbirds, or climate change.
To volunteer or for more information contact the Conservation Chair.