Charity of the week
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (outdoors.org) is the nation’s oldest conservation organization, working to foster a love for the outdoors and protect the waters, parks, mountains, forests, and hiking trails in the Northeast. AMC advocates on the federal and state levels for conservation funding, and its research department examines how climate change affects the region. It also offers thousands of trips every year to low-income youth, with scholarships, free equipment loans, and discounted lodging; for many, it is their first introduction to wilderness. As part of its “Maine Woods Initiative,” AMC has created over 120 miles of recreational trails, maintained campsites, created three sporting camps, and purchased and protected 70,000 acres of Maine forestland.
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