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18. Appalachian Mountain Club
(Latest update 2001)

5 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108

(617) 523-0636
Fax: (617) 523-0722
Web site: www.outdoors.org

Other AMC Offices:

White Mountains:
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Route 16
P. O. Box 298
Gorham, NH 03581
(603) 466-2721
Fax: (603) 466-2822

Berkshires:
Mt. Greylock Visitor Center
P. O. Box 1800
Lanesboro, MA 01237
(413) 443-0011
Fax: (413) 442-9010

Central NH:
AMC Cardigan Lodge
774 Shem Valley Road
Alexandria, NH 03222
(603) 744-8011

New York City:
5 Tudor City Place
New York, NY 10017
(212) 986-1430
Fax: (212) 986-1432

Key Personnel

Andrew Falender, "chief executive" per IRS

Membership

"83,000 members, most of whom are affiliated with one of our 12 regional Chapters, from Maine to Virginia"

Finances (1997)

Income: $29,666,617
Assets: $26,424,362

Files an IRS 990 Form

Coalition Involvements

American Rivers
Northern Forest Alliance
Northern Forest Center
Northern Forest Lands Council (dissolved)
RESTORE the North Woods

Organizational Description and Goals

"Appalachian Mountain Club was founded in 1876 to promote the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers, and trails of the Northeast." - IRS Statement 1998.

"We believe that the mountains and rive(r)s have an intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunity, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. We encourage people to enjoy and appreciate the natural world because we believe that successful conservation depends on this experience."-AMC web site, 1999

"AMC addresses the issues of protecting and ensuring the economic stability of the Northern Forest, scientific research, and environmental education programs. AMC offers workshops, youth programs, school programs, leadership training, trails skills sessions, a Northern Forest initiative, and research to support its conservation agenda ($2,361,000). One of AMC's recent accomplishments was the fall 1994 agreement with New England Power to protect the Deerfield River in MA, and to ensure that dam releases provide recreational opportunities."-IRS Statement 1998

AMC Chapters within broader geographical area include:

New York-North Jersey
Mohawk Hudson
New Hampshire
Berkshire
Maine
Worcester
Boston
Southeastern Massachusetts
Narragansett
Connecticut

 

Board of Directors

(Not available, claims to have "zero" board members, but boards of directors of 12 chapters are available, if desired)

New York/New Jersey Chapter Executive Committee (1999):

Jill Hamell, Chapter Chair
Jo-Ann Gisolfi, Secretary
Lenny Grefig, Treasurer
Henry Schreiber, Activities
Nathan Saltzburg, Facilities & Services
Malcom Spector, Public Services
Al Braley, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director (Ex-Officio)

Mohawk Hudson Chapter Executive Committee (1999-2000)

Carolyn Klingelhoeffer, Chair
Joan Kime, Vice Chair
Al Braley, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Clark Galloway, Trails Committee Chairman
Joseph Gardner, Conservation Committee Chair
Judy Halstead, Paddlers Committee Chair
Alice Hart, Secretary
Charles E. Hatch, Webmaster
Robert C. Luther, Membership Chair
Paul Praus, Outings Chair
Edward Rasowsky, Communications &Public Relations
Jane Smith, Treasurer

New Hampshire Chapter Executive Committee

Andrew McBride, Chair, Newsletter Editor
Anne Melvin, Vice Chair, Programs Co-Chair
Robert M. Harrington, Treasurer
Mary L. Harrington, Secretary
Paula Bertrand, Newsletter Co-Editor
Pete Mason, Programs Co-Chair
Paul Berry, Canoe Co-Chair
Penny Lowman, Canoe Co-Chair
Nancy Cooper, Conservation Co-Chair
Terry M. Robinson, Conservation Co-Chair
Bernice Johnson, Hospitality Co-Chair
Carolyn Page, Hospitality Co-Chair
Meg Moore, Membership Co-Chair
Sue Breault, Membership Co-Chair
D. Kurt Piper, Excursions Chair
Roger R. Scholl, Mountaineering Chair, Past Chair

Publications

Books: Many instruction manuals, maps and guidebooks available from their distributor, The Globe Pequot Press, or by phone 1-800-243-0495

Appalachia- "America's oldest journal of mountaineering and conservation" (semi-annual)

AMC Outdoors (monthly magazine for club members, 10 months yearly). "Annual 'Northern Forest' focus issues are published in September, and regular features include recreation and conservation stories and news from throughout the Northeast," according to Northern Forest Center.

AMC also leads "major educational excursions throughout North America and the world."

 

Comments

(1) Works to preserve the Northern Forest region of New England
(2) Operates a chain of 8 hostels or huts in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, as a licensee of the National Forest Service. (This has been a source of controversy, as the franchise is also used for political outreach.)

(3) Does trail maintenance for sections of the Appalachian Trail and certain other trails.

(4) Recreational water use: "(N)egotiates for dam releases and river access for recreational use of the waterways."

(5) Lobbying: "The AMC...works to encourage and guide governments and legislators to adopt and enforce conservation and environmentally sensitive policies and regulations."

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