Conservation

Conservation is a major focus of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Consider signing up for the AMC’s Conservation Action Network newsletter and finding out how you can help. Review the links and tips here for ideas on how you can help to reduce our carbon footprint, while saving money in the process. If you have some suggestions to add, we would love to hear them.

Welcome to the Conservation web page of the Appalachian Mountain Club Mohawk Hudson Chapter. The Chapter aims to promote local conservation efforts in New York and significantly add to the Club-wide AMC’s conservation efforts. This may involve local advocacy (for example writing to elected officials or attending town meetings), making use of members’ own expertise and enthusiasm for conservation work at Chapter level, and by promoting conservation awareness as an integral part of Chapter-organized activities.

The Mohawk Hudson Chapter covers an area containing ecosystems created by the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers.

What You Can Do

  1. Join one of the conservation activities of our chapter
  2. Write now to an elected or appointed official about an issue (See Local Action Needed below)
  3. Checkout conservation activities and information from our neighboring chapters:
  4. Connecticut
  5. Berkshire
  6. New York – North Jersey
  7. Join AMC’s Conservation Action Network (CAN)

New York State currently has several resources designed to promote the adoption of clean energy in the transporation sector. These include:

  1. The ChargeNY program a joint effort of DEC, NYSERDA and NY Power Authority, to accelerate adoption and deployment of electrical vehicles;
  2. NYPA’s EVolve NY program;
  3. Make Ready order approved by the New York State Public Service Commission that directs utilities to help facilitate growth of EV infrastructure in New York State.

You may want to ask your local community how they have been able to take advantage of these programs.

Local Action Needed

Use the Action Items links below to generate pre-filled emails to officials/elected representatives. You could also use the messages as phone call scripts. Check every few weeks for new action items.

May 6th: Tell Governor Cuomo to Support Protection of 30% of New York’s Land by 2030.
National efforts are underway to protect at least 30% of the nation’s land and water by 2030 (30×30). This ambitious goal will help mitigate climate change impacts and protect biodiversity. New York State must do its part to reach this goal. There is a bill in the state legislature, S.6191/A.5390-A, that would amend the existing environmental conservation law so that the state’s land acquisition plan would take into account the goal of the state to facilitate the conservation of at least 30% of land in New York State by 2030. Follow this link to express your views.

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Jan 4th 2021: Call on New York’s Governor Cuomo To sign on to the Transportation and Climate Initiative Memorandum of Understanding.

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. New York has a very aggressive climate change law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, requiring the state to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2050. But, New York also needs to sign on to the Transportation and Climate Initiative memorandum of understanding. Several other states have already signed on to make transportation in their states cleaner. Tell Governor Cuomo now that we need him to sign the TCI Memorandum of Understanding.

Related to this, you can read about the Climate and Transportation Initiative below.

Transportation and Climate Initiative

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a collaborative effort of twelve northeastern and mid-Atlantic states (the AMC falls completely within this area), and the District of Columbia. It works to develop policies and programs to improve the efficiency of transportation and thereby reduce carbon emissions, and develop the clean energy economy. It develops and coordinates policies and best practices among the jurisdictions. Take your time exploring its website and learning about the different areas TCI is working on.

Current Conservation Concerns

Climate Change

For comprehensive information about climate change visit a climate change resource provided by the Milken Institute School of Public Health. <


Appalachian Mountain Club Launches “Marcellus Shale’s Greatest Treasures” Website
The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has launched a new “Marcellus Shale’s Greatest Treasures” interactive website http://www.outdoors.org/shale 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. 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.



What the Frack is Fracking?
To learn more about this controversial topic, read this article by Cathy Frankenberg, AMC’s Mid-Atlantic Policy Associate.

To read more about AMC’s Natural Gas policy, visit http://www.outdoors.org/conservation/issues/natural-gas.cfm


AMC Scientists need your help to track trends in flowering times
Help track the development of these flowering plants (found trailside in eastern US natural areas)
The AMC is undertaking a study of the development lifecycle of certain flowering plants with the goal of using this information to monitor climate change. As temperatures get warmer, plants should start developing earlier in the year. To find out more about this study and how you can help, visit this website


To learn more about the new horrible menace affecting our area, the Emerald Ash Borer, and what you can do to help thwart it, see the article Emerald Ash Borer On the Move in the Fall 2011 edition of On the Western Slope


Conservation Activites the Mohawk Hudson Chapter conducted in 2011

  • Screened the Movie, Gasland Report
  • Sponsored presentation on Leave No Trace principles Report
  • Participated in the Annual Tomhannock Reservoir Cleanup Report
  • Removed Trash from the Indian Kill at Indian Meadows Park Report
  • Held Climate Change Talk Report
  • Participated in workshop on future of Rensselaer Plateau