Southern New England

Protecting close-to-home forests, trails, rivers and parks

Our Work

Southern New England has seen a widespread trend of converting forests to development, often threatening pristine areas and challenging resource protection efforts. The region also has a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities close to population centers and a wealth of state forests and parks that are excellent places for introductory activities and more adventurous trips that require relatively little travel time. AMC works to protect southern New England’s forested landscape and iconic recreational experiences.


Southern New England has two National Scenic Trails and AMC plays a leadership role in both. AMC maintains the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as the New England National Scenic Trail in Massachusetts. AMC collaborates with The Trustees of Reservations to support the Bay Circuit Alliance in the completion, protection, and promotion of the Bay Circuit Trail. Each summer, AMC organizes volunteer teen trail crews to work in the Berkshires and on the Bay Circuit Trail. We are also working to extend the Connecticut River Paddlers' Trail from Vermont and New Hampshire into Massachusetts and Connecticut.


The majority of power consumed in New England is consumed in Southern New England. As the region moves toward cleaner energy to meet greenhouse gas reduction mandates and targets, the choices made here will impact the mix and type of energy development across the Northeast, and how it is brought here. Often, open space and protected lands are threatened as the path of least resistance for new energy sources. AMC is working to protect trails and conserved land from impacts the proposed Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline and supporting policies that maximize energy efficiency and encourage a diverse mix of clean energy sources that avoid impacts to the Northeast’s remaining open space.

Land and Water

AMC is working with 50 state agencies and nonprofits, through the Friends of Conte, to protect and steward the four-state Silvio O. Conte U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge. We also organize outdoors people to support adequate funding for the 450,000 Massachusetts State Parks.

Contact Us

Heather Clish 
Director of Conservation & Recreation Policy 
Boston, MA 

Appalachian Trail

Alice Webber
AMC Southern New England Trails Supervisor
South Egremont, MA

New England Trail

Joshua Surette 
AMC New England National Scenic Trail Planner 
Amherst, MA 

Bay Circuit Trail

Kristen Sykes 
AMC Director of Conservation Strategies 
Bay Circuit Alliance Director of Operations 
Amherst, MA