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Conservation Organizations
The following national and regional organizations are involved in political and grassroots efforts to help preserve environmental areas of interest to hikers, and promote good environmental practices.
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  Link   Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK)
Non-profit membership organization that protects wild lands and waters in the Adirondacks, Catskills Mountains, and other wild areas within New York State.
  Link   The American Hiking Society
Founded in 1976, the club promotes and protects foot trails throughout the U.S. & the areas around them through volunteerism & education, policy & advocacy, trail grants and maintenance.
  Link   American Youth Hostels (AYH) & Hosteling International (HI)
Offers budget travel hostels & promotes programs and education for members and local and global outdoor groups.
  Link   Green Mountain Club (GMC)
Primarily protects and maintains the Long Trail System in Vermont State.
  Link   Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (LNT)
Educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors.
  Link   National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Outdoor leadership education courses teaches teamwork, outdoor and environmental education skills. Courses run 10 days to full a semester in the outdoors. Offers a variety of skills, i.e: backpacking, wilderness medicine, mountaineering and more.
  Link   Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC)
A volunteer, non-profit corporation that manages the Appalachian Trail in Maine, its facilities and corridor.
  Link   National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA)
Protect and enhance National Parks throughout the U.S. with legislation and advocacy work.
  Link   The Nature Conservancy
Worldwide conservation organization working to protect plants, animals, and natural communities around the globe.
  Link   RESTORE the North Woods
Founded in 1992, grassroots organization dedicated to conservation & protection of the northern Maine woods, recovery of native wildlife, and the creation of a 3.2-million-acre Maine Woods National Park.
  Link   Sierra Club
Founded in 1892 by John Muir, the 1.3 million member club works to protect the environment and the preserve remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying and litigation.
  Link   Society for the Protection of New Hampshire's Forests (Forest Society)
Non-profit membership organization dedicated to protecting the state's most important landscapes while promoting the wise use of its renewable natural resources.
  Link   The Wilderness Society
Founded in 1935, the society protects wild places throughout the U.S. through a combination of science, advocacy and education.

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