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Capers R.S.,University of Connecticut | Kimball K.D.,Appalachian Mountain Club | McFarland K.P.,Vermont Center for Ecostudies | Jones M.T.,University of Massachusetts Amherst | And 7 more authors.
Northeastern Naturalist

Research in alpine areas of northeastern North America has been poorly coordinated, with minimal communication among researchers, and it has rarely been multidisciplinary. A workshop was organized to review the state of alpine research in northeastern North America, to facilitate cooperation, and to encourage discussion about research priorities for the region's alpine habitat, which occurs in four US states and the southern part of Québec, Canada. More than 40 researchers with diverse expertise participated in the discussions, including lichenologists, botanists, herpetologists, ornithologists, ecosystem scientists, climatologists, conservation biologists, land managers, and others. Research priorities were developed through post-workshop discussions and an online survey, and they are presented here, along with a summary of the process used to organize the workshop. In addition to specific research questions, strong support was expressed for creation of a network of long-term alpine monitoring sites where a standardized protocol would be used to collect data on biotic and abiotic parameters. Researchers also strongly endorsed the creation of an organization to continue the exchange of information. Source

Appalachian Mountain Club | Date: 2001-06-07

magazine on outdoor activities, preservation of the environment and conservation, for members of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Appalachian Mountain Club | Date: 1994-02-15

magazine on outdoor activities, preservation of the environment and conservation, for members of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Crawled News Article
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"A coalition of green groups has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new smog rules. The legal challenge, filed by the Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Appalachian Mountain Club and the National Parks Conservation Association, argues that the EPA’s surface-level ozone standard of 70 parts per billion is too weak to protect public health. “This standard leaves kids, seniors and asthmatics without the protection doctors say they need from this dangerous pollutant,” said David Baron, an attorney at Earthjustice, which is representing the groups."

Kimball K.D.,Appalachian Mountain Club | Davis M.L.,Appalachian Mountain Club | Davis M.L.,Utah State University | Weihrauch D.M.,Appalachian Mountain Club | And 2 more authors.
American Journal of Botany

Premise of the study: Most alpine plants in the Northeast United States are perennial and flower early in the growing season, extending their limited growing season. Concurrently, they risk the loss of reproductive efforts to late frosts. Quantifying longterm trends in northeastern alpine flower phenology and late-spring/early-summer frost risk is limited by a dearth of phenology and climate data, except for Mount Washington, New Hampshire (1916 m a.s.l.).•Methods: Logistic phenology models for three northeastern US alpine species (Diapensia lapponica, Carex bigelowii and Vaccinium vitis-idaea) were developed from 4 yr (2008–2011) of phenology and air temperature measurements from 12 plots proximate to Mount Washington’s long-term summit meteorological station. Plot-level air temperature, the logistic phenology models, and Mount Washington’s climate data were used to hindcast model yearly (1935–2011) floral phenology and frost damage risk for the focal species.• Key results: Day of year and air growing degree-days with threshold temperatures of -4 °C (D. lapponica and C. bigelowii) and -2 °C (V. vitis-idaea) best predicted flowering. Modeled historic flowering dates trended signifi cantly earlier but the 77-yr change was small (1.2–2.1 d) and did not signifi cantly increase early-flowering risk from late-spring/early-summer frost damage.• Conclusions: Modeled trends in phenological advancement and sensitivity for three northeastern alpine species are less pronounced compared with lower elevations in the region, and this small shift in flower timing did not increase risk of frost damage. Potential reasons for limited earlier phenological advancement at higher elevations include a slower warming trend and increased cloud exposure with elevation and/or inadequate chilling requirements. © 2014 Botanical Society of America. Source

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