Appalachian Mountain Club, Plymouth State University Sign Memorandum of Understanding

May 8th, 2013 by Tim

CRAWFORD NOTCH, N.H. — Representatives of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and Plymouth State University (PSU) made their organizations’ commitment to continued collaboration official May 6 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding designed to foster ongoing sharing of resources and expertise.

Officials of both organizations cited similar goals and objectives and noted that continued coordination and collaboration will advance their respective missions, while helping both institutions make a positive impact on the region’s environment, economy, communities, and people.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen (left) and AMC President John D. Judge at the AMC High;and Center at Crawford Notch.

Specifically, senior staff at the signing event spoke about mutual interests, goals, and objectives centered around education, scientific and environmental research, community partnerships, experiential learning, cultural and historic studies, and public service.

The memorandum was signed by AMC President John D. Judge and PSU President Sara Jayne Steen at AMC’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch.

“We are extremely pleased to formalize our collaborative working relationship with Plymouth State University, and we are energized by the prospect of a limitless number of exciting things we can accomplish together in support of our respective missions,” said Judge.

Steen agreed. “We are happy to extend our wonderful partnership with the AMC and advance our common mission for this region.”

Founded in 1876, the nonprofit AMC is the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization and operates roadside lodges, visitor centers, camps, shelters, and backcountry huts in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes regions. Its huts serve as centers for education and are venues for scientific research on alpine ecology and air quality. Its staff and volunteers maintain more than 1500 miles of trails throughout the Northeast, provide outdoor leadership training, are active in conservation issues and public policy, and are committed to helping young people make a closer connection to the natural world.

PSU is a regional comprehensive university that provides well-educated graduates, offers ongoing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate education and professional development, conducts regionally and globally relevant research and extends to communities partnership opportunities for cultural enrichment and economic development. PSU recently opened the Museum of the White Mountains, where it is committed to interpreting and curating the region’s rich history.

The memorandum noted the two entities will foster effective and efficient communications; sharing of meeting space and archival resources; and “cooperative educational efforts in such areas as youth development, tourism, adventure education, natural and cultural history, and resource management.”

AMC and PSU also agreed to initiate region-wide institutional collaborations with other organizations

Representatives from Plymouth State University and the Appalachian Mountain Club meet at the AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch

sharing similar goals.

AMC and PSU officials agreed to meet annually to identify collaborative projects to be pursued in the ensuing year and to report on results of recent shared efforts.

With more than 100,000 members, advocates, and supporters in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC supports natural resource conservation while encouraging responsible recreation, based on the philosophy that successful, long-term conservation depends upon first-hand enjoyment of the natural environment.

Plymouth State University is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment with an enrollment of approximately 4300 undergraduate and approximately 3000 graduate students. Plymouth State University has been honored for its teaching and research environment, innovation, “green” initiatives and civic engagement.

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