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Colonel Charles Young

King’s Canyon, Sequoia, Yosemite—today, they’re among the most widely recognized parks in the world. But in the early 1900s, the first national parks were unfinished, untested, and protected only on paper. They faced threats from poachers who picked off wildlife and illegal grazing that...

Monitor Avenue Park, Los Angeles

In Los Angeles last weekend, a neighborhood street echoed with the sound of soaring swing-sets, clattering skateboards, and the buoyant brass of a Mariachi band. It was the grand opening of Watts Serenity Park—and for community advocate ...

 

"Have you ever had a bad day from being outside?"

Not likely, says Colorado native Ryan Van Duzer. His work as a videojournalist has taken him all over the world: he's been a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras and trekked the Annapurna Circuit in...

Cold Stream Forest, Maine

It’s early—very early—and the low morning light is just beginning to pass through the dense foliage overhead. You can’t hear much above the chatter of the stream over stone, just the wind, when it picks up, and the occasional birdcall. Your hands are numb and your mind is clear when you spot the...

Photo by Carlos Pericas

The tempo is rising for Esperanza Spalding.

In the decade since she became a Trust for Public Land supporter, she's released a top-ten album, performed for the president, and won four Grammy Awards—including Best New Artist. Her infusion of jazz with everything from gospel and funk to...

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