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    Private property sign in front of view of Zion National Park.
    Mike Schirf

    Zion National Park is at risk of development. We’re working to protect it.

    A recent report found that more than 9 million acres of public land across the West are "landlocked," cut off from public access by private land. 

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    ©Brian Mohr/ EmberPhoto.ph 802-496-5434.email: info@emberphoto.com..TPL - Lincoln Peak.Green Mountains, Vermont..
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    How do you measure a year?

    We have lots of statistics about the work we did together in 2018. But the numbers are only part of the story. 

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    Mill Creek, a part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail project near Salt Lake City, UT. Photos by Mike Schirf.
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    New study: the 50 best cities to #OptOutside

    Pretty much any way we slice the data, it's clear there are major disparities in access to public lands across the country. 

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    Opening celebration of the PS 111M playground in Hell's Kitchen in New York City, NYC Playgrounds Program.
    Timothy Schenck

    200 New York City playgrounds later, we're still greening strong

    In the mid 1990s, New York City had less green space per person than almost anywhere in America. See what's changed since we started rebuilding parks across all five boroughs. 

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    Kellogg Park in Los Angeles, CA.
    Annie Bang

    #SaveLWCF to help cities reach green space goals

    Everyone deserves a park within a 10-minute walk. See how the Land and Water Conservation Fund is helping cities build parks where they're needed most. 

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    A skateboarder waits his turn at the new Skateboard Park, Josh holds his skateboard while watching the skateboard action at the new Skateboard Park at the Historic Fourth Ward Park in Atlanta, GA. Atlanta Beltline., 2011, GA, Historic Fourth Ward Park, Parks for People, Fulton, Atlanta, Historic Fourth Ward Park, Children | Developed Park | Playground | Recreation, Darcy Kiefel

    Falling with style, and other life lessons from a neighborhood skate park

    “Skaters have to know how to handle a situation if you’re about to lose your balance. There are things you can do to stay on your feet, or at least fall in a way you don’t get hurt.”

Michael Lanza and family at Glacier Bay National Park
With our young families in tow, my friends and I waded into the crowd gathering around Yellowstone’s Old Faithful. We were buddies before ...
Firewatch, by Campo Santo
No surprise for a bunch of park people, we’re usually the last to know about a new video game. We level up with a steep hike, and our idea ...
A woman works on an acequia irrigation ditch in New Mexico
Water woes have always been a fact of life in the American West: it’s a region defined less by a compass point than by the fact that its ...
Land&People Spring/Summer 2016 cover
If you're a Trust for Public Land member, it's time to check your mailbox: the spring/summer 2016 issue of Land ...
People enjoying the bridge in South Chickamauga
The latest addition to Chattanooga's greenway system is by no means the longest we've completed. But if you ask the neighbors who turned up ...
Kids play in a stream at Storymill Park
A decade ago, Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods sounded the alarm: our culture's increasing alienation from the natural ...
Fisherman on a Florida pier
In the spring of 2010, Terry Breed and his wife, Susan, opened a pontoon boat rental business in Destin, Florida. “We were retired, bored, ...
Two people playing bike polo
Each year, The Trust for Public Land wrangles stats on parks in the hundred most populous cities in the U.S. Want to know the largest city ...
10 Parks that Changed America | Preview
Documentary buffs, grab the popcorn! We can’t wait to watch " ...
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Super-slides and wave pools? Try bioswales and rain gardens. Across the country, city parks are doing double-duty to help control ...
Woman silhouetted against a sunset
Everywhere we work, we meet creative, tough, dedicated women rallying their neighbors to create and protect green space. Their ...
Dallas, Texas
Better known for big hair and big hats, the city of Dallas has a park system more on the modest side: #40 out of the 75 on ...
The Equipo Verde participates in a clean up day at an LA Green Alley as a part of the Avalon Green Alleys program.
Sonia Rodriguez lives in walking distance of her kids’ school and the grocery store, but it's always felt safer to drive. The streets in ...
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The ranger in the office of Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area frowned skeptically when I explained my plans to backpack an 18-mile ...
A woman plays fetch with her dog at Whitefish Lake in the Haskill Basin in Whitefish, MT
There are corners of Montana where it can seem like time stands still. In the hush of a deep forest or the chatter of a trout stream, the ...
Hands holding a stopwatch
What can you get done in 10 minutes? Maybe a few quick chores, like folding the laundry or tidying up in the garage. You could read a ...
Two men hiking on the Appalachian Trail.
If there’s anything we appreciate more than the Appalachian Trail, it’s the dedicated volunteers who maintain it. Jim Sullivan is one of ...
Allemansratt Wilderness Park, Minnesota
The Swedes have a word with no English equivalent: allemansrätten, “every person’s right” to roam. It’s a celebrated Nordic ...
Mark Hoffman
For much of the past century, wetlands were dismissed as useless or even dangerous—dredged, filled in, developed, and polluted. Since 1900 ...
At recess—as in life—everyone falls down sometimes. But until recently, taking a tumble at William Dick School in north Philadelphia could ...
Aerial photo of Kawela Bay, Hawaii
Its idyllic setting on Oahu’s North Shore makes the coastline surrounding Turtle Bay Resort a choice location for wildlife, beach-goers, ...
A snowy Wilson Peak rises above autumn forests near Telluride, Colorado
Even in land conservation, money can't buy everything. Sometimes it takes a trade, instead. A creative land swap last month was the final ...
Tree and city
It doesn't take a diplomat to recognize that it's rare for 195 countries to agree on anything, much less on a subject as thorny as carbon ...
Fireworks over a forest.
"New year, new you"—it’s easier said than done. Although most of us can think of changes we’d like to make in our lives (more time outdoors ...
Ice skating at Knight's Pond in Maine
Winter can feel like a grind. Dark days of dodging puddles, shoveling driveways, and misplacing mittens—it’s enough to make us want to curl ...

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