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Cradled in a bend on the Hulēʻia River in the southeast corner of Kauaʻi, an ancient fishpond built 600 years ago ripples and glints in the sun.

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This past year, like the one before, has witnessed the continued challenges of a global pandemic, a worsening climate crisis, the fight for racial equity, and budgetary pressures at all levels of government. Through it all, we've been deeply inspired by the resilience of the communities in which...

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Few sights dazzle the eye like a stunning display of autumn foliage, and fall is in full swing at Trust for Public Land–protected places around the country.

We’re celebrating the season by sharing some favorite spots in all their red, gold, and orange glory. If you wish you could be road-...

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On a warm afternoon in early fall, red-tailed hawks swooped low over fields of soybean on Firetown Road in Simsbury, Connecticut. Four abandoned barns, their weathered facades gleaming silver in the sun, stood by the roadside, vestiges of the Connecticut River Valley’s once-thriving tobacco...

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Before Ben Jealous emerged as a civil rights leader on the national stage, taking the helm of the NAACP from 2008–2013, he was a kid splitting time between worlds.

Jealous, who joined...

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Nidoto nai yoni. Let it not happen again.

That’s the idea that Clarence Moriwaki hopes visitors take away from the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. “‘Let it not happen again’ is our message of aspiration and inspiration,”...

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This Earth Month, we’re highlighting people who are speaking up and fighting for equitable access to the outdoors—something that historian Alison Rose Jefferson knows a lot about. Her research, writing, and activism have focused on the ways Black people have fought...

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We’re proud to be part of the growing movement to preserve and lift up a more accurate, equitable public memory of America. That was the subject of our latest Park Bench Chat, a conversation with Keith Weaver, Trust for Public Land board member and executive vice...

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Judy Forte says there are many people who don’t know about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “We are taught certain facts in our classrooms, at home, and in our communities about Dr. King’s life,” she says. “But a lot of times people are just unaware of the details that make Dr...

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The National Register of Historic Places lists over 95,000 entries, from the famous (the Statue of Liberty) to the infamous (Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay) to the downright strange (a six-story elephant statue outside of Atlantic City named Lucy). Despite the extraordinary range of places...

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