Community forests

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If you’ve taken a hike anywhere within an hour’s drive of Seattle, chances are, you have Jim Ellis to thank for it. A legendary civic leader who passed away in 2019 at age 98, Ellis was the force behind an extraordinary range of public projects throughout the Puget Sound region. As a young...

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Brianne Parker still remembers the conversation that sparked the outdoor education movement in Huntington, Vermont. It was five years ago and a parent at Brewster-Pierce Memorial School told Brianne, a kindergarten teacher there, about a public radio segment that extolled the benefits of getting...

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A recent land acquisition protects the Kula water aquifer, habitat for endangered species, and community-based forest restoration opportunities. These lands are now protected in perpetuity thanks to federal, state, and non-profit partners. 

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On a typical spring day, Drew Honzel might be out exploring the wild mountains and rivers within an easy drive of his home in Klamath Falls, a town of 20,000 in southern Oregon. An avid mountain biker and runner, he might also be out on a trail in town with his two dogs. Or as treasurer of the...

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge is a vital gateway connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Great pride went into the construction of the iconic Art Deco bridge nearly 100 years ago. However, the bridge fundamentally changed the urban landscape of Camden. It’s span divided the City, fencing off North Camden from Downtown. During heavy rain and snow events, run-off from the bridge floods the surrounding and homes. We’re working with City and County leaders to change all of that. Once complete, vast gardens will capture bridge runoff, create a common green space below the bridge, and provide a safe multimodal trail to compliment the local Circuit Trail.

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There are a few reasons Bill Freedman likes fishing the Androscoggin River this time of year. “The bugs are down, the air is crisp, and the fall leaves are coming on,” he says. “And when I’m out in the stream, all I can see is trees—no sign of development.”

The first three he can’t...

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Ever watch the Olympics on TV? You notice how nervous tension builds before a race: In the moments just before the starting gun, the camera pans across the resolute faces of the athletes arranged on the line, taking big deep breaths to steady themselves. “On your mark …” and stillness descends...

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Tucked into the rugged mountains of western Maine, the tiny village of Bethel is a quintessential mountain town. 

“Getting outside is part of everyday life for people here,” says Gabe Perkins, a lifelong Bethel resident and director of a local trails organization called...

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We have plenty of statistics about the work we did together in 2018. We can tell you how many acres you helped us protect (68,996), or how much public funding we generated for parks and conservation at the polls ($4.8 billion), or how many new and improved parks we opened in cities across the...

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Kou trees once grew abundantly in the sunny lowlands across the Hawaiian Islands. Its broad leaves cast cooling shade over coastal villages, and its seeds were a source of food. But it was the kou's heartwood—light but strong, easy to carve, resistant to rot, with a fine caramel and reddish...

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