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As President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, my work days are long and meetings and emails are many. But this...

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Georgia O’Keeffe traveled and painted all over the world, but for much of her life, the high desert of northern New Mexico was her home. Her paintings of the sculpted badlands, adobe structures, and mountains north of Santa Fe solidified her reputation as one of the 20th century’s...

A new report, the Illinois Assessment of Parks and Land Conservation Funding Needs and Economic Benefits, estimates that forest preserve, conservation, and park districts will need more than $3 billion in funding over the next five years to meet land acquisition and capital needs.

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If the words “holiday shopping season” strike dread in your heart, you’re not alone. That’s why we want to help you #OptOutside this holiday season. Instead of spending the day after Thanksgiving at the mall, we hope you round up a crew and head for the hills—or the playground, or the beach, or...

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Since our founding, The Trust for Public Land has focused on bringing parks to the neighborhoods that need them most. But today we’re dreaming even bigger. We’re leading a national movement to put a park within a 10-minute walk of everyone in America. It’s a big goal, and pursuing it raises some...

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Victoria Lake, along the Wild and Scenic Ontonagon River on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is a favored destination for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and boating. Much of the land in this outdoor paradise is protected in Ottawa National Forest, but in other places, private parcels block public access, threaten water pollution, and complicate management of the national forest.

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The Trust for Public Land today announced that Shelby Semmes has rejoined the national parks and conservation nonprofit as Vermont/New Hampshire State Program Director, overseeing programmatic and philanthropic activity in New Hampshire and Vermont. The organization's active program in the two states includes long-standing partnerships to establish community-owned forests, conserve land for trails and recreation, and set aside environmentally sensitive natural lands, including in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Green Mountains of Vermont and within the Appalachian Trail landscape.

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Between its history and its symbolism, the United States Capitol—all gleaming marble and towering columns—is a little, well, intimidating. Standing in its shadow, you might forget that this imposing building is the seat of government for the people, by the people—a government that needs input...

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Quantifying the Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Urban Parks report outlines the greenhouse gas benefits of adding green space to an urban area and introduces methodologies for estimating potential greenhouse gas reductions.

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The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis that quantifies and summarizes the significant economic benefits resulting from investments in state parks, natural areas, forests, and working lands. Lands conserved in Virginia provide a host of benefits that have a measurable economic...

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