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In April 1970, a group of young activists huddled in a makeshift office in Washington, DC, making final preparations for the first-ever Earth Day. Throughout that spring, they’d been working long hours, planting a seed that would grow into a powerful force for global change.

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It's an important time for talented young people to consider government service, as there is tremendous opportunity in every part of the federal government to address climate change, advance equity, and work toward solving the other challenges facing our country. I have had the good fortune of...

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As a boy, Charles Gresham accompanied his dad on a drive along Highway 1 through Big Sur, a 70-mile stretch of steep mountains along the central California Coast. The year was 1936, and the highway had just opened to cars, making Gresham and his father among the first motorists to complete what...

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COVID-19 has proven the importance of quality parks and open spaces to our quality of life. But 100 million people, including 28 million kids, don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home. What’s more, parks that serve primarily people of color...

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As a kid growing up in the South Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Taylor Toynes remembers long afternoons spent exploring the creek that cuts through the neighborhood. Sunk below street level, undeveloped, and overgrown, Alice Branch Creek was a “hidden jewel…it could actually be beautiful down in...

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The Parque Padrinos had been looking forward to this party for a long time. After years of dreaming, organizing, fundraising, and building, this community group in South Wenatchee, Washington, was ready to celebrate the grand reopening of Kiwanis Methow Park...

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Everywhere we work, we meet creative, dedicated women rallying their neighbors around parks and open spaces that will make their communities healthier, more equitable, and more resilient. Too often, their accomplishments go unacknowledged—so we’re celebrating some of the women making a...

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The forested slopes of Cougar Mountain are a comforting backdrop to daily life in the Seattle suburb of Issaquah. Hitting the trail for an hour after work or a long weekend ramble through the 3,000-acre Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is part of the routine here, a given, a fact of life....

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Public lands advocates like you helped score a big victory for parks and open space this spring, when the President signed a bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). But that bill didn’t guarantee funding for this...

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