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In the early 1860s, a handful of Mormon pioneers in Utah settled near the mouth of a deep, dark canyon carved by the Virgin River. The Paiute people who’d inhabited the area for generations called the canyon Mukuntuweap, which may have meant “straight canyon,” given its sheer walls. The Mormon...

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The Trust for Public Land today announced that it has permanently preserved a 35-acre inholding within Zion National Park. The land, known as Firepit Knoll, will be protected from future development thanks to the work of The Trust for Public Land and partners including the National Park Foundation and the National Park Trust.

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Desolation Wilderness in eastern California is one of the most visited wilderness areas in the country. It’s easy to see why: a big, rugged expanse of sun-baked Sierra granite, twisted pines, and placid mountain lakes, Desolation welcomes hikers, backpackers, and climbers hungry for an escape....

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A study released today by The Trust for Public Land in cooperation with fellow members of the Vermont Forest Partnership, quantitatively demonstrates that Vermonters benefit from the state's investment in land conservation, which generates measurable economic returns. Conserved lands provide valuable natural goods and services such as water quality protection, flood prevention, food production, wildlife habitat, and air pollution removal – all important to Vermont's economy and jobs.

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When Josiah Austin bought Cienega Ranch 25 years ago, it was in rough shape. The 19,000-acre spread on the Arizona-Mexico border takes its name from the cienega, or grassy marsh, that used to fill the valley floor, a lively green oasis in an otherwise austere landscape.

“But by...

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The Perseid meteor shower in mid-August is among the most anticipated astronomical events of the year. During its peak, skywatchers can expect to see 50 or more shooting stars per hour.

Of course, how much of that display you can actually see depends on where you are. For the best chance...

Aerial view of a mountain and surrounding land

In July of 2018 The Trust for Public Land protected more than 7,000 acres in the South Puget Sound. The land, which is located on the Olympic Peninsula south of Hood Canal and east of Case Inlet, will remain in active timber production while protecting water quality and wildlife habitat. It provides exceptional hiking, mountain biking, and outdoor recreation.

Photo of Indian Jack Lake

The Trust for Public Land protected this new Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the popular Brainerd Lakes region, which is under considerable development pressure.

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Summer is the high season in the Columbia River Gorge, backyard playground for millions of people in the Pacific Northwest. When spring rains taper into sunny days, people take to the trails that run along this 85-mile stretch of cliffs, waterfalls, and deep green forests on the border between...

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On this day in 1906 Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act, granting the president the authority to protect outstanding natural, historical, and cultural resources. Since then, the act has been used to safeguard some of the country’s best-loved landscapes, including some—such as Arizona’s...

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