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We’re at a turning point for parks and open space in America. Nature is essential to healthy, resilient communities all the time, and never more so than during this pandemic. But the crisis has laid bare the dire inequalities in outdoor access across the nation.

The good news is that...

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge is a vital gateway connecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Great pride went into the construction of the bridge, but it fundamentally changed Camden over 100 years ago when it divided the City, fencing beneath continues to divide the communities living nearby. During heavy rain and snow events, run-off from the bridge floods the surrounding streets making travel challenging. We’re changing all of that by working in partnership with City leaders. Once complete, vast gardens will capture and direct stormwater runoff and an accompanying trail will provide a vital pedestrian link alleviating flooding and reconnecting neighbors. 

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“The effects of the climate crisis are getting worse, and our federal government needs to act now to protect people—particularly those who are most vulnerable,” said Brendan Shane, director of climate for The Trust for Public Land. “Moving to a 100% Clean Economy will create healthier, more prosperous communities and help protect us from extreme heat, floods and wildfire. To achieve a National, Net-Zero Emissions Goal, we have to reduce emissions and pull carbon out of the atmosphere. Restoring natural systems and building greener communities captures carbon and better connects us to nature—and to each other.”

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America has a park problem. Nature is essential for healthy, happy communities, but today, 100 million people in this country—a third of us!—don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home.

The Trust for Public Land is focused on fixing this problem. That’s...

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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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Whether you like it, hate it, or still don’t quite understand what it is, the Green New Deal has emerged as one of the most talked-about policies of the 116th Congress. The legislation has made headlines with ambitious goals to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030—goals that, as...

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Take a moment to pat yourself on the back. Today, the President signed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act into law—the final step in the biggest legislative victory for conservation in a decade.

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Great news from Capitol Hill: this week, the Senate passed S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act. It’s a complex package of bills addressing all kinds of projects and priorities for keeping our public lands healthy, whole, and open for people to explore—from funding search-and-rescue...

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It’s been a promising week for public lands on Capitol Hill: on Tuesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a bill that that would permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF officially expired on Sunday at midnight, but the...

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UPDATE: California voters pass Prop 68!

“Pretty much anybody at this point can look out their window and see that California is changing,” says Kerri Timmer...

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