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A heat wave swallowed much of the Eastern seaboard late last month, breaking temperature records from New Hampshire to Virginia, and further straining public health and healthcare systems that are already stretched thin by the coronavirus.

The heat is on

Even in normal...

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Breaking news from Washington, DC: the Great American Outdoors Act was just signed into law. This is arguably the most important parks and public lands law of our generation, providing over $9 billion to fix the...

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We mourn the passing of John Lewis, the legendary civil rights organizer who served 17 terms as a congressman representing Georgia’s 5th District. Here’s a reflection on Congressman Lewis’s life and legacy from our Georgia State Director George Dusenbury,...

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In New York City, playgrounds are open this week for the first time since April 1, with the addition of “social distancing ambassadors” to remind people to maintain six feet distance from other people, hand out masks to people who don't have them, and encourage good hygiene.

While park...

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With the coronavirus spreading rapidly through cities, officials around the nation started to look for ways to give cooped-up residents more elbow room. Such traditional pubic venues as restaurants and theaters were suddenly closed, and even outdoor spaces like playgrounds and ball fields were...

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If you feel like your local outdoor spot has been busier since the start of the pandemic, you might be right: across the country, park managers have tracked big increases in visits to the parks that have stayed open to the public this spring. In Dallas, for instance, visitation rose from 30...

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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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