Trails

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The Trust for Public Land announced today the creation of the Colorado Community Trails Program, a new statewide initiative designed to accelerate the planning, design, construction and stewardship of trails that connect communities.

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To reach Kearsarge Pass in the southern Sierra Nevada, you’ll need to ascend 2,600 feet in 11 miles, over big boulders and through loose scree. Some of the highest peaks in the country loom overhead, and the stunted trees that cling to the mountainsides offer little protection from the high-...

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The Trust for Public Land today announced the protection of more than 10,000 acres of land along the Appalachian Trail in the mountains of Western Maine through the acquisition of conservation easements on two properties. For generations, the forests, streams and ridgelines of the Western Maine Mountains have been a favorite destination for hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, and hunting. Now, the land will be forever open to the public for these uses, which will also help to support Western Maine's growing outdoor recreation economy. Large portions of the land will continue to be managed as a working forest to support Maine's timber economy while also providing clean water and wildlife habitat, including the Northeast's most imperiled songbird, the Bicknell's Thrush.

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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On weekdays New York City’s commuter trains are all business, shuttling briefcase-toting commuters between Manhattan and the suburbs. But on the weekends, New Yorkers ride the Metro-North Harlem line to a world away from the office. Believe it or not, the train will take you straight to the...

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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...

Photo of Millbrook Green

Less than a half mile from Windsor, Connecticut's vibrant town center sits 95 acres of rolling meadows, shrub wetlands, and over 3,700 feet of the Mill Brook. Miles of trails wind through the park, offering a valuable open space amenity in one of the mostly densely settled parts of Windsor. In addition to ample parking and convenient access, Mill Brook Open Space puts more than 1,200 residents within a 10-minute-walk to the property and its array of passive recreational opportunities.

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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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The Trust for Public Land, Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail and the Chicago Park District today announced that registration is open for the 2.7 mile Bloomingdale Trail Run and 1.5 mile Family Fun Walk on June 23 at 9 a.m. The event will be followed by the annual 606 Block Party, a celebration of all that is great in the community including food, music, and a DIY illuminated procession.

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In many parts of the country, golf courses are struggling to turn a profit: by some estimates, 800 have closed down in just the past decade. When they do, they leave a hundred-acre question behind: what should happen to all that land?

In some communities, locals opt to keep once-private...

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