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The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act, which would dedicate annual funding to land conservation projects across the state, was passed unanimously this morning by the House Natural Resources Committee. The measure in its current form would generate approximately $20 million annually without raising or creating any new taxes.

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More than 7,000 acres of forestland north of Whitefish is being permanently protected thanks to a public-private partnership devoted to sustainable forest management, public access for recreation and habitat conservation.

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The Bald Mountain Pond area offers a glimpse into what Maine's forests were like more than a century ago. Conifers and fingers of rock surround its pristine, glacier-hewn shoreline, where AT thru-hikers bunk at a lean-to hidden in the pines on the north end. Arctic char–a species that once thrived in most of Maine’s lakes–still swims here, and the endangered Canada lynx roams the woods. That's why the National Park Trust and the Trust for Public Land are campaigning to buy roughly 1,500 acres of land around the pond from a private timber company. The purchase would preserve a parcel of never-logged, old-growth forest and provide public access to previously off-limits Ossie Pond and its population of wild brookies.

Photo of someone with a view from Moxie Bald Mountain

The Trust for Public Land is working to protect Maine's pristine 1,200-acre Bald Mountain Pond and its surrounding lands—a nearly 2,600-acre conservation project decades in the making. Success will ensure protection of a century-old forest and 8 miles of unspoiled waterfront from incompatible development.

The Worcester Range is Vermont’s last undeveloped mountain range; the conservation of Hunger Mountain Headwaters will safeguard that sense of remoteness and wildness while also protecting significant wildlife habitat.

Spectacular views and proximity to Montpelier, Waterbury, and Stowe make Mount Hunger, Stowe Pinnacle and White Rock Mountain three of the most popular day hikes in Vermont. Just below these peaks lie threatened properties totaling 1,800 acres—important parts of the hiking experience that were at risk of being sold and developed.

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Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the nation's leading trade association for the outdoor recreation industry is supporting the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act (HB 332). OIA represents more than 1,300 manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and other key members of the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry in the United States.

Photo of Victoria Lake

Victoria Lake, along the Wild and Scenic Ontonagon River on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is a favored destination for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and boating. Much of the land in this outdoor paradise is protected in Ottawa National Forest, but in other places, private parcels block public access, threaten water pollution, and complicate management of the national forest.

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Crow Wing State Forest South Addition, in the Brainerd Lakes region, is a popular recreation area that also provides critical habitat for wildlife. Particularly important, for both recreation and wildlife, is land along the Mississippi River, which threads the state forest.

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the release of the City of Atlanta's Resiliency Strategy. The City is to be congratulated for being named one of the world's 100 Resilient Cities, and for having Otis Rolley of the Rockefeller Foundation calling Atlanta's Resiliency Strategy the best one released to date. The creation of the strategy and the tangible investments that the City has made in becoming more resilient are testament to the leadership and commitment of Mayor Reed and his team.

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He punawai kahe wale ke aloha.
Love is a spring that flows freely.
 Hawaiian proverb

Chris Cramer was finishing another day’s work at the edge of Kanewai Spring when he first heard the sound of water. It...

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