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When Seth Zaharias learned that the federal government’s partial shutdown would affect services at Joshua Tree National Park, he knew just what he needed to do. “On day one, I drove straight to Walmart and bought a hundred dollars’ worth of toilet paper,” he says. “Then I started making calls...

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Winter can be a grind. Dark days of dodging puddles, shoveling driveways, and misplacing mittens—it’s enough to make you want to curl up under a blanket until April.

Tempting as that sounds, we think the best way to get through winter is to meet it head on. Studies show that playing...

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The Green Together Collaborative a partnership that includes Community Partners, Pacoima Beautiful, The Trust for Public Land, LA Business Council, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, LA Conservation Corps, LA Cleantech Incubator, UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge and the City of Los Angeles today announced that it had received a grant of $23 million from the California Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities Program.

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The veteran of more than 20 long-distance wilderness hikes, Liz Thomas knows how to navigate the most remote, wild places on earth. In 2011, she set the record for the fastest female thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and she’s gone on to make a living as...

The purpose of this report is to provide a roadmap for improved solutions to climate change through urban park creation.

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The first trick any skateboarder has to master is learning how to fall. “Skaters have to know how to handle a situation if you’re about to lose your balance,” says Thuy Nguyen, who runs the San Francisco Skate Club. “There are things you can do to stay on your feet, or at least fall in a way you...

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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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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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Newly released data from The Trust for Public land shows that public spending on parks in the 100 largest U.S. cities increased by 6% in 2018, from $7.1 billion in 2017 to $7.5 billion this year. Combined with $500 million from public/private park partnerships, total park spending totaled $8 billion in this last fiscal year. The 2018 City Park Facts report also reveals an increased investment in certain park features over the last year including a 22% increase in community gardens, a 69% increase in pickleball courts, and a 35% increase in splash pads. Still, there is significant work to be done to provide access to parks, as 30% of people do not live within a 10-minute walk of a park.

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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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