For all their obvious appeal, trails—at their core—are ribbons of discovery. As our society grows and shifts, trails have the power to be and to do more: they can catalyze public, environmental, and economic outcomes.
By Lisa W. Foderaro
Street murals representing the community’s heritage are an important part of our Westwood Via Verde project, which is adding parks, bike lanes, tree canopy, and art to Denver’s Westwood neighborhood.
By Lisa W. Foderaro
This 54,161-acre expanse of culturally and ecologically important land is a major acquisition for the state and is on its way to being permanently protected.
By Lisa W. Foderaro
Three decades in the making, this epic TPL project will reshape Atlanta’s physical landscape—and maybe its cultural landscape too.
By Amy McCullough
As a girl, Yesenia Garcia loved tooling around on a bicycle in her hometown of Greeley, a plucky city in the high-desert country of northern Colorado. But now that she is in college, she finds herself drawn to the burgeoning sport of mountain biking. There’s just one problem: she has no place to go. To […]
When Josiah Austin bought Cienega Ranch nearly 30 years ago, it was in rough shape. The 33,100-acre spread on the Arizona-Mexico border takes its name from the cienega, or grassy marsh, that used to fill the valley floor—a lively green oasis in an otherwise austere landscape. “But by the time I came along, that cienega […]
Summer is the ideal time to get out on the water. But sometimes, spending the day on a nearby lake or pond can feel more like running a gauntlet, what with Jet Skis and motorboats ripping across the tranquil surface, generating intimidating wakes and noise in the process. Motorized watercraft can be thrilling, no doubt. […]
With a stiff breeze blowing off New York Harbor, Rachel Dean and Ian LeRoy, both 29-year-old professional musicians, decided to tackle the new Community Climbing Boulder on Governors Island. It was the Fourth of July, and the island played host to thousands of visitors: New Yorkers and tourists who were there to explore the bike […]
Summer is here, which means pickup soccer games in neighborhood parks, Marco Polo in local pools, and soft-serve ice cream. But for nature lovers, it also means butterfly season. Just as the spring songbird migration winds down, the pageant of butterflies picks up. And specimens with whimsical names and wings seemingly painted by Jackson Pollock […]
In a rugged corner of New Mexico on the flank of Mount Taylor, herds of elk migrate along rock ledges through stands of ponderosa pine. Black bears and mountain lions range across grasslands down into dense valleys of pinyon and juniper. Fractured rock ledges, striated cliffs of rose, mauve, and ocher, and towering mesas add […]
Picture, if you will, a maple sugar harvest. It’s a storybook scene: a snowy New England forest, a bucket hanging on every tree catching a steady drip of sap, and a big vat simmering sweetly over a wood fire in a tumbledown barn, slowly reducing the sap into rich, amber syrup. “Nope—mine doesn’t look like […]
Three hundred U.S. cities—large and small, urban and rural—have demonstrated their commitment to the 10-Minute Walk vision to expand safe and equitable access to parks and green spaces for all residents by signing the 10-Minute Walk commitment. To turn those commitments into reality, cities are improving existing parks and trails, and they’re creating new public green […]
As we revealed in our special report, “The Power of Parks to Address Climate Change,” cities and towns across the country already have tools and resources to protect residents—especially those who are most at risk—from the effects of a warming climate. What are they? Parks, green space, trails, and schoolyards. As part of our 2022 […]
Across the timeless landscape of Montana, where mountains undulate with Douglas fir and ponderosa pine, and rivers course through verdant valleys, there is a new unease. It’s a feeling among residents that the Big Sky Country they know and love might not be as immutable as they once believed. Since the pandemic, real estate prices […]