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Juan De La Roca was ready to leave Colorado behind. For 25 years, he’d lived, worked, and played in the mountains around Denver and Boulder. But the state’s booming growth was driving up housing prices and snarling traffic, and the once-lonesome trails where De La Roca rode his bike were getting...

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The Trust for Public Land and Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust have permanently protected over 5,000 acres of working ranch land, known as the Hill Family Ranches, in Saguache County, Colorado.

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Don’t show up empty-handed to your Fourth of July festivities! Check out our collection of fresh summer recipes from growers we've met while protecting farms and gardens all over the country. Whether you’re pitching in for a potluck or taking charge of the full menu, we've got you covered with...

Sterchi Farm serves as a key trailhead for the 12-mile South Chickamauga Creek Greenway. In 2016, the Trust for Public Land hired WMWA Landscape Architects to create a master plan for this 25-acre site and make it a destination for trail users. Implementation of the plan has been supported by Benwood and Lyndhurst foundations, community partners and the City of Chattanooga.

Fisher’s Peak, southeast of Trinidad, Colorado, commands a presence at 9,633 feet, rising prominently from the rolling ranchlands that surround it. Visitors today can’t access the peak from Colorado. Instead, intrepid hikers must drive 30 miles to New Mexico’s Sugarite State Park and make a long, arduous hike to reach the peak.

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Cascading from the mountain peaks of the Koʻolau down to fertile soils, the life-giving lands that make up Kāneʻohe Pali (cliffs) to Loʻi (wetland taro fields), formed one of the largest traditional Hawaiian agricultural complexes on Oʻahu. The Trust for Public Land is assisting the Kāne‘ohe community, local farming nonprofits, and the State to protect approximately 1,000 acres in Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu.

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Autumn officially begins on September 21—at least according to the calendar. But for generations of families in Windsor, Connecticut, it’s not really fall until it’s time to visit to Brown’s Harvest, a historic farm on...

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For farm workers in eastern Washington, the start of fall means the end of the cherry season—and the conclusion of a long, hot summer harvest. 

“Cherries come on fast, and they have to be picked fast, and then they’re done,” says Teresa Bendito, a lifelong resident of Wenatchee, a small...

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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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When Josiah Austin bought Cienega Ranch 25 years ago, it was in rough shape. The 19,000-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...

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