Public Lands

August 30, 2019

Are Green Spaces in Cities as Good for Us as Green Spaces in Mountains?

The Golden Gate Bridge in the mist

I’ve experienced it over and over again, and I bet you have too: When I’m going through something stressful, I find that one of the only things that really makes me feel better is getting outside. After I lost my job during a round of layoffs last year, I spent the following weeks trail running […]

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August 6, 2019

Bears Ears National Monument Management Draws Criticism As Court Battles Continue

a double rainbow over Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah

Southeastern Utah is known for its rock climbing, river rafting, hiking and camping, as well as cultural resources for Native American tribes with thousands of archaeological sites. The Bears Ears area—named for two tall buttes that resemble a bear’s head peeking over a ridge—is also a wonderland of buried fossils of dinosaurs, giant sloths, and […]

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July 25, 2019

State Offices Get Boost From New Recreation-Focused Network

The sunrises over Virginia's mountains

Fifteen states have now established offices or task forces to study the growing outdoor recreation economy, promote outdoor opportunities and improve access to the outdoors for their residents and visitors alike. In 2019 alone, four states have created new divisions—with two offices established in July—and this week the nonpartisan National Governors Association (NGA) announced the […]

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July 8, 2019

The Trust for Public Land: How to Solve the Problem of Park Access

People on a hike in Austin, Texas

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Trust for Public Land. Walk around any American city and it’s easy to see: Not all neighborhoods are created equal. Some have vibrant, inviting playgrounds, lush green parks and trails, bustling business districts and plenty of welcoming public spaces to host a farmer’s market, fair or community gathering. […]

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May 28, 2019

Top 10 Places to Hike for National Trails Day

River winds its way through steep cliffs.

The United States boasts nearly 1 million square miles of public lands—and, according to a 2015 report from the American Hiking Society, more than 235,000 miles of hiking trails snake through forests, ascend mountains, traverse prairies, hug lakes and more on state and federal lands. But none of that happens in a vacuum. For decades, […]

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May 24, 2019

This Initiative Is Helping to Offset Overuse on Colorado’s Highest Peaks

Hikers stand along the top of a ridgeline, looking and pointing every which way under a bright-blue sky.

Like many Coloradans, Ben Hanus was on a mission to bag some fourteeners. Unlike many Coloradans, his incentive to summit the 14,000-foot peaks wasn’t personal; it was about preservation. From 2011 to 2013, Hanus served as the sustainable trails coordinator for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI), a role that led him up 42 of the […]

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April 29, 2019

Mikah Meyer: Why I Visted All 419 National Park Sites in the United States

Tall Trees Grove of Redwood National Park

“Who’s gonna stay with George?” My fellow rafters and I asked each other, knowing full well one member of our group couldn’t complete the strenuous side canyon hike—and we didn’t want him pooping in the boat in our absence. It’s not a question most expeditions grapple with, yet it was our reality after a Canada […]

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March 20, 2019

Life on the Road, Kids in Tow

Imagine stepping outside to find the perfect sunset, unobstructed by buildings and electrical wires; spending an entire day exploring a forest far from the place you once called home; and forming deep, fast friendships with different people who love adventure as much as you. This is the life being led by many full-time families, the […]

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March 13, 2019

The Story Behind Indiana’s First National Park

Indiana Dunes National Park

The vast lands of the Midwest host fewer than a dozen national parks. But on February 15, Indiana Dunes officially became the nation’s newest and 61st national park. The designation marks the final chapter of a century-old conservation story that is also the story of Chicago, and a reframing of wild places beyond the traditional […]

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