The Trust for Public Land

This attempt to roll back protections for national monuments is unprecedented and terribly misguided.
The message sent by the proposed budget cuts is clear and simple.
Just one day after returning from the November election, a congressional committee held a hearing to discuss transferring
That's why The Trust for Public Land is so proud to join REI's #OptOutside campaign to get people outdoors with loved ones
Has the time come to refine how we measure the value of historic parks like Jackson and Washington Parks in Chicago, not
Discovery Green in Houston, however, is perhaps one of the more radical and successful interventions. Mary Margaret Jones
Colorado is taking a step in the right direction and, in Washington, D.C., Congress should follow that lead and provide the tools needed to protect many of the special places Americans will be visiting this summer.
Rather than proposing to sell off wildlife refuges for short-term gains, our leaders and legislators at all levels should be thinking about how to protect them for the long term, so our children and grandchildren can visit them.
Although the armed seizure of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has ended with the arrest of the militants in Oregon, critics of the public lands we all own together have not ended their efforts.
At a time when a handful of protestors in the West want to give federal lands back to the states, Oscar season is worth celebrating the hundreds of movies that could never have been made on anything but the federal land all of us own together.
With the Academy Awards coming up Feb. 22, people around the world are thinking about their favorite movies, actors, directors and even sound tracks. For some of us in the world of city parks, we watch movies through a narrower lens: scenes shot in parks.
Well, 2014 was certainly the "Year That Was" for parks and open space, with many cities finding places to build new parks by creatively reusing abandoned or underperforming infrastructure as parks, and with record levels of new public and private investment in some states and cities.
Politicians, pundits and public officials are looking at Tuesday's election results, to parse exactly what messages the voters were sending. But one clear message was delivered: Americans cherish land and water and want to protect the special places they hold dear.
Why do Americans so value nature? There are probably as many reasons as there are Americans. With the start of summer, The Trust for Public Land is furthering the national movement to promote parks and open space by collecting testimonials for nature from men, women, and children nationwide.
What are the challenges confronting natural areas in cities and the benefits they provide? How can cities best address these challenges, and who are their potential allies?
They are the places where people experience and come to care about the natural world. And why would anyone work, sacrifice -- and, yes, vote -- to protect a planet they have not come to know and love?
I've been thinking about a fact I recently learned which surprised me, even though I've spent most of my adult life working in and around city parks.
Arlington, VA, is going to the dogs and to the seniors who like to stay in shape. Chula Vista, CA, is "sick" when it comes to skate parks. And the most heavily visited park in America is an old freight rail line.