Recreational Trails Program 2017 Achievement Awards

The Western Maryland Railway BoWest Bridge along the Great Allegheny Passage (Trains & Trails / Flickr)
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CTP) will select winning projects from those nominated by public agencies, trail administrators, or other project sponsors. Project award categories include: construction and design; maintenance and rehabilitation; public-private partnerships and access to public lands; community linkage; education and communication; accessibility enhancement; multiple-use management and “corridor sharing”; use of youth conservation/service corps and community outreach; and engaging public-sector partners. Nominations due April 13. Learn more... Read more

2018 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program

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The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council seeks innovative grant proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will address strategies in the National Ten Year Urban Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026). The 2018 Request for Proposals is to address the following priority issue in the National Ten Year Action Plan Research Needs: Planting, Inventory, and Analysis for Forest and Environmental Health. Organizations, local governments, tribal agencies, and partnerships are encouraged to submit proposals that will demonstrate the reach, resources,... Read more

Historic Preservation is a Major Opportunity in West Virginia

Downtown Morgantown, WV (Source: weheartwv.com)
West Virginia is redefining itself as a diversified economy supported by a high quality of life rooted in the natural splendor of its mountains, streams and valleys, accentuated by historic downtowns with a size and scale of communities making it Almost Heaven. There is a renewed interest in increasing West Virginia’s historic rehabilitation tax credit. The suggestion has considerable merit, even given the state’s current financial situation. Read more... Read more

Sparking Change: Catalyzing the Social Impacts of Parks in Underserved Neighborhoods

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Sparking Change explores the social impacts of communities in underserved neighborhoods becoming involved in animating and improving their local park, and identifies common strategies taken by both community members and partner organizations to support this work. The report tells the story of communities that have taken action through spearheading improvements, engaging diverse community members, and organizing events and activities that draw people into the park—a process we refer to as park engagement. Learn more... Read more

Albuquerque Leverages P3 to Restore a ‘Special But Difficult’ Historic Route 66 Landmark

El Vado Motel in Albuquerque (Source: Mapio.net)
America’s byways are dotted with boarded-up motels, but in New Mexico’s largest city, the old El Vado is set to be transformed through a public-private partnership. Read more... Read more

ASLA 2017 Professional & Student Awards

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Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the ASLA Student Awards give us a glimpse into the future of the profession. Professional award submissions due April 17. Student award submissions due May 15. Learn more and apply... Read more

Two New Tools for Planning a Healthy Urban Canopy

Tree canopy (Michael Verhoef / CC)
Trees are a vital part of urban communities, providing social, environmental and economic benefits. However, the urban environment is a difficult one for most trees. The U.S. Forest Service has developed two new tools to help plan for and manage a healthy urban forest: one that guides designers and tree managers to select tree species likely to survive in the built environment, and another to monitor tree health to ensure trees become an asset instead of a liability. Read more... Read more

Pennsylvania Cities Find Creative New Uses for Old School Buildings

The main building of the Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg previously served as a school and a war-time hospital (Source: Seminary Ridge Museum)
Shifting demographics, diminishing resources, and the costs of maintaining large and aging facilities have all contributed to the steady stream of school closures in Pennsylvania — even when those buildings had historic backgrounds and architectural importance. Conversion into residential space is the most common fate of old school buildings in Pennsylvania. Read more... Read more

Climate & Cultural Resilience Grants

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Five grants of $100,000 each are available to local organizations around the country working to build more resilient communities. Enterprise Community Partners requests proposals that use creative placemaking strategies to strengthen the connection between cultural and climate resilience. Grantees will identify a local climate resilience challenge and propose projects in which residents, artists and other creative and cultural practitioners collaborate to address the challenge and other concerns such as equity, racial equity, economic disparities, health disparities and community engagement and... Read more

Preservationists Say Tax Incentive Protects Historic Buildings in Phoenix

The Westward Ho in Phoenix (Uriel Padilla / The Republic)
National threats to the Historic Tax Credit has local activists worried about its future as an economic development tool in downtown Phoenix. According to a document provided by Arizona Preservation Foundation Board of Directors, the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) encourages private investment in the rehabilitation of historic buildings. Read more... Read more
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