FWS Coastal Program

​Fish and Wildlife Service announced funding to provide direct technical assistance and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects should specify benefits for species and habitats considering the expected effects of climate change. FWS will favor conservation activities and projects that incorporate ecosystem adaptation and help coastal ecosystems and communities adapt to the effects of sea level rise and greenhouse gases. Applications due September 30. Learn... Read more

Landscape Architects Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development

​The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) urges policy makers and stakeholders to support an infrastructure plan that not only addresses today’s crumbling infrastructure, but also creates tomorrow’s resilient systems. Learn more... Read more

Detroit’s El Moore Building Gets An Eco-Friendly Rehab

​ The El Moore was built in 1898 as eight luxury apartments—unusual for a neighborhood then dominated by large single-family houses. After falling into disrepair, local preservationists wanted to create a place that would contribute to the community. So they came up with the idea of a combination of apartments and hotel rooms. The dual setup creates an interactive community experience, where visitors could meet residents and spend time in a Detroit neighborhood. Read more... Read more

Seattle’s Epic Saga Over an Unfinished Trail May Finally Be Over

​The Burke Gilman Trail is a 19-mile former rail line turned multi-use trail that runs west to east from the shore of Puget Sound all the way to the top of Lake Washington in Kenmore, a Seattle suburb. It is the most heavily trafficked trail in the city, popular with commuters and sport cyclists and runners and dog walkers and everyone in between. It’s taken nearly two decades of planning, environmental impact review, lawsuits, appeals, protests, political deal making and... Read more

$600K Awarded to Vermont Towns for Outdoor Recreation Projects

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation announced today that $600,000 is being awarded to Vermont municipalities for public outdoor recreation projects. The outdoor recreation grants are funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program of the National Park Service. Read more... Read more

Recommendations for Constructing Roadside Vegetation Barriers to Improve Near-Road Air Quality

This EPA report summarizes research findings on the best practices for building roadside vegetative barriers to improve air quality. These recommendations can be used by states, communities and individuals interested in reducing roadside pollution. Learn more... Read more

EnviroAtlas

EPA’s EnviroAtlas provides users with interactive tools, geospatial data, and resources for exploring the benefits people receive from nature, also known as ecosystem goods and services. Such benefits are critically important to human health and well-being, but easy to overlook due to lack of information. Diverse EnviroAtlas resources, including a mapping application, an easy-to-use Eco-Health relationship browser, and over 300 GIS data layers help fill this information gap. With data at multiple scales and built-in analysis tools, EnviroAtlas was designed... Read more

GIWiz: Green Infrastructure At Your Fingertips

EPA’s Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz) is an interactive web application that connects communities to a wealth of tools and resources in order to help them better manage stormwater runoff. In just a few clicks of a mouse, users can draw from EPA’s scientific research on green infrastructure and stormwater management to identify resources and match solutions to the specific needs of their local environment. Learn more... Read more
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