How Public Lands in Colorado Are Boosting Local Economies

With Mt. Princeton in the background, rafters make their way down the Arkansas River as it enters Browns Canyon National Monument
(Scott Willoughby / The Denver Post)
As citizens, government officials and business owners grapple with the value of public lands, one things holds true: Federal designation of an area as a national park or monument can help the local economy. The two newest national monuments in Colorado are buoying the communities that surround them. Read more... Read more

Hoboken Finalizes $30M Purchase of BASF Property, Site of New Resiliency Park

A rendering showing where the Northwest Resiliency Park will be built in Hoboken (Source: City of Hoboken)
Plans are already underway to create a temporary 4-acre “pop-up” park on Hoboken’s newly purchased 6.1-acre BASF property, so that the community can start to enjoy the benefits of this historic acquisition by this summer. The site is also home to the planned Northwest Resiliency Park. The purchase of the park property is funded through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Fund Program, which includes 19 percent principal forgiveness for the green infrastructure components. Read more... Read more

Five Stories of Brownfield Renewal in Oregon

Esperanza Court in Portland was once a hidden landfill and now provides affordable housing for 70 families in Southeast Portland (Source: Oregon Metro)
Every brownfield is different, so each follows its own path to renewal. Take a look at five Portland-area brownfields to see what it took to give them a new chance at a better future. Read more... Read more

So You Want to Clean Up a Brownfield. Here’s How.

Workers demolished warehouses in Portland during brownfield redevelopment (Source: Oregon Metro)
What do you do to turn a polluted liability into an asset for you and your community? There’s no single recipe for success. Every site is different. Some can be cleaned up and redeveloped quickly. Others take years or even decades. Sometimes buyer after buyer backs out when they realize the extent of pollution. But if you were determined to move forward to clean up and redevelop a brownfield, here’s a look at the steps you might take. Read more... Read more

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

(Source: Eastern Research Group)
The Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service annually provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U.S. territories to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands. Applications due June 30. Learn more and apply... Read more

2017 National Preservation Awards

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, a 2016 winner (Source: Bulley & Andrews)
The National Preservation Awards honor the very best in preservation. Each year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation presents a select number of major awards at PastForward: the national preservation conference. These exclusive awards serve to educate and inspire, as well as raise the visibility of the preservation movement. Nominate a deserving individual, organization, or project by March 1. Learn more and apply... Read more

Can a Community Garden Outgrow Poverty in Southern Phoenix?

Community engagement is a critical part of the development of an urban farming project in South Phoenix. (Credit: DSGN AGNC)
In South Phoenix, there’s a massive, untended plot of dirt as big as two and a half New York City blocks. Until recently, it was a void space between the housing tracts, collecting trash where it runs up against the streets. Now, nearly $600,000 from art project supporters the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and ArtSpace America will help turn the swath into a centerpiece of the neighborhood, and hopefully the minority communities that make up the majority of... Read more

National Park Service Designates 38 New Certified Local Governments in 2016

Gloucester, Massachusetts, is one of the new designated Certified Local Governments (Source: Massachusetts Historical Commission)
The National Park Service designated 38 communities from across the United States as Certified Local Governments (CLG) in 2016. The CLG designation makes communities official partners in the federal historic preservation program, which engages local, state, and federal governments to promote historic preservation at the grassroots level. Read more... Read more
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