Tag Archives: Nature

$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

Balancing Nature & Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes

During this 3-day course, community-based teams will focus on the economics, community character, natural resources, and partnership-building skills necessary for creating sustainable communities. Teams will identify opportunities to differentiate their communities based upon their unique assets, have the opportunity to hear the latest trends in bringing alternative energy or transportation or sustainable agriculture practices to their rural communities, and develop specific action plans for implementation when they return home! Team applications due December 12. Learn more and apply... Read more

Include Nature in Infrastructure to Make America Great

President-elect Trump has promised to rebuild crumbling roads, bridges, airports, water treatment facilities, flood control systems and more across the U.S. This infrastructure windfall offers many benefits for many people. But if we proceed with traditional infrastructure that relies only on bricks and mortar, we will be missing an opportunity. It’s critical that we build resilient infrastructure that works and inspires, that people will value and use. Read more... Read more

How Climate Change Will Affect Animal Migration, in One Map

Global warming over the next century means that species will move to cooler climates, but manmade barriers often stand in the way. A recent Nature Conservancy study looked at the effect of manmade barriers like roads, farms and urban infrastructure on fragmentation of natural landscapes, and how that affects animal migration. They found that only 41 percent of natural lands in the U.S. connected enough for animals to move through. On the East Coast in particular, just 2 percent of... Read more

The Great Trail Debate: Why Wilderness Needs More Trails

The act of creating and following trails is one of the oldest and most profound ways that we make sense of this chaotic planet we all live on. The question, then, is not whether we want to make trails, but how—with our feet, or with our hands? In other words, do we want to create them unconsciously and with little foresight? Or do we want to build them deliberately, with the aim of making them as sustainable as possible? Read... Read more
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