Tag Archives: Nature

Naturally Resilient Communities

Green infrastructure can play a crucial role in helping to reduce flood risk, while also providing a wide variety of additional benefits, including improved water quality, enhanced recreational opportunities, and wildlife habitat. In this free webinar from the American Planning Association, planning professionals from Miami, FL; Milwaukee, WI; and Pierce County, WA will discuss how they are using green infrastructure to address community flood risk. This webinar will also feature a description and demonstration of the Naturally Resilient Communities web-based... Read more

Outdoor Recreation Economy Report

​ Outdoor recreation is among our nation’s largest economic sectors. From the smallest rural towns to the most densely packed cities, outdoor recreation powers a vast economic engine that creates billions in spending and millions of good – paying American jobs. When we invest the foundation of the recreation economy, our public lands and waters, there is compounding return in the form of healthier communities, healthier economies and healthier people. Read report... Read more

Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Program

​The National Park Service (NPS) announced funding to support recreation and conservation projects through its Rails, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. Through the RTCA program, NPS helps organize, strategize, build public participation and partnerships, and implement a conservation and/or recreation project that is important to your community. Consideration will be given to projects that have specific goals and results for conservation and recreation in the near future, have broad community support, and that advance the NPS mission. Applications due June... Read more

Five Big Ideas to Better Integrate Nature Into Cities

In a discussion about the role of nature in cities, leading voices on ecological urbanism from six continents including artists, architects, planners, designers and ecologists all took the stage to share their vision of how to better integrate nature into cities. Here are five big ideas from the talks. Read more... 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

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
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