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ADVENTURE AWAITS — OUTSIDE


Where do you go to find adventure? Maybe you heed the call of the mountains,


publisher


Shannon Morgan Stearns


editorial director Eliza Sarasohn


art director Matt Mullin


managing editor Alia Salim


photography coordinator


Elyse Leyenberger


writers Julia Busiek Allie Ferguson


marketing Kristen Anderson


digital production


Carrie Gotch Adele Wilson


contributing editor


Bill Poole


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drawn to the challenge of sheer walls, steep slopes, and lofty summits. Or perhaps you seek out whitewater, for the rush and roar of running the rapids and the triumph of emerging into stillness on the other side. You might also find adventure closer to home— in a neighborhood park or local open space, or on the winding route of an urban greenway. These are the everyday places we go to test our- selves against our goals: whether it’s a new per- sonal best on our daily run, adding a hard-to-find warbler or tanager to a birding life-list, or, for the youngest among us, simply reaching the top of the jungle gym. The definition of adventure is personal—the product of our individual curiosi- ties, boundaries, and aspirations. But whatever adventure means to you, chances are, you’ll find it outdoors. This issue of Land&People features stories about adventures near and far. While the settings are very different—from a meandering river in Geor- gia to a mountain range in California—you’ll find that the people working to protect them have a lot in common. In each story, residents are striving to support their neighbors while also reaching out to adventure seekers farther afield. And each community is finding that land conser- vation has practical benefits beyond the personal satisfaction we find in the great outdoors. As one Sierra Nevada business leader told us, “Our natural resources aren’t just critical for the recreation economy, but for the entire economy of the region.” At The Trust for Public Land, we believe invest- ing in parks and public land is a sensible and sustainable strategy for creating healthy, livable communities for generations to come. We’re proud to assist towns and cities that make that


But whatever adventure means to you, chances are, you’ll find it outdoors.


choice by offering our expertise in conservation planning and financing, park design, and land acquisition—all informed by more than 40 years of experience in almost every state in the union. We couldn’t do this work without the sup- port of people like you. Wherever you go for adventure, we hope you’ll continue to help us make the case for the ongoing protection of our treasured and increasingly endangered public lands. At tpl.org/publiclands, you’ll find more information on how to help us preserve our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges—and all the places we go to find adventure.


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