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saguaro /s '·(g)wär·ō/


… in park and conservation funding was approved by voters across the country in the November 2016 election. In all, 86 state and local ballot measures got the go-ahead—proving once again that love of the land can unite Americans of all political stripes. The Trust for Public Land pitched in on 31 of those winning initiatives, including Boston’s Community Preservation Act. Boston established its fi rst park back in 1634, and a rich heritage of public spaces has been a part of the city’s identity ever since. But today, population and housing prices are soaring—forcing tough choices about land use—while climate change and sea level rise pose threats to low-lying neighborhoods. Passage of the measure creates new funding for aff ordable housing, historic preserva- tion, and parks—including green infrastructure solutions that can help alleviate fl ooding.


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(n.) A species of cactus that can grow up to 50 feet tall — and the namesake of one of the few national parks to border a major metro. Located just outside Tucson, Arizona, Saguaro National Park expanded by almost 300 acres last fall thanks to supporters of The Trust for Public Land. That’s good news for city dwellers seeking a desert escape, and for thirsty plants and wildlife: the addition pro- tects a segment of Rincon Creek, the park’s largest seasonal stream.


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