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“Whatever your politics, it’s a human impulse to be calmed, refreshed, and rejuvenated by nature. It’s how we’re built.”


10.9 MILLION PEOPLE


… will live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by the year 2040, according to population projec- tions, making this the second-fastest-growing metro in the country. To ensure that residents have somewhere to get outside as the com- munity grows, the city is working with The Trust for Public Land to plan ahead for parks and open space. The Smart Growth for Dallas plan kicked off with community workshops and GIS mapping. Both will help identify where parks can do double-duty as protec- tion against flooding and the urban heat island effect—so Dallas can get the most bang for its buck.


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BRITNI RILLERA WHY THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND’S SENIOR LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE IS PROUD TO BE A LOBBYIST MAKING THE CASE FOR PARKS


What are you up to in Washington, D.C.? The Trust for Public Land’s Federal Affairs team makes the case to elected officials that conservation matters—and their constituents deserve and benefit from a strong, well-funded system of public lands. We’re a resource for lawmakers who want to do more with public land, and we’re part of the strong national coalition that’s out here defending it from legislative attacks and defunding.


How did you get into this line of work? I got hooked on policy as an undergraduate and tried a little bit of every- thing in the political world after I graduated—I worked for a Senate com- mittee, then the White House, then did some grassroots organizing. All of that confirmed that I’m a policy wonk at heart! I came back to D.C. and began working for Georgia Congressman John Lewis. My biggest accom- plishment as part of his team was writing the legislation for expanding the


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