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Having access to parks is a key to the quality of life no matter where you live. Today, according to the Trust for Public Land, 100 million Americans don’t have a park within a ten-minute walk from home. They have studied the maps and other data on park access for most of the cities and towns in the United States, and have ranked the cities with the greatest access to parks, and those that need more. Last week they published their list of the top cities with quality parks and open spaces and the top five are: (1) Minneapolis, MN (2) Washington, D.C., (3) St. Paul, MN (4) Arlington, VA and (5) Cincinnati, OH. To see where your city or town ranked, click here.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer When you break down how land in the U.S. gets used, acre by acre, almost half of the country is dedicated to livestock. Add up the space used for pasture and grazing plus the agricultural land used to grow livestock feed crops, and 41% of the country is dedicated […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The Everglades, the largest subtropical wilderness in the US, has been decimated by human activity. Before its iconic marshes and wetlands were drained and ditched to make way for agriculture and development, water flowed naturally from the Kissimmee River to Lake Okeechobee and into the Everglades marshy prairie. Now, […]
Salty soil is a death sentence for crops, and for areas of coastal farmland, an increasing threat due to climate change. Known as saltwater intrusion, this occurs when storm surges or high tides overtop areas low in elevation. It also occurs when saltwater infiltrates freshwater aquifers and raises the groundwater table below the soil surface. […]
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