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Conservation Measure Receives Overwhelming, Bi-Partisan Support

The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act (HB 332) and companion legislation calling for voter approval in a referendum this fall (HR 238) were both overwhelmingly passed by the Georgia House of Representatives last night with only 2 dissenting votes. The bills would dedicate a portion of the existing state sales and use tax to the conservation of the state’s lands, waters and wildlife.

SOURCE: Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act

Parks + the Resilient City

This year’s Parks and Greenspace Conference theme, Parks and the Resilience City, is timely. Resilience has become the new sustainability buzzword. 100 Resilience Cities defines urban resilience as “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.”

SOURCE: Saporta Report

Land Conservation Measure Unanimously Passes Key Committee

Download Printable PDF February 22, 2018 – The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act, which would dedicate annual funding to land conservation projects across the state, was passed unanimously this morning by the House Natural Resources Committee. The measure in its current … Continue Reading →

2017 Artists’ Donations to Park Pride

When 2017 drew to a close, so did the Artists Atelier Gallery & Studios, Atlanta’s first co-op gallery founded in 1985.  As each of the artists moved on to their individual pursuits, painter Tom Wright, a.k.a Gordoni, and photographer Ruth … Continue Reading →

Redefining WASTE: impact of common landscape & grounds maintenance practices on urban wildlife

Pollinator habitat gardens are essentially a garden of any size that consists of flowering plants designed to attract, feed and provide homes for the next generation. Often pollinator habitat gardens accompany community gardens and contribute to robust crops for local consumption. The gardens are an excellent vehicle for the community to come together and provide benefits beyond food, whether for the pollinators or the gardener.

SOURCE: Zero Waste In Action

Outdoor Industry Association Announces Support for Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), the nation’s leading trade association for the outdoor recreation industry is supporting the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act (HB 332). OIA represents more than 1,300 manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and other key members of the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry in the United States.

Small Is Beautiful: A Grant Program Fixes up Neighborhood Parks

Atlanta has emerged as an unlikely standout in the realm of creative land use and urban green space, and we’ve mostly documented this rise in the context of some of its larger philanthropy-backed projects. But there’s a lot happening across several of the city’s lower-profile parks that might not make the national stage, but is worth highlighting nevertheless.

SOURCE: Inside Philanthropy

Building Relationships to Build Parks

Elected officials are powerful allies for park improvement projects. Strong rapport with your elected officials, when leveraged in conjunction with that built with the Department of Parks & Recreation, can play a major role in helping park advocates achieve their goals for park improvements. Effective working relationships, however, do not form overnight; read more for tips for engaging your elected officials!

SOURCE: Saporta Report