Americans spend approximately $40 billion a year to maintain more than 32 million acres of lawn — an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania. We pour 270 billion gallons of water per week on our lawns. We apply 10 times more fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides than farmers do to their crops. Making meadows is a green alternative.
Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve in Pennsylvania/Photo by Bill Moses
Teatown Lake Reservation in New York is all about connecting people with nature, but a language barrier keeps getting in the way. In some parts of its region, north of New York City, more than 40% of people speak Spanish as their first language.
(L to R): Land Trust Alliance’s Ethan Winter; Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens; children and teachers from Teatown’s Head Start/Nurtured by Nature program; state assembly member Sandra Galef; high school student Eli Brand; Teatown Lake Reservation’s executive director Kevin Carter/Photo by Laura Elmore/Teatown Lake Reservation
While the challenge of making permanent the enhanced tax benefits for donations of conservation easements can seem never ending, its land trust backers never quit. In fact, while Congress takes its summer recess, there is reason for optimism.