The accredited Maine Farmland Trust and other groups, in order to support action on “forever” chemicals (or PFAS), established a relief fund to help Maine farmers cover the costs of testing, income loss and mental health support.
Forty acres of California forestland overlooking the North Fork American River and Sierra Nevada mountains have been protected by the accredited Placer Land Trust and returned to the tribe that considers the land its ancestral home.
For each American farmer younger than 25, five are older than 75. As farmers consider retirement, many find themselves forced to sell their land to development rather than to a future generation of farmers. This means more land removed from production agriculture.
During the Jim Crow era of forced racial segregation, Black Americans were prohibited from visiting beaches like Ocean City or Atlantic City. However, several Maryland beaches owned by the Carr family of Annapolis were getaways — known as “The Beaches” — that welcomed Black people and hosted renowned Black musicians like Billie Holiday, Count Basie and James Brown.
Earlier this year, the White House announced the $1 billion America the Beautiful Challenge to support community-led efforts to conserve and restore lands and waters across the country. The initiative will leverage federal funding to protect rivers and coastlines, connect wildlife corridors, restore forests and grasslands, improve climate resilience, and expand access to nature through a “one-stop shop” to apply for funding.