Our lands are disappearing at an alarming rate.

In the United States, we lose roughly 150 acres of natural land and 40 acres of farmland every hour. That’s the equivalent of losing more than the entirety of Shenandoah National Park every year.

Once that land is gone, we can’t get it back.

When we lose our lands, we lose much more than the ground we stand on.

With every acre of land lost to poorly planned development, we diminish our connection to nature, wipe out family farms, destroy valuable wildlife habitats and rob future generations of access to nature.

Less land means less habitat for plants and animals and less food for our nation. It means that children have fewer green places to play outside. It means that instead of relying on wetlands and forests to naturally filter and purify our water, we must build expensive water treatment plants and deploy caustic chemicals.

Public health

About half of adults don’t get enough physical activity key to preventing chronic diseases.

Increase of natural disasters

In summer 2021, nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster.

Less time outdoors

A survey of children showed they spend an average of 6.5 hours a day in front of a screen.

Wildlife habitat loss

There has been a 33% loss in biodiversity since 1970 largely due to habitat destruction.

Inequitable access to land

There’s 50% more greenery in wealthy neighborhoods compared to lower-income communities.

Farms at risk

40% of America’s agricultural land is projected to change hands in the next 15 years.