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EDITOR'S LET TER

Make Earth Day Count
As I write this column for our Conservation Issue, I'm reminded about
the most recent natural disaster that our country has endured: February's Winter Storm Uri that put the state of Texas in a deep freeze, causing widespread power outages and forcing the Biden administration to
declare a federal emergency. However, similar to their response during
the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, park and recreation agencies
throughout the state acted immediately, providing critical services for
their communities. For example, City of Dallas Parks and Recreation
set up mobile homes and chartered buses as " Mobile Warming Centers "
in its parking lots. These popup sites enabled residents to warm up, grab
a meal and charge their devices (nrpa.org/TexasEnergyCrisis). 
The past few years also have been especially tough on the West Coast,
where wildfires have ravaged millions of acres of land and threatened
wildlife - from California to Washington state. In the cover story, " Parks
and Recreation Fends Off Wildfires, " on page 34, NRPA Web Editor Jennifer Fulcher discusses
what park and recreation professionals in these hard-hit states and across the country are doing to
help protect their respective communities from future wildfire events. One such agency, King County Parks and Recreation in Seattle, is proactively gathering data and implementing plans. Fulcher
writes, " As a changing climate brings more flooding and tree stress, it also brings wildfires closer
to the Puget Sound area in Washington state. 'We're seeing increasing evidence that we better be
ready,' says Sarah Brandt, King County Parks open space government relations administrator. "
Next, contributor Ted Vuong illustrates how a bit of innovation and eco-friendly design can
transform a former golf course into a world-class garden in the feature article, " Born on the
Bayou, " on page 40. Vuong provides an in-depth look at the planning, design and construction
of the Houston Botanic Garden. Located near Hobby Airport, this 132-acre site gave the city an
opportunity " to develop the garden around the Sims Bayou in an area with little investment in
green spaces or cultural amenities, " he writes. Although the project presented some challenges,
the end result is a tranquil botanic garden that boasts many features, including two-and-half miles
of walking and hiking trails, a lagoon and a nature play area for children.
Rounding out our feature articles lineup is an engaging conversation with Sara Sinclair, an oral
historian of Cree-Ojibwa and German-Jewish ancestry and a Columbia University professor, and
Stephanie Lozano, a tribal liaison for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and a
member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, in the article, " Protecting the Land and Its History, " on page
46. Both Sinclair and Lozano share their insights with NRPA's Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones
about the history of tribal nations in North America, key conservation and environmental challenges, and the importance of starting a wider conversation about land acknowledgement.
The interview with Sinclair and Lozano really speaks to the true meaning of Earth Day, which
is about appreciating the history of the land, honoring all the natural gifts that it offers and pledging to be stewards of the land. As park and recreation professionals, you have never hesitated to
act during times of crisis. So, in celebration of Earth Day that takes place April 22, make it count
by encouraging your community members to do their part by reducing their own carbon footprint.
Because at the end of the day, we all must be stewards of the land.

VITISIA " VI " PAYNICH
Executive Editor
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