The majority of adults support agency efforts to prevent and mitigate natural disasters
Eighty-four percent of adults support their local park and recreation agency undertaking or continuing environmental provisions or natural disaster prevention methods in their community, according to the latest National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Park Pulse poll.
Conserving or restoring coastal habitats, forests, wetlands and grasslands, followed by restoring or increasing wetlands, forests or open spaces to help prevent major flood events, yield the highest support among the public. Planting native plants to support pollinators and creating or expanding urban trees and forests, including green roofs and rain gardens, are supported by more than half the U.S. population.
- Eighty-four percent of U.S. adults support their local parks and recreation undertaking or continuing environmental provisions or natural disaster prevention methods in their community.
- Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults support local park and recreation agencies undertaking or continuing conservation or restoration of coastal habitats, forests, wetlands and grasslands.
- Three in five U.S. adults support local park and recreation agencies undertaking or continuing restoration of or increasing of wetlands, forests or open spaces to help prevent major flood events.
“For years, parks and recreation has been a leader in conservation and sustainable measures,” said Melissa May, NRPA senior research manager. “As demonstrated by the results from this month’s survey, public support is high for their local park and recreation agencies commitment to finding ways to fight climate change.”
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To learn more about sustainability efforts in parks and recreation, click here.
Each month, through a poll of 1,000 U.S. residents focused on park and recreation issues, NRPA Park Pulse helps tell the park and recreation story. To learn more about NRPA’s Park Pulse and see results from previous polls, click here.
About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit parksandrecreation.org.