Oregon has created an Office of Outdoor Recreation that will be tasked with improving the recreation economy, as well as promoting sustainability and stewardship. The office's director will be part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Parks officials in Vernon Hills, Ill., are placing hundreds of artificial plants in Big Bear Lake to help increase the fish population. The plants provide a place for fish to socialize and conceal themselves from predators.
Raleigh, N.C., plans to transform the grounds of a former mental hospital into a new park, and a series of meetings is planned to keep the public involved in the design process.
Women who live near green areas tend to live longer, according to a study by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The study found such women were less likely to die of cancer and respiratory illnesses.
The New York City Parks Department has issued new guidelines to help protect parks from storm damage, including in design and natural forms of resiliency. Suggestions that can be done during regular upgrades include "swapping out playground structures with ones made from saltwater-resistant plastic, or replacing gravel walkways with pavers that are less likely to be flung around by water," writes
Jessica Leigh Hester.
Officials in Butler County, Ky., are discussing options for funding 9-1-1 dispatch as they anticipate a $30,000 budget shortfall stemming from the decreasing number of landlines. No decisions have been made, but officials are considering methods used by other counties and may use money from the county's general fund to address the deficit.
The FirstNet Colorado Governing Body voted to study an alternative to FirstNet, accepting a combined bid from Rivada Networks and Macquarie Infrastructure Systems. Colorado joins New Hampshire as the second state to announce it will study opt-out alternatives.
As technology has improved over the last 20 years, the capabilities of wireless carriers to send emergency alerts to relevant people have improved dramatically. The FCC and carriers are pushing ahead on using the technology for public safety, but local governments must also decide to stay up to date on the technology to provide the most benefits to the public.
A proposed law in Anchorage, Alaska, would impose the same limits on police calls for nonprofit organizations that commercial properties face, allowing 100 free calls per year and charging fines for additional calls to police that don't involve medical emergencies, sexual assault or theft. The proposal is driven by concerns that organizations serving the homeless are straining the city's resources.