Voters approved over $8 billion in funding for conservation and environmental projects spanning the U.S. this Election Day

Along with statewide initiatives concerning women’s reproductive rights, marijuana legalization, and other hot-button issues that helped to drive impressive turnout (particularly among younger voters) in the 2022 midterm elections, the environment was also top of mind for many Americans as they cast their votes. According to an analysis by San Francisco–based nonprofit Trust for Public Land, ballot measures relating to land conservation and climate resiliency were met with sweeping approval at a nationwide passage rate of 86 percent.

Thanks to voters, approved state and local funding for public parks, climate resiliency efforts, and the stewardship of open space coming out of the midterms totaled

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