Tree Extinction and the Importance of Native Species

We often hear of extinction in the context of animals, but plants can—and have—become extinct, too. In fact, a 2020 paper cited 65 plant species that have recently become extinct in the continental U.S. and Canada. Recently extinct tree species include the Valley Head hawthorn, the Fecund hawthorn, and the Lateleaf oak. Threats to trees…

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Scenic Heroes: Marge Davis

Scenic Tennessee President Brings Prose and Passion to Her Roles as a Writer, Advocate, and Conservation Leader An accomplished conservation writer, nonprofit leader, and environmental advocate, Scenic Tennessee President and Scenic America Board Member Marge Davis is a driving force in scenic conservation in the Volunteer State and nationwide. In recent years, she has guided…

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Share Your Not-So-Scenic Photos

Scenic America needs your help finding the landscapes, streets, and highways in your community that suffer the most from scenic blight. Illustrating these not-so-scenic places helps us illustrate the importance of preserving and enhancing the beauty of our communities. Take a picture and share it through this easy portal. We’ll feature your photos on our…

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Scenic Heroes: John Hock

Scenic Missouri’s President Spies Opportunities for the Show-Me State Scenic America’s Missouri chapter is enjoying an exciting resurgence thanks to the leadership of its board of directors and its president, John Hock. A longtime advocate for scenic beauty in the Show-Me State and a member of Scenic America’s national board of directors, John is truly…

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New Agents of Discovery Explores Scenic Conservation in Washington, DC

Scenic America has launched a new interactive game designed to educate young learners about scenic conservation while exploring notable landmarks in the nation’s capital, either virtually or in person. Built on the Agents of Discovery platform, the mission, entitled, “Scenic America Presents: Scenic Conservation in Washington, DC,” invites users to learn about the importance of…

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Announcing the Winners of our Scenic SWPA Photo Contest – and Fan Favorites Winner

We are honored to be announcing the winners of our Scenic SWPA Photo Contest and our Fan Favorites Photo Contest winner! This is the first year Scenic Pittsburgh has held the photo contest, which asked for submissions in 6 categories from across SWPA’s 10-county region. We hoped to call more attention to the overwhelming beauty…

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America the Beautiful Photo Contest Entry Page

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Placemaking Spotlight: Monterey, California

Spanish-American History and Maritime Wonders Abound in this Coastal California Town  Monterey, California is a coastal community filled with beauty and history. Located on the central coast of California, two hours south of San Francisco, you will find magnificent views of the coast, abundant marine wildlife, and top-rated tourist destinations. The area was founded on…

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2022 America the Beautiful Photo Contest

Calling all photographers! Scenic America is in search of your best photographs that showcase what’s unique and beautiful about our nation and where you find beauty in your community. Our second-annual America the Beautiful Photo Contest kicks off on July 19, 2022. This is an opportunity for photographers of all levels to show off their best…

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Introducing Scenic Pittsburgh’s Fountain Street Overlook

This greenspace restoration project opened on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring our executive director, Sen. Mike Dawida, and a display of historic photos and more recent ones that tell the story of the space’s evolution and eventual restoration to the community, as well as tours of the space. Read…

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