Healthy Parks, Healthy People
The COVID-19 pandemic spotlights the importance of public lands

Executive Summary

A surge in visitors to public lands across the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated just how much we crave the outdoors. With visitor numbers expected to remain high, we need to create more opportunities for outdoor recreation and better protect the ones we have. 

Frontier Group and Environment America worked to create the following factsheets describing the surge in visitation to parks and natural areas in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada during the COVID-19 pandemic and the benefits of land preservation programs such as the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund: