King’s Canyon, Sequoia, Yosemite—today, they’re among the most widely recognized parks in the world. But in the early 1900s, the first national parks were unfinished, untested, and protected only on paper.
It’s early—very early—and the low morning light is just beginning to pass through the dense foliage overhead. You can’t hear much above the chatter of the stream over stone, just the wind, when it picks up, and the occasional birdcall.
Working from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land helps communities raise funds, conduct research and planning, acquire and protect land, and design and renovate parks, playgrounds, trails, and gardens.