The Appalachian Trail boasts some impressive numbers: It's more than 2,000 miles long and passes through 14 different states. More than 2 million people explore the trail every year. Of those, a few thousand will attempt to hike its entire length —and only one in four will succeed.
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.
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.