Coastal lands

During his second voyage in 1493, Christopher Columbus landed on what is now the island of St. Croix, the first documented encounter between Europeans and Native Americans. Today, this historic landing site is protected in Salt River Bay National... Read more

Since 1999, The Trust for Public Land has protected natural and historic places on the islands of St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas. TPL works with landowners, local leaders and the National Park Service to protect some of the islands' most significant... Read more

St. John resident Eleanor Gibney is dedicated to sharing her love of the land. A passionate naturalist and historian, she’s been working with The Trust for Public Land for more than a decade to conserve the pristine coastal environment at Hawsknest Bay. In... Read more

Stretching 85 miles along the Oregon-Washington border, the Columbia River Gorge is an unparalleled landscape, encompassing more than 290,000 acres of diverse terrain. In the 1960s and '70s, a surge of growth and development in the Portland-Vancouver area... Read more

The community of Stayton, Oregon, rests along the North Santiam River in the Willamette Valley. The Trust for Public Land and the City worked together to preserve a key 51-acre property along the river in 2004. Bordered by the North Santiam River and Reid... Read more

For years, Whalen Island was one of the most pristine and easily accessible properties on the Oregon Coast still in private hands. The island includes over a mile of sand beach, 80 acres of wooded uplands, and 100 acres of grassland and tidal marsh.... Read more

Love of the land and passion for protecting it were traditions in the family of Norman Yeon, who died in January 2004 at the age of 88. In 1885, Norman's father, John Yeon, left Canada to settle in Oregon, where he worked as a logger for $2.50 a day.... Read more

Balancing conservation with the needs of private property owners can be challenging, but win-win outcomes are possible. This was the case for 360-acre wetlands site on Crystal Creek, a spring creek tributary to Upper Klamath Lake in southern Oregon.

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In Texas, the nation's "Third Coast" stretches 367 miles from Louisiana to Mexico and includes the state's rarest environments. Along the coast are ancient hardwood forests; coastal prairies, barrier islands, bays and wetlands; and bayous that reach deep... Read more

Located in central Louisiana, the Kisatchie National Forest is a sportsperson's paradise, with an estimated 706,262 annual visitors. Within the forest lies the Nantachie-Saline Restoration Area, a 20,000-acre privately owned inholding that The Trust for... Read more

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