Community forests

For generations, the private timberlands of Minnesota's Northwoods have supported jobs, provided wildlife habitat and clean water, offered recreation to local residents, and attracted millions of visitors each year.

The forests, lakes and wild rivers of the upper Midwest have inspired some of America's great conservation writers. Minnesota's Sigurd Olson raised an eloquent voice for wilderness protection and helped draft the Wilderness Act of 1964.

In 2007, TPL worked with a fourth-generation family-owned business, Rajala Companies, in Grand Rapids to protect more than 1,600 acres of private forestland known as "Sugar Hills".

More than 5,700 acres of private forest bordering four miles of the Long Trail State Forest, the nation's oldest long-distance hiking trail, have been permanently protected, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the State of Vermont announced today.

At more than 3.3 million acres, the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico is the sixth largest national forest in the Lower 48. It’s also an important habitat in arid New Mexico, providing a healthy watershed home to many of the state’s native... Read more

The serenity of this pristine mountain lake captured the attention of Charles Lindbergh after his famous solo trans-Atlantic flight of 1927.

In 2001, TPL worked with the town of Greenburg, Westchester County, and the Open Space Institute to protect the 44.7-acre Glenville Woods as a nature preserve, maintained by the town. With an existing network of trails, the property made an ideal site for... Read more

Chisolm Plantation includes nearly 3,500 acres of marshland and 550 upland acres of hardwood, palm and pine forests, hundreds of acres of freshwater wetlands and several undeveloped marsh islands.

Louisiana has lost tens of thousands of acres of coastal wetlands in the past half-century, and faces the loss of more coastal wetlands because of sea level increases caused by climate change.

These 171,000 acres at the northern tip of the state encompass almost the entire watershed of four lakes that form the Connecticut River's headwaters.

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