Conservation Finance

The Trust for Public Land today strongly supported a proposal by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase the state's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million for the 2016-17 state budget, from $177 million in 2015-16.

Remember Florida's "Amendment 1?" Back in November, citizens in the Sunshine State approved $22 billion in dedicated funds for conservation—the largest such measure in U.S. history.

Election day saw contentious races across the country, but there's one thing we seem to agree on: protecting the places too special to lose. From coast to coast, voters approved record-breaking investments in parks, open space, and the health of our land... Read more

A record $13 billion for land conservation was approved by voters across America Tuesday, including large statewide measures in Florida, New Jersey, and California, The Trust for Public Land announced today.

Locals know this leafy wonderland as simply, “The Preserve”—but that’s a bit of a misnomer. In fact, the thousand-acre property is the largest piece of unprotected coastal forest between Boston and New York, the subject of hotly contested development... Read more

People can hike, bike and explore land rich in wildlife from Thurston to Jasper-Natron. When complete, the effort will provide 660 acres of parkland, including an 80-acre community forest.

Today The Trust for Public Land unveiled the findings of a new report entitled New Hampshire’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation. The report quantitatively demonstrates that state investment in land conservation has measurable economic value. Conserved lands provide natural goods and services such as water quality protection, wildlife habitat and air pollution removal - all important to New Hampshire’s strong economy and jobs.

A new report reveals the best attributes for successful statewide conservation programs. Among the ideal characteristics of a state conservation program are creating the program through a constitutional amendment, ensuring monies are directed to a protected, trustee-managed fund, and little-to-no direct legislative involvement in funding decisions.

This report highlights some state programs that  are catalysts of conservation, leading local governments and a network of other partners to protect our land and water resources.

Voters in Newark, Cleveland and Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved local taxes to pay for better parks in their cities, The Trust for Public Land announced today.

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