Conservation Finance

Until 2000, Massachusetts communities lacked the legal authority to create a steady funding source for preserving and improving parks and open space. But in that year, the state passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA), permitting local referenda for... Read more

In the 1990s, the Pennsylvania legislature twice passed measures that generated funding for environmental cleanup and conservation, including the Growing Greener program, enacted in 1999. These programs protected more than 40,000 acres of family farms and... Read more

Relatively easy access to federal public open space is a leading attraction for new residents of many fast-growing Western communities. But as these communities grow, their residents are learning that it is one thing to be able to reach a national forest... Read more

Hawaii's character and economy are closely linked to the land, which is crucial to agriculture, tourism, and community identity. Although some of the state's most beautiful and iconic landscapes long have been threatened by development, Hawai`i had no... Read more

A Four-State Watershed at the Heart of New England
The 410-mile Connecticut River is New England's largest river, draining a 7.2 million-acre watershed that supports fisheries, farmlands, forests, and fresh water in four states:... Read more

With funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, TPL preserved nearly 4,000 acres of valuable habitat within the Ouachita National Forest. TPL worked with nonprofit partners to build grassroots support for the acquisition. The locals'... 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

In the 1940's, tens of thousands of acres of forest in Louisiana's Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley were clear cut and converted to cotton and other crops, until 2003, when TPL began the acquisition of a three-part, 11,000-acre addition to the wildlife... Read more

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. The loss of coastal wetlands also hurts the state's protection... Read more

In 1995, TPL helped the city of Montpelier acquire 152 acres as an addition to the city's North Branch Recreation area, which includes a network of trails, parks, and open lands. This land provides important habitat for beaver, moose, and other wildlife as... Read more