Conservation Finance

The Trust for Public Land works to conserve land in the north Green Mountains from Mount Mansfield to the Canadian border that include more than 800,000 acres of wildlife habitat, forests, and trails, with a goal to conserve an additional 20,000 acres in the next decade, particularly along the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail.

Formerly owned by the Stanley Tool Company, this land in the towns of Chittenden, Pittsfield and Killington near the Green Mountain National Forest once supplied timber for the manufacture of tool handles for hammers.

TPL worked with the Arkansas community near Barrow-Heath to protect land in Ouachita National Forest using Federal Land and Water Conservation Funds

With support from the Montpelier Conservation Commission, Vermont Land Trust, and East Montpelier Trails Association, TPL helped the city of Montpelier acquire an addition to the North Branch Recreation area, which includes a network of trails and provides important habitat for beaver, moose, and other wildlife.

TPL is working to protect the Nantachie-Saline Restoration Area in Louisiana's Kisatchie National Forest, which features wetlands and riparian areas important to wildlife, calcareous prairies, longleaf pine forests.

In 2003 we began to purchase and restore 11,000-acres of the property as an addition that connects two units of the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge into one contiguous conservation area. We have reforested over 8,000 acres by planting 3.3 million native trees. When fully-grown these trees will sequester over 2.5 million tonnes of carbon.

Our work with the City of Burlington began with the purchase of land on Lake Champlain from Central Vermont Railway that included an abandoned rail line and  continued with work on the Burlington Open Space Protection Plan and culminated in the creation of Mayes Landing, a new park on the waterfront along the Winooski River.

Coastal Beaufort County is South Carolina's fastest-growing county and home to Hilton Head Island, a popular resort and retirement community. In 2000, voters passed, with TPL's help, a $40 million bond referendum to protect natural areas, historic sites, and recreation lands.

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: New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

In Louisiana, we are working to mitigate the effects of climate change by sequestering carbon through reforestation and restoring wetlands that buffer coasts from storm damage.