Conservation Finance

TPL's partnership with the City of Burlington began in 1991, when TPL helped the city purchase 45 acres of land on Lake Champlain from the Central Vermont Railway. The property, which includes an abandoned rail line, was protected with a mix of funding... Read more

Owned for many years by the Stanley Tool Company, this land once supplied timber for the manufacture of handles for hammers, axes, and other hand tools. The 7,536 acre property consists of two adjacent parcels in Chittenden, Pittsfield and Killington,... Read more

The Green Mountains are the backbone of more than 2 million acres of wildlife habitat, forests, and trails—including the Long Trail, the nation’s oldest long-distance hiking route, and the Appalachian Trail, a National Scenic Trail. Development and growth... Read more

The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge was established in 1997 to conserve native plant, animals, and habitat throughout the four-state Connecticut River watershed. With the support of Friends of Conte and other local partners, TPL recently... Read more

Historically, Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley has been characterized by dairy barns and blast furnaces, but in recent years it has been transformed by suburban sprawl and traffic congestion. In 2002, voters responded to the effects of rapid growth on the... Read more

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,... Read more

The Trust for Public Land, working with its lobbying and campaign affiliate known as The Conservation Campaign (TCC) assists community leaders and citizen groups with campaigns to win voter approval of... Read more

The Trust for Public Land's Conservation Finance Program provides professional, technical assistance services to state and local government executives, legislatures, and public agencies that need to research and evaluate conservation finance options. TPL's... Read more

Fact Sheet: Protecting the Forests of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by Enhancing Local Land Conservation Funding

Americans know that it pays to protect land: every year, state and local governments raise new public funds for conservation. Since 1988, these measures have totaled more than $50 billion in support from voters of all political persuasions. Recent... Read more

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