Conservation Finance

Many communities require developers to donate land or pay in-lieu fees (developer exactions) for the acquisition of parkland. This report from the Center for City Park Excellence shows results from a six month study on the use of development exactions in... Read more

In some ways Nassau County, New York, and Gallatin County, Montana, could not be more different. Nassau County, which borders New York City, is a classic East Coast commuter suburb of more than 1.3 million people-that's 4,600 people per square mile.... Read more

Across the nation, counties are assuming an increasingly important role in conservation. This year the Trust for Public Land and the National Association of Counties (NACo) launched their first annual County Leadership in Conservation Awards. More than... Read more

Many communities require developers to donate land or pay in-lieu fees for the acquisition of parkland. The rationale for these so-called "developer exactions" is that population growth (and the resulting housing construction) eliminates formerly open land... Read more

Since 1996, The Trust for Public Land's Conservation Finance Program has helped communities pass 211 local and state ballot measures that have generated more than $35 billion in new conservation-related funding, including $19 billion for land acquisition... Read more

In 1997, Peter Harnik, now the director for our Center for City Park Excllence, began collecting and publishing data on the nation's park systems. Initially he focused on park funding and acreage in the nation's largest cities. In this publication, Harnik... Read more