Conservation Finance

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

Shaded by cottonwood and willow, La Verkin and Ash Creeks converge with the Virgin River in a dramatic black basalt canyon just west of Utah's Zion National Park. Fast-growing Washington County, moving to protect the canyon, recently completed the first... Read more

In the early 1980s, Chattanooga, Tennessee, was suffering a deep economic recession. Eighteen thousand manufacturing jobs had been lost due to factory closures and relocations. Surviving factories, burdened with outdated equipment, pumped out a smog so... Read more

This past election day, nine states had land acquisition initiatives on their ballots, some leaning more to conservation than others. All passed but one: my own state of Georgia. Even Alabama's and New Jersey's passed. Florida's extension of Preservation... Read more