Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Trust for Public Land?
What is your mission statement?
How do you protect land?
What is a conservation easement?
Can you help me protect my land or land that I care about?
Do you allow hunting, fishing, biking, pets, or LRVs on your land?
Where can I find The Trust for Public Land's annual financial information?
Do you offer grants for land conservation?
How do I apply for a job or know if a job listed on your website has been filled?
What is The Trust for Public Land's Federal Tax ID number?
What should I do if my question is not here?

What is The Trust for Public Land?
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit organization working to protect land as parks and open space. We are not a government agency, although we sometimes work with agencies to protect land.

What is your mission statement?
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

How do you protect land?We help communities and government agencies identify land for protection. We also help identify funds that might be used to protect that land, and we sometimes help raise those funds through charitable campaigns and legislative or voter initiatives. Finally, our real estate and legal staff help complete the transaction itself-often optioning or purchasing a property temporarily until it can be permanently protected by a government or community land trust.

What is a conservation easement?
A conservation easement is a legal instrument that prevents the development of a property while keeping it in private hands. We also protects land by helping agencies, communities, or community land trusts acquire conservation easements. Information on community land trusts and easements can be found at www.lta.org.

Can you help me protect my land or land that I care about?
Maybe. Laws governing conservation real estate can differ widely from place to place, as can the funds available for conservation. For this reason, we maintain 30 field offices nationwide. Tell us about the property and we'll see that your inquiry gets to the right place.

Do you allow hunting, fishing, biking, pets or LRVs on your land?
Since TPL usually transfers land to public agencies or community land trusts for protection, it is their policies that govern use of the land.

Where can I find The Trust for Public Land's annual financial information?
Financial summaries for the previous fiscal years can be found on our Financials page

Do you offer grants for land conservation?
We do not award grants. At times we help our partners locate and/or apply for a grant in conjunction with an ongoing Trust for Public Land project.

How do I apply for a job or know if a job listed on your website has been filled?
To apply for a position, click on the job title that accompanies the summary to get a full description, including how to apply. We try very hard to keep our jobs section up to date, so all jobs listed should be current and available. View available jobs.

What is The Trust for Public Land's Federal Tax ID number?
Our Federal Tax ID number is 23-7222333

What should I do if my question is not here?
Please contact us by email