Clean water protection

This report presents the cases of four watersheds where land conservation is helping preserve water quality.

Scenic Lester Lake in Minnesota's North Woods was under substantial second home development pressure when The Trust for Public Land stepped in to help preserve the lake and its idyllic surroundings.

The Trust for Public Land and a technical team of local and state experts developed a GIS-based model that identifies the lands within the Tualatin River watershed most important for conserving water quality—including restoration sites.

Thirty minutes southwest of the Twin Cities, Savage Fen Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) is an ecological treasury that became almost 70 acres richer in late 2010.

The Lower Meramec River Basin was identified as an ideal location for a pilot project to demonstrate how forestland protection and management in watersheds can protect drinking water supplies.

The majestic Sierra Buttes are a dramatic backdrop to the Northern Sierra's "Lakes Basin." Few people realize that this apparently pristine landscape was once actively mined as part of the Sierra Mother Lode.

The Wenatchee Foothills are the visual and recreational anchor for a distinctly livable, beautiful, and growing community. They provide close to home recreational opportunities for the 75,000 people living in the Wenatchee Metropolitan Area.

In late 2008, TPL worked with the Triangle Land Conservancy to purchase Riverwalk, permanently protected a 329-acre property at the juncture of the Neuse River and Marks Creek.

In early 2011, The Trust for Public Land conserved a large, forested wetlands property along a half-mile of Ayers Creek, a popular canoeing and kayaking destination.

The 775-acre Wye Mountain headwaters property lies along the north shore of Lake Maumelle and is under imminent threat of development.

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