Water

A plan to bring a long-loved amenity back to Teton County is making headway through the county’s planning process. For 40 years Astoria Hot Springs offered spring-fed soaking, open space and concessions. In May 2014, the nonprofit Trust for Public Land announced a proposal to reopen Astoria as part of a 100-acre park that would remain available to the public in perpetuity.

For decades, residents and visitors to Jackson, Wyoming, enjoyed these natural mineral soaking pools on the banks of the Snake River for birthday parties, picnics, and camping trips. But in the late 1990s, the facility closed and the community lost access to one its most-loved recreation areas. Now, the Town of Jackson, designers, park planners, and community groups are working to protect the property from development and transform 100 acres along the Snake River into a unique park.

Since 2010, the Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center has been stewarding the spring and the archaeological and cultural sites on the property. The Trust for Public Land is now working with the center to permanently protect the site so they can continue to maintain the spring and offer educational opportunities.

The Trust for Public Land is working with the town and the Burlington Land Trust to help protect this land on Taine Mountain for recreational access, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

The Trust for Public Land and its partners, including the Township of Morris, the Morris County Preservation Trust, and the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority announced today the permanent protection of 21.5 acres of the scenic Vallevue Farm on Picatinny Road.

Long-sought public access to Victoria Lake and the Ontonagon River has been secured in a 245-acre addition to the Ottawa National Forest, The Trust for Public Land and U.S. Forest Service announced today. The three-mile long lake protects water quality in the West Branch of the Ontonagon River.

The Trust for Public Land has partnered with Readiness Environmental Protection Integration (REPI)-a program to buffer critical military installations-to help purchase land on the Olympic Peninsula to add to Dosewallips State Park.

The final 1,364-acre piece of a historic 5,000-acre property near Taos will be protected by adding it to the Carson National Forest, The Trust for Public Land and U.S. Forest Service announced today.

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and Plum Creek today announced an agreement to work together to conserve 15,334 acres of Plum Creek's land in Western, Montana. The vast majority of these lands are surrounded by the Stillwater State Forest north of Whitefish, Montana.

Glen Helen Preserve, a popular recreational destination and environmental education facility owned by Antioch College, has been permanently protected, The Trust for Public Land, Antioch College, Tecumseh Land Trust, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Ohio Public Works Commission announced today. A final conservation easement was secured today, ensuring the wooded glen near Yellow Springs, Ohio will forever be preserved and open to the public.

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