- Land and Water
The Trust for Public Land conserves wilderness, including places that safeguard clean drinking water and preserve the natural beauty of coasts and waterways.Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman
A family canoes the blue waters of Zack Woods Pond
The American conservation movement was born from a shared desire to protect our wildest places. Early visionaries proposed setting aside land to safeguard natural resources and connect people to the great outdoors. These park pioneers believed that as cities grew, access to nature would become one measure of a great nation.
Today, the wilderness and waterways they protected are integral to our health, happiness, and quality of life. In addition to providing unsurpassed opportunities for recreation and renewal, these special places perform critical behind-the-scenes services—from helping mitigate the effects of climate change to protecting clean drinking water for millions of Americans.
With an estimated two million acres of land lost to development every year, preserving these places is more important than ever. The Trust for Public Land helps communities nationwide balance the demands of growth with the protection of wilderness and open space. We use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to identify and prioritize conservation goals—then we employ our finance, legal, and transaction expertise to accomplish them. Whether improving the health of a local bay or preserving public access to a beloved mountain trail, we're protecting life-giving land and water resources for all to enjoy.