In 2005, the historic Ballam Farm, situated on the banks of the Connecticut River and above the town of Walpole's most productive drinking water aquifer, was nearly sold for development into a car dealership. A concerned community sought TPL's help, and in 2008, Walpole was able to protect an important source of drinking water, while a conservation easement allowed a new family to continue running a productive farm and the public gained new recreational access to the river.
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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3 million acres and completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects.