The Catamount Ranch near Colorado Springs had been a YMCA camp for decades, but eventually was put up for sale. Competing with numerous development proposals, TPL saved the great majority of the ranch for public access in 1996. The remainder of the land went to the nonprofit Catamount Institute, which formed in 1997 to conduct nature education, leadership training, and biological research on the site.
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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.