The Northwoods Initiative
The Trust for Public Land established the Northwoods Initiative to protect the iconic landscapes of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan and preserve a heritage that is at risk of disappearing. This landscape encompasses millions of acres of forest; thousands of wild rivers, streams and lakes; and the northern Great Lakes—all within a day's drive of more than 40 million people. All six National Forests of the upper Midwest are located here as well as national treasures such as Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, and the headwaters of the Mississippi River.
By partnering with communities, landowners and public agencies, TPL's Northwoods Initiative works to protect water quality, prevent forest fragmentation, manage resources sustainably to maintain local economies, negotiate win-win outcomes for all stakeholders, and keep people connected to recreational opportunities in wilderness and natural areas.
Explore our work
Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3 million acres and completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects. You’ll find some of our favorite places on the map below.