Puget Sound

Two little boys run along the shore at Fudge Point, Puget Sound, WA
Photo credit: 
Darcy Kiefel

Since establishing our Washington office in 1975, The Trust for Public Land has become a conservation leader in Puget Sound, preserving natural forest lands that capture and filter fresh water supplies, and protecting the shoreline of our unique inland sea. In the 1990s, we gained focus with a comprehensive analysis of the area's conservation needs. At the same time, the Puget Sound Land Action Fund was created to pool gifts from many donors, and provide the Washington team much needed resources to save land under immediate threat.

In 2007, We joined The Nature Conservancy and People For Puget Sound in a long term collaboration—The Alliance for Puget Sound Shorelines—to protect and restore the iconic inland sea. Within three years, our collective efforts pushed forward legislation strengthening protection of more than 1,500 shoreline miles, helped restore more than 50 miles of degraded waterfront, and acquired ten new parks and natural areas. In 2010, we purchased privately-owned Kiket Island— slated to became a nuclear power plant in the 1970s—in a ground-breaking agreement establishing the island as Kukutali Nature Preserve, the first public park jointly owned by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and a sovereign Indian nation, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

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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.