In 2007, TPL worked with a fourth-generation family-owned business, Rajala Companies, in Grand Rapids to protect more than 1,600 acres of private forestland known as "Sugar Hills". This property contains a popular ski trail system, clear water creeks, a 14-acre lake, and "Big Thunder Peak", one of the states highest named summits.
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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.