- Our Land and Water
The Trust for Public Land works with communities to protect the land and water that keep us healthy, inspired, and connected with nature and each other.Photo: Laura Barisonzi
Ready for a dip in the lake at Pouch Camp on Staten Island
The American conservation movement was born from a shared desire to protect our wildest places. Early visionaries proposed setting aside land to safeguard natural resources and connect people to the great outdoors. These park pioneers believed that as cities grew, access to nature would become one measure of a great nation.
Today, the wilderness and waterways they protected are integral to our health, our happiness, our economy, and our quality of life. And with an estimated two million acres lost to development every year, it’s more important than ever to protect these special places. In addition to providing unsurpassed opportunities for recreation and renewal, they perform critical behind-the-scenes services—from helping mitigate the effects of climate change to safeguarding clean drinking water.
The Trust for Public Land helps communities nationwide balance the demands of growth with the protection of wilderness, waterfronts, and working farms and forests. We use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to identify and prioritize conservation goals—then we employ our finance, legal, and transaction expertise to accomplish them. Whether improving the health of a local bay or preserving public access to a beloved mountain trail, we're protecting life-giving land and water resources for all to enjoy.