Ackerson Meadow's unrivaled location and scenic beauty have also attracted the attention of developers.
In 2012, Santa Barbara voters overwhelmingly defeated a plan that could have led to the development of Veronica Meadows, once home to the Veronica Medicinal Springs Water Company.
The 3,000-acre Webber Lake property is a look back in time. Once a stop along the Henness Pass Road, the original Webber Lake Hotel—built in the 1860s—still stands on the property.
In 2010, The Trust for Public Land protected more than two miles of Cold Stream, the remarkable Cold Stream Meadow, and nearly three miles of the popular Mount Lola Trail.
Bisected by a meandering section of the Little Truckee River, the
remote, snow-covered Perazzo Meadows property was in imminent danger of
being sold to developers until TPL and its partner, the Truckee Donner
Land Trust, purchased the land in 2009.
Located in the highest-elevation headwaters of three major rivers—the Middle Yuba, the Little Truckee, and the Feather-nearly 1,200 acres are now protected through the first-ever conservation easement acquired from Sierra Pacific Industries.
In August 2009, TPL helped to protect 100-foot Webber Lake Falls, which includes three natural swimming holes, for addition to the Tahoe National Forest.
Since 1942, Midland School students have enjoyed the open classrooms of the school's fields, forests, and gardens. But in 2006, the school became concerned about encroaching development and contact TPL.
To date, TPL has conserved more land in the Sierra Nevada than any other nonprofit organization —more than 145,000 acres including Waddle Ranch in the Martis Valley and parts of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Located in a popular Sierra Nevada recreation area between Lake Tahoe and North Star ski area, 1,400-acre Waddle Ranch was once slated for the development of 800 homes.