When new technology and economic cutbacks threatened to destroy the oldest continually operating boat building business in the United States in the early 1990s, TPL helped form the Lowell's Boat Shop Trust and transferred the shop to the Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport.
In 1995, we helped acquire an historic home at the edge of Walden Woods as a library and research center for the Thoreau Institute, which promotes the writer's work and legacy.
With forests and a ridgetop view of Cape Cod Bay, the Biddle property
is as lovely and environmentally sensitive as it is historic. A homemade sign hung for years
in the Biddle family's kitchen. It read: "The environment, conservation and historic preservation BEGIN
Nuestras Raíces, a grass-roots organization community development organization in Holyoke, Massachusetts worked with The Trust for Public Land to purchase four acres of farmland to offer urban farming, education and youth outreach opportunities, leadership building and river wildlife stewardship.
In 2002, we partnered with the Department of Environmental Management protected one of the Town of Ipswich's key open space parcels.
In New England, TPL has used its conservation expertise to protect many buildings, sites and landscapes important to the region's historic character.
TPL led an eleven-year effort to fund-raise for, design, and construct the new Elmhurst Street playground on a trash-strewn vacant lot in the park-poor Codman Square neighborhood in Boston's Dorchester section.
Urban parks in Massachusetts provide people with opportunities for exercise, recreation, community building, and spiritual renewal in nature, just as they do nationwide.