When a 190-acre golf course along the Carmel River went up for sale, a coalition of local nonprofits and public agencies knew whom to call to save the property from development.
The Trust for Public Land is working with City of El Cerrito to purchase the Madera Hillside property and unite the Hillside Natural Area forever.
The 3,000-acre Royal Gorge property, which straddles the Sierra Crest at Donner Summit, has it all—sharp granite peaks, lush mountain meadows, old growth forests, crystal clear streams, and a rich human history.
In the 1960s, the headlands were slated for a 30,000-person housing development. The architects of the deal to conserve this area included three founders of The Trust for Public Land.
In Los Angeles County, where 98 percent of coastal wetlands have been filled in and developed, conservationists worked for three decades to protect the last remnant of the historic Ballona Wetlands near the Los Angeles International Airport.
Connecting ocean and sky in Sonoma County.
In 2002, TPL protected the 2,500-acre El Capitan Ranch, nearly doubling state park land on California's Gaviota coast.
In September 2000, with Mori Point on the auction block, The Trust for Public Land assembled funds from private donors, the Pacifica Land Trust, and its own capital to outbid the developers and take the land off the market forever.
Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has created, protected, or restored 130 special places throughout the 10 Bay Area counties, totaling 130,000 acres.
In April 2010, following a year-long fundraising campaign, The Trust for Public Land protected Cahuenga Peak, the 138 acres behind the world famous Hollywood Sign.