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.
Once scheduled for sale as nine development parcels, the ranch was purchased by TPL in 2002 for addition to Los Padres National Forest. The project created an 11-mile stretch of permanently protected coastline between the bridge and Andrew Molera State Park.
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.
The Trust for Public Land's Central Coast Program works to protect the irreplaceable resources of the California Coast in Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties, encompassing almost 400 miles of coastline.
In December 2010, TPL was able to pull a bright conservation success story out of the bleak economic downturn, and purchase Bruin Ranch, now known as the Harvego Bear River Preserve, which will eventually underpin a regional wilderness trail and park.