Farms and ranches
The story has become a kind of TPL legend—how the community of Billerica, north of Boston, saved its last farm. At the heart of that story was Gil Griggs, shown here in 1994—the year the Billerica Town Meeting voted to assume a million-dollar debt to... Read more
In 1842, utopian visionaries and abolitionists calling themselves the... Read more
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Okanogan Valley Land Council are helping to keep working families on their land and in the job they love: traditional cattle ranching.
Five generations of Nelsons have ranched here, and today they own about 1,... Read more
An agricultural enclave in the southwest corner of Connecticut, the village of Southbury, and the surrounding countryside were author and columnist Gladys Taber's writerly muses. Stillmeadow, Taber’s beloved farm, was the "main character" in her popular... Read more
Located in south-central Colorado, Wet Mountain Valley is one of the state’s last remaining mountain ranching communities. Since 2000, TPL has spearheaded an ambitious and collaborative effort to preserve the Valley's beauty and way of life.
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In late 2008, TPL worked with the Triangle Land Conservancy to purchase Riverwalk, permanently protected a 329-acre property at the juncture of the Neuse River and Marks Creek. This unspoiled rural area which was deemed a "Last Chance Landscape" by Scenic... Read more
Established in 1955, Arcata's community forest is the oldest city-owned community forest west of the Rockies. It supports recreation for hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers; environmental education for students from nearby Humboldt State University... Read more
Morgan Ranch is a private homestead dating back to the gold-rush era of the late 1800s. It sits at the heart of the Frank Church—River of Return Wilderness, the second-largest protected wilderness in the continental United States. Along with the adjacent... Read more
Over 100 years ago, Millstone Hill was the site of more than 75 small independent quarry operations that fostered the town of Barre’s growth and prosperity in the 19th century. Virtually every square foot of Millstone Hill was cleared and quarried. During... Read more