Our history

The Trust for Public Land was founded in 1972 on the conviction that all people need and deserve access to nature and the outdoors, close to home, in the cities and communities where they live, as a matter of health, equity, and justice.

While many conservation organizations set aside wildlands for biodiversity or habitat restoration, our founders sought to bring the benefits of parks and nature to the places, people, and communities that needed them most.

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Our History-Students in Brooklyn, New York in 2019. 

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As we like to say, "Come for the land, stay for the people." We hire the best and brightest in the business. Check out open positions near you, and become a part of our dream team.


Our leadership

From our Executive Team to our National Board to our State Directors, we are inspired every day by the vibrant and varied communities we serve.
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Our strategic plan

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2020 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report
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