Evening light bathes a hay field in Jackson, New Hampshire. White Mountains.
Jerry Monkman

The world has changed almost unimaginably since the start of the pandemic—but our mission hasn't

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The driving goal of our mission at The Trust for Public Land is healthy, livable communities, and the health of our volunteers, partners, staff, and the communities we serve is our top priority. 

To do our part in limiting the transmission of COVID-19, our staff across the country are currently telecommuting, adhering to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as local authorities. 

The world has changed almost unimaginably since the start of the pandemic—but our mission hasn't. We're still working hard every day to ensure everyone in America has a great place to get outside close to home, and that our shared public lands are protected from threats and accessible to all to explore. 

As the nation grapples with the impacts of COVID-19, many places where communities gather for recreating and socializing are temporarily closed, and cultural experiences and events are cancelled. Having close-to-home green spaces where people can safely and responsibly get fresh air and exercise has never been more important.

A heartfelt thank you to friends and donors who are reaching out to share your concern and commitment to our team. In the days and weeks to come, we'll be sharing stories of the power of communities to overcome adversity—and of how your steadfast support is empowering us to keep working toward a future where everyone has access to the outdoors, such as:

We want to hear from you! Leave us a note in the comments and tell us what's on your mind, what you're doing to keep your spirits up, and how you and your community are coping during these uncertain times. 



Heather Janssen
Hello, I was looking at the Marin County Parks list of closures due to Covid-19. Initially TPL was listed under Nonprofit closures in West Marin (assuming that it means our former SGV Golf Course). Now I am not able to find that info. Maybe it has been removed from the list of closures? Please advise. Best, Heather Janssen
William A. McCue
Is the Timber Point Preserve in Kennebunk, Maine open for visiting now? (April 8, 2020)?
Julia Busiek
Hi William, we helped transfer Timber Point to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in 2011. The US Fish and Wildlife Service now manages the preserve. Visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/rachel_carson/ to find the latest info from USFWS about closures. Hope that helps! - Julia with The Trust for Public Land
Larry Kaplan
Absolutely! "Having public natural spaces where people can have limited social interactions while getting fresh air and exercise for physical and mental health has never been more important." This is especially true in underserved urban communities where open space is at a premium, and where TPL has done a yeoman's job meeting that challenge (I helped launch the LA urban parks program for TPL in 1998 -- love the work you do).

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