Blog Entries by The Trust for Public Land

From the standoff at Malheur Wildlife Refuge to the debate over Bears Ears National Monument, conflicts over use of public lands often raise questions about the role these places play in the economy.

One evening, years ago, Dennis Hart’s mother told him that she wanted to go for a hike.

No doubt about it: 2016 was an eventful year for public lands. But with the help of friends and supporters like you, we're standing up for parks and open space, and helping communities across the country protect the places that matter most to them.

Matt Derrick was a teenager in upstate New York when he first saw Future Primitive. The 1985 film featured pro skateboarder Tommy Guerrero carving turns on the steep streets of San Francisco, and for aspiring shredders like Derrick, it made an instant impression.

If you’ve ever explored a national park—especially one of the busier ones, like Yosemite or Yellowstone—you might have noticed all kinds of staff working to make your visit a good one: from the friendly face that greeted you at the entrance gate, to trail crews and firefighters, botanists and wil