Conservation economics


Picture, if you will, a maple sugar harvest. It’s a storybook scene: a snowy New England forest, a bucket hanging on every tree catching a steady drip of sap, and a big vat simmering sweetly over a wood fire in a tumbledown barn, slowly reducing the sap into rich, amber syrup.



This week, a team of intrepid Trust for Public Land volunteers are making the case for parks and conservation with lawmakers in Washington, DC. For our annual Day on the Hill, over a hundred outdoor advocates from all across the country are meeting with their senators and representatives to...


The Columbia River Gorge unwinds from the arid plateaus east of the Cascades to the towering temperate rainforests just outside of Portland, Oregon. It’s an 85-mile wonderland of thousand-foot cliffs, thundering waterfalls, vibrant...

The economic benefits of conserved lands, trails, and parks on the North Olympic Peninsula

The North Olympic Peninsula is a vibrant place, with a rich history of cultural and traditional life, amazing wildlife corridors for eagles and elk, world class recreation, locally owned family farms, and traditional forestry jobs that inject life into local towns. Conserving farms, forests, trails, and parks ensures these communities are healthy and flourishing. This report analyzes the economic value of the conserved farms, forests, trails, and parks in the North Olympic Peninsula, which for the purposes of this report includes Jefferson, Clallam, and Kitsap Counties.

Kensington Summer

Public park and trail systems are a valuable component of healthy communities. The Trust for Public Land conducted a study of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks in Southeast Michigan and found that parks and trails generate over $90 million in economic benefits each year. They improve community health, reduce stormwater runoff, attract visitors, enhance property values, and boost economic development. To learn more about all these economics benefits, read the full report or fact sheet.


Juan De La Roca was ready to leave Colorado behind. For 25 years, he’d lived, worked, and played in the mountains around Denver and Boulder. But the state’s booming growth was driving up housing prices and snarling traffic, and the once-lonesome trails where De La Roca rode his bike were getting...

Photo of joggers in a park

Public park and trail systems are a valuable component of healthy communities. The Trust for Public Land conducted a study of the Metroparks Toledo, and found that it produces significant economic benefits for the local community—generating tens of millions of dollars in economic benefits each year.

A new report, the Illinois Assessment of Parks and Land Conservation Funding Needs and Economic Benefits, estimates that forest preserve, conservation, and park districts will need more than $3 billion in funding over the next five years to meet land acquisition and capital needs.

Press release

The Trust for Public Land today announced that Americans once again voted overwhelmingly in support of land conservation and parks this Election Day. On Tuesday, voters created over $2.8 billion for the protection of water quality, new parks, natural areas, and working farms and ranches across 20 states, passing 84% of ballot measures, totaling over $7.2 billion in funding for conservation and parks in 2018.

The economic benefits of preserves, trails, and conserved open spaces in the 1000 Islands region.