Few people understand the power of maps more than Breece Robertson.

As one of the nation’s leading experts using geospatial data to help communities protect the places that matter to them, Robertson has spent decades watching how people respond to maps. “Maps are magnets: unroll a map on...


When a heat wave swallowed much of the Eastern seaboard in late July 2020, it broke temperature records from New Hampshire to Virginia and placed further strain on public health and healthcare systems already stretched thin by the coronavirus.

Even in normal times, heat is dangerous: It’s...


At The Trust for Public Land, we geek out about parks constantly. But it’s just once a year, the third Wednesday in May, that we get to share the latest numbers from the ParkScore ® index, our in-depth analysis of city park systems in the nation’s 100 largest...


Georgia O’Keeffe traveled and painted all over the world, but for much of her life, the high desert of northern New Mexico was her home. Her paintings of the sculpted badlands, adobe structures, and mountains north of Santa Fe solidified her reputation as one of the 20th century’s...


Since our founding, The Trust for Public Land has focused on bringing parks to the neighborhoods that need them most. But today we’re dreaming even bigger. We’re leading a national movement to put a park within a 10-minute walk of everyone in America. It’s a big goal, and pursuing it raises some...

Egrets over Goethal’s Bridge Pond

The Trust for Public Land partnered with NYC Audubon on two conservation visions, The Harbor Herons Report (1990) and An Islanded Nature (2001), highlighting unprotected wetlands and other natural areas in northwest Staten Island. These reports helped catalyze the transfer of hundreds of acres of land to NYC Parks, as well as the acquisition of eight properties (totaling 131 acres) by The Trust for Public Land, for protection by the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

 Depot Place property on Bronx shore of Harlem River

The Trust for Public Land acquired a parcel at Depot Place, which is now part of the city’s Bridge Park. In addition, in 2012, The Trust for Public Land and HRWG completed a vision plan for a Harlem River Greenway.

The Bernalillo County greenprint is a community-driven conservation plan. The purpose of the greenprint is to guide where mill levy funds should be spent to protect open space and expand access to local parks and trails throughout Bernalillo County–including urban areas.

Boat dock on Lake Conroe

Through community engagement and state-of-the-art computer modeling, the West Fork San Jacinto Watershed Greenprint blends community priorities with science and research to identify lands with the highest value for voluntary conservation.

Clark Fork Delta

While increasing numbers of tourists and new residents are helping grow the local economy, the communities of Greater Sandpoint want to encourage sustainable economic development and retain the livability and spectacular scenery that make it such a special place. This all depends on protecting the small-town character and natural and recreational resources that are essential to the local quality of life.