Community forests

Sugar Hills, Minnesota. Photo: George Hornick

TPL helped protect the Sugar Hills property, which contains a popular ski trail system, clear water creeks, a 14-acre lake, and "Big Thunder Peak," one of the state's highest named summits.

Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota. Photo: Peter Crouser

In the Brainerd Lakes area, The Trust for Public Land led an effort to purchase a working forest conservation easement over 4,776 acres of prime forestland owned by the Potlatch Corporation.

Dead Lake, Minnesota. Photo: Braun Intertec

For years, a battle raged between local conservation-minded landowners and would-be developers of over 260 acres of Dead Lake shoreline. Proposed development included 151 residential housing units, a general store, a restaurant, two swimming pools, a marina, and mooring facilities.

Koochiching and George Washington State Forests, Minnesota. Photo: Peter Crouser

For generations, the private timberlands of Minnesota's Northwoods have supported jobs, provided wildlife habitat and clean water, offered recreation to local residents, and attracted millions of visitors each year. But as rising land values make land more valuable as real estate than timberland, land is being broken up and sold for second-home development.

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More than 5,700 acres of private forest bordering four miles of the Long Trail State Forest, the nation's oldest long-distance hiking trail, have been permanently protected.

Bear Creek in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico

At more than 3.3 million acres, the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico is the sixth largest national forest in the Lower 48. It’s also an important habitat in arid New Mexico, providing a healthy watershed home to many of the state’s native plants and animals.

George Washington National Forest, Virginia

Located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Virginia's George Washington National Forest protects wildlife habitat and offers spectacular scenery.

Eden Forest, Vermont

TPL conserved more than 5,700 acres of private forestland, known as Eden
Forest, in the towns of Johnson and Eden, Vermont. The property, which
borders four miles of the Long Trail State Forest, will continue to be
owned and sustainably managed for timber by the Green Crow Corporation.

Brushwood Community Forest, Vermont

The Trust for Public Land helped establish the Brushwood Community Forest in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, connecting the Fairlee and Bradford Municipal Forests and offering opportunities for sustainable timber harvesting, recreation, and providing significant wildlife habitat and watershed protection.

Canthook and Steelhead Lakes, Wisconsin

Canthook and Steelhead Lakes represent a rare opportunity in northern Wisconsin to protect intact and undeveloped wild glacial lakes.