Community forests

Burntside Lake, Minnesota. Photo: Darcy Kiefel

The Trust for Public Land purchased Long Island in Minnesota's Burntside Lake, at the headwaters of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and across from Listening Point, which inspired conservation writer Sigurd Olson.

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 Creak Ranch, Gila National Forest, New Mexico

In 2010, TPL, together with the U.S. Forest Service, protected Bear
Creek Ranch, one of the largest inholdings in Gila National Forest.

Lindbergh Lake, Montana

The serenity of this pristine mountain lake captured the attention of Charles Lindbergh after his famous solo trans-Atlantic flight of 1927. Just 60 miles from Missoula to the south and Glacier National Park to the north, Lindbergh Lake offers visitors awe-inspiring views of the Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges.

Chisholm Plantation, South Carolina

Protected in 2008 by The Trust for Public Land, the Chisolm Plantation includes nearly 3,500 acres of marshland and 550 upland acres of hardwood, palm and pine forests, hundreds of acres of freshwater wetlands and several undeveloped marsh islands.

Glenville Woods, New York

TPL worked with the New York town of Greenburg, Westchester County, and the Open Space Institute to protect Glenville Woods as a nature preserve that is part of a 580-acre strip of unbroken forest enhancing access to existing trails including the North County Trailway and the Tarrytown Lakes Trail.

Connecticut Lakes Headwaters, New Hampshire

These 171,000 acres at the northern tip of the state encompass
almost the entire watershed of four lakes that form the Connecticut
River's headwaters.

In Louisiana, we are working to mitigate the effects of climate change by sequestering carbon through reforestation and restoring wetlands that buffer coasts from storm damage.

Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana

In 2003 we began to purchase and restore 11,000-acres of the property as an addition that connects two units of the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge into one contiguous conservation area. We have reforested over 8,000 acres by planting 3.3 million native trees. When fully-grown these trees will sequester over 2.5 million tonnes of carbon.