Conservation funding


Public lands advocates like you helped score a big victory for parks and open space this spring, when the President signed a bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). But that bill didn’t guarantee funding for this...

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.

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Beginning in 2017, The Trust for Public Land, Texas Trees Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy have collaborated on an initiative to combat the urban heat island effect, provide greater connectivity among the community's anchor institutions, and improve community health in South Oak Cliff.

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The Trust for Public Land’s acquisition and conveyance of 134 acres to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) made possible the creation of the Trout Lily Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on the Cannon River just northeast of Faribault in Rice County. Currently cropland with remnants of maple-basswood “Big Woods”, the new WMA will be restored to prairie while conserving habitat for the federally endangered dwarf trout lily, the state’s rarest plant. Building on the legacy of protected lands, the new WMA abuts a Nature Conservancy preserve as well as a State DNR Scientific and Natural Area. Trout Lily WMA will provide exceptional hunting opportunities for deer, pheasant, and turkeys within an hour’s drive of the Twin Cities.

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Tuxachanie Creek is a beautiful coastal blackwater stream near D'Iberville, Mississippi, with tons of potential for boating, fishing, and wildlife watching. It flows from the DeSoto National Forest into the Gulf of Mexico at the Tchoutacabouffa/Biloxi Back Bay.

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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.


Update, November 7:
Victory! On Election Day 2018, voters in 21 states approved over $2.8 billion in new public funds for clean water, parks, open space, and working farms and ranches. Across the country, 82% of conservation ballot measured passed. 


UPDATE: California voters pass Prop 68!

“Pretty much anybody at this point can look out their window and see that California is changing,” says Kerri Timmer...

The Trust for Public Land, working with its lobbying and campaign affiliate known as The Trust for Public Land Action Fund assists community leaders and citizen groups with campaigns to win voter approval of ballot measures for parks and land conservation. These are ballot measures that...

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The U.S. Forest Service and The Trust for Public Land announced today that more than 900 acres have been added to the Bridger-Teton National Forest.