Summer is the high season in the Columbia River Gorge, backyard playground for millions of people in the Pacific Northwest. When spring rains taper into sunny days, people take to the trails that run along this 85-mile stretch of cliffs, waterfalls, and deep green forests on the border between...


On this day in 1906 Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act, granting the president the authority to protect outstanding natural, historical, and cultural resources. Since then, the act has been used to safeguard some of the country’s best-loved landscapes, including some—such as Arizona’s...


In many parts of the country, golf courses are struggling to turn a profit: by some estimates, 800 have closed down in just the past decade. When they do, they leave a hundred-acre question behind: what should happen to all that land?

In some communities, locals opt to keep once-private...


Rick Alger moved to the small New Hampshire town of Milan in 1964. He came for a job, but on weekends and summers he plied the trade that has sustained communities in the northern part of the state for generations: harvesting timber. Alger worked a few seasons alongside heavy machinery, but he...

Photo of Stillwater State Forest

The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC), has added 7,018 acres of forestland to the Stillwater State Forest.

Photo of Victoria Lake

Victoria Lake, along the Wild and Scenic Ontonagon River on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is a favored destination for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and boating. Much of the land in this outdoor paradise is protected in Ottawa National Forest, but in other places, private parcels block public access, threaten water pollution, and complicate management of the national forest.


He punawai kahe wale ke aloha.
Love is a spring that flows freely.
 Hawaiian proverb

Chris Cramer was finishing another day’s work at the edge of Kanewai Spring when he first heard the sound of water. It...

Photo of Wilson Creek Ranch

In 2017, The Trust for Public Land acquired a conservation easement on the 14,000-acre Wilson Creek Ranch in Agate, Colorado, building on a partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust that has preserved over 20,000-acres of working agricultural land on Colorado's eastern plains. Funding for the transaction was provided by the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Regional Conservation Partnership Program.


To reach her favorite spot at Camp Whispering Hills, Allison Walker would coax a horse up the steep trail behind the barn. The climb zig-zagged through hardwood forests to the top of a sandstone cliff, where the trees opened up to a high, sprawling meadow. “You could see for miles up there,”...

Photo of Untermeyer Lake

Partnering with Morris County and Kinnelon Borough, The Trust for Public Land worked to protect 178 acres along and adjacent to Untermeyer Lake in Morris County. The preservation of this property helps ensure the integrity of the New Jersey Highlands and protects an important water resource for New Jersey residents.