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Juan De La Roca was ready to leave Colorado behind. For 25 years, he’d lived, worked, and played in the mountains around Denver and Boulder. But the state’s booming growth was driving up housing prices and snarling traffic, and the once-lonesome trails where De La Roca rode his bike were getting...

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Last month, we threw a great big party to celebrate the grand opening of the brand new Story Mill Community Park in Bozeman, Montana. The day marked the end of a many-year effort to create the coolest park the city has ever seen … and the beginning of a new era for play, exercise, learning, and...

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Around this time of year, a strange condition starts to spread among the inhabitants of central Maine. During long summer days outside, their mouths turn blue. Along with slower-than-average hiking speed and a repetitive stooping motion, the tinted teeth can only mean one thing: wild...

Photo of a creek

The Sissabagamah Creek property, located along the Mississippi River in Aitkin County, provides critical wildlife habitat, as well as much-needed close-to-home public access to hunting, fishing, and wildlife observation. This 215 acre addition to the Aitkin County Forest includes approximately 1.25 miles of shoreline and the mouth of Sissabagamah Creek. This project was completed as part of the Mississippi Headwaters sub-program under the Minnesota’s Rivers program.

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Ever watch the Olympics on TV? You notice how nervous tension builds before a race: In the moments just before the starting gun, the camera pans across the resolute faces of the athletes arranged on the line, taking big deep breaths to steady themselves. “On your mark …” and stillness descends...

Picture of a person fishing in a river

In two separate acquisitions, The Trust for Public Land has added 480 acres to the Choice Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and protected a mile of Heritage Brook Trout stream, Maple Creek. Bluffs with oak savannah overlook the South Fork of the Root River—one of the best trout streams in the Midwest. Species calling the land home including deer and turkey, and the WMA provides excellent opportunities for public hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife observation.

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In 2018, The Trust for Public Land’s addition of 18 acres to the Warsaw State Wildlife Management Area (WMA) provided much-needed public access to this WMA near Dennison in Goodhue County. The Trust for Public Land acquired the land and conveyed it to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 2018.

Photo of a snowy field

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.

Photo of mountain in Hawaii

Cascading from the mountain peaks of the Koʻolau down to fertile soils, the life-giving lands that make up Kāneʻohe Pali (cliffs) to Loʻi (wetland taro fields), formed one of the largest traditional Hawaiian agricultural complexes on Oʻahu. The Trust for Public Land is assisting the Kāne‘ohe community, local farming nonprofits, and the State to protect approximately 1,000 acres in Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu.

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Kou trees once grew abundantly in the sunny lowlands across the Hawaiian Islands. Its broad leaves cast cooling shade over coastal villages, and its seeds were a source of food. But it was the kou's heartwood—light but strong, easy to carve, resistant to rot, with a fine caramel and reddish...

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