Land protection


Great news from Capitol Hill: this week, the Senate passed S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act. It’s a complex package of bills addressing all kinds of projects and priorities for keeping our public lands healthy, whole, and open for people to explore—from funding search-and-rescue...


It's been fifty years since Congress created the Pacific Crest Trail, designating a 2,650-mile route that skirted towns and industrial development in favor of some of the West’s most remote places and stunning scenery. Today, that’s still more or less what you get: mile after mile of wild...

Photo of hikers at Bull Lake in California

The Trust for Public Land, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the U.S. Forest Service have teamed up to close the largest gap in public ownership along this world-famous trek—over 16 square miles of forests, alpine lakes, and lush meadows in the remote Trinity Mountains of Northern California.

Press release

The Town of Morristown and The Trust for Public Land today announced the acquisition of an 11-acre surplus lot from the Loyola House of Retreats to be permanently protected as an addition to Morristown's Foote's Pond Park. This acquisition will nearly double the size of the popular park, which is just a mile from the historic Morristown Green. An expansion of the trail system is also planned. This acquisition is the fourth open space preservation project in Morristown in the last five years, including the newly opened Hillcrest Park, the Early Street Community Garden, the forthcoming park in the Speedwell Redevelopment Area, and the pocket park at the corner of Schuyler and Washington Streets.

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.

Photo of a grass field and circle lake

Over the years, the Cannon River Watershed, south of the Twin Cities, has lost significant wildlife habitat to agriculture and development. The Trust for Public Land’s acquisition and conveyance of 160-acres to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) of the new Circle Lake State Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is part of a larger effort to protect wildlife habitat in the watershed while creating new opportunities for public recreation. Located on the north shore of Circle Lake, the WMA includes high-quality marshlands, rolling upland forests, and grassy knolls with views of the lake. Less than an hours’ drive from the Twin Cities, Circle Lake WMA provides new public access to the lakeshore and adjacent lands for fishing, waterfowl hunting, and exploration.

Photo of a grass field

In 2018, The Trust for Public Land added 116 acres near Howard Lake to the Grass Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Wright County, Minnesota, within an hour’s drive of Twin Cities’ residents. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages WMAs for wildlife habitat and public recreation.

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.

A few miles offshore of Cleveland in Lake Erie, Kelleys Island harbors rare wildlife, peaceful forests, and distinctive bedrock grooves carved by long-melted glaciers.


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...