Land protection

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 two sisters in a forest

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 leeward 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...


Autumn officially begins on September 21—at least according to the calendar. But for generations of families in Windsor, Connecticut, it’s not really fall until it’s time to visit to Brown’s Harvest, a historic farm on...


Every summer, a generation of salmon returns to rivers across the Pacific Northwest where they hatched. And when they do, coastal tribes from British Columbia to Oregon gather on driftwood-strewn beaches to celebrate the First Salmon ceremony, to welcome the salmon back with open arms.



In the early 1860s, a handful of Mormon pioneers in Utah settled near the mouth of a deep, dark canyon carved by the Virgin River. The Paiute people who’d inhabited the area for generations called the canyon Mukuntuweap, which may have meant “straight canyon,” given its sheer walls. The Mormon...

Press release

The Trust for Public Land today announced that it has permanently preserved a 35-acre inholding within Zion National Park. The land, known as Firepit Knoll, will be protected from future development thanks to the work of The Trust for Public Land and partners including the National Park Foundation and the National Park Trust.


Desolation Wilderness in eastern California is one of the most visited wilderness areas in the country. It’s easy to see why: a big, rugged expanse of sun-baked Sierra granite, twisted pines, and placid mountain lakes, Desolation welcomes hikers, backpackers, and climbers hungry for an escape....