Land protection


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...

White Rocks Gateway

Located in the rolling mountains of Wallingford, lie 481 acres of unprotected forests and a portion of the dramatic quartzite cliffs of White Rocks. Hikers who frequent this much loved section of the Green Mountains are treated to exceptional views as they traverse the side trails that lead to the Ice Beds, White Rocks National Recreation Area, and the wilderness of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Long Trail. We have a much-awaited opportunity to secure public access to a rare old growth forest and protect the views from the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail by adding this property to the Green Mountain National Forest. That’s why we’re uniting the local community to support this work. If we are unable to conserve this land, it could be posted against access, fragmented, or developed.

The Black Hills region has drawn 1.5 to 2 million visitors annually for more than a century. In combination with heavy agricultural activity, the waterways and riparian ecosystem, quality in the area is impacted while also reducing the user’s experience. In summer 2019, The Trust for Public Land acquired several parcels near the Black Hills National Forest. With over three miles of perennial stream and wetlands, the project supports ongoing state initiatives to improve water quality in the Spring Creek watershed, a tributary of the Cheyenne River.

In the news

Construction continues on hot springs pools at Astoria Hot Springs south of Hoback Junction. Weather permitting, concrete will be poured this fall and the new park could open as soon as June 2020. The resort gets its hot water for free, from natural springs at the site.

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Only a short drive down Interstate 35 from the Twin Cities, the new Sunktokeca Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) offers millions of Minnesotans opportunities for close-to-home recreation, including high-quality hunting for waterfowl, deer, pheasant and turkeys.


The Waimea Valley has always been a place of refuge. Today, the lush canyon on the North Shore of O'ahu has a botanical garden and a shaded trail to a waterfall, offering visitors a change of pace from the busy, sun-drenched beaches of Waikiki. But hidden somewhere behind a wall of jungle near...


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...


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...


Don’t show up empty-handed to your Fourth of July festivities! Check out our collection of fresh summer recipes from growers we've met while protecting farms and gardens all over the country. Whether you’re pitching in for a potluck or taking charge of the full menu, we've got you covered with...


UPDATE: Great news! We're proud to announce we've protected 17 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail at Trinity Divide in Northern California, closing one of the largest gaps in public ownership along the entire trail....