Land protection


The forested slopes of Cougar Mountain are a comforting backdrop to daily life in the Seattle suburb of Issaquah. Hitting the trail for an hour after work or a long weekend ramble through the 3,000-acre Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is part of the routine here, a given, a fact of life....

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Friends of the Mad River and the Trust for Public Land have undertaken separate but complementary projects to benefit human and wildlife inhabitants in the Mad River Valley. The Friends of the Mad River project restores habitat and improves flood resilience by reducing the impact of the road network on streams. The Trust for Public Land project also helps protect wildlife habitat while supporting recreational opportunities through the preservation of headwater forestland.


The Mad River Valley is famous for its downhill skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. That popularity comes with a cost – land development. Protecting the Green Mountains and special places like the Mad River Valley has been one of The Trust for Public Land’s priorities for more decades. We now have the opportunity to conserve 619 acres of inholdings in the Green Mountain National Forest which are vulnerable to fragmentation and development because of their location adjacent to Sugarbush Resort. 


The Trust for Public Land works with communities to develop managed public forests that reflect local values and fulfill residents’ vision for the future. We’ve partnered with the Towns of Bartlett and Jackson, and the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust to create a new 1,172-acre community forest that will span the two towns. This cooperatively managed forest will have a sustainable forestry program and recreational use for hiking, hunting, mountain biking, and backcountry skiing. The property connects local trails at the Tin Mine Conservation Center to the White Mountain National Forest. It’s also one of the largest unprotected properties in the Mount Washington Valley. If it were allowed to sell on the open market, it would likely be broken up and developed. The property has pristine streams, mature timber, old-growth forest, and rare plants – and we aim to make it a public resource forever.

Smithfield Oaks

For 50 years, scientists believed Fender’s blue buttery were extinct. But in 1989, these brilliantly blue butteries were rediscovered in the Willamette Valley. Today, the Willamette Valley is the only place in the world you can find Fender’s blue butterfly.


There are a few reasons Bill Freedman likes fishing the Androscoggin River this time of year. “The bugs are down, the air is crisp, and the fall leaves are coming on,” he says. “And when I’m out in the stream, all I can see is trees—no sign of development.”

The first three he can’t...

Wolfe Creek Forest

Longleaf pine forests once dominated the southern United States forest habitat stretching from Texas to Florida to Virginia. Today they occupy only about 5% of its historical range. Maintained by regular fire, they are one of the most threatened and ecologically diverse ecosystems in the world, with 900 species found nowhere else on Earth and 30 federally threatened/endangered species.

Wailupe Nature Preserve

In September 2019, The Trust for Public Land, community organizations, and the City and County of Honolulu announced the addition of a previously privately owned 9.5 acre lot to the City’s Wailupe Nature Preserve. The property serves as the trailhead for the Wailupe Valley Trail and the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve and allows people to connect with Wailupe Valley’s rich history and resources. 

Hanning Flat

Located where three ecological regions – the Sierra Nevada, Great Basin and Mojave – come together, is the 3,806-acre Hanning Flat property, a property critical for connectivity between the desert and the Sierra Nevada. This rural property was identified for preservation due to its adjacency to four publicly-accessible state and federal conservation preserves, its significant wildlife corridors essential for climate change resiliency, and as a potential burrowing owl re-establishment site due to the gradual sloping grasslands found at the lower elevations.  

Gray Fox WMA

Located in the upper reaches of the Cannon River Watershed just west of Shields Lake, Gray Fox Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is characterized by a scenic, rolling topography of wetlands and grasslands.