If you’ve been following the news, you know that public lands are facing unprecedented threats. But the great outdoors also has strong defenders: they come from all walks of life and across the political spectrum, and they’re ready to speak out.



All eyes are on Washington, D. C., this week in anticipation of the release of a first draft of the federal budget.

Early reports hint at deep cuts to critical conservation programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the lifeblood for parks and open space in...

Press release

Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, issued the following statement today following the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, as the Secretary of the Interior:

“The Trust for Public Land congratulates Rep. Zinke on his confirmation as our next Secretary of the Interior. We look forward to working with him to honor our nation’s outdoor heritage and to protect our lands and waters for the public."


Like so many of us, Kara Winger likes to take to the trails to clear her mind and blow off stress from the workday. Less typical: Winger’s workday often involves hurling seven-foot-long metal spears through the air!

Winger is a three-time Olympian who holds the U.S. record in the javelin...


From the standoff at Malheur Wildlife Refuge to the debate over Bears Ears National Monument, conflicts over use of public lands often raise questions about the role these places play in the economy. It’s not only industries like...


If you’ve ever explored a national park—especially one of the busier ones, like Yosemite or Yellowstone—you might have noticed all kinds of staff working to make your visit a good one: from the friendly face that greeted you at the entrance gate, to trail crews and firefighters, botanists and...


Chances are, your favorite outdoor memories aren’t just of the places you’ve been—they’re also about the people who’ve joined you for the adventure. Whether it’s the view from the top of your favorite hike, a picture-perfect campsite, or a prime fishing spot, we think the best places on the...

Orlando Rail Trail

Quantifying the Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Urban Parks report outlines the greenhouse gas benefits of adding green space to an urban area and introduces methodologies for estimating potential greenhouse gas reductions.

Exploring the edge of a salt marsh on Chesapeake Bay.

The Trust for Public Land conducted an economic analysis that quantifies and summarizes the significant economic benefits resulting from investments in state parks, natural areas, forests, and working lands. Lands conserved in Virginia provide a host of benefits that have a measurable economic...

Boat dock on Lake Conroe

Through community engagement and state-of-the-art computer modeling, the West Fork San Jacinto Watershed Greenprint blends community priorities with science and research to identify lands with the highest value for voluntary conservation.