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The Bald Mountain Pond area offers a glimpse into what Maine's forests were like more than a century ago. Conifers and fingers of rock surround its pristine, glacier-hewn shoreline, where AT thru-hikers bunk at a lean-to hidden in the pines on the north end. Arctic char–a species that once thrived in most of Maine’s lakes–still swims here, and the endangered Canada lynx roams the woods. That's why the National Park Trust and the Trust for Public Land are campaigning to buy roughly 1,500 acres of land around the pond from a private timber company. The purchase would preserve a parcel of never-logged, old-growth forest and provide public access to previously off-limits Ossie Pond and its population of wild brookies.

Photo of someone with a view from Moxie Bald Mountain

The Trust for Public Land is working to protect Maine's pristine 1,200-acre Bald Mountain Pond and its surrounding lands—a nearly 2,600-acre conservation project decades in the making. Success will ensure protection of a century-old forest and 8 miles of unspoiled waterfront from incompatible development.

The Worcester Range is Vermont’s last undeveloped mountain range; the conservation of Hunger Mountain Headwaters will safeguard that sense of remoteness and wildness while also protecting significant wildlife habitat.

Spectacular views and proximity to Montpelier, Waterbury, and Stowe make Mount Hunger, Stowe Pinnacle and White Rock Mountain three of the most popular day hikes in Vermont. Just below these peaks lie threatened properties totaling 1,800 acres—important parts of the hiking experience that were at risk of being sold and developed.

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Imagine if you could hike, mountain bike or backcountry ski from one end of Vermont to the other — and stay in heated cabins along the trail.

That's the vision of the Vermont Huts Association, a new nonprofit that wants to make the outdoors more easily accessible.

Photo of Victoria Lake

Victoria Lake, along the Wild and Scenic Ontonagon River on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is a favored destination for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and boating. Much of the land in this outdoor paradise is protected in Ottawa National Forest, but in other places, private parcels block public access, threaten water pollution, and complicate management of the national forest.

Photo of two people walking in a forest

Crow Wing State Forest South Addition, in the Brainerd Lakes region, is a popular recreation area that also provides critical habitat for wildlife. Particularly important, for both recreation and wildlife, is land along the Mississippi River, which threads the state forest.

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the release of the City of Atlanta's Resiliency Strategy. The City is to be congratulated for being named one of the world's 100 Resilient Cities, and for having Otis Rolley of the Rockefeller Foundation calling Atlanta's Resiliency Strategy the best one released to date. The creation of the strategy and the tangible investments that the City has made in becoming more resilient are testament to the leadership and commitment of Mayor Reed and his team.

Photo of a man paddling his canoe full of gear down the Chattahoochee River, GA

For more than 25 years, The Trust for Public Land has led the effort to create a continuous greenway along the Chattahoochee, from Helen to Columbus. Through these efforts, we have helped preserve more than 18,000 acres of land and 80 miles of riverfront for public use. Nearly 3 million people visit the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area each year to fish, hike, paddle and enjoy Georgia’s most famous river.

Press release

The Trust for Public Land will present a new report to Beaufort County Council at Monday's council meeting which shows the county's parks, trails and open spaces program generates hundreds of millions of dollars a year in economic benefits to county residents.

Photo of people riding bikes on Spanish Moss Trail

The parks, trails, and conserved open spaces in Beaufort County, South Carolina, provide substantial economic benefits to the community's residents.

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