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...

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The gateway to Rogers Lake is now protected through the purchase of a key 80-acre property by The Trust for Public Land and Coconino County Parks. This will ensure quality access to an extraordinary wetland area surrounded by ponderosa pine and gambel oak forest. Recreational amenities include a 6 mile non-motorized trail system (hiking, mountain biking and equestrian), two trailheads, and a watchable wildlife viewing platform, to enjoy bald eagles, migratory waterfowl, mule deer, pronghorn, elk, and more.


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....


Laurie and Andrea Kass are on a mission. The mother-daughter duo from Marquette, Michigan, aim to hike at least 100 miles on the North Country Trail this year. “When we first started hiking together a few years ago, Andrea could go maybe a half-mile—a mile, tops,” says Laurie. “Now she’s up to...

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The Long Trail—the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States—runs for 272 miles along the crest of the Green Mountains from Massachusetts to Canada. Only 6.5 miles of the trail have no legal protection. One of these unprotected sections runs through the 167-acre Codding Hollow property in Johnson and Waterville. After a nearly 30-year wait, we have the opportunity to permanently conserve it as an addition to Long Trail State Forest.

Press release

Almost 83 percent of voters checked YES for the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment (GOSA) in the November 2018 election, earmarking up to 80 percent of the existing sales tax collected on outdoor recreation products to create parks, maintain trials and protect land and water for wildlife. GOSA advocates came together in early May at the Georgia Trail Summit, hosted by The Trust for Public Land, to collaborate on how to build from the success of GOSA to get more people outside to experience the beauty and benefits of the trails, parks and natural lands GOSA will help us create and maintain.

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North Cougar Mountain was one of the last and largest undeveloped, privately-owned properties on Cougar Mountain. North Cougar Mountain connects directly to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, a scenic and richly forested network of hiking trails in the Issaquah Alps.

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The only true fjord in the lower 48 states is located just 20 miles from downtown Seattle. Hood Canal, Washington is punctuated by mountains, rivers, streams, and vast evergreen forests. The Hood Canal area draws visitors from all over the world, yet access to the pristine forests and waters is limited.

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The Trust for Public Land’s Colorado Community Trails Program (CCTP) is a new, innovative initiative aiming to foster a more connected, healthier, and economically thriving Colorado. Whether commuting to a nearby recreation destination, traveling to a neighboring community, or just enjoying the freedom of a close-to-home trail, trails promote healthier, connected communities. In partnership with Colorado communities, we will secure corridors and build trails that enhance connectivity and mobility, expand recreational access, and improve quality of life for all Coloradoans.


Ever watch the Olympics on TV? You notice how nervous tension builds before a race: In the moments just before the starting gun, the camera pans across the resolute faces of the athletes arranged on the line, taking big deep breaths to steady themselves. “On your mark …” and stillness descends...