Photo of hikers at Bull Lake in California

The Trust for Public Land, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the U.S. Forest Service have teamed up to close the largest gap in public ownership along this world-famous trek—over 16 square miles of forests, alpine lakes, and lush meadows in the remote Trinity Mountains of Northern California.

Picture of a person fishing in a river

In two separate acquisitions, The Trust for Public Land has added 480 acres to the Choice Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and protected a mile of Heritage Brook Trout stream, Maple Creek. Bluffs with oak savannah overlook the South Fork of the Root River—one of the best trout streams in the Midwest. Species calling the land home including deer and turkey, and the WMA provides excellent opportunities for public hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife observation.

Photo of a man walking through a field

Located in Le Sueur County between Gorman Lake and Lake Olney, Factor State Wildlife Management Area (WMA) provides rich habitat for waterfowl, deer, pheasant and turkeys. The Trust for Public Land acquired and conveyed 53 acres to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to enlarge the WMA.

Photo of a grass field and circle lake

Over the years, the Cannon River Watershed, south of the Twin Cities, has lost significant wildlife habitat to agriculture and development. The Trust for Public Land’s acquisition and conveyance of 160-acres to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) of the new Circle Lake State Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is part of a larger effort to protect wildlife habitat in the watershed while creating new opportunities for public recreation. Located on the north shore of Circle Lake, the WMA includes high-quality marshlands, rolling upland forests, and grassy knolls with views of the lake. Less than an hours’ drive from the Twin Cities, Circle Lake WMA provides new public access to the lakeshore and adjacent lands for fishing, waterfowl hunting, and exploration.

Photo of mountain in Hawaii

Cascading from the mountain peaks of the Koʻolau down to fertile soils, the life-giving lands that make up Kāneʻohe Pali (cliffs) to Loʻi (wetland taro fields), formed one of the largest traditional Hawaiian agricultural complexes on Oʻahu. The Trust for Public Land is assisting the Kāne‘ohe community, local farming nonprofits, and the State to protect approximately 1,000 acres in Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu.

This is the first of five new parks intended to compensate communities for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s economic and environmental effects.

Photo of Tuxachanie Creek

Tuxachanie Creek is a beautiful coastal blackwater stream near D'Iberville, Mississippi, with tons of potential for boating, fishing, and wildlife watching. It flows from the DeSoto National Forest into the Gulf of Mexico at the Tchoutacabouffa/Biloxi Back Bay.

Aerial view of a mountain and surrounding land

In July of 2018 The Trust for Public Land protected more than 7,000 acres in the South Puget Sound. The land, which is located on the Olympic Peninsula south of Hood Canal and east of Case Inlet, will remain in active timber production while protecting water quality and wildlife habitat. It provides exceptional hiking, mountain biking, and outdoor recreation.

Photo of Indian Jack Lake

The Trust for Public Land protected this new Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the popular Brainerd Lakes region, which is under considerable development pressure.


In many parts of the country, golf courses are struggling to turn a profit: by some estimates, 800 have closed down in just the past decade. When they do, they leave a hundred-acre question behind: what should happen to all that land?

In some communities, locals opt to keep once-private...