Water

Press release

On the same day the National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary, The Trust for Public Land donated 282 acres to the Saguaro National Park. The donation, which includes part of Rincon Creek, is located on the east side of the National Park and adds a critical water resource to the park area.

Rincon Creek in Saguaro National Park

This rare Sonoran Desert creek is the only water body within popular Saguaro National Park. Residents of nearby Tucson and visitors from across the world come to hike the park’s scenic trails and enjoy thick stands of its attractive namesake cactus, a universal symbol of the desert Southwest.

A family walks down a path at Colwood Park in Portland, Oregon
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The mayor of Portland calls the transformation of a private golf course into a public park “a land-use miracle”—but it wasn’t a hole in one. 
 
When the owner of the 18-hole golf course in Portland’s Cully neighborhood first proposed selling the property for industrial development...

American flag flying in front of mountains
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Protecting land brings all kinds of people together—in our work across the country, we’ve seen creative collaborations between everyone from hikers and birders to utility districts and railroads. But there’s one type of conservationist you might find especially surprising: military bases. ...

A woman works on an acequia irrigation ditch in New Mexico
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Water woes have always been a fact of life in the American West: it’s a region defined less by a compass point than by the fact that its residents can’t take the rains for granted. This year, El Niño-driven storms have helped refill depleted reservoirs and revive listless pastures. But longtime...

Clark Fork Delta

While increasing numbers of tourists and new residents are helping grow the local economy, the communities of Greater Sandpoint want to encourage sustainable economic development and retain the livability and spectacular scenery that make it such a special place. This all depends on protecting the small-town character and natural and recreational resources that are essential to the local quality of life. 

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Camel’s Hump State Park is growing by more than 2,000 acres, The Trust for Public Land and State of Vermont announced today.

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Super-slides and wave pools? Try bioswales and rain gardens. Across the country, city parks are doing double-duty to help control stormwater—and infrastructure’s rarely looked so good.

When rain falls on an urban area, it meets cold, hard concrete. Instead of soaking into the earth to...

Press release

The Trust for Public Land and Trout Unlimited today announced the purchase of the Cold Stream forest, a 8,159-acre property near the The Forks which will provide public access and protect habitat for deer and wild brook trout, including more than 3,000 acres of deer wintering area and seven wild brook trout ponds. 

Bear Swamp Creek, NJ

In 2016, The Trust for Public Land protected the headwaters of Bear Swamp Creek in Burlington County. The property’s longtime owners might have built a subdivision, but were hampered by strict regulations meant to safeguard the region’s drinking water and natural character.

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