Wetlands

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 two sisters in a forest

In 2018, The Trust for Public Land added 116 acres near Howard Lake to the Grass Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Wright County, Minnesota, within an hour’s drive of Twin Cities’ residents. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages WMAs for wildlife habitat and public recreation.

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When Josiah Austin bought Cienega Ranch 25 years ago, it was in rough shape. The 19,000-acre spread on the Arizona-Mexico border takes its name from the cienega, or grassy marsh, that used to fill the valley floor, a lively green oasis in an otherwise austere landscape.

“But by...

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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...

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He punawai kahe wale ke aloha.
Love is a spring that flows freely.
 Hawaiian proverb

Chris Cramer was finishing another day’s work at the edge of Kanewai Spring when he first heard the sound of water. It...

Photo of Wilson Creek Ranch

In 2017, The Trust for Public Land acquired a conservation easement on the 14,000-acre Wilson Creek Ranch in Agate, Colorado, building on a partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust that has preserved over 20,000-acres of working agricultural land on Colorado's eastern plains. Funding for the transaction was provided by the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

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To the joy of local outdoor enthusiasts, The Trust for Public Land today announced that 198 acres have been added to the existing 567-acre Page Pond Community Forest in Meredith. The expansive property is not only a popular retreat for outdoor recreation, but also protects wetlands, streams, and surface water flowing into Lake Winnipesaukee. Hikers, walkers, and joggers have enjoyed the existing trails since the original 567 acres were protected by The Trust for Public Land in 2010, and this 198-acre expansion will provide easier access for residents of Meredith Village and a new outdoor classroom for the Interlakes Regional School.

Photo of man in Geneva Swamp Preserve

Through the efforts of The Trust for Public Land and The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, an environmentally sensitive and unique 394-acre tract in Geneva Township will be saved from future development and become the newest addition to the Museum's protected properties in the Geneva Swamp Lake Erie coastal wetlands system. The Geneva Swamp Preserve Property protects hundreds of acres of wetlands and forested uplands in the Lake Erie coastal zone.

Egrets over Goethal’s Bridge Pond

The Trust for Public Land partnered with NYC Audubon on two conservation visions, The Harbor Herons Report (1990) and An Islanded Nature (2001), highlighting unprotected wetlands and other natural areas in northwest Staten Island. These reports helped catalyze the transfer of hundreds of acres of land to NYC Parks, as well as the acquisition of eight properties (totaling 131 acres) by The Trust for Public Land, for protection by the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

A man stands in a field

In partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Minnesota Land Trust, The Trust for Public Land is working to create and expand conservation areas in the blufflands, to protect important wildlife habitat, and to improve access to recreation across this singular region.

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