New Book: Inspiring Conservation Stories from New England

SAN FRANCISO, CA, 9/6/2006: The Trust for Public Land today released a new book of inspiring land conservation stories from New England.

Rescuing Wetlands Close to Home: Ten Stories of New England Landowners celebrates the role of private property owners in preserving natural landscapes and how their efforts connect people to the land and to each other. Told through spectacular pictures, interviews, and editorial insight, Rescuing Wetlands engages readers with profiles of landowners passionate about wetlands conservation and restoration.

Rescuing Wetlands is the first book from author Anne Schwartz, a journalist who has covered environmental issues for more than 20 years. "I hope that readers will be as captivated as I was by the people in this book – ordinary landowners who love their lands and value their wetlands for attracting wildlife, keeping water clean, controlling floods, and just simply adding to people's enjoyment of the outdoors." she said. "Their stories can provide practical information and inspiration for anyone whose property has a wetland."

Stories range in size, complexity, and geography-from one woman's effort to restore a salt marsh behind her house on Rhode Island's Narrangansett Bay to a retired executive's purchase and preservation of land along the river in New Hampshire where he fished as a child.

The book also features portraits of the landowners and their landscapes by Courtney Bent, an award-winning photographer who also teaches photography and produces documentary films.

To order copies of Rescuing Wetlands online visit For a limited time, the book will be available for $10.00, with deeper discounts for bulk orders.

This project has been funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the George and Miriam Martin Foundation, and the Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation.

The Trust for Public Land is a national, nonprofit land-conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. TPL depends on the support and generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses to achieve its land for people mission.