TPL Receives Centennial Congress Award

Washington, DC – The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national non-profit land conservation organization, received a Centennial Congress Award in recognition of its long-standing partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. The award for resource stewardship was presented in Washington, DC on January 6th at the Centennial Congress honoring the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Forest Service.

Alan Front, TPL’s Sr. Vice President, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. “TPL is gratified to see the Forest Service recognize our long-standing conservation work together in this special way,” said Front. “TPL’s first conservation project over 30 years ago involved an important expansion of National Forest ownership. Since that time, many things have come and gone – leisure suits, pet rocks and several economic upswings and downturns. But the Forest Service’s commitment to conservation has been unwavering. That fact and this award are a vibrant testimony to the impact of forest conservation and to the skill and wisdom of Forest Service personnel.”

TPL has been a partner with the Forest Service for over 30 years and has assisted the agency in protecting more than 520,000 acres of key land for the National Forest System throughout the nation including lands at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (OR/WA), Big Sur Coastline (CA), Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (OR/ID), the White Mountain National Forest (NH), the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (MT), the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (UT), the Uncompahgre and San Juan National Forests (CO), the Superior National Forest (MN), Grand Island National Recreation Area (MI) and the Chattooga Wild & Scenic River (NC/SC).

“TPL congratulates the Forest Service on its 100th anniversary and looks forward to another century of conservation together,” added Front.

The Forest Service Centennial Congress Award recognizes individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to the work of the Forest Service.

The Trust for Public Land is a national non-profit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since its founding in 1972, TPL has protected more than 2 million acres of land nationwide. For more information, visit TPL on the web at