What We’re Doing
Protecting local landscapes to connect more Idahoans to the outdoors
Create more places that bring us outside
Surrounded by the gorgeous Kaniksu and Idaho Panhandle National Forests, the close-knit community of Ponderay, Idaho knows how to appreciate the area’s natural beauty. When the opportunity arose to connect more residents to their beloved outdoors, Trust for Public Land was welcomed into the community to help create a green space that fit their needs. Working hand-in-hand with residents, TPL helped conserve 6.5 acres of open space along Lake Pend Oreille in Bonner County. From picnics and pick-up games to community fair events, this green space is the perfect gathering spot for the whole town to come together. Future plans include connecting Harbison Field to the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, a beloved trail that is actively expanding to accommodate the changing and growing communities along Lake Pend Oreille.
For many years, TPL has helped build the community’s vision of creating more spaces that connect Kootenai and Ponderay communities to Lake Pend Oreille—and the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail is the ideal solution. This lakefront trail stretches 1.5 miles and allows residents to bike or walk from downtown Sandpoint with incredible views of the Cabinet Mountains. In the winter, the trail is utilized as a cross-country ski or snowshoe trail. TPL is helping make these community assets a reality, which provide year-round opportunities to connect more Idahoans to the outdoors.