Kayaking in Deschutes River, OregonPhoto credit: Darcy Kiefel

The Trust for Public Land creates and protects places people in Oregon care about—from downtown parks and playgrounds to spectacular backcountry natural areas. Our work is concentrated in three regions: around metro Portland, where we are helping to create a system of parks, trails, and natural areas; in central Oregon, where we are working to map, prioritize, and protect irreplaceable river and forest lands; and in the Willamette Valley, where we are partnering with local agencies to give people better access to surrounding nature.

Local offices

15 SW Colorado Avenue, Suite 100 | Bend, Oregon  97702
Phone: (541) 322-0133 | Email Address: [email protected]

Oregon projects

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

North Central Oregon

In early 2000s, Deschutes County was one of the most rapidly growing counties in the state. Beautiful scenery, accessible recreation, and abundant wildlife attracted people and business, transforming the local economy, and threatening the very qualities newcomers found so attractive.

Chehalem Ridge, Oregon

In September 2010, The Trust for Public Land transferred ownership of Chehalem Ridge to Metro. The property is being restored as the new Chehalem Ridge Natural Area:

Cherry Park, Oregon

Cherry Park, a beautiful and popular local park in a densely populated, park-poor suburb of the City of Portland was until only a few years ago, an old quarry site.

Chief Joseph Ranch, Oregon

n June of 1997, TPL was able to convey to the Nez Perce tribe some 10,300 acres in the heart of its ancestral homeland in Northeast Oregon.


Chiloquin, a rural community in southern Oregon, is the capital of the Klamath Nation. Chiloquin was named for a Chief whose descendant, Edison Chiloquin, retained land for his family during the period of Tribal termination. Despite this historical dispossession, members of the Klamath Tribes hold enduring ties to the region’s land. Today, a third of Chiloquin residents identify as Native American.

Clatsop Butte Park, Oregon

In 2007, 27 acres on Clatsop Butte in Southeast Portland were slated for a housing subdivision, but when the housing market took a downturn in early 2010, TPL had a chance to purchase and protect the property as city parkland.

Vista House and the Columbia River Gorge

Stretching 85 miles along the border between Oregon and Washington, the Columbia River Gorge encompasses more than 290,000 acres of ecologically and culturally significant terrain. The Columbia River Gorge is home to towering waterfalls and 800 species of wildflowers, 15 of which are found nowhere else in the world. The Nez Pierce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes hold sacred cultural and spiritual connections to the Columbia River Gorge. Every year, residents and visitors from near and far find quiet adventure along hundreds of miles of trails in the Gorge.

Colwood Park, Portland, Oregon

The Trust for Public Land is working with Portland Parks and Recreation to focus on densely populated areas that most need new parks—places like the Cully neighborhood, which has the city’s lowest number of parks per capital.

Crystal Creek, Oregon

The Trust for Public Land helped protect a 360-acre wetlands site on Crystal Creek, a spring creek tributary to Upper Klamath Lake in southern Oregon.

Depoe Bay, Oregon

The Trust for Public Land helped protect three parcels of land for the city of Depoe Bay, Oregon, for use as a municipal waterfront park.

Deschutes County, Oregon

In 2008, The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with Deschutes Land Trust, city administrators and local Parks and Recreation departments throughout the county undertook to create a comprehensive plan—or greenprint—of Deschutes County.

Lower Deschutes River Ranch, Oregon

The Trust for Public Land worked with many partners to successfully protect The Deschutes Wildlife Area is a vast, inspiring, and beautiful landscape on the lower Deschutes River in Central Oregon.

When developers identified the forest neighboring Eagle Creek for residential development, the community turned to The Trust for Public Land to protect critical habitat and expand public access to Eagle Creek and the adjacent park’s network of beloved trails. This 317-acre forest now belongs to the community.


This new 290-acre state natural area at Hayden Island on the Willamette River is a fitting tribute to the late Gail Achterman, an Oregon conservation leader passionately committed to creating an economically and ecologically sustainable future for the Willamette Basin.

Holly Farm, Oregon

In 2000, Portland Parks & Recreation asked TPL to help acquire Holly Farm, a 1.7-acre property, named for the holly trees that grow there.

Kilchis Point, Oregon

Located where the Kilchis River joins Tillamook Bay, Kilchis Point is named for a respected leader of the Tillamook people.

Lyle Point, Oregon

Located at the confluence of the Klickitat and Columbia Rivers, Lyle Point is a sacred site to the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.

Margolis, Oregon

In September 2010, The Trust for Public Land transferred ownership of Chehalem Ridge to Metro. The property is now being restored as the new Chehalem Ridge Natural Area.

Miller's Landing, Oregon

A symbol of Bend's history, Miller's Landing was the original lumberyard for the Brooks-Scanlon mill. It was protected in 2010 and will be integrated into the community park river system as part of the popular Deschutes River Trail.

The City of Beaverton, Metro, THPRD and TPL all worked to fund the purchase of the Murray Ridge property, which was transferred into the city's ownership in January 2010.

Nadaka Nature Park, Gresham, Oregon

In 2009, The Trust for Public Land helped the City of Gresham expand the
Nadaka Nature Park, a 10-acre woodland nestled between the Wilkes East
and Rockwood neighborhoods.

Oregon Coasts and Rivers

Oregon's coast and rivers are signature landscapes and important scenic
and recreational resources for residents and visitors alike. TPL in
Oregon was one of the originators of the effort to save the natural
beauty of the Columbia Gorge, and has a long history of success saving
public access to coasts and rivers and preserving lands crucial to clean
drinking water and fish and wildlife habitat.

Orenco Woods, Oregon

This former private golf course was slated for development of 250 homes and apartments, but TPL helped secure the property and generate funds for it purchase for a park.

The Trust for Public Land stepped in to prevent this popular dog park from being sold to developers while the city's dog park community mobilized support for a $17 million park bond measure.

Smithfield Oaks

For 50 years, scientists believed Fender’s blue buttery were extinct. But in 1989, these brilliantly blue butteries were rediscovered in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. Today, the Willamette Valley is the only place in the world you can find Fender’s blue butterfly.

Spence Mountain

Every week hikers and bikers of all ages put tread to trail along 35 miles of paths tracing up and over Spence Mountain. Just 10 miles outside the City of Klamath Falls, Spence Mountain rises some 5,800 feet over Upper Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon. For years, Klamath Trails Alliance has developed and maintained miles of running, hiking, and biking trails on Spence Mountain, creating close-to-home trails for community members and a recreation destination for visitors.

Stayton Riverfront Park, Oregon

The Trust for Public Land helped preserve 51 acres for the Statyon Community Park along the North Santiam River in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

Summer Creek, Oregon

The successful conclusion of the Summer Creek project in 2010 is a testament to The Trust for Public Land's tenacity and commitment, both in fund-raising and sensitive negotiations.

The Intertwine, Oregon

In 2008, TPL helped to found The Intertwine Alliance, a broad coalition
of independent organizations working to preserve land, water and habitat
in the Portland/Vancouver Metropolitan Region and to create
opportunities for residents to connect with nature.

Thurston Hills, Springfield, Oregon

People can hike, bike and explore land rich in wildlife from Thurston to Jasper-Natron. When complete, the effort will provide 660 acres of parkland, including an 80-acre community forest.

Waterleaf, Oregon

Waterleaf, a 26.85-acre parcel of forest and meadow on a butte top in Southeast Portland, is an early example of the Intertwine Alliance's efforts to build the world's best park system for the people of the Metro region

Whalen Island, Oregon

The Trust for Public Land worked for over two years to protect Whalen Island, one of the most pristine and easily accessible properties on the Oregon Coast, for management by the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation.


The oak savannas found in Oregon's Portland Metro region were created by native peoples using fire as a management tool. The Trust for Public Land worked to save 14 acres of this rare and beautiful woodland to create the White Oak Savanna nature park.

Yeon, Oregon

Norman Yeon purchased 110 acres at Sunset Beach on the Oregon coast in 1962. He left it to The Trust for Public Land when he died, ensuring that it would remain protected and open to the public forever.

Zane Grey Cabin, Oregon

Best-selling Western author Zane Grey built a one-room cabin on the Rogue River in southern Oregon 1926. When the land and cabin were offered for conservation a few years ago, TPL worked to acquire them for permanent protection, completing the project in March 2008.

Zena Timberlands, Oregon

TPL continues to work with Willamette Valley landowners to further extend the protected land in this beautiful region of Oregon's working lands only 8 miles northwest of Salem.