Silver and Happles Lakes

Silver and Happles Lakes, WisconsinPhoto credit: Robert Hurt

Built and maintained largely by volunteers, the North Country National Scenic Trail traverses seven states from New York to North Dakota. National forests along the route are always on the lookout to create additional trail access and nearby opportunities for hiking, camping, and other recreation. In 2001, with funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), TPL helped the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest acquire 640 acres near the trail in Wisconsin, including Happles and Silver Lakes, two glacial lakes endangered by development.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.