Washington

Harstine Island, WashingtonPhoto credit: Darcy Kiefel

Rain or shine, Washington residents love to get outside—whether for simple sightseeing or active recreation such as boating, biking, camping, kayaking, or hiking. Our connection to nature contributes to the state’s high quality of life, attracting families and employers.

Working from offices in Seattle and Wenatchee, our conservation and park specialists bring local knowledge and expertise to strategic programs including Parks for People and Our Land and Water.

Local offices

901 5th Avenue, Suite 1520 | Seattle, Washington  98164
Phone: (206) 587-2447 | Email Address: [email protected]
18 N. Wenatchee Avenue, Second Floor | Wenatchee, Washington  98801
Phone: (509) 888-0844 | Email Address: [email protected]

Washington projects

Highlighted Projects:

Photo of a forest in Washington

North Cougar Mountain was one of the last and largest undeveloped, privately-owned properties on Cougar Mountain. North Cougar Mountain connects directly to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, a scenic and richly forested network of hiking trails in the Issaquah Alps.

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For more than 100 years, Thorndyke Forest has delivered clean, cool water to Hood Canal, sequestered carbon from the atmosphere, and expanded public access to the Olympic Peninsula. Managed by Pope Resources as a working forest, Thorndyke has sustained important rural jobs and supported local mills. Despite the multitude of benefits to the local economy and environment, working forests like Thorndyke face increasing pressure from development. As nearby urban centers grow and land values increase, developers look to the forests of the Olympic Peninsula as the next frontier for development.

Photo of people at a lake

The only true fjord in the lower 48 states is located just 20 miles from downtown Seattle. Hood Canal, Washington is punctuated by mountains, rivers, streams, and vast evergreen forests. The Hood Canal area draws visitors from all over the world, yet access to the pristine forests and waters is limited.

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Arrowleaf, Washington

TPL helped protect the Arrowleaf property, surrounded on three sides by the Okanogan National Forest and one of Washington's most popular scenic landscapes and recreation spots, and is a rich biological resource.

Blaine Street Steps, Seattle, Washington

One of TPL's smallest Northwest projects, the Blaine Street Steps climb two solid blocks up to Seattle's North Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Broadview Heights, Wenatchee Foothills, WA

In June 2012 we helped protect 285 acres that had been zoned for residential subdivision, protecting the viewshed and expanding both open space access and existing wildlife migration corridors.

Photo of people at a lake

The only true fjord in the lower 48 states is located just 20 miles from downtown Seattle. Hood Canal, Washington is punctuated by mountains, rivers, streams, and vast evergreen forests. The Hood Canal area draws visitors from all over the world, yet access to the pristine forests and waters is limited.

Charlotte's Blueberry Farm

More than 3,600 residents live within a 10 Minute Walk of Charlotte’s Blueberry Park. For years, a local stewardship group, Charlotte’s Blueberry Park Action Group, advocated for park improvements. In 2017, The Trust for Public Land connected with the Action Group and helped neighbors identify a new playground as a community priority. More than 250 community members provided input on the design for the new playground.

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.

Deadman's Bay. Kelly Balcomb-Bartok

This 180-acre property was conserved in 1997, saving the parks panoramic views across Puget Sound and access to the beach.

Dosewallips River, Washington

The Trust for Public Land has partnered with Readiness Environmental Protection Integration (REPI)-a program to buffer critical military installations-to help purchase land on the Olympic Peninsula to add to Dosewallips State Park.

Dutch Jake's Park

Located in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane, Dutch Jake’s Park is named for Jacob Goetz, a central community figure and resident of West Central in the early 1900s. Jacob Goetz was known by neighbors for his sense of fun and spirit of friendship. When the park opened in 1976, neighbors agreed that the new park was the perfect namesake to remember Jake.
 
Today, more than 2,900 residents live within a 10 Minute Walk of Dutch Jake’s park. But in recent years, Dutch Jake’s Park hasn’t felt like a safe place to play. In 2016, growing safety concerns prompted a community planning effort to create a new vision for the park.

Eastside Rail Corridor, Washington

Together, we can turn the Eastside Rail Corridor into a trail that serves walkers, bikers, families and promotes the economic, social, and environmental vitality of our region

Ebey's Landing. Joel C. Rogers

TPL purchased the Engle Farm property in October 2000 and protected 109 acres with conservation easements held by the National Park Service.

Icicle Creek, Washington

Over the years TPL has worked hard with the Chelan Douglas Land Trust and the Icicle Fund to save the natural beauty of this free-flowing river.

Keechelus Lake, Mountains to Sound Greenway

In 2003, TPL protected this 3,800-acre property consisting of 8 checkerboard sections in Kittitas County, Washington,

Kiket Island, Washington

TPL was able to help the Swinomish tribe and the state of Washington craft a conservation solution that shared ownership and operating costs, managed the land jointly and regulated visitation. Today Kiket Island is both part of an Indian Reservation and a state park—a national first.

Lake Easton, Washington, Mountain to Sound Greenway

In June 2003, TPL successfully completed the first phase of the Lake Easton conservation project, protecting 509 acres adjacent to the Lake Easton State Park in Kittitas County.

Mercer Slough, Washington

With support from community members and city officials, The Trust for Public Land helped protect 100 acres of Mercer Slough for the parks department as an addition to an urban wetland park.

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Neighbors gather around the kiosk, and children dash across the brilliantly green soccer field at Kiwanis Methow Park in South Wenatchee. Vibrant new murals adorn walls around the neighborhood, and colorful fencing in the style of Mexican papel picado lines the park.

Mountain Home Ridge. Photo: Karen Macdonald

The Trust for Public Land partnered with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust and Icicle Fund to conserve the nearly 170-acre property near Leavenworth in 2009.

Protecting the land and livelihood of the Nelson family, fifth generation ranchers in rural Washington.

Photo of a forest in Washington

North Cougar Mountain was one of the last and largest undeveloped, privately-owned properties on Cougar Mountain. North Cougar Mountain connects directly to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, a scenic and richly forested network of hiking trails in the Issaquah Alps.

Okonogan County, Washington

The Trust for Public Land is working with Okonogan County to prevent productive farms, ranches, and forests from being fragmented or developed.

In 1998, TPL, in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), stepped in to protect the last undeveloped piece of downtown Seattle waterfront for a public sculpture park.

 Hiker on Pacific Crest Trail south of Cutthroat Pass, Skagit, Washington

The Trust for Public Land has worked for more than a decade to protect several thousand acres along the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington State.

In Wenatchee and East Wenatchee, The Trust for Public Land is working with city leaders, neighborhood groups, and residents to create the parks that residents need to build fitness, celebrate shared history, and strengthen community bonds.

Pritchard Park, Washington

Offering spectacular views of Puget Sound, Seattle, and Mt. Rainier this new state park provides new public access to the shoreline as well as space for the memorial's visitor center and contemplative garden.

Two little boys run along the shore at Fudge Point, Puget Sound, WA

Since establishing our Washington office in 1975, The Trust for Public Land has become a conservation leader in Puget Sound, preserving natural forest lands that capture and filter fresh water supplies, and protecting the shoreline of our unique inland sea

The Trust for Public Land has worked for several years to secure critical lands at Snoqualmie Point and along Rattlesnake Ridge—important components of the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

Harstine Island, WA

For more than 15 years, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission eyed
the Scott property, 112 pristine acres of land on the east shore of
Harstine Island, as a potential new park location.

Seattle Arboretum: Photo: David McDonald

When the last piece of private property bordering the Seattle Arboretum's Japanese Garden was put on the market for residential development, TPL was asked for help protect it.

Seattle Fitness Zone areas

The Trust for Public Land is working to bring free outdoor exercise gyms to parks across the city.

Skookumchuck. Photo: Molly Morrow

TPL managed the purchase of over 17,500 acres of land, creating a link between two existing wildlife areas and keeping the land safe for wildlife to roam and people to enjoy hiking, birding, fishing and hunting.

Aerial view of a mountain and surrounding land

In July of 2018 The Trust for Public Land protected more than 7,000 acres in the South Puget Sound. The land, which is located on the Olympic Peninsula south of Hood Canal and east of Case Inlet, will remain in active timber production while protecting water quality and wildlife habitat. It provides exceptional hiking, mountain biking, and outdoor recreation.

Spider Meadow. Photo: John Marshall

TPL bought this land at the headwaters of Phelps Creek in 1996, holding it for some years while federal funds were marshaled to add the property to the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

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We are working in partnership with King County Parks, to protect the land in "the Issaquah Alps" that will become a future regional county-owned park.

Stemilt-Squilchuck Community Vision

In Spring 2007, Chelan County established the Stemilt Partnership — a broad coalition of agriculture, wildlife, recreation, development, and conservation interests working together to prevent privatization of 2,500 acres of public land in the Stemilt basin.

Sunset Bluffs, WA

Just south of Seattle, Mason County is blessed with miles of pristine Puget Sound shoreline, but with hardly any public access.

Tall Timber Ranch, WA

For nearly 50 years, Tall Timber Ranch has been the home
of a Presbyterian Church wilderness camp, reaching out to
children and adults alike with a powerful combination of social
and environmental messages, establishing and nurturing a love
for nature in a theological context.

Taylor Bay. Photo: Elizabeth Butler

TPL helped save 39-acres of undeveloped land that in 2008, became Taylor Bay Conservation Area on Key Peninsula in Pierce County.

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For more than 100 years, Thorndyke Forest has delivered clean, cool water to Hood Canal, sequestered carbon from the atmosphere, and expanded public access to the Olympic Peninsula. Managed by Pope Resources as a working forest, Thorndyke has sustained important rural jobs and supported local mills. Despite the multitude of benefits to the local economy and environment, working forests like Thorndyke face increasing pressure from development. As nearby urban centers grow and land values increase, developers look to the forests of the Olympic Peninsula as the next frontier for development.

Tollgate Farm, Mountain to Sound Greenway

The historic Tollgate Farm in North Bend offers a direct link to King County's past. From 1884-1887 the farm was a toll stop when the first road from Seattle to Snoqualmie Pass was a toll road.

Turtleback Mountain, Washington

Visible from throughout the San Juan Islands, Turtleback Mountain served as a landmark for the Salish people of the Northern Straits as they traveled across their villages and fishing grounds.

Wenatchee Foothills, Washington

The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, is leading a community-wide effort to double the protected lands in the Wenatchee Foothills of Washington.

The Chimacum Valley in Jefferson County is experiencing a resurgence of agricultural production and is quickly becoming a hub of community-based food production in Washington State. At the same time, rapid development in this fertile valley is making it difficult for young farmers to buy land.

Young Island, Washington

The Trust for Public Land worked to protect Young Island, which is rich with pocket beaches, diving areas, stunning wildflowers, and spots for wildlife and bird-watching as part of the San Juan Marine State Park Area.