Policy & Legislation

The Trust for Public Land's Federal Affairs team works in our nation's capital to provide resources and guidance about federal land conservation policy and funding to an array of interested parties, including Congress, the White House, federal agency staff, local and state land trust activists and government officials, and other conservation groups.

TPL's Federal Affairs program is our link to administration officials, Congress, federal agencies, and national policy organizations, helping to secure land conservation funding and authorizations and maintain partnerships. The Washington D.C. team also assists TPL's regional offices, as well as other local land trusts, community groups, and government offices.

Federal funding sources

Navigating the maze of federal funding sources is no small task. We compiled information on some of the key federal funding programs for land conservation.

State and local conservation funding

TPL's online LandVote® Database is the premier source of information about state and local legislation and ballot initiatives that generate funds for conservation.

The Trust for Public Land Action Fund

Created as an affiliate of The Trust for Public Land in 2000 to serve the conservation community, The Trust for Public Land Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation that mobilizes public support for ballot measures and legislation that create public funds to protect land and water resources. The Trust for Public Land Action Fund's website is the leading resource for conservation campaigns.

Washington Watch

Washington Watch is TPL's LandLink e-newsletter highlighting land conservation-related public policy and federal funding legislation. You can sign up for Washington Watch or view past issues.