Driving evidence-informed policies and practices to advance health, equity, climate action, and community resiliency requires knowledge and experience. That’s why so many communities turn to us and our Land and People Lab. We provide big-picture guidance and help with the details of planning, from policy recommendations to identifying residents’ priorities through community engagement, and we apply rigorous state-of-the-art analysis to connect everyone to the outdoors.
The Land and People Lab at TPL brings together experts in parks, planning, health, climate action, community strategies, and Geographic Information Science who provide high-quality evidence and analysis to accelerate the movement for parks and public land.
We offer our community partners a suite of leading-edge planning services to help create and execute strategic plans for expanding and improving their green spaces.
Whether you want help planning a new park, need guidance about green infrastructure, or seek insights about conservation funding mechanisms, our experts can work with you to help ensure that nature is part of your community’s growth plan.
Community engagement and interactive maps highlight key areas for protection based on residents’ own conservation priorities and where possible conservation funding is available.
Comprehensive vision for a park system in context of its location, natural resources, and priorities of the community.
The science, art, and technology of map-making.
Capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying data related to location.
Representations of performance, trends, relationships and more, where ever sharing information is required.
Collecting, modelling, and analyzing data about people, places and experiences to gain new insights for better decision-making.
Specialist knowledge in evaluating policies to determine if they are aligned with stated goals and objectives.
Systematic assessment that contributes to decisions on continuation, expansion, or modification of programs.
Original research that quantifies the significant economic benefits that park systems provide to communities.
Quantitative and authoritative research on the economic benefits of land conservation.
Best practices and guidance for the beneficial exchange of knowledge in the context of partnership and reciprocity.
We created the country’s most extensive database of local parks in nearly 14,000 cities, towns, and communities to measure equitable access to green space and identify priority areas that need more parks and trails.
Our ParkScore index is the most comprehensive comparison of park systems across the U.S. Updated every year, ParkScore ranks 100 of the most populated cities in the country in five categories: equity, access, investment, amenities, and acreage.
Every year, dozens of state and local governments vote to raise public funds in support of land conservation. Our LandVote Database is the premier source of information about these measures, bringing together the most comprehensive history of conservation finance measures on ballots across the country.
Created to assess the impacts of conservation efforts, Conservation Almanac allows you to discover, analyze, and map the results of federal, state, and local funding for conservation since 1998.
National Conservation Easement Database
NCED gathers records from both land trusts and public agencies in a public-private partnership.
This data helps organizations plan more strategically, identify opportunities for collaboration, advance public accountability, and raise awareness of what’s happening in conservation.