We Uncover Where Nature Is Needed Most
We Uncover Where Nature Is Needed Most
We Uncover Where Nature Is Needed Most

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.

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Then We Help Turn Data into Action
Then We Help Turn Data into Action

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.

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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.

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Planning and Land Use Consulting

We work alongside communities to make informed decisions about how to grow while preserving character, opportunities for recreation, clean water, environmental benefits, and quality of life.

Greenprints / Community planning

Community engagement and interactive maps highlight key areas for protection based on residents’ own conservation priorities and where possible conservation funding is available.

Parks master plans

Comprehensive vision for a park system in context of its location, natural resources, and priorities of the community.

Geographic Information Science

We take different approaches to understanding the relationship between land and people.


The science, art, and technology of map-making.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying data related to location.

Data visualization

Representations of performance, trends, relationships and more, where ever sharing information is required.

Data analysis

Collecting, modelling, and analyzing data about people, places and experiences to gain new insights for better decision-making.

Evidence Development

We assemble evidence of the benefits of parks and greenspace, and of specific policies and practices that optimize benefits and minimize unintended consequences.

Evidence collection and reviews

Specialist knowledge in evaluating policies to determine if they are aligned with stated goals and objectives.

Program evaluation

Systematic assessment that contributes to decisions on continuation, expansion, or modification of programs.

Economic Analysis and Policy and Practice Guidance

We analyze the benefits of park systems and city policies.

Economic benefits of parks systems

Original research that quantifies the significant economic benefits that park systems provide to communities.

Return on investment of conserved lands

Quantitative and authoritative research on the economic benefits of land conservation.

Methods of community engagement and empowerment through greenspace

Best practices and guidance for the beneficial exchange of knowledge in the context of partnership and reciprocity.

Recommendations for green space policies to drive positive health and climate outcomes
Dive into Our Special Databases
  • ParkServe® Data

    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.

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    ParkServe® Data
  • ParkScore® Index

    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.

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    ParkScore® Index
  • LandVote® Database

    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.

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    LandVote® Database
  • Conservation Almanac

    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.

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    Conservation Almanac
  • 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.

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    National Conservation Easement Database
  • Conservation Carbon Map

    This tool helps people make informed decisions about locations with high potential for protecting stored carbon and increasing carbon uptake.

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    Conservation Carbon Map