Mission: The Trust for Public Land (TPL) conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.
Target demographics: create parks and protect land for people
Direct beneficiaries per year: millions of Americans enjoy open space and parks where they live and travel
Geographic areas served: the United States
Programs: Parks for People: The Trust for Public Land was founded to create parks and protect land for people to enjoy, and we’re still the only large conservation organization focused on this goal. Today, nearly ten million Americans live within a ten-minute walk of a park or natural area created with our help, and millions more visit these sites every year. We’re working toward a day when everyone has easy access to a safe, green place to play.
Our Land & Water: The Trust for Public Land helps communities nationwide balance the demands of growth with the protection of wilderness, waterfronts, and working farms and forests. We use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to identify and prioritize conservation goals—then we employ our finance, legal, and transaction expertise to accomplish them. Whether improving the health of a local bay or preserving public access to a beloved mountain trail, we're protecting life-giving land and water resources for all to enjoy.
Trust for Public Land became an accredited land trust in July 2017, a status that can be renewed every five years. Accreditation means Trust for Public Land meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Trust for Public Land demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate the commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. To learn more about land trust accreditation and the current accreditation status of Trust for Public Land, visit http//www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.
The Trust for Public Land is a nonprofit that saves land from development by purchasing it and then turning it over to national or state parklands for conservation and enjoyment by the public. A number of good organizations do this, but I feel TPL gets the most bang for their bucks.