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2006 TPL Achievements

Since it was founded in 1972, TPL has helped protect more than two million acres of land, from the inner city to the wilderness, in 46 states. Katahdin Lake in maine is now permanently preserved.

In 2006, The Trust for Public Land (TPL,, a national land conservation nonprofit, protected more than 113,000 acres of land in 33 states, with a fair-market value of more than $350 million. In addition, TPL and its affiliate, the Conservation Campaign, helped 33 states, counties, and municipalities nationwide pass measures that will generate more than $4.8 billion in new funding for parks and open space protection. 2006 conservation highlights include:

  • Wao Kele O'Puna, Hawai'i Island, Hawai'i
    The state's last large lowland native rainforest, Wao Kele O'Puna was returned to Native Hawaiian ownership this year for traditional hunting, gathering and religious practices. Wao Kele O'Puna provides critical habitat, a vital seed bank for the re-growth of native forests covered by lava flows, and contributes to the largest drinking water source on Hawaii Island. For more visit
  • Sun Ranch, Swan River Valley, Montana
    At more than 18,000 acres, the Sun Ranch lies within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, contains nine miles of the Madison River and some of the ecosystem's most important wildlife habitat and wildlife corridors. The Sun Ranch stretch of the upper Madison River is considered the birthplace of wild trout management and one of the first places where "catch and release" regulations were adopted in the U.S. For more visit
  • Katahdin Lake, Maine Katahdin Lake, along with 4,000 acres that include old-growth forest, miles of pristine lake frontage, and spectacular views of Mount Katahdin, is now part of Baxter State Park. The land will be permanently preserved as a wilderness sanctuary, fulfilling former Governor Percival P. Baxter's original vision for the park he donated to the people of Maine. For more visit
  • P.S. 274 Kosciuszko Community Playground, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York
    Eighth-grade students were part of a team that designed a one-acre community park at Brooklyn's P.S. 274, serving the school's 1,000 students as well as children and families in the surrounding community. There are nearly 2,600 children under the age of 18 within a quarter-mile of the school. The new park transforms a cracked asphalt lot into a community playground that includes basketball courts, artificial turf field, running track, play equipment, game tables, trees, benches, bleachers, and a stage. For more visit

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