Trust For Public Land
Phone: (503) 228-6620 | Fax: (971) 244-0518
The Trust for Public Land is uniquely positioned to help create parks and protect open space. TPL is a national nonprofit organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places. Since 1972, TPL has worked with willing landowners, community groups, and national, state, and local agencies to complete 3,674 projects in 46 states, protecting more than 2.4 million acres.
Currently our work is focused on the Portland metropolitan region, where TPL is championing—and helping to deliver—a fully integrated system of parks, trails and natural areas known as The Intertwine, and in Central Oregon where we are leading efforts to preserve and protect the best of Deschutes County's natural assets. TPL is also helping to restore ancestral homeland to Oregon's native communities, including Chief Joseph Ranch of the Nez Perce and the Klamath Tribes' Mazama Forest.
TPL’s work in Oregon is as diverse as the communities it serves, protecting scenic landscapes along the Columbia River Gorge, public access to the coast, and open space in urban settings.
In Oregon and along the Columbia River Gorge, TPL has helped protect more than 78,000 acres.
Parks for People
Neighborhood parks and green spaces contribute to quality of life, strengthen communities, and offer havens for renewal. TPL works in communities across Oregon to ensure that everyone—in particular, every child—enjoys close-to-home access to a park, playground, or natural area.
Oregon Coast & Rivers
Oregon’s dramatic coastline and flowing rivers are signature pieces of its landscape and offer residents and visitors alike beautiful views and unique outdoor experiences. But these qualities also make them extremely vulnerable to development. TPL is preserving these special lands that protect clean drinking water, wildlife habitat, public access to shorelines, and Oregon’s natural beauty.
Between 1987-1997, Oregon lost more than 350,000 acres of farms and ranches to development.
TPL is working to protect agricultural lands that support land-based livelihoods and rural ways of life.
With a bursting population, Oregon’s natural beauty is so in jeopardy that the non-profit Scenic America named it one of the ten “most endangered scenic places in America.” TPL is helping conserve Oregon’s landscapes and vast open spaces for our children’s children to explore and to support the wildlife that make their home there.
TPL helps preserve the wide range of special places that connect us to the land—from adding new parks to cities, to protecting cherished landscapes from poorly planned development in suburbs and rural communities, to preserving remote natural lands that inspire us.