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Trust For Public Land

The Trust for Public Land conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.
808 SW 3rd Avenue Suite 570, Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 228-6620 | Fax: (971) 244-0518
What does a $100 contribution do for this organization?
The Trust for Public Land has been awarded the highest ratings by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney, Newsweek, Money, and the American Institute of Philanthropy for keeping fund-raising and operating costs low while meeting mission goals. Your $100 contribution will help us protect more land and parks for communities across Oregon.
Why does this donor support this organization?
Artist, life coach, and author William Wittmann believes we are born with an innate connection to the land. “We are all born into the landscape. That’s being human,” he explains. Wittmann donates part of the proceeds from the sale of his books and etchings to the Trust for Public Land and the Heifer Project, an international organization working to end world hunger by helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income. Of his charitable giving choices, he simply explains that these two organizations “are envisioning and creating the world I yearn for my children.” For more information about William Wittmann and his books, visit and
How do volunteers make a difference for this organization?
TPL volunteers are essential to achieving our conservation goals. We work with over 400 volunteers across the country through local Advisory Councils. Our volunteers provide us with unparalleled leadership. Local advisory council’s assist with strategic planning and act as TPL’s community liaisons throughout the country.

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.

Oregon Programs

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.

Working Lands

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.

Natural Lands

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.

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