Basic Organization Information
The Trust For Public Land
- Also Known As:
Trust for Public Land
- Physical Address:
San Francisco, CA
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- NTEE Category:
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C34 Land Resources Conservation
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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.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
<div align="left">Last year (2008), TPL helped conserve more than 200,000 acres of land—from tiny city park sites to wildlands and working forests of tens of thousands of acres—completing a conservation transaction once every business day on average. TPL also helped states and communities craft and pass 15 ballot measures, generating $626 million in new conservation funding.</div>
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Mr. Will Rogers
Will Rogers is President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, playgrounds, community gardens, farms, historic places, and wilderness. Whether recycling brownfields for new urban parks or playgrounds or conserving remote and inspirational wildlands, TPL brings a market-based approach to its mission of protecting the places that inspire us and where people can connect with the natural world and with each other.
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Parks for People
- Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
<p>TPL's Parks for People Initiative works in cities and suburbs across America to ensure that everyone—in particular, every child—enjoys access to a park, playground, or open space. </p>
<p>Parks are essential to the health of individuals and communities. Parks offer recreation and renewal, promote exercise, reduce crime, revitalize neighborhoods, protect the environment, and bring communities together. Children without access to parks suffer higher levels of obesity, diabetes, asthma, anxiety, and depression.</p>
<p>Over 80 percent of American’s live in cities or suburbs. But TPL research reveals that as many as two in three residents of American cities do not have access to a nearby park, playground, or open space. Children in park-poor neighborhoods play in streets, alleyways, and vacant lots rather than in grassy parks, baseball diamonds, or soccer fields. Parks for People seeks to address this critical need by creating parks where they are needed most, shaping the future of American cities—and American lives—for generations to come. </p>
<p>TPL is working with community leaders across the nation to identify opportunities for park creation, to secure funding, to acquire parklands, and to ensure that parks match the character and needs of each community. </p>
<p>Since 1972, TPL has helped create or refurbish more than 600 city parks, community gardens, and playgrounds. In each instance, we have seen how dramatically a nearby park can improve people’s lives. </p>
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Expert Reviews and Comments
Evidence of Impact
The Trust for Public Land has demonstrated success in protecting Minnesota land for public enjoyment and habitat preservation. The organization has led local campaigns that made a clear impact on land conservation policy.
The Trust for Public Land, Minnesota is buoyed by its strong local leadership and staff, and its ability to tap into the resources of a large national organization.
Areas for Improvement
The most common expert suggestion was that The Trust for Public Land should try to raise its visibility in Minnesota.