With Thanksgiving almost here, it’s the perfect time to thank everyone who helped to conserve land for people this year:
Because of our generous supporters, The Trust for Public Land purchased Ackerson Meadow in California and donated the land to the National Park Service to be part of Yosemite National Park. Ackerson Meadow could have been sold to developers and lost forever. But instead, 400 acres of critical wetlands and meadow habitat are now protected as part of Yosemite. It marks the largest addition of land to the national park since 1949.
In June, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of The 606 in Chicago, a three-mile system of parks and trails that provides space for exercise, community art, and educational programs. Now phase two is underway, creating additional green spaces in park-starved neighborhoods.
This year, we launched our Climate-Smart Cities initiative, bringing innovative climate solutions to Boston to safeguard water supplies, protect against extreme weather and pollution, and create low-carbon transit systems and heat-trapping green spaces.
And, seven million people in America now live within a 10-minute walk of a public park that we helped create or protect. In fact, we celebrated 20 years of success with our Schoolyards to Playgrounds initiative in New York City.
While we can count the acres we saved together, our success is best measured in human happiness, health, and inspiration. Thanks to people like you, it was a very good year. But we are only as successful as our members help us to be. So please take the next step in saving public lands by becoming a member today.Your donation by November 29 will be matched dollar for dollar to make 2017 another inspiring year.