The Trust for Public Land Programs
Since 1976, we’ve been preserving the shorelines of Puget Sound, helping to establish 50 new parks and natural areas, including the iconic Olympic Sculpture Park in downtown Seattle. We want to do more—we think it’s important that there are more opportunities to see, touch, and experience the Sound, especially in our rapidly growing cities. We are helping to protect the greater Puget Sound region from the sensitive shorelines to the scenic rivers and streams that filter in to the Sound.
In 2007, The Trust for Public Land joined two other organizations in a long-term collaboration—The Alliance for Puget Sound Shorelines—to protect and restore the iconic inland sea. Within four years, the group's efforts helped to push forward legislation, strengthening protection of more than 1,500 shoreline miles; helped restore more than 50 miles of degraded waterfront; and acquired 10 new parks and natural areas.
North Central Washington
We are saving recreational lands, working ranches, and family-owned orchards to preserve rural ways of life that have endured for generations in North Central Washington. Our work in the Okanogan highlands and the Wenatchee Foothills is driven by our partnerships, bringing our national leadership, capacity, and technical expertise to a local level, while leveraging local knowledge, resources, and relationships.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2010, we saved Kukutali Preserve, previously known as Kiket Island. For the first time in 80 years, Swinomish Tribal Community members can walk upon land that was lost to the Tribe. Located in Skagit Bay, this conservation effort protected 96 acres of high-quality habitat and more than two miles of Puget Sound shoreline. We purchased the land and conveyed it to the Swinomish Tribe and State Parks, creating Washington’s first and only State Park jointly operated by a Tribe and the State.
In Washington, we leverage your support very effectively; we are currently delivering $8 in land for every $1 donated. We have an updated three-year Strategic Plan in place with the goal of saving more special places in Washington—from shoreline parks, working farms and orchards, to scenic rivers, vital watersheds,hiking trails, and wildlife corridors. Your support will help us match public funding and continue to save the lands people love, right here in your own backyard.