Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Trust for Public Lands works to protect America

I want to share with you some of the special places The Trust for Public Lands has protected in the Northwest and Rockies Region:

For more information on other TPL projects throughout the country, click here.

The Trust for Public Land's Guide to the Northwest & Rockies Region:

LINDBERGH LAKE—Missoula, Montana. The serenity of this pristine mountain lake captured the attention of Charles Lindbergh after his famous solo trans-Atlantic flight of 1927. Lindbergh Lake offers visitors awe-inspiring views of the Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges. It is also a popular destination for day hikes, camping, boating, and crosscountry skiing, and it provides one of the last remaining areas of sanctuary for the grizzly bear and other threatened species. TPL helped to add more than 2,500 acres around the lake to Flathead National Forest. DON’T MISS: The fishing!

OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK— Seattle, Washington. What was once a decaying brownfield, the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, is now a place that showcases world-class art, innovative park design, habitat restoration, and breath-taking views. TPL and the Seattle Art Museum worked together to create this extraordinary cultural landmark. This is a must-see spot in the Pacific Northwest! DON’T MISS: Alexander Calder’s Eagle and The Trust for Public Land’s Terrace.

OURAY ICE PARK— Ouray, Colorado. In the world’s first park devoted exclusively to the sport of ice climbing, water from a series of pipes cascades over nearly a mile of the vertical-walled gorge, transforming the landscape into climbable ice pillars, icicles, ice sheets, and cauliflower shaped ice bulges during winter. Two bridges cross the gorge at convenient points, and a trail runs alongside the cliffs, providing excellent views of the climbers. TPL worked partners to transfer the park to the City as part of its park system, ensuring that this international treasure is protected indefinitely. DON’T MISS: The Festival held every year in January, and the beautiful waterfalls in the summer.

TURTLEBACK MOUNTAIN—Orcas Island, Washington Turtleback Mountain is perhaps the San Juan Islands’ most distinctive geographic feature. Visible from throughout the archipelago, Turtleback had long been the single most significant and vulnerable property in the San Juan Islands. Three conservation organizations including TPL partnered to raise the $18.5 million needed to protect this island treasure. DON’T MISS: The Orca Whales from May through September.

DENALI NATIONAL PARK— Denali Park, Alaska. Home to North America’s highest peak, Mount McKinley, visitors of Denali National Park enjoy sightseeing, backpacking and mountaineering. The Kantishna mining district in the shadow of Mount McKinley provides important habitat for caribou, black and brown bear, red fox, salmon and other species. Planned development of the former mining claims would have threatened this habitat while creating an active transportation corridor through the heart of one of America’s wildest parks, so TPL acquired the property for the National Park Service. DON’T MISS: Mt. McKinley.

For more information other projects throughout the country, click here.

A special thanks to the Trust for Public Lands for the work they do on the behalf of recreationalists.

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