Local Government

Land conservation begins at your back door—and so does our work. We work hand-in-hand with mayors, municipal leaders, nonprofits and individuals who are just as passionate about conservation as we are. Since 2001, for example, we’ve been working with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to run the successful Greenseams℠ Program, saving open space and reducing flooding at once. We’ve also worked for years with the city of Ann Arbor to implement the Ann Arbor Greenbelt Initiative, a far-reaching project designed to protect and link parks, natural areas and working farms throughout the city. 

What We Offer:
Want to partner with us? Please visit our state pages or contact page to find the Fund staffer in your state and call or email them to discuss your project.
Good Earth State Park Big Sioux River

Good Earth State Park is South Dakota’s first state park in more than 40 years. The Fund became involved with efforts to create the park back in 2011, when the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks needed help acquiring more than… Read More

Open Space Plan For Nashville Nashville skyline

Like many American cities, fast-growing Nashville needs green strategy. Obesity-related conditions cost area residents an estimated $255 million annually. There are too few places for people to easily access the outdoors, with only about 3% of Davidson County in metro… Read More

City of Brentwood Pond at Ravenswood property in Brentwood, Tennessee

Access to the outdoors is a health and quality of life issue for all Americans, but especially those living in or near urban areas.  Our work with the city of Brentwood in Tennessee is a great example of how our… Read More

Saving San Diego’s Open Space San Diego hills and sage brush

San Diego is known for its miles of coastline and beautiful beaches. But there is more to this coastal ecosystem than just sand and surf: other landscapes, such as coastal sage brush and forest habitat, also are critical to maintaining the… Read More

Louisiana Wildlife Management High waters at Upper Ouachita NWR

More than two million people live in Louisiana’s coastal areas, which generate nearly $120 billion in business every year through energy development, fisheries, ports and more. All  this activity has impacted the coast. We’ve drained and leveed waters, wiping out… Read More

Brule River State Forest Aerial of Brule River

Anyone seeking to escape into the great outdoors can do so in Wisconsin’s Brule River State Forest. This forest contains perhaps the finest trout stream in the state and is a favorite place for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and other outdoor… Read More

Adirondack State Park Hiker, Adirondack State Park

As part of the Fund’s efforts to conserve working forests, we helped protect more than 400,000 acres in Adirondack State Park. Our work at the park began in 1999 with the conservation of nearly 145,000 acres and continued until 2005 when, with our partners, we conserved an additional 257,000… Read More

DuPont State Forest Fishing at Dupont State Forest

Nestled between the cities of Hendersonville and Brevard, the horseshoe-shaped DuPont State Forest covers 10,400 acres within the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a gem of North Carolina’s outdoors, known for its numerous waterfalls and large pockets of granite cover. This beautiful forestland… Read More

Chugach State Park Hiker, Chugach mountains

While Alaska is blessed with an abundance of public land, access to that land is not guaranteed. Chugach State Park, the third largest state park in America, is located at the edge of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Chugach has been impacted… Read More

Gilchrist State Forest, Oregon Ponderosa pine trees

We’ve saved more than 1.5 million acres of forest across the country. As part of our efforts, we helped establish Gilchrist State Forest, the first addition to Oregon’s state forest system in more than 60 years. In addition to the… Read More

Hoke Community Forest Hoke Community Forest

Hoke Community Forest, the first community forest in the Southeastern United States, serves as an innovative model for communities struggling to balance conservation and economic goals. The 532-acre property, located north of the county seat Raeford and about a mile… Read More

Pershing State Park Indiana bat

Pershing State Park’s wet prairies and bottomland forests teem with diverse birds, endangered Indiana bats and lush plants. In 2009, we helped add nearly 1,450 acres that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will restore as habitat and a site… Read More

Lackawanna State Forest Lackawanna State Forest

In northeast Pennsylvania, Lackawanna State Forest is a beautiful natural area that shelters wildlife and offers outdoor enthusiasts a colorful place to hike, hunt, fish and paddle. The forest also provides the natural system that cleans the water supply for the… Read More

Village Creek State Park Village Creek meets Neches River

The 69-mile long Village Creek is recognized as one of the last free-flowing streams in East Texas. It’s a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and home to rare fish and mussels. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) worked for some time… Read More

Green Infrastructure Plan In East Texas Angelina Lufkin Green Infrastructure map

Lufkin–Angelina County is part of the colorful east Texas Pineywoods. In 2008, we completed a green infrastructure plan to help the region protect the best of its natural assets and encourage economic development. We convened a leadership forum of 50… Read More

Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest & State Wildlife Area Buckeye tree in Ohio

The establishment of Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest in 2010 is a great example of the Fund’s ongoing effort to conserve America’s forestland. We were part of a collaboration of public and private organizations that had worked together for four years to… Read More

Belfast Wildlife Management Area map of Belfast WMA

We know that for conservation solutions to truly last they need to benefit the surrounding communities. After a two-year effort, we helped create the Belfast Wildlife Management Area in South Carolina. This new wildlife management area not only protects wildlife habitat, it also… Read More

Nemadji River And Douglas County Forest Hiker at Jay Cooke State Park

Back in 2010, the Fund worked with Douglas County to protect nearly 4,000 acres along the Nemadji River, safeguarding habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife and enhancing the quality of local water resources. A six-mile portion of the North… Read More

Copperhead Hollow State Wildlife Area whip-poor-wil close up

Warblers, wood thrushes and whip-poor-wills migrating through Illinois gained more room to stretch their wings, thanks to the efforts of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the National Wild Turkey Federation and a partnership between the natural gas pipeline project… Read More

Ann Arbor Greenbelt Initiative Ann Arbor Greenbelt Initiative

We’re helping to implement the Ann Arbor Greenbelt Initiative, a far-reaching project designed to protect and link city parks, natural areas and working farms throughout the city, while curbing the growth and effects of sprawl surrounding the city. For a… Read More

Gateway Community Initiative In Michigan: Waterloo Recreation Area main street in Chelsea, Michigan

Waterloo Recreation Area in Michigan is a little-known treasure. About a one-hour drive from Ann Arbor, this 20,000-acre park is the largest in the lower peninsula and shares a 36-mile hiking trail with the Pinckney State Recreation Area. Yet there wasn’t… Read More

Green Infrastructure Plans For West Virginia Harper's Ferry West Virignia

Jefferson County, West Virginia, confronts haphazard growth that disrupts normal ecosystem functions and community vitality. The continued protection of the county’s diverse natural and rural landscapes, and economic vitality, rely on the conservation of its unique ecological and cultural geography. By… Read More