Success Stories

By successfully encouraging voters and public officials to invest public funds in protect land and water and shaping the future of their towns, cities, counties, and states, The Conservation Campaign has a direct, tangible impact on the lives of millions of people across the United States. The funding we help generate protects land and water across the country. We help create the parks, trails, and public spaces that make cities livable and bring communities together. Here are some of our success stories:

A Green Urban Future:  Portland, Oregon

A $227 million Portland Metro bond measure in 2006 provided the funds to protect the spectacular Chehalem Ridge (photo above), turning a mountainside at the edge of suburban sprawl into public parkland with views of distant farms and vineyards. The measure is one of five The Conservation Campaign helped pass in the Portland metropolitan area between 2006 and 2014 to generate funding to preserve wildlife habitat, protect waterways, and create, restore, and maintain parks and trails.

Local Community Character:  Massachusetts Community Preservation Act

Since 2001, the Conservation Campaign has supported the passage of ballot measures in nearly half of all Massachusetts cities and towns to adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA). We have also successfully sustained state CPA matching funds for communities that vote to create local CPA funds. Our work in Massachusetts has helped create over $1.75 billion dedicated to open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing, and outdoor recreation. This dedicated funding is helping to preserve the charms of places like Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, save local farms, restore historic places like Concord’s Town House, and help cities like Boston, Somerville, New Bedford, and Pittsfield achieve their visions for making wonderful places to live, work, and play.

Great Rivers, Great Cities:  St. Louis, Missouri

In 2000, The Conservation Campaign helped the City of St. Louis and three counties fund two new regional park districts and launch an ambition plan to tie together parks, wild lands, and historic sites with 600 miles of greenways on both sides of the Mississippi River. That effort has preserved more than 1,400 miles of parkland and built more than 100 miles of greenways. Its success led to a second ballot initiative in 2013 that will double the number of greenway miles, improve local parks, and help revitalize the grounds of the city’s Iconic Gateway Arch and link it to the city and the river.

Cultural Icons: The Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California

The Trust for Public Land protected 138 acres on Cahuenga Peak behind the Hollywood Sign in 2010. A key part of the funding came from two measures supported by The Conservation Campaign — Los Angeles’ $500 million Proposition O in 2004 and state propositions 12 and 13 creating $4 billion in 2000.

Great Western Landscapes: Working Ranches, Gallatin County, Montana

With The Conservation Campaign’s help, Gallatin County passed bond measures in 2000 and 2004 that created $20 million in public funding. The county’s funds have leveraged millions in additional federal funds to protect more than 10,000 acres and keep ranching a viable way of life in the Greater Yellowstone area.

Clean Drinking Water:  Wake County (Raleigh), North Carolina

The Conservation Campaign helped fast-growing Wake County pass two ballot measures in 2000 and 2004, which have provided more than $40 million to protect Falls Lake, the county’s drinking water source.