The Impact of the Conservation Campaign's Work
By successfully encouraging voters and public officials to invest billions of dollars in 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 a wide range of critical lands and creates the parks, trails and public spaces that make cities livable and bring communities together, including:
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 -- the city of Los Angeles' $500 million Proposition O in 2004 and state propositions 12 and 13 creating $4 billion in 2000.
Great Rivers, Great Cities
The Mississippi River, St. Louis, Missouri
In 2000, the Conservation Campaign helped the City of St. Louis and three counties pass sales tax measures yielding $400 million to protect the Mississippi River and create parks and trails throughout the region.
Great Western Landscapes
Working Ranches, Gallatin County, Montana
With the Conservation Campaignıs help, Gallatin County passed bond measures in 2000 and 2004 that created $20 million in public funding. The countyıs 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, North Carolina (Raleigh)
The Conservation Campaign has helped fast-growing Wake County pass two ballot measures, in 2000 and 2004, that have provided more than $40 million to protect Falls Lake, its drinking water source.
Local Community Character
Massachusetts Community Preservation Act
Since 2001, the Conservation Campaign has supported more than 100 successful local ballot measures in Massachusetts to adopt the Community Preservation Act and advocated to sustain the state's matching funds for the program. This has created more than $1 billion in new public funds that are preserving the charms of places like Nantucket and Marthaıs Vineyard, the Berkshires and small towns around Boston.
Big City Park Systems
The Conservation Campaign played a leading role in the passage of a $227 million bond measure for Portland Metro in 2006 to preserve wildlife habitat, protect clean water and create new parks and trails.
Safe Neighborhood Parks
Nat Turner Park, Newark, New Jersey
In 2009, the City of Newark opened its largest park - the nine-acre, world-class Nat Turner Park. Significant funding for the park came from the state's Green Acres program, which receives funding from statewide ballot measures supported by the Conservation Campaign.
Alachua County, Florida
In 2008, with the Conservation Campaign's support, Alachua County voters approved a $40 million sales tax extension enabling the county to continue its Environmentally Sensitive Lands program, which protects critical wildlife habitats such as Paynes Prairie and the Santa Fe River.