Carley State Park by Manda Baldwin/P&TC Photo Contest

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Grow the Land Fund

Our Land Fund is now stretched to its limit as we’ve worked overtime to save valuable parcels for several parks and trails. These are incredible places that were about to be lost if we didn’t act. Now, however, few funds remain on-hand to buy the next critical land.


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Saving Land for Parks and Trails

Parks & Trails Council steps in when most needed, sometimes to create a new park or trail, other times to purchase a small yet invaluable parcel, without which the park or trail would have lost part of what makes it so special.

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Newspaper clipping showing the owners of Smuda Zoo
April 5, 2021

Where Gretchen the Lion once roared, park visitors will soon stroll

You wouldn’t guess it by strolling the grounds today, but the property Parks & Trails Council acquired for Charles A. ...
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