- Former President of the Trust for Public Land
- Seeks the broader elimination of private land ownership and commercial development
Will Rogers was the President of Trust for Public Land (TPL) from 1998–2018, which describes itself as a “national nonprofit working exclusively to protect land for human enjoyment and well-being.” America’s fifth-largest environmentalist organization, TPL purchases tracts of undeveloped wooded land for the express purpose of conserving it “for recreation and spiritual nourishment and to improve the health and quality of life of American communities.” The organization’s broader agenda seeks the elimination of private land ownership and commercial development, and uses both private and Federal grants to purchase land on whose usage it then places severe and uncompromising restrictions. Once TPL has secured a specific parcel of land, any and all development efforts and logging projects are thwarted.
Rogers joined TPL in 1991, first as Director of Projects and then as Western Regional Director. He was named the group’s President in 1998. Before joining TPL, Rogers worked as a project manager for a real estate development company in Chicago. Prior to that, he was a commercial beekeeper in Bogota, Colombia, where he founded and managed a honey production company.