Giralda Heron Brett ColeA Year of Conservation Successes

As our 40th Year comes to a close, the Open Space Institute has set into motion the conservation of more than 17,000 acres of forests, farms, preserves and wildlife habitat. We are on track to directly protect 6,500 acres in New York and almost 2,500 acres in South Carolina and New Jersey. Through our grants program, OSI will finish the year assisting in the preservation of some 9,000 acres along the eastern seaboard.


TNC photo Talledega Forest PineLong Leaf Pine Habitat Protected

An OSI loan helped The Nature Conservancy acquire nine parcels totaling 1,419 acres from Hancock Timber Resource Group in the Oakmulgee District of the Talladega National Forest in Chilton County. The partnership will expand the longleaf pine habitat restoration efforts onto private lands adjacent to Alabama’s National Forests and other public lands.


Letchworth State Park photo Jim ValleeShawangunk Ridge Legacy Lands

OSI received four New York State Regional Economic Development Council Grants that will support major visitor enhancement projects planned for Letchworth and Thacher State Parks, located in the Finger Lakes and Capital District regions, respectively.