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Marion River Carry Paddlers on the Dock, Mike Lynch2016 - Land Doing Good

Land conservation doesn’t just feel good — it does good. Every time a property is poised to become a shopping center or a housing development instead becomes a park, there is much to celebrate. This year, OSI set into motion the protection of almost 23,000 critical lands along the east coast. Yet our successes are about so much more than just sheer numbers. Read on for some highlights.

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Autumn view from Verkeederkill FallsNew Addition to Sam's Point
OSI acquired one of the largest additions to  Minnewaska State Park Preserve since 1997. Adjacent to the well-known Ellenville Ice Caves, the parcel’s acquisition will also enhance trail access to Sam’s Point via the eastern slope of the Shawangunk Ridge.

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Schuyler Flatts Carie MacDonaldA Gift to the People of Colonie, NY

In 1998, Colonie cheered OSI’s acquisition of the Schuyler Flatts property, capping a 25-year effort by the town, the state and the federal government to protect the land. In 2002, the Town of Colonie made part of the grounds into a park. Today the land is home to ballparks and bike trails, and a site with historic artifacts.

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