The Catskill Mountains, known as “America’s First Wilderness,” is a land of pristine water, protected woods and working landscapes. The Catskills encompass 6,000 square miles in upstate New York that include rugged peaks, six major river systems, forests both working and protected, historic villages and hamlets, and picturesque farms.


OSI and the Catskills


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Private Lands, Public Benefits

OSI's 2011 Report charts ideal growth areas in the Catskills for over 500,000 acres of developable land. The report indicates that growth can occur without harming the region's farmland, water and other open space resources.


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Catskills' Farms

Ground Up: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture in the Catskill Region was produced by OSI and Columbia University students to raise awareness about viability of local farming in the Catskill Region.