The most critically important piece of legislation in protecting America’s natural, recreational, and cultural resources has passed another pivotal milestone in achieving permanent authorization. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), sailed through the House with bipartisan support in a 363-62 vote, following the Senate’s overwhelming bipartisan endorsement in a 92-8 vote two weeks ago.
OSI’s recent land purchase in New York’s Catskill Park paves the way for creating a major mountain biking destination just outside the city of Kingston. With the acquisition, OSI looks to link two unconnected sections of the Bluestone Wild Forest: Jockey Hill to the east and Onteora Lake to the west. In addition to permanently protecting the land, OSI is also creating a 6-mile trail network on the undulating, forested property.
A Resilient Landscapes Grant from OSI has led to the expansion of North Carolina's DuPont State Recreational Forest, along the North and South Carolina border. The land also protects a 100,000-acre corridor which will remain a haven for sensitive plants and animals, even as climate change occurs.
Thanks to an OSI grant, Natural Lands and Pocono Heritage Land Trust were able to preserve land that will safeguard both regional drinking water and a celebrated trout-fishing stream. The two properties, totaling 340 acres, are located by Broadhead Creek in the northern Pocono Mountains.
In its latest conservation success in the South Carolina Lowcountry, OSI has purchased a critical 328-acre Ridgeville property that will protect drinking water and enhance regional wildlife connectivity, while advancing the greenbelt around the Charleston metropolitan region.