Today, it remains critical for all of us to join together and celebrate and safeguard the earth. This Earth Day, the Open Space Institute elevates its commitment to conserving land for clean water, wildlife protection, outdoor enjoyment, and healthy communities. Read on to learn about some recent successes we are celebrating this April.
HELPING preserve BIRD GRASSLAND In NEW YORK
Land conserved in Washington County with OSI's support permanently protects critical habitat for more than a dozen threatened and rapidly declining grassland birds. The project advances conservation goals within the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s top priority region for protecting and restoring populations of at-risk grassland birds.
OSI celebrated the grand opening of the Robert Frederick Smith Center for the Performing Arts at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in Harlem. The opening marked the culmination of OSI’s successful design and fundraising efforts to renovate the celebrated performance space, named in recognition of philanthropist Robert Frederick Smith's $1 million donation toward the project.
Land that hosts a beloved recreational destination is now New England’s newest community forest, thanks to grant support from OSI's Community Forest Fund. The project, which was led by The Trust for Public Land in partnership with the Town of Williston, protects the forest that is a major economic driver in this fast-growing Vermont community.
Thanks to grant support from OSI, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has nearly doubled the size of the popular Piney Falls State Natural Area. The acquisition protects critical habitat that will continue to be a haven for sensitive plants and animals, even as the climate changes.
New Yorkers travel to Albany to support state parks
New Yorkers from across the state came together at the State Capitol for the 13th Annual Park Advocacy Day to urge policymakers to protect and preserve New York’s state parks. Parks & Trails New York and the Open Space Institute jointly organize Park Advocacy Day.