OSI PROTECTS UNIQUE Dry PraIrie within the Everglades Headwaters CONSERVATION AREA
OSI, working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, has protected nearly 4,000 acres within the Everglades Headwaters Conservation Area in central Florida. Completed with support from the Wyss Foundation, permanent conservation of the Triple Diamond Ranch property will improve water quality in the Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee, and the Everglades; while protecting threatened species and habitat. Protection of the property contributes to the contiguous safeguarding of more than 200,000 acres.
Featured as a major New York State Earth Day event, OSI transferred 524 forested acres in the town of New Lebanon to the Department of Environmental Conservation. Protection of the land will help improve local water quality and expand recreational opportunities in Columbia County.
OSI joined land trusts from across the state at the 2019 New York Land Conservation Conference. OSI staff led four informative sessions at the gathering in Saratoga Springs, sharing their knowledge and experiences with more than 300 attendees.
A new report issued by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation features extensive research aimed at guiding conservation strategies in coastal South Carolina. Expanding the Conservation Toolbox: Emerging Approaches in a Changing Climate explores augmenting traditional conservation tools that can accelerate the pace of conservation.
Funds from OSI's Resilient Landscapes Initiative were tapped to complete a major land conservation and carbon sequestration project in central New Hampshire. The project also presents a creative model for multiple owners of smaller parcels to share the benefits of carbon offsets generated for the California cap-and-trade greenhouse gas reduction program.
The U.S. Forest Service International Programs and Environment for the Americas honored OSI, the Tennessee Parks & Greenways Foundation, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and the U.S. Forest Service Southeast Division with a federal award for the partners’ efforts that successfully protected the Grassy Cove property in Tennessee.
Last September flooding from Hurricane Florence made low-lying Conway, SC, the center of national news — again. After three catastrophic floods in four years, the city has turned to land protection as a mitigation solution. A recent project on the Waccamaw River by OSI and its partners helped secure a key property to this end.