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KIM ELLIMAN: ACCESS TO NATURE IS A HUMAN NECESSITY
Dear Friend,

The sun seems to be hitting the snooze button these days -- delaying its wakening for a minute or so more each morning. Although the end of summer always leaves me a little melancholy, this year I am comforted by this seasonal routine – especially with all the health, economic, and social uncertainty confronting us.
   
It won’t be long before I trade my short sleeves for an OSI fleece as I head out to a favorite trail. And while I’ll also be wearing a face mask and keeping my distance from fellow explorers, I am thankful for the opportunity to take in the fresh air, appreciate the forest’s beauty, and even identify the call of a migrating bird.

Easy and safe access to the outdoors is not a luxury, but especially now, a necessity of life – and OSI is making a real difference in connecting people and nature.  
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Photo: Sam Pryor Campground, an OSI project in the Shawangunks (Steve Aaron)

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A NEW GATEWAY FOR MINNEWASKA VISITORS
OSI's Minnewaska Visitor Center project is taking shape as the campaign for the new gateway building and interpretive exhibits nears its $3 million goal. A joint project with NYS Parks, the visitor center will serve as a point-of-entry for first-time visitors to the storied park and a place where returnees can learn more about its magnificent carriage roads, trails, lakes, waterfalls, and scenic views.
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IMPROVING ADIRONDACK TRAIL ACCESS
Trail head and parking area construction continues at OSI’s Adirondac Upper Works property. The project aims to improve southern access to the Adirondack High Peaks and better disburse visitors in the area. A new logo has also been unveiled, which will be incorporated into a signage plan for the property.
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WITH LWCF VICTORY: MORE AND BETTER PARKS
 “The Great American Outdoors Act is the most momentous and far-reaching conservation achievement of this century,” says Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “This new law will protect our most precious natural resources, lead to the expansion of public parks, and make public lands more welcoming.”
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A NEW PARK FOR SC RIVER RECREATION
A long-awaited riverfront park will now become a reality, thanks to an innovative deal by OSI and its partners. The park will increase access to the Little Pee Dee River, a popular recreation destination and source of drinking water, that flows past cypress-tupelo swamps, ancient sloughs, and sandy stream bottoms.
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A GREENWAY FOR NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
A recent article in nj.com details OSI's work on a greenway trail project in congested northern New Jersey. A preliminary agreement with Norfolk Southern Rail Corporation sets the stage for the Essex-Hudson Greenway, a nine-mile linear park between Jersey City and Montclair.
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OSI HELPS NH COMMUNITY FORESTS GAIN TRAILS
Thanks to OSI’s Community Forest Fund, two New Hampshire community forests have expanded. The projects enhance hiking and biking access to "Corridor 19," a popular local trail; protect a river crossing; and create a connected recreational landscape for skiing and hiking.
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