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2019 Annual Report (Mac Stone)
ANNUAL REPORT FEATURES CONSERVATION AT WORK
OSI protects land to support clean water, protect wildlife, strengthen communities, mitigate the effects of climate change, and expand recreational opportunities. Connecting people with the land remains foremost for the Open Space Institute, and thanks to our supporters and partners, 2019 was an exceptional year for OSI in making these connections. Please take some time to review this annual report, knowing that all we achieve not only strengthens our communities and protects the world around us, but also continues to inspire and connect each of us to the land we love.

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Tapping the Power of Land Protection Map AR19
TAPPING THE POWER OF LAND PROTECTION
In 2015, OSI was challenged by the Wyss Foundation to find and protect wilderness in the Eastern USA. In just four and a half years, OSI met this challenge — protecting five large properties totaling more than 37,000 acres. These large-scale projects demonstrate how conservation translates into meaningful benefits for people and wildlife.
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South Carolina staff AR 19
IN SOUTH CAROLINA: FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING
Over a five-year period, OSI’s conservation presence in South Carolina has grown from a one-person operation to five on-the-ground staffers. The team has infused new energy into collaborations with more than 30 partners — while protecting more than 14,000 acres through some 50 transactions.

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Kelly Street Garden AR19
NURTURING NATURE IN NEW YORK CITY
Over the past four decades, OSI’s Citizen Action program has been at the forefront of providing fledgling grassroot organizations support needed to operate as successful nonprofits. Kelly Street Garden partnered with OSI to learn the daily fiscal and administrative tasks needed to operate a nonprofit.
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CATSKILL CONSERVATION
The Catskill Park has been at the forefront of OSI's land protection efforts. Today, OSI is building on this commitment to conservation in the Catskills by making its protected land more accessible to visitors. In 2019, OSI completed nine projects in the Catskills, protecting more than 1,500 acres, safeguarding a critical water source, and driving two impressive trail projects.
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Saving Chattanooga’s Backyard
Just five miles from downtown Chattanooga, the Tennessee River Gorge, popular for its accessible wilderness, has also begun to attract residential developers. Conservation of six key properties reaffirms OSI as an important player in the effort to protect the world’s most breathtaking river gorges.
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Riverbank Rocks
Since the 2019 grand-reopening of the Cultural Performance Center at Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, there is new excitement and energy at the park. As a result of the OSI-sponsored $2.8 million revitalization effort of the park’s performance space, Harlem has a prime location to feature talent from the community and beyond.
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