NEW YORK NY - October 15, 2014 - President Barack Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality announced new executive
actions and a series of private and public sector commitments that will improve
the management of our natural resources in the context of a changing climate
and support investment in green infrastructure. The Council on
Environmental Quality (CEQ) coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works
closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of
environmental policies and initiatives.
We applaud President Obama's efforts and are
honored that the Open Space Institute's Resilient Landscape Initiative was
featured (read the White House Press release here).
Launched in 2013 with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, OSI’s
initiative supports land protection in the eastern United States that will
facilitate wildlife adaptation as the climate changes. Additionally, with support from Jane’s Trust, the New York State Conservation Partnership Program and the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northeast Landscape Conservation Cooperative, the initiative also supports efforts to translate cutting-edge climate science to inform conservation on the ground.
Five of the 14 land acquisition projects funded to date are completed,
protecting 2,682 acres of resilient habitat in West Virginia, New Jersey,
Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire (Capital
Grant list). Seven other research initiatives that integrate resilience
science into conservation planning have been completed or are underway across
New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts (Grant
As part of the President’s announcement, we’re stepping up our efforts and are pleased
to announce four new resilience planning grants, including two statewide
initiatives in Massachusetts and Maine (see
here). Last week, we received six proposals for land protection in the
Southern Cumberland Plateau (TN, AL and TN), the first resiliency site in the
southeast. By the year’s end, we will select two or three additional sites for
capital grants in land protection in the region. Tomorrow, we will release a Request
for Proposals for the third round of capital grants for resilient land
protection projects in the Northeast.
Land trusts have a critical role to play in ensuring resiliency in the face of
climate change. OSI is pleased to help facilitate this work, and provide the
information, capital and tools conservationists need to succeed in this crucial
The Northeast Resilient Landscape Fund provides capital grants and
loans to land protection projects within selected regions of the Northeast,Mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians.
The Southeast Resilient Landscape Fund provides capital grants and loans to land protection projects within selected regions of the southeast.
OSI's Catalyst Grant Program furthers
the practical application of climate science to biodiversity
conservation through targeted grants for land conservation planning and