OSI launched the $6 million Resilient Landscapes Initiative six
months ago to preserve resilient landscapes in the eastern U.S. Learn more about the next round of grant funding.
We are pleased to announce the second round of Capital Grants for land protection through the Resilient Landscapes Initiative.
Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals through March
18, 2014. The Initiative, made possible through a $6 million lead grant
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, allows land trusts and public agencies
safeguard places most likely to support plant and animal diversity in
of a changing climate.
The Initiative makes Capital Grants within four Resilient
Landscapes from Maine to West Virginia (link to map). OSI also awards Catalyst Grants for science, planning and educational projects throughout the region.
Since its launch in 2013, OSI has approved five Capital Grants in New
England and the mid-Atlantic region. Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust
used a $210,000 grant to conserve 900 acres of resilient habitat in the
panhandle of West Virginia (Press Release). The
protected parcels are highly complex—with elevation and ravines offering
wildlife places to move—and sits atop calcareous soils, a geology type that harbors
significant plant and animal diversity. You can hear more about the project on West Virginia Public Radio.
OSI has awarded four pilot Catalyst Grants
to organizations that are integrating climate resiliency science into
conservation planning, research and public education efforts. Such
initiatives complement direct land protection and advance utilization of
good science. Here is a description of work underway by one recipient,
Highstead Center (PDF). OSI awards Catalyst Grants by invitation.
To learn more about climate resiliency science and the Initiative’s goals, go to the program overview. If you have any questions about the grant application or process, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Additionally, you can register for the Resilient Landscapes Webinar on Feb. 5
at 1:00 PM. OSI staff will review the underlying science and the capital grants
application process here.