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Kim Elliman speaks about how OSI is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in Philipstown on the weekly Your Environment podcast.
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October 17, 2014 –  We are celebrating an important milestone at the Open Space Institute, and I’d like to invite each of you to join OSI to mark 40 years of land conservation in the Hudson Valley. I’ll share more details in a minute, but mark down November 2 in Garrison, New York.

In 1974, OSI’s founder John Adams launched the Open Space Institute to acquire and permanently protect land, originally focusing on the Catskills. In the early 1980’s, OSI looked east to the Hudson Highlands, where large, old estates were being put up for sale.

This landscape is cherished by many for its scenic and dramatic landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School of painting.  And for the place it holds in American History when Henry Hudson first sailed through, and then as a central location for the colonies’ fight for independence during the Revolutionary War.  And also for the many recreational opportunities that await outdoor enthusiasts, the Highlands boast thousands of acres of public land, including some of New York’s most-visited state parks.

We were drawn by the uniqueness of the scenery, the state parks and proximity to New York City, all of which you appreciate about this area too.

Since we started working in the Hudson Highlands, OSI has accomplished a great deal.  We have added 1400 acres to Hudson Highlands State Park, and doubled the size of Fahnestock State Park to more than 14,000 acres.  All told, we have protected more than 10,000 acres in eastern Hudson Highlands, making a permanent impact, and providing benefits for all New Yorkers.  We have created town parks and soccer fields, and added miles of trails and many scenic views to the state parks system.  

We continue to work tirelessly to protect more land for state parks and make the parks inviting, welcoming and engaging when you visit them.

So do come visit them.

And please come visit with us on Sunday, November 2 anytime between 11 am and 1:30 pm at Boscobel in Garrison, New York, in the West Meadow.

We will have an open house celebrating our 40th birthday, and more information on our work. I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks.



















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