Explore the Outdoors
The long rambling range of the Appalachian Mountains runs along the eastern United States, linking states from Georgia to Maine, where amidst some of the most densely developed regions in the country, there are still boundless opportunities for year-round recreation in areas rich in natural beauty. Open Space Institute is invested in protecting these landscapes for the enjoyment of people rural and urban, whether locals or travelers from afar.
The Open Space Institute, which has protected more than 100,000 acres in New York State—including 75,000 acres of parkland—in 2010 launched the Alliance for New York State Parks, a bold initiative aimed at protecting and enhancing the state’s parks and historic sites for present and future generations.
Alliance for New York State Parks
The Alliance for New York State Parks was formed in 2010 in the wake of the most severe fiscal crisis to ever strike the state’s unparalleled collection of 178 parks and 35 historic sites. Earlier this year, as many as 90 parks and historic sites—a full 40 percent of the state system—were threatened with closures and/or cutbacks for the first time since 1885, when Niagara Falls State Park became the first state park in the nation.
The Alliance, a public-private partnership, will advocate in favor of continued funding for the parks system, which, according to a 2009 report, generates $1.9 billion in economic activity, including the creation of 20,000 long-term, sustainable, non-parks jobs servicing 60 million annual visitors, 40 percent of whom come from outside the facilities' immediate surrounding area.