OSI NE Resilient Landscapes Fund Capital Grants

Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman

Northeast Resilient Landscapes Grants

Web Map RLI Resilient 4 regions

Potomac Headwaters

Seldom Seen WV Resilient LandscapesCacapon Mountain - Hampshire & Morgan Counties, WV

With the inaugural grant in 2014 from OSI’s Resilient Landscapes Fund, the Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust acquired conservation easements on 875 acres adjacent to West Virginia’s 6,000-acre Cacapon State Park. The land will continue to be used for hunting and sustainable forestry and connects the state park with another 840 acres of protected land. The entire property ranks above average for climate resilience because of these landscape connections and because the land includes significant amounts of rich limestone bedrock that is known to support a diversity of plants and animals

Highlands and Kittatinny Ridge

Mosiers Knob, Delaware Water Gap, PA photo TPL

Mosiers Knob – Smithfield Township, Monroe Cnty, PA

In October 2015, the Trust for Public Land protected the 550-acre Mosiers Knob property. The tract, located on the west bank of the Delaware River and rising to a 1,120-foot high point know as Mosier’s Knob, includes headwaters and main stem of Shawnee Creek. It was transferred to the 56,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA) and will be open to the public for hiking and passive recreation. The watershed in which the property is located ranks highly for protection of water quality due to its very low impervious surface and large amount of protected forest land. The project also received a grant from OSI’s Northeast Resilient Landscapes Fund due to its significance for climate resiliency.

Walpack Riverside NJ RLI project

Walpack Riverside - Walpack, New Jersey

In December 2014,  OSI made a $150,000 grant to The Conservation Fund (TCF) to protect 109 acres in Walpack Township, New Jersey. TCF transferred the land to the National Park Service’s Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The land – a text-book example of landscape resilience - adjoins 70,000 acres of protected land and contains diverse landforms including wetlands, steep slopes covered by pine, hemlock and hardwood forest, 3000 feet along the Delaware River and abandoned fields that will be allowed to revert to forest.

Pequannock Watershed Forest Inholdings
West Milford, NJ

In 2014, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey conserved two critical inholdings, totaling 257 acres, in the 35,000-acre Newark-Pequannock River watershed with a Resilient Landscape grant. This mountainous area contains one of the state’s most intact forests, acquired by the City of Newark early in the last century to protect drinking water. Conserving these unprotected gaps in this large forest will prevent fragmentation that could impede the movement of wildlife and facilitate introduction of invasive species. The project’s complex and varied topography supports mature hardwood and hemlock stands and many different types of wetland habitat – sedge swamps, vernal pools, coniferous forested wetlands - that provide plants and animals with habitat options in a changing climate.

Middle Connecticut River

Black Mountain VT

Black Mountain - Dummerston, Vermont

The Nature Conservancy’s Black Mountain Natural Area contains an array of geologies – including a granitic pluton, the result of an unexploded volcano, and low elevation limestone, a geology that is known to harbor an unusual variety of plants and animals. This diversity of bedrock has created a biodiversity hotspot, with rare natural communities, vernal pools, and significant forests. With a grant from OSI, TNC conserved 410 acres that help round out and build upon 600 acres TNC had previously protected. Join OSI’s Miranda Spencer as she trekked up Black Mountain this past spring.

Leyden Woods, Resiliency J Hall photoLeyden Forest - Leyden, Massachusetts
In 2014, in this rural town on the Vermont border, almost a dozen landowners came together to protect their land - a priority climate refuge for wildlife that also includes local farms and productive forestlands. Thanks to the generosity of these landowners and their partnership with the Mount Grace Conservation Trust, Franklin Land Trust, the town of Leyden, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 481 acres of resilient habitat were forever conserved. The lands’ rich forests and wetland systems contain diverse resources that will likely endure in the face of climate change and provide long-term habitat for plants and animals.

Salmon Brook – Putney, Vermont
With a 2014 grant from OSI, the Putney Mountain Association and Vermont Land Trust worked together to conserve 145 acres at the southern end of a 16 mile ridgeline that is the target of a landscape level conservation effort.  To date, the partners have protected 2,200 acres within a 6,700 acre forest block. The property is adjacent to protected land, overlies rich, limestone bedrock and includes the headwaters of Salmon Brook, a tributary of the Connecticut River. The ridgeline supports seasonal black bear movement and lies within a migratory hawk and eagle flyway.

Southern New Hampshire & ME Forests

Belknap Lake Resilient Landscapes Inititative

Belknap Mountains, Alton and Gilford, NH 

The Belknap Mountains contain the key characteristics of a resilient landscape: unfragmented native habitat and a diversity of landforms – such as rocky slopes, steep ravines and wetlands. With this abundance of habitats, the chances are greater that wildlife will be able to find refuge from temperature extremes. And at over 30,000 acres, the Belknap Range is large enough for animals such as bear, bobcat, snowshoe hare and moose to access this diversity of habitats. The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in 2014 conserved 866 acres proximate to other preserved lands in the Belknaps, increasing the protection of this resilient mountain range overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee.

Crooked Run, Bear-Paw, NH

Crooked Run, New Hampshire

In December 2014, OSI made a $110,000 grant to Bear-Paw Regional Greenways to conserve 450 acres along the Crooked Run in Barnstead, Strafford and Pittsfield, in southern New Hampshire. Bear-Paw acquired a conservation easement from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and a right of first refusal on adjoining BSA lands. This rapidly suburbanizing area still contains large forest blocks and functioning wetlands, vernal pools, streams and lakes making the region an important protection target. Bear-Paw is working with adjacent landowners to link this property with 20,000 acres of preserved land to the east.

Crooked River ME

Crooked River Forest – Otisfield and Harrison, Maine

With help from OSI, the Portland Water District and many others, the Western Foothills and Loon Echo Land Trusts conserved 791 acres and three and half miles along the Crooked River. These lands provide essential wooded buffer along the river, which supports rare landlocked salmon and native brook trout. The project also protects floodplain forests and wetlands that support intact wildlife habitat and purify the water flowing into the Crooked River.  The Crooked is the largest surface water source to Sebago Lake, which supplies clean drinking water to over 200,000 Maine residents and countless Portland area businesses.


Hinman Pond, ME Resilient Landscapes

Hinman Pond II – Hookset, New Hampshire

With a grant from OSI in December 2015, Bear‑Paw Regional Greenways and New Hampshire Fish and Game completed  the second phase of the 794-acre Hinman Pond Project. This phase conserved 218 acres of inholdings in the 10,000+ acre Bear Brook State Park. These properties fill in key gaps in the State Park, which provides an essential core of climate resilient habitat in the face of encroaching suburban development.  The diverse landscape includes low lying wetlands, dry hillsides, rocky outcrops and caves, supporting some of the New Hampshire’s highest ranked wildlife habitat.





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