Capitalized with a 2013 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation, the Northeast Resilient Landscape Fund provides capital grants to
land protection projects within the following regions:
Cacapon 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 – 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.
Pequannock Watershed Forest Inholdings
Middle Connecticut River
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 Forest - Leyden, Massachusetts
Salmon Brook – Putney, Vermont
Southern New Hampshire & ME Forests
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, 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 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 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.
OSI NE Resilient Landscapes Fund Capital Grants
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