Places We Work » New England
Home to more than 14 million people, New England supports complex systems of life ranging from bobcats, bog turtles and piping plovers to lynx and Karner blue butterflies. The region is an integral part of the Atlantic flyway, a migratory bird super highway that links north to south. Southern New England, where European settlers first arrived half a millennia ago, is today a window into the future, where an increasing human population means we can no longer think of wild places as wholly removed from human locales.
Conversely, the northern reaches of the region—stretching from the Adirondacks into Canada—include one of the largest intact temperate forests remaining on the globe.
The Open Space Institute offers a suite of grant and loan programs, each designed to conserve the very best of the region’s wildlife habitat and working landscapes.
What ties these funds together is OSI’s recognition of the interdependence of people and community and the importance of landscape connectivity. We seek to fund projects that are part of a larger ecological whole—that link, buffer and expand existing protected areas and conserve key corridors that will prove crucial as our climate changes.
Active Regional Funds Community Forest Fund
OSI's Community Forest Fund helps rural communities in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont gain control not only of their forests but also their economic futures.
Transborder Land Protection Fund addresses conservation in the complex, largely forested Northern Appalachian eco-region of southern Canada and Northern New England.
Completed New England Funds
Saving New England’s Wildlife
Northern Forest Protection Fund
Western Massachusetts Land Protection Fund