Since 2010, the Open Space Institute’s Community Forest Fund has made grants to help kindle this locally-
The Open Space Institute (OSI), the Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) and the Rondout-Esopus Land Conservancy (RELC) today released a comprehensive scientific assessment of the Binnewater Hills confirming its unique ecological significance and calling for continued conservation in and around the area. Best known for its recreational and scenic value, the Binnewater Hills’ natural ecological importance is quantified for the first time in the report, which calls the area a national “biological treasure.”
Since conservation easements were invented, land
trusts' standards and practices for administering these critical tools
have evolved in sophistication and rigor. With the emergence of national accreditation, land trusts are accepting a higher degree of accountability for their quality and potential for enforcement. The Easement Revitalization guidebook examines easement case studies and ways to strenghtening the effectiveness or this essential preservation tool.
Retaining Working Forests: Eastern North Carolina provides maps, data and analysis to help towns, counties, planners, developers and conservation groups identify win-win approaches to conservation and development.
Private Lands, Public Benefits: Open Space Resources and Preferred Growth Areas in the Catskills provides maps, data and analysis to help towns, counties, planners, developers and conservation groups identify win-win approaches to conservation and development. March 2011
Ground Up: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture in the Catskill Region was produced by the Open Space Institute and Columbia University students who authored this study to raise awareness about viability of local farming in the Catskill Region. April 2011
OSI conducted a land use and financial analyses of the Plum Creek Timber Company's proposed development of the Moosehead Lake Region of Maine. 2007 -2009
How will wildlife habitat priorities shift as the climate changes? OSI’s ongoing study analyzes current wildlife habitat priorities building on seven state’s federally-mandated State Wildlife Action Plans and then uses the latest tools to identify how individual species vulnerability to climate change. 2009 - 2012
This report focuses on 600,000 acres of the Northern Forest in New Hampshire and Maine. Our work predicts that the transformation of these forests are just beginning.
What do conservation easements conserve? A new report by the Open Space Institute and the Wildlife Conservation Society probes this biodiversity protection in the Northern Forest. Research by Jerry Jenkins
OSI's study, Western Massachusetts: Assessing the Conservation Opportunity served as reconnaissance for OSI's $4 million loan fund.
Southern Appalachian Assessment
In 2005, OSI expanded its conservation finance work to the Southern Appalachian Mountains to protect an ecologically unique environment under duress.
Conservation Research Publications List
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