Integrating lessons from OSI’s acquisition work over the past 40 years and our more recent conservation capital activities, OSI provides practical solutions to the land use challenges facing conservation organizations and foundations in the 21st Century.
Guided by staff with expertise in finance, planning and forestry, we work in partnership with leaders across the country to conduct and disseminate thoughtful analysis that can guide smart conservation.
OSI’s studies and publications aim to influence land use policy and practice through a unique blend of research, communication and training focused on promising approaches to landscape-scale conservation. Through our work, we seek to:
Conservation Research managed by OSI staff based in New York that collaborates with outside experts on specific projects.
OSI Executive Vice President Peter Howell, a Wharton MBA and former director of environment grantmaking programs at the Doris Duke Charitable and Wallace Foundations, serves as its director.
Abigail Weinberg, a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as its manager.
To achieve its mission, the Conservation Research Program reaches across traditional land trust boundaries to partner with leaders in diverse fields including: policy-makers, public and private funders, landowners, appraisers, economists, foresters, land use planners and land management organizations.
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