The Open Space Institute has protected over 116,000 acres of land in New York State, where our work first began more than forty years ago. Through direct acquisition and conservation easements, we protect critical open space habitats and recreation areas, family farms and historic sites, and partner with local and state government to expand their parklands. Because land developed is gone forever.
In New York State our primary focus areas are: the Adirondacks, the Capital Region and Kinderhook corridor, Essex farmland, the Catskills, Shawangunks and lower Hudson Valley.
OSI transferred thousands of acres to New York’s state park system. We
also launched the Resilient Landscapes Initiative, which uses cutting-edge science
to identify the lands most likely to adapt to changes in climate.
Guided by a long-term strategic plan, we have become more
efficient conservationists. We're proud of the impact that every project
OSI made in the communities in which we work.