Open Space Institute Land Conservation

Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman

New York Land Conservation

View From Thacher State Park by B.Cole

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.



Greg Miller View to High Top Shawangunks

2013 Success

In 2013, 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.


View from Merrill Property Greg Miller

2012 Success

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.

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