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Yauch property photo OSI Merrilee FrableLands for Hand Hollow Forest

The preservation of two woodland properties will contribute to the protection of local water quality and expand recreational opportunities in Columbia County. Adjacent to Hand Hollow State Forest, the properties will double the size of the state forest once they are conveyed to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
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East Branch of Penobscot River, MENine Miles on the Penobscot, ME
OSI has conserved nine miles of Maine’s East Branch of the Penobscot River. The preservation of the undeveloped shoreline guarantees and improves access to one of Maine’s best canoeing rivers. The project marks OSI’s first direct acquisition in the state of Maine, building on 15-years during which OSI made grants and loans totaling more than $13 million helping to protect more than 1.3 million acres.

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Geology Hearth at Thacher Park CenterUpdates on the Campaign for New Thacher Park Center

Local businessman and recent donor for the  Thacher Park Center, Jeff Thomas, calls new center "magnificent." Part of the attraction is the geology. Local fossils and rock specimens for the Thacher Park Center hearth have been collected by a group of volunteers to ensure the park’s rich geological contribution is highlighted.

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