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Open Space Institute Celebrates Putnam County in Summer Issue of OPEN SPACE

NEW YORK, NY - July 21, 2005 - The Open Space Institute, Inc. (OSI) is celebrating Putnam County's phenomenal scenery and publicly accessible open space in the Summer issue of OPEN SPACE.

Free copies of OPEN SPACE are available at Boscobel Restoration (Garrison), Garrison Market (Garrison), Desmond-Fish Library (Garrison), Putnam County Visitors Bureau (Carmel), Kent Free Public Library (Kent), and all three Merritt Books stores in Putnam and Dutchess Counties (Cold Spring, Millbrook, & Red Hook). The publication is also available in the press room.

The Open Space Institute is a forty-year old nonprofit land conservation organization that has been working to protect open space in Putnam County for more than 15 years. Working with partners, both public and private, OSI has protected close to 10,000 acres in Putnam County.

Thanks to an ongoing partnership with the State of New York, OSI has doubled the size of Fahnestock State Park, now one of the top five largest parks in New York. Closer to the Hudson River, OSI has added hundreds of acres to Hudson Highlands State Park, with a goal of creating a protected greenway between HHSP and Fahnestock. Along the Hudson River, OSI has worked with numerous partners to protect the shoreline of the river and create public parks, including Arden Point State Park and Phillipstown Town Park.

The Summer issue of OPEN SPACE includes a feature article entitled, “Putnam County: What Went Right” by freelance journalist Ken Kostel “When it comes to the environment, the negative side of things is often what we focus on,” said Kim Elliman, CEO of the Open Space Institute. “There's no doubt that the threats to open space are real and profound; however, when we can, we should pause to enjoy the outdoors, and the Summer offers plenty of opportunities to do just that,” said Elliman. The Summer issue of OPEN SPACE also includes updates about important land saving tools, including conservation easements, the focus of heated debate in the U.S. Congress; information about new books by local authors; and updates from OSI staff about sprawl in the Hudson River Valley and beyond.

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