Open Space Institute Welcomes Friends to Shawangunk Mt. Wild Blueberry & Huckleberry Festival in Ellenville, N.Y., on Saturday, August 23rd

ELLENVILLE, NY - August 25, 2003 - The Open Space Institute welcomed friends and supporters to the annual “Shawangunk Mt. Wild Blueberry and Huckleberry Harvest Festival” in Ellenville, N.Y.

During the festival, the Open Space Institute announced the donation of additional land to the Lippman Memorial Park in the town of Wawarsing. The 19-acre parcel was acquired by OSI and its Joint Venture (JV) partner, the Trust for Public Land (www.tpl.org).

OSI's Shawangunk Ridge Land Protection Program has acquired and protected more than 18,000 acres in the Shawangunks through its land acquisition arm, the Open Space Conservancy. OSI has taken steps to protect a major regional corridor through its Joint Venture with the Trust for Public Land. Together, the two groups acquired the 5,405-acre Lundy estate in February, 2000. “The Lundy Estate forms a protected corridor between the Shawangunk Ridge and the Catskill Forest Preserve. The Trust for Public Land and OSI pooled resources to acquire the property and later convey it to the state of New York for management,” said Erik Kulleseid, director of TPL's New York State Program.

The Joint Venture conveyed the bulk of the Lundy property in 2002 to the State of New York. “The Lundy property is an exceptional resource that includes 6 miles of the Vernooy Kill, a major cold water trout stream. Thanks to the State of New York, the land we protected is now available to the public for hunting, camping and other outdoor pursuits,” said Joe Martens, President of the Open Space Institute. One last piece located on the southern tip of the Lundy estate still remains in the hands of the Joint Venture.



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During the blueberry festival, Wawarsing Town Supervisor Richard Craft unveiled a plaque acknowleding OSI and its joint venture partner, the Trust for Public Land.

Kids enjoy the last days of summer at the Lippman Memorial Park in Wawarsing.

About the Lundy Estate
In March, 2000, Governor George Pataki announced the state's plan to acquire the Lundy Estate, one of the largest remaining parcels of land in the Catskill Mountains. The Lundy property was thought of as one of the most outstanding landscapes in the Catskills and was identified as a priority in the State's Open Space Conservation Plan “I am particularly grateful for the hard work that the Trust for Public Land and the Open Space Institute performed to enable the state to acquire this Catskill gem,” said Pataki on March 2, 2000. The Lundys were New York City restaurateurs who assembled the estate in the 1920s and 30s. In the 1980's, the land was sold to land speculators who went bankrupt.

About OSI's Shawangunk Ridge Land Protection Program
OSI's Shawangunk Ridge Protection Program, initiated in 1987, has protected the two highest summits in the Shawangunks, Sam's Point and High Point; several major streams; and the 53acre Lake Maratanza, one of five sky lakes in the Shawangunks. In 1996, OSI purchased the 4,600-acre Sam's Point Dwarf Pine Barren Preserve from the Village of Ellenville. “Traditionally known as the Ice Caves Mountain, this crown jewel of the 'Gunks' is the best example of ridge top dwarf pine barrens on the planet,” said Robert Anderberg, OSI's general counsel. Sam's Point Preserve is now managed by OSI's partner, the Nature Conservancy, which named Sam's Point one of the “Last Great Places” on Earth.

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