OSI Press Releases Archive

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The Open Space Institute Completes First Land Acquisition Outside of New York  — Charleston, S.C. — April 22, 2014

ULSTER COUNTY AND OSI ANNOUNCE RAIL TRAIL STUDY — Ashokan Reservoir near the Rail Trail Kingston, NY — April 17, 2014

Walkway Over the Hudson Valued as Source of Community Pride - ALBANY, NY - April 16, 2014



Neighbors Rally To Protect Hess Farm — NEW YORK, NY — April 2, 2014

OSI and more than 40 national and regional environmental organizations are part of an extensive effort by the Willian Penn Foundationto protect Delaware River watershed PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 1, 2014

Governor Cuomo Outlines a $65 Million Initiative and Multi-Year Plan To Restore and Transform Jones Beach, Creating More Than 620 Jobs ALBANY NY – March 20, 2014

Glywood Announces Hudson Valley Farm Incubator — NEW PALTZ, NY — February 28, 2014

Conservation of Hurleyville Rail Trail and Catskills Farm:
Trail to become part of growing Hudson Valley network; farm will be used for agriculture-based autism initiative at The Center for Discovery — NEW YORK, NY — February 28, 2014

$3 Million Open Space and Recreation Fund Announced in New York's Ulster County
NEW YORK, NY — February 26, 2014

Advocates Head to Albany to Talk Parks and Environmental Spending — ALBANY NY — February 26, 2014

The Open Space Institute and New York State Add 1,000 Acres to Minnewaska — NEW YORK, NY — January 14, 2014

OSI Loan Part of a Spectacular Achievement for Conservation: Nine Times Forest, South Carolina
NEW YORK, NY - January 16, 2014 

First OSI Resilient Landscapes Grant Preserves 900 Acres in West Virginia — NEW YORK, NY — January 14, 2014

Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State Address by Erik Kulleseid, executive director of the Open Space Institute’s Alliance for New York State Parks
ALBANY, NY – January 8, 2014


2013 Year in Review: In New York, OSI is on track to protect over 2,300 acres of farmland, trails and greenways by year's end. Through OSI's loan and grant programs we have protected 23,895 acres valued at over $30 million on the East Coast— November 26, 2013

Conservation Group Keeps Buying Land, Helping State Parks Grow: Minnewaska State Park in Ulster County has increased in size because of land acquisitions made by a nonprofit group. By LISA W. FODERARO - New York Times
November 15, 2013

Lakefront park attracts culturally diverse visitors from throughout region: Report finds Harriman State Park’s Lake Welch remains a valued natural, recreational and family getaway for diverse metropolitan-area residents - New York, NY — October 25, 2013

A New Approach to Conservation in New Hampshire
OSI has awarded a grant to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests to protect 950 acres in the Belknap Mountains – CONCORD, NH – October 17, 2013

Community forests make a comeback in Maine: Cities and towns are harvesting their own wood for town services, a newly recycled concept with a history in Maine going back 200 years. By North Cairn, Portland Press Herald — October 16, 2013

The Open Space Institute Works in New Paltz - New York, NY — October 30, 2013

OSI is awarding $500,000 in grants to four land trusts engaged in Resiliency educational programs — NEW YORK, NY — September 23, 2013

Enjoy Hiking for 24 Miles on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
ROSENDALE, NY — August 30, 2013

OSI Unveils Interpretive Plan for Tahawus Blast Furnace — NEW YORK, NY — August 26, 2013

Three New Jersey Acquisitions Highlight Watersheds — NEW YORK, NY — August 26, 2013

Report finds that nearly half of Jones Beach patrons are from New York City; Are ethnically diverse and maintain deep connection to Robert Moses masterpiece — July 5, 2013

Grand Opening of the Historic Rosendale Trestle — NEW YORK, NY — June 20, 2013

$5.5 Million in Funding Available for Conservation of Resilient Landscapes — NEW YORK, NY — June 5, 2013

Last Stop For Fundraising Campaign For The Rosendale Trestle — NEW YORK, NY — May 23, 2013

Conservation of Mystery Point on the Hudson River — NEW YORK, NY — June 13, 2013

OSI and Lancaster Farmland Trust Team Up to Protect Amish Farms in Pennsylvania – NEW YORK, NY – May 24, 2013

Fahnestock State Park Visitor Area Revitalization Project Gets Underway — ALBANY, NY — April 26, 2013

Carol Ash and Sam Pryor III Honored with the 2013 Land Conservation Award and Presented Three McHenry Award Winners — NEW YORK, NY — April 17, 2013

OSI and OSC Applying for National Land Trust Accreditation NEW YORK, NY - 4/12/13

New Hampshire Forest Connectivity and Wildlife Habitat to Remain Intact – WENTWORTH LOCATION, NH – April 2, 2013

New York State to Invest $90 Million to Repair and Upgrade State Parks – ALBANY, NY – April 2, 2013

702 Acres on Legacy Ridge Saved from Development
Land purchase adds to OSI’s longtime preservation efforts in Highlands Black Rock Forest Corridor — NEW YORK, NY — March 25, 2013

Easement Revitalization: A Problem-Solving Guidebook for Land Trusts Released – NEW YORK, NY - March 18, 2013

OSI Loan Helps Preserve High Appalachian Ridge
AVERY COUNTY, NC – February 19, 2013

OSI VP Erik Kulleseid's Testimony Before Joint Fiscal Committees of the New York State Legislature on the State Budget— ALBANY, NY — February 4, 2013

OSI Adirondack Easement Protects Pokamoonshine Mountain —  NEW YORK, NY — January 13, 2013

From the Ground Up: January 2013: Profile of Assemblyman Kevin Cahill

Interview with Mac Hunter from OPEN SPACE NEWSLETTER - Winter/Spring 2013

Historic Adirondack Marion River Trail Preserved — NEW YORK, NY — January 8, 2013


First Grant from OSI's Southern Cumberland Land Fund forJacobs Mountain, AL — CHATTANOOGA, TN — December 28, 2012

Downeast Lakes Land Trust and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announce the  permanent protection of 21,870 acres – Grand Lake Stream, ME – December 18, 2012

Nulhegan Abenaki Attain First Tribal Community Forest with OSI Grant – BARTON, VERMONT – December 18, 2012

Two Acquisitions to Connect Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks— NEW YORK, NY — December 17, 2012

Second Orange County Farm Easement Utilizes Community Preservation Funds —New York, NY—December 10, 2012

Reflections on Conservation in 2012

After Sandy in New York's Parks — New York, NY — November 19, 2012

97 Percent of New Hampshire Voters Support Land Conservation –  October 25, 2012

OSI Announces New Fund for Southern Cumberland Plateau
New York, NY – October 25, 2012

Strong Support for Open Space in the Hudson Valley
NEW YORK, NY — October 2, 2012

$5 Million Available to Buffer Military Bases - New York, NY – September 12, 2012

OSI Funding Helps Preserve The Gateway To Unami Forest and 75-Acre Park — Northern Montgomery County, PA — August 30, 2012

Conservation Without Borders: Keeping Forestland Intact in the Northern Appalachian/Arcadia Ecoregion — July 30, 2012

OSI Funding Helps Turn Property Slated For Development Into A Nature Preserve — ROBESON TOWNSHIP, PA — July 31, 2012

OSI & Partners Protect Ridgeview Lands and Will Add To Huckleberry Ridge State Forest — NEW YORK, NY — July 30, 2012

The Forest Guild Webinar By Abby Weinberg Is Available Online: Challenges And Opportunities For Southeastern Working Forests — New York, NY — July 16, 2012

Pennies For Parks Initiative Gains Traction In New York State Legislature – Albany, NY – July 11, 2012

OSI Grant Helps TNC Complete The Preservation Of Over  500 Acres — VINELAND, NJ — June 28, 2012

New Northeast Resilient Landscape Initiative Will Respond To Climate Change – June 25, 2012

Conservation in the Commonwealth: Since 2005 OSI has made more than $6 million in grants and loans to protect over 11,000 acres in Massachusetts — June 21, 2012

Innovative Partnership Protects Unique 59-Acre Westchester Wilderness Tract: Teatown Assumes Management Responsibility for Three County Parks – YORKTOWN, NY – June 13, 2012

Latest OSI Research Report Finds Conservation
Could Save Jobs, Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat — NEW YORK, NY — May 21, 2012

Second Orange County Farm Easement Utilizes Community Preservation Funds — NEW YORK, NY — May 15, 2012

Major Improvements in the Works for New York’s State Parks: Applause for Governor Cuomo and Legislature for Historic Investment in Parks and Historic Sites
– Albany, NY – April 23, 2012

From the Ground Up: In this first installment, OSI’s Peter Howell tells us about two women, Kristin DeBoer and Cinda Jones, completed the largest conservation project ever in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts — March 16, 2012

2012 Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards to Four Young Leaders — NEW YORK, NY — April 22, 2012

Construction is Underway on the Rosendale Trestle — NEW YORK, NY — April 16, 2012

OSI Acquisition Protects Scenic Waterfall and Trails part of 233-acre property that will be added to Minnewaska State Park Preserve — NEW YORK, NY — April 10, 2012

Community Forests Gaining Momentum: Interest in Protecting and Expanding Community Forests Gaining Momentum through New Program - NEW YORK, NY - April 12, 2012

Final state spending plan provides $89 million for repairs, upgrades and restorations to aging and deteriorating state park system - Albany, NY – March 27, 2012

Summer Camp Comes Again to the Adirondacks and Camp Little Notch — NEW YORK, NY — March 23, 2012

FROM THE GROUND UP - March 16, 2012 - OSI’s Peter Howell tells us about two women and how they found common ground to complete the largest conservation project ever in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

OSI Fund Saving New England's Wildlife Fund has regranted All $5 million for Preservation of Habitat — February 27, 2012

OSI Adds Hampton Hills Farm to "Black Dirt" Region in Orange County — February 21, 2012

Erik Kulleseid's Testimony Before the State Legislature on the FY2012-13 Budget  — ALBANY, NY — February 7, 2012

OSI Grant Helps NH Town Preserve the Gateway to the White Mountains — ALBANY, NH — January 30, 2012

$5 Million Possible for Land Protection in Southeast
New York, NY - January 20, 2012

OSI preserves historic Rochester farm, builds on nearby conservation successes—NEW YORK, NY—January 17, 2012

Alliance for New York State Parks:  Cuomo Budget Will Reverse Decades of Decline at State Parks and Historic Sites: Spending plan provides an $89 million increase toward repairs, upgrades and restorations to aging and deteriorating state park system — Albany, NY — January 17, 2012


Seven Percent Increase Authorized for the Land and Water Conservation Fund — Washington, DC — December 28, 2011

OSI Assists Patrick-Murray Administration and Land Trust Partners in Completing Massachusetts’ Largest Conservation Restriction on Private Land —  BOSTON — December 23, 2011

The Alliance for New York State Parks Awarded a New York State Grant to Repair Beach Facilities at Fahnestock State Park — Albany, NY — December 20, 2011

Brushwood Community Forest Grew to more than 1,000 acres, more than doubling its size — WEST FAIRLEE, VT — December 21, 2011

Reflections on Conservation Success in 2011 – New York, NY – December 1, 2011

Land Trust Census Shows Big Gains for Conservation – New York, NY – November 16, 2011

OSI & Nature Conservancy of Canada Protect Critical Wildlife Corridor Along New Brunswick - Nova Scotia Border - November 17, 2011

Conservation Sale Protects Arden House
NEW YORK, NY — November 2, 2011

OSI Honors the Smilely Family: The Landscape is in their Genes — NEW YORK, NY — October 13, 2011

—NEW YORK, NY October 12, 2011

Community Preserves Joppenbergh Mountain in Rosendale, New York — October 5, 2011

Young Farmers Call Historic Farm Home — Saratoga National Historical Park, STILLWATER, NY — September 28, 2011

Two acquisitions will conserve more than 1,000 acres at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge west of New Paltz — NEW YORK, NY — September 14, 2011

In the Wake of Hurricane Irene in New York's Parks and Farmlands — New York, NY — September 9, 2011

Citizen Action Puts Food on the Table
NEW YORK, NY — September 23, 2011

OSI and the William Penn Foundation Team Up to Protect High-Priority Lands in New Jersey and Pennsylvania  – NEW YORK, NY – August 24, 2011

Saving New England’s Wildlife Grant Helps Preserve Wildlife Habitat and Recreational Opportunities in Western Massachusetts – NEW YORK, NY – August 11, 2011

OSI TO PROTECT ONE OF THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY’S MOST CELEBRATED LANDSCAPES:Proposed acquisition will permanently protect 874 acres at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge west of New Paltz — NEW YORK, NY — July 26, 2011

Groups Partner to Protect Farmland, Magnificent Olana Views –GREENPORT (Columbia County) – July 12, 2011

OSI Protects Historic Property in Renselaerville —
NEW YORK, NY — July 11, 2011

OSI, Historic Huguenot Street and Nyquist Foundation announce the preservation of Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary — NEW YORK, NY — July 2, 2011

Grant Helps Protect 3,000 Acres in the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge — ERROL, NH — June 29, 2011

People Working Together in Three Community Forests in New England — NEW YORK — June 15, 2011

Three Miles Added to O&W Rail Trail: Mamakating Acquisition furthers 140-mile network of recreational rail trails — NEW YORK,  NY — June 2, 2011

Three New York State Farms Preserved with Innovative Federal Funding — NEW YORK, NY — May 13, 2011

Cider Mill Site Protects New Jersey Grasslands —
New York, NY - May 13, 2011

OSI and WVLT Launch Fundraising Campaign for the Rosendale Trestle with $25,000 Matching Fund — May 1, 2011

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Open Space Washington, D.C. — April 22, 2011

An Earth Day “To Do” List to Support New York State Parks — Albany, NY — April 21, 2011

Two Funding Resources Put to Work Preserving Forests in Massachusetts — New York, NY — April 20, 2011

Open Space Institute and Columbia University students author study to raise awareness about viability of local farming. — NEW YORK, NY — April 18, 2011

OSI Releases a New Report that Charts Ideal Growth Areas in the Catskills: "Private Lands, Public Benefits" — NEW YORK, NY — March 23, 2011

Track the Trestle Fundraising Campaign Launches with Event in Rosendale: Conservation groups plan to raise $1.1 million — NEW YORK, NY — March 24, 2011

2011 Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards Announced Today: OSI awards $20,000 to young leaders working on a range of projects to better New York's Hudson River Valley — NEW YORK, NY — March 17, 2011

New Steward for Little Notch Forest Embraces a Commitment to Continue Forestry and Camping Uses —NEW YORK, NY — March 3, 2011

Creating a Wildlife Corridor from Black Rock Forest to Schunnemunk Mountain — NEW YORK, NY — February 23, 2011

As State Parks Face Budget Cuts — Alliance for New York State Parks Calls for "Pennies for Parks" — ALBANY, NY — February 8, 2011

Town of Gardiner Support Helps OSI Preserve Three Centuries of Farming on the Kiernan Farm — NEW YORK, NY — January 20, 2011 

Cuomo taps OSI President to Lead the State’s Environmental Interests — NEW YORK, NY — January 4, 2011



Courts Review Climate Change Lawsuit — NEW YORK, NY —December 7, 2010

Parks Advocacy Groups Release Proposal to Revitalize Underfunded State Park System. Report suggests steps to restore funding and protect New York state parks — NEW YORK, NY — December 2, 2010

Reflections on Conservation in 2010 — New York, NY — December 1, 2010

OSI Protects a 2,346-Acre Camp Little Notch at the Edge of the Adirondacks — NEW YORK, NY — November 23, 2010

Hanging by a Thread: Engineers Start Inspection on the Rosendale Railroad Bridge; Renovation Project to Begin in Spring 2011 — Rosendale, NY — November 15, 2010

OSI ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE ALLIANCE FOR NEW YORK STATE PARKS; New program will advocate for state park system. NEW YORK, NY — November 9, 2010

The Gap has Closed on Long Path Trail — New York, NY —October 20, 2010

Houghton Farmland Purchase Links Black Rock Forest and Schunnemunk Mountain — NEW YORK, NY — September 7, 2010

Two Grants from OSI’s Transborder Land Protection Fund Cross the Border — New York, NY — 6/22/2010

Good News on OSI's Efforts to See National Conservation Funding Restored — NEW YORK, NY — August 2010

Historic Railroad Trestle to be Improved; Afterwards a Full 24-Mile Rail Trail Will Open to the Public — NEW PALTZ, NY — 6/16/2010

OSI Conducting In-depth Study of Forest Ownerships— NEW YORK, NY — 6/15/2010

Town Forests: An Old Idea is New Again: OSI Launches a New Grant Fund — New York, NY — 5/30/2010

Tracking Climate Change, Mapping Wildlife Habitat — New York, NY — 4/22/2010

Historic Farm Protected in the Rondout — NEW YORK, NY — 4/22/2010

Putting the Rocks Back in Rock Climbing in the Shawangunks — NEW YORK, NY — 3/10/2010

Donated Conservation Easement Protects 1,400 Acre-Adirondack Forest — NEW YORK, NY — 2/10/2010

A Saving New England's Wildlife Grant Keeps The Dead Branch River Teaming with Wildlife - NORTHAMPTON, MA -1/25/2010

Town of New Paltz Open Space Bond Act Funds First Conservation Property - NEW YORK, NY — 1/20/2010

First Transborder Grant Protects Habitat and Jobs - NEW YORK, NY - 1/20/2010

Saving New England's Wildlife Grant Sets Habitat Protection in Motion in Massachusetts - NORTH ANDOVER, MA — 1/4/2010 



OSI Protects a Scenic and Working Farm Adjacent to Historic Lindenwald in Kinderhook - NEW YORK, NY — 12/17/2009

Reflections on Land Conservation in 2009 - New York, NY - 12/1/2009

OSI Loan Helps Partners Protect Little Yellow Mountain in the Highlands of Roan - Little Yellow Mountain, NC- NEW YORK, NY - 12/1/2009

OSI and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Team Up to Protect High-Priority Habitat Identified in NH Wildlife Action Plan -Concord, NH – 11/18/2009

OSI Creates a Network of Farms with Help from the State PDR Program - NEW YORK, NY - 11/12/2009

OSI Announces the Saving New England's Wildlife Amplification Grants - New York, NY - 10/13/2009

OSI's Plum Creek Analysis is Lauded - New York, NY - 10/6/2009

A Landmark  Case Sets a Major Precedent for Emissions -  New York, NY - 9/29/2009

OSI and Wallkill Valley Land Trust Have Extended the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail by a Full 11.5 Miles - NEW YORK, NY - 8/31/2009

OSI Loan Helps Partners Protect Ancient Forest Along Altamaha River in Southeast Georgia - ATLANTA, GA — 8/5/2009

Multi-Million Dollar Initiative Will Help Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Conserve Natural Areas Identified as Priorities in Their State Wildlife Action Plans: Initiative’s first success is the conservation of a forested area near the York River in Maine - YORK, ME - 7/31/2009

OSI Acquires Key Parcel for Mohonk Preserve Gateway — NEW YORK, NY — 7/6/2009

New Funding Announced for US/Canada Transborder Land Protection - 6/1/2009

Connecting the Wild Spaces of Northwest Georgia -Walker County, GA - 6/1/2009

Shawangunk Domino Dairy Farm Saved - New York, NY -5/13/2009

Pristine Habitat Lands Given to Black Rock Forest to Celebrate their 20 Years - New York, NY -5/13/2009

OSI Loan Helps Secure Historic Great Meadow Farmland -Hadley, MA - 5/8/2009

John and Margot Ernst honored with 2009 Land Conservation Award and 2009 Barnabas McHenry grants awarded to three young Hudson Valley leaders at OSI's Annual Luncheon - New York, NY - 5/6/2009

OSI Grant to Lake George's The Last Great Shoreline Campaign helps protect 351 acres, Lake George, NY -4/13/2009

Sams Point Becomes a Jewel in the Shawangunks, New York, NY - 4/9/2009

Omnibus Land Bill Protects Lindenwald, New York, NY - 3/25/2009

Model Farm Sold to Next Generation of Dairy Farmers in the Catskills - Delaware County, NY - 2/17/2009

OSI Protects Catskill Delaware Watershed Property Adding to Nearly 11,000 acres in the Watershed - New York, NY -1/15/2008

OSI Bridge Loan to North Carolina Land Trust Protects Water, Recreation, and Wildlife along Blue Ridge Parkway - Raleigh, NC - 1/13/2009







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