Open Space Institute
) is an organization that seeks to preserve scenic, natural and historic landscapes
for public enjoyment, conserve habitats
and sustain community character.
OSI, established in 1964, achieves its goals through land acquisition, conservation easements, regional loan programs, creative partnerships, fiscal sponsorship, and analytical research.It seeks to do this by making land acquisition, establishing conservation easements
and by making loans to, and creative partnerships with, other organizations. It is active in states including New York
, New Hampshire
and New Jersey
According to its website it has protected more than in New York
State and has assisted in protecting over of forest in New England
through its Northern Forest
OSI’s New York Land Protection Program
purchases land and easements in New York State, OSI's home and historic base of operations, where it has protected of land. OSI focuses on protecting scenic, historic, recreational and agricultural landscapes in the greater Hudson River Valley region, from the Palisades to the Adirondacks High Peaks. Working with state and local governments, land trusts of all sizes, and individual landowners, OSI has created and expanded more than 40 parks and preserves, protected family farms, helped develop appropriate land use policies, and increased public funding for conservation.
Through the Conservation Finance Program
, OSI seeks to... Read More