At the Open Space Institute, our vision for the future has always been broad — since 1974 we’ve emphasized the importance of supporting conservation on a permanent, landscape scale.
We began by focusing on land in New York State, and have so far protected 151,000 acres of open space in the Adirondacks, Hudson River Valley, Shawangunks and Catskills.
In recent years, we’ve used our transactional expertise to save significant, complex, and large-scale tracts in South Carolina, Florida, and New Jersey through direct acquisitions.
We work with government agencies, landowners and local land trusts to acquire land to protect diverse landscapes; preserve habitat for rare or endangered species; ensure water quality; facilitate wildlife adaptation to climate change; and enhance recreational access.
We also protect land from future development while it remains in private hands through conservation easements.