Catalyst Program

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Throughout the country, communities and ecosystems are experiencing climate change and grappling with its unknowns. How much will temperatures rise and how quickly? How will this impact the values we protect?

Despite uncertainty, scientists agree: land protection is, and will remain, a key strategy for ensuring that natural systems, and the species and humans that depend upon them, will continue to thrive.

Since 2012, OSI has been supporting land trusts in getting the information they need to ensure their land protection remains relevant. Complementing our capital grants to protect resilient and carbon rich landscapes, OSI has supported over 70 land trusts in developing climate-aligned conservation plans and offered workshops, webinars and trainings to over 3,000 participants. OSI has also worked with partners to distill research and best practices into practical guides, including How to Talk About Climate Change, and The Role of Land Protection in Mitigating Freshwater Flooding Hazard

Conserving Nature in a Changing Climate provides a user-friendly workbook for land trusts and other conservation organizations to gain the knowledge and tools to fulfill their critical missions, even in the face of so many unknowns.

With a basic knowledge of relevant climate science and the tools described in this guide, conservation leaders can both revise their land protection goals if appropriate, and confidently explain to funders, board members, and landowners why their efforts matter now more than ever.

The workbook,  developed in partnership with the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Collaborative and a team of land trust advisors, includes a free online mapping platform to help land trusts identify climate resilient sites.

Climate Resilient Workshops

Sorting through the vast amount data and scientific concepts related to climate change can be overwhelming. OSI frequently offers webinars, in-person trainings, and conference presentations with guidance and approaches to help land trusts address climate impacts in the communities where they work.

To date, workshops and presentations have covered topics of terrestrial climate resilience, carbon mitigation, sea level rise, wildlife corridors, flood hazard mitigation, and climate communications.

Climate-Aligned Conservation Plans

Land trusts across the eastern U.S. may be eligible for support from OSI to integrate climate science into their conservation plans to ensure their investments protect resources that support climate resilience. Technical assistance and small grants are often available through OSI’s Catalyst program. To learn more about planning grants, contact OSI Conservation Planning Coordinator Hallie Schwab.    

Capital Grants

OSI’s education and outreach complements our Appalachian Landscapes Land Protection Fund. For more information, please visit the Fund page.

Next Steps to Apply

Program Inquiries

Hallie Schwab

Conservation Planning Coordinator


General Inquiries

Yasemin Unal-Rodriguez


(212) 290-8200 x1311

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