Across the country, communities and ecosystems are experiencing climate change and grappling with its unknowns. How much will temperatures rise and how quickly? How will these changes impact the forests, lakes, trails, and wildlife we protect?
Despite this uncertainty, scientists agree: land protection is, and will remain, a key strategy for ensuring that natural systems -- and the plants, animals, and people that depend upon them -- can continue to thrive.
Since 2012, OSI has been helping land trusts develop effective approaches to conserving land in a rapidly changing climate. Complementing our capital grants program that funds the acquisition of land that is resilient and stores and sequesters carbon, 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’s Catalyst Program currently focuses on addressing three climate issues: habitat resilience, forest carbon storage, and flood hazard mitigation. We support conservation groups and communities by offering planning grants and technical assistance, authoring guidance documents, and hosting workshops.