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Dr. Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky Earns OSI’s Annual Land Conservation Award

Image Credit: Amanda Gentile

NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2018)—The Open Space Institute (OSI) has presented its annual Land Conservation Award to Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky, M.D., an early supporter of OSI’s parks program, for her groundbreaking contributions to restoration and support of New York’s state parks.  The luncheon also acknowledged the role of the New York State Council of Parks, of which Dr. Waletzky is chair.

More than 325 people gathered at OSI’s Annual Luncheon, held at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan, to honor Dr. Waletzky. Florence Williams, prize-winning author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, delivered the keynote address. Photos from the event are here.

“Revitalizing our state parks and historic sites not only benefits today’s park users, but also helps to build the next generation of stewards to care for our most beautiful places and the natural world that surrounds us.” said Dr. Waletzky. “I am very grateful to OSI for the partnership we have formed to improve state parks and proud of all we have accomplished together.”

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Dr. Lucy Waletzky

“The foremost supporter of New York’s glorious state parks, Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky has had an immeasurable impact on the health and wellbeing of countless individuals and communities throughout New York. Her work is key to the natural and economic strength of communities across the nation,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “As an organization committed to conserving lands for the public and protecting our state parks, OSI is honored to celebrate Lucy’s invaluable contributions.”

Through her successful partnership with OSI — including the 2010 founding of OSI’s parks program, an initiative devoted to restoration and support of New York’s magnificent state parks — and support of other groups, Dr. Waletzky has built on her family’s remarkable tradition of conservation and improved access to parks for their 71 million visitors each year. This includes nearly $800 million in state investment under Governor Andrew Cuomo that has transformed a beleaguered and rundown collection of parks to an updated and modernized system of state parks and historic sites. 

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