ULSTER COUNTY, NY—Following its release by the Open Space Institute (OSI), the “Saving the Shawangunks” Story Map has been honored by global mapping company Esri as a semifinalist in its “StoryMapper of the Year” competition.
In selecting the Story Map as a top-five finalist out of more than 400 entries, Esri — creator of the multimedia Story Map platform — cited the product’s “elegant” maps that showcase four decades of conservation in the Shawangunks and Minnewaska State Park Preserve (see blog post announcement).
As part of the award, OSI was also granted $1,000, which it will designate to the campaign for the Minnewaska Visitor Center, also profiled in the Story Map (to learn more about the effort to create the Visitor Center, visit here).
“This award truly acknowledges the global exceptionality of the Shawangunk Ridge, and its invaluable role in the lives and communities that it touches,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “We thank Esri for this special recognition.”