In the 1990s, with the land at risk of being lost to development, OSI purchased the Papscanee Island property to protect it through a series of transactions totaling almost half a million dollars.
Then, OSI partnered with Rensselaer County to create the Papscanee Island Nature Preserve, with the county managing the Preserve for more than two decades.
In 2009, Papscanee Island was identified as eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places as a place worthy of preservation because of its historical and archaeological significance.
Papscanee Island Nature Preserve Today
In 2021, OSI’s donation of the land back to the Mohican Nation reunited the property with the descendants of those who had once inhabited and cherished it.
Just ten minutes from downtown Albany, Papscanee Island Nature Preserve is today home to numerous federally endangered species.