Research & Policy

Heroes of the Hudson Valley

The Hudson River Valley, with its rich history and unparalleled beauty, is a place worth protecting. And it’s where the Open Space Institute got its start. 

Nearly five decades ago, OSI set out to protect the places that make this region so very special. Today, OSI has protected more than 80,000 acres in the Hudson Valley and along the Shawangunk Ridge, dramatically expanding state parks, including Fahnestock, Goose Pond, Schunnemunk, Harriman, and Minnewaska. 

Building on this conservation success, OSI also works to make these and other protected lands more welcoming and accessible to the public by creating and improving trails, including its River-to-Ridge Trail, and adding visitor amenities such as the new Minnewaska Visitor Center. 

In 2022, OSI and its legendary General Counsel Bob Anderberg, chief architect of much of OSI's success in the region, were named "Heroes of the Hudson Valley" by the D & H Canal Society. Watch the video below to learn more about their legacy.

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