Defining success in the world of land conservation is about so much more than counting acres – though there is a certain satisfaction in seeing projects take shape, move into the “protected land” category, and ultimately build to a year’s worth of smart, creative, and meaningful conservation.
OSI had another banner year in 2017, protecting 15,000 acres; but the real achievements of land conservation go well beyond the numbers. Each year, we look back at our accomplishments and take pride in how our work is serving the public good – protecting land for clean water, recreation, healthier communities, and habitat for animals and plant life – all of which are more critical now, as we respond to the very real impacts of climate change.
In 2017, OSI enthusiastically returned to a number of our legacy landscapes, while spreading into new territories. We returned to the Catskills, the Hudson Highlands, the Adirondacks, the Shawangunks, and the Helderbergs, expanding our reach to include improvements to parks, trails, access to farmland – and even the restoration of a historic covered bridge. We also ventured into Florida, while maintaining our presence in South Carolina, the Southern Cumberlands and northern New England.
As 2017 draws to a close, OSI is reflecting on some of our success stories from a busy year. Please consider a year-end gift to support our work in protecting the land we love and improving the public’s access to it.
For more details on our accomplishments, see below.