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2017 Year in Review: Increasing Access for Recreation

Photo Credit: OSI at Black Rock Forest
Through our land conservation and support for parks, OSI is increasing access to nature, improving the visitor experience, and creating opportunities for fun and healthy outdoors escapes.

Having doubled the size of Thacher State Park, outside Albany, over the past 20 years, OSI returned to the Helderberg Escarpment to fund and design compelling exhibits for the new Thacher Park Center. Thanks to OSI, the park’s new gateway is encouraging a new generation of exploration and learning about the park and its rich geological and cultural history.

At the foot of the Shawangunk Ridge, OSI completed phase one of our transformative River-to-Ridge Trail. The highly-anticipated scenic and recreational off-road loop will meander through farm fields and over gently rolling hills, providing safe, direct access from downtown New Paltz to the carriage roads and trails at the Mohonk Preserve and the Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

In the Catskills, OSI, along with New York State officials and local partners, announced the restoration of the Beaverkill Covered Bridge, one of the region’s most beloved historic destinations. Building on our more than 40 years of land protection in the Catskills, OSI helped develop a 10-year restoration plan for the bridge and the surrounding picnic area. 

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The new Thacher Park Center opened in 2017, thanks in part to a private fundraising campaign led by OSI.
The new Thacher Park Center opened in 2017, thanks in part to a private fundraising campaign led by OSI.
Photo Credit: Mike Groll

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