2017 Year in Review: Building Healthy Communities

Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman, Page Pond Community Forest
Smart land conservation strengthens our communities in countless ways — including the addition of recreational resources, protecting water sources and supporting community forests and working farms.

By helping communities across northern New England permanently conserve and manage their local forests, OSI’s Community Forest Fund is helping to provide economic stability, while protecting valuable natural resources. In 2017, we helped complete the nation’s highest-priority community forest addition, protecting scenic land in central New Hampshire targeted for development.

In the Adirondacks, OSI’s expertise helped untangle a hundred-year-old title dispute involving 200 properties in the Town of Raquette Lake. OSI transferred the popular Marion River Carry to the Adirondack State Forest as part of a land-swap needed to resolve the dispute. In doing so, OSI contributed $1.3 million to resolve the matter, ensured that residents could stay in their homes, and protected a wonderful natural resource.

And, in the Central Champlain Valley, our support made a world of difference for fledgling farmers who lacked access to productive farmland. Thanks to an OSI lease-to-own model supported by the Klipper Family Fund, the North Country Creamery farmers now officially own the lands that they had leased from OSI for four years. 

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