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.
In the Adirondacks, OSI’s expertise helped untangle a hundred-year-old title dispute 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 farmerslease-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.