Land conservation and clean water go hand-in-hand.
This year, OSI protected lands along rivers, lakes, and marshes — and, for the first time, the headwaters of the Everglades in Florida. Just south of Orlando’s amusement parks, OSI scored a major victory by advancing the protection of 4,000 acres of some of the world’s most biologically rich grasslands. Providing financial support and transactional expertise, OSI’s efforts were “instrumental in achieving the purchase,” according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
In several geographies, OSI continued to champion conservation of the forests that filter water. In the North Maine Woods, OSI joined in a stunning conservation win with the protection of 4,358 acres of pristine forested watershed land used for fishing, hiking, camping, paddling and hunting. And in Delaware River Watershed, source of drinking water for some 15 million people, our Delaware River Watershed Catalyst planning grant helped create a science-based open space plan that also resulted in renewed public support for open space funding.