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Year in Review 2022: A Momentous Year for OSI

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For the Open Space Institute, 2022 was a year of record-breaking deals for land protection and transformative improvements around public access to nature and open space. 

And in every deal and project completed this year, OSI’s expertise, creativity, and dogged determination were absolutely critical to these successes.

With these achievements — which will yield long-term benefits for people and wildlife up and down the eastern United States — we have proven, once again, that OSI is in a class by itself in getting complex and stalled deals across the finish line.

Land protection has never been more important and more in demand across the country. There is a growing understanding that protected land is providing solutions that will sustain the planet, provide clean drinking water, improve recreational opportunities, and build healthy communities.

Our extensive successes and growing skillsets uniquely position OSI to leverage historic levels of public funding, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the newly enacted Inflation Reduction Act, record-setting state funding in places like New York and South Carolina, and expanded local initiatives.

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