What We Protect

Land for Habitat

Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman

The land we save is more than scenic.

Protecting land helps safeguard habitat. Wildlife relies on land to live; by working in large areas that span regions and even borders, we can create corridors that help wildlife and human beings prosper.

Land for habitat

From rocky headlands to spruce fir forests to salt marsh estuaries, our work helps wildlife thrive.

By protecting Pappy's Island in South Carolina's Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, we saved precious habitat for the painted bunting and other migratory songbirds.
By protecting Pappy's Island in South Carolina's Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, we saved precious habitat for the painted bunting and other migratory songbirds.
Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Protecting large blocks of forests safeguards the deep, sweet soils needed for biodiversity — giving plants and animals the space they need to roam and prosper.

Our impact

Examples of our efforts to save habitat include:

  • Our protection of critical lands for climate mitigation through the Resilient Landscapes Initiative.
  • Our conservation of longleaf pine habitat—one of the most ecologically diverse habitats in the world—and the high-altitude pitch pine barrens of Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
  • Our partnership in protecting 10,000 acres for migratory shorebirds, waterbirds and waterfowl under our Saving New England’s Wildlife Fund.
  • The Open Space Institute administers Sweet Water Trust grants to support land conservation that safeguards wild lands and waters, native wild flora and fauna, and living soils. To date Sweet Water Trust has had a part in conserving over 300,000 acres of land in the Northern Appalachians as forever wild.

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