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Trees at Wallkill River

THE OPEN SPACE INSTITUTE PUTS LESSONS LEARNED ON DELAWARE WATERSHED TO USE ON ITS RIVER-TO-RIDGE TRAIL

With more than 200,000 visitors last year, the Open Space Instiute's River-to-Ridge Trail has quickly become one of the most popular outdoor destinations for the Hudson Valley’s New Paltz community. And while the protected landscape welcomes runners and walkers, families, and retirees, it is also protecting local water quality and absorbing floodwater from the adjoining Wallkill River – thanks to lessons learned through the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. From trail design, to the inclusion of bioswales and riverfront plantings, to current operational decisions, OSI has and is implementing natural strategies that strike a balance between maintaining a popular public trail and instituting sustainable land management.

 
land planning

OSI LAUNCHES NEW ROUND OF CLIMATE PLANNING GRANTS

Forest protection and management are critical to addressing climate change, and conservationists have an important role to play in helping species and communities prepare and adapt to changing conditions. Together with Land Trust Alliance, OSI is offering grants to support strategic planning for land protection and stewardship to secure climate-resilient landscapes, mitigate greenhouse gasses, and curb climate impacts such as flooding.

ESSEX HUDSON Greenway

GREENWAY TACKLES NEW JERSEY STORMWATER POLLUTION

In northern New Jersey, stormwater overflow events have been increasingly plaguing homeowners and neighborhoods, and severely polluting nearby waterways in recent years. As local municipalities look for solutions to this growing crisis, they see hope in the new Essex-Hudson Greenway – a project being led by OSI.

 
Cranberry Bog and Bird

LETTING CRANBERRY BOGS GO WILD

As New Jersey’s small cranberry farmers face an uncertain future, they are turning to OSI and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation for expert help in conserving and “re-wilding” their bogs — a process that not only brings financial relief to the farmer, but also protects the Pinelands’ precious aquifer and safeguards water quality for the Delaware River.
Sebago (oxbow)

MAINE BUSINESSES RALLY FOR WATER

From local craft beer brewers to professional soccer promoters, local businesses in Portland, Maine know the value of clean water. A growing number of companies is raising money for Sebago Clean Waters, an OSI-supported coalition committed to accelerating the protection of forests around Maine’s pristine Sebago Lake — source of drinking water for one in five Maine residents.

 
Delaware River Greg Miller
TAKING AIM AT NEW JERSEY FLOODING

As flood events are becoming more frequent and intense, communities are looking for solutions in the land. With protected floodplains and wetlands acting as natural sponges and brakes against fast-moving floodwaters, OSI’s Watershed Catalyst grants are helping New Jersey municipalities mobilize to protect homes and communities.

Kennison Robert Stone
CLEAN WATER ON TAP FOR SARATOGA

The first publicly owned community forest in Saratoga County, NY brings with it plenty of potential for the area – including the protection of 6,700 linear feet of streams that filter drinking water for the City of Saratoga Springs. A newly announced federal grant aimed at supporting community forests brings this 202-acre project closer to reality.

Top photo: Newly-planted trees on the banks of the Wallkill River (Trees for Tribs)

 

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