Mission: Open space institute land trust, inc. Is a supporting organization of open space institute, inc. , both of which protect scenic, natural and historic landscapes to ensure public enjoyment, conserve habitats and sustain community character.
Programs: Land program: this program buys land and easements to protect scenic, historical, recreational and agricultural landscapes, predominantly in the eastern united states and southeastern canada. This program includes the sale or donation of protected properties to conservaion buyers, both public and private. In 2017, the organization protected 5,318 acres having a fair market value of $7. 7 million.
conservation capital program: this program provides grants and loans, primarily to other land trusts, to protect diverse landscapes that includes parks and preserves, as well as working farms and forests in the eastern united states and canada. This program also conducts research and education activities to identify conservation priorities and methods of attracting or developing new financing for permanent conservation. In 2017, the organization made 36 grants, totaling $4. 8 million resulting in the protection of 16,499 acres with a fair market value of $40 million in eleven states and provinces.
parks and policy: this program includes both the parks program and the outdoors american campaign. The parks program champions increased public investment and raises private funds to improve access to public recreation. The program executes park improvement projects that make parks and trails more appealing and welcoming. Outdoors america educates and advocates for increased support of the federal land and water conservation fund. The program also addresses non-fiscal policy matters impacting osi.
Open Space Conservancy is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Open Space Conservancy meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Open Space Conservancy has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.