Northeast Resilient Landscapes Fund


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. OSI partners with conservation organizations in the Northeast to assemble networks of protected lands most likely to preserve plant and animal diversity in a changing climate. The Fund supports projects in four focus areas in New England, the mid-Atlantic, and the Central Appalachians offering the greatest opportunity to conserve missing links for resiliency in the overall landscape. 

The Fund provides capital grants and loans to qualified non-profits for the acquisition of land or conservation easements on climate-resilient lands, capitalized with a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Through an in-depth review process, we selected four focus areas in order to target funds most effectively. A fact brochure with maps for each focus area can be downloaded:

environmental resiliency, land conservation
To be eligible as match, a property must: 1) be adjacent or proximate to the subject property; 2) meet the Fund’s criteria; 3) be part of a larger plan that includes conservation of the match and subject properties; and 4) close prior to the closing of the subject property but not more than one year before date of application. In addition, to determine eligibility of match parcels OSI will consider whether the match and the subject properties lie in the same watershed, geophysical setting, TNC Resilient Focal Area, Forest Matrix Block, natural community and/or State Wildlife Action Plan priority area. Four Focus Areas: Potomac Headwaters, Highlands and Kittatinny Ridge, Middle Connecticut River, and Southern New Hampshire and Maine Forests.
Contact Information: 
West Virginia and Virginia Project Inquiries Joel Houser- Southeast Field Coordinator (423) 364-5980 New Jersey and Pennsylvania Project Inquiries Bill Rawlyk- Middle Atlantic Field Coordinator 908-628-4299 Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Project Inquiries Jennifer Melville- Vice President, Conservation Grants and Loans 207-846-9700 General Inquiries Yasemin Unal-Rodriguez - Conservation Capital Associate (212) 290-8200 GIS and Mapping Inquiries Neil Jordan - Conservation Information Manager (212) 290-8200