I’m lucky, because I have the best of both worlds. I live in an area which feels like it’s in the heart of the country, but I can be in Manhattan, NYC in less than 1 hour. I reside right next to Glenclyffe, a 93-acre parcel of land on the Hudson River in the Highlands, in the Hudson Section of land preserved through the efforts of OSI and its partners.
The OSI gives me daily inspiration for my pursuits of advocating Free Open Source software, especially free software developed by volunteers collaborating as a community for the benefit of freedom and open standards. Open Standards gives the ability for anyone to implement easily, innovate on and expand on with no restrictions. The OSI, FOSS and open standards have parallel philosophies and a similar mission. they both about humanity, all allow freedom.
Here is more on the OSI taken from thier Mission Page:
The Open Space Institute (OSI) protects scenic, natural, and historic landscapes to ensure public enjoyment, conserve habitats, and sustain community character. OSI achieves its goals through land acquisition, conservation easements, regional loan programs, fiscal sponsorship, creative partnerships, and analytical research. OSI has protected more than 100,000 acres through the New York Land Program, through direct acquisition and conservation easements in the State of New York. Through the Conservation Finance Program, which provides low-cost bridge loans, OSI has assisted in the protection of an additional 1.7 million acres across the East Coast. The Conservation Institute influences land use policy and practice through research, communication and training.
All of OSI’s work is directed by a consistent overall conservation strategy that emphasizes permanent protection on a landscape-level scale. Each discrete transaction, whether buying a conservation easement on a small family farm in the Hudson River Valley or helping fund the purchase of 100,000 acres in Maine, represents an effort to align the pieces of the landscape puzzle, and prevents fragmentation, which disrupts key wildlife corridors, impairs water and air quality, and diminishes the beauty and scenery of natural areas. Visit the Open Space Institute.