May 13, 2010 — The Open Space Institute has helped to engineer some of the most important land conservation deals in the Adirondack Park over the last decade.
OSI financed the Tahawus purchase, which protected parts of the southern High Peaks. The group also helped fund the massive Finch, Pruyn deal worth more than $110 million.
But OSI executive director Joe Martens, who also heads the Olympic Regional Development Authority board, says the fiscal crisis in Albany is changing the rules for how the Park should be managed. Martens spoke in depth with NCPR's Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann. Go to full article
Jul 05, 2007 — Last month, the Lake Placid News reported that top officials at the Olympic Regional Development Authority were blind-sided by Governor Spitzer's appointment of a new ORDA chairman. In mid-May, Spitzer chose prominent environmental activist Joe Martens to head the ORDA board. The name was sent in a public document to state Senators. In June, ORDA officials said they were never informed of the decision and hadn't been officially notified. But as Brian Mann reports, several top ORDA leaders were told of the nomination. Go to full article
Oct 10, 2003 — APA staff and commissioners get a first hand look at an 11,000 acre parcel in Newcomb preserved by a deal with the Open Space Institute this year. The future of the tract's timberlands, historic district and wilderness are all on the agency's near-term agenda. Chris Knight went along on Wednesday's tour. Go to full article