Connecting People with that land that sustains us

  • Support OLT investing in our quality of life.
  • Our education programs connect people to the land.
  • OLT protects the healthy lands and
    clean waters that sustain us.
  • Future generations depend on
    healthy lands and clean waters.
  • OLT’s public access lands are open to all.


Youth Take Over Fly Tying Workshop
One fly, two fly, three fly, more!  That was nothing for Lucian Lytel of Cooperstown - Lucian, with instruction from his father, Ron, and fly tie workshop leader, Craig Buckbee, created hand fulls of fishing flies Friday night.
"All Things Small in Nature" Photo Contest Winners!
Snail on logThe “All Things Small in Nature” photo contest held by Otsego Land Trust and co-sponsored by Butternut Valley Alliance concluded at the end of 2013. Over 150 photos were submitted in three categories: Youth, Amateur, and Professional.
OLT Looks Forward to a Successful New Year
Wetlands for wildlifeOtsego Land Trust Looks Forward to a Successful New Year Protecting Land and Water Otsego Land Trust brings 2013 to a close with the protection of more healthy lands and clean waters that sustain us all and looks forward to more community conservation and education in 2014.

Programs & Events


2014 BW Spring Clean Up
It's been a long, cold winter - are you itching to get outside, get your hands dirty and take in that fresh earthy smell?  Join OLT at Brookwood Gardens, Saturday, May 3rd starting at 10am for our Annual Brookwood Spring Clean Up.
2014 Earth Day Clean Up
Want to feel great inside and out?  Join Otsego Land Trust for the 44th Annual Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22nd at 3:30 pm, to clean up Greenough Road Conservation Area, 289 Greenough Rd at the DEC Public Access sign.
Get More Educated About Climate Change
Enlighten your visual senses and gain crucial climate change knowledge by viewing "Chasing Ice".  Join Otsego Land Trust at the Vaudevillian building at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College, Friday, April 18th at 6PM. 


Brookwood Point


2014 Photo Contest

Check back here for 2014 Photo Contest information!

My Story

Fourth of July parade. Photo: Bruce Johnson Photography, Cooperstown


Otsego Land Trust strives to preserve the distinctive rural character of the Otsego Region a rich natural and cultural legacy handed down through generations. We work with our neighbors and take a collaborative, solutions-oriented approach to conservation.

Our efforts are focused around ten expansive landscapes that define what we see as the best opportunities to preserve significant new tracts of land and link existing protected areas. To date, Otsego Land Trust, by collaborating with some fifty area families, has helped protect more than 6,000 acres of land in and around Otsego County for the benefit of current and future residents.

Otsego Land Trust protects working farms and forests, significant natural areas, and rural historic and cultural sites. These three primary types of land intermix and define  the Otsego Region, making the area of regional and national conservation significance.

What is a Land Trust?

A land trust is a non-profit organization that conserves and protects land often through the purchase or acceptance of donations of land or through conservation easements and other land-preservation tools. Land trusts work cooperatively with property owners who voluntarily wish to protect their land from development for the benefit of current and future generations.

The land trust assumes the responsibility to enforce the terms of the conservation agreement.


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