Connecting People with that land that sustains us


Mr. Kent L. Barwick

Town of Cherry Valley

Mr. Richard Blabey
Treasurer
Village of Cooperstown

Mr. David T. Bliss
Town of Middlefield

Mr. John W. Carnahan
Town of Burlington

Mr. Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr.
Town of Middlefield

Ms. Martha Frey
Town of Middlefield

Ms. Carla Hall
Vice-Chair
Town of Morris

Mr. Joseph Homburger
Town of Middlefield

Mr. John I. Howell
Director Emeritus
Town of Springfield

Bruce Johnson
Village of Cooperstown

Bonnie McGuire Jones, Esq.
Village of Cooperstown

C.R. Jones
Town of Middlefield

Mr. Paul Kidder
Town of Columbia

Mr. Frank Kolbert
Secretary
Town of Middlefield

Mr. Harry Levine
Chairman
Town of Springfield

Mr. J. Michael Moffat
Director Emeritus
Town of Middlefield

Dr. Earle N. Peterson
Director Emeritus
Town of Burlington

Mr. George B. Snell
Director Emeritus
Town of Middlefield

Dr. Donald Raddatz
Town of Otsego

Dr. Gilbert T. Vincent
Town of Otsego

Caleb Wertenbaker
Town of Cherry Valley

Board Member Bios

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My Story

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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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