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

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My Story

What a noble gift to man are the forests! What a debt of gratitude and admiration we owe for their utility and their beauty!

— Susan Fenimore Cooper, Rural Hours (1850)

When Henry David Thoreau sat down in his cabin to write Walden, he very likely consulted a copy of Rural Hours by Susan Fenimore Cooper. The daughter of James Fenimore Cooper and granddaughter of the founder of Cooperstown, spent a year observing the human and natural landscape around her beloved Glimmerglass—the name her father used for Lake Otsego in his Leatherstocking Tales—and set her observations in writing for future generations. Her work developed the themes of nature and conservation that her father first introduced in his early American novels.


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