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Local Conservationists Continue Partnership in New Lisbon with Otsego Land Trust

 

Matt and Sara Albright of New Lisbon have again partnered with Otsego Land Trust (OLT) to conserve key lands in our region. This most recent conservation easement, their third, adds to the lands Matt and Sara protected with OLT in 2007and 2008. The couple have now protected over 200 acres of land, including approximately 20 acres of ecologically important wetlands and over 2 miles of frontage along an important tributary to the West Branch of the Otego Creek, a DEC classified trout spawning stream which eventually flows to the Susquehanna River. “Otsego Land Trust is honored and grateful for the Albright’s conservation vision. We are proud to be able to help the Albright’s further their contribution to the protection of the waters and landscapes that make our region such a great place to live, work and play,” explained OLT Executive Director John Winter.

Matt, a biologist at the SUNY Oneonta Field Station, and Sara, a health care executive, recently took advantage of an opportunity to purchase an adjoining parcel of land that was an important piece of their local landscape.  They wanted to make sure that this land was also protected from unplanned development. Matt and Sara expressed enthusiasm about their decision to protect their land with OLT, “It was a great pleasure working with OLT’s staff to turn our conservation vision into reality. It is reassuring to know that they will always be there to ensure these lands are stewarded with care for future generations.”

Ethan Rubenstein, OLT’s Land Protection Project Manager added, “By conserving this important piece of the Otego Creek watershed the Albrights have made an important contribution to keeping our local lands and waters, which we all rely on, clean and healthy.” The Albright’s protected land is adjacent to the 1,250 acre Texas School House State Forest in New Lisbon, providing a large and important buffer to the vital wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities the State Forest lands provide.

Conservation easements are a tool by which private landowners can permanently protect our important natural resources. Lands placed under conservation easement continue to be farmed, grazed, hunted and timbered or used for outdoor recreation and these lands remain on local tax rolls. Landowners who donate conservation easements may be eligible for both state and federal tax benefits.

Otsego Land Trust is a donor and grant supported non-profit organization that works cooperatively with local landowners and communities to conserve the lands that are key to the spirit and health of our region. To date, OLT has worked with partners to protect over 10,000 acres of the area’s beautiful forests, farmlands and waterways. OLT also owns and manages a series of public access conservation areas, the Blueway, from Deowongo Island in Canadarago Lake down Oaks Creek to Compton Bridge on the Susquehanna and including Brookwood Point on Otsego Lake. These lands are free and open to the public to hike, fish and connect to the lands and waters that are essential to keeping our region clean and vibrant.

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