“I bought my property in 1998 and have grown quite attached to it, with its creek, wetlands, open fields and trails.
Otsego Land Trust is proud to announce Pam Lea’s recent donation of a conservation easement on her 79 acres of beautiful forests, hills, farmland, creeks and wetlands located in the Town of Exeter. Pam has been a veterinarian for the past 40 years and has provided care for everything from cows to cats. She has shown equal care for her land over these many decades and further displayed this by forever conserving its natural and agricultural resources.
When asked why she chose to donate a conservation easement Pam shared, “I bought my property in 1998 and have grown quite attached to it, with its creek, wetlands, open fields and trails. The peace and quiet there is indescribable. I figured the best way to ensure it stays that way was to put it in the land trust. We musn't take our area's natural beauty, clean air and water for granted. They are true blessings to be nurtured.” Conservation easements allow landowners to continue enjoyment of their properties and may allow limited develop while restricting inappropriate development.
Patricia Szarpa, the Executive Director of the Land Trust, heralded the project, “Because of Pam’s generosity, generations to come will benefit from the protection of nearly 1.5 miles of streams including 1,700 feet of Herkimer Creek, one of only four Canadarago Lake tributaries. Pam has also protected carbon sequestering trees, prime and important farm soils, pollution absorbing wetlands, and critical critter habitat. We salute her decision to make this commitment to all of us!”