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.


Citizen Science Explores Brookwood Point
Ever wonder what lives at Brookwood Point?  The SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station Interns were wondering just that.  So they rigged up their equipment, gathered their professors and local experts,  sharpened their minds and took Brookwood by storm!
2,000 Tree Seedlings Find New Homes!
Local families help OLT pass out over 2,000 native evergreen tree seedlings at the 100th Annual Springfield July 4th Parade!
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.

Programs & Events

BVA Summer Harvest Festival
Join OLT staff at the Annual Buntternut Valley Alliance Summer Harvest Festival in a celebration of the fruits of summer!  Thursday, August 14th from 3pm to 6pm, Guy Rathburn Park, behind the firehouse in Morris.
Invasive Species Workshop
Join the Otsego County CCE Master Gardeners' in the fight against one of the most eminent threats against our healthy lands and wildlife habitats.  Saturday, August 9, 10am to 12 noon at the Mt. Otsego ski tow. 
It's OLT Picnic Time!
Gather with family and friends for delicious food, a chance at winning an exciting silent auction item, music, games, hikes and more - all in the name of land and water protection!  Saturday, August 30th, 11:00am - 3:00pm, Thayer Farm, Cooperstown.


2014 Picnic & Silent Auction

2014 Photo Contest

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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