Fourth of July parade. Photo: Bruce Johnson Photography, Cooperstown
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.
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.