Dimmock Hollow Farm. Photo: Richard Walker
Like many rural places around the country, the Otsego Region is at risk. Conservation experts predict that we have only a few years to protect the landscapes we cherish before many are lost to unbridled development. Two recent studies—Farming on the Edge and Forests on the Edge—identified the Route 20 corridor as some of the best, and most threatened, farmland in the country and that housing densities in forested areas of the Upper Susquehanna watershed will quadruple by 2035. Clearly, something needs to be done.
As described in our Conservation Blueprint, the Otsego Land Trust focuses our efforts on protecting and preserving three types of land: working farms and forests, important natural areas, and significant historic and cultural sites. These lands intertwine in a way that distinguishes the Otsego Region. This is why many of us feel such a strong connection to this unique and special place.