Red Creek. Photo: Richard Walker
Preserving the ecological health and natural functions of these landscapes is paramount if we are to retain the delicate balance of air and water quality, biodiversity and native species, and human and natural habitat. Securing and restoring networks of natural areas on a meaningful scale throughout the Otsego Region is a goal that Otsego Land Trust is working toward. Conservation lands support plants and animals of conservation significance and also enhance the quality of life for area residents and visitors alike.
In just the past four years, landowners have worked with Otsego Land Trust to preserve over 230 acres of wetlands and other natural areas, including ecologically important flood plains and streamside corridors along eight miles of local streams and rivers, including over one mile along the Susquehanna River. Conservation easements, PDRs, outright donations and bargain sales, as well as many other initiatives designed in collaboration with partners and local landowners can help preserve the natural legacy that makes our region a breathtaking and healthy place to live. If you have a piece of land you would like to conserve as your addition to this natural legacy, please contact us for more information about the tools available to protect your land.