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Chenango Land Trust History

The 1992 Chenango County Environmental Management Council had a Land Use subcommittee, the members of which became aware of the growing Land Trust movement, and they decided to form a Land Trust to serve Chenango County. All the members of the Land Use Committee were excited and became the founding members of the Chenango Land Trust. Assistance from neighboring Finger Lakes Land Trust enabled the Chenango group to organize with By-laws, Articles of Incorporation, Mission Statement and all the necessary officers.

By the time all the legal obligations and document filings were satisfied, two years had passed and the Chenango Land Trust finally achieved IRS 501(c) (3) status as a charitable not-for-profit corporation in February, 1994.

Chenango Land Trust History Timeline

1992 - Land Trust idea first conceived by Chenango EMC Land Use Subcommittee members

1994 - Chenango Land Trust, Inc. becomes a New York State Corporation

1994 - IRS provisional charitable non-profit status awarded

1996 - Educational Program: Exploring Chenango County established through BOCES Adult Education

1996 - First Land Steward Awards presented

1997 - First Conservation Easement acquired, Town of Pharsalia

1999 - Chenango Land Trust produces a video on protecting land with conservation easements.

1999 - Chenango Land Trust awarded permanent IRS charitable non-profit status

2002 - McCall’s Pond property acquired in the Town of Preston

2004 - Conservation Easements acquired, Town of Sanford and Town of Union

2005 - Conservation Easement acquired, Town of Smithville Flats

2006 - Conservation Easement acquired, Town of Greene

2007 - Conservation Easement acquired, Town of Greene

2008 - Conservation Easement acquired, Town of Maine

2010 - Conservation Easements acquired, Town of Sherburne and Town of Columbus

2013 – Chenango Canal Lock 99 acquired, Town of Oxford

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