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 in fee, Town of Oxford
2017 - Conservation Easement acquired, Town of Guilford