Several groups worked together recently to help protect Rose Gibson's 191-acre farm at the headwaters of Otsego Lake, according to a media release.
The farm is in the town of Stark along the northern end of Shadow Brook in southern Herkimer County within the headwaters of Otsego Lake. Gibson's son, Bill, led the effort by working with Otsego Land Trust who purchased the development rights on the farm with assistance from The Nature Conservancy. The farm falls within the Route 20 Scenic Byway, which runs through a priority conservation area for grassland birds as identified in the New York State Open Space Plan. With this project closed, Otsego Land Trust and landowner partners have secured almost 1,000 acres within the Otsego Lake watershed.
A few years ago, the Gibson family worked with the Natural Resource Conservation Service to protect some of the wetlands on the property. By partnering with Otsego Land Trust, the Gibsons were able to conserve the entire farm -- including additional wetlands and the fields and forest surrounding them.
In the release, Mark King, director of Land Protection at The Nature Conservancy, said, "We are very pleased that the Gibson family was able to preserve their family farm and create a family legacy of conservation. The work and vision of the Otsego Land Trust was critical to this success. The diverse wetlands found on the Gibson farm compliment a property owned by The Nature Conservancy nearby on Summit Lake."