M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

ARCHIVES OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND POLICY

Finding Aid for the
SCHOHARIE LAND TRUST
RECORDS, 1980-2001
(APAP-160)

Schoharie Land Trust picnic, August 2000
A photograph of members of the Schoharie Land Trust at a picnic on August 20, 2000, Series 1: Administrative Files, Box 1
For reference queries contact Grenander Department Reference staff

Finding Aid Compiled by
Joshua Hauck-Whealton
January 2006

Box and Folder List Assistance by
Kayla Misner

The arrangement and description of this collection was made possible through a New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program Arrangement and Description Grant.



 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME: 3 cubic ft., 2 videos, 1 audiotape

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by the Schoharie Land Trust in June 2003.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


Schoharie Land Trust
Administrative History

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The Schoharie Land Trust (SLT) was organized on June 25, 1990 by co-chairmen Bob Smith and Karl Westphal, as well as Kenneth Hotopp, Mary O'Donnell and other residents of Schoharie County. It became fully incorporated in 1991, with established by-laws and policies. Its purpose is to promote the preservation of agricultural, scenic, forest, natural, recreational, and open space land. Working with funds from donations and grants, the SLT seeks to acquire and manage property and conservation easements. It also seeks to increase the community appreciation of agricultural lands and rural communities. The SLT obtained non-profit status in 1992, and gained its first easement, the O'Donnell property, in 1995. SLT is based in Cobleskill, NY, and holds its meetings in the Cobleskill Public Library. It is a member of the American Farmland Trust and the Land Trust Alliance and has adopted the Alliance's 2004 Land Trust Standards and Practices.

Additional information about the history of the organization is available in Series 1 Box 1 Folder 31 "Official History."


Schoharie Land Trust
Scope & Content Note

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The Schoharie Land Trust Records contain meeting minutes, agendas, correspondence, financial statements, by-laws, policies, reports, and membership records. The bulk of these records date from 1990 to 2001, and there are a few articles and publications dating back to the 1980's. The Records contain a strong collection of minutes from the original Steering Committee and the later Board of Directors and Acquisition Committee. Electronic versions of Steering Committee and Finance Committee minutes for the period 1990-1992 are available in electronic form.

Its efforts to preserve specific properties are documented in the Property Files series with maps, checklists, photographs, correspondence, and official deeds and easements. These files are erratic, with a great deal of information about a few properties and very little about many others. The best documented are the Paulson and the Schoharie Creek properties.

Related collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives can be found in the subject guide for Conservation and the Environment


Schoharie Land Trust
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1980, 1984, 1989-2001, undated, 1.0 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically

This series contains documents relating to the operation of the Schoharie Land Trust, including correspondence, membership records, by-laws, policies, publications, committee reports, and meeting minutes. The meeting minutes begin in 1990 with the Steering Committee which became the Board of Directors with full incorporation in 1991. The records primarily begin in 1990 with the beginning of planning for the SLT, with a few articles and publications included from the 1980's.

Series 2: Grant Files, 1991-1998, undated, 1.0 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically

This series consists of documents generated and collected by the Schoharie Land Trust in the search for funding through grants. The two largest sources of documents are the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Iroquois Gas Transmission Systems Land Preservation and Enhancement Program (LPEP), which later became the Land Enhancement and Acquisition Fund (LEAF).

Series 3: Property Files, 1986, 1991-2001, undated, 1.0 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically

This series contains the files of properties owned by, under easement with, or of interest to the Schoharie Land Trust. Several files consist only of a contact checklist form, while the larger files may contain maps, photographs, deeds, easements, surveys, and correspondence. Several more complex files have been broken down into their component parts. Files are generally listed by the last name of their owner or donor or else by a more common property name such as "Schoharie Island." The Schoharie Creek property was purchased with funds from the Iroquois Gas Transmission Service's Land Preservation and Enhancement Program and more information can be found in the Grant Files series.


Schoharie Land Trust
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1980, 1984, 1989-2001, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Acquisition Committee, Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1992-1995
2. Annual Meeting, Minutes, Agendas, Reports, 1991-1993, 1995-1997
Annual Meeting, Minutes, 1991-1992
The following documents are available online and can be viewed using Adobe Reader.
May 16, 1991
April 30, 1992
3. Annual Reports, 1992-1997
4. Articles, 1989, 1992-1997, undated
5. Berdan, Leonard, Appraisal Qualifications, undated
6. Board of Directors, Meeting Agendas, 1991-1993, 1995-1999
Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes, 1990-1992
The following documents are available online and can be viewed using Adobe Reader.
June 25, 1990
July 17, 1990
August 14, 1990
September 12, 1990
October 10, 1990
November 14, 1990
December 12, 1990
January 17, 1991
April 18, 1991
June 20, 1991
July 18, 1991
August 15, 1991
September 19, 1991
October 17, 1991
December 19, 1991
January 16, 1992
March 19, 1992
June 18, 1992
July 16, 1992
7. Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes, 1991-1996
8. Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes, 1997-2001
9. Board of Directors, Member Information, undated
10. By-laws, undated
11. Certificate of Incorporation, 1990
The following document is available online and can be viewed using Adobe Reader.
Correspondence, March 20, 1992
12. Correspondence, 1992-1998
13. Correspondence, 1998-2001
14. Correspondence, American Farmland Trust, 1991-1995
15. Correspondence, Drafts, undated
16. Correspondence, Land Trust Alliance, 1992-1995, 1999-2000
17. Correspondence, Schoharie County Planning & Development Agency, 1999
18. County of Schoharie, Proposed Local Law to Establish the Office of County Manager & Proposed County Manager Selection Process, 1994
19. Criteria for Land Acquisition, undated
20. Donor Lists, 2000, undated
21. Farr Committee, 1998-2001
Finance Committee, Meeting Minutes, 1992
The following documents are available online and can be viewed using Adobe Reader.
June 18, 1992
June 18, 1992
August 20, 1992
22. Leaflets, undated
23. Mailing Lists, 1990-1991, 1995
24. Meeting Notes, 1991-1992, undated
25. Membership Applications and Renewals, 1991-1995
26. Membership Applications and Renewals, 1996-1997
27. Membership Applications and Renewals, 1999-2000
28. Membership Committee, 1994-1997
Membership Meeting, 1991
The following document is available online and can be viewed using Adobe Reader.
November 21, 1991
29. NAFTA, Articles, Press Releases, 1992-1993
30. Newsletters, 1989, 1991-1998
31. Official History, undated
32. Open Space Preservation, Resolution of Board of Supervisors, Schoharie County, 1989
33. Outline and Handouts for Presentation, Notes, Leaflets, 1993
34. Photographs, 1994-2000, undated
35. Policies, 1997, 2000, undated
36. Position Descriptions, 1980, 1984, 1988-1993
37. Project Proposals, undated
38. Publications, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 1990, undated
39. Publications, Department of Environmental Conservation, 1991, 1995, undated
40. Response to Request for Proposal, Daniel Goldstein & Associates, 1999
41. “Schoharie County Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plan,” Schoharie County Agricultural and Protection Board, 2000
42. Schoharie Master Plan, 2000
43. Slides, 1996, undated
44. Steering Committee, Meeting Minutes, Agendas, 1990-1994
45. Tax Exempt Status, 501c3 Application Forms, Correspondence, 1991-1992
46. Zoning Regulations, Town of Seward, undated

Audiovisuals

1. “Land Trust Alliance, Rally ’91: Tax Planning for Land Conservation Deals: War Stories and Other Observations,” Audio Cassette, 1991
2. “Land Trust,” Jerry Cosgrove, VHS, undated
3. “Farmland Forever,” American Farmland Trust, VHS, undated


Schoharie Land Trust
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Series 2: Grant Files, 1991-1998, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Grants and Fundraising, Correspondence, 1991, undated
2. Grants and Fundraising, Lists of Sources, undated
3. Grants and Fundraising, Publications, 1994, 1998, undated
4. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Agricultural District Maps, undated
5. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Application Forms, undated
6. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Board Reports, 1996
7. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Completed Applications, 1996
8. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Correspondence, 1996
9. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Evaluation and Ratings Forms, 1996
10. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency Prohibition on Future Disaster Assistance, Memoranda, 1994
11. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Flood Plain Maps, undated
12. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Guidelines, 1995
13. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Hazard Mitigation Planning section from Federal Emergency Management Agency Handbook, 1994
14. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Interim Policy Guidance, undated
15. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Landowner Information Packets, undated
16. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Letter of Intent, 1996
17. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Press Release, undated
18. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Real Property Summary Reports, 1996
19. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Sample Deed of Open Space Easements, undated
20. Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Sample Project Grant Proposal, 1992
21. Iroquois Gas Transmission System, Funding Plaque, undated
22. Iroquois Gas Transmission System, Publications
23. Iroquois Gas Transmission System, Land Preservation & Enhancement Program (LPEP) & Land Enhancement and Acquisition Fund (LEAF), Publications, Correspondence, 1994-1995
24. Rural New York Grant Program, 1993-1995
25. Schoharie Church Mission Fund, Correspondence, 1996


Schoharie Land Trust
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Series 3: Property Files, 1986, 1991-2001, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Beard, Carl, Contact Form, Correspondence, 1998
2. Blenheim Wildlife Association, Contact Form, Correspondence, 1993
3. Bouck Falls, Correspondence, 1998
4. Brody Property, Land Acquisition Form, 1998
5. Dillenback Property, Correspondence, Maps, Contact Forms, 1996-1997, undated
6. Dillenback Property, Easement, Current Conditions Report, 1997
7. Doleiel Property, Contact Form, 1991
8. Feddon Property, Deed, Correspondence, 2000-2001
9. Gray Property, Easement, 2001
10. Harwood Property, Forest Management Plan, Easement, Baseline Conditions Report, 1996
11. Kaplan Family Trust, Contact Form, Map, Newspaper Clipping, 1997, undated
12. Kittell Property, Map, Notes, undated
13. Lower Mohawk Land Conservancy Property, Correspondence, 1998
14. Mickel Property, Contact Form, Map, 1993
15. Moore Property, 1993-1994
16. O’ Donnell Property, Easement, Photographs, 1995
17. Paulson Property, Deeds, Tax Searches, 1997
18. Paulson Property, Maps, 1994-1995, undated
19. Paulson Property, Memoranda, Correspondence, Reports, 1994-1997, undated
20. Paulson Property, Monitoring Report, Photographs, 1998
21. Paulson Property, Negatives, undated
22. Pickett Property, Contact Form, Maps, Correspondence, 1991, undated
23. Round Tuit Subdivision, 1994-1995
24. Sagendorf Property, Highly Erodable Land & Wetland Conservation Certification, 1986
25. Schoharie Business Park, Generic Environmental Impact Statement, Correspondence, 1997
26. Schoharie Creek, Construction, 1997-1998
27. Schoharie Creek, Correspondence, Map, 1995-1998
28. Schoharie Creek, Deed, Insurance, 1996-1997
29. Schoharie Creek, Deed of Gift for Archaeological Rights, 2000
30. Schoharie Creek Land Preservation & Enhancement Program (LPEP) Funding, 1991, 1993-1996, 1998
31. Schoharie Creek, Photographs, Slides, Negatives, 1996, 2000, undated
32. Sharon Springs Historical District, 1993, undated
33. Schoharie Island, Map, Photos, 1997
34. Squadere Property, Easement, 1997
35. Squadere Property, Present Conditions Report, Correspondence, 1997
36. Tepper Report, Correspondence, Reports, 1997
37. Townsend Property, Contact Form, 1992


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