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News from Otsego 2000: Gas Drilling and Home Rule, Winter Farmers’ Markets, and Historic Preservation

January 28, 2011
Otsego 2000
January 2011
Preserving What We Have
History t Agriculture t Views t Environment
In This Issue
Alex & Ika’s Well-Spent Wednesdays February Beneficiary is…
New Publications on Gas Drilling
Gas Drilling: Get Informed; Get Involved
Food and Farms Film Series
Cooperstown Farmers’ Market: Winter Schedule
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Winter View

Winter has settled in here in the Otsego region, but the cold and snow haven’t stopped us from continuing our work to protect our region’s historical, environmental, agricultural and cultural assets. In this newsletter, you will find links to several important new articles related to gas drilling, as well as a calendar of 2011 local government meetings, organized by town and village. Our Cooperstown Farmers’ Market’s winter markets are in full swing with more farmers and artisans than ever for our winter markets, and Otsego 2000 is teaming up once again with the Farmers’ Museum for a Food and Farms Film Series. On the historic preservation front, we are gearing up to launch a call for nominations in February for our 2011 Historic Preservation awards for Otsego and Schoharie Counties, so look around and let us know if you know of a project worthy of nomination!

I want to thank all of you who came out in support of Otsego 2000 for Alex & Ika’s Well-Spent Wednesdays in January — Alex & Ika certainly made it easy to give to a good cause, and we were honored to be selected as a beneficiary. Read on for the February non-profit beneficiary!

As always, we are grateful for your continued support and involvement in our work and look forward to working with you all in the year ahead.
Ellen Pope
Executive Director

And the February Non-Profit

at Alex & Ika’s Well-Spent Wednesdays


Land Trust Logo

The Otsego Land Trust plays a very critical role in conserving the agricultural and scenic landscapes, as well as fragile ecosystems, that help to make this region so special, and in 2011 will be taking on the significant challenge of conserving Brookwood Point on Otsego Lake for future generations. 50% of the proceeds of all house wines and draft beers enjoyed on Wednesdays will go to this worthy cause. Be sure to come out on Wednesdays in February to raise a glass to conserving our lands, and Brookwood!

No Drill No Spill

Gas Drilling Update

New dSGEIS to come

New publications

Otsego 2000 was pleased that one of Governor Cuomo’s first acts was to continue Governor Paterson’s Executive Order 41, ordering the DEC to revise the draft SGEIS to include potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on health. The new draft is due on or about June 1, 2011. Until then, we will be working to build awareness of the significant impacts that drilling will have on our region and will continue to work with local citizens and governments to protect the region.

Michelle Kennedy, a Cooperstown attorney working on land use, has written an excellent article reviewing the legal basis for local control over mineral extraction. A pdf of her article can be found here.

Ron Bishop, with SUNY Oneonta and Sustainable Otsego, provides a thorough assessment of the risks involved in natural gas extraction. Ron’s article can be found here.

James ‘Chip’ Northrup and Jeffrey Reynolds have assembled a powerpoint on the impact that truck traffic will have on roads in the region, including some photo illustrations of what that traffic might look like. The presentation can be downloaded here or viewed with Northrup’s narration online here.

Get Informed – Get Involved

If you are concerned about the impact that natural gas drilling could have on your community, your property values, your environment, or your water, be sure to get informed and make your voice heard. A group of concerned citizens developed a binder of useful information for Otsego County citizens and delivered them to most town halls or libraries across the county. The binder (16 MB) can now also be downloaded at the Otsego 2000 website.

Otsego 2000 has also developed a handy calendar of 2011 board meetings organized by town, village, city (and including the county). Click here to download the schedule, find your town and clip for a wallet-size schedule of your local board meetings. And don’t forget to attend and speak up!

Mama sheep Food and Farms Film Series

February – May 2011

Otsego 2000 and the Farmers’ Museum are teaming up once again to host screenings of documentaries focused on food and farming. The series was launched last year with screenings of Food, Inc. and Fresh!, and featured panel discussions with farmers and ag specialists. This year’s screenings are:

February 16 The Real Dirt on Farmer John

March 16 The Greenhorns

April 20 Vanishing of the Bees

May 14 Three Farms

All screenings are free and open to the public, and will be shown at the Fenimore Art Museum auditorium at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information.

CarrotsBaby, it’s Cold Outside…
But not at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market!
The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market is the only covered and heated market in the region, and because of that we are able to offer a comfortable shopping experience for fresh local meat, cheeses, winter vegetables, baked goods, and artisanal crafts even in the cold winter months. The winter markets take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of February, March, and April, with an additional market on Winter Carnival Weekend (February 12).

Know a farmer or artisan interested in selling at the market this coming 20th Anniversary season? The 2011 vendor application packet is available on the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market website.

See you at the Market!


What We Believe Otsego 2000 believes that the Otsego Lake region is a masterpiece of nature, and that its surrounding landscapes, valleys, villages, and farms constitute a unique confluence of historic, environmental, cultural, agricultural, rural, and scenic resources. We believe that the long-term economic well-being of the region and the quality of life for its residents derives from these resources and their stewardship.
What We Do
We seek to protect these attributes for the benefit of present and future generations. As no place is an island, we extend our concern and programs to the region’s larger setting in Central New York. We advance our mission through informed advocacy, public education, innovative projects, economic alternatives, and strategic campaigns.


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