Otsego 2000 is proud to announce the award of a grant to the Town of New Lisbon to help carry out a town-wide survey of historic resources. The Town of New Lisbon, which sits above both the Utica and the Marcellus shales, is faced with the risk of heavy industrialization should shale gas drilling commence, in the form of heavy road use and increased retail and housing pressure. In addition, there has been increasing development pressure on the town’s agricultural lands, placing their historic resources at risk.
By completing a survey of historic resources, the Town of New Lisbon will be able to further the work of protecting its community while enabling the town to make informed land-use and development decisions.
In addition to the grant from Otsego 2000, the project is funded in part by OCCA, the Butternut Valley Alliance, and the Preservation League of New York. In 2012 the Preservation League worked with Otsego 2000 to designate the areas over the Marcellus and Utica shale’s as part of the Preservation League’s “Seven to Save” most threatened New York State historic Resources, opening up funding and research opportunities of the region.
Otsego 2000 believes deeply in the historic value of the communities and the region and is pleased to be able to assist the Town of New Lisbon in their work to explore and protect their heritage.