The Otsego Land Trust will open a renovated hiking trail in Roseboom, aided by a donation.
According to a news release, the land trust, along with the Otsego County Conservation Association and Otsego 2000, will host a trail opening and guided hike at Lordsland Preserve from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. The event will start at Doc Ahlers Trailhead, followed by a moderate 3/4 mile hike on the Forest Trail, according to the release. The Doc Ahlers Trail (Blue Trail) is one of the featured hikes in the Otsego Outdoors Spring Challenge.
Cooperstown high school student Henry Horvath raised more than $3,700 for Otsego Outdoors by accepting sponsorships and climbing Mount Denali in Alaska with his father, Tim. Denali is the highest peak in North America.
“Thanks to Henry’s initiative and the generosity of his supporters, we can build on this momentum and provide people with new and improved trail options,” said Ellen Pope, CEO of Otsego 2000.
The hiking trails have been revived with new markers, a road sign and two new trailhead kiosks which have been constructed by members of the construction technology and management class at SUNY Delhi, according to the statement.
“I’m really happy to have been able to help fund an exciting new trail in Lordsland Reserve and can’t wait to try it out,” said Horvath.
Lordsland Preserve in Roseboom, has been a protected property with public hiking trails since 1971, according to the release. Originally protected by The Nature Conservancy, its ownership was transferred to Otsego Land Trust in 2019.
“Lordsland Preserve offers nearly 80 acres of woodland habitat to explore,” according to the land trust’s Greg Farmer. “Thanks to our partners, the Doc Ahlers Road trail offers a whole new perspective.”
Those interested can register for the free April 24 event by contacting Marcie Foster at [email protected] or 607-547-2366, ext. 103.
For more information visit www.otsegolandtrust.org