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Schoharie Land Trust Records

1980-2001

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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Abstract

Founded in 1990 to to promote the preservation of agricultural, scenic, forest, natural, recreational, and open space land in Schoharie County,

Summary

Creator:
Schoharie Land Trust
Date Coverage:
1980-2001
Quantity:
3 cubic ft.  2 videos, 1 audiotape  26 Digital Files

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."

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.

The collection is organized into 3 file series.

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 Trus2003 June

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Schoharie Land Trust Records, 1980-2001. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Schoharie Land Trust Records).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 1 cubic ft.26 Digital Files  
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.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Acquisition Committee, Meeting Minutes and Agendas1992-1995

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1 2Annual Meeting, Minutes, Agendas, Reports1991-1993, 1995-1997
    

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  Minutes
1991 May 16
    

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  Minutes
1992 April 30

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1 3Annual Reports1992-1997

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1 4Articles1989, 1992-1997, Undated

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1 5Berdan, Leonard, Appraisal QualificationsUndated

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1 6Board of Directors, Meeting Agendas1990-1993, 1995-1999

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1 7Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes1991-1996
    

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  Minutes
1990 June 25
    

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  Minutes
1990 July 17
    

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  Minutes
1990 August 14
    

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  Minutes
1990 September 12
    

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  Minutes
1990 October 10
    

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  Minutes
1990 November 14
    

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  Minutes
1990 December 12
    

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  Minutes
1991 January 17
    

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  Minutes
1991 April 18
    

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  Minutes
1991 June 20
    

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  Minutes
1991 July 18
    

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  Minutes
1991 August 15
    

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  Minutes
1991 September 19
    

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  Minutes
1991 October 17
    

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  Minutes
1991 December 19
    

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  Minutes
1992 January 16
    

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  Minutes
1992 March 19
    

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  Minutes
1992 June 18
    

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  Minutes
1992 July 16

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1 8Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes1997-2001

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1 9Board of Directors, Member InformationUndated

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1 10By-lawsUndated

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1 11Certificate of Incorporation1990

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1 12Correspondence1992-1998
    

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  Correspondence
1992 March 20

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1 13Correspondence1998-2001

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1 14Correspondence, American Farmland Trust1991-1995

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1 15Correspondence, DraftsUndated

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1 16Correspondence, Land Trust Alliance1992-1995, 1999-2000

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1 17Correspondence, Schoharie County Planning & Development Agency1999

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1 18County of Schoharie, Proposed Local Law to Establish the Office of County Manager & Proposed County Manager Selection Process1994

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1 19Criteria for Land AcquisitionUndated

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1 20Donor Lists2000, Undated

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1 21Farr Committee1998-2001

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Finance Committee, Meeting Minutes1992
    

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  Minutes
1992 June 18
    

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  Minutes
1992 June 18
    

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  Minutes
1992 August 20

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1 22LeafletsUndated

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1 23Mailing Lists1990-1991, 1995

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1 24Meeting Notes1991-1992, Undated

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1 25Membership Applications and Renewals1991-1995

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1 26Membership Applications and Renewals1996-1997

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1 27Membership Applications and Renewals1999-2000

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1 28Membership Committee1994-1997

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Membership Meeting1991
    

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  Minutes
1991 November 21

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1 29NAFTA, Articles, Press Releases1992-1993

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1 30Newsletters1989, 1991-1998

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1 31Official HistoryUndated

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1 32Open Space Preservation, Resolution of Board of Supervisors, Schoharie County1989

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1 33Outline and Handouts for Presentation, Notes, Leaflets1993

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1 34Photographs1994-2000, Undated

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1 35Policies1997, 2000, Undated

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1 36Position Descriptions1980, 1984, 1988-1993

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1 37Project ProposalsUndated

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1 38Publications, Cornell Cooperative Extension1990, Undated

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1 39Publications, Department of Environmental Conservation1991, 1995, Undated

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1 40Response to Request for Proposal, Daniel Goldstein & Associates1999

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1 41Schoharie County Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plan, Schoharie County Agricultural and Protection Board2000

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1 42Schoharie Master Plan2000

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1 43Slides1996, Undated

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1 44Steering Committee, Meeting Minutes, Agendas1990-1994

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1 45Tax Exempt Status, 501c3 Application Forms, Correspondence1991-1992

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1 46Zoning Regulations, Town of SewardUndated

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Cassette 1Land Trust Alliance, Rally 91: Tax Planning for Land Conservation Deals: War Stories and Other Observations, Audio Cassette1991

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VHS 1Land Trust, Jerry Cosgrove, VHSUndated

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VHS 2Farmland Forever, American Farmland Trust, VHSUndated
Quantity: 1 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).
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Grants and Fundraising, Correspondence1991, Undated

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1 2Grants and Fundraising, Lists of SourcesUndated

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1 3Grants and Fundraising, Publications1994, 1998, Undated

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1 4Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Agricultural District MapsUndated

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1 5Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Application FormsUndated

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1 6Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Board Reports1996

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1 7Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Completed Applications1996

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1 8Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Correspondence1996

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1 9Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Evaluation and Ratings Forms1996

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1 10Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency Prohibition on Future Disaster Assistance, Memoranda1994

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1 11Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Flood Plain MapsUndated

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1 12Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Guidelines1995

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1 13Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Hazard Mitigation Planning section from Federal Emergency Management Agency Handbook1994

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1 14Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Interim Policy GuidanceUndated

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1 15Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Landowner Information PacketsUndated

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1 16Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Letter of Intent1996

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1 17Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Press ReleaseUndated

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1 18Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Real Property Summary Reports1996

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1 19Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Sample Deed of Open Space EasementsUndated

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1 20Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Sample Project Grant Proposal1992

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1 21Iroquois Gas Transmission System, Funding PlaqueUndated

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1 22Iroquois Gas Transmission System, Publications

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1 23Iroquois Gas Transmission System, Land Preservation & Enhancement Program (LPEP) & Land Enhancement and Acquisition Fund (LEAF), Publications, Correspondence1994-1995

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1 24Rural New York Grant Program1993-1995

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1 25Schoharie Church Mission Fund, Correspondence1996
Quantity: 1 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.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Beard, Carl, Contact Form, Correspondence1998

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1 2Blenheim Wildlife Association, Contact Form, Correspondence1993

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1 3Bouck Falls, Correspondence1998

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1 4Brody Property, Land Acquisition Form1998

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1 5Dillenback Property, Correspondence, Maps, Contact Forms1996-1997, Undated

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1 6Dillenback Property, Easement, Current Conditions Report1997

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1 7Doleiel Property, Contact Form1991

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1 8Feddon Property, Deed, Correspondence2000-2001

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1 9Gray Property, Easement2001

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1 10Harwood Property, Forest Management Plan, Easement, Baseline Conditions Report1996

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1 11Kaplan Family Trust, Contact Form, Map, Newspaper Clipping1997, Undated

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1 12Kittell Property, Map, NotesUndated

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1 13Lower Mohawk Land Conservancy Property, Correspondence1998

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1 14Mickel Property, Contact Form, Map1993

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1 15Moore Property1993-1994

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1 16O Donnell Property, Easement, Photographs1995

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1 17Paulson Property, Deeds, Tax Searches1997

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1 18Paulson Property, Maps1994-1995, Undated

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1 19Paulson Property, Memoranda, Correspondence, Reports1994-1997, Undated

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1 20Paulson Property, Monitoring Report, Photographs1998

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1 21Paulson Property, NegativesUndated

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1 22Pickett Property, Contact Form, Maps, Correspondence1991, Undated

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1 23Round Tuit Subdivision1994-1995

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1 24Sagendorf Property, Highly Erodable Land & Wetland Conservation Certification1986

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1 25Schoharie Business Park, Generic Environmental Impact Statement, Correspondence1997

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1 26Schoharie Creek, Construction1997-1998

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1 27Schoharie Creek, Correspondence, Map1995-1998

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1 28Schoharie Creek, Deed, Insurance1996-1997

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1 29Schoharie Creek, Deed of Gift for Archaeological Rights2000

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1 30Schoharie Creek Land Preservation & Enhancement Program (LPEP) Funding1991, 1993-1996, 1998

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1 31Schoharie Creek, Photographs, Slides, Negatives1996, 2000, Undated

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1 32Sharon Springs Historical District1993, Undated

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1 33Schoharie Island, Map, Photos1997

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1 34Squadere Property, Easement1997

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1 35Squadere Property, Present Conditions Report, Correspondence1997

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1 36Tepper Report, Correspondence, Reports1997

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1 37Townsend Property, Contact Form1992