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September 19, 2013

Sisters protect land in honor of their father


Recently, Monnelly and LaDine published a book of their mother’s poetry partnered with Monnelly’s arresting photographic images of the natural world titled “For My Daughters.” In the introduction, Monnelly explains that the book, dedicated to their mother who died of breast cancer in 1945, had its “origin in a small book of my mother’s poetry, which was published by my father.”

“For My Daughters” communicates the many facets of the human experience, love, family, loneliness, death and hope.

“The story connected to the protection of Monnelly-LaDine property is truly a special one,” Virginia Kennedy, executive director of Otsego Land Trust, said in the release. “Dorothy and Mary have remembered their father, a beloved father and doctor, in a way that profoundly honors him and assures that the whole community can benefit. Not only have they created the perfect legacy, but they have assured that the forests and important wetlands of this beautiful parcel will continue to be home to abundant bird and wildlife, to contribute to the health of Oaks and Fly Creeks, and to maintain the scenic, rural character of the whole area.”

The Monnelly-LaDine easement is part of 600 acres of forests, farmlands and historical structures — from the ridgeline of Bedbug Hill to Oaks Creek, that have been protected by Otsego Land Trust. To learn more about protecting healthy lands and waters in the unique Upper Susquehanna River region, contact Otsego Land Trust at 547-2366, write to or visit

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