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February 21, 2013

Winners named in photography contest

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“It has been amazing to see the variety of wildlife since the wetland improvements,” said Greene who has spotted wood ducks, mergansers, mallards, geese, herons, eagles and deer. “There is always something going on there.”

“Three Mile Point is a healing place for me,” Sam Ross of Roseboom, winner in the professional category, said in the release.

His photo “Evening Inspiration” captures a fishing boat on Otsego Lake at dusk. Ross lifeguarded at Three Mile and Fairy Spring on Otsego Lake for seven years and photographs there often. The release said he explained “Evening Inspiration” was inspired by and evokes feelings of a painting by local area artist Deborah Geurtze.

Prizes were provided by the Otsego Lake Association. The professional prize was a gift certificate to the Blue Mingo Grill and Richard Duncan’s book titled “Otsego Lake-Past and Present.” The amateur prize was a guided tour of Otsego Lake aboard the State University of New York College at Oneonta’s Biological Field Stations Barge, “Anondontoides” for the winner and five guests. The youth prize was four tickets for the Glimmerglass Queen lake tour and one year family membership to Otsego Lake Association.

This is the third year that the Otsego Land Trust has sponsored a photo contest, following the “People and Trees” photo contest in 2010 and the popular “On the Farm, In the Garden” photo contest in 2011.

The Otsego Lake Association consists of about 150 members, including individuals, families and businesses that have an interest in preserving and protecting Otsego Lake and its watershed. The Otsego Lake Association is primarily an educational organization with its main mission being the implementation of “A Plan for the Management of the Otsego Lake Watershed (1988).” Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in Otsego Lake. For additional information, contact President Wayne Bunn at (518)542-6630 or by email at kwbe@hotmail.com.

As the landowner of Brookwood Point, a 22-acre property on Otsego Lake, the Land Trust is a member of the Otsego Lake Association. The Otsego Land Trust has partnered with 80 some families to protect nearly 9,000 acres in the Otsego region, including 1,300 acres around Otsego Lake. Otsego Land Trust is also developing a network of public conservation areas, including a 15-mile water trail along Oaks Creek, from Canadarago Lake to the Susquehanna River.

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