Land Trust Marks 25 years & Celebrates Long-Time Supporters

Land Trust Marks 25 years & Celebrates Long-Time Supporters

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It was a celebration of 25 years for the Ontario Bays Initiative land trust.

OBI members were at the Crescent Yacht Club in Chaumont Monday evening to mark the occasion and honor top donors and retiring board members Sally and Urban Hirschey.

Since its start, OBI has protected more than 750 acres of land in Jefferson County and promotes awareness through nature walks and other events. 

"It's a 25-year celebration and celebrating two very important people and what they've contributed to us," OBI's Tracey Valentine said.

"I had no idea that there would be an award," Sally Hirschey said. "I just did it for OBI because I really think they're a wonderful organization."

Assemblywoman Addie Jenne made an appearance to present the Hirscheys with an award.

The organization also brought in SUNY Potsdam Professor Glenn Johnson and his students to shed light on the plight of the blanding turtle, a threatened species in New York state.

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