Cow Pasture in the Fog
Jennifer VanAmber

When Farmland Matters

Local family considers national security, family, and community

“This land is part of our family, our community. It becomes part of who you are.” – Ed Siebels

Across the country, and here in New York State, farms face ongoing threats of development, tough market conditions, and aging farm ownership.

But there are some bright spots.

  • Ed Siebels, whose family has farmed their land for three generations, explains “farmland conservation is key to passing our land to the next generation—it makes it more affordable and keeps it out of developers’ hands.”
  • Find out how the Siebels family and others conserved their farms; farms and forests are important to the viability of Fort Drum and our national security; and wildlife are getting a boost from area landowners and partnerships.
  • Check out the ways nature, and the free programs offered by Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, are changing kids for the better in schools, libraries, and out on the land.

THTLT Annual Report 2018To learn more, see beautiful pictures of conserved land, and read our most recent Highlights and Annual Report


All privately protected land stays on local tax rolls and continues to be managed by the people who own these properties.
Photograph courtesy of Jennifer Nightingale.