Oblong Trail Association | About Us

About Us

The Oblong Trail Association was formed on November 1, 2000. This non-profit organization was formed as an effort to encourage equestrian and nature walking activities. It was strongly felt that these activities would draw like-minded people to live in the area. A community of people would develop with a primary interest to conserve and preserve the land and also enjoy and share in the beauty of the area. The desired end result would be that land would remain as large undeveloped parcels. The organization takes no position as far as pro or con development but hopes that its efforts will continue to support responsible esthetic development.

Highlights of the Organization

Membership: This is a membership only trail system open to all who pay an annual membership fee. Trail use is limited to equestrians, nature walkers and cross-county skiers. No wheeled vehicles of any kind are permitted. All members are required to wear a member identification tag.

Non Profit Status: The OTA was granted non-profit status by its parent organization the Oblong Land Conservancy. These organizations remain separate entities as far as financial responsibilities and management. The OTA reports to the Oblong Land Conservancy to ensure fiscal compliance and legal compliance. This status however, is imperative for the OTA because it enables the organization to utilize the General Obligation Laws of NY.  These laws are used   by most trail organizations in this country as the means to limit the liability to the landowner. The OTA has retained legal counsel who examined these status and found them to be in order and applicable.

Funding: The organization is solely funded by membership fees and charitable (tax deductible) contributions.

Staffing: The Board of Directors and members currently volunteer their time and efforts to support the organization.  There are no paid employees at this time.

Trail Determination, Marking and Maintenance: Together with the landowner the Board members discuss and plan a proposed trail. The trail is reviewed and agreed upon with the  owner to discuss the implementation. After that a team of member clear (if necessary) and mark the trail with the color-coded GPS (Global Position System) trail markers. A GPS map is generated. These trails are maintained (cleared of debris) by the volunteers. The route is agreed upon by means of the "county handshake" and is subject to change or revocation by the landowner at anytime for any reason. A simple notification to the organization will result in the members removing the trail markers.