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About The Site

Ooms Conservation Area in Chatham features 2.9 miles of trails on 180 acres of land. This spectacular property includes rolling grasslands, pond, pastoral landscape, Catskill mountain views, and mixed forest habitats.  There are benches and a gazebo for relaxing and birdwatching, and excellent fishing (by permit only) at the 35-acre Sutherland Pond. Enjoy a hike at Ooms? Visit four more Public Conservation Areas as part of the Hike Five Challenge!

Click here to listen to a guided tour about Ooms Conservation Area using TravelStory!

Click here for directions to Ooms Conservation Area 480 Rock City Road, Chatham, NY

Current Projects Happening at This Site

Ooms Knotweed Management

CLC is also testing different methods of controlling and removing Japanese knotweed at Ooms. These include folding the knotweed, smothering it, and injecting small amounts of herbicide into the knotweed. Data on the effectiveness of these treatments will be collected and help CLC make decisions about how best to deal with knotweed infestations on other sites. Click here to read more information about how CLC responsibly uses herbicide.

Site History

This Conservation Area is named after two families who have been in the area for generations.  The pond is named after the Sutherland family, who lived across the road from the conservation area in the 1800s. In the 1950s, the Ooms family arrived from the Netherlands and began a dairy operation on the fields surrounding the pond.  In 2001, CLC, in conjunction with the Open Space Institute, purchased this 180-acre parcel from the Ooms family to permanently ensure its availability to the public. Click here to view the full brochure and learn more about Ooms and our other Public Conservation Areas.

Trail Map