February 1, 2017:  Vol. 11, No. 1


Oral Histories of the Land

February 97pm – Cooperstown Graduate Program (5838 State Route 80)

This program will share stories about the environment from CGP’s archive of oral history interviews and use them in a facilitated discussion about land use and the role of the environment in our lives. The oral history clips reveal how land use in Central New York has changed during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, local viewpoints on current environmental issues, and why the earth matters to people. This event promotes dialogue on these themes and encourages new perspectives on how we relate to the natural world.  Free and open to the public.


Be Informed!  Lecture Series at Mohican Farm

February 156:30pm – Mohican Farm Workshop (7207 State Highway 80 – next to OCCA office)

OCCA, in conjunction with Mohican Farm, is pleased to announce the opening of our Be Informed! Lecture Series on February 15 at 6:30 p.m.The series will cover a variety of topics throughout the year. Our first topic is titled “How You Can Make an Impact Using Clean Energy,” featuring Dan Sullivan of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District.  The program takes place in the workshop at Mohican Farm, 7195 State Route 80, Cooperstown. The Mohican Farm Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Register using the form at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/


Basic Beekeeping Workshop

February 189am-4pm – SUNY Cobleskill

Interested in becoming a beekeeper? This six hour class is for you. Learn about the life of the honeybee, the basic requirements and responsibilities of keeping bees and more. Registration costs $46.50. Call 518-255-5528, or e-mail PACE@cobleskill.edu for information or to register. Hosted by SUNY Cobleskill.


Get the Kids Out

February 2310am – Robert V. Riddell State Park

Get The Kids Out during mid-winter recess. OCCA is holding a special program, Get The Kids Out—Winter Wonderland at Robert V. Riddell State Park in Oneonta. Designed for elementary school kids and their families, this program will explore the life of the forest, past, present and future. 10 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/


Hemlock Wolly Adelgid:  Finding Hemlock Stands

February 253pm – Mohican Farm Workshop (7207 State Highway 80 – next to OCCA office)

OCCA, the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Program (CRISP) and Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties are hosting a special training for outdoor enthusiasts interested in volunteering to help CRISP and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation identify and map stands of Eastern hemlock as part of its efforts to counter the accelerating invasion of the highly destructive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in New York State. For more information see occainfo.org/calendar/calendar.  Free and open to land and forest owners, master gardeners, students, and others eager to arrest the HWA. Space is limited; preregistration is required for planning purposes by calling 607.282.4087 or emailing programdirector@occainfo.org.

Snowshoe Hike

March 412pm – Robert V. Riddell State Park

Steve Kent will lead a 3.5 hour hike to Mud Lake and back in Robert V. Riddell State Park in Oneonta. Bring snowshoes, water, a snack, and dress for the weather. If there is not enough snow, we’ll walk anyway! Meet at noon on the east side of Gersoni Road, just south of I-88 exit 17. Free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/


Well Spent Wednesday at Alex’s Bistro

March 2211am-10pm – Alex’s Bistro, 149 Main Street, Cooperstown

Come join OCCA at Alex’s bistro for Well Spent Wednesday’s!  Alex’s generously donates a portion of every meal to OCCA.  All you need to do is come for some great food and mention that you are there to support OCCA.  Hope you see you there!


Winter Tree Identification Hike

March 25 – 930am – Thayer Farm Upland Interpretive Center (5838 State Highway 80)

Come join Jeff O’handley and put your tree id skills to the test.  Jeff will lead a hike through the woods of Thayer Farm and show participants how to identify tress in the absence of leaves using other clues both on the trees and in the surrounding landscape.  Free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/


Coming Soon…….

Earth FestivalSaturday, April 22 at Milford Central School. For information on the event, or for a vendor or donor form, visithttp://occainfo.org/earth-festival/

OCCA Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Garage SaleSaturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30. Check our website as it gets closer.



Firewood Restrictions

Fans of winter camping, remember that DEC regulations prohibit importing firewood into the state if it has not been treated to kill pests. Within the state, untreated firewood may not be moved more than 50 miles from its source, and other quarantines exist. These  regulations are aimed at protecting our forests from invasive pests like the emerald ash borer. See http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/28722.html for details.


Boat Stewards Needed!

The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is hiring one lead boat steward and 20 boat stewards for the summer. Stewards are responsible for promoting public understanding of NY invasive species laws, as well as teaching boaters and campers some basic best management practices that can help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. Lead boat steward application is due by February 10; boat steward applications are due by March 1. Lead boat steward job information: https://statejobsny.com/employees/vacancyDetailsView.cfm?id=36308

Boat steward job information: https://statejobsny.com/employees/vacancyDetailsView.cfm?id=36311



Leslie L. Orzetti, Ph.D., Executive Director
Otsego County Conservation Association, Inc.
7207 State Highway 80, PO Box 931
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-4488; (607) 282-4087