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 SAVE THE DATE

OCCA Highway Cleanup

April 88am – Mohican Farm (7207 State Highway 80 – next to OCCA office)

Join OCCA as we clean up the roadside on a two-mile section of State Route 80 spanning the towns of Springfield and Otsego. Enjoy a nice, brisk walk, and help the environment, too! Safety vests and helmets, bags, and gloves will be provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Meet at Mohican Farm at 8 a.m.; we will aim to finish up by 11.

 

Get the Kids Out

April 1910am – Thayer Farm Upland Interpretive Center (State Highway 80 – ~ 7 miles up Otsego Lake)

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/

 

OCCA Movie Night

April 21 – 7pm – Milford Central School Auditorium

New this year is Earth Festival Movie Night, on Friday, April 21. The Josh Fox film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Herbert B. Garman, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Milford Central School. Documentarian Josh Fox (Gasland) travels the globe to meet global climate change warriors who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. Funny and tragic, inspiring and enlightening, the film examines the intricately woven forces that threaten the stability of the planet and the lives of its inhabitants. The film is two hours long. Admission to Earth Festival Movie Night is free. The movie is sponsored by OCCA, Otsego 2000, and the Environmental Stewardship Team of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown. Visit our Earth Festival page (http://occainfo.org/earth-festival/) for more information.

 

OCCA Earth Festival

April 2211am3pm – Milford Central School

Back for its 13th year, Earth Festival is an environmentally-focused interactive event featuring exhibits, activities, vendors and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. This event attracts over 1000 people every year, and more than 30 exhibitors and vendors. This year’s activities will include the pre-festival bird walk, the EcoArt contest, yoga for beginners and children, and recycling opportunities. To be a vendor, exhibitor, or event sponsor, visit our Earth Festival page (http://occainfo.org/earth-festival/) and download a form, or contact OCCA at (607) 547-4488.

 

OCCA Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Garage Sale

April 29/30 – 9am – 4pm – Cooperstown Farmers Market

OCCA’s Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Garage Sale will be on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017 at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. Bargains galore abound at this annual event, which helps OCCA raise money for our county-wide environmental programs while also reducing waste.  Check OCCA’s website (http://occainfo.org/reduce-reuse-recycle-garage-sale/)for details on how and when to donate items for the garage sale and how to volunteer For more information contact OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti at (607) 547-4488, or e-mail director@occainfo.org.

 

Ag Plastic Collection, Coming This Spring

May 6 – 8am11am – Southern Transfer Station

Farmers, start saving your film plastic! OCCA, in cooperation with Otsego County Solid Waste, Otsego County Soil and Water, and Casella, is holding collection days for Ag Plastic in May. Acceptable plastics includes bale wrap, bunker silo cover, silage bags, and greenhouse covers. Plastic must be sorted according to type. For details on storage and transport, contact Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087.

 

Save The Date

May 12 – Carl B. Good Cooperstown Boat Wash Station Dedication

May 13 – Bird Walk led by Becky Gretton

May 17 – Be Informed! Lecture Series with Bob Sutherland: Integrate Pest Management for the Home Greenhouse and Garden

May 27 – CCE and CRISP Invasive Species Workshop:  Detect and Manage Invasive Species

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

What Is Recyclable at Earth Festival

Again this year, OCCA and our partners will be doing a recyclefest at Earth Festival. Below is a list of items you can bring to Earth Festival for recycling for FREE!  Save the planet….recycle!

  • Clean, white Expanded Polystyrene Foam (#6); includes packing material (not peanuts), egg cartons, takeout food containers, foam cups. MUST BE WHITE only, MUST BE #6 EPS (i.e., looks like little tiny beads), MUST BE CLEAN and dry.
  • Tennis balls
  • Natural wine bottle corks
  • Used toothbrushes and toothbrush packaging (non-electric toothbrushes), empty toothpaste tubes, empty dental floss and dental tape containers
  • Used pens, markers, and highlighters, used mechanical pencils
  • Eyeglasses (look for the Cooperstown Lion’s Club table)
  • Used inkjet cartridges (NOT TONER CARTRIDGES), cell phones, small, handheld electronics (up to tablet size)
  • Wood pellet bags
  • Monfilament fishing line
  • Gently used shoes (in pairs only, please)
  • Document Shredding

How Do I Get Rid Of? Feature on OCCA Website

The new and improved OCCA website is featuring a “How Do I Get Rid Of” app that lets citizens know how to appropriately dispose of a variety of items from compostable material, recyclable materials and other household items.  You can access this app by clicking on the recycle  button on the top left of every page or by visiting our recycling web page at:  http://occainfo.org/recycling/.  Our Recycling Committee will at Earth Festival showing patron how to use the new app.  Go visit and check it out!

 

TerraCycle Update

The OCCA TerraCycle collection only accepts the following items: used pens, markers and mechanical pencils; natural corks from wine bottles; empty toothpaste tubes, discarded toothbrushes (non-electric only), and packaging from toothbrushes and dental floss. Cereal bags are no longer being accepted, but can be taken to any grocery store that collects plastic bags. The TerraCycle collection bin is located outside the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, 101 Main Street, Cooperstown.

 

Otsego County Demographic Data

The Cornell University Program on Applied Demographics recently released their 2017 county-level profiles for New York. These profiles cover sociological, economic, and demographic data categories. The data contained in these profiles will be useful in obtaining a snapshot of your respective communities. Please follow this link to learn more: https://pad.human.cornell.edu/profiles/index.cfm

 

Census Data Webinar

The American Planning Association is conducting a webinar series on how to utilize Census data for your day-to-day planning and economic development needs. These webinars cover a broad range of topics ranging from income and poverty-related statistics to analyzing census block group data. The webinar series can be accessed by clicking the following link: https://planningpa.org/news/2017-spring-webinar-series-census-data-users/

 

Climate Change Presentations at SUNY Oneonta

There will be two presentations at Hunt Union Red Dragon Ballroom regarding issues in climate change.

  • April 186pm – Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director or Food and Water Watch, author of Foodopoly, and Frackopoly.
  • April 20 – 4:30pm – Divesting from Fossil Fuel:  An Example for the Village of Cooperstown

Did You Know?

Otsego Lake did not completely freeze again this year.  This marks the third year without complete ice cover since records began in 1842.  The three years on record without ice cover have all been since 2000 (winter 2001/2, 2011/12 and 2016/2017).  Additionally, Otsego Lake was included in the Environmental Protection Agency report on climate change indicators for lake ice, a national database of sites tracking climate change in the United States.  For more information on Otsego Lake data, see the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station website (http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/biofld/otsegolake.asp)

 

March 6, 2017:  Vol. 11, No. 2

SAVE THE DATE

Well Spent Wednesdays

March 2211am10pm – Alex’s Bistro (149 Main Street, Cooperstown)

Come join OCCA for a meal at Alex’s Bistro in Cooperstown.  Alex has generously offered to donate 15% of your bill to OCCA.  This can only work if you come out for a wonderful meal at Alex’s!  We LOVE Alex’s eclectic menu and hope that you will as well.  Just mention OCCA when you dine.  We’ll have an OCCA employee at the restaurant for most of the day if you want to stop by and say hello!

 

Winter Tree ID Hike

March 259:30-11:30am – Thayer Farm Upland Interpretive Center (State Highway 80 – ~ 7 miles up Otsego Lake)

Do you know your ash from your elderberry? A beech from a birch? Can you tell a dogwood from its bark? Join OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley a walk at Thayer Farm in Springfield, and learn how to identify some common trees and shrubs. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

 

OCCA Highway Cleanup

April 88am – Mohican Farm (7207 State Highway 80 – next to OCCA office)

Join OCCA as we clean up the roadside on a two-mile section of State Route 80 spanning the towns of Springfield and Otsego. Enjoy a nice, brisk walk, and help the environment, too! Safety vests and helmets, bags, and gloves will be provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Meet at Mohican Farm at 8 a.m.; we will aim to finish up by 11.

 

Get the Kids Out

April 1910am – Thayer Farm Upland Interpretive Center (State Highway 80 – ~ 7 miles up Otsego Lake)

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/

 

OCCA Earth Festival

April 2211am3pm – Milford Central School

Back for its 13th year, Earth Festival is an environmentally-focused interactive event featuring exhibits, activities, vendors and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. This event attracts over 1000 people every year, and more than 30 exhibitors and vendors. This year’s activities will include the pre-festival bird walk, the EcoArt contest, yoga for beginners and children, and recycling opportunities. To be a vendor, exhibitor, or event sponsor, visit our Earth Festival page (http://occainfo.org/earth-festival/) and download a form, or contact OCCA at (607) 547-4488.

 

OCCA Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Garage Sale

April 29/30 – 9am – 4pm – Cooperstown Farmers Market

OCCA’s Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Garage Sale will be on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017 at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. Bargains galore abound at this annual event, which helps OCCA raise money for our county-wide environmental programs while also reducing waste.  Check OCCA’s website for details on how and when to donate items for the garage sale. If you would like to volunteer at this event or donate items, contact OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti at (607) 547-4488, or e-mail director@occainfo.org.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TerraCycle Update

The OCCA TerraCycle collection only accepts the following items: used pens, markers and mechanical pencils; natural corks from wine bottles; empty toothpaste tubes, discarded toothbrushes (non-electric only), and packaging from toothbrushes and dental floss. Cereal bags are no longer being accepted, but can be taken to any grocery store that collects plastic bags. The TerraCycle collection bin is located outside the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, 101 Main Street, Cooperstown.

 

Ag Plastic Collection, Coming This Spring

Farmers, start saving your film plastic! OCCA, in cooperation with Otsego County Solid Waste, Otsego County Soil and Water, and Casella, will be holding collection days for Ag Plastic in May. Acceptable plastics includes bale wrap, bunker silo cover, silage bags, and greenhouse covers. Plastic must be sorted according to type. For details on storage and transport, contact Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087.

 

Did You Know?

Woven polypropylene bags, commonly used for pet and animal food bags (Purina dog chow, Beneful, for example) are not currently collected as part of our recycling programs. These bags are sturdy, water resistant, and can be repurposed for many different uses, such as shopping bags, tarpaulins and wood pile covers, and over-the-door shoe organizers, and more. Feed bags will be collected at Earth Festival. If you would like some of these bags, please contact former OCCA President, Martha Clarvoe, at (607) 293-6654, or at martha.clarvoe@gmail.com.

 

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Adopts New Fishing Regulations

On February 28, 2017, the DEC announced that new freshwater fishing regulations will go into effect April 1, 2017. According to the DEC, the new regulations are a result of a two-year process that included biological assessments, discussions with anglers, and a 45-day public comment period. The regulations will be published in the 2017-18 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide that will be available at all license sales vendors and online in March. Please follow this link to learn about the highlights of the new regulations: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/109392.html.

 

DEC Proposing Amendments to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)

The DEC recently announced a proposal to amend the regulations that implement SEQR (Title 6 NYCRR Part 617). According to the DEC, the main purpose of the amendments is to streamline the SEQR process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review. Comments on the proposed amendments can be submitted to the DEC’s Division of Environmental Permits, Attn: James J. Eldred, Environmental Analyst, 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233-1750 or via email to: seqra617@dec.ny.gov. Comments will be accepted until the close of business on May 19, 2017. There will also be a public hearing on March 31, 2017 at the Broadway address listed above. Please follow this link to learn more: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/83389.html.

 

Yale University Releases Interactive Map Detailing Public Perception of Climate Change

Researchers from Yale University recently released an interactive map highlighting the public’s opinion on climate change. Public opinion polling is generally done at the national level, because local level polling is very costly and time intensive. Yale’s team of scientists, however, has developed a model to drill down to the state, congressional district, and county levels. Follow this link to learn what Otsego County residents think about climate change: http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/ycom-us-2016/.

 

 

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.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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
http://occainfo.org/

 

     

 

        

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Accepting Applications for Urban Forestry Projects

The Environmental Protection fund is investing $2.3 million in tree planting, maintenance grants, tree inventory, and community forestry management plans. Tree inventories and community forestry maintenance projects have no required match. Tree planting and maintenance projects require a 25% match.

  • Applications are due March 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Eligible entities: municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts, soil and water conservation districts, community colleges, not-for-profit organizations, and Indian nations or tribes.
  • Awards range from $11,000 to $75,000 depending on municipal population.

The DEC’s Urban Forestry Program will host a webinar on Thursday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. to educate potential applicants on the grants process and answer questions. To register, please follow this link: https://meetny.webex.com/mw3000/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=meetny&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc3000%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dmeetny%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D516769132%26UID%3D0%26Host%3DQUhTSwAAAALEa5AUqtj42H1tFPDCTn0aPsMndUDgYmcjSgRTdIQhAJJcwWwMR_7-y6vMC4NvwMp4TN4kPobCtp2byfGc7wHw0%26RG%3D1%26FrameSet%3D2%26RGID%3Drb01dbcfb520aee2a273dd76ab2f8c20d.

NY-SUN Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance

NY-SUN is now accepting applications for the Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program. This new funding opportunity supports the development of solar projects for multifamily affordable housing and community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, with up to $200,000 for each approved proposal.

Applications may be submitted by local governments, affordable housing, community organizations and service providers working to make solar accessible to LMI communities in New York. NY-SUN will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. Visit the following link for more details and the application: https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/ASPTA.

Circuit Rider Planner Program

OCCA’s Circuit Rider Planner Program provides ad hoc and project-specific land use planning support for Otsego County municipalities. Our Environmental Planner can be retained by your municipality at minimal cost in order to provide committed, continuous support for your community’s land use initiatives.  For more information see our website at:  http://occainfo.org/circuit-rider-planner-program/

 

 

14th Annual Catskill Regional Agriculture Conference, January 12, 2017

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, in partnership with the Watershed Agricultural Council, will host the 14th Annual Catskill Regional Agriculture Conference Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. at Farrell Hall, on the SUNY-Delhi campus.  For more information or conference details please visit https://ccedelaware.org/ag/crac/, or call Kim Holden at (607)865-7090, ext. 241. Pre-registration fee is $25 per person, and includes lunch and materials. Conference registration will begin at 9:30 A.M. with a chance to attend one of three early bird sessions that begin at 10:00 A.M.

 

December 2, 2016: Vol. 10, No. 19

Snowshoe Hike to Mud Lake

March 4, 2017 – Meet at side of Gersoni Rd. just south of I-88. 12pm

Hosted by Steve Kent and OCCA. Hike up South Hill to Mud Lake and back. Highlights of the walk are Steve’s tales of the property before it became a state park, a 30-foot high waterfall, and Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog at the top of the hill. Snowshoes are optional if the snow is not too deep. Provide your own snowshoes and bring water, a snack, and weather-appropriate clothing. This walk will take approximately 3.5 hours to complete. Program is free, though pre-registration is requested. Visit http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/ to sign up.

 

Grant Writing Basics Workshop sponsored by CADE (Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship)

Friday, December 3, 2016, 10-12.  5 Elm Street, Oneonta, NY

Step-by-step approach to develop a grant letter of interest or application right for your farm. Participants should bring project ideas and funding amounts needed. Visit http://www.cadefarms.org/events-1/2016/12/2/grant-writing-basics to register, or contact Sonia@cadefarms.org or 607-433-2545.

In case you can’t make that workshop, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties hosts Free Money?, a workshop for farm owners seeking grants to support their farm business. This free workshop is offered on Wednesday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the CCE Extension Center, 173 Grand Street, Cobleskill. Visit http://enych.cce.cornell.edu/events.php for information or to register.

 

Festival of Trees

Friday December 2 – 6:30-8:30pm (Family Night), Saturday and Sunday December 3, 4 – 12-4pm

Glimmerglass State Park Nature Center

OCCA decorated a tree for the Friends of Glimmerglass State Park’s annual Festival of Trees event. The event kicks off at Glimmerglass State Park on Friday, December 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with wagon rides to view the holiday lights displays, hot cocoa, Santa and his elves, and more. Over the weekend, trees decorated by local organizations (including OCCA) will be raffled off to benefit the Glimmerglass State Park nature center. Visit http://www.friendsofglimmerglass.com/ for more information.

 

Used Laptops Needed for Guatemala Service Project

Long-time OCCA member Ilse Funk is seeking 10-12 used, working laptops for a service project in Guatemala, and one used projector. IF you are replacing your laptop with something new this holiday season, please consider donating the old one to this worthy program. Please e-mail Ilse at guateviniendo@gmail.com if you have a working laptop you would like to donate.

 

Volunteers Make Holiday Tote Bags

In November, 25 OCCA volunteers turned pet food bags into nearly 200 sturdy, reusable totes bags. The tote bags were donated to Family Services Association of Oneonta, who used them to deliver holiday supplies to local families in need. A huge thank you to everyone who helped!

 

DEC Announces “Greening Your Holiday”  Tip for and Eco-Friendly Holiday Season

REDUCE:

-Replace your holiday lights with LED lights, which require 1/50 of the electricity of conventional lights

-Carpool or use public transportation when heading out on a shopping expedition

-Combine purchases in a single bag, or bring your own bags rather than get a new bag at each store

-Buy less—give gifts of your time, or tickets to events, or look for items with less packaging

REUSE:

-Wrap gifts creatively, in old magazines, newspapers or posters, or use fabric

-Save gift bags, boxes, wrapping paper and ribbon to use next year (and use what you saved from last year, too!)

-Use last year’s holiday cards to create ornaments, decorations, or gift tags

-Save packing material (air pillows, foam peanuts, etc) to use when shipping gifts to others

-Use reusable cups, plates and utensils for holiday gatherings

-Hold a “regift” party with friends and family for unwanted/unused gifts (just be nice about it!)

RECYCLE:

-Purchase wrapping paper, cards, etc., with the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content

-Non-metallic wrapping paper, ribbon and bows can be put out with curbside recycling or taken to the transfer stations for recycling

-Check http://occainfo.org/desktop-recycling-lookup/ (or http://occainfo.org/mobile-recycling-lookup/ if you’re on your phone) if you have questions about how to recycle in Otsego County

 

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
http://occainfo.org/
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November 1, 2016: Vol. 10, No. 18

 

SAVE THE DATE for Ecobulletin

Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum

November 3, 2016 – SUNY Oneonta

Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum will take place at SUNY Oneonta from 9:45 – 3:30 with field trip and happy hour to follow.  The forum will discuss pertinent issues in the watershed and have presentations from local and regional citizens regarding the state of the watershed.  For more information see:  https://allianceforthebay.org/2016/09/upper-susquehanna-watershed-forum/

 

Ag Plastic and Wood Pellet Bag Collection Day

Nov. 5, 8-11am (Southern Transfer Station); Nov. 10, 8-11am (Northern Transfer Station)

Used separated ag plastic will be collected at both the northern and southern transfer stations in Otsego County.  Types of plastic accepted:  silage wrap/bunker covers, bale wrap, greenhouse/hoophouse covers, wood pellet bags.  Call 607-282-4087 to register. This is FREE for Otsego County residents.

 

Farmers Museum Conference on Food and Farming

Nov. 5, 9-330 – Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown

Come visit OCCA at this one day workshop that will discuss climate change and its impact on farming in central New York. The event is free and open to the public.  To find out more and reserve your spot see: http://www.farmersmuseum.org/food-farm.

 

Nature Hike

November 8, 10am — Clark Tower Property

Join OCCA for a hike the Clark Tower property. Meet at Beaver Meadow Road, just south of County Road 52.  Event is free and open to the public.  Hike lasts approximately 2 hours. Bring water and a snack.

 

ANNOUNCENMENTS for ecobulletin

Volunteers Needed

Butternut Creek Watershed Assessment

Volunteers needed to help with Butternut Creek physical assessment.  Experience not necessary, but does help. Volunteers will walk stream banks, take photos, and assess bank conditions.  Contact Jordan Clements at

 

OCCA Names Conservationist of the Year – Tom Salo

Each year, OCCA celebrates a Conservationist of the Year, this year Tom Salo is our winner.  Salo is being honored for his dedication to environmental issues in Otsego County and abroad.  He is being honored at our Annual Member Dinner and Meeting.  For more information see our website at:  http://occainfo.org/salo-named-occa-conservationist-year/

 

OCCA Fundraiser Underway

The annual OCCA fundraiser is currently underway and seeking your donations.  Our theme is year is “Go Wild with OCCA.”  We are sending our own Danny Lapin out to the trail to show you some of our favorite “wild areas” of Otsego County. Your donation will help us continue our wonderful programs and help us preserve natural resources in Otsego County.  We are accepting donation through our website:  http://occainfo.org/special-fundraising-campaigns/, Crowdrise: https://www.crowdrise.com/go-take-a-hike/fundraiser/OCCA; or via check to – PO Box 931, Cooperstown, NY 13326.  Thank you for your support!

 

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September 1, 2016: Vol. 10, No. 17

 

SAVE THE DATE for Ecobulletin

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Sept. 9—Unadilla; Sept. 10—Cooperstown

Free drop off of household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, cleaners, pool chemicals, batteries and more). COOPERSTOWN ONLY: free drop off of prescription and over-the-counter medications. See http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/documents/PaperAdvertisement2016.pdf for more details.

 

Lumberfest

Sept. 19— Wightman Specialty Lumber

Visit OCCA at Wightman Specialty Lumber’s first Lumberfest Lumberjack Festival on September 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Timber sports competitions, exhibitors, tours and barbecue chicken will be features. Visit www.wightmanlumber.com for details.

 

Nature Hike

Sept. 24— Riddell State Park, 12pm

Join OCCA and Steve Kent for a hike through the southern portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park in Davenport. Meet: Hartwick College’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus, Charlotte Creek Road, Davenport. Hike up over the hill past a waterfall to Pine Lake. Along the way, Steve will share family stories of life on the land before it became a state park. 3.5 miles. Bring water and a snack.

 

Audubon Open House

Oct. 1-  10am-2pm

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Sanctuary on Franklin Mountain, 52 Grange Hall Road Spur, Oneonta, NY.  Event includes refreshments, workshop on raptor identification, trail walk through the sanctuary ending at ‘hawkwatch,’ and presentation by Wildlife Rehabilitator Missy Runyon featuring live, permanently injured birds of prey. Website: http://doas.us/event/open-house-hawkwatch/

 

ANNOUNCENMENTS for ecobulletin

Volunteers Needed

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Volunteers help with paint and battery recycling and directing traffic. Shifts available include 7:30-10:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact Jeff O’Handley at OCCA to volunteer or with questions, (607) 282-4087 or programdirector@occainfo.org

 

Volunteers Needed

Butternut Creek Watershed Assessment

Volunteers to be trained 9/19 & 9/23.  Field work in Fall and Spring. Volunteers will walk stream banks, take photos, and assess bank conditions.  Training is highly recommended, but not necessary.  For more information and to sign up for the trainings, contact: Jordan Clements jclements0612@gmail.com

Used Laptops Needed!

Long-time OCCA member Ilse Funk is seeking 10-12 used, working laptops for a service project in Guatemala. if you have a working laptop you would like to donate, please e-mail Ilse at guateviniendo@gmail.com .

 

Conservationist of the Year Nominations

Each year, OCCA issues a call for nominations for our ‘Conservationist of the Year Award.’  If you know someone who has a passion and dedication to conserving natural resources in Otsego county, contact us at director@occainfo.org with the name of the person, and why they deserve the nomination.  Due Oct. 15.

 

Bird Seed

Like to feed the birds? Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society’s annual bird seed sale fundraiser takes place from September 1 through October 29. Visit http://doas.us/store/#!/Bird-Seed-Fundraiser-2016/c/3449007/offset=0&sort=normal for prices and ordering information. Your purchase will help fund their vital conservation efforts.

 

 

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August 2, 206: Vol. 9, No. 16

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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

WATER CHESTNUT PULLING, AUGUST 4 AND 14
SIGN UP FOR POOL WATCH TO DETECT ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE
HIGHWAY CLEANUP ON ROUTE 80, AUGUST 20
HIKE AT RIDDELL STATE PARK, AUGUST 24
WQCC TALK TO FOCUS ON HARMFUL ALGAE BLOOMS, AUGUST 27
SAVE THE DATE: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY

 

WATER CHESTNUT PULLING, AUGUST 4 AND 14: There are two more opportunities to help remove invasive water chestnut plants from the upper reaches of Goodyear Lake: Thursday, August 4, at 9 a.m., and Sunday, August 14, at 1 p.m. Meet at the New York State Fishing Access Site on State Route 28 in Portlandville. Bring your own canoe, or contact us to reserve space in an OCCA canoe. Bring water, sunscreen, and prepare to get wet and dirty. Note: The August 4 pull runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., though you can sign up for half a day. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Visit http://occainfo.org/calendar/ for information and registration.

 

SIGN UP FOR POOL WATCH TO DETECT ASIAN LONGHORNED BEETLE: If you own a swimming pool, consider signing up for the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey. Volunteers are asked to check their pool filters now through August 30 to watch for Asian longhorned beetles, a serious forest pest. The beetle has not yet been detected in upstate New York. Visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7255.html for more information.

 

HIGHWAY CLEANUP ON ROUTE 80, AUGUST 20: Roadside trash is unsightly and potentially dangerous to our environment. Help clean up a portion of State Route 80 as part of New York State’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Meet at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, at 9 a.m. Safety vests and helmets, bags, and rubber gloves provided. Visithttp://occainfo.org/calendar/ to sign up.

 

HIKE AT RIDDELL STATE PARK, AUGUST 24: Join Trish Riddell Kent and Steve Kent for an easy-going, later afternoon hike in the “field and creek” portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park in Oneonta. The Kents, who donated the land for the state park, will share their wonderful stories of the land, and the people who lived there. Meet at the Park’s main entrance on State Route 28, just north of I-88 Exit 17 at 5 p.m. Visit http://occainfo.org/calendar/ to register. Free.

 

WQCC TALK TO FOCUS ON HARMFUL AGLAE BLOOMS: Rebecca Gorney, New York State Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Coordinator, will provide a talk on HABs at the August meeting of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee. Gorney’s talk will include background information on HABs, how to recognize them, and discussion of how to manage HABs. This meeting is free and open to the public. Wednesday, August 31 from 1-2 p.m. at the Meadows Office Complex, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown. Contact WQCC Facilitator Holly Waterfield for more information (holly.waterfield@oneonta.edu).

 

SAVE THE DATE: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY: The Otsego  County Solid Waste Department will be holding its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Friday, September 9 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. in Unadilla, and on Saturday, September 10 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Cooperstown. Household items that can be dropped off include oil and latex paints, solvents, pesticides, cleaning chemicals, auto batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and more. For a comprehensive list, visithttp://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/documents/PaperAdvertisement2016.pdf or call the Otsego County Planning and Solid Waste Department at (607) 547-4225.

OCCA RELIES ON your SUPPORT. Got a minute? Visit our website and look at everything OCCA is doing – and please consider an online donation whenever you can. Click on www.occainfo.org and look for the Network for Good logo on the home page to make a donation today.

TAKE THE PLEDGE TO CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY, AT http://occainfo.org/take-the-pledge-ais-campaign/. Signatures equal leverage for grants, funding support and legislation!

 

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

BOAT PARADES!
NY INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK, JULY 10-16
PADDLE AND PULL IN GOODYEAR LAKE
DIGGING KNOTWEED
CANADARAGO LAKE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION SUMMER PICNIC

BOAT PARADES! This weekend features not one but two boat parades! Canadarago Lake Improvement Association’s parade gets under way at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. Meet at the NY State boat launch on Dennison Road. The parade is followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Otsego Lake Association’s boat parade is on Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m. Meet off Three-Mile Point and proceed to Lakefront Park in Cooperstown. If participating in both parades, be sure to clean, drain, and dry your boat when leaving the water! Visit https://www.facebook.com/canadaragolake or http://www.otsegolakeassociation.org for details.

NY INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK, JULY 10-16: New York State’s 3rd Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) kicks off July 10. The mission of ISAW is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species and the harm they can cause by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state, and empowering them to take action to stop the invasion! Visit http://www.nyis.info/blog/events/ for a calendar of invasive species-related events and activities taking place throughout the state. Speaking of which…

PADDLE AND PULL IN GOODYEAR LAKE: Kick off Invasive Species Awareness Week with a two-hour tour of the Stump Lot–the northernmost portion of Goodyear Lake–and learn about some of the species that threaten aquatic ecosystems. Should we find any, we’ll pull water chestnut plants along the way. Bring your own canoe/kayak, or reserve space in an OCCA canoe. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Meet at the New York State Fishing Access Site on State Highway 28 in Portlandville. Sunday, July 10, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

DIGGING KNOTWEED: Japanese knotweed is one of our most obnoxious plants. Learn to recognize knotweed and help us as we try to get a patch of it under control at Mohican Farm. Bring hand pruners and other hand tools useful for grubbing persistent roots out of the soil. Program is free, but pre-registration is required. Contact OCCA for details or to register.

CLIA SUMMER PICNIC: Canadarago Lake Improvement Association’s summer picnic is on July 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baker’s Beach in the Town of Richfield. The event will also feature the dedication of the Wayne King Pavilion at noon. OCCA, Otsego Land Trust, and other organizations will be on hand to share information about programs and offerings. Come out and see us!

OCCA wishes you a safe and happy Fourth of July!

OCCA RELIES ON your SUPPORT. Got a minute? Visit our website and look at everything OCCA is doing – and please consider an online donation whenever you can. Click on www.occainfo.org and look for the Network for Good logo on the home page to make a donation today.

TAKE THE PLEDGE TO CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY, AT http://occainfo.org/take-the-pledge-ais-campaign/. Signatures equal leverage for grants, funding support and legislation!

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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

HIGHWAY CLEANUP, JUNE 18
LUMBERJACKS IN ONEONTA!
DELAWARE-OTSEGO AUDUBON SOCIETY RELEASES VIDEO ON LEAD POISONING
SUMMER SOLSTICE WALK
WATCH FOR TURTLES!
LAST WEEKEND FOR COOPER TRIBUTE
INCREDIBLE INSECTS WORKSHOP
COMPOST WORKSHOP AND TOUR
OTSEGO LAKE ASSOCIATION BOAT PARADE
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY!

 

HIGHWAY CLEANUP, JUNE 18: Help OCCA keep Otsego Lake and our roadways clean on Saturday, June 18. Meet at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown at 9 a.m. We’ll provide bags, safety equipment and water. Approximately two hours. Contact Jeff O’Handley at 547-4488 for information, or sign up to help at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

LUMBERJACKS IN ONEONTA! Stihl Timbersports presents the Oneonta Lumberjack Legacy Competition at Damaschke Field in Oneonta this weekend. Competitors from around the world will be chopping and sawing on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. Visithttp://www.stihlusa.com/stihl-timbersports/schedules/pro-northeast-qualifier/ for more information.

SUMMER SOLSTICE WALK: Biologist and OCCA board member Dr. Donna Vogler leads a hike through Fortin Park, a 95-acre gem tucked away in the east end of the Town of Oneonta. This easy stroll will take in wetlands, woods, fields and more. Meet 5 p.m. at Fortin Park, at the end of Youngs Road in the Town of Oneonta. Free, but pre-registration requested: http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

DELAWARE-OTSEGO AUDUBON SOCIETY RELEASES VIDEO ON LEAD POISONING: Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society and the American Eagle Foundation have teamed up to create a video on the dangers lead bullets pose to eagles in New York and elsewhere. The 13-minute video, “Lead Ammunition: A Needless Danger to Eagles and Ourselves” features interviews with hunters and their families, as well as with wildlife biologists and rehabilitators, and encourages hunters to switch to non-lead ammunition. The video, part of a wider educational effort on the part of DOAS, can be viewed at http://doas.us/lead-ammunition-a-needless-danger-to-eagles-and-ourselves-video/.

WATCH FOR TURTLES! Late spring/early summer is the time when turtles are on the move, searching for suitable places to lay their eggs. Please keep an eye out and do your best to avoid them.

LAST WEEKEND FOR COOPER TRIBUTE: Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr. was a great friend to Otsego County’s natural environment. “Almost Lost Landscapes” is an exhibit that features landscapes Henry helped save. Sponsored by Otsego 2000, the exhibit is at The Smithy, 55 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, through Sunday, June 19. Visit www.smithyarts.org for hours and information.

INCREDIBLE INSECTS WORKSHOP: SUNY Cobleskill professor Dr. Carmen Greenwood leads this workshop to identify the insects that live at Parslow Road on Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m. Contact Sara Scheeren, Otsego Land Trust, for details: sara@otsegolandtrust.org.

COMPOST WORKSHOP AND TOUR: Cornell Waste Management Institute is sponsoring a two-day workshop and tour. On June 27, a series of workshops and panel discussions focus on the basics of composting and how to set up community composting operations. On June 28, take a tour of four different composting operations to see how it’s done. You may register for either or both days. Contact Lauri Wellin, Cornell Waste Management Institute for details, (607) 255-1187.

OTSEGO LAKE ASSOCIATION BOAT PARADE: On July 3, Otsego Lake Association will hold their third annual “We Love Our Lake” boat parade. Meet in the waters off Three Mile Point and boat on down to Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Visit www.otsegolakeassociation.org for details.

TAKE THE PLEDGE TO CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY! The most effective way to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) is to practice “clean, drain and dry” techniques. Visit our website (http://occainfo.org/ais-campaign/) for more information, and take our online pledge to Clean, Drain and Dry!