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Paddle and Pull
August 6—1:00pm – Portlandville Fishing Access Site
Water chestnut continues to threaten our waterways. Join us at Goodyear Lake as we paddle the Stump Lot in our ongoing effort to eliminate this invasive plant. Meet at the State Fishing Access Site on Route 28 in Portlandville, just south of County Road 35A. Reserve space in an OCCA canoe by calling or using our online registration form at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/. If necessary, an additional date may be added later in August—watch our website for details!

A Walk on the Flat Side
August 17 – 6:00pm – Riddell State Park
Join Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent, who donated the land for the state park, on this early evening walk around the northern portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park. Visit historic structures, walk through fields, forests, and along Schenevus Creek, and learn about the interesting history of the land. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Park’s main entrance on State Route 28, just north of I-88 Exit 17. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

Be Informed! Lecture Series
August 23 – 6:00pm – Mohican Farm Workshop
Join OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti as she introduces you to the world of stream ecology with her talk: Up the Creek. Orzetti will teach participants all about water quality, stream habitat and the creatures that live there with a short lecture and then a trip to Mohican Farm’s stream to do some hands-on stream sampling. Be prepared to get wet and have fun! Orzetti will also introduce OCCA’s new Citizen Science Stream Monitoring program where volunteers sign up to adopt-a-stream and monitor water quality helping to ensure clean water in Otsego County. Program is free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

2017 OCCA Annual Picnic
September 10 – 1-5pm – Gilbert Lake State Park (Large Picnic Shelter)
Come join OCCA as we celebrate our 49th year with our first Annual Picnic. We’re shifting gears this year to be able to come together outside and celebrate the natural resources we all work so hard to protect. New this year is a Chinese auction, educational nature hike, face painting and corn hole. Keeping with tradition, we will announce our Conservationist of the Year, and give a recap our all our great accomplishments. All are welcome. Tickets are $25 (10 and up), $15 (5-9), under 5 free. Buy tickets at: https://occainfo.networkforgood.com/events/2944-occa-2017-annual-picnic.

Citizen Monitoring Volunteer Training
September 23 – 9am-1pm – Mohican Farm Workshop
If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, this training is for you. This four hour training will cover all you need to accomplish on each monthly sampling trip to your adopted stream site. Techniques covered are: in-stream sampling, water chemistry analysis (can be at home or at the site), data entry, and equipment handling. All volunteers are required to attend this training event. If interested call or email Executive Director Leslie Orzetti at 547-4488 or director@occainfo.org.

Clean Water Campaign Fundraiser!
Did you know that Otsego County has over 1000 miles of streams? Over 20 designated trout streams? And our streams are the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed? This year our summer fundraising campaign is all about clean water. We have a goal of $5000 to help us protect Otsego County’s streams. Your donation will help us not only raise awareness about Otsego County’s streams and what you can do to protect them, but also help us set up our brand new Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program. Check out our fundraising webpage at https://occainfo.networkforgood.com/projects/30827-water-an-essential-element-what-is-it-worth to make your donation today!

OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Seeking Volunteers
OCCA in partnership with the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and a stakeholder team of the Otsego Land Trust, Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, Trout Unlimited and SUNY Oneonta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are setting up a Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program and we are looking for volunteers to help us monitor our waterways. Volunteers can expect to monitor sites once a month throughout the year as conditions allow. An introductory program to stream ecology and citizen monitoring will be August 23 and a volunteer training on September 23. A time commitment of approximately 3-4 hours a month is required. Interested in being a Stream Team member, call Leslie Orzetti at 547-4488 to sign up!

Household Hazardous Waste Day
The twentieth annual Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held on Friday, September 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Unadilla, and Saturday, September 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cooperstown. This free event allows County residents to dispose of hazardous wastes, including pesticides, paints, antifreeze, batteries, electronics, and more. Check http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/HHW.htm for details. Volunteer Opportunity: On September 9, volunteers are needed to help with the annual latex paint recycling collection at Household Hazardous Waste Day. Volunteers will sort, open cans, and mix paint, and will also help direct traffic, flatten cardboard, and other tasks. Contact Jeff O’Handley programdirector@occainfo.org, to sign up.

Work Commences at Basswood
If you enjoy Basswood Pond State Forest in Burlington, you may face some detours on your next visit. The Department of Environmental Conservation is doing substantial work in the forest, which will result in better access and improved facilities. Heavy equipment may be on the scene, and some of the trails may be diverted temporarily. Thanks for your patience!

Look Out for the ALB!
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is once again asking pool owners to be on the lookout for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), an invasive wood boring insect that feeds on a variety of hardwoods including maple, birch, elm and other species. The beetle is about 1.5 inches long, black, shiny, and has white spots on its wing covers. In New York, ALB has only been found around New York City and Long Island, but DEC is concerned that it may spread. Pool owners are asked to check their skimmers and filters and send a photo of suspected to ALB to foresthealth@dec.ny.gov. For more information, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7255.html.

Did You Know?
There is a total solar eclipse coming to a neighborhood near you! On August 21 we earthlings will be treated to a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes directly between us and the sun, blocking out the sun from our view for a short time. Upstate New York isn’t in the “path of totality”, but you don’t need to travel too far to see it. Check out NASA’s website for where to go https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/ (just don’t expect to find many hotel rooms left in Nashville!). Here in Otsego County, we’ll have a partial eclipse that will block 50-75% of the sun, which is nothing to scoff at. Should you look directly at the sun to view this great natural phenomenon? NO! There are several SAFE ways to view the eclipse, including special eclipse glasses and various homemade methods. To get more facts on this year’s eclipse, where and when the best viewing is, and safe ways to see the eclipse, check out NASA’s website. Happy viewing and blessed eclipse!

 

SAVE THE DATE

 

Invasive Species Awareness Week

July 9-15 is the fourth annual New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW). 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! OCCA is hosting two events for ISAW:

 

Sunday, July 91-3 p.m., Paddle and Pull – Goodyear Lake

OCCA has been working with the Goodyear Lake Association to control water chestnut, a highly invasive aquatic plant, in the Stump Lot. We’ll meet at the fishing access site on Route 28 in Portlandville and set forth. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or borrow one of ours. Space is limited—register today (no charge).

 

Wednesday, July 116:30-8:00 p.m. – Mohican Farm

Digging Knotweed. Japanese knotweed is one of our most persistent and aggressive terrestrial invaders. Learn to recognize knotweed, and get your hands dirty as we try to control a patch of it here at Mohican Farm. Bring hand pruners and hand tools useful for root grubbing. Meet at OCCA’s office at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown.

Both programs are free, though pre-registration is appreciated (and required, if you want a guaranteed space in our canoe!). Use the sign up form at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/ to register. For more information about Invasive Species Awareness Week, or for a listing of statewide events, visit https://stoptheinvasionny.com/.

 

Get the Kids Out!

July 19 – 10-11:30am – Gilbert Lake State Park

With virtual reality playing a bigger role in our everyday lives, we often lose sight of the beautiful real world that surrounds us. In this program, we will open our eyes, ears, noses and fingertips to gain a greater appreciation for nature. Dress to play in the woods! Program is free, though park admission fees may apply.  Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

 

Canadarago Lake Day Ecology Paddle

July 22 – 1:30pm – Baker’s Beach

Come paddle with us at Canadarago Lake for a paddle along the shores and a talk about lake ecology.  We’ll be joining the Canadarago Lake Improvement Association picnic and Deowongo Island Day to help celebrate the lake and all it has to offer.  We will have some canoe’s available, but if you have your own canoe or kayak, please feel free to bring it and join us!

 

Nature Walk: Amazing Insects All Around Us

Saturday, July 22 — 10:00 a.m. – SUNY Oneonta College Camp (Hoffman Road)

Join Dr. Jeffrey Heilveil, Chair of the Biology Department at SUNY Oneonta and resident entomologist, for an exciting program. Catch, observe, and learn about many of the late summer insects that reside in Otsego County. Dr. Heilveil will talk about the distinguishing characteristics of different groups of insects, where to find different species, and some of their astounding life histories. College Camp/Hoffman Road is located off East Street, roughly opposite the northern intersection of East Street and Lower Reservoir Road. Free.

 

Save The Date

August 17 – A Walk on the Flat Side, Riddell State Park – 6:30pm

August 23 – Be Informed! Lecture Series – Stream Ecology and Citizen Monitoring Introduction – 6pm

September 10 – OCCA Annual Picnic, Gilbert Lake State Park — 1pm

September 23 – Citizen Monitoring Volunteer Training – 9am-1pm

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Clean Water Campaign Fundraiser!

Did you know that Otsego County has over 1000 miles of streams?  Over 20 designated trout streams? And our streams are the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed?  This year our summer fundraising campaign is all about clean water. We have a goal of $5000 to help us protect Otsego County’s streams.  Your donation will help us not only raise awareness about Otsego County’s streams and what you can do to protect them, but also help us set up our brand new Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program. Check out our fundraising webpage at https://occainfo.networkforgood.com/projects/30827-water-an-essential-element-what-is-it-worth to make your donation today!

 

You Did It!

On June 17, OCCA staff and volunteers poured beer at The Shins concert at Brewery Ommegang. With your help, we raised over $2000 to help us carry out our mission of protecting Otsego County’s natural environment. According to Ommegang, we did a great job, and are in the running for a concert again next year!  Thanks to all our great volunteers who came out to help! And a great big thanks to Ommegang for having us this year.  We had a ball!

 

OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Seeking Volunteers

OCCA in partnership with the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and a stakeholder team of the Otsego Land Trust, Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, Trout Unlimited and SUNY Oneonta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are setting up a Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program and we are looking for volunteers to help us monitor our waterways. Volunteers can expect to monitor sites once a month throughout the year as conditions allow. An introductory program to stream ecology and citizen monitoring will be August 23 and a volunteer training on September 23. A time commitment of approximately 3-4 hours a month is required.  Interested in being a Stream Team member, call Leslie Orzetti at 547-4488 to sign up!

 

Public Comment Deadline for AFPP!

The draft Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan 2017 Update is available for public review! OCCA, working as part of a committee with Otsego County Department of Planning and Solid Waste, the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District, and others, completed a draft update of the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan (AFPP). If adopted, the AFPP will help prioritize programs that will encourage development of sustainable agriculture for the forseeable future.  The draft plan is available online at http://occainfo.org/agriculture-farmland-protection-plan/. We encourage anyone with an interest in agriculture to review the plan and submit comments to OCCA or Otsego County Planning Department by July 31.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Day

The twentieth annual Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held on Friday, September 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Unadilla, and Saturday, September 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cooperstown. This free event allows County residents to dispose of hazardous wastes, including pesticides, paints, antifreeze, batteries, electronics, and more. Check http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/HHW.htm for details. Volunteer Opportunity: On September 9, volunteers are needed to help with the annual latex paint recycling collection at Household Hazardous Waste Day. Volunteers will sort, open cans, and mix paint, and will also help direct traffic, flatten cardboard, and other tasks. Contact Jeff O’Handley programdirector@occainfo.org, to sign up.

 

TerraCycle Update.

TerraCycle is a company that specializes in recycling hard-to-recycle waste.  OCCA currently maintains a TerraCycle collection bin outside the Farmers’ Market building at 101 Main Street, Cooperstown. We currently collect natural wine corks, writing implements (pens, mechanical pencils, markers) and oral care products (used toothbrushes and toothbrush packaging, empty toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers. The YMCA in Oneonta also has a TerraCycle collection. They accept the following: Brita water filters; Solo drink cups; energy bar wrappers; cereal bags; Febreze packaging; beauty/personal care containers; and snack bags (w/foil liner ONLY). These items must be separated and deposited in the proper containers at the Y. For information on TerraCycle, visit terracycle.com. For questions about the Oneonta YMCA’s collection program, contact Lynn Bailey @ 432-0010.

 

Did You Know?

That the Town of Springfield has almost 10,000 acres of prime farmland? Did you know some of our county’s most viable farmland is in the Butternut Valley? Identifying and prioritizing agricultural land for protection can be a scary and daunting task. In 2017, OCCA in partnership with SUNY Oneonta, developed a computer model to accomplish this task. The model identified six priority areas for conservation in the County. One may ask: why is this important? To answer this question, every dollar generated in agricultural output distributes an additional 45 cents throughout the community. That’s a 145% return! On top of that, according to an American Farmland Trust study, 92% of farmers in New York State do not have an identified successor. As land changes hands, it will be important to know which pieces of agricultural land are in the direst need of protection.

 

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Lakes Festival

June 1010am-3pm – Glimmerglass State Park

This year’s Otsego Lakes Festival will be on Saturday, June 10, at Glimmerglass State Park, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, Lakes Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the beauty and value of our lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, and to learn about the many organizations working to understand, manage and protect them. The Festival will be held in conjunction with the Clark Sports Center’s Race the Lake marathon. For more information, including how to donate, visit http://occainfo.org/otsego-lakes-festival/

Birding By Ear

June 11 – 830am -12pm – Davis State Park

Learn to tell birds by their songs and calls with the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Educational session includes slides, recordings and handouts, followed by a bird hike with DOAS experts, a “bruncheon” buffet, and raffles. Pre-paid reservations required. Space is limited. Visit doas.us for details, or contact DOAS Co-President Becky Gretton at 547-5648.

Pour Beer, Listen to Great Music, Help OCCA

On June 17, OCCA staff and volunteers will be pouring beer at The Shins concert at Brewery Ommegang. All tips received will help us carry out our mission of protecting Otsego County’s natural environment. If you would like to help, contact Program Director Jeff O’Handley at programdirector@occainfo.org by June 9. Thanks to our friends at Ommegang for the opportunity, and thanks to all of you who will help out!

 

Save The Date

July 9 – Paddle and Pull, Goodyear Lake, 1pm

July 15 – Deowongo Island Paddle – 10am

July 19 – Get the Kids Out!, Gilbert Lake State Park, 10am

July 22 – Amazing Insect All Around Us, SUNY College Camp, 10am

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Seeking Volunteers

OCCA, in partnership with the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and a stakeholder team of the Otsego Land Trust, Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, Trout Unlimited and SUNY Oneonta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are setting up a Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program.  OCCA is looking for volunteers to help us monitor our waterways!  Volunteers can expect to monitor sites once a month throughout the year as conditions allow.  A time commitment of approximately 3-4 hours a month is required.  Interested in being a Stream Team member, call Leslie Orzetti at 547-4488 to sign up!

 

EPA Announces Grants to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure. The agency encourages applications from fleets in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority will be given to projects that engage local communities and applicants that demonstrate their ability to continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. The application deadline is June 20, 2017. Visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants to learn more.

 

Did You Know?

Rain, rain, go away! According to local climate data we are well on our way to one very wet year.  Average precipitation totals from January to June are approximately 17 inches.  This year we are totaling over 29 inches so far! What can cause us to go from a relatively dry year to a wet one?  The Pacific Ocean….what?  How can the Pacific Ocean affect weather in Otsego County?  One of the biggest drivers of our weather on a seasonal scale from year to year is a cycle of water temperature changes that takes place in the tropical Pacific Ocean, from the coast of South America to the International Dateline. This cycle has two phases, with names that you are probably familiar with if you follow the weather regularly: El Niño and La Niña. Together they make up a larger pattern called the El Niño Southern Oscillation, or ENSO.  Because of a strong El Niño event in the 2015/2016 year, and a weak La Niña, we have some odd weather patterns to contend with this year. A quick return to a warm pattern so soon after the last very warm event creates unique challenges for this summer’s forecast. Typically the La Niña event following a strong El Niño results in cooler ocean temperatures across the northern hemisphere. This time, however, those cool ocean temperatures never truly got a chance to set in, and there’s still a considerable amount of lingering warmth on the map instead.  Meteorologists have not seen this type of warm-over-warm pattern since reliable global records have been kept.  What does that mean for us?  All bets are off, and no one really knows.  But hey, climate change is a hoax.  Right?

 

May 4, 2017:  Vol. 11, No. 4

SAVE THE DATE

Ag Plastic Collection, Coming This Spring

May 6  – 8am11am – Southern Transfer Station, May 118am-11am – Northern 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 include 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.

Carl B. Good Cooperstown Boat Wash Station Dedication

May 125pm – Fish Road, Cooperstown, NY

OCCA in conjunction with the Otsego Lake Association and the Village of Cooperstown will hold a dedication event for the Otsego Lake boat wash station in honor of the late Carl B. Good.  The dedication event will take place at the boat wash station on Fish Rd.

 

OCCA Bird Walk

May 137 – 9am – Mohican Farm, Corner of Rte. 80 and Allen Lake Road

Join DOAS co-president Becky Gretton for this early morning walk around Mohican Farm’s varied habitats in search of birds. Meet at OCCA at 7 a.m.Bring binoculars and a field guide. Free. Pre-register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/

Be Informed!  Lecture Series

May 176:30pm – Mohican Farm, Corner of Rte. 80 and Allen Lake Road

Mohican Farm Manager Bob Sutherland will cover a variety of tips and tricks for keeping pests out of your plants. Meet at the workshop at Mohican Farm. Free, but space is limited. Pre-register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

Detect and Manage Invasive Species Workshop

May 276:30pm – Mohican Farm, Corner of Rte. 80 and Allen Lake Road

Learn to identify common invasive species in our area, and explore current best management practices used to control them. Led by Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager for the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP). Space is limited, registration is free. Workshop is at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center, 173 South Grand Street, Cobleskill. Contact CCE to register at (518) 234-4303, ext. 0. Also offered on June 3 at the CCE Education Center, 123 Lake Street, Cooperstown.

OCCA Basswood Pond State Forest Hike

June 39am – Basswood Pond State Forest

OCCA program director Jeff O’Handley leads a 2-mile walk on the blue trail at Basswood Pond State Forest in Burlington. Meet at the small parking area on Basswood Road, approximately 1/3 of a mile from County Road 16 in Burlington. Free.

Lakes Festival

June 1010am-3pm – Glimmerglass State Park

Planning is underway for this year’s Otsego Lakes Festival.  The festival will again be held in conjunction with the Race The Lake Marathon sponsored by the Clark Sports Center.  The event celebrates Otsego County’s lakes with outdoor activities, environmental education, local artisans, music, food and fun.  The festival begins at 10am and will take place at Glimmerglass State Park.  If you are interested in being a sponsor, exhibitor or vendor see OCCA’s website at www.occainfo.org/Otsego-lakes-festival.

Lakes Festival

June 11 – 830am -12pm – Davis State Park

Learn to tell birds by their songs and calls with the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Educational session includes slides, recordings and handouts, followed by a bird hike with DOAS experts, a “bruncheon” buffet, and raffles. Pre-paid reservations required. Space is limited. Visit doas.us for details, or contact DOAS Co-President Becky Gretton at 547-5648.

Save The Date

June 17 – OCCA Highway Clean-Up

June 24 – OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Kick-Off Event

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ommegang Concert Charity Pour Seeking Volunteers

OCCA is the newest recipient of Brewery Ommegang’s charity pour program!  We have the opportunity to pour beer and earn tips during one of the coveted summer concerts.  This year OCCA will be pouring during The Shins on June 17, and we need your help!  We have to recruit approximately 100 helpers with your glowing personalities to help turn this into a great fundraiser for our programs.  If you’re interested in hearing a great show and helping OCCA at the same time call 547-4488.  Keep in mind you need to be 21 to attend this event.  Thanks!

 

OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program Seeking Volunteers

OCCA in partnership with the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and a stakeholder team of the Otsego Land Trust, Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station, Trout Unlimited and SUNY Oneonta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are setting up a Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program.  OCCA is looking for volunteers to help us monitor our waterways!  Volunteers can expect to monitor sites once a month throughout the year as conditions allow.  A time commitment of approximately 3-4 hours a month is required.  Interested in being a Stream Team member, call Leslie Orzetti at 547-4488 to sign up!

 

Rotary Spring Fling

Visit us at Rotary Spring Fling! OCCA will have a table on Saturday, May 20 at the fourth annual Cooperstown Rotary Spring Fling! Stop by and visit and find out what we’re up to!

 

Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District Internship Program

The Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for a summer intern to help out on a variety of projects.  The position will provide experience in watershed assessment methods, riparian forest monitoring and maintenance methods, and other OCSWCD projects as assigned.  If interested, please contact Jordan Clements at 547-8337 extension 4.

 

Brookwood Point Grand Reopening

Otsego Land Trust invites the community for a day of family fun to celebrate Brookwood Point conservation area on Otsego Lake. The day is packed full of unique programs and activities to kick off the grand re-opening of the property for the summer season. Property and garden tours, kids activities, music and lawn games will be available throughout the day, as well as wood-fired pizza available for purchase from Mangia Macrina’sCanoe and Kayak Rentals and Sales kick off their season by providing canoe, kayak and stand up paddle board rentals and free demos. John Sullivan and Friends will provide lively folk music throughout the afternoon. See the Otsego Land Trust website for more information.

 

EPA Announces Grants to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure, the agency encourages applications from fleets in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority will be given to projects that engage local communities and applicants that demonstrate their ability to continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. The application deadline is June 20, 2017. Visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants to learn more.

 

Applications Now Available for $255 million in Grants for Drinking Water and Wastewater Governor Cuomo announced that applications are now available for $155 million in funding for critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. $115 million is available for drinking water projects and the other allocated for wastewater infrastructure projects and $30 million available for the new Intermunicipal Grant Program (IMG) program, which will provide grants for water quality infrastructure projects undertaken by cooperating municipalities. The EFC will host webinars to present the WIIA and IMG programs on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. and Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Please visitwww.efc.ny.gov/NYSWaterGrants to learn more

 

Butternut Watershed Assessment Volunteers and Public Meetings

The Otesgo County Soil and Water Conservation District (OCSWCD) will be holding a training for volunteers interested in becoming part of the Butternut Creek watershed assessment.  The training is being held Sunday May 21 from 1-5pm at the Morris Volunteer Fire Department.  OCSWCD,OCCA, and Butternut Valley Alliance are hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Butternut Valley Grange Hall, 7 Bloom Street, Gilbertsville to discuss the continuing project to study the Butternut Valley watershed.

 

Did You Know?

Most of Otsego County is in either Hardiness Zone 5a or 5b for growing plants?  Hardiness zones are a great tool to determine when is the best time to start your garden planting, how long your gardens will grow, and when you should turn over your garden in the fall.  The USDA offers a hardiness zone interactive map that you can put your zip code into to find you hardiness zone. Here in Otsego County, you can expect a growing season between mid-late April through September.   Of course, different plants will require different growing conditions, so just because mid-April is a beginning date for planting, that doesn’t mean that all your garden veggies can be planted at that time.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego and Schoharie Counties has a great site that will tell you when to get those prized tomatoes in the ground.  See http://cceschoharie-otsego.org/gardening/food-gardening/first-planting-dates for that information.  Happy gardening!

 

 

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/

 

 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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