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Watershed Group to Hold Public Engagement Meeting in the Town of Burlington on the Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) — The Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee invites interested residents to attend a stakeholder meeting on Thursday February 13th at 6 p.m. in the Town of Burlington Municipal Building located at 6011 State Highway 51, Burlington Flats, NY 13315.

The Committee, comprised of members of the Otsego County Conservation Association, the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Otsego County Planning Department, the Otsego Land Trust, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Butternut Valley Alliance is in the process of developing a management plan for the Butternut Creek watershed. When completed, the Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan will identify water quality and water supply issues facing the watershed and will establish a corresponding set of goals and objectives to address them.

Covering 11 municipalities, the Butternut Creek watershed covers approximately 130 square miles, with an estimated population of 4,489 people. “The Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan will help guide the targeted investment of grant funds to municipalities throughout the watershed,” said Danny Lapin, OCCA Environmental Planner. The plan, which is scheduled to be completed in late 2020, will complement ongoing efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The stakeholder meeting will include a brief presentation on the Watershed Management Plan and provide an opportunity for further discussion on how the Plan can benefit the community. Public input will then be considered and may be incorporated into the draft Plan.

For more information, please visit the Otsego County Conservation Association’s website at http://occainfo.org/butternut-watershed-plan/ or contact environmental planner Danny Lapin at planner@occainfo.org. The Committee’s outreach process will continue into the fall, with the Draft Plan slated to be complete in winter 2020.

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The fifteenth annual Earth Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School. Earth Festival was conceived as a an opportunity for the environmental community to work together to provide a showcase event to help keep Otsego County citizens informed about environmental activities that are taking place in our region and as an avenue for increased involvement. It is a gathering for learners of all kinds, and is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to share their environmental messages, products and services with hundreds of people in a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. Last year’s Earth Festival featured more than forty vendors and exhibitors, and included an antique windows restoration and weatherization workshop, the clothing swap, document shredding and more.

The organizers of Earth Festival are hard at work planning this year’s event and we would love to have you there! In keeping with OCCA’s 2020 theme, ‘Reduce’, we ask vendors and exhibitors to apply online. Visit occainfo.org/earth-festival and click on the ‘Exhibitor/Vendor Application’ link. This will take you to our Network for Good page. Fill out the information completely and submit, along with your online payment. Once your application is approved, your payment will be processed and you will receive a registration confirmation. Please consider adding an extra 3% to cover our fees, or make a donation in addition to your registration fee to help support this great event. *Note that the system will treat this as a ticket purchase*

Registration fee includes one 8′ table and two chairs. Should you require additional tables, be sure to note the number on the form and include the additional fee with your payment. If you prefer to apply by mail, print the form below or visit occainfo.org/earth-festival, print out the application and mail it along with your check (payable to OCCA) to OCCA/Earth Festival, PO Box 931, Cooperstown, New York, 13326. You will receive confirmation of your successful application by phone or email.

Please note we have new sponsorship levels this year and would love to have you consider upgrading your Exhibitor/Vendor table.  Our sponsorship levels have flexibility and many include the cost of your vendor table.  Please consider adding your business to list of supporters to help keep this great program free to the public.
Thank you, we look forward to seeing you at Earth Festival!

Regards,

Earth Festival 2020 Committee

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A mid-day walk in the woods and a night of stargazing highlight Otsego County Conservation Association’s activities for the month of February.

On Sunday, February 9th OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley leads a walk at the Clark Sports Center as part of Cooperstown Winter Carnival. The walk will follow a trail through the woods and into an open wetland area. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and trails that may be snowy, icy, muddy or any combination of the three. Participants should meet at noon in the main lobby at the Clark Sports Center, 124 County Road 52, Cooperstown. The program should end by 2pm.

Eyes turn to the sky on Wednesday, February 19th for ‘Naked Eye Astronomy, Winter Edition: Are You Sirius?’ OCCA Vice President Jim Hill will take participants on a tour of the constellations, planets and other celestial objects visible in the winter sky. The program begins at 7pm at the workshop at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Route 80, Cooperstown. Participants should dress to be outside, and should bring a chair or blanket so they don’t have to sit on the ground. Hot chocolate and snacks will be served after.

Both programs are free and open to the public, though preregistration is appreciated. For information on either program, call OCCA at (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

Get Out and Walk!

Sunday, February 9, noon-2pm, Clark Sports Center

Take a brisk trail walk with OCCA and the staff of the Clark Sports Center at the Clark Sports Center! We’ll wind our way through hemlocks and hardwoods, along the river’s edge and onto a floodplain. The exact route depends on trail and weather conditions. Please note that snowshoes may be helpful, but you must provide your own. Meet at noon in the main lobby at Clark Sports Center, 124 County Road 52, Cooperstown. Program is free, but registration is appreciated. Visit occa/info.org/signup. This program is offered as part of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival. For a full listing of events, visit www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com.

Clean Energy Workshop

Monday, February 10, 1pm, Cooperstown Community Senior Center, Parish Hall, St. Mary’s Church, Cooperstown

Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director Bennett Sandler and Jackie Burke, Community Outreach Coordinator for Delaware River Solar will address how home owners can save money and contribute to a healthier environment. Contact Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler at (607) 435-1364 for information. Program is free.

Naked Eye Astronomy, Winter Edition—Are You Sirius?

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00pm, Mohican Farm

Join OCCA Vice President, Jim Hill for an evening of naked eye astronomy as we tour the spectacular night sky of February. The winter sky provides a wonderful array of zero and first magnitude stars (the lower the magnitude, the brighter the star!). We will explore constellations including Orion, Gemini and Taurus; the magnificent asterism known as the winter circle; and the open star cluster, the Pleiades.  If we’re lucky, we might get a glimpse of the most distant object you can see with the naked eye, Andromeda. Most of this program will take place outside, so dress for the weather and bring a chair so that you don’t have to sit on frozen or snowy ground. Binoculars are optional. Hot chocolate and a snack will be served. In the event of cloudy/bad weather, program will take place on Friday, February 21.

Clean Heating and Cooling Options in Otsego County

Friday, February 21, 7:30-8:30pm, Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut Street, Oneonta

Heat Smart Campaign Director Bennett Sandler will educate home and business owners about renewable, clean heating and cooling technologies such as heat pumps and modern wood burning technologies at the monthly meeting of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Program is free. Refreshments available. For information on Heat Smart Otsego, visit https://heatsmartotsego.org/. For information on Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, visit https://doas.us/.

Earth Festival—Call for Exhibitors/Vendors

Planning for the 15th annual Earth Festival event is underway! Earth Festival is a fun, family-friendly gathering of environmentally-oriented organizations, individuals and business sharing information about the world, products and services that is attended by 1000 people per year. This year’s event, to be held on April 18, will include favorite activities such as the pre-event bird walk, an Earth Festival movie, free recycling collection of items including Styrofoam, glass, chip bags, and more; the EcoArt contest; and the vendor/exhibitor information fair. If you would like a table at this year’s Earth Festival, visit occainfo.org/Earth-Festival for information on how to apply. 

The Bag Ban is Coming—Are You Ready?

On March 1, retail establishments in New York State that are required to charge sales tax will no longer be able to hand out single-use plastic carryout bags to their customers (with some exceptions, see link). If you are a retailer and you’re wondering what you will need to do, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/117781.html for details. Paper bags may be available at some stores, but please note that paper bags are also problematic for the environment. Please consider stocking up now on inexpensive, long lasting reusable bags. The Otsego County Solid Waste Department currently has a limited supply of reusable cloth bags available, free of charge. Contact Recycling Coordinator Shane Digan at (607) 547-4225 for information on how to get one. Remember, when going to the store—any store—Pack Your Bags!

Solar Energy Workshop

March 7, 8:30am-3pm, Herkimer College

Solar Energy and the Future of Farming in the Mohawk Valley brings together experienced renewable energy professionals in the fields of energy economics, land use planning, leasing law and dual use agricultural practices to give area residents the tools to make informed choices about solar energy development in their communities. This workshop will help farmers, land owners and municipal officials plan for the development of large (2-5MW) and utility scale solar installations in the Mohawk Valley. Attendees will learn about the best practices in working with solar developers, how farmers are creating new opportunities through hosting solar installations on their land, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about land leasing terms and conditions, alternative strategies and municipal impacts. Workshop is free and open to the public by prior registration. To register, please call (315) 866-7920 or visit http://bit.ly/SolarEnergyFutureMV .

For more information, contact Garet D. Livermore at the above number, or by email: gdl56@cornell.edu. Workshop is sponsored by OCCA, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Herkimer College and Cornell Cooperative Extension—Herkimer County.


Hello! 
My name is Amy Wyant and I am the new OCCA Executive Director.  I know that I will have some very big shoes to fill after all the wonderful work that Leslie Orzetti accomplished and I am very excited to be part of such a great team.  Here’s to a great 2020 and I look forward to meeting all of you! 
-Amy

Be Empowered to Save Energy Forums
Be empowered to make informed decisions about your home’s energy usage! Lean how free energy audits can help lower energy bills, how heat pumps save money while adding comfort and safety to your home, and how solar energy can reduce your energy bill while contributing to a healthy planet. Finally, learn about current New York state and federal incentives for all of these energy improvements. Speakers include Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director, Heat Smart Otsego, along with representatives from Revolution Solar, Delaware River Solar, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District. Workshops will be held at 6:30pm on January 8 at the Richfield Springs Food Co-op, and January 9 at Awestruck Cider in Sidney.

Heat Smart Otsego Community Campaign Event
Learn about renewable, clean heating and cooling technologies like air and ground source heat pumps for your home or business. Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler’s presentation will cover heat pumps and modern wood burning appliance basics: how these system work, how much they save, how much safer they are in your home and how much better they are for the environment.  Visit the Heat Smart Otsego Facebook page for more information or to sign up (program is free). The event takes place at the Village Library of Cooperstown, 22 Main Street, Cooperstown from 3-4:30pm on Sunday, January 12.

Christmas Tree Disposal
Not sure what to do with your Christmas tree now that the holidays are over? Bring it to Brewery Ommegang (minus the lights, tinsel and ornaments, of course) and toss it on the pyre as part of their Snap, Crackle, Hop event on Saturday, January 4, 12-3pm, Brewery Ommegang, 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown. For more details, visit www.ommegang.com. If you’re not ready to get rid of your tree yet, many municipalities collect Christmas trees. Check with your town or village highway department to find out about tree collections where you live.

News From the Solid Waste Department
NEW FEES: Due to increased costs of solid waste disposal, the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste has announced new rate changes for haulers and individuals. There are new fees for trash disposal and recycling of electronics. Residents will not be charged for bringing their recyclables (plastic, metal, glass, paper, cardboard) to the transfer stations.

COMPOSTING BINS AVAILABLE: OCCA and the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste and Planning have food waste bins for sale. Bins are available in two sizes: Two gallon ‘Kitchen Collector’ ($6) or six gallon ‘EcoCaddy’ ($15). Each container has a hinged lid that locks into place to reduce odors and a sturdy handle for easy transport. These bins are a great way to keep your home odor and pest free while building up food scraps for your backyard compost pile or Otsego County’s new compost facility (see below). Bins are currently available for sale at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown, Oneonta Town Hall, the Richfield Springs Food Co-op, and at the Meadows Office Complex.

COMPOST DROP OFF: Otsego County now has functional food composting operation in Oneonta! Household food waste that can be composted include fruit, vegetables, coffee grounds and filters, and grains. Remove stickers from fruit and vegetables. Do not include any paper products (aside from coffee filters), packaging, compostable/biodegradable bags, plates or cutlery, or meat, bones or dairy. At this time, food scraps can only be dropped off at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta ($1/container tip fee). Scraps will be transported to a nearby composting facility.

FREE PAINT: Latex paint collected at Household Hazardous Waste Day has been remixed and is available to Otsego County residents for free. Hurry while supplies last! Paint can be picked up at the Meadows Office Complex, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown.

For more information, call the Solid Waste Department at (607) 547-4225 or visit https://www.otsegocounty.com/departments/solid_waste/index.php.
Thank You!


OCCA extends a great big ‘Thank You’ to those who responded to our Annual Appeal. Your contributions will help us continue to carry on our important work on behalf of Otsego County’s environment, and we look forward to many exciting programs in 2020!

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Be Empowered to Save Energy Forums

Be empowered to make informed decisions about your home’s energy usage! Lean how free energy audits can help lower energy bills, how heat pumps save money while adding comfort and safety to your home, and how solar energy can reduce your energy bill while contributing to a healthy planet. Finally, learn about current New York state and federal incentives for all of these energy improvements. Speakers include Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director, Heat Smart Otsego, along with representatives from Revolution Solar, Delaware River Solar, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District. Workshops will be held at 6:30pm on December 4 at Red Shed Brewery, Cooperstown, as well as January 8, 2020 in Richfield Springs, and January 9, 2020 in Sidney.

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New Executive Director Announced!

After reviewing many qualified applications, the Search Committee of the Otsego County Conservation Association has chosen Amy Wyant as their new Executive Director.  Amy is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the Clean Energy Communities Program for the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District. She is also the Chairperson for the Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative. Amy brings with her a wealth of knowledge and a great enthusiasm for natural resources and the local community.  OCCA has happy to bring Amy aboard.  She will be starting after the new year, so help us welcome her at that time.

Essay Contest for “Campership” to DEC Summer Camp Now Open

Otsego County students ages 11-13 are invited to compete for camperships to a week-long, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp in 2020. To enter, students must submit an essay of up to 750 that addresses the question: How can I reduce my carbon footprint and why is it important to do so? Entries will be accepted electronically or in hard copy format through December 20, 2019. Winners will be selected and notified in early January. For full contest rules, visit occainfo.org/essay-contest/ … For information on DEC summer camps, please see https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/29.html.

OCCA Annual Appeal

Tis the season for the Annual Appeal.  Each year OCCA sends an annual appeal to our members, followers, and donors seeking support for our many programs.  This year’s theme is “Reduce your Footprint, not your giving.”  In a world with the over utilization of resources, energy, and mass consumption, we’re taking on the challenge to educate you on how to reduce your footprint.  Many of our current programs already do this, but we’re hoping to expand and be a part of the “reduction revolution.”  This not only pertains to energy, but anything you can think of including waste, plastics, online shopping (and the resultant delivery), food, etc.  Help us in our campaign to reduce all our footprints by donating to OCCA today! 

County-Wide Composting Now Available!

BINS AVAILABLE: OCCA and the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste and Planning are offering food waste bins for sale. Bins are available in two sizes: Two gallon ‘Kitchen Collector’ ($6) or six gallon ‘EcoCaddy’ ($15). Each container has a hinged lid that locks into place to reduce odors and a sturdy handle for easy transport. These bins are a great way to keep your home odor and pest free while building up food scraps for your backyard compost pile or Otsego County’s new compost facility (see below). Bins are currently available for sale at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown, Oneonta Town Hall, the Richfield Springs Food Co-op, and at the Meadows Office Complex. Call the Solid Waste Department at (607) 547-4225 for more information.

COMPOST DROP OFF: Otsego County now has functional food composting operation in Oneonta! Household food waste that can be composted include fruit, vegetables, coffee grounds and filters, and grains. Remove stickers from fruit and vegetables. Do not include any paper products (aside from coffee filters), packaging, compostable/biodegradable bags, plates or cutlery, or meat, bones or dairy. At this time, food scraps can only be dropped off at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta ($1/container tip fee). Scraps will be transported to a nearby composting facility. For more information, visit https://www.otsegocounty.com/departments/solid_waste/index.php or contact the Solid Waste Department at (607) 547-4225.

Holiday Recycling Reminders

The downside of the season of giving? Garbage. Approximately 25 million extra tons of waste is generated during the holiday season. As you shop for the holidays, consider gifts that generate minimal waste; use last year’s packaging to ship your gifts; reuse wrapping paper and ribbons, and look for minimally-packaged products. When it’s finally time to dispose of something, please check to find if it can be recycled in your municipality’s program. Here are some seasonal items and how to dispose of them:

Wrapping paper and ribbons: consider alternatives to traditional wrapping paper (fabrics, newspaper, old maps) or open packages carefully in order to reuse your wrapping paper from year to year. In Otsego County, paper (non-metallic) wrapping paper, ribbons and bows can be placed in your curbside recycling bin or taken to your local transfer station.

Christmas lights: Working light strings that are no longer wanted may be accepted for resale by charitable organizations such as Goodwill, or area thrift stores. Please call them first to be sure! Christmas lights are not accepted as part of Otsego County’s recycling program, but several recycling options are available: they can be shipped to HolidayLEDS or Christmas Light Source for recycling. In exchange, you will receive a coupon good for a discount on new lights purchased through those outlets. See HolidayLEDS.com or www.christmas-light-source.com/Christmas-Lights-Recycling-Program_c_210.html for details on how to participate. Locally, Lowe’s Home Improvement stores will be collecting Christmas lights for recycling through December 24. Look for recycling containers at the front of the store. As of today, Home Depot had not announced whether they would be collecting Christmas lights. Call your local store to find out as we get closer to the holiday.

Christmas trees: Many localities offer special collections of natural Christmas trees, beginning typically in early January. Watch for announcements in local news outlets for dates and how to participate. Otsego County will allow residents to drop off natural trees with all lights, ornaments, tinsel, etc. removed at the Northern and Southern Transfer Stations during normal operational hours. Dates available will be announced soon.

(COOPERSTOWN) – The Otsego County Conservation Association has announced that it will send eight Otsego County school students to Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Education Camp this coming summer through a countywide competitive essay contest.

Otsego County students ages 11-13 are invited to compete for camperships via the essay contest (campers must be 11 by December 16, 2020). This year’s contest question is “How can I reduce my carbon footprint and why is it important to do so?  Contest winners will receive a week-long stay at a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp, where they will spend their week immersed in the natural environment and enjoy a balance of environmental education, sportsman education, and outdoor fun.

“We are pleased to once again be able to offer these ‘camperships,'” said OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley. “DEC summer camps provide a wonderful opportunity for children to immerse themselves in the natural world and experience a wide variety of outdoor activities.”

Winning essays will be chosen from participating Otsego County schools and Otsego County applicants at large. The deadline for essay submissions is December 20, 2019. Winners will be selected by January 7, 2020, and will be given a special code by OCCA which will be used to register for DEC camp. Registration for summer camps opens January 26 and fills up fast; winners are encouraged to select their camp and register as soon as possible.

“While we’re hoping teachers will be able to incorporate the essay into their classroom lessons, it’s important to note that eligible children can participate independently,” O’Handley said.

Complete contest rules and requirements are available by e-mailing programdirector@occainfo.org or by calling (607) 547-4488. Teachers who plan to assign the essay to their students are asked to contact OCCA in order to be recognized as a participating school.

OCCA is a private, non-profit environmental membership organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to support programming, call (607) 547-4488 or visit www.occainfo.org.

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Clean energy workshops to be held across Otsego County this heating season

This fall, Otsego County residents have an opportunity to ‘Be Empowered’ to make informed decisions about their home’s energy usage at three workshops across Otsego County. Participants will learn how free energy audits can help lower energy bills, how heat pumps save money while adding comfort and safety to their home, and how solar energy can reduce their energy bills while contributing to a healthier environment.

Finally, participants will learn about current New York State and Federal Incentives for all of these energy saving improvements.

Contact: Bennett Sandler, 607-435-1364, campaigndirector@occainfo.org

WHAT

Clean energy workshops addressing a range of affordable energy upgrade options for your home.

WHO

Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director, Heat Smart Otsego

Mary Jo Cronin, Principal, Revolution Solar

Jackie Burke & Jennifer Hill, Community Outreach Coordinators, Delaware River Solar

Cabryn Gurdo, Community Energy Advisor, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc.

WHEN & WHERE

Cooperstown

Red Shed Brewery Cooperstown Taproom

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

709 Co Hwy 33, Cooperstown, NY 13326

Richfield Springs

Richfield Springs Food Coop

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

140 W Main St, Richfield Springs, NY 13439

Unadilla/Sidney

Awestruck Cider

Thursday, January 9, 2020 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

8 Winkler Rd, Sidney, NY 13838

Refreshments available at each event.  Admission is free but please let us know you plan to attend by signing up here.

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ABOUT

Heat Smart Otsego is a NYSERDA funded project of the Otsego County Conservation Association.  Our mission is to educate residential and commercial building owners on the many benefits of converting to clean heating and cooling technologies such as heat pumps that are cheaper, cleaner, and safer to operate; a smarter choice. Visit https://www.heatsmartotsego.org for lots of technical and financial information about clean heating and cooling technologies or to enroll for a free site assessment from one of our pre-vetted installer partners.

Revolution Solar has been serving Central New York since 2008 with residential, commercial, and agricultural rooftop and ground mounted solar (PV) systems.  We are a small business that is proud to call Otsego County home. We are dedicated to helping homeowners, business owners, and farmers utilize clean, renewable energy while maximizing state incentives and federal tax credits to reduce upfront costs.

Delaware River Solar is a solar company focused on building community solar projects throughout New York State. Our community solar farms bring green, renewable energy to residents and businesses while saving them money on their electric bills. We are currently building over 40 community solar farms throughout the NYSEG and RGE electric service territories in Western and Upstate New York through 2019 and 2020.

Community Energy Advisors help residents, businesses and multifamily building owners reduce their energy use and energy costs and make informed energy decisions. In partnership with NYSERDA, they are dedicated to helping residents save money, live and work more comfortably and connect to NYS renewable energy incentive programs.

Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc. was established in 1966 as a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to infrastructure planning and development, business loans and assistance, and local government training and assistance.  More recently, MVEDD has added energy efficiency services to their scope of services with particular focus on helping municipalities and small businesses. 

Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) and Mohican Farm continue their 2019 Be Informed! Lecture Series with a program on the known and anticipated impacts of two different invasive species on Wednesday, November 20, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown.

In A Decade of Zebra Mussels: Impacts and Challenges in Otsego Lake, Holly Waterfield, Research Support Specialist at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station will discuss ecological changes that have taken place in Otsego Lake since the establishment of zebra mussels around 2007, and will touch on the challenges this invader has created for those who play and work on the water.

Also on the agenda is Emerald Ash Borer: Current Status and the Way Forward. Jonathan Rosenthal, Director of the Ecological Research Institute, will discuss the current status of emerald ash borer in Otsego and adjacent counties, what can be expected in terms of its spread and impacts, and what can be done to best prepare for and respond to this pest.

The free program takes place in the community room at the Clark Sports Center, 124 County Road 52, Cooperstown. For more information or to pre-register, visit www.occainfo.org, or call (607) 282-4087.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

Mohican Farm is part of The Clark Foundation. Its mission is to promote sustainable activities within The Clark Foundation, the community and Otsego County.

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