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COOPERSTOWN – On Monday, November 17 the Otsego County Conservation Association will present its 2014 “Conservationist of the Year” award to the Canadarago Lake Improvement Association.

“CLIA is being recognized for outstanding leadership, teamwork, and dedication,” said OCCA President Vicky M. Lentz, “and for its proactive approach to the protection and preservation of Canadarago Lake’s freshwater heritage for future generations.”

CLIA, nominated by former OCCA Board member Pam Lea, is currently in has just completed the Canadarago Lake Watershed Protection Plan – the first of its kind for Canadarago Lake – and expanded its Lake Steward Program in 2014 to help prevent the spread of invasive species.

OCCA will also present a Special Recognition for Lifetime Achievement to Edward Wesnofske for his contributions toward environmentally and economically sound solid waste solutions for Otsego County. Wesnofske was nominated by Otsego County Representatives James Powers and Keith McCarty.

The award ceremony is part of OCCA’s Annual Dinner and Meeting, to be held at Holiday Inn Oneonta/Cooperstown, 5206 State Highway 23, Oneonta. This event includes a silent auction fundraiser as well as a presentation by Allen Nichols, president of the New York Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, on efforts to save and restore the American chestnut tree.

“All Silent Auction proceeds will benefit OCCA’s programs to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs. “Bring your checkbooks, and bid early and often!”

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for the Silent Auction preview. Items must be paid for at the end of the evening; cash or check only.

Annual Dinner menu choices are roast prime rib of beef au jus, chicken stir fry or eggplant parmesan. All selections include seasonal green salad with house dressing; seasonal vegetables, potatoes, or rice; rolls with butter; apple crisp for dessert; and tea or coffee. There will be a cash bar with gourmet cheese assortment at 6:00 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. Reservations, $35 per person, are required by Monday, November 10. For more information, e-mail admin@occainfo.org or call (607) 547-4488.

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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to support programming, call(607) 547-4488 or visit www.occainfo.org.

Overlook

DAVENPORT – Mud Lake is the destination for a long hike in Robert V. Riddell State Park on October 25 at noon.

This 4.5-mile hike, sponsored by Otsego County Conservation Association, will be led by Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent, who donated the park land. It will take hikers up and over South Hill in the 800-acre portion of the park. Mud Lake and a 30-foot waterfall will be among the visual highlights of the trip. Along the way, the Kents will discuss the natural and human history of the area.

“Trish and Steve are full of passion and enthusiasm for the park,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “They have a lot of great memories and stories to share.”

Participants should meet at the Pine Lake Campus of Hartwick College on Charlotte Creek Road in Davenport at noon. From there, the group will carpool to the park entrance on Gersoni Road and hike back to Pine Lake via South Hill and Mud Lake. Participants should expect to spend four hours on the trail and should bring plenty of water and a snack.

For more information or to register for the Mud Lake hike, call OCCA at(607) 547-4488 or e-mail programdirector@occainfo.org.

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

ASH TREES NEEDED

OCCA CO-HOSTS GEOLOGY THEMED NATURE WALK

ANNUAL DINNER TO BE HELD IN ONEONTA

ASH TREES NEEDED: If you have ash trees on your property, we want to hear from you! OCCA is participating in a program led by the United States Forest Service’s National Seed Lab. The goal of this project is to preserve the genetic diversity of ash species before their expected loss to the emerald ash borer. Collecting and saving the seeds now will allow scientists greater ability to restore ash populations once an effective method of controlling the invasive beetle is found. We specifically need non-cultivated specimens of native ash – black ash, white ash and green ash – that are currently producing seeds. If you have access to one or more trees of any of these species and would like to help, contact OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087 orprogramdirector@occainfo.org.

OCCA CO-HOSTS GEOLOGY THEMED NATURE WALK: Join OCCA, the Otsego Land Trust and local geology professor Dr. Les Hasbargen for a walk along the trails on the Otsquago Creek in Van Hornesville on Saturday, October 18 at 1 p.m. See amazing geological features including caves and waterfalls and learn about their formation.Meet at the trailhead of the Robert B. Woodruff Outdoor Learning Center behind Owen D. Young Central School, 2316 State Highway 80, Van Hornesville. The walk is free and open to the public. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult; no dogs please. Hot cider and donuts will be served following the hike. Contact OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087 orprogramdirector@occainfo.org for information or to register.

ANNUAL DINNER TO BE HELD IN ONEONTA: OCCA’s Annual Dinner and Meeting will be held on Monday, November 17 at the Holiday Inn Oneonta/Cooperstown, 5206 State Highway 23. There will be a Silent Auction preview and cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The program includes: welcome, Silent Auction overview, dinner, presentation of OCCA Conservationist of the Year, keynote address, election of directors, Silent Auction results/checkout. Dinner is a choice of roast prime rib of beef au jus, chicken stir fry or eggplant parmesan with apple crisp for dessert. The cost to attend is $35 per person; reservations required. This year’s Conservationist of the Year award winner and keynote speaker to be announced later this week. For more information, call (607) 547-4488.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • “Mud Lake Hike” at Robert V. Riddell State Park with Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent, October 25.
  • Nature walk, Hick State Forest, offered in cooperation with Susquehanna Chapter Adirondack Mountain Club,November 11.

For more information on OCCA-organized volunteer opportunities and hikes, visit http://www.occainfo.org or e-mail admin@occainfo.org.

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

COOPERSTOWN – If you’ve ever wanted to walk on a golf course without the frustration of trying to knock a ball into a hole in the ground, now’s your chance. Otsego County Conservation Association is sponsoring an outing on the Leatherstocking Golf Course on Saturday, October 4 at 4 p.m.This event, part of OCCA’s 2014 Nature Walk Series, will be led by Course Manager Bernie Banas and will focus on the steps he is taking to make the golf course more environmentally friendly.

 

“Golf courses have long been criticized for their high usage of water, fertilizers and pesticides,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “Bernie and his staff have been working hard for many years to reduce Leatherstocking’s environmental impact, and they’ve made significant improvements.”

 

Walkers will meet in the parking lot of The Otesaga Hotel on Lake Street in Cooperstown at 4 p.m. The program is free, but pre-registration is requested by calling OCCA at (607) 282-4087 or by e-mail:programdirector@occainfo.org.

ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014: Vol. 7, No. 17

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

OCCA ENTERS FINAL DAYS OF ELECTRONIC FUNDRAISER

DEADLINE FOR CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS ISOCTOBER 6

‘LIKE’ OCCA ON FACEBOOK AND STAY CONNECTED

OCCA ENTERS FINAL DAYS OF ELECTRONIC FUNDRAISER: For the past two weeks, the OCCA Board of Directors and supporters of the organization have been reaching out to friends, colleagues, coworkers, and family members as they attempt to reach individual fundraising goals on behalf of OCCA. “There’s still time to help these folks reach their target and support our programs,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs. To see what OCCA is working on this year, visit: http://occainfo.org/documents/2014ProgramWorkPlan.pdf. Participants in OCCA’s “My Challenge” electronic fundraiser are: Karen Butler, Martha Clarvoe, Andrée Conklin, Maureen Culbert, Deb Dalton, Jill Eichler, Bill Harman, Jim Hill, Eamonn Hinchey, Tom Manion, Susan O’Handley, Jim Patrick, Bill Ralston, Patricia Seybolt, Donna Vogler, Darla Youngs and Steve Zerby. All proceeds raised go toward OCCA’s programs to protect, preserve and enhance the environment. To learn more about OCCA’s “My Challenge” appeal, or to contribute, seehttp://occainfo.org/documents/MyChallenge.pdf.

DEADLINE FOR CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS ISOCTOBER 6: The Otsego County Conservation Association is seeking nominations for its annual Conservationist of the Year award. The award will be given to an individual, citizens’ group or grassroots organization, governmental body, non-profit organization with 501 (c)(3) standing or a business that has made a positive difference in environmental protection, preservation or education in Otsego County. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, October 6. The award will be presented at the OCCA Annual Dinner and Meeting in November, date and location to be announced. In regard to nominations of individuals, preference will be given to nominees residing in Otsego County. Environmental professionals are not eligible to be nominated based on achievements accomplished for their compensated employment. Businesses cannot be nominated for a profit-making enterprise.  Areas of interest for nomination are water quality protection and improvement, wetland preservation, stream improvement, stream, lake or river clean-ups, riparian buffer or tree plantings, recycling efforts, non-motorized open-space recreation enhancement, land-use planning efforts, or soil conservation efforts. Other areas of environmental endeavor may also be considered. Nominations may be made by individuals, citizens’ groups or grassroots organizations, governmental bodies, non-profit organizations with 501 (c)(3) standing or businesses. To obtain a nomination form, contact OCCA at (607) 547-4488 or e-mailadmin@occainfo.org. Forms may also be downloaded from the OCCA website at http://occainfo.org/documents/COYGuidelinesandApplication.pdf.

‘LIKE’ OCCA ON FACEBOOK AND STAY CONNECTED: You can stay informed about Otsego County Conservation Association events and activities and current environmental issues through weekday posts on Facebook and/or Twitter. “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at AdmDirector.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • “Greener Golfing,” hike of The Leatherstocking Golf Course with Manager Bernie Banas, October 4.
  • “Mud Lake Hike” of Robert V. Riddell State Park with Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent, October 25.
  • OCCA Annual Dinner, Meeting and Silent Auction,Monday, November 17. Holiday Inn Oneonta/Cooperstown. Details to be announced.

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

COOPERSTOWN – Katherine M. Czajkowski will provide an overview of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Trees for Tribs” program at the next Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee meeting on Thursday, September 25.

The WQCC meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in Classroom A of The Meadows Office Building, 140 County Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown, is hosted by the Otsego County Planning Department. This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required by Tuesday, September 23. Those interested in attending should e-mail WQCC Facilitator Darla M. Youngs atadmin@occainfo.org or call (607) 547-4488.

The Trees for Tribs program offers no-cost trees and shrubs for plantings along riparian corridors to strengthen, repair, and replant stream buffers in order to enhance water quality protection. The program has been successfully implemented by the Hudson River Estuary Program and has since expanded into other watersheds.

“DEC has taken steps to implement the Trees for Tribs program statewide, utilizing the successful HREP model,” Czajkowski said. “In the Mohawk River Watershed, we began the program two years ago and have provided upwards of 3,000 trees and shrubs that have been planted throughout Schoharie, Montgomery, and Schenectady counties.”

 

Czajkowski, Mohawk Watershed coordinator for DEC’s Mohawk River Basin Program, will explain how Trees for Tribs is implemented and how DEC works with program partners. She will also share pictures of planting sites, outline what the expectations are once the trees and/or shrubs are planted, and provide contact information for interested parties in Otsego County.

This event is made possible thanks to the Otsego County WQCC which, in order to better satisfy the educational component of its mission, has restructured its monthly meetings to include public information sessions. The OCWQCC was established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. It is comprised of a diverse group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations. These members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County through the reduction of nonpoint source pollution within its boundaries.

For more information on the WQCC, visit www.otsegosoilandwater.com/waterqualitycc.html

ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014: Vol. 7, No. 16

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

DEADLINE FOR CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS ISOCTOBER 6

‘TERRIBLE TEN’ LIST FEATURES ITEMS NOT TO BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR RECYCLABLES

BIKE OTSEGO 2014 OFFERS ROUTES FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS

TREES FOR TRIBS TO BE DISCUSSED AT SEPTEMBER WQCC MEETING

‘LIKE’ OCCA ON FACEBOOK AND STAY CONNECTED

DEADLINE FOR CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS ISOCTOBER 6: The Otsego County Conservation Association is seeking nominations for its annual Conservationist of the Year award. The award will be given to an individual, citizens’ group or grassroots organization, governmental body, non-profit organization with 501 (c)(3) standing or a business that has made a positive difference in environmental protection, preservation or education in Otsego County. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, October 6. The award will be presented at the OCCA Annual Dinner and Meeting in November, date and location to be announced. In regard to nominations of individuals, preference will be given to nominees residing in Otsego County. Environmental professionals are not eligible to be nominated based on achievements accomplished for their compensated employment. Businesses cannot be nominated for a profit-making enterprise.  Areas of interest for nomination are water quality protection and improvement, wetland preservation, stream improvement, stream, lake or river clean-ups, riparian buffer or tree plantings, recycling efforts, non-motorized open-space recreation enhancement, land-use planning efforts, or soil conservation efforts. Other areas of environmental endeavor may also be considered. Nominations may be made by individuals, citizens’ groups or grassroots organizations, governmental bodies, non-profit organizations with 501 (c)(3) standing or businesses. To obtain a nomination form, contact OCCA at (607) 547-4488 or e-mailadmin@occainfo.org. Forms may also be downloaded from the OCCA website at http://occainfo.org/documents/COYGuidelinesandApplication.pdf

‘TERRIBLE TEN’ LIST FEATURES ITEMS NOT TO BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR RECYCLABLES: Motor oil bottles, plastic bags and metal clothes hangers have all made Otsego County’s “Terrible Ten” list of things people should not be mixing in with their recyclables. Click here to learn more: http://occainfo.org/documents/TERRIBLETENFINAL.pdf. Information on alternatives for items not recyclable by Otsego County but which are accepted elsewhere is coming soon.

BIKE OTSEGO 2014 OFFERS ROUTES FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS:Registrations are now being taken for Bike Otsego 2014, to be held onSaturday, September 20. A choice of five bicycle rides ensures there will be something for everyone! The “Grand Slam” event covers 75 miles with over 5,500 feet of climbing and takes riders into the Village of Cooperstown in celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary. A challenging 31-mile ride offers intermediate riders gorgeous scenery and challenging hills. A family friendly 12-mile ride is suitable for all ages and levels and is the familiar Back River ride formerly sponsored by Opportunities for Otsego. In addition, mountain bike riders have a choice between a beginner’s route and an intermediate/advanced route through Oneonta, an estimated 1.5 or 2.5 hours, respectively. All rides begin and end in Neahwa Park. Registered riders will receive a free T-shirt, full rider support including rest stops, and a post-race meal. The registration fee is $35; $40 after September 10 and on the day of the event. For more information and to register, e-mailinfo@bikeotsego.com or visit www.bikeotsego.com. Funds raised through Bike Otsego 2014 will be used to promote bicycle use and safety throughout Otsego County. Representatives of the Courtyard by Marriott, Inn at Cooperstown, Hartwick College, Oneonta Outlaws, Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates, SUNY Oneonta, and Upper Susquehanna Peddlers and Paddlers are members of the Bike Otsego 2014 organizing team. For more information, call Rowinski at (607) 432-1095.

TREES FOR TRIBS TO BE DISCUSSED AT SEPTEMBER WQCC MEETING: Katherine M. Czajkowski will provide an overview of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Trees for Tribs” program at the next Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee meeting on Thursday, September 25. The WQCC meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in Classroom A of The Meadows Office Building, 140 County Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown, is hosted by the Otsego County Planning Department. This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required by Tuesday, September 23. Those interested in attending should e-mail WQCC Facilitator Darla M. Youngs at admin@occainfo.org or call (607) 547-4488. The Trees for Tribs program offers no-cost trees and shrubs for plantings along riparian corridors to strengthen, repair, and replant stream buffers in order to enhance water quality protection. The program has been successfully implemented by the Hudson River Estuary Program and has since expanded into other watersheds. Czajkowski, Mohawk Watershed coordinator for DEC’s Mohawk River Basin Program, will explain how Trees for Tribs is implemented and how DEC works with program partners. She will also share pictures of planting sites, outline what the expectations are once the trees and/or shrubs are planted, and provide contact information for interested parties in Otsego County. This event is made possible thanks to the Otsego County WQCC which, in order to better satisfy the educational component of its mission, has restructured its monthly meetings to include public information sessions.

‘LIKE’ OCCA ON FACEBOOK AND STAY CONNECTED: You can stay informed about Otsego County Conservation Association events and activities and current environmental issues through weekday posts on Facebook and/or Twitter. “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at AdmDirector.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • “Greener Golfing,” hike of The Leatherstocking Golf Course with Manager Bernie Banas, October 4.
  • “Mud Lake Hike” of Robert V. Riddell State Park with Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent, October 25.
  • OCCA Annual Dinner, Meeting and Silent Auction. Details to be announced.

ONEONTA – Otsego County Conservation Association is accepting registrations for its youth program, “Back to the Basics: Wilderness Survival,” through September 12, 2014.

Back to the Basics: Wilderness Survival is a two-part program meeting in Wilber Park on September 20 and 27. Led by local science teacher and naturalist Eamonn Hinchey, the program teaches basic skills needed to survive in a wilderness setting.

“It’s not really about preparing kids for the apocalypse. It’s about awareness of the value nature has to us, not just aesthetically, but for sustainability,” said Hinchey, who also serves on OCCA’s Board of Directors. “Everything we need to survive is in the woods, and there are fewer and fewer people that make that connection.”

During the program, kids will learn how to build emergency shelters with minimal materials. They’ll also make cordage with plant fibers, build simple traps, and learn several different methods of fire-starting. Safety and responsible use will also be emphasized, and kids will go home with an item they make each day, said Hinchey.

Back to the Basics: Wilderness Survival is part of OCCA’s EcoTeam youth initiative. EcoTeam is a membership program that engages young people through positive interactions with the environment, including nature walks, trail clean-ups and maintenance, and other opportunities. Pre-registration is required. The program is free to existing EcoTeam members, or $20 for non-members. For more information, call OCCA at (607) 547-4488 or e-mailprogramdirector@occainfo.org.

Working with the Headwaters Youth Conservation Corps, the Otsego County Conservation Association trimmed and cleared 5 miles of walking and cross-country ski trails in Basswood Pond State Forest this summer. Partake in the fruits of our labor on Saturday, September 6 with a 1.5-mile walk along the Blue Trail, which winds through spruce groves, along a lovely stream, and up to Basswood Pond itself. On the way we’ll keep an eye out for early fall migrants along with the interesting animals and plants that live in this 711-acre forest. Meet at the southern parking area at 9 a.m.Directions: take State Route 80 to the blinking light in Burlington. Turn north on County Road 16. In 1.5 miles, turn left onto Basswood Road – THIS GRAVEL ROAD IS NOT MARKED! The parking area is 0.1 miles on the right. Bring binoculars, water and insect repellent. Call (607) 547-4488 for details or e-mailprogramdirector@occainfo.org. Free and open to the public.

The Otsego County Conservation Association is seeking nominations for its annual Conservationist of the Year award. The award will be given to an individual, citizens’ group or grassroots organization, governmental body, non-profit organization with 501 (c)(3) standing or a business that has made a positive difference in environmental protection, preservation or education in Otsego County.

Nominations must be submitted by Monday, October 6. The award will be presented at the OCCA Annual Dinner and Meeting in November, date and location to be announced.

In regard to nominations of individuals, preference will be given to nominees residing in Otsego County. Environmental professionals are not eligible to be nominated based on achievements accomplished for their compensated employment. Businesses cannot be nominated for a profit-making enterprise.  Areas of interest for nomination are water quality protection and improvement, wetland preservation, stream improvement, stream, lake or river clean-ups, riparian buffer or tree plantings, recycling efforts, non-motorized open-space recreation enhancement, land-use planning efforts, or soil conservation efforts. Other areas of environmental endeavor may also be considered.

Nominations may be made by individuals, citizens’ groups or grassroots organizations, governmental bodies, non-profit organizations with 501 (c)(3) standing or businesses.

A special OCCA committee will review nominations and designate the OCCA Conservationist of the Year. The decision of the committee will be final.

No monetary award will be given to the recipient of the award; however the recipient(s) will be the guests of OCCA at its annual dinner and will be publically recognized at this event. A press release will be issued announcing the recipient, and an announcement will appear in “The Lookout,” OCCA’s quarterly newsletter.

“Conservation efforts often go unrecognized,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs. “This is a great opportunity to draw attention to good works recently completed or currently underway in Otsego County.”

To obtain a nomination form, contact OCCA at 547-4488 or e-mailadmin@occainfo.org.

Otsego County’s oldest private environmental conservation organization, OCCA is a non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visitwww.occainfo.org.