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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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.