ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

JANUARY 3, 2014: Vol. 7, No. 1

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

KIDS CAN WIN DEC CAMPERSHIPS THROUGH OCCA ESSAY CONTEST

SEIFER TO SPEAK ON SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

KENTS TO LEAD OCCA-SPONSORED WINTER/SNOWSHOE HIKE

SAVE THE DATE: EARTH FESTIVAL 2014

SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING VIDEO

START SAVING NOW FOR APRIL GARAGE SALE

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

KIDS CAN WIN DEC CAMPERSHIPS THROUGH OCCA ESSAY CONTEST: The Otsego County Conservation Association has announced that it will send nine middle-school students to DEC Environmental Education Camp next summer through a countywide competitive essay contest. OCCA will reward nine winning essayists with a week-long stay at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp, where campers spend their week immersed in the natural environment and enjoy a balance of environmental education, sportsman education, and outdoor fun.Otsego County students ages 11-14 are invited to compete for camperships via the essay contest (must be 11 before December 1, 2014). In 750 words or less, they are asked to consider the question “What does the phrase ‘think globally, act locally’ mean to you with regard to the environment?” and give examples of how a person can apply this to their everyday life. Nine winning essays will be chosen from participating Otsego County schools and Otsego County applicants at large. The deadline for essay submissions is January 22, 2014, and winning essays will be chosen by January 27. “Last year, middle-school teachers from Cooperstown, Milford and Oneonta incorporated the essay into their lesson plans,” OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs said. “We hope more teachers will do the same this year, but any Otsego County student age 11-14 is eligible and welcome to enter an essay.” Complete contest rules and requirements are available by e-mailing admin@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 qualify as a participating school.

SEIFER TO SPEAK ON SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL: Bruce Seifer will deliver a lecture titled “Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Local Economy” onWednesday, January 15 at the Otsego County Courthouse, 193 Main Street, Cooperstown. Seifer is the former assistant director for economic development in Burlington, Vermont’s Community and Economic Development Office. The presentation, beginning at 7 p.m., will examine a framework for local sustainable economic development and is based primarily on Seifer’s recent book of the same name. What is a durable economy? How is it created and what does it take to sustain it over time? This lecture will provide insights and answers to these questions. The framework offers a starting point for exploration of the various influences on a community’s economy. These include locally focused, social, cultural, environmentally sustainable, political and inclusive economy components. Taken together, these elements can lead to the formation of a durable local economy. This event, co-sponsored by Sustainable Otsego, Otsego 2000 and the Otsego County Conservation Association, is free and open to the public.

KENTS TO LEAD OCCA-SPONSORED WINTER/SNOWSHOE HIKE: On Saturday, January 18, Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent will host a Winter/Snowshoe Hike at the Robert V. Riddell State Park. Heading out at noon, the Kents (the donors of the state park land) will lead a leisurely winter excursion to Mud Lake and back. This hike, on moderate grade terrain up South Hill and then back down to the starting point, will take about 3-1/2 hours to complete, with the option to return to the parking lot at any time. Snowshoes are optional if the snow is not too deep and participants are comfortable walking. Highlights of the hike are waterfalls along the way and Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog, at the top of South Hill. Directions: Meet on Gersoni Road, just south of I-88’s Exit 17. If taking Exit 17 traveling east, make a right at the off ramp stop sign onto Gersoni Road. When taking Exit 17 traveling west, make a left and go under the I-88 overpass to access Gersoni Road. Parking is available on the shoulder of Gersoni Road just south of I-88 – watch for small green signs that read “State Park Lands.” For more information about the hike, contact OCCA by calling (607) 282-4087 or e-mail OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at programdirector@occainfo.org.

SAVE THE DATE: Earth Festival 2014 has been confirmed forSaturday, April 12 at Milford Central School. Stay tuned for details! Those interested in pre-registering as an exhibitor and/or vendor can e-mail admin@occainfo.org to learn more.

SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING VIDEO: Ever wonder exactly how items are sorted during the single stream recycling process? Visithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKbf5arBVZA#t=16 to see, from entry to exit, how the single stream facility in Utica works.

START SAVING NOW FOR APRIL GARAGE SALE: OCCA’s Annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale will be held on Saturday andSunday, April 26 and 27 in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building at 101 Main Street, Cooperstown. Please begin setting aside items now! The official collection dates for the OCCA garage sale will be April 20-24. All donations are tax deductible: OCCA will provide a donation voucher upon request. Those interested in dropping off materials sooner, or who would like more information about volunteering to assist with the event, should call (607) 547-4488or e-mail admin@occainfo.org for further details. In addition to raising funds for OCCA programming, the garage sale also benefits the environment through waste prevention, or “source reduction.” Source reduction, including reuse, can help reduce waste disposal and handling costs, because it avoids the costs of recycling, municipal composting, land filling, and combustion. Source reduction also conserves resources and reduces pollution, including greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • January 17: Presentation, “New York Shale Gas Potential.” 7 p.m. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market Street, Oneonta. “Geographic Extent of Shale Gas Productivity in New York,” James Northrup; “Shale Geology and Marcellus Potential in New York,” Brian Brock; “Forecasting Marcellus Productivity in New York,” Jerry Acton; “New York Shale – High Risk, Low Reward,” Lou Allstadt.

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

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