Our Environment. Our Home. OUR CHALLENGE.

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Attendees of the 14th annual Earth Festival will have the opportunity to participate in several activities in addition to the exhibits and clothing swap, organizers said. A program of the Otsego County Conservation Association, Earth Festival will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School.

“We’re pleased to offer a variety of activities,” said Leslie Orzetti, OCCA’s executive director. “We have a bird walk, classes on bike safety and window restoration, an art contest—there’s a lot going on.”

Members of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will start the day with a pre-festival bird walk, leaving the school parking lot at 8am and returning by 10. The main event opens at 11 with the vendor and exhibitor fair.

From 11am to 1pm, Otsego 2000 is sponsoring ‘Historic Window Restoration & Weatherization.’ In this hands-on workshop, James Richardson, founder and owner of Richardson Window Works in Cooperstown, will demonstrate techniques for repairing historic windows, including sash repair, reglazing, restoration and weatherizing. Repairing windows allows homeowners to maintain their home’s historic character while improving efficiency and reducing waste. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Visit http://www.otsego2000.org/2019/02/22/register-historic-preservation-workshops/ to register.

At 11am, certified yoga instructor, Karla Andela will lead ‘Yoga, Big & Small’ in the small gym. Easy and fun yoga practices, appropriate for all ages, will be practiced. Open to all ages, though children under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler will present ‘Case Studies of Renewables and Efficiency Upgrades in Otsego County’ in the auditorium at noon. The presentation will look at the impact efficiency upgrades and renewable energy technology have had on area homes and businesses.

Bicyclists of all ages are invited to join David Wells, a certified course instructor with the League of American Bicyclists for an active game to learn about NYS laws and safe practices for riding bikes in our communities. The game will be held in the small gym at 1pm.  No helmet or bicycle is needed to play this game.  A limited number of Woodland Cycles certificates for rechargeable bicycle light sets ($30 value) will be given out to participants arriving at the door, first-come-first-serve.

Sponsored by Otsego County Conservation Association, Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. Earth Festival will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School.

Earth Festival is made possible through donations by the following: Five Star Subaru, CNY Tent Rental, Otsego 2000, Cooperstown Natural Foods, Farm Credit East, Casella Waste Systems, Rich McCaffery, Delaware Otsego Audubon Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego/Schoharie Counties, Otsego Lake Association, Susquehanna Chapter Adirondack Club, Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Country Pride Cheese House.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group 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.

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Otsego County residents will have an opportunity to drop off a new class of item for recycling at Earth Festival this year: glass and porcelain.

“Glass is highly-recyclable, but it’s heavy and adds significantly to the County’s recycling costs,” said OCCA Executive Director, Leslie Orzetti. “We are fortunate to have a local industry that needs this material.”

Glass, porcelain and ceramic products will be collected at Earth Festival in a roll-off container provided by Casella Resource Solutions. Casella will transport the material to Ruby Lake Glass in Richfield Springs, where it will be put through an Andela Pulverizer System and converted into sand and gravel that has wide variety of applications, such as road base, construction, filtration, pipe bedding, decorative landscaping, and more.

“Our glass recycling equipment enables municipalities to save money, reduce the amount of glass being brought to landfills as well as the carbon footprint from mining new material by producing sand and gravel that can be used locally,” said Andela Products Sales Engineer, Brad Tifft.

The following items can be brought to Earth Festival for recycling: all glass jars and bottles; window, door and mirror glass (frames MUST be removed prior to dropping off); broken glass, drinking glasses, ovenware and ceramics, dishes, cups and plates; Pyrex; porcelain toilets and sinks. All items must be empty, clean and dry, though labels and caps and lids can be left on. Sinks must be all porcelain, not porcelain enameled over steel or other substances.

“We’re very excited about offering this opportunity,” said Orzetti.

Other items that can be brought to Earth Festival for recycling include Styrofoam (clean, white expanded polystyrene foam only); tennis balls; inkjet cartridges (NO toner); small handheld electronics, such as cell phones, digital cameras, tablets, iPads, iPods and natural cork from wine bottles. In addition, Empire Recycling will once again have their Confidata truck service available for shredding household documents from 11am-2pm, and the OCCA Recycling Committee will have reusable bags made from used pet food bags available for sale. For a full list of items, visit http://occainfo.org/recycling-earth-festival-2019/.

Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. Earth Festival will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School.

Earth Festival is made possible through donations by the following: Five Star Subaru, CNY Tent Rental, Otsego 2000, Cooperstown Natural Foods, Farm Credit East, Casella Waste Systems, Rich McCaffery, Delaware Otsego Audubon Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego/Schoharie Counties, Otsego Lake Association, Susquehanna Chapter Adirondack Club, Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Country Pride Cheese House.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group 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.

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Organizers of the fourteenth annual Earth Festival have announced the return of two popular features: Movie Night, and the Community Clothes Swap.

Movie Night, sponsored by Otsego 2000 and Glimmerglass Film Days will feature Paris to Pittsburgh. Directed by Sidney Beaumont and Michael Bonfiglio, this 2018 documentary celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions to climate change, and how communities around the country have responded to the decision to pull America out of the Paris Accord. Paris to Pittsburgh will be shown on Friday, April 12 at 7pm at the Cooperstown Village Hall Ballroom, located at 22 Main Street, Cooperstown. Admission is free.

Returning for its second year, the Earth Festival Clothing Swap will be held in the school cafeteria during Earth Festival. Lightly used clothing of all kinds, without stains, tears or strong scents can be dropped off at the school cafeteria beginning Saturday morning. Clothing will be put on display in the school cafeteria, and anyone is free to take what they want, no limits.

“Last year’s clothing swap was a great success and we’re excited to do it again this year,” said Angelica Palmer, who organized the swap. “Not only did thousands of garments find new homes with local residents, but many people learned that swapping clothes is an alternative to shopping.”

Two hundred people participated in the swap last year. At the end of the day, remaining clothing will be donated to area charities. Palmer asked for community volunteers to help with the swap.

“It takes a community to run this. We’d like people who are dropping off clothes to spend a few minutes helping us organize the clothes, and then they’re free to browse,” Palmer said. “We’d also like it if people could help us throughout the course of the day.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the clothing swap should contact OCCA at (607) 547-4488. Information about the event can be found at http://occainfo.org/earth-festival/.

Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. Earth Festival will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School. Sponsorship and exhibitor/vendor opportunities are still available.

Earth Festival is made possible through donations by the following: Five Star Subaru, CNY Tent Rental, Otsego 2000, Cooperstown Natural Foods, Farm Credit East, Casella Waste Systems, Rich McCaffery, Delaware Otsego Audubon Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego/Schoharie Counties, Otsego Lake Association, Susquehanna Chapter Adirondack Club, Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Country Pride Cheese House.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group 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.

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Heat Smart Otsego will be running tours of residential installations of clean heating and cooling technologies including ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and modern wood burning systems.  The tours, scheduled for late March, are intended to let homeowners see first hand what these systems look and sound like, as well as chat directly with homeowners who have installed these systems.

“If you’ve never seen one of these systems installed, now is your chance to see one in action,” said Bennett Sandler, Heat Smart Otsego’s Campaign Director. “These systems are already gaining popularity because they save money, add comfort, and make your home safer to live in.  In the next 5 to 10 years, these systems will replace most of the fuel oil, propane, and electric resistance heating systems in Otsego County.” 

Two tours are planned: Saturday, March 30 in the southern part of the county, and Sunday March 31st  in the northern part of the county.  Tours will begin at 11:00 am and end by 3:00 pm.  Each tour will visit three different homes, one with a ground source heat pump, one with an air source heat pump, and one with either a wood gasification or pellet stove.  The tours are free but registration is required.  Please contact Sandler by email at campaigndirector@occainfo.org or by phone (607) 435-1364 to sign up.  

Funded by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Heat Smart Otsego promotes renewable heating and cooling technologies to building owners across Otsego County.  To learn more about air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps (geothermal), pellet stoves and modern wood boilers with thermal storage visit Heat Smart Otsego’s website at https://heatsmartotsego.org.  Heat Smart Otsego is a project of the Otsego County Conservation Association, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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The OCCA/Mohican Farm Be Informed Lecture Series program, “Ticks & Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know” has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30pm at Elm Park United Methodist Church in Oneonta. The program features entomologist, Dr. Carmen Greenwood and Theresa Oellrich, RN. Originally scheduled for mid-February, the program was postponed due to bad weather.

Greenwood, an entomologist at SUNY Cobleskill, will discuss the life cycle and habits of ticks, focusing in particular on the black-legged (deer) tick. Oellrich, the communicable disease coordinator for the Otsego County Health Department, will cover Lyme disease and its impact on human health.

The program is free, but pre-registration is appreciated. Visit www.occainfo.org for more information or to sign up for the program.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group 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.

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Identification and Survey Training
March 9 – 10am-1pm:  Clark Sports Center, 124 County Highway 52, Cooperstown
Hemlock trees are an iconic and valuable part of the Catskills region. Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager for the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnerships (CRISP) will teach us about the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect that is threatening our native hemlock trees. We will discuss identification of the insect, best treatment practices, and how you can help contribute to scientific projects to manage this invasive pest and preserve hemlocks on our landscape. There will also be a short field component where we will practice surveying hemlocks for hemlock woolly adelgid.  The program is free, but pre-registration is required. You may use our registration form or call OCCA at (607) 547-4488.  This is a joint program offering of OCCA and Mohican Farm/The Clark Foundation.


NEW DATE!Be informed lecture series: Ticks & Lyme Disease
March 27, 6:30 – 8:00pm, Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta.
Lyme disease is a serious public health threat spread by the bite of the black-legged (deer) tick, (Ixodesscapularis). Dr. Carmen Greenwood, Associate Professor at SUNY Cobleskill, will discuss the biology and ecology of ticks. Following this, Otsego County Communicable Disease Coordinator, Theresa Oellrich, RN, will cover the specifics of Lyme disease, including its health impacts, treatment and prevention, and what to do if bitten by a tick.

Heat Smart Otsego Home Tours
March 30, March 31, 11am -3pm
Visit Otsego County homes that have installed ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, or modern wood burning systems with Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler. Participants will have the opportunity to see these systems in operation and talk to homeowners who have installed them. Saturday’s tour will be in the southern part of the County, while Sunday’s tour will feature homes in northern Otsego County. Tours are free, but registration is required.
Contact Bennett Sandler at campaigndirector@occainfo.org or (607) 435-1364 for more information or to register.

2019 Earth Festival
April 13 – 11am-3pm
Back for its fourteenth year, Otsego Earth Festival will be held on April 13 from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School. The event will include the popular exhibitor and vendor fair, workshops, a clothing swap, recycling opportunities, and more. Environmental organizations, businesses, and local energy vendors will have products, services and exhibits on display. For more information, or to learn how to be an exhibitor or sponsor, visit http://occainfo.org/earth-festival/.  Keep checking the site for updates!

Earth Festival Movie Night
April 12 – 7pm  Cooperstown Village Hall, Upstairs Ballroom
Otsego 2000 and the Glimmerglass Film Festival are again sponsoring the Earth Festival Friday Film Night.  This year’s film is Paris to Pittsburgh a National Geographic film celebrating how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of Climate Change. The film features voices from local leaders as well as everyday Americans presenting the stories behind climate-related recovery and resiliency, as well as tireless innovative efforts to reduce carbon emissions, including boomtowns formerly reliant on coal such as Pittsburgh.  The movie is free and open to the public.

Eco-Art Call for Artists
Area artists can submit artwork for the ECO-Art (& Craft) Competition as part of Otsego County Conservation Association’s annual Earth Festival event this spring. Artists of all ages and skill levels can enter artwork of any kind, provided it is created primarily with repurposed, reused and/or recycled material. The Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) is organizing the ECO-Art (& Craft) competition. CANO will be awarding first and second prize in each of the following categories: Youth (under 10 years old); Teen (ages 10-17); and Adult (18 and up). An entry form is available atoccainfo.org/earth-festival/. For more information, contact Flo Loomis by e-mail (lojac@dmcom.net) or at (607) 293-6627. Earth Festival will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 11am-3pm at Milford Central School.

Plastic Bag Challenge
We are halfway through the Otsego County plastic bag challenge!  Kids at Cherry Valley/Springfield, Cooperstown, Gilbertsville/Mt. Upton, Morris, Oneonta Middle School, Richfield Springs, Unatego, Valleyview Elementary, and Worcester have continued their hard work collecting all kinds of film plastic.  After the last weigh in, Gilbertsville/Mt. Upton Elementary School is still in the lead.  Help your local school win the challenge!! If you have any film plastic you would like to recycle, check with your local school or send in with a neighborhood student.  The challenge seeks to educate students (and teachers and families, too) that bags and film plastic can be recycled through grocery stores and other retailers but not through regular curbside pickup or at the transfer stations.  Winners will be announced at the 2019 Earth Festival on April 13.  Contact OCCA at 547-4488 for more details.

Otsego County Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale
Have you been meaning to start home composting? Are you looking for a way to conserve water? The Otsego County Department of Planning and Solid Waste can help with both! Now through April 28 you can order compost bins, rain barrels and accessories by visiting www.enviroworld.us/otsegocounty. Bins and barrels are offered at substantial savings compared to store prices. Orders will be delivered to the Meadows Office Complex and must be picked up on May 4, between the hours of 8am and 1pm. For more information, contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at (607) 547-4225, or visitwww.otsegocounty.com.

Lunch-Break Workshops with Master Gardeners
Noon-1pm, CCE Education Center, Cooperstown
Take a break with the Master Gardeners and learn about interesting and important gardening topics. Sessions are free and open to the public, but call (607) 547-2536 x 228 and let them know you’re coming.
March 13: Grafting Fruit Trees, with Paul Mendelsohn, Otsego Master Gardener
May 8: GROW Initiative, with Francine Stayter and Carol Phelps, Otsego Master Gardeners
June 12: Culinary Herbs, with Gert Coleman, Vegetable & Herb Specialist

Leatherstocking & Greater Catskills Young Farmers Coalition Farmers Meet-up and Potluck
March 31, 2-5pm, Star Route Farm, 796 County Highway 40, Charlotteville
Tour Star Route Farm from 2-3pm, followed by a farmers’ social hour and potluck featuring guest, Jim Barber, Cornell Ag & Farmland Implementation Specialist, who will facilitate an informal listening session from 3:00pm-5:00pm. This is an opportunity to share our challenges, discuss what resources we need, and talk about how local policymakers can incentivize beginning and small-scale sustainable agriculture in our region. Please bring a dish or drink to share. Contact Greta at leatherstocking.nyfc@gmail.com for more information or to RSVP.

Delaware Otsego Audubon Society Trips
Turtle Talk
Marth 15, 730pm, Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta
Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will host Alexandra Vlk, a Graduate Student at SUNY Oneonta, for a public program about Wood Turtles. This program is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be available.

Trip to Montezuma Wildlife Refuge
March 24, 730am, Dietz Street Parking Lot, Oneonta
Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will lead a birding field trip to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge to view migratory waterfowl and shorebirds on their annual journey to their breeding grounds.  The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is a globally significant Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that stop there during the migration seasons.  Those interested in carpooling will meet at the Dietz Street Parking lot (across from the Oneonta YMCA) at 7:30am. This is an all day trip with an expected return to Oneonta around 5:00pm. Participants should plan on packing a bagged lunch and snacks, water, etc. For additional details, contact DOAS Member and local environmental educator, Chris DeCesare at 607-244-5496 or chris.decesare444@gmail.com.

Annual Spring Waterfowl Trip Around Otsego Lake
March 30, 830am, Cooperstown’s Lake Front Docks at the foot of Fair St.
DOAS will host the annual waterfowl trip around Otsego Lake again this spring. Sightings from the past have included unusual duck species, such as the Eurasian wigeon (spotted alongside an American wigeon), along with more common area waterfowl like ring-necked, wood and black ducks, bufflehead, hooded, common and red-breasted mergansers, greater scaup, American coot, mallard, northern shoveler, and Canada goose.  Meet promptly at the docks in Cooperstown at 830am.  Cars will be pooled and radio connected, and the trip will last until around noon. For more information, contact DOAS Member and Trip Leader, Bob Donnelly at rsdonn@yahoo.com or 607-264-8156.

Position Opening:  Giant Hogweed Strike Team, Central and Western New York
New York DEC Forest Health is looking for professional, self-directed, hard-working people with strong communication skills to be part of DEC’s giant hogweed control program. Giant hogweed strike teams will survey for and control giant hogweed, a non-native invasive plant with sap capable of causing injury to humans, in Central and Western NY from April 22-August 20. For information, contact Naja Kraus, Terrestrial Invasive Plants Coordinator, at naja.kraus@dec.ny.gov.

Area artists can submit artwork for the ECO-Art (& Craft) Competition as part of Otsego County Conservation Association’s annual Earth Festival event this spring. Artists of all ages and skill levels can enter artwork of any kind, provided it is created primarily with repurposed, reused and/or recycled material.

The Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) is organizing the ECO-Art (& Craft) competition. CANO will be awarding first and second prize in each of the following categories: Youth (under 10 years old); Teen (ages 10-17); and Adult (18 and up).

“Even if your artwork is not a winner, it will inspire others to consider how they can reconsider putting everyday discards to new use,” said Flo Loomis, who is coordinating the competition for CANO.

Earth Festival occurs at Milford Central School on Saturday, April 13 from 11am to 3pm. Items must be brought to the school by 10am on the morning of the event, and must be picked up at the end of the day, unless other arrangements are made. Pre-registration is suggested, though not required. An entry form is available at occainfo.org/earth-festival/.

“The ECO-Art Competition is a beloved part of Earth Festival and we’re thrilled that CANO is taking this on,” said OCCA Executive Director, Leslie Orzetti. “It’s heartening to see how creative people can be with their no longer useful items.”

In addition to Earth Festival, all ECO-Art works are eligible to be part of a show at the Wilber Mansion, CANO’s Oneonta headquarters, the last weekend in May. Information will be given to entrants at Earth Festival.

For further information about ECO-Art, contact Flo Loomis at (607) 293-6627 or lojac@dmcom.net . For general information about Earth Festival or to download an entry form, visit www.occainfo/earth-festival/.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group 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.

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(COOPERSTOWN) – Leslie Orzetti, Executive Director for Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) will be part of a delegation to meet with New York Members of Congress in Washington, DC on March 6. The delegation is meeting to discuss the importance of maintaining programs to help protect water quality in the NY portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed as part of Chesapeake Bay Lobby Day, organized by the Choose Clean Water Coalition.

“This is my first time attending ‘Chesapeake Bay Lobby Day’ with the Choose Clean Water Coalition, and I am proud to represent NY and our headwaters portion of the watershed,” said Orzetti.

Orzetti, the designated New York Outreach Lead for the Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC), will be joined by other New York members of the coalition including Emily Dekar (Upper Susquehanna Coalition), Mike Sellitti (Sidney Center Improvement Group), Jim Pfiffer (Friends of the Chemung Watershed), and Ramsay Adams (Catskill Mountain Keeper).

The group is scheduled to meet with Representatives Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) and Tom Reed (NY-23), and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Topics to be covered include funding appropriations for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, conservation programs included in the Farm Bill, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and new rules proposed that decrease protection for waterways under the Clean Water Act.  

“This is our chance to have a voice for the community, and we take that job very seriously,” said Orzetti.  “I’ve been working in the Bay watershed for over 20 years now, and hopefully I can bring some of that knowledge to our representatives and help them understand the importance of a healthy Chesapeake Bay watershed.”

This is the seventh annual Chesapeake Bay Lobby Day organized by the Choose Clean Water Coalition, an organization working to restore clean water to the Chesapeake Bay watershed  The intention of the day is to inform leaders in the six Chesapeake Bay states of the importance of clean water, what member organizations have done to help protect waters in each Congressperson’s state, and to thank them for their support of legislation to help keep our water ways clean and healthy for all citizens and the organisms that rely upon them.

The Chesapeake Bay watershed covers 64,000 acres in six states and the District of Columbia. The New York portion of the watershed comprises 6,250 acres across 19 counties. The largest and most productive estuary in the United States, the Chesapeake Bay is a critical habitat for over 2,700 species of plants and animals, and serves as an important source of food and recreation.

“The largest input of fresh water in the Bay comes from the Susquehanna River,” Orzetti noted. “Our position at the headwaters puts us in a unique position to help protect this critical resource.”

Found in 1968, 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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(COOPERSTOWN) – The invasive hemlock woolly adelgid will be the subject of a special program at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown on Saturday, March 9, from 10am to 1pm. The program is offered by Otsego County Conservation Association and Mohican Farm/The Clark Foundation.

“Hemlock woolly adelgid poses a significant threat to hemlock trees and their associated ecosystems,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “While it’s not yet in Otsego County in great numbers, it’s moving this way.”

An aphid-like insect that feeds on hemlock trees, the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is native to Asia. HWA was introduced to the western United States in the 1920s and was first discovered in New York in 1985. HWA feed on starches stored deep within the plant. It forms distinctive white, woolly masses on the underside of hemlock branches. Once infested, a previously healthy hemlock can be killed by HWA within ten years.

Dan Snider, Field Projects Manager for the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Project (CRISP) will present the program. It will include information about the insect’s life cycle and impact, how to identify the insect, and how participants can contribute to scientific projects to preserve hemlocks in our region. There will also be an outdoor component for learning and practicing techniques for conducting surveys for hemlocks and the woolly adelgid in the field.

“Hemlocks are a beautiful part of our landscape and are considered a keystone species,” O’Handley said. “Catching an invasion early is critical to keeping it controlled.”

The program is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to sign up, visit www.occaino.org.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group 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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(COOPERSTOWN) – Otsego County Conservation Association and Mohican Farm/The Clark Foundation are postponing their ‘Ticks & Lyme Disease’ program scheduled for this evening due to concerns about the weather, according to organizers. An alternate date has not yet been selected. When the program is rescheduled, it will be posted atoccainfo.org.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group 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.