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Cooperstown– The Otsego County Conservation Association will honor Tom Salo on Tuesday, November 15 during the Annual Dinner and Meeting Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown.

OCCA is recognizing Salo for lifetime achievement and dedication to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment. Salo is being celebrated as a community partner for his work with the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch, and the Appalachian Eagle Project to name a few.

The evening will also include a vote by OCCA members to confirm the organization’s 2017 slate of Board directors, a brief recap of 2016 programs and achievements, and a Silent Auction.

OCCA’s Annual Dinner and Meeting is open to members. Tickets are $45 per person and pre-registration is required by Monday, November 7. Call OCCA at 547-4488 to register for the dinner. All proceeds from this event will support OCCA’s environmental programs. OCCA members who cannot attend may cast their vote for the slate of directors online at http://occainfo.org/slate-of-directors-2016-2018/.

 

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 Tuesday, October 25, 2016                                                             

 

Contact: Leslie Orzetti, (607) 547-4488, director@occainfo.org

 Salo named OCCA Conservationist of the Year

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COOPERSTOWN—The Otsego County Conservation Association will present its 2016 “Conservationist of the Year” award to Tom Salo of Burlington. Salo will receive the award at OCCA’s Annual Dinner on Tuesday, November 15.

“I am delighted that Tom Salo is receiving the OCCA Conservationist of the Year Award,” said OCCA President Vicky Lentz. “He deserves recognition for the many wonderful environmental projects he has worked on throughout the years.”

Salo has been involved in environmental issues and politics since the first Earth Day in 1970. A long-time member of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS), he joined the DOAS board in the 1980s and has served the organization as president, secretary, education chair and field trip chair. Currently, Salo is co-chair of the Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch, and is the New York State coordinator of the Appalachian Eagle Project, which uses baited wildlife cameras to define the winter distribution of scavengers, especially golden eagles. He has written articles for The Conservationist and several ornithological journals. He lives in Burlington with his wife, Jo, in a passive solar house they built in 1982.

For the past decade, Salo has focused on understanding and conserving raptors in New York, particularly golden eagles. He is currently spearheading a DOAS effort to reduce accidental lead poisoning in bald eagles by promoting the use of non-lead ammunition for deer hunting.

“Ever since I was a teen, I felt compelled to leave the world a better place,” said Salo. “I’m one of seven billion now, and still trying to do my tiny part.”

OCCA has been awarding the Conservationist of the Year since 1989. The award is given to an individual, citizens’ group or grassroots organization, governmental body, non-profit organization or business that has made a positive difference in environmental protection, preservation or education in Otsego County.

Salo will be honored at OCCA’s Annual Dinner and Meeting, which will be held at Templeton Hall in Cooperstown. The event includes a silent auction fundraiser, an overview of OCCA’s activities for the year, and a member vote of OCCA Board of Directors. Doors open at 6 p.m. with cocktail hour and silent auction preview. Dinner will be served at 7, with awards presentation to follow. For information on the dinner, contact OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti at (607) 547-4488.

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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

COOPERSTOWN–Farmers will have two opportunities to drop off their used agricultural plastic for recycling this November through a special program arranged by the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste, Otsego County Conservation Association, Casella Resource Solutions, Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District, and the New York State Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program (RAPP). The collections are scheduled for Saturday, November 5 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, November 10 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days will run from 8-11 a.m. Participation is free, though pre-registration is required.

Agricultural film plastics are used to prevent spoilage of feed, and as covers for hoop houses and greenhouses. These plastics have long been ignored by traditional recyclers; over the last several years, however, markets have developed that use them as raw materials to create a variety of products including plastic lumber, plywood and sidewalk pavers.

Seasonal collections are held in Oneonta and Cooperstown twice per year. Once collected, the plastic is compacted into bales weighing between 800 and 1,000 pounds using a mobile baling machine before being shipped to a recycler. More than ten tons of plastic have been collected this way since the first collection in March, 2015.

Plastic being accepted this fall includes bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers. In addition, farmers and homeowners can bring in empty wood pellet bags. For information on participating or to sign up for a time slot, contact OCCA at (607) 282-4087.

About OCCA

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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

COOPERSTOWN—Otsego County Conservation Association will be holding a highway cleanup along State Route 80 on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The cleanup is part of New York State’s Adopt-A-Highway program. OCCA adopted this portion of the road in 2013. Volunteers will meet at OCCA’s office at Mohican Farm, at the corner of Route 80 and Allen Lake Road, and will collect trash along a two-mile stretch of the road.

Bags, water, and safety equipment are provided. Participants should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather.

If interested in participating, contact Jeff O’Handley at (607) 547-4488, or at programdirector@occainfo.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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

ONEONTA—Otsego County Conservation Association’s nature walk series continues on Saturday, September 24 at noon with a hike in Robert V. Riddell State Park in the Town of Oneonta.

Steve Kent will lead the four hour, four-and-one-half mile walk, which passes through different forest types, makes a side trip to a 30-foot waterfall, and stops at Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog at the top of South Hill. The trail then descends toward Pine Lake Environmental Campus.

“We are fortunate to have Steve as our guide,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director.

Steve and Trish Riddell Kent donated the land for the state park, which had been in the Riddell family for 5 generations, in 2005.

“Steve’s enthusiasm and knowledge of the property and its history makes for an entertaining and informative hike,” O’Handley said.

Participants will meet at noon at the Pine Lake Campus of Hartwick College at 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Oneonta. From there, the group will carpool to the trail’s starting point on Gersoni Road (Otsego County Route 58), which is just south of I-88 Exit 17. The hike proceeds up and over South Hill and ends at Pine Lake.

“The hike is long and there are some steep portions of the trail,” O’Handley said. He added that he expects it to take about four hours to complete.

Hikers should wear sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing in layers, and should bring water, a snack, and insect repellent.

Participation is free, but pre-registration is required, and can be accomplished by calling O’Handley at (607) 547-4488 or via OCCA’s website (http://occainfo.org/calendar/top-mud-lake-riddell-state-park-september-24/).

About OCCA

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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visitwww.occainfo.org

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 October 15. The award will be presented at the OCCA Annual Dinner and Meeting, date and location to be announced.

Preference will be given to nominees residing in Otsego County. Environmental professionals and businesses are not eligible to be nominated based on achievements accomplished for their compensated employment or profit making enterprise. 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. Apress release will be issued announcing the recipient, and an announcement will appear in “The Lookout,” OCCA’s newsletter.

To obtain a nomination form, contact OCCA at 547-4488 or e-mail director@occainfo.org.  Forms may also be downloaded from the OCCA website at: (http://occainfo.org/community-recognitions/)

Otsego County’s oldest environmental conservation membership group, 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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

 

Leslie L. Orzetti, Ph.D., Executive Director
Otsego County Conservation Association, Inc.
7207 State Highway 80, PO Box 931
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-4488; (607) 282-4087
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September 1, 2016: Vol. 10, No. 17

 

SAVE THE DATE for Ecobulletin

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Sept. 9—Unadilla; Sept. 10—Cooperstown

Free drop off of household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, cleaners, pool chemicals, batteries and more). COOPERSTOWN ONLY: free drop off of prescription and over-the-counter medications. See http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/documents/PaperAdvertisement2016.pdf for more details.

 

Lumberfest

Sept. 19— Wightman Specialty Lumber

Visit OCCA at Wightman Specialty Lumber’s first Lumberfest Lumberjack Festival on September 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Timber sports competitions, exhibitors, tours and barbecue chicken will be features. Visit www.wightmanlumber.com for details.

 

Nature Hike

Sept. 24— Riddell State Park, 12pm

Join OCCA and Steve Kent for a hike through the southern portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park in Davenport. Meet: Hartwick College’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus, Charlotte Creek Road, Davenport. Hike up over the hill past a waterfall to Pine Lake. Along the way, Steve will share family stories of life on the land before it became a state park. 3.5 miles. Bring water and a snack.

 

Audubon Open House

Oct. 1-  10am-2pm

Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Sanctuary on Franklin Mountain, 52 Grange Hall Road Spur, Oneonta, NY.  Event includes refreshments, workshop on raptor identification, trail walk through the sanctuary ending at ‘hawkwatch,’ and presentation by Wildlife Rehabilitator Missy Runyon featuring live, permanently injured birds of prey. Website: http://doas.us/event/open-house-hawkwatch/

 

ANNOUNCENMENTS for ecobulletin

Volunteers Needed

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Volunteers help with paint and battery recycling and directing traffic. Shifts available include 7:30-10:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact Jeff O’Handley at OCCA to volunteer or with questions, (607) 282-4087 or programdirector@occainfo.org

 

Volunteers Needed

Butternut Creek Watershed Assessment

Volunteers to be trained 9/19 & 9/23.  Field work in Fall and Spring. Volunteers will walk stream banks, take photos, and assess bank conditions.  Training is highly recommended, but not necessary.  For more information and to sign up for the trainings, contact: Jordan Clements jclements0612@gmail.com

Used Laptops Needed!

Long-time OCCA member Ilse Funk is seeking 10-12 used, working laptops for a service project in Guatemala. if you have a working laptop you would like to donate, please e-mail Ilse at guateviniendo@gmail.com .

 

Conservationist of the Year Nominations

Each year, OCCA issues a call for nominations for our ‘Conservationist of the Year Award.’  If you know someone who has a passion and dedication to conserving natural resources in Otsego county, contact us at director@occainfo.org with the name of the person, and why they deserve the nomination.  Due Oct. 15.

 

Bird Seed

Like to feed the birds? Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society’s annual bird seed sale fundraiser takes place from September 1 through October 29. Visit http://doas.us/store/#!/Bird-Seed-Fundraiser-2016/c/3449007/offset=0&sort=normal for prices and ordering information. Your purchase will help fund their vital conservation efforts.

 

 

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Cooperstown, NY – The Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) (www.occainfor.org) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Leslie Orzetti as the new Executive Director.  Dr. Orzetti comes with a wealth of experience in natural resource conservation, having working in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for over 20 years.   Joining OCCA will allow Leslie to continue her work in water resources and add to her list of accomplishments.

Dr. Orzetti comes to OCCA after ten years in education, where she served as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Northern Virginia Community College and as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University. She taught graduate and undergraduate courses in biology, applied ecology, and watershed management, and developed an undergraduate-level environmental law course.  Prior to serving as a professor, Dr. Orzetti served as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist and the Senior Scientist at Ecosystem Solutions, Inc., a small non-profit in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that focused on restoration, conservation and education.  Orzetti said, “I am excited to start a new challenge with OCCA. I hope my background in water resource conservation will prove beneficial, and that we’ll be able to continue doing the great work that OCCA is known for.”

Dr. Bill Harman, OCCA vice president and Biological Field Station Director, said, “Leslie brings the right combination of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm needed to lead OCCA into our fiftieth year.”

OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley “We’re thrilled to have Leslie joining us. Her background and experience will be a great asset to OCCA as we continue moving forward with our mission of protecting Otsego County’s natural environment.”

Orzetti and her family moved into Cooperstown from Northern Virginia in early June and love the area already. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family taking advantage of all the wonderful outdoor adventures that Otsego County has to offer.

About OCCA

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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

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Leslie L. Orzetti, Ph.D., Executive Director
Otsego County Conservation Association, Inc.
7207 State Highway 80, PO Box 931
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-4488; (607) 282-4087
http://occainfo.org/
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COOPERSTOWN—Otsego County Conservation Association will be holding a highway cleanup along State Route 80 on Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The cleanup is part of New York State’s Adopt-A-Highway program. OCCA adopted this portion of the road in 2013. Volunteers will meet at OCCA’s office at Mohican Farm, at the corner of Route 80 and Allen Lake Road, and will collect trash along a two-mile stretch of the road.

Bags, water, and safety equipment are provided. Participants should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring sunscreen.

If interested in participating, contact Jeff O’Handley at (607) 547-4488, or at programdirector@occainfo.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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

COOPERSTOWN—Otsego County Conservation Association continues the fight against invasive species on Sunday, August 14 at 1 p.m. with a “Paddle and Pull on Goodyear Lake.”

 

OCCA has been working with the Goodyear Lake Association, the Headwaters Youth Conservation Corps, and community volunteers for more than a decade in an effort to eradicate the plant from the lake without using herbicides.

 

Water chestnut (Trapa natans) is an aquatic plant native to eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. Introduced to the United States in Massachusetts in the mid to late 1800s, it spread to New York in the early 1900s. Currently, water chestnut is found in eight northeastern states, and has the potential to spread through much of the continental United States and Canada.

A single seed sends up multiple stems, each bearing a rosette of leaves that float on the water surface. These rosettes form dense mats that crowd out native plants and alter the natural environment. They also interfere with boating, fishing and swimming. In late summer, each rosette can produce up to 20 sharply-spined nuts, which can cause serious injury if stepped on.

Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director, said that the water chestnut population on Goodyear Lake is declining, but it’s still present.

“It used to cover several acres,” he said. “Now we’re down to several isolated patches.”

O’Handley added that this is an important time of year to pull the plants.

“The nuts are developing now,” he said. “We need to get them before they ripen and drop to the bottom.”

Volunteers will meet at 1 p.m. at the New York State Fishing Access Site on State Route 28 in Portlandville. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required to reserve space in one of OCCA’s canoes. Call OCCA at (607) 282-4087, or visit http://occainfo.org/calendar/goodyear-lake-paddle-pull/ for more information or to register.

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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org