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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:
HIKE PLANNED APRIL 5 AT HICK STATE FOREST
COMPLETE DETAILS AVAILABLE FOR THIS SATURDAY’S EARTH FESTIVAL
TEXTILE RECYCLING UPDATE FROM RE-CLOTHE NY
FREE RECYCLING FOR FARM PLASTICS, WOOD PELLET BAGS
EVENTS PLANNED BY FRIENDS OF GLIMMERGLASS
LATEST ‘LOOKOUT’ EDITION NOW ONLINE
CHILDREN’S YOGA CLASS ADDED TO EARTH FESTIVAL LINEUP
ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR ECOART CONTEST
OCCA GARAGE SALE IS APRIL 30-MAY 1
EARTH FESTIVAL, SPRING GARDEN DAY SET FOR APRIL 9
OCCA SEEKS INPUT ON OTSEGO COUNTY AGRICULTURE, LAND PROTECTION
REGISTER NOW FOR FREE YOGA SESSIONS AT EARTH FESTIVAL
CLIMATE, CLEAN ENERGY OPTIONS TO BE DISCUSSED AT EARTH FESTIVAL
SPRING GARDEN DAY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 4
SAVE THE DATE – OTSEGO LAKES FESTIVAL
DATES TO REMEMBER
HIKE PLANNED APRIL 5 AT HICK STATE FOREST: Join Otsego County Conservation Association Program Director Jeff O’Handley and the Adirondack Mountain Club, Susquehanna Chapter, for a hike in R. Milton Hick State Forest on Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. The 1,300-acre forest was established in the 1930s and contains hemlock groves, hardwood stands, conifer plantations, and a pond. The walk will take approximately two hours, and includes some short stretches with steep grades. Meet at the trailhead on Perry Hill Road in the Town of Roseboom. From I-88, take Exit 18 into Schenevus. Turn left on State Route 7. In .7 miles, turn right on Elk Street (County Route 34). Proceed 10 miles on Elk Street/Route 34 through Westford. Turn left on Josclyn Road. Proceed one mile to the trailhead. From Cooperstown, take County Route 52 to State Route 166. Turn left on 166 and proceed to Roseboom. Turn right on State Route 165. In 1.9 miles, turn right onto LaFleure Road (in the hamlet of Pleasant Brook, just beyond the Pleasant Brook Hotel). Bear left on Perry Hill Road and proceed to the trailhead. To carpool with members of the Adirondack Mountain Club, meet at the parking lot of the Oneonta Price Chopper on State Route 7 at 9:15 a.m. The hike is free, but pre-registration is requested. Dress for the weather, and bring water. For more information or to register, visit http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/ or www.susqadk.org.
The Fall/Winter 2015-2016 edition of Otsego County Conservation Association’s newsletter, “The Lookout,” is now available via the OCCA website at http://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Lookout-Fall-Winter-2015-2016.pdf.
COMPLETE DETAILS AVAILABLE FOR THIS SATURDAY’S EARTH FESTIVAL: Earth Festival enters its second decade this year and will be held on Saturday, April 9 at Milford Central School in conjunction with Spring Garden Day. For complete details on exhibitors, vendors, special features, food and recycling opportunities, see http://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-Earth-Festival-Information.pdf. The traditional information and vendor fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium – kicking off the day will be the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society’s popular pre-festival bird walk. Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will return with Spring Garden Day, featuring classes on a wide variety of gardening topics suitable for those both new and experienced to gardening. Barbara Melera, president and CEO of the D. Landreth Seed Company – the oldest seed house in America – will speak at 1 p.m. Her presentation, titled “Sustaining Plant Biodiversity with Heritage and Native Species,” is free and open to the public. Earth Festival is an environmentally-focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, activities, vendors and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. Financial contributions are most welcome, and an open invitation to earth-friendly exhibitors, food, and retail vendors is extended. Earth Festival 2016 is presented by Otsego County Conservation Association and Central NY Mobile Marketing in collaboration with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, with support from Five Star Subaru. Call (607) 547-4488 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
TEXTILE RECYCLING UPDATE FROM RE-CLOTHE NY: In response to a number of recent inquiries about textile recycling, OCCA Executive Director Darla Youngs reached out to representatives of Re-Clothe NY for direction. According to Re-Clothe NY, if you are donating materials directly to a thrift store type location, you should follow the guidance of that organization’s requirements/directions. If you are utilizing donation bins or sheds, you can follow this general guideline as to what is accepted: “Clothing, shoes, and other textiles in any condition; must be dry and odorless.” More specifically, items cannot be damp, wet or excessively smelly and can have permanent stains but should not be dirty or contaminated with oil, paint, etc. Dan Lilkas-Rain, chair of the Re-Clothe NY campaign, explained to us that the vast majority of the clothing and other textiles donated ends up following the path of sorting, processing, and recycling shown in the following infographic: http://www.nysar3.org/uploads/textile_recovery_working_group/1414620389_CTR%20lifecycle%20of%20secondhand%20clothing.png. He added that fabric pieces and scraps are fine, as long as they’re at least a few square inches in size. Tiny scraps are too small to deal with, though cotton cloth can be composted. Loose stuffing is not accepted, but items with stuffing inside are (e.g. stuffed animals or pillows).
FREE RECYCLING FOR FARM PLASTICS, WOOD PELLET BAGS: Farmers wishing to drop off used agricultural plastic for free recycling will have two opportunities to do so this spring. Collection dates are scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, May 12 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days run from 8-11 a.m. The program is free, but pre-registration is required. Used film plastic such as bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers will be accepted, as will empty wood pellet bags. All plastic must be dry, free of excessive dirt, grit or mud, and needs to be sorted according to type. For information on how to participate, contact OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087.
EVENTS PLANNED BY FRIENDS OF GLIMMERGLASS: Friends of Glimmerglass State Park will host “Sensational Succulents,” a combination workshop/fundraiser, on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. with A Rose is a Rose florist Jackie Hull. Also coming up is a watercolor workshop/fundraiser with artist Joanne Resch on May 6 and “I Love My Park Day” activities on May 7. For more information and to register, visit http://www.friendsofglimmerglass.com/apps/calendar/.
LATEST ‘LOOKOUT’ EDITION NOW ONLINE: A 16-page double issue of OCCA’s newsletter, “The Lookout,” is now available online athttp://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Lookout-Fall-Winter-2015-2016.pdf. Headlines include: NAT withdraws Edic to Fraser transmission line proposal; OCCA in the news (Building a better Basswood, Group to honor two for environmental stewardship, ‘Otsego bass’ brought back to Otsego Lake, Energy firm pulls plug on power-line proposal, Students earn trip to camp in OCCA essay contest, Ticks can strike in all seasons); Clarvoe receives lifetime achievement nod from OCCA; Ben Guenther: Living the dream in Otsego County; OCCA names environmental essay contest winners; Recollection in the woods; Community Bank recycles e-waste on behalf of OCCA; 2015 farm plastics shipped to in-state recycler; OCCA, Solid Waste Dept. revise guidance document; OCCA Notes: Recycling is in the (plastic) bag; OCCA assumes lead role in ag, farmland plan revise; Climate, clean energy options to be discussed; Homeowners happy with solar installation, process; Microplastics an emerging water quality concern; Keeping pace with the REV; First ever yoga sessions planned for Earth Festival.
CHILDREN’S YOGA CLASS ADDED TO EARTH FESTIVAL LINEUP: Event organizers announced just last week that Earth Festival 2016 will feature adult yoga classes for the first time ever. Now a children’s yoga class with Kripalu 200-hour certified instructor Karla Andela will be offered as well. Andela, who has 18 months of teaching experience in the Cooperstown area and along the Appalachian Trail, will lead kids in yoga exercises from 2:30-3 p.m. at Earth Festival on Saturday, April 9. Katherine Walters of Love Your Life Fitness will instruct adults in 45-minute beginner’s yoga classes at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. All yoga sessions are free and will be held in the Milford Central School small gym. Participants should bring comfortable clothing and a great attitude. Eclectic ambient music will be provided by Angelica Palmer and Friends. Pre-registration is preferred. Call (607) 547-4488 or register online athttp://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.
ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR ECOART CONTEST: Submissions in this year’s EcoArt/Trendy Trash contest, to be displayed at Earth Festival 2016 on Saturday, April 9, will be accepted up to and including the day of the event. As in past years, prizes will be awarded to winners in several categories including “Best of Show,” “Judges’ Choice” and “People’s Choice.” This trash-to-treasure challenge to create something practical or artistic from items that have outlived their original purpose is open at no charge to students, with a $5.00 fee for adults. “Last year’s top vote getter was ‘Fountain of Blood,’ a sculpture created by Rita Ferrugiari of Schenevus from discarded shell casings and mixed media,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs. “The EcoArt /Trendy Trash contest has become an Earth Festival favorite, and we welcome submissions from artists and inventors of all ages,” Youngs said. Earth Festival is a free environmentally-focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, activities, vendors and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. Financial contributions are most welcome, and an open invitation to earth-friendly exhibitors, food, and retail vendors is extended. To learn more and to register entries in the EcoArt/Trendy Trash contest, visit http://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/EarthFestivalFebruaryMailing2016-3.pdf.
OCCA GARAGE SALE IS APRIL 30-MAY 1: The Otsego County Conservation Association will hold its annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday May 1 in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building at 101 Main Street (in Pioneer Alley), Cooperstown. The official collection dates for the OCCA garage sale will be April 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs at (607) 547-4488 or e-mail email@example.com for further details. Sale hours are Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 1from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. OCCA is also inviting donations of home-baked pies to be sold at this year’s event. Those wishing to drop off pies may do so at the market space on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to raising funds for OCCA’s countywide environmental programs and initiatives, 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.
OCCA SEEKS INPUT ON OTSEGO COUNTY AGRICULTURE, LAND PROTECTION: OCCA, in partnership with the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Otsego County Planning Department, has assumed the lead role in updating the 1999 Otsego County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan (AFPP). The updated plan will examine the current status of agriculture in Otsego County and establish a comprehensive strategy on farm and farmland protection that takes into consideration needs and trends specific to Otsego County. As a first step, OCCA is inviting farmers, agricultural producers, ag-related businesses, and the public to share their thoughts on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing agriculture and land protection in Otsego County. People are also asked to share their vision for agriculture in Otsego County in 10 years (see links below). According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, Otsego County is home to 995 farms, with 570 farm operators citing farming as their primary occupation. The 2012 census estimates the market value of Otsego County agricultural products sold at $66,760,000.For further information, contact Environmental Planner Danny Lapin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 547-4488. This effort is made possible with a grant and assistance from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, a donation by The Scriven Foundation, and a local match provided by working group participants.
REGISTER NOW FOR FREE YOGA SESSIONS AT EARTH FESTIVAL: A healthy earth begins with a healthy body. Learn how to achieve this through yoga at Earth Festival 2016! Sessions will be hosted in the Milford Central School small gym on April 9 by yoga instructor Katherine Walters. Walters, of Love Your Life Fitness, will lead adults in beginner’s yoga classes at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants should bring comfortable clothing and a great attitude. Eclectic ambient music will be provided by Angelica Palmer and Friends. Adult yoga classes at Earth Festival will run approximately 45-60 minutes and are free of charge. Pre-registration is preferred. Call (607) 547-4488 or register online at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.
CLIMATE, CLEAN ENERGY OPTIONS TO BE DISCUSSED AT EARTH FESTIVAL: Robyn Reynolds, a sustainability planner with Climate Action Associates, will give a presentation at Earth Festival on Saturday, April 9 titled “Climate and Energy Action in New York State.”According to Reynolds, communities across New York State are realizing the opportunities associated with adopting sustainable practices and exploring clean energy options. The host of benefits associated with climate and energy planning range from enhancing ecological quality, reducing energy costs, and increasing local economic growth to being less vulnerable in the case of extreme weather event. Reynolds will speak at 2 p.m. on April 9. Her presentation, to be followed by a question and answer session, is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred by April 7; community members, local government staff, elected officials and municipal leaders are welcome to attend. To pre-register, visit http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/ or call OCCA at (607) 547-4488.
SPRING GARDEN DAY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 4: The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will offer six workshops in two concurrent sessions at Spring Garden Day on Saturday, April 9 at Milford Central School. Choices for the 11 a.m. session are “Sustainable and Low-input Growing Techniques for the Home Orchard,” “Insights in Home Garden Design,” and “Composting: Keeping it Real – Practical Advice on Sustainable Composting.” The 2 p.m. session options are: “Nurturing and Sustaining a Perennial Flower Garden: Tips from a Professional Grower,” “Alternatives to Ornamental Invasive Species,” and “Extending the Gardening Season: What We’ve Tried and What We Have Learned So Far.” The cost to register is $10. For more information, call (607) 547-2536.
SAVE THE DATE – OTSEGO LAKES FESTIVAL: The 8th Otsego Lakes Festival will be held on Saturday, June 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown. Organized under the aegis of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, the Lakes Festival offers residents and visitors alike a day full of fun and festivities celebrating Otsego County’s lakes – educational exhibits, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, and lake tours will all focus on the importance of protecting this county’s waterways and ensuring water quality throughout the region. Good food, music and art will also help celebrate the importance of Otsego County’s lakes. Stay tuned for full details.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
- May 7, Ag Plastics Collection, Southern transfer station, 8-11 a.m.
- May 12, Ag Plastics Collection, Northern transfer station, 8-11 a.m.
- May 14, hike, “Morning Birding at Mohican,” led by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Co-president Becky Gretton. 7 a.m., Mohican Farm, Springfield.
- May 21, Spring Fling Railroad Avenue Street Fair, presented by the Rotary Club of Cooperstown.
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 on the home page to make a donation today.
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY, AT http://occainfo.org/take-the-pledge-ais-campaign/. Signatures equal leverage for grants, funding support and legislation!
Darla M. Youngs, Executive Director
Otsego County Conservation Association, Inc.
Secretary, Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee
7207 State Highway 80, PO Box 931
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-4488; (607) 282-4087
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