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North America Transmission has officially withdrawn all proposed Edic to Fraser transmission line routes and alternatives from further consideration during a competitive upgrade process that began more than four years ago. If selected, Edic to Fraser would have traversed four counties and 16 municipalities, traveling approximately 40 miles through Otsego County parallel to the existing Marcy South power line right of way.

In an order issued on December 17, the New York State Public Service Commission requested that NAT withdraw Edic to Fraser from the proceeding, thereby upholding an earlier recommendation by PSC Trial Staff. Trial Staff concluded in September after a lengthy comparative evaluation that all five of NAT’s proposed line segments and route alternatives inclusive of Edic to Fraser “should be eliminated from consideration. These projects, in comparison to the remaining scenarios, have the potential for greater environmental impacts.” NAT complied and, on January 15, formally withdrew Edic to Fraser.

“We are very pleased with the Trial Staff’s assessment and with PSC’s decision,” said Otsego County Conservation Association President Vicky M. Lentz. “While Edic to Fraser did not gain traction in the local media as a high-profile issue, it would have had significant negative impacts to Otsego County that could not be ignored.”

OCCA completed its own review of NAT’s proposed Edic to Fraser transmission line in April, culminating in a 157-page comment report submitted to the PSC on April 22 (http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Common/ViewDoc.aspx?DocRefId={26FA962F-4EF2-4086-AC09-2C11A59ABB25}).

PSC Trial Staff wrote: “OCCA filed an extensive report outlining the impacts of the proposed Edic to Fraser project to inform the public record and evaluate the project’s compatibility with the environmental and community characteristics of Otsego County. The report outlined the concerns of OCCA in relation to need and public benefit, siting, alternative proposals, environmental impact, other impacts, compliance with local laws, and community outreach conducted by OCCA.”

“The potential adverse environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with the proposed Edic to Fraser project outweighed the project’s reported benefits,” Lentz said, in summarizing OCCA’s position.

OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs added that Edic to Fraser would have had significant adverse impacts on Otsego County’s agricultural, scenic and historic landscapes.

PSC Trial Staff concurred, ranking NAT’s Edic to Fraser proposal “high” – anticipated to be the least environmentally compatible – in the parameters of new right-of-way, expansion of existing ROW, impact to major river corridors, length of ROW in agricultural districts, and visual assessment, among others.

The Edic to Fraser proposal was one of 21 plans originally considered by the PSC as it seeks to address reported ongoing electric transmission congestion problems by delivering an additional 1,000 MW of electricity from upstate power sources to downstate consumers. Edic to Fraser included parts of the towns of Richfield, Exeter, Burlington, New Lisbon, Laurens, Otego and Oneonta.

Project proposals from developers were submitted to the PSC independently in September of 2014, each of which reflected a possible solution to address reported ongoing electric transmission congestion problems by delivering an additional 1,000 MW of electricity from upstate power sources to downstate consumers. At the request of the state, these companies were then given an opportunity to present new or modified proposals that would make greater use of existing transmission corridors and rights of way.

Funded in part by a $65,000 award from the PSC, OCCA contracted with C&S Companies and Springfield attorney Douglas H. Zamelis to conduct an environmental review of NAT’s Edic to Fraser power line proposal. OCCA Environmental Planner Danny Lapin worked with partner organizations, municipal and county officials, affected landowners, and the public to develop additional data and information pertaining to local environmental, agricultural, historic, and other resources in order to determine any potential impacts and effects this project may have.

“OCCA got on board early, influenced the PSC’s decision, and obtained a very favorable result for the people and environment of Otsego County.  That OCCA was able to obtain a sizeable intervenor funding award so that NAT actually paid all of OCCA’s fees and costs makes it all the more sweet,” said Zamelis, whose law practice focuses on environmental and land-use matters.

The siting, construction, and operation of high-voltage electric power transmission lines and associated facilities such as substations and converter stations present the potential for numerous adverse environmental impacts – land-use changes; forest impacts; wetland and riparian impacts; hydrologic changes; soil erosion; impacts to biodiversity, wildlife, and avian populations; land, water and air pollution; changes in electromagnetic fields, increased noise, and more.

OCCA’s cover letter, comment report, and associated figures and appendices can be accessed via http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/MatterManagement/CaseMaster.aspx?MatterCaseNo=13-t-0454

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is a 501(c)3 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 the last 47 years, OCCA has played a key role in initiating and carrying out programs designed to improve and/or protect Otsego County’s air, land, and water, representing more than 800 members and volunteers.

Report cover letter to PSC: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Common/ViewDoc.aspx?DocRefId={C234336D-0B17-4BF6-BE1D-BB3A7FE0CFBE}
Comment report: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Common/ViewDoc.aspx?DocRefId={26FA962F-4EF2-4086-AC09-2C11A59ABB25}
Figures: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Common/ViewDoc.aspx?DocRefId={364BE74B-77BA-45A8-8886-5A832776BA27}
Appendices A-H: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Common/ViewDoc.aspx?DocRefId={CBEB9468-0984-4AF1-B671-AC7DF702B76C}
Appendices I-J: http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Common/ViewDoc.aspx?DocRefId={771B14D7-F7CD-4B77-9AA0-65BA282AAB4F}

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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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COOPERSTOWN – The deadline is Monday, January 25 for Otsego County Conservation Association’s annual competitive essay contest which will send nine middle-school students to DEC Environmental Education Camp this summer.

Otsego County students ages 11-14 are invited to compete for camperships via the essay contest (campers must be minimum age by December 1, 2016). In 750 words or less, they are asked, “Imagine yourself in fifty years: What would you say to your younger self about the value Otsego County’s beautiful land, lakes, and streams?”

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.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer our Campership Sponsor Program for the fifth straight year,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs. “There’s a growing concern that kids today are lacking the important connection between being outdoors and caring for nature. Our goal is for the essayists to have fun with the assignment but also to think critically about their connection to and dependency on the natural world.”

“Future conservation efforts will increase as kids learn to be good stewards of the environment and begin to understand some of the issues facing us today – pollution, resource depletion, solid waste management, climate change, ecosystem destruction, and so much more,” Youngs said.

Winning essays will be chosen from participating Otsego County schools and Otsego County applicants at large. The deadline for essay submissions is Monday, January 25, 2016, and winning essays will be chosen byFebruary 1.  Winners of OCCA-sponsored DEC camperships will be notified immediately, and will receive the code from OCCA by which to register for DEC camp. There will be small cash prizes for the best essay written by a student not applying to camp and for alternates.

“Last year, our six winners were from Roseboom, Oneonta, Middlefield, and Cooperstown, with kids from the Cooperstown, Milford, and Oneonta schools participating,” Youngs said. “We hope more teachers will incorporate the essay into their lesson plans this year, but any Otsego County student meeting the age requirements is eligible and welcome to enter an essay.”

Complete contest rules and requirements are available by e-mailingadmin@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 be recognized as a participating school.

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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to support programming, call (607) 547-4488 or visit www.occainfo.org.

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!

Join Steve Kent on a snowshoe hike to Mud Lake in Robert V. Riddell State Park on Saturday, February 6 at noon. Steve and his wife, Patricia Riddell Kent, donated the land for the park. Climb South Hill, view a scenic ravine and waterfall, and visit Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog, at the top of the hill, then return to the starting point. Along the way, Steve will share interesting tales of the life of the land before it became a state park in 2005. Meet atnoon on the east side of Gersoni Road, just south of I-88, Exit 17 (watch for a small green sign that reads “State Park Lands”). Parking is available on the wide shoulder of Gersoni Road. Participants need to supply their own snowshoes and should also bring water, a snack, and weather-appropriate clothing. The five-mile round trip hike includes moderately steep grades and should take approximately 3-1/2 hours to complete. Snowshoes are optional if the snow is not too deep and participants are comfortable walking. This is part of OCCA’s annual Nature Walk Series. For more information or to register, contact OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at programdirector@occainfo.org or (607) 547-4488, or use the online registration form: http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/. This program is free and open to the public.

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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

OCCA SPONSORS MUD LAKE SHOWSHOE HIKE ON FEBRUARY 6
BOOK RECYCLING NOW AVAILABLE AT COUNTY TRANSFER STATIONS
TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE
WINTER FEST WILL FEATURE OCCA-LED SNOWSHOE HIKE FOR BEGINNERS
DEADLINE IS JANUARY 25 FOR OCCA ESSAY CONTEST
MEMBERS, SUPPORT SOUGHT IN OCCA YEAR-END APPEAL
DID YOU HIKE WITH OCCA IN 2015? TELL US HOW WE DID
USED LAPTOPS NEEDED FOR GUATEMALA SERVICE PROJECT

OCCA SPONSORS MUD LAKE SNOWSHOE HIKE ON FEBRUARY 6: Join Steve Kent on a snowshoe hike to Mud Lake in Robert V. Riddell State Park on Saturday, February 6 at noon. Steve and his wife, Patricia Riddell Kent, donated the land for the park. Climb South Hill, view a scenic ravine and waterfall, and visit Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog, at the top of the hill, then return to the starting point. Along the way, Steve will share interesting tales of the life of the land before it became a state park in 2005. Meet at noon on the east side of Gersoni Road, just south of I-88, Exit 17 (watch for a small green sign that reads “State Park Lands”). Parking is available on the wide shoulder of Gersoni Road. Participants need to supply their own snowshoes and should also bring water, a snack, and weather-appropriate clothing. The five-mile round trip hike includes moderately steep grades and should take approximately 3-1/2 hours to complete. Snowshoes are optional if the snow is not too deep and participants are comfortable walking. This is part of OCCA’s annual Nature Walk Series. For more information or to register, contact OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at programdirector@occainfo.org or (607) 547-4488, or use the online registration form: http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/. This program is free and open to the public.

BOOK RECYCLING NOW AVAILABLE AT COUNTY TRANSFER STATIONS: The Otsego County Solid Waste Department has contracted with Discover Books to place collection bins for soft and hard cover books at the Cooperstown and Oneonta transfer stations. According to a recent press release, it is the “focus on charity and environmental awareness that attracted the County to this particular company.” To learn more, visit http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/documents/BookRecyclingNewsRelease.pdf.

TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE: The Leatherstocking Beekeepers’ Association will hold a Beginner Beekeeping Class on January 23 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cherry Valley-Springfield HS Auditorium (snow date: January 30). The cost for the class is $30. Register by e-mail to pjohnson@cvcs.org or call (607) 264-3265, extension 518. Topics covered in the class will include honey bee biology, starting out, bee equipment, managing the beekeeping year, diseases and pests, and products of the hive.

WINTER FEST WILL FEATURE OCCA-LED SNOWSHOE HIKE FOR BEGINNERS: Join Five Star Subaru on January 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Cabin Fever Winter Fest at Gilbert Lake State Park in Laurens. Bring your gear, enjoy the view of the lake, stay warm by the fire and have a fun-filled day! Free outdoor activities for the whole family will include: a beginners’ snowshoe hike around the lake with OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at 11:30 a.m.; a winter camping demo; animal track draft/identification; snowshoe and cross-country ski demonstrations; sledding; snow volleyball; and more. For complete details, visithttp://www.fivestarcars.com/cabin-fever-winter-fest.htm.

DEADLINE IS JANUARY 25 FOR OCCA ESSAY CONTEST: The Otsego County Conservation Association has announced that it will send school students to DEC Environmental Education Camp in summer 2016 through its annual competitive essay contest. Otsego County students ages 11-14 are invited to compete for camperships via the essay contest (campers must be minimum age by December 1, 2016). In 750 words or less, they are asked, “Imagine yourself in 50 years: What would you say to your younger self about the value Otsego County’s beautiful land, lakes, and streams?” 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. Winning essays will be chosen from participating Otsego County schools and Otsego County applicants at large. The deadline for essay submissions is Monday, January 25, 2016, and winning essays will be chosen by February 1.  Winners of OCCA-sponsored DEC camperships will be notified immediately, and will receive the code from OCCA by which to register for DEC camp. There will be small cash prizes for the best essay written by a student not applying to camp and for alternates. Complete contest rules and requirements are available by e-mailing admin@occainfo.orgor by calling (607) 547-4488. Teachers who plan to assign the essay to their students are asked to contact OCCA in order to be recognized as a participating school. 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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to support programming, call (607) 547-4488 or visit www.occainfo.org.

MEMBERS, SUPPORT SOUGHT IN OCCA YEAR-END APPEAL: 2015 was a banner year for OCCA! And the positive results of our annual membership appeal show that people are appreciative of OCCA’s work. More great things lie ahead for OCCA and Otsego County in 2016. If you have not already done so, please help set the stage for another successful year by donating now. To learn more about OCCA’s accomplishments over the last 12 months, see OCCA’s “Year in Review” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXz71oK0zC4. And remember, our work would not be possible without our members, donors and volunteers!

DID YOU HIKE WITH OCCA IN 2015? HOW DID WE DO? Whether you learned about vernal pools from Donna Vogler, bird life at Mohican Farm with Becky Gretton or one of the other many topics featured in OCCA’s 2015 Nature Walk Series, we welcome your input. Please fill out our quick survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2P8D97D and tell us how we did as the schedule for 2016 begins to take shape.

USED LAPTOPS NEEDED FOR GUATEMALA SERVICE PROJECT: Long-time OCCA member Ilse Funk is seeking 10-12 used, working laptops for a service project in Guatemala. Please e-mail admin@occainfo.org if you have a working laptop you would like to donate.

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
http://occainfo.org/
Like us on Facebook
O-C-C-YAY!

 

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE
WINTER FEST EMPHASIZES OUTDOOR FUN
OCCA ESSAY CONTEST FOR DEC CAMPERSHIPS DEADLINES ON JANUARY 25MEMBERS, SUPPORT SOUGHT IN OCCA YEAR-END APPEAL
DID YOU HIKE WITH OCCA IN 2015? TELL US HOW WE DID

TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE: The Leatherstocking Beekeepers’ Association will hold a Beginner Beekeeping Class on January 23from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cherry Valley-Springfield HS Auditorium (snow date: January 30). The cost for the class is $30. Register by e-mail to pjohnson@cvcs.org or call (607) 264-3265, extension 518. Topics covered in the class will include honey bee biology, starting out, bee equipment, managing the beekeeping year, diseases and pests, and products of the hive.

WINTER FEST EMPHASIZES OUTDOOR FUN: Join Five Star Subaru on January 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Cabin Fever Winter Fest at Gilbert Lake State Park in Laurens. Bring your gear, enjoy the view of the lake, stay warm by the fire and have a fun-filled day! Free outdoor activities for the whole family will include: a beginners’ snowshoe hike around the lake with OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at 11:30 a.m.; a winter camping demo; animal track draft/identification; snowshoe and cross-country ski demonstrations; sledding; snow volleyball; and more. For complete details, visit http://www.fivestarcars.com/cabin-fever-winter-fest.htm.

OCCA ESSAY CONTEST FOR DEC CAMPERSHIPS DEADLINES ONJANUARY 25: The Otsego County Conservation Association has announced that it will send school students to DEC Environmental Education Camp in summer 2016 through its annual competitive essay contest. Otsego County students ages 11-14 are invited to compete for camperships via the essay contest (campers must be minimum age by December 1, 2016). In 750 words or less, they are asked, “Imagine yourself in 50 years: What would you say to your younger self about the value Otsego County’s beautiful land, lakes, and streams?” 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.Winning essays will be chosen from participating Otsego County schools and Otsego County applicants at large. The deadline for essay submissions is Monday, January 25, 2016, and winning essays will be chosen by February 1.  Winners of OCCA-sponsored DEC camperships will be notified immediately, and will receive the code from OCCA by which to register for DEC camp. There will be small cash prizes for the best essay written by a student not applying to camp and for alternates. 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 be recognized as a participating school. 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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to support programming, call (607) 547-4488 or visit www.occainfo.org.

MEMBERS, SUPPORT SOUGHT IN OCCA YEAR-END APPEAL: 2015 was a banner year for OCCA! And the positive results of our annual membership appeal show that people are appreciative of OCCA’s work. More great things lie ahead for OCCA and Otsego County in 2016. If you have not already done so, please help set the stage for another successful year by donating now. To learn more about OCCA’s accomplishments over the last 12 months, see OCCA’s “Year in Review” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXz71oK0zC4. And remember, our work would not be possible without our members, donors and volunteers!

DID YOU HIKE WITH OCCA IN 2015? HOW DID WE DO? Whether you learned about vernal pools from Donna Vogler, bird life at Mohican Farm with Becky Gretton or one of the other many topics featured in OCCA’s 2015 Nature Walk Series, we welcome your input. Please fill out our quick survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2P8D97D and tell us how we did as the schedule for 2016 begins to take shape.

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
http://occainfo.org/
Like us on Facebook
O-C-C-YAY!

 

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

OCCA ESSAY CONTEST FOR DEC CAMPERSHIPS DEADLINES ON JANUARY 25
MEMBERS, SUPPORT SOUGHT IN OCCA YEAR-END APPEAL
DID YOU HIKE WITH OCCA IN 2015? TELL US HOW WE DID

OCCA ESSAY CONTEST FOR DEC CAMPERSHIPS DEADLINES ON JANUARY 25: The Otsego County Conservation Association has announced that it will send school students to DEC Environmental Education Camp in summer 2016 through its annual competitive essay contest. Otsego County students ages 11-14 are invited to compete for camperships via the essay contest (campers must be minimum age by December 1, 2016). In 750 words or less, they are asked, “Imagine yourself in 50 years: What would you say to your younger self about the value Otsego County’s beautiful land, lakes, and streams?” 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. Winning essays will be chosen from participating Otsego County schools and Otsego County applicants at large. The deadline for essay submissions is Monday, January 25, 2016, and winning essays will be chosen by February 1.  Winners of OCCA-sponsored DEC camperships will be notified immediately, and will receive the code from OCCA by which to register for DEC camp. There will be small cash prizes for the best essay written by a student not applying to camp and for alternates. 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 be recognized as a participating school. 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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to support programming, call (607) 547-4488 or visit www.occainfo.org.

MEMBERS, SUPPORT SOUGHT IN OCCA YEAR-END APPEAL: 2015 was a banner year for OCCA! And the positive results of our annual membership appeal show that people are appreciative of OCCA’s work. More great things lie ahead for OCCA and Otsego County in 2016. If you have not already done so, please help set the stage for another successful year by donating now. To learn more about OCCA’s accomplishments over the last 12 months, see OCCA’s “Year in Review” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXz71oK0zC4. And remember, our work would not be possible without our members, donors and volunteers!

DID YOU HIKE WITH OCCA IN 2015? HOW DID WE DO? Whether you learned about vernal pools from Donna Vogler, bird life at Mohican Farm with Becky Gretton or one of the other many topics featured in OCCA’s 2015 Nature Walk Series, we welcome your input. Please fill out our quick survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2P8D97D and tell us how we did as the schedule for 2016 begins to take shape.

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
http://occainfo.org/
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COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Conservation Association has announced that it will send school students to DEC Environmental Education Camp again next summer through its annual competitive essay contest.

Otsego County students ages 11-14 are invited to compete for camperships via the essay contest (campers must be minimum age by December 1, 2016). In 750 words or less, they are asked, “Imagine yourself in fifty years: What would you say to your younger self about the value Otsego County’s beautiful land, lakes, and streams?”

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.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer our Campership Sponsor Program for the fifth straight year,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs. “There’s a growing concern that kids today are lacking the important connection between being outdoors and caring for nature. Our goal is for the essayists to have fun with the assignment but also to think critically about their connection to and dependency on the natural world.”

“Future conservation efforts will increase as kids learn to be good stewards of the environment and begin to understand some of the issues facing us today – pollution, resource depletion, solid waste management, climate change, ecosystem destruction, and so much more,” Youngs said.

Winning essays will be chosen from participating Otsego County schools and Otsego County applicants at large. The deadline for essay submissions is Monday, January 25, 2016, and winning essays will be chosen by February 1.  Winners of OCCA-sponsored DEC camperships will be notified immediately, and will receive the code from OCCA by which to register for DEC camp. There will be small cash prizes for the best essay written by a student not applying to camp and for alternates.

“Last year, our six winners were from Roseboom, Oneonta, Middlefield, and Cooperstown, with kids from the Cooperstown, Milford, and Oneonta schools participating,” Youngs said. “We hope more teachers will incorporate the essay into their lesson plans this year, but any Otsego County student meeting the age requirements 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 be recognized as a participating school.

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, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to support programming, call (607) 547-4488 or visit www.occainfo.org.

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
http://occainfo.org/
Like us on Facebook
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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

CONSIDER A GIFT TO OCCA TODAY ON GIVING TUESDAY
‘SMILEBOX’ PRESENTATION FEATURES PICS FROM OCCA ANNUAL DINNER SLIDESHOW RECAPS OCCA ‘YEAR IN REVIEW’
USED LAPTOPS NEEDED FOR GUATEMALA SERVICE PROJECT
WANTED – GENTLY USED AND UPCYCLED ORNAMENTS
MADISON AVENUE TAKES NOTICE OF INVASIVES REMOVAL IN OTSEGO COUNTY

CONSIDER A GIFT TO OCCA TODAY ON GIVING TUESDAY: Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events BlackFriday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources. If you would like to support OCCA’s many programs and the work of staff, join the Giving Tuesday movement atwww.givingtuesday.org or donate directly to OCCA via Network for Good athttp://www.guidestar.org/organizations/23-7250655/otsego-county-conservation-assn.aspx.

‘SMILEBOX’ PRESENTATION FEATURES PICS FROM OCCA ANNUAL DINNER: OCCA’s Social Media/Event Planning Intern Leanne Schmadtke, a history museum studies student in the Cooperstown Graduate Program, has created a slideshow featuring photographs taken at OCCA’s Annual Dinner Benefit on Monday, November 16. Honorees of this event were former Board president Martha Clarvoe and Ben Guenther of Five Star Subaru. In addition to awards bestowed by OCCA, Clarvoe and Guenther received special recognition at the dinner from Senator James L. Seward. The evening, hosted by Board President and emcee Vicky M. Lentz, also featured dinner at The Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cooperstown, a Silent Auction run by OCCA Board member Jill Eichler, an OCCA 2015 overview by Executive Director Darla M. Youngs, and the election of OCCA’s 2016 slate of Board directors. To view the slide show, visithttp://play.smilebox.com/SpreadMoreHappy/4e444d7a4d7a59344f444d3d0d0a

SLIDESHOW RECAPS OCCA ‘YEAR IN REVIEW’: The Annual Dinner Benefit on November 16 featured a slideshow recapping Otsego County Conservation Association’s body of work in 2015. At the dinner, OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs said, “I’ve been working on the Year in Review slideshow for the last couple of days and – as I am reminded about the many service projects OCCA conducted this past year – I am also struck by how many young faces I see in these photos. When I began working for the organization in 2008, one of my personal goals was for OCCA to expand its environmental education initiatives with local schools and students of all ages. Seven years later we are working with kindergarteners at The Brookwood School, elementary students in the Cooperstown After School Program, middle-schoolers countywide through our essay contest, high-school students in the Outward Bound program, undergraduates from SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College, and Cooperstown Graduate Program students.” To view the OCCA “Year in Review” presentation, visithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXz71oK0zC4.

used laptops needed for guatemala service project: Long-time OCCA member Ilse Funk is seeking 10-12 used, working laptops for a service project in Guatemala. Please e-mail admin@occainfo.org if you have a working laptop you would like to donate.

WANTED – GENTLY USED AND UPCYCLED ORNAMENTS: OCCA is seeking donations of gently used Christmas ornaments and/or ornaments made from recycled or repurposed materials for its entry in this year’s Friends of Glimmerglass State Park Festival of Trees. Please e-mail Darla Youngs at admin@occainfo.org if you have ornaments that need a new home or if you would like to create new ornaments from old materials for this project. The deadline for donations of ornaments is noon on Wednesday, December 2.

MADISON AVENUE TAKES NOTICE OF INVASIVES REMOVAL IN OTSEGO COUNTY: Vanderwater Media’s “News in Brief” featured the water chestnut hand-pulling efforts of OCCA and SUNY Oneonta professor Wendy Lascell’s geography students. See https://newsinbrief.com/environment/2015/11/20/fighting-water-chestnuts-is-the-latest-front-line-in-the-war-on-invasive-species-658

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.

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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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