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Identifying trees in winter will be the subject of a nature walk led by Otsego County Conservation Association. The program will take place at the Upland Interpretive Center at Thayer Farm on Saturday, March 25, at 9:30 a.m.

Most of the program will be spent on woodland trails at Thayer Farm, a 256-acre farm donated to the Biological Field Station by Rufus Thayer for the purpose of research and education. The walk will focus on common tree and shrub species found in Otsego County, and is suitable for children and adults.

Thayer Farm is located at 7027 State Highway 80, Springfield. It approximately seven miles north of the Village of Cooperstown, and three miles south of Springfield Center. Once at the farm, follow the signs to the UIC. The program is free and takes place rain or shine.

The Winter Tree ID hike is part of a series of nature walks and programs offered throughout the year by OCCA. Upcoming programs include a highway cleanup in Springfield on April 8, Morning Birding at Mohican Farm on May 13, and a hike at Glimmerglass State Park on June 11, as part of Otsego Lakes Festival. For information about upcoming programs, visitwww.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

March 6, 2017:  Vol. 11, No. 2


Well Spent Wednesdays

March 2211am10pm – Alex’s Bistro (149 Main Street, Cooperstown)

Come join OCCA for a meal at Alex’s Bistro in Cooperstown.  Alex has generously offered to donate 15% of your bill to OCCA.  This can only work if you come out for a wonderful meal at Alex’s!  We LOVE Alex’s eclectic menu and hope that you will as well.  Just mention OCCA when you dine.  We’ll have an OCCA employee at the restaurant for most of the day if you want to stop by and say hello!


Winter Tree ID Hike

March 259:30-11:30am – Thayer Farm Upland Interpretive Center (State Highway 80 – ~ 7 miles up Otsego Lake)

Do you know your ash from your elderberry? A beech from a birch? Can you tell a dogwood from its bark? Join OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley a walk at Thayer Farm in Springfield, and learn how to identify some common trees and shrubs. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/


OCCA Highway Cleanup

April 88am – Mohican Farm (7207 State Highway 80 – next to OCCA office)

Join OCCA as we clean up the roadside on a two-mile section of State Route 80 spanning the towns of Springfield and Otsego. Enjoy a nice, brisk walk, and help the environment, too! Safety vests and helmets, bags, and gloves will be provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Meet at Mohican Farm at 8 a.m.; we will aim to finish up by 11.


Get the Kids Out

April 1910am – Thayer Farm Upland Interpretive Center (State Highway 80 – ~ 7 miles up Otsego Lake)

Get The Kids Out during mid-winter recess. OCCA is holding a special program, Get The Kids Out—Winter Wonderland at Robert V. Riddell State Park in Oneonta. Designed for elementary school kids and their families, this program will explore the life of the forest, past, present and future. 10 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/


OCCA Earth Festival

April 2211am3pm – Milford Central School

Back for its 13th year, Earth Festival is an environmentally-focused interactive event featuring exhibits, activities, vendors and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. This event attracts over 1000 people every year, and more than 30 exhibitors and vendors. This year’s activities will include the pre-festival bird walk, the EcoArt contest, yoga for beginners and children, and recycling opportunities. To be a vendor, exhibitor, or event sponsor, visit our Earth Festival page (http://occainfo.org/earth-festival/) and download a form, or contact OCCA at (607) 547-4488.


OCCA Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Garage Sale

April 29/30 – 9am – 4pm – Cooperstown Farmers Market

OCCA’s Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Garage Sale will be on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017 at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. Bargains galore abound at this annual event, which helps OCCA raise money for our county-wide environmental programs while also reducing waste.  Check OCCA’s website for details on how and when to donate items for the garage sale. If you would like to volunteer at this event or donate items, contact OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti at (607) 547-4488, or e-mail director@occainfo.org.




TerraCycle Update

The OCCA TerraCycle collection only accepts the following items: used pens, markers and mechanical pencils; natural corks from wine bottles; empty toothpaste tubes, discarded toothbrushes (non-electric only), and packaging from toothbrushes and dental floss. Cereal bags are no longer being accepted, but can be taken to any grocery store that collects plastic bags. The TerraCycle collection bin is located outside the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, 101 Main Street, Cooperstown.


Ag Plastic Collection, Coming This Spring

Farmers, start saving your film plastic! OCCA, in cooperation with Otsego County Solid Waste, Otsego County Soil and Water, and Casella, will be holding collection days for Ag Plastic in May. Acceptable plastics includes bale wrap, bunker silo cover, silage bags, and greenhouse covers. Plastic must be sorted according to type. For details on storage and transport, contact Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087.


Did You Know?

Woven polypropylene bags, commonly used for pet and animal food bags (Purina dog chow, Beneful, for example) are not currently collected as part of our recycling programs. These bags are sturdy, water resistant, and can be repurposed for many different uses, such as shopping bags, tarpaulins and wood pile covers, and over-the-door shoe organizers, and more. Feed bags will be collected at Earth Festival. If you would like some of these bags, please contact former OCCA President, Martha Clarvoe, at (607) 293-6654, or at martha.clarvoe@gmail.com.


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Adopts New Fishing Regulations

On February 28, 2017, the DEC announced that new freshwater fishing regulations will go into effect April 1, 2017. According to the DEC, the new regulations are a result of a two-year process that included biological assessments, discussions with anglers, and a 45-day public comment period. The regulations will be published in the 2017-18 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide that will be available at all license sales vendors and online in March. Please follow this link to learn about the highlights of the new regulations: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/109392.html.


DEC Proposing Amendments to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)

The DEC recently announced a proposal to amend the regulations that implement SEQR (Title 6 NYCRR Part 617). According to the DEC, the main purpose of the amendments is to streamline the SEQR process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review. Comments on the proposed amendments can be submitted to the DEC’s Division of Environmental Permits, Attn: James J. Eldred, Environmental Analyst, 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233-1750 or via email to: seqra617@dec.ny.gov. Comments will be accepted until the close of business on May 19, 2017. There will also be a public hearing on March 31, 2017 at the Broadway address listed above. Please follow this link to learn more: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/83389.html.


Yale University Releases Interactive Map Detailing Public Perception of Climate Change

Researchers from Yale University recently released an interactive map highlighting the public’s opinion on climate change. Public opinion polling is generally done at the national level, because local level polling is very costly and time intensive. Yale’s team of scientists, however, has developed a model to drill down to the state, congressional district, and county levels. Follow this link to learn what Otsego County residents think about climate change: http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/ycom-us-2016/.



COOPERSTOWN, NY-Theresa Swenson and Kate Kornak will provide a joint presentation on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Wetland Programs, with a particular emphasis on how the regulations relate to water quality and lakeside residences at the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee (WQCC) public meeting on Wednesday, February 22 at 1 p.m.

Swenson, an Ecologist with the DEC’s Region 4 Office in Stamford, will discuss the agency’s Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands Program, the functions and benefits of wetlands, status and trends in New York State, and common threats and concerns. Kornak, an Environmental Analyst in the DEC Region 4 Schenectady Office, will provide a general overview of the wetland permitting process, with relevant contact information, and other tools available for landowners.

According to the DEC, freshwater wetlands are lands and submerged lands, commonly called marshes, swamps, sloughs, bogs, and flats, supporting aquatic or semi aquatic vegetation. Wetlands provide protection against floods, habitat for wildlife, open space, and water resources. The Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands Program was designed to prevent the destruction of New York State’s freshwater wetlands while allowing for the responsible economic and social development of the state.

“Wetlands act as a sponge to filter runoff from the land and protect our waterways,” said Leslie Orzetti, the Executive Director of the Otsego County Conservation Association. “Permitting is important to protect wetland areas that would otherwise be compromised due to development,” she added.

Swenson formerly worked with the DEC’s Bureau of Wildlife as a Technician concentrating on the monitoring and research of rare bird species. She graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with a Bachelor’s of Technology in Wildlife Management. Kornak recently transferred from DEC region 7, where her territory included large waterbodies such as the Finger Lakes. In region 4, Kate works with the Towns of Springfield, Otsego, and Middlefield. She also operates in Schenectady County.

The WQCC meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in Classroom A of the Meadows Office building, 140 County Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown, is hosted by the Otsego County Planning Department. The event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required by Tuesday, February, 21. Those interested in attending should email WQCC Secretary Danny Lapin at planner@occainfo.org or call (607)547-4488.

The Otsego County WQCC was established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. It is comprised of a diverse group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations. These members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County through the reduction of nonpoint source pollution within its boundaries. For more information on the WQCC, visit: http://www.otsegosoilandwater.com/waterqualitycc.html.


COOPERSTOWN—Otsego County Conservation Association begins its “Be Informed!” lecture series on February 15, 2017 with a talk by Dan Sullivan, of the Mohawk Valley Regional Development District. Sullivan’s talk, “How You Can Make an Impact Using Clean Energy,” covers clean energy, how citizens and municipalities can get involved in clean energy programs, and the positive impact this can have on our changing climate.


“We’re really excited to start off this lecture series. I hope Otsego County residents take advantage of this resource and we can give people the opportunity to learn about new and exciting ways to help conserve our natural resources,” said Leslie Orzetti, OCCA’s executive director.


Sullivan is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the Mohawk Valley region’s Clean Energy Communities Program, a NYSERDA-funded initiative that seeks to provide local governments with funding for Clean Energy projects. He has been involved with energy efficiency advocacy since 2007, when as Sustainability Coordinator for the North Rockland Schools (NY), he launched a program to reduce the District’s carbon footprint. Sullivan has edited the Climate Smart Communities Pledge to be applicable to school districts, and in 2014, he secured passage of the Pledge in the Town of Richfield. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Otsego Land Trust and Otsego 2000, and is the Chairman of the Town of Richfield Comprehensive Plan Committee. Dan and his wife Teresa live on a 70-acre organic farm in Richfield.


“The turn towards clean, sustainable energy for the Mohawk Valley is a key factor in both the preservation of our natural beauty and environmental quality, and our economic revival,” Sullivan said.


“This is the first of four lectures in the series,” said Orzetti. “Future topics will include hand-on forest management, stream ecology, and native organisms of Otsego County.”


The talk will take place in the workshop at Mohican Farm, 7195 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. The program is free and open to the public, though pre-registration is highly suggested. To sign up for the program, visit http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.



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

February 1, 2017:  Vol. 11, No. 1


Oral Histories of the Land

February 97pm – Cooperstown Graduate Program (5838 State Route 80)

This program will share stories about the environment from CGP’s archive of oral history interviews and use them in a facilitated discussion about land use and the role of the environment in our lives. The oral history clips reveal how land use in Central New York has changed during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, local viewpoints on current environmental issues, and why the earth matters to people. This event promotes dialogue on these themes and encourages new perspectives on how we relate to the natural world.  Free and open to the public.


Be Informed!  Lecture Series at Mohican Farm

February 156:30pm – Mohican Farm Workshop (7207 State Highway 80 – next to OCCA office)

OCCA, in conjunction with Mohican Farm, is pleased to announce the opening of our Be Informed! Lecture Series on February 15 at 6:30 p.m.The series will cover a variety of topics throughout the year. Our first topic is titled “How You Can Make an Impact Using Clean Energy,” featuring Dan Sullivan of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District.  The program takes place in the workshop at Mohican Farm, 7195 State Route 80, Cooperstown. The Mohican Farm Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Register using the form at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/


Basic Beekeeping Workshop

February 189am-4pm – SUNY Cobleskill

Interested in becoming a beekeeper? This six hour class is for you. Learn about the life of the honeybee, the basic requirements and responsibilities of keeping bees and more. Registration costs $46.50. Call 518-255-5528, or e-mail PACE@cobleskill.edu for information or to register. Hosted by SUNY Cobleskill.


Get the Kids Out

February 2310am – Robert V. Riddell State Park

Get The Kids Out during mid-winter recess. OCCA is holding a special program, Get The Kids Out—Winter Wonderland at Robert V. Riddell State Park in Oneonta. Designed for elementary school kids and their families, this program will explore the life of the forest, past, present and future. 10 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/


Hemlock Wolly Adelgid:  Finding Hemlock Stands

February 253pm – Mohican Farm Workshop (7207 State Highway 80 – next to OCCA office)

OCCA, the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Program (CRISP) and Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties are hosting a special training for outdoor enthusiasts interested in volunteering to help CRISP and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation identify and map stands of Eastern hemlock as part of its efforts to counter the accelerating invasion of the highly destructive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in New York State. For more information see occainfo.org/calendar/calendar.  Free and open to land and forest owners, master gardeners, students, and others eager to arrest the HWA. Space is limited; preregistration is required for planning purposes by calling 607.282.4087 or emailing programdirector@occainfo.org.

Snowshoe Hike

March 412pm – Robert V. Riddell State Park

Steve Kent will lead a 3.5 hour hike to Mud Lake and back in Robert V. Riddell State Park in Oneonta. Bring snowshoes, water, a snack, and dress for the weather. If there is not enough snow, we’ll walk anyway! Meet at noon on the east side of Gersoni Road, just south of I-88 exit 17. Free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/


Well Spent Wednesday at Alex’s Bistro

March 2211am-10pm – Alex’s Bistro, 149 Main Street, Cooperstown

Come join OCCA at Alex’s bistro for Well Spent Wednesday’s!  Alex’s generously donates a portion of every meal to OCCA.  All you need to do is come for some great food and mention that you are there to support OCCA.  Hope you see you there!


Winter Tree Identification Hike

March 25 – 930am – Thayer Farm Upland Interpretive Center (5838 State Highway 80)

Come join Jeff O’handley and put your tree id skills to the test.  Jeff will lead a hike through the woods of Thayer Farm and show participants how to identify tress in the absence of leaves using other clues both on the trees and in the surrounding landscape.  Free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/


Coming Soon…….

Earth FestivalSaturday, April 22 at Milford Central School. For information on the event, or for a vendor or donor form, visithttp://occainfo.org/earth-festival/

OCCA Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Garage SaleSaturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30. Check our website as it gets closer.



Firewood Restrictions

Fans of winter camping, remember that DEC regulations prohibit importing firewood into the state if it has not been treated to kill pests. Within the state, untreated firewood may not be moved more than 50 miles from its source, and other quarantines exist. These  regulations are aimed at protecting our forests from invasive pests like the emerald ash borer. See http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/28722.html for details.


Boat Stewards Needed!

The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is hiring one lead boat steward and 20 boat stewards for the summer. Stewards are responsible for promoting public understanding of NY invasive species laws, as well as teaching boaters and campers some basic best management practices that can help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. Lead boat steward application is due by February 10; boat steward applications are due by March 1. Lead boat steward job information: https://statejobsny.com/employees/vacancyDetailsView.cfm?id=36308

Boat steward job information: https://statejobsny.com/employees/vacancyDetailsView.cfm?id=36311



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

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Conservation Association has announced that it will send eight Otsego County school students to Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Education Camp this coming summer through a countywide competitive essay contest.

Otsego County students ages 11-13 are invited to compete for camperships via the essay contest (campers must be 11 by December 16, 2017). This year’s contest question is “What would you tell President-elect Donald Trump is the most important environmental issue facing the United States today?” Contest winners will receive a week-long stay at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp, where they will spend their week immersed in the natural environment and enjoy a balance of environmental education, sportsman education, and outdoor fun.

“It’s very important for kids to get outside and connect with nature,” said OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti. “I’m thrilled that OCCA can continue to offer our children this great opportunity. Our past winners have loved the experience they had at DEC camps.” In 2016, OCCA provided camperships for nine students.

Winning essays will be chosen from participating Otsego County schools and Otsego County applicants at large. The deadline for essay submissions is January 27, 2017. Winning essays will be chosen by February 1 and notified immediately. Contest winners will be given a special code by OCCA which will be used to register for DEC camp.

“We’re hoping teachers will be able to incorporate the essay contest into their classroom lessons, but recognize there’s a quick turnaround,” Orzetti said. “Camp registration opens on January 25 and we know they fill up fast.”
Complete contest rules and requirements are available by e-mailing director@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, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to support programming, call (607) 547-4488 or visit www.occainfo.org.






New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Accepting Applications for Urban Forestry Projects

The Environmental Protection fund is investing $2.3 million in tree planting, maintenance grants, tree inventory, and community forestry management plans. Tree inventories and community forestry maintenance projects have no required match. Tree planting and maintenance projects require a 25% match.

  • Applications are due March 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Eligible entities: municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts, soil and water conservation districts, community colleges, not-for-profit organizations, and Indian nations or tribes.
  • Awards range from $11,000 to $75,000 depending on municipal population.

The DEC’s Urban Forestry Program will host a webinar on Thursday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. to educate potential applicants on the grants process and answer questions. To register, please follow this link: https://meetny.webex.com/mw3000/mywebex/default.do?service=1&siteurl=meetny&nomenu=true&main_url=%2Fmc3000%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dmeetny%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D516769132%26UID%3D0%26Host%3DQUhTSwAAAALEa5AUqtj42H1tFPDCTn0aPsMndUDgYmcjSgRTdIQhAJJcwWwMR_7-y6vMC4NvwMp4TN4kPobCtp2byfGc7wHw0%26RG%3D1%26FrameSet%3D2%26RGID%3Drb01dbcfb520aee2a273dd76ab2f8c20d.

NY-SUN Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance

NY-SUN is now accepting applications for the Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program. This new funding opportunity supports the development of solar projects for multifamily affordable housing and community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, with up to $200,000 for each approved proposal.

Applications may be submitted by local governments, affordable housing, community organizations and service providers working to make solar accessible to LMI communities in New York. NY-SUN will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. Visit the following link for more details and the application: https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/ASPTA.

Circuit Rider Planner Program

OCCA’s Circuit Rider Planner Program provides ad hoc and project-specific land use planning support for Otsego County municipalities. Our Environmental Planner can be retained by your municipality at minimal cost in order to provide committed, continuous support for your community’s land use initiatives.  For more information see our website at:  http://occainfo.org/circuit-rider-planner-program/



14th Annual Catskill Regional Agriculture Conference, January 12, 2017

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, in partnership with the Watershed Agricultural Council, will host the 14th Annual Catskill Regional Agriculture Conference Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. at Farrell Hall, on the SUNY-Delhi campus.  For more information or conference details please visit https://ccedelaware.org/ag/crac/, or call Kim Holden at (607)865-7090, ext. 241. Pre-registration fee is $25 per person, and includes lunch and materials. Conference registration will begin at 9:30 A.M. with a chance to attend one of three early bird sessions that begin at 10:00 A.M.


December 2, 2016: Vol. 10, No. 19

Snowshoe Hike to Mud Lake

March 4, 2017 – Meet at side of Gersoni Rd. just south of I-88. 12pm

Hosted by Steve Kent and OCCA. Hike up South Hill to Mud Lake and back. Highlights of the walk are Steve’s tales of the property before it became a state park, a 30-foot high waterfall, and Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog at the top of the hill. Snowshoes are optional if the snow is not too deep. Provide your own snowshoes and bring water, a snack, and weather-appropriate clothing. This walk will take approximately 3.5 hours to complete. Program is free, though pre-registration is requested. Visit http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/ to sign up.


Grant Writing Basics Workshop sponsored by CADE (Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship)

Friday, December 3, 2016, 10-12.  5 Elm Street, Oneonta, NY

Step-by-step approach to develop a grant letter of interest or application right for your farm. Participants should bring project ideas and funding amounts needed. Visit http://www.cadefarms.org/events-1/2016/12/2/grant-writing-basics to register, or contact Sonia@cadefarms.org or 607-433-2545.

In case you can’t make that workshop, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties hosts Free Money?, a workshop for farm owners seeking grants to support their farm business. This free workshop is offered on Wednesday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the CCE Extension Center, 173 Grand Street, Cobleskill. Visit http://enych.cce.cornell.edu/events.php for information or to register.


Festival of Trees

Friday December 2 – 6:30-8:30pm (Family Night), Saturday and Sunday December 3, 4 – 12-4pm

Glimmerglass State Park Nature Center

OCCA decorated a tree for the Friends of Glimmerglass State Park’s annual Festival of Trees event. The event kicks off at Glimmerglass State Park on Friday, December 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with wagon rides to view the holiday lights displays, hot cocoa, Santa and his elves, and more. Over the weekend, trees decorated by local organizations (including OCCA) will be raffled off to benefit the Glimmerglass State Park nature center. Visit http://www.friendsofglimmerglass.com/ for more information.


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, and one used projector. IF you are replacing your laptop with something new this holiday season, please consider donating the old one to this worthy program. Please e-mail Ilse at guateviniendo@gmail.com if you have a working laptop you would like to donate.


Volunteers Make Holiday Tote Bags

In November, 25 OCCA volunteers turned pet food bags into nearly 200 sturdy, reusable totes bags. The tote bags were donated to Family Services Association of Oneonta, who used them to deliver holiday supplies to local families in need. A huge thank you to everyone who helped!


DEC Announces “Greening Your Holiday”  Tip for and Eco-Friendly Holiday Season


-Replace your holiday lights with LED lights, which require 1/50 of the electricity of conventional lights

-Carpool or use public transportation when heading out on a shopping expedition

-Combine purchases in a single bag, or bring your own bags rather than get a new bag at each store

-Buy less—give gifts of your time, or tickets to events, or look for items with less packaging


-Wrap gifts creatively, in old magazines, newspapers or posters, or use fabric

-Save gift bags, boxes, wrapping paper and ribbon to use next year (and use what you saved from last year, too!)

-Use last year’s holiday cards to create ornaments, decorations, or gift tags

-Save packing material (air pillows, foam peanuts, etc) to use when shipping gifts to others

-Use reusable cups, plates and utensils for holiday gatherings

-Hold a “regift” party with friends and family for unwanted/unused gifts (just be nice about it!)


-Purchase wrapping paper, cards, etc., with the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content

-Non-metallic wrapping paper, ribbon and bows can be put out with curbside recycling or taken to the transfer stations for recycling

-Check http://occainfo.org/desktop-recycling-lookup/ (or http://occainfo.org/mobile-recycling-lookup/ if you’re on your phone) if you have questions about how to recycle in Otsego County


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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November 1, 2016


Contact: Martha Clarvoe, (607) 293-6654; martha.clarvoe@occainfo.org


Volunteers, bags needed for special project


COOPERSTOWN–The Recycling Committee of Otsego County Conservation Association is currently seeking volunteers to help make tote bags from used plastic pet and animal food bags. The newly-made tote bags will be distributed to 200 Otsego County families along with Thanksgiving dinner supplies by the Family Services Association this November.


“Family Services needs 200 tote bags by November 14,” said Martha Clarvoe, chair of OCCA’s recycling committee. “Making the bags isn’t difficult. All it takes is a pair of scissors, some thread, and a sewing machine. The finished tote bags are attractive and durable, and can be used as shopping bags.”


Finished tote bags can be delivered directly to Family Services Association, located at 277 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, or at the offices of Otsego County Conservation Association, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. Other drop off sites can be arranged by calling Martha Clarvoe at 293-6654, or by e-mailing Martha at martha.clarvoe@gmail.com. Bags need to be delivered to Family Services Association by November 14.


Anyone interested in making tote bags, or donating empty, clean pet food bags to donate, should contact Clarvoe.


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