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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

SLIDESHOW RECAPS OCCA ‘YEAR IN REVIEW’
WANTED – GENTLY USED AND UPCYCLED ORNAMENTS
MADISON AVENUE TAKES NOTICE OF INVASIVES REMOVAL IN OTSEGO COUNTYCLARVOE, GUENTHER RECOGNIZED BY OCCA
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE THANKSGIVING!

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, visit  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXz71oK0zC4. Stay tuned for a slideshow of the dinner itself, coming soon.

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 atadmin@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 earlier this year. See https://newsinbrief.com/environment/2015/11/20/fighting-water-chestnuts-is-the-latest-front-line-in-the-war-on-invasive-species-658

CLARVOE, GUENTHER RECOGNIZED BY OCCA: On Monday, November 16, former OCCA Board president Martha Clarvoe and Ben Guenther of Five Star Subaru were honored for their contributions to OCCA and the environment: http://allotsego.com/clarvoe-guenther-honored-for-occa-contributions/.

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!

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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
http://occainfo.org/
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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:
DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR OCCA ANNUAL DINNER BENEFIT IS MONDAY
OBAMA REJECTS KEYSTONE PIPELINE
OCCA MEMBERS CAN CAST VOTE FOR 2016 BOARD DIRECTORS ONLINE
WHERE WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR TAX MONEY?
CELEBRATE CLARVOE, GUENTHER WITH STORIES AND PHOTOS
DINNER SPONSOR LIST CONTINUES TO TAKE SHAPE
PLANNING, SOLID WASTE NEWSLETTER ONLINE:
ARTS, LEISURE THEME OF SILENT AUCTION
VISIT OCCA FACEBOOK PAGE FOR CHANCE TO WIN
PELLET BAG, AG PLASTIC COLLECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER
PROJECT BUENA VISTA BENEFIT EVENT SET FOR SATURDAY
OCCA SPONSORS FILM DAYS SHOWING OF “PROJECT: ICE”

DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR OCCA ANNUAL DINNER BENEFIT IS MONDAY: The Otsego County Conservation Association will honor former OCCA president Martha Clarvoe and Five Star Subaru’s Ben Guenther on Monday, November 16 during a special Annual Dinner Benefit and Meeting at the Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cooperstown, 5206 State Highway 23, Oneonta. OCCA is recognizing Clarvoe for lifetime achievement and her commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment. Guenther is being lauded as a community partner and for his work with OCCA to promote environmental initiatives. The evening will also include a vote by OCCA members to confirm the organization’s 2016 slate of Board directors, a brief recap of 2015 programs and achievements, and a Silent Auction with an arts and leisure theme. “We’re structuring the event a little differently this year to celebrate Martha Clarvoe’s 15 years on the Board and her volunteer work as OCCA’s special projects manager,” explained OCCA President Vicky M. Lentz. At the same time, OCCA is taking this opportunity to publicly thank Ben Guenther for his support. “Martha first approached Ben for assistance in publicizing Earth Festival during her tenure as president, and so it is especially fitting that they share the spotlight,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs. OCCA’s Annual Dinner Benefit and Meeting is open to all. Tickets are $75 per person and pre-registration is required by Monday, November 9. Visit http://occainfo.org/calendar/occa-annual-dinner/ to register online. All proceeds from this event will support OCCA’s environmental programs. Event sponsors and those attending and/or donating on behalf of Clarvoe and Guenther will be listed in the program.

OBAMA REJECTS KEYSTONE PIPELINE: Today, President Barack Obama announced that the Keystone XL pipeline will not be approved and emphasized that the U.S. and Canada instead should focus on working together to combat climate change and reduce carbon dioxide emissions: http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/06/politics/keystone-xl-pipeline-decision-rejection-kerry/.

OCCA MEMBERS CAN CAST VOTE FOR 2016 BOARD DIRECTORS ONLINE: OCCA members who cannot attend this year’s Annual Dinner Benefit and Meeting may cast their vote for the 2016 slate of Board directors online at http://occainfo.org/slate-of-directors-2016-2018/.

WHERE WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR TAX MONEY? Otsego County will hold a Countywide Public Prioritization Workshop on November 10 from 7-9 p.m. at four locations: the Richfield Springs Central School District cafeteria, the Unatego Junior and Senior High School cafeteria, the Edmeston Central School cafeteria, and the SUNY Oneonta IRC Building. The public is invited to review ideas generated at Thursday night’s Visioning/SWOT Workshops, and help prioritize key strategies to advance economic development and community revitalization. Priority projects will be identified to guide future funding, resources and grant opportunities for Otsego County. “Residents and business owners should take this collaborative opportunity to shape Otsego County’s future,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs. “Showing up is stepping up.”

CELEBRATE CLARVOE, GUENTHER WITH STORIES AND PHOTOS: OCCA invites the public to share recollections, anecdotes, photographs or special recognition in celebration of Annual Dinner Benefit honorees Martha Clarvoe and Guenther prior to the event. These stories will be posted on the OCCA website. For more information, visit http://occainfo.org/submit-your-story/.

DINNER SPONSOR LIST CONTINUES TO TAKE SHAPE: OCCA thanks the following sponsors for their support of this year’s dinner honoring Martha Clarvoe and Ben Guenther: Benson Agency Real Estate, Brewery Ommegang, Community Bank N.A., G. W. Canfield and Son, Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cooperstown, the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area, Rich McCaffery-Cooperstown, Mostert, Manzanero and Scott LLP, The Shipping Room, Steve Zerby Design/Build, and Time Warner Cable. To become a sponsor or for more information, contact OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs at admin@occainfo.org.

PLANNING, SOLID WASTE NEWSLETTER ONLINE: The Otsego County Planning and Solid Waste Department has released its Fall 2015 newsletter. For transfer station, mobile home replacement program, transportation, Solar Otsego and Household Hazardous Waste Day collection information, http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/pln/documents/finaltoemail.pdf.

ARTS, LEISURE THEME OF SILENT AUCTION: OCCA’s popular annual Silent Auction will focus on art and entertainment this year. Dinner attendees are invited to bid often and high! Among the featured items are: matted and framed Richard S. Duncan original photograph; family four-pack of tickets and yearbook from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; two pairs of Oneonta Outlaws season passes; framed Deborah Geurtze original, “Winter Sun”; original painting by former OCCA Board member Doris Vanderlipp; certificate for one free adoption from the Susquehanna Animal Shelter; Cooperstown Concert Series tickets; “Wild Flowers of New York” series of individual colored plates and “Wild Flowers of New York” bound volume of plates donated by Leather Stalking Books; and more to come.

VISIT OCCA FACEBOOK PAGE FOR CHANCE TO WIN: The first person to post the correct location of the unusual tree featured in photographs on OCCA’s timeline – or the vantage point from where the photo was taken – will win a gift certificate to Sal’s Pizzeria and Restaurant in Cooperstown. Go to https://www.facebook.com/Otsego-County-Conservation-Association-51851923557/timeline/ to “like” OCCA. Visitors to our Facebook page are also invited to post their fall foliage photos as we say goodbye to fall and prepare to welcome winter …

PELLET BAG, AG PLASTIC COLLECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER: 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. The collections are scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, November 12 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days will run from8-11 a.m. Participation is free, though pre-registration is required. Two collections were held last spring, both in Oneonta. Farmers dropped off more than 6,000 pounds of plastic for recycling. In addition, homeowners brought over 1,000 pounds of wood pellet bags. Six and one half bales, averaging 1,100 pounds each, were created. Combined with the plastic baled on some 15 farms scattered around the county, nearly 40 tons of plastic have been set aside for recycling this year. Plastic being accepted this fall includes bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers. Wood pellet bags are also being accepted. Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director and the outreach coordinator for RAPP in Otsego County, stated that certain procedures need to be followed for storing and maintaining the plastic prior to drop off. O’Handley also noted there will be additional collection days next spring, as many farms generate the bulk of their plastic over the winter. Those interested in participating should call OCCA at (607) 282-4087 for instructions on how to prepare their plastic for the collection.

PROJECT BUENA VISTA BENEFIT EVENT SET FOR SATURDAY: On Saturday, November 7 at 7 p.m., the Cooperstown Beverage Exchange (73 Main Street, Cooperstown) will host an event to assist Project Buena Vista in the replacement of a dormitory used to house students, teachers and volunteers. The $10 entry fee includes three beverage samples, gift bag and $1 off the Beverage Exchange’s signature drink.

OCCA SPONSORS FILM DAYS SHOWING OF ‘PROJECT: ICE’: This film, directed by William Kleinert, explores the allure and the lore of the Great Lakes, with a special focus on the enormous significance of their winter ice. Glimmerglass Film Days is a program of Otsego 2000. Visit http://www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/films/#/new-gallery-2/ for more information.

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
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ONEONTA – The Otsego County Conservation Association will honor former OCCA president Martha Clarvoe and Five Star Subaru’s Ben Guenther on Monday, November 16 during a special Annual Dinner Benefit and Meeting at the Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cooperstown, 5206 State Highway 23, Oneonta.

OCCA is recognizing Clarvoe for lifetime achievement and her commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment. Guenther is being lauded as a community partner and for his work with OCCA to promote environmental initiatives.

The evening will also include a vote by OCCA members to confirm the organization’s 2016 slate of Board directors, a brief recap of 2015 programs and achievements, and a Silent Auction with an arts and leisure theme.

“We’re structuring the event a little differently this year to celebrate Martha Clarvoe’s 15 years on the Board and her volunteer work as OCCA’s special projects manager,” explained OCCA President Vicky M. Lentz. “At the same time, OCCA is taking this opportunity to publicly thank Ben Guenther for his support.”

“Martha first approached Ben for assistance in publicizing Earth Festival during her tenure as president, and so it is especially fitting that they share the spotlight,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs.

OCCA’s Annual Dinner Benefit and Meeting is open to all. Tickets are $75 per person and pre-registration is required by Monday, November 9. Event sponsors and those attending and/or donating on behalf of Clarvoe and Guenther will be listed in the program. Visithttp://occainfo.org/calendar/occa-annual-dinner/ to register online. 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/.

OCCA also invites the public to share recollections, anecdotes or special recognition in celebration of Clarvoe and Guenther prior to the dinner. These stories will be posted on the OCCA website. For more information, visit http://occainfo.org/submit-your-story/.

Sponsors of this event include: Benson Agency Real Estate, Community Bank NA, G. W. Canfield and Son, Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cooperstown, the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area, Rich McCaffery-Cooperstown, The Shipping Room, and Time Warner Cable. To become a sponsor or for more information, contact Youngs at admin@occainfo.org.

Martha Clarvoe has been a fixture in Otsego County’s environmental community since the 1980s and was an OCCA Board member for 15 years, from 2000-2015. In addition to serving as Board President from 2008-2011, Martha was also OCCA’s Special Projects Manager – a full-time role she filled on an entirely volunteer basis from which she has recently retired. An account of Martha’s work on behalf of the environment and OCCA would fill volumes. She was a pioneer in agricultural plastics recycling efforts leading to the development of Cornell University’s Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program and organized of Bike to Work Day. Martha was among those responsible for collecting the data that led to OCCA’s gas lease map for Otsego County – one of the first of its kind and a template followed by others. She was instrumental in the adoption of New York State’s burn barrel legislation and was honored in 2010 with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Quality Award. In 2015, Martha received the Distinguished Service Award from Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful. She has been a resource on recycling, energy conservation, and climate protection for the Village of Cooperstown, the Town of Hartwick, Otsego County, the League of Women Voters, Cooperstown and Milford schools, and many others. Martha is a founding organizer of Earth Festival and has spearheaded programs to recycle Styrofoam, bicycles, ink cartridges, e-waste, and books. Her accomplishments do not stop with OCCA: she is a member of the Hartwick Historical Society, a voting inspector for the Otsego County Board of Elections and a community leader for the LWV of the Cooperstown Area.

Ben Guenther, co-owner of Five Star Subaru, is being honored as a community partner and for his work with OCCA to promote environmental events and initiatives. In 2010, Martha worked with Ben to promote Earth Festival, a free, environmentally focused, interactive event begun in 2005 (exhibits, workshops, vendors, food, and entertainment with a fun, earth-friendly twist). This past April, as Earth Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary, attendance figures were unprecedented at 1,000+. Increased participation has been an Earth Festival trend since Ben and Five Star Subaru first committed to the cause. Five Star Subaru has continued to sponsor and promote Earth Festival and, in turn, exhibitors and vendors have more than doubled from 2010-2015, and attendance has more than tripled. Owing in large part to Ben, Earth Festival – now a perennial Otsego County favorite – continues to reach a diverse, growing audience with its vital message on the importance of protecting, preserving and enhancing our natural resources. Ben has also worked with OCCA to promote Bike to Work Day, OCCA’s Oktoberfest and the Otsego Lakes Festival, as well as burn barrel education. This year, with daughter Jessica, Ben assisted OCCA in the development of public service announcements to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. We are not alone in our appreciation of Ben’s efforts. Ben and Five Star Subaru have helped countless organizations – Relay for Life, Susquehanna Animal Shelter, The Arc Otsego, and the Oneonta Concert Association, to name just a few.

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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OTSEGO COUNTY – Farmers wishing to drop off used agricultural plastic for free recycling have two opportunities to do so this fall. Collection dates are scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, November 12 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days run from 8-11 a.m. Pre-registration is required.

Film plastic such as bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers are being accepted. In addition, empty wood pellet bags can also be dropped off. All plastic must be dry, free of excessive dirt, grit or mud, and must be sorted according to type.

For information on how to participate, contact Otsego County Conservation Association at (607) 282-4087 or visit http://occainfo.org/ag-plastic-collections-scheduled/

 

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!

 

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

CLARVOE, GUENTHER TO BE HONORED BY OCCA
OCCA TO HOLD HIKE IN RV RIDDELL STATE PARK
VISIT OCCA FACEBOOK PAGE FOR CHANCE TO WIN
PELLET BAG, AG PLASTIC COLLECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER
‘BUILDING A BETTER BASSWOOD’
OCCA SPONSORS FILM DAYS SHOWING OF “PROJECT: ICE”
RIBBON CUTTING MARKS INSTALLATION OF BOAT LAUNCH
USED LAPTOPS NEEDED FOR GUATEMALA SERVICE PROJECT
DATES TO REMEMBER

CLARVOE, GUENTHER TO BE HONORED BY OCCA: The Otsego County Conservation Association will honor former OCCA president Martha Clarvoe and Five Star Subaru’s Ben Guenther on Monday, November 16 during a special Annual Dinner Benefit and Meeting at the Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cooperstown, 5206 State Highway 23, Oneonta. OCCA is recognizing Clarvoe for lifetime achievement and her commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment. Guenther is being lauded as a community partner and for his work with OCCA to promote environmental initiatives. “Martha first approached Ben for assistance in publicizing Earth Festival during her tenure as president, and so it is especially fitting that they share the spotlight,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs. The evening will also include a vote by OCCA members to confirm the organization’s 2016 slate of Board directors. Members who cannot attend may cast their votes online at http://occainfo.org/slate-of-directors-2016-2018/. OCCA’s Annual Dinner Benefit and Meeting is open to all. Visit http://occainfo.org/calendar/occa-annual-dinner/ to register online. Sponsors of this event include: G. W. Canfield and Son, Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cooperstown, the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area, and The Shipping Room. To become a sponsor or for more information, contact Youngs at admin@occainfo.org.

OCCA TO HOLD HIKE IN RV RIDDELL STATE PARK: Mud Lake is the destination for a long hike in Robert V. Riddell State Park onSaturday, October 24 at noon. This 4.5 mile hike, sponsored by the Otsego County Conservation Association, will be led by Steve Kent, who, with his wife, Trish Riddell Kent, donated the park land. It will take hikers up and over South Hill in the 800-acre portion of the park. Mud Lake and a 30-foot waterfall will be among the visual highlights of the trip. Along the way, Steve will discuss the natural and human history of the area. “Steve has so many great stories about the land,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “We are fortunate to have him lead these walks.” Participants should meet at the Pine Lake Campus of Hartwick College on Charlotte Creek Road in Davenport at noon. From there, the group will carpool to the park entrance on Gersoni Road and hike back to Pine Lake via South Hill and Mud Lake. Participants should expect to spend four hours on the trail and should bring plenty of water and a snack. For more information or to register for the walk, call OCCA at (607) 282-4087, e-mail programdirector@occainfo.org or visithttp://occainfo.org/calendar/over-the-top-mud-lake/.

VISIT OCCA FACEBOOK PAGE FOR CHANCE TO WIN: The first person to post the correct location of the unusual tree featured in photographs on OCCA’s timeline will win a gift certificate to Sal’s Pizzeria and Restaurant in Cooperstown. Go tohttps://www.facebook.com/Otsego-County-Conservation-Association-51851923557/timeline/ to “like” OCCA. Visitors to our Facebook page are also invited to post their fall foliage photos as we say goodbye to fall and prepare to welcome winter …

PELLET BAG, AG PLASTIC COLLECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER: 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. The collections are scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, November 12 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days will run from8-11 a.m. Participation is free, though pre-registration is required. Two collections were held last spring, both in Oneonta. Farmers dropped off more than 6,000 pounds of plastic for recycling. In addition, homeowners brought over 1,000 pounds of wood pellet bags. Six and one half bales, averaging 1,100 pounds each, were created. Combined with the plastic baled on some 15 farms scattered around the county, nearly 40 tons of plastic have been set aside for recycling this year. Plastic being accepted this fall includes bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers. Wood pellet bags are also being accepted. Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director and the outreach coordinator for RAPP in Otsego County, stated that certain procedures need to be followed for storing and maintaining the plastic prior to drop off. O’Handley also noted there will be additional collection days next spring, as many farms generate the bulk of their plastic over the winter. Those interested in participating should call OCCA at (607) 282-4087 for instructions on how to prepare their plastic for the collection.

‘BUILDING A BETTER BASSWOOD’: OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley recently sat down with Mount Vision resident Bob Tilley, who helped build parts of Basswood Pond State Forest. To learn Bob’s story, published last week in the Cooperstown Crier, seehttp://www.coopercrier.com/opinion/occa-notes-building-a-better-basswood/article_0aedb9cb-a70e-582e-8318-4b37b3d71952.html. OCCA’s recently released self-guided Blue Trail map of Basswood features a cover photo by Edmund Ressler of CNY Hiking. It is available online at http://occainfo.org/basswood-pond-state-forest-self-guided-blue-trail-map/ or by contacting OCCA’s office atadmin@occainfo.org or (607) 547-4488.

OCCA SPONSORS FILM DAYS SHOWING OF ‘PROJECT: ICE’: This film, directed by William Kleinert, explores the allure and the lore of the Great Lakes, with a special focus on the enormous significance of their winter ice. http://www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/films/#/new-gallery-2/.

RIBBON CUTTING MARKS INSTALLATION OF BOAT LAUNCH: OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs, NYSDEC’s Brian Layman and Goodyear Lake Association’s Dave Pickup joined Senator James Seward earlier this month for the ribbon cutting at the new Portlandville Fishing Access Site: http://allotsego.com/universally-accessible-boat-launch-on-susquehanna-christened-today/.

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.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

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!

 

View Event ButtonONEONTA – The Otsego County Conservation Association will honor former OCCA president Martha Clarvoe and Five Star Subaru’s Ben Guenther on Monday, November 16 during a special Annual Dinner Benefit and Meeting at the Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cooperstown.

OCCA is recognizing Clarvoe for lifetime achievement and her commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment. Guenther is being lauded as a community partner and for his work with OCCA to promote environmental initiatives.

“Martha first approached Ben for assistance in publicizing Earth Festival during her tenure as president, and so it is especially fitting that they share the spotlight,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs.

ShareStoriesButtonThe evening will also include a vote by OCCA members to confirm the organization’s 2016 slate of Board directors. Members who cannot attend may cast their votes online at http://occainfo.org/slate-of-directors-2016-2018/.

OCCA’s Annual Dinner Benefit and Meeting is open to all. Visithttp://occainfo.org/calendar/occa-annual-dinner/ to register online.

Sponsors of this event include: G. W. Canfield and Son, Holiday Inn Oneonta-Cooperstown, the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area, and The Shipping Room.

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 http://occainfo.org/.

About our Honorees:

Martha Clarvoe has been a fixture in Otsego County’s environmental community since the 1980s and was an OCCA Board member for 15 years, from 2000-2015. In addition to serving as Board President from 2008-2011, Martha was also OCCA’s Special Projects Manager – a full-time role she filled on an entirely volunteer basis from which she has recently retired. An account of Martha’s work on behalf of the environment and OCCA would fill volumes. She was a pioneer in agricultural plastics recycling efforts leading to the development of Cornell University’s Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program and organized of Bike to Work Day. Martha was among those responsible for collecting the data that led to OCCA’s gas lease map for Otsego County – one of the first of its kind and a template followed by others. She was instrumental in the adoption of New York State’s burn barrel legislation and was honored in 2010 with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Quality Award. In 2015, Martha received the Distinguished Service Award from Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful. She has been a resource on recycling, energy conservation, and climate protection for the Village of Cooperstown, the Town of Hartwick, Otsego County, the League of Women Voters, Cooperstown and Milford schools, and many others. Martha is a founding organizer of Earth Festival and has spearheaded programs to recycle Styrofoam, bicycles, ink cartridges, e-waste, and books. Her accomplishments do not stop with OCCA: she is a member of the Hartwick Historical Society, a voting inspector for the Otsego County Board of Elections and a community leader for the LWV of the Cooperstown Area.

Ben Guenther, co-owner of Five Star Subaru, is being honored as a community partner and for his work with OCCA to promote environmental events and initiatives. In 2010, Martha worked with Ben to promote Earth Festival, a free, environmentally focused, interactive event begun in 2005 (exhibits, workshops, vendors, food, and entertainment with a fun, earth-friendly twist). This past April, as Earth Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary, attendance figures were unprecedented at 1,000+. Increased participation has been an Earth Festival trend since Ben and Five Star Subaru first committed to the cause. Five Star Subaru has continued to sponsor and promote Earth Festival and, in turn, exhibitors and vendors have more than doubled from 2010-2015, and attendance has more than tripled. Owing in large part to Ben, Earth Festival – now a perennial Otsego County favorite – continues to reach a diverse, growing audience with its vital message on the importance of protecting, preserving and enhancing our natural resources. Ben has also worked with OCCA to promote Bike to Work Day, OCCA’s Oktoberfest and the Otsego Lakes Festival, as well as burn barrel education. This year, with daughter Jessica, Ben assisted OCCA in the development of public service announcements to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. We are not alone in our appreciation of Ben’s efforts. Ben and Five Star Subaru have helped countless organizations – Relay for Life, Susquehanna Animal Shelter, The Arc Otsego, and the Oneonta Concert Association, to name just a few.

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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DAVENPORT – Mud Lake is the destination for a long hike in Robert V. Riddell State Park on October 24 at noon.

This 4.5 mile hike, sponsored by the Otsego County Conservation Association, will be led by Steve Kent, who, with his wife, Trish Riddell Kent, donated the park land. It will take hikers up and over South Hill in the 800-acre portion of the park. Mud Lake and a 30-foot waterfall will be among the visual highlights of the trip. Along the way, Steve will discuss the natural and human history of the area.

“Steve has so many great stories about the land,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “We are fortunate to have him lead these walks.”

Participants should meet at the Pine Lake Campus of Hartwick College on Charlotte Creek Road in Davenport at noon. >From there, the group will carpool to the park entrance on Gersoni Road and hike back to Pine Lake via South Hill and Mud Lake. Participants should expect to spend four hours on the trail and should bring plenty of water and a snack.

For more information or to register for the walk, call OCCA at (607) 282-4087, e-mail programdirector@occainfo.org or visithttp://occainfo.org/calendar/over-the-top-mud-lake/.

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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
http://occainfo.org/
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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

PRE-REGISTER NOW FOR DINNER TO HONOR CLARVOE AND GUENTHER
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ANNOUNCES NATURE PHOTO CONTEST
OCCA PRESENTS AS PART OF INAUGURAL RED TALKS SERIES AT SUNY ONEONTA
FOUNDER OF RIVERKEEPER TO SPEAK AT OCTOBER TU MEETING
USED LAPTOPS NEEDED FOR GUATEMALA SERVICE PROJECT
FOG SEEKING HELP FOR HAUNTING TRAIL
MASTER GARDENER EVENT EXAMINES ‘POWER OF PLANTS’
AG PLASTIC, PELLET BAG COLLECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER
HELPING HANDS SOUGHT FOR GREENWAY PROJECT
OCCA FACEBOOK POSTS FEATURE INTERESTING, TIMELY ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
LATEST EDITION OF OCCA NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
DATES TO REMEMBER

PRE-REGISTER NOW FOR DINNER TO HONOR CLARVOE AND GUENTHER: On Monday, November 16, the Otsego County Conservation Association will host a special Benefit to honor Martha Clarvoe, an OCCA Board member who recently retired after 15 years with a long list of accomplishments on behalf of Otsego County and the environment, and Ben Guenther of Five Star Subaru, for all he has contributed on behalf of our organization and many other nonprofits/community groups/events. The Benefit will be held at the Holiday Inn Oneonta/Cooperstown. The cost is $75 per person – all proceeds will go toward OCCA programs and will be tax deductible (minus the cost of dinner). Invitations are being mailed soon, but you can reserve your spot now. E-mail admin@occainfo.org or call (607) 547-4488 to pre-register or to learn about dinner sponsorship opportunities. This event replaces OCCA’s traditional Annual Dinner and Meeting this year. All OCCA members are invited to attend; a ballot for the 2016 slate of Board directors will be mailed and made available on OCCA’s website.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ANNOUNCES NATURE PHOTO CONTEST: The Environmental Stewardship Team of the First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown is sponsoring an amateur nature photo contest, the theme of which is “Beauty in Nature.” This contest is open to the following age groups: 5-9 years; 10-15 years; 16-21 years; and 22 years and up. Amateurs only, please. Photographs should be 4”x6” or 5”x7”, have your name on the back, and must be framed (one entry per person). Photos may be submitted from September 15 through October 15 at 25 Church Street, Cooperstown; see Church Secretary Betty Baxter Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (607) 547-8401. And good luck!

OCCA PRESENTS AS PART OF INAUGURAL RED TALKS SERIES AT SUNY ONEONTA: OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs and Program Director Jeff O’Handley joined SUNY Oneonta’s Phil Bidwell and Tim Hayes for the debut of the college’s RED (Real Educational Discourse) Talks series on Wednesday, September 2. OCCA’s presentation, titled “Mission Impossible? Man Versus Water Chestnut,” focused on the organization’s efforts to control the invasive water chestnut on Goodyear Lake and touched upon the challenges of distinguishing OCCA from Otsego County’s environmental “alphabet soup.” To view all three presentations, visithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZqSLF7RAMI&list=PLqccNq4o1h1n6tBpn-Siil_R2niJpq3bM.

FOUNDER OF RIVERKEEPER TO SPEAK AT OCTOBER TU MEETING: On Monday, October 12 at 7 p.m., the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited will welcome nationally-recognized sportsman, environmentalist, and activist Robert H. Boyle, who will speak on the decline of the stonefly and what this reveals about the conditions of our rivers and streams. This meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the main building of The Plains at Parish Homestead, 163 Heritage Circle, Oneonta. Boyle is the chief founder of “Riverkeeper,” New York’s clean water advocate protecting the Hudson River and its tributaries. He is a former senior writer for “Sports Illustrated” magazine and author of “The Hudson River: a Natural and Unnatural History.” Boyle was instrumental in obtaining legal standing for U.S. citizens in environmental disputes, allowing them to defend public resources from abuse in order to protect communal watershed quality. Sportsmen and those concerned about the quality of New York’s waterways won’t want to miss this presentation. For more information, contact Dave Krupa, president of the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited, at (607) 643-2004 ordjkrupa615@gmail.com.

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.

FOG SEEKING HELP FOR HAUNTING TRAIL: Volunteers are needed by Friends of Glimmerglass State Park to help haunt the trail for the annual Ghoulish Gathering on October 16 and 17 from 7-9:30 p.m. Volunteers can use their own costume or borrow one from FoG and will receive a complimentary hot dog meal and beverage. This event at Glimmerglass State Park will feature haunted hayrides, goblin games and tasty treats. Visit www.friendsofglimmerglass.com for more information.

MASTER GARDENER EVENT EXAMINES ‘POWER OF PLANTS’: The Master Gardener Volunteers of Otsego County invite the public to the Third Annual Harvest Luncheon and Silent Auction on Saturday, October 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown. The special luncheon speaker will be Dr. Jane Mt. Pleasant, assistant professor, Cornell University.  Her keynote address, “The Power of Plants in Our Lives,” focuses on the beneficial relationship between plants and human well being. In addition to the luncheon and speaker, the Master Gardeners will hold a silent auction to benefit the education and outreach work they perform in our county. There will be a wide array of auction items including original artwork, vacation and tourism packages unique to our area, custom jewelry by Fiona DeJardin and Susan Burdsall, restaurant, museum, and recreation certificates, artwork for the home and garden, and more. The Master Gardener Volunteers of Otsego County provide demonstration gardens at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building at 123 Lake Street in Cooperstown.  They also host a variety of educational programs throughout the year, including Spring Garden Day in conjunction Earth Festival. Master Gardeners provide a telephone Help Line to answer garden-related questions. In addition, the volunteer work of Master Gardeners can also be seen in schools, public buildings, and a variety of other institutions throughout the county. Tickets for the event are $30.  Seating is limited. For further information or reservations, call (607) 547-2536 or e-mailotsego@cornell.edu or visit http://cceschoharie-otsego.org or www.facebook.com/CCESchoharieOtsegoMG.

AG PLASTIC, PELLET BAG COLLECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER: 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. The collections are scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, November 12 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days will run from8-11 a.m. Participation is free, though pre-registration is required. Two collections were held last spring, both in Oneonta. Farmers dropped off more than 6,000 pounds of plastic for recycling. In addition, homeowners brought over 1,000 pounds of wood pellet bags. Six and one half bales, averaging 1,100 pounds each, were created. Combined with the plastic baled on some 15 farms scattered around the county, nearly 40 tons of plastic have been set aside for recycling this year. Plastic being accepted this fall includes bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers. Wood pellet bags are also being accepted. Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director and the outreach coordinator for RAPP in Otsego County, stated that certain procedures need to be followed for storing and maintaining the plastic prior to drop off. O’Handley also noted there will be additional collection days next spring, as many farms generate the bulk of their plastic over the winter. Those interested in participating should call OCCA at (607) 282-4087 for instructions on how to prepare their plastic for the collection.

HELPING HANDS SOUGHT FOR GREENWAY PROJECT: Volunteers with their own clippers are needed to trim the fence that separates the Oneonta Susquehanna Greenway trail from I-88. E-mail Donna Vogler to learn more at donna.vogler@oneonta.edu. Vogler is an active member of the Oneonta Susquehanna Greenway Project and a member of the OCCA Board of Directors. For an interactive map of the Oneonta Susquehanna Greenway, visit http://www.oneontagreenway.org/imagemap.html.

OCCA FACEBOOK POSTS FEATURE INTERESTING, TIMELY ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS: “Food waste and beef fat will be making airplanes soar.” “The wind and sun are bringing the shine back to Buffalo.” “Pity for penguins: They can’t taste their dinner.” These are just some of the articles featured recently in OCCA’s weekday Facebook posts. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Otsego-County-Conservation-Association-51851923557/timeline/ to “like” OCCA.

LATEST EDITION OF OCCA NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE: The summer 2015 edition of Otsego County Conservation Association’s newsletter, “The Lookout,” is now available via the OCCA website at http://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Lookout-Summer-2015.pdf. This six-page issue contains information about OCCA’s efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species, the status of the proposed Edic to Fraser transmission line, and links to recent installments of the “OCCA Notes” column in the “Cooperstown Crier.”

DATES TO REMEMBER:

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
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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

AG PLASTIC, PELLET BAG COLLECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER

OCCA ELECTRONIC FUNDRAISER ENTERS FINAL DAYS

NOTICE OF TECHNICAL CONFERENCE ISSUED BY PSC

GOODYEAR LAKE MANAGEMENT PLAN IS SUBJECT OF WQCC MEETING NEXT WEDNESDAY

STUDY EMPHASIZES NEED TO REDUCE DEBRIS ENTERING OCEANS

OCCA PRESENTS AS PART OF INAUGURAL RED TALKS SERIES AT SUNY ONEONTA

NYTACF TO CELEBRATE 25TH YEAR AT ANNUAL MEETING

OCCA FACEBOOK POSTS FEATURE INTERESTING, TIMELY ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS

LATEST EDITION OF OCCA NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

OCCA RELEASES BASSWOOD TRAIL MAP

MAP FEATURES PHOTO FROM CNY HIKING WEBSITE

USED LAPTOPS NEEDED FOR GUATEMALA SERVICE PROJECT

DATES TO REMEMBER

AG PLASTIC, PELLET BAG COLLECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER: 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. The collections are scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, November 12 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days will run from8-11 a.m. Participation is free, though pre-registration is required. Two collections were held last spring, both in Oneonta. Farmers dropped off more than 6,000 pounds of plastic for recycling. In addition, homeowners brought over 1,000 pounds of wood pellet bags. Six and one half bales, averaging 1,100 pounds each, were created. Combined with the plastic baled on some 15 farms scattered around the county, nearly 40 tons of plastic have been set aside for recycling this year. Plastic being accepted this fall includes bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers. Wood pellet bags are also being accepted. Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director and the outreach coordinator for RAPP in Otsego County, stated that certain procedures need to be followed for storing and maintaining the plastic prior to drop off. O’Handley also noted there will be additional collection days next spring, as many farms generate the bulk of their plastic over the winter. Those interested in participating should call OCCA at (607) 282-4087 for instructions on how to prepare their plastic for the collection.

OCCA ELECTRONIC FUNDRAISER ENTERS FINAL DAYS: On or about today, September 21, Otsego County Conservation Association’s campaign team members will be firing off their final e-mails as part of OCCA’s annual electronic fundraiser. Beginning August 20, OCCA challenged its team to raise $10,000 by September 21 in support of programs to protect our water and land from invasive species. Thanks to tremendous community support, OCCA surpassed its original goal last week and set its sights on $15,000. There’s still time to donate – to learn how you can help OCCA and its partners prevent the spread of invasive species, why this is important, the ways in which your donation will be put to good use, and who our team members are, visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/occa-invasives/fundraiser/occa.

NOTICE OF TECHNICAL CONFERENCE ISSUED BY PSC: The New York State Public Service Commission announced last week that a second technical conference on Case 13-E-0488 would be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9 in Albany. As presented in the notice, the purpose of the first day is to allow the Trial Staff of the Department of Public Service to “present, explain and discuss a Report and Motion it will have prepared and submitted in advance of the Technical Conference…” DPS Trial Staff estimate that the report will be released on or around September 22. It is important to note that the report will include a recommended ruling on the Edic to Fraser AC Transmission Line Project. However, Senior DPS staff will have to approve the recommendation for it to take effect. The purpose of the second day is to allow representatives from the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition to present a report that discusses the “need” for additional AC transmission. The opportunity for the public to participate in the Technical Conference is very limited. However, the DPS will be live streaming the conference. The full notice can be accessed at http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Common/ViewDoc.aspx?DocRefId={A04A7DE9-1AFB-4215-BB40-0BA3F4EF14F3}. To view the webcast of the Technical Conference, see http://www.dps.ny.gov/Webcasts.html.

GOODYEAR LAKE MANAGEMENT PLAN IS FOCUS OF WQCC MEETING NEXT WEDNESDAY: Goodyear Lake will take center stage at the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee meeting on Wednesday, September 30 as Caitlin Stroosnyder provides an overview of her study of Goodyear Lake and comprehensive management plan for the lake and its watershed. Stroosnyder is a graduate student in SUNY Oneonta’s Lake Management Master of Science Program; her research to this point has largely focused on determining the current state of affairs in the lake and surveying the perceptions and opinions of residents both lakeside and in the upstream watershed.  Stroosnyder has worked with local communities, the Goodyear Lake Association, and the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District to draft a plan for the future management of this important local resource. The WQCC meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in Classroom B of The Meadows Office Building, 140 County Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown, is hosted by the Otsego County Planning Department. This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required by Tuesday, September 29. Those interested in attending should e-mail WQCC Secretary Darla M. Youngs at admin@occainfo.org or call (607) 547-4488. This event is made possible thanks to the Otsego County WQCC which, in order to better satisfy the educational component of its mission, has restructured its monthly meetings to include public information sessions. The OCWQCC 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 www.otsegosoilandwater.com/waterqualitycc.html.

STUDY EMPHASIZES NEED TO REDUCE DEBRIS ENTERING OCEANS: A study published by the University of Queensland shows that more than half of the world’s sea turtles have consumed plastic or other marine debris. For more on the report, seehttp://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150914102741.htm. To learn about the Ocean Conservancy’s “Trash Free Seas” movement, visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/marine-debris/.

OCCA PRESENTS AS PART OF INAUGURAL RED TALKS SERIES AT SUNY ONEONTA: OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs and Program Director Jeff O’Handley joined SUNY Oneonta’s Phil Bidwell and Tim Hayes for the debut of the college’s RED (Real Educational Discourse) Talks series on Wednesday, September 2. OCCA’s presentation, titled “Mission Impossible? Man Versus Water Chestnut,” focused on the organization’s efforts to control the invasive water chestnut on Goodyear Lake and touched upon the challenges of distinguishing OCCA from Otsego County’s environmental “alphabet soup.” To view all three presentations, visithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZqSLF7RAMI&list=PLqccNq4o1h1n6tBpn-Siil_R2niJpq3bM.

NYTACF TO CELEBRATE 25TH YEAR AT ANNUAL MEETING: The New York State Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation has released its Fall 2015 newsletter. This issue of “The Bur” includes information about plans to apply for deregulation of a blight resistant American chestnut tree and the itinerary and registration forms for the NYTACF Annual Meeting on October 13 and 14 in Syracuse (all are welcome to attend). For more information, visit http://ecosystems.psu.edu/research/chestnut/newsletters/newyork-news/the-bur-vol-21-1-2015.

OCCA FACEBOOK POSTS FEATURE INTERESTING, TIMELY ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS: “Food waste and beef fat will be making airplanes soar.” “The wind and sun are bringing the shine back to Buffalo.” “Pity for penguins: They can’t taste their dinner.” These are just some of the articles featured recently in OCCA’s weekday Facebook posts. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Otsego-County-Conservation-Association-51851923557/timeline/ to “like” OCCA.

LATEST EDITION OF OCCA NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE: The summer 2015 edition of Otsego County Conservation Association’s newsletter, “The Lookout,” is now available via the OCCA website at http://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Lookout-Summer-2015.pdf. This six-page issue contains information about OCCA’s efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species, the status of the proposed Edic to Fraser transmission line, and links to recent installments of the “OCCA Notes” column in the “Cooperstown Crier.”

OCCA RELEASES BASSWOOD TRAIL MAP: The Otsego County Conservation Association has released a self-guided map for the Blue Walking Trail at Basswood Pond State Forest. The map highlights notable plants and birds likely to be encountered in the state forest and includes information on some of the ecological features found along the two-mile loop. “This trail guide is the result of efforts by a number of people who worked hard to showcase the natural assets of Basswood,” said OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs. “The layout and initial writing were done by SUNY Oneonta graduate Faith Carney during her internship with OCCA. Former Environmental Education Intern Liam Heiland also contributed, and Program Director Jeff O’Handley oversaw the project.” Basswood Pond State Forest, located in Burlington, was established in the 1930s as a reforestation area by New York State. Over the years it has become a popular destination for hikers and cross-country skiers, and the 16-acre pond attracts fishing enthusiasts. OCCA has been conducting trail maintenance and cleanup activities at Basswood since 2006 under a volunteer stewardship agreement with New York State. Youngs said the trail guide project developed out of a desire to connect more people with the forest. “Basswood Pond State Forest is a great natural resource for Otsego County residents, underused and still not widely known,” she said. “We hope this guide will encourage more people to explore and enjoy all Basswood has to offer.” Color-printed on 11×17 paper, the map folds down to pocket size. It is free and currently available on request by contacting OCCA at (607) 547-4488 or admin@occainfo.org. A PDF is also available for download on OCCA’s website at http://occainfo.org/basswood-pond-state-forest-self-guided-blue-trail-map/.

MAP FEATURES PHOTO FROM CNY HIKING WEBSITE: Those of you who have already checked out the new Basswood Pond Blue Trail map, whether online or in hard-copy format, have undoubtedly admired the striking photograph of black-eyed Susans on its cover. OCCA thanks Edmund Ressler of CNY Hiking for allowing us to use this colorful and cheerful photo to depict Basswood. The CNY Hiking website features trails here in Otsego County (http://cnyhiking.com/OtsegoCounty.htm) and statewide, along with hiking tips, gear recommendations and other hiking-related links including fall foliage reports you won’t want to miss. See http://cnyhiking.com/.

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.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

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!