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Trees – Guardians of the Susquehanna (A Riparian Buffer Walk in Cooperstown)

October 6 – 1100am: Doubleday Field, Cooperstown

Join OCCA Executive Director Leslie Orzetti as she guides you through the streets of Cooperstown following Willow Brook from Doubleday Field to Otsego Lake.  The walk will talk about trees as a vital part of the stream ecosystem, their benefits, and programs that help restore riparian buffer ecosystems.  Other stops on the walk include Lakefront Park and ending at Council Rock. The program is sponsored by the Village of Cooperstown under an Urban Tree Grant from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation.  Program is free, registration is encouraged by not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/signup/.


Get the Kids Out – Trees!

October 8 – 1000am: Mohican Farm/Spaulding Estate, Cooperstown

Need something to do on Columbus Day? Come to Mohican Farm and explore the world of trees. We’ll search the property and learn how to tell different kinds from each other, understand the role trees play in our world, and have fun! Meet at OCCA’s office at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. Free. Register at: https://occainfo.org/signup/.

Ag Plastic Recycling Collection

October 11 – 800-1100am: Northern Transfer Station, Cooperstown

October 13 – 800-1100am: Southern Transfer Station, Cooperstown

Drop off used agricultural film plastic for recycling. Accepted materials include bale wrap, bunker silo cover, silage/ag bags and greenhouse plastic. Excess dirt/feed must be shaken off as much as possible, and plastic must be sorted according to type. Free, but please contact OCCA with questions or to pre-register. PLEASE NOTE wood pellet bags WILL NOT be accepted. Wood pellet bags may be dropped off at most stores that accept grocery bags for recycling.

Meet Your State Forester

October 20 – 1000am: Basswood Pond State Forest – Conservation Road Parking Area

State Forester Nathan Funk will lead an informative walk through Basswood Pond State Forest.  He will talk about the history, planned forestry actions, and recreational opportunities at the forest. Program is free, registration is encouraged but not necessary.  To register, visit: https://occainfo.org/signup/.


Over the Top! Mud Lake

October 27 – Noon: Pine Lake Environmental Campus, Charlotte Creek Road, Davenport

Join Steve Kent for an invigorating walk to Mud Lake in Robert V. Riddell State Park. This 3.5-hour, 4.5-mile hike traverses woods rich in beauty, including a 30-foot waterfall, oak and hemlock groves, and Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog at the top of South Hill. Along the way, Steve will share the history of the land that was donated by Steve and his wife, Trish Riddell Kent, in 2005. We will meet at Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College on Charlotte Creek Road and carpool to Gersoni Road to start. Bring snack/light lunch to eat on the trail, water, and proper clothing. Register at:  https://occainfo.org/signup/.



Farm Insurance Workshop

October 3 –500pm-700pm: Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE)

CADE is hosting a workshop educating farmers on their insurance needs. Cecil Davis from Bramely Agency in Delhi will discuss agritourism insurance, workers compensation, disability, product liability and other important insurance requirements related for farm businesses. For more information and to register online go to:http://www.cadefarms.org/events-1/


Glimmerglass Film Days

Glimmerglass Film Days, a program of Otsego 2000, features screenings of award-winning films, as well as encounters and collaborations with internationally known artists, activists, filmmakers, and scholars. The four-day series is further enlivened by art exhibits, local foods, brews, wines, and cocktails, as well as  guided hikes and walks, all designed to celebrate the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the Cooperstown region. Film Days is curated by Margaret Parsons, founder and director of the film program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  The film days this year are slated for November 8-12. For more information and purchase individual film tickets go to: http://www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/


Soil Health and Cover Crop Meeting

October 9 – 1030am-330pm: Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta

Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District will host a Soil Health and Cover Crop meeting. Guest speakers Steve Lorraine, Karl Czymmeck, and Steve Groff will lead discussions on cover crops, improving soil health, soil biology and more. Suitable for crop farmers, folks with livestock and landowners who have an interest in saving and improving soil quality for the next generation. Coffee, doughnuts and lunch will be served. RSVP to Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District at (607) 547-8337 ext 4, or email weaver@otsegosoilandwater.com by October 2.

Open Studio – Dave and Ann Kiehm

October 13 – 100-500pm: 1020 County Highway 46, Oneonta

Local artists Dave and Ann Kiehm once again open their studios for an afternoon of art and conversation. The Kiehms draw inspiration from our natural world to create stunning works of art. For more information, contact (315) 794-8425.

Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum

The third annual Upper Susquehanna Watershed Forum comes back to Oneonta on October 18 at SUNY Oneonta Morris Conference Center.  Come learn about what our area is doing to protect our waterways and be good stewards of the Chesapeake Bay.  Presentations include information on local work as well as regional and Chesapeake Bay wide work.  The conference is free and open to the public.  For more information and to register see: http://nylcvef.org/events/upper-susquehanna-watershed-forum/


Community Shared Solar Opportunities

Southern Tier Solar

Community solar is a program that greatly increases equitable access to locally produced solar energy. Community solar links a customer’s utility bill directly to a local solar farm, allowing them to go solar without installing solar on their home. A customer’s share of the electricity produced on the solar farm is credited directly to their NYSEG utility bill each month. Any NYSEG customer can sign up: renters, homeowners, businesses, and non-profits. To learn more about how you can save money on your electric bill, protect the environment, and support the local solar economy, check out our event schedule for Otsego County:



Solstice is a mission-driven organization dedicated to bringing affordable solar power to the 80% of Americans who cannot install a rooftop system. Solstice conducts comprehensive marketing campaigns to educate communities about community solar projects in their area, partnering with trusted local organizations to distribute community solar to their membership, conducting outreach efforts and managing the customer experience. There is currently an opportunity to buy into a new solar installation right in your own back yard in Laurens.  To learn more, contact Jackie Burke at 607-345-4816 or jackie@solstice.us or Tim Brown at 607-241-0125 or tim@solstice.us.

Did You Know?

Though ticks are often associated with summer, adult black-legged ticks (Ioxedes scapularis, also known as deer ticks) are most active beginning in October. Adult ticks that have previously bitten an infected animal at an earlier stage in their life are capable of transmitting Lyme disease and a host of other illnesses, including anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and Powassan disease. Any sort of warm weather (and “warm” includes high 30s/low 40s, temperature wise) can bring out adult black-legged ticks that haven’t fed yet. Always take precautions when outdoors in tick season.