When it comes to Otsego County’s natural beauty, open space is a major part of the equation. Plentiful open space is a good indicator of a healthy environment, offering carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, and fresh air and water. OCCA strives both to protect open space and to encourage its appreciation among county residents.
OCCA ECOTOURISM PROJECT
The Otsego County Conservation Association has begun to work with the Otsego County Tourism and Economic Development departments to identify and develop ecotourism opportunities throughout the region.
Definition: Ecotourism allows participants to experience the beauty of a regional ecosystem, while understanding the societal conflict of simultaneously consuming and preserving the area’s natural resources.
- To give participants a complete understanding of the regional environmental situation, good and bad.
- To learn about environmental challenges and solutions through traditional tourism, special events, film series and lectures.
- To give back to the community and help to solve the problems they are studying through volunteering.
- To patronize area merchants that subscribe to environmentally friendly business practices.
Suggested Related Sites
- Fin and Fur Adventures
- Green Global Travel
- Responsible Vacations in New York State
- Susquehanna River Basin Commission
- Sustainable Travel
- Watchable Wildlife
NATURAL RESOURCE APPRECIATION
To encourage county residents to enjoy the natural beauty which surrounds us, OCCA publishes and distributes free of charge an attractive and user-friendly area guide, “Otsego Walks & Paddles,” which features 10 trails and three canoe routes on the Susquehanna River. OCCA is the steward of one of the featured trails, Basswood Pond Trail. OCCA also annually organizes seasonal walks or canoe trips for county residents and visitors, most of them at sites included in the “Walks & Paddles” publication.
TRAILFINDER: Detailed, printable maps, directions and even bicycle-friendly B&B’s for 115 or the state’s best multi-use trails created by Parks & Trails New York.