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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 8 – Aug 1, 2020

Announcements This months Eco-Bulletin is jam packed full of great opportunities to join the OCCA Community out and about in a safe, social distance manner or from the comfort and safety of your own home with one of our many online learning sessions.  We hope you

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 7 – July 1, 2020

Spotlight on Invasives: Not so Wild about Parsnip Wednesday, July 8, 12-1pm Wild parsnip has been taking over our roadsides and fields, where it crowds out native plants and poses a threat to our health and safety. Join OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley, for this look at parsnip: where

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Together we can make a change.

As a part of the environmental community, OCCA and its staff express profound grief at the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Systemic racism remains to be an ongoing blight in our country, and it is incumbent upon all of

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 6 – June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 6 Water Chestnut Pull on Goodyear Lake: Facebook Live Sunday, June 7, around 10:30am. Join the OCCA team for a short trip on the Goodyear Lake “Stump Lot” in search of the invasive plant, water chestnut. In this short, live

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The Power of Planning, During and after the Pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 1-2pm   The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to fundamentally change how our communities are planned for the future. Communities will have to learn to adapt current planning practices such as holding public meetings, amending zoning codes, and developing comprehensive plans to post-pandemic standards.

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 5 – May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 5 Heat Smart Otsego Events  Learn about clean heating and cooling technologies for your home or business through this series of free, 45-minute webinars. Join from your home computer, tablet or smart phone! • “Whole Home Retrofit” presented by Snug Planet. Tuesday, May 5,

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GMU, Morris win recycling competition

(COOPERSTOWN) – Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Elementary and Morris Middle/High Schools were the top recyclers of film plastic in this year’s Otsego County Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. Students from eight schools participated in this year’s challenge, which was sponsored by the Otsego County Solid Waste Department and Otsego

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 4 – April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 4 Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we regret to say that Earth Festival as an in-person event has been cancelled. We’re very disappointed, as Earth Festival is an event we look forward to all year, but the health

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Earth Festival goes digital

 Due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus and COVID-19, Otsego County Conservation Association will be taking the annual Earth Festival online, organizers said. The event, originally scheduled for April 18, will instead be a five-day event taking place online. In its fifteenth year, Earth Festival is an event

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March 20, 2020 Update

As our lives continue to change rapidly in response to COVID-19, we wanted to update you on things here at the Otsego County Conservation Association. As of right now, we have closed the office to visitors and will be working from home until further notice.  We are

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Exhibitors and vendors wanted for Earth Festival

(COOPERSTOWN) – The Fifteenth Annual Earth Festival is fast approaching, and spaces are still available for vendors/exhibitors. Founded in 2006, Earth Festival is a gathering of Otsego County’s environmental community for a day-long celebration that features exhibits, workshops, and products with an environmental theme. The event

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 3 – March 2, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS The ‘Bag Ban’ Is Here! Effective March 1, most stores are no longer be able to provide single use plastic bags at the checkout counter. This law was enacted to help reduce waste and pollution associated with plastic bags. There are a lot of questions

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Watershed Group to hold public engagement meeting in Burlington

Watershed Group to Hold Public Engagement Meeting in the Town of Burlington on the Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan (COOPERSTOWN, NY) — The Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee invites interested residents to attend a stakeholder meeting on Thursday February 13th at 6 p.m. in the

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Earth Festival 2020 Vendor Signup is Open!

The fifteenth annual Earth Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School. Earth Festival was conceived as a an opportunity for the environmental community to work together to provide a showcase event to help keep Otsego County citizens

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OCCA February programs feature woods walk, stargazing

A mid-day walk in the woods and a night of stargazing highlight Otsego County Conservation Association’s activities for the month of February. On Sunday, February 9th OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley leads a walk at the Clark Sports Center as part of Cooperstown Winter Carnival. The

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 2 – February 4, 2020

Get Out and Walk! Sunday, February 9, noon-2pm, Clark Sports Center Take a brisk trail walk with OCCA and the staff of the Clark Sports Center at the Clark Sports Center! We’ll wind our way through hemlocks and hardwoods, along the river’s edge and onto a

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 1 – January 3, 2020

Hello! My name is Amy Wyant and I am the new OCCA Executive Director.  I know that I will have some very big shoes to fill after all the wonderful work that Leslie Orzetti accomplished and I am very excited to be part of such a great

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 13, No 12 – December 4, 2019

Be Empowered to Save Energy Forums Be empowered to make informed decisions about your home’s energy usage! Lean how free energy audits can help lower energy bills, how heat pumps save money while adding comfort and safety to your home, and how solar energy can reduce

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OCCA Sponsors DEC Summer Camp Scholarships Through Essay Contest

(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

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BeEmpowered to Save Energy!

Clean energy workshops to be held across Otsego County this heating season This fall, Otsego County residents have an opportunity to ‘Be Empowered’ to make informed decisions about their home’s energy usage at three workshops across Otsego County. Participants will learn how free energy audits can

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Experts to talk invasive species

Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) and Mohican Farm continue their 2019 Be Informed! Lecture Series with a program on the known and anticipated impacts of two different invasive species on Wednesday, November 20, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. In A Decade of Zebra

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 13, No 11 – November 1, 2019

Otsego Residential Clean Energy Tour November 2, 1100-300pm Join Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler on a tour of three homes in the Cooperstown area that have installed ground or air source heat pumps. This is a great opportunity to see what they look like,

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Position Announcement – Executive Director

Application review begins November 1 Organization: Otsego County Conservation Association Posted: October 17, 2019 Location: Cooperstown, New York Position: Executive Director Salary: Commensurate with experience Website: www.occainfo.org Application Deadline: Until filled Employment Level: Full time Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is a private, non-profit environmental conservation

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Hike to Mud Lake on Sunday, October 27

Otsego County Conservation Association’s Nature Walk series continues on Sunday, October 27 in Robert V. Riddell State Park in Davenport. Steve Kent leads this 3.5-mile hike to Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog on top of South Hill. The walk traverses a variety of forest types and

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