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(SPRINGFIELD)—Otsego County Conservation Association is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a garden party at Mohican Farm in Springfield. The party will take place on Saturday, August 11, from 5-8pm.

“Looking at the past 50 years of OCCA activities makes me proud to be a part of the organization and confident that our supporters will continue to help us keep Otsego County a wonderful place to be,” said Vicky Lentz, President of OCCA’s Board of Directors.

OCCA was founded in 1968 by a group of citizens who were concerned with sustainable forestry and land-use issues in Otsego County. The organization quickly expanded its scope, establishing the Lake Otsego Committee in 1972, a glass reclamation center in Cooperstown in 1973, and sponsoring student interns and research at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station. OCCA maintains a strong interest in these areas today, and also conducts programs in invasive species control, environmental education, and provides planning assistance to municipalities and citizens’ groups.

“Our focus has shifted depending on the interests of the board and the needs of the community,” said Lentz, who has been President since 2011. “Our flexibility and responsiveness are keys to our success and longevity.”

Dr. Leslie Orzetti, OCCA’s Executive Director since 2016, said, “I’m proud to be part of an organization that has been serving Otsego County’s citizens since 1968, and I look forward to being part of sustaining our mission and moving us into our next 50 years.”

OCCA’s 50th Anniversary Garden party takes place at Mohican Farm in Springfield. The site of the former Spaulding Estate, Mohican Farm is owned and operated by The Clark Foundation. Sponsors include Five Star Subaru, Cooperstown Dreams Park, Steve Zerby Design/Build, LLC., Otsego Lake Association, Rich McCaffery, Community Bank, NA, Metro Cleaners, and L.M. Townsend Catering. Dinner is provided by L.M Townshend Catering. The Angus Mackie Trio will provide music.

Tickets for the OCCA 50th Anniversary Party are $75 and can be purchased at https://occainfo.networkforgood.com/events/6114-50th-anniversary-garden-party.

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.

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