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(COOPERSTOWN) – Otsego County Conservation Association is hosting two events during the week of August 20.

On Wednesday, August 22, the Be Informed! Lecture Series continues with Heat Smart Otsego. Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director for Heat Smart Otsego, will introduce participants to energy saving technologies such as ground-source heat pumps, air-source heat pumps, and modern pellet stoves and boilers. These technologies can reduce heating and cooling costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and can reduce the release of dangerous volatile organic compounds. The program will also highlight incentive programs that can help homeowners defray the costs of installing these technologies. The program begins at 6:30pm in the Community Room at the Clark Sports Center, 124 County Road 52, Cooperstown. The Be Informed Lecture Series is a joint program of Otsego County Conservation Association and Mohican Farm, The Clark Foundation.

On Thursday, August 23, OCCA Board member, Trish Riddell Kent and her husband, Steve, lead a walk through the field and creek portion of Robert V. Riddell State Park in Oneonta. In 2005, the Kents donated the land, which had been in the Riddell family for generations, to the state. This easy, 1.5-mile walk will pass through woods, fields and along part of Schenevus Creek, and will include discussion of the property’s unique history. The walk begins at 6:30 pm at the main parking area of Riddell State Park, Route 28, Oneonta, just north of I-88 Exit 17.

Both programs are free and open to the public, though pre-registration is appreciated. For more information, or to sign up for the program, visit http://occainfo.org/calendar/.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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