OCCA works with partner organizations in many ways to accomplish mutual goals and maximize available funds.

NRCSNatural Resources Conservation Service
Since 1935, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America’s private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources. NRCS employees provide technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer’s specific needs and NRCS provides financial assistance for many conservation activities. Participation in NRCS programs is voluntary.

nypirgNew York Public Interest Research Group
The New York Public Interest Research Group is New York State’s largest student-directed consumer, environmental and government reform organization. This nonpartisan, not-for-profit group was established to effect policy reforms while training students and other New Yorkers to be advocates. Since 1973, NYPIRG has played the key role in fighting for more than 120 public interest laws and executive orders.

NYSG540New York Sea Grant
New York Sea Grant, a statewide network of integrated research, education, and extension services promoting the wise use and protection of marine and Great Lakes resources, is currently in its 37th year of “Bringing Science to the Shore.”

nysdec_logo_200x200New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Links on this page will answer most questions site visitors have about the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s web content and data, about technologies and applications used on the site, and about DEC policies governing privacy, copyright and use of DEC web content.

neansNortheast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel
The NEANS Panel’s mission is to protect the marine and freshwater resources of the Northeast from invasive aquatic nuisance species through commitment and cohesive coordinated action.

Otsego CountyOtsego County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling The Otsego County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling manages the countywide recycling program and the annual hazardous waste collection event, administers the Solid Waste User Fee, and maintains liaison with Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Management Authority (MOSA).

SWCD_LogoOtsego County Soil & Water Conservation District
The staff at Otsego Soil & Water Conservation District works with landowners, land managers, local government agencies, and other local entities in addressing a broad spectrum of resource concerns, including erosion control, flood prevention, water conservation and use, wetlands, ground water, water quality and quantity, non-point source pollution, forest land protection, wildlife, recreation, waste water management, and community development.


Parks & Trails New York
Parks & Trails New York is the only organization working statewide to protect New York’s parks and help communities create new parks. Founded in 1985, Parks & Trails New York has grown from a small group of park advocates to over 5000 members and supporters from every region of the state.

BFS-Logo-PNGSUNY-Oneonta Biological Field Station
The Biological Field Station at Cooperstown is a facility of the State University College at Oneonta. The main laboratory, located on Otsego Lake, serves as a focus for analytical procedures essential for research activities in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. It houses collections of local flora and fauna acquired during research activities. There is a large aquarium room, a unique multipurpose laboratory, three analytical laboratories, and a library, and more than 10 boats ranging from 14-foot aluminum “john boats” to the specially fitted 45-foot research vessel, Anodontoides.



While partner organizations collaborate with OCCA on various projects and initiatives, they do not necessarily share the mission and/or views of OCCA