Go Wild With OCCA!
Here in Otsego County, we are very lucky to have some of the most beautiful landscapes that people from around the world highly value. These landscapes paint a picture of our historic and ecological character. James Fenimore Cooper once said, “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore.” We at OCCA believe, as James Fenimore Cooper did, that to unplug and be part of our surroundings is one of the most important ideals of conservation. We cannot help conserve our valuable natural resources without your help.
We are going to take you on a tour of some of these landscapes so you, too, can appreciate them. Follow us as we hike through Basswood Pond State Forest, Arnold Lake State Forest, Hick State Forest, and Robert V. Riddell State Park. On these hikes, you can enjoy the foliage and natural beauty that Otsego County has to offer. We will be live tweeting, posting to Facebook, and posting our adventures to YouTube.
We’re Conserving For You!!!!
OCCA is the trail steward for Basswood Pond State Forest through a volunteer steward agreement with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. We have constructed small boardwalks, hung and maintained trail markers, and chopped up fallen trees, all to ensure a clear path on the hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing paths for YOU! Your support can help us organize volunteers and get out on those trails to keep them safe for all to enjoy.
Here at OCCA we believe that environmental education is an integral part to preserving natural resources for years to come. As part of this mission, OCCA hosts nature walks and programs in a variety of ecosystems and settings. Some of our walks and paddles have taken us through the forests, fields, wetlands and waterways of Otsego County. Some of our favorite spots are Riddell State Park, Basswood State Forest, Hick State Forest, and Goodyear Lake. Your support will help us continue these special outings where you can learn about wildflowers, history, birds, geology, invasive species, and the general flora and fauna of our area.
How Will Your Money Help?
Aside from our work in trail maintenance and environmental education through nature hikes, OCCA is involved in several other important initiatives that can help benefit all residents of Otsego County. Below are some descriptions of these important initiatives:
- implementing public education campaigns to help Otsego County residents better understand how they can help prevent the spread of invasive species
- managing such invasive species as water chestnut and Japanese Knotweed
- funding boat inspection programs run by Canadarago Lake Improvement Association and the Village of Cooperstown and Otsego Lake Association
- organizing community events such as the Otsego Lakes Festival, Lake Appreciation Day, and the Earth Festival
- facilitating for local jurisdictions with sound environmental planning
- funding interns and graduate students both at the OCCA offices and the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station
- recycling thousands of pounds of agricultural plastics, inkjet cartridges, small electronics, cereal bags, pens, toothpaste tubes, tennis balls, and more each year
- assisting local farmers and promoting agricultural conservation
- and many, many more……..
Thank You For Your Support!!!!
By donating you help us leverage grant funding and statewide partnerships throughout the year.