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Otsego County Conservation Association has released its schedule of programs for the month of September.

On Thursday, September 20 OCCA is leading “The Trees of Cooperstown,” beginning at 5:30pm at Pioneer Park in Cooperstown. This walk highlights the benefits of street trees, threats to our urban forests, and will also cover some basics of tree anatomy and identification. The walk is sponsored by the Village of Cooperstown through an Urban Forestry Grant.

On Saturday, September 22, OCCA is seeking volunteers to assist with picking up litter along a 2-mile section of State Route 80 in Cooperstown/Springfield. OCCA adopted this section of road through the New York State Adopt-A-Highway program. Bags, gloves and safety equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Meet at 8am at OCCA’s office, 7207 State Route 80, Cooperstown.

It’s back to the forest on Wednesday, September 26. Joe Sweeney, Forest Technician with the Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District leads a walk at John W. Chase Memorial Forest in Middlefield. Sweeney will discuss Otsego County’s 3600 acres of forest land and will illustrate examples of sustainable forest management, best management practices, multi-use land management, and will also discuss forest pests and invasive species. The walk begins at 9am at the intersection of Middlefield, Van Cleef and Pearsall Roads in Middlefield.

All programs are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, and can be done by visiting or by contacting OCCA at (607) 547-4488 or by visiting https://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.

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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