Engaging our Communities in Responsible Stewardship



Invasive Species

Our work to control invasive species throughout the county includes the removal of water chestnut and European frog-bit from local lakes and ponds as well as chopping up stands of Japanese knotweed, and more.

Clean Heating and Cooling

Heat Smart Mohawk Valley is a community-based clean heating and cooling initiative to help residents and businesses lower their energy bills, improve comfort, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Support the Mission

Help OCCA continue offering outdoor experiences, promoting sustainable practices, and advocating for the protection of the amazing natural beauty and resources we are so fortunate to have.

Online Garage Sale

Items in good condition that you no longer need can be donated to the OCCA online garage sale. Donations support our efforts to protect Otsego County’s environment! Items should have a min. value of $10.


ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 5 – May 3, 2021

Our Team is GROWING! We are currently searching for a Full – Time Project Coordinator, so if you know any one who might be interested, please let them know!Check out the Full Job Description here! Earth Festival Success! Between our online programs, nature walks, and Drive Through, Drop Off recycling

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OCCA is Hiring! FT Project Coordinator

Job Overview:Project CoordinatorOtsego County Conservation Association (OCCA)Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000 a year with experience plus benefits Qualifications Excellent communication and organizational skills required. Intermediate software skills in Microsoft Office and Zoom required. Experience with Podio or other CRM software preferred. One or more years of experience supporting multiple program directors. Experience

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Online, In-Person Activities for Earth Festival

Otsego County Conservation Association’s Earth Festival is being held April 22 through 24 with a mix of online webinars, informal talks, in-person nature walks and a trivia night.  Information about all Earth Festival programs can be found at www.occainfo.org/Earth-Festival.   Webinars include “Many Happy Returns” on Thursday at 1pm. This program highlights efforts to restore populations of native species, notably pearly mussels, American eels, and

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Earth Festival “Drive Through, Drop Off” recycling event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 13, 2021Contact: Jeff O’Handley, programdirector@occainfo.org, (607) 282-4087Earth Festival Returns with “Drive Through, Drop Off” Recycling, Other Events (COOPERSTOWN) — Otsego County Conservation Association’s Earth Festival is being held April 22 through 24 with a mix of online webinars, talks, and in-person nature walks. Earth Festival wraps up with the

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Our commitment :

Dear OCCA partners and friends,   As a local organization, we know that how we present ourselves to the world matters and the increased violence targeting Asian communities have compelled us to reiterate our organizational beliefs:   We, the Otsego County Conservation Association, believe in a United States of America that is

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How to Get Rid Of...

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By becoming a supporter of OCCA, you become a part of a unique countywide environmental organization whose mission is to protect local natural resources for the benefit of all. 


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