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Film Festival Mohican Farm Hike

November 10 – 2:00pm – Mohican Farm (Corner of Allen Lake Road and Rte. 80 – Cooperstown)

In the spirit of celebrating this year’s Glimmerglass Film Days theme “Home”, OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley will lead a hike introducing you to OCCA’s home – Mohican Farm.  Jeff will lead participants around our lovely “home” and highlight the flora and fauna of the site, and give a history of the property.    Program is free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.


Ag Plastic Collections

November 11 – 8-11am (Southern Transfer Station); November 16 – 8-11am – (Northern Transfer Station)

Farmers have two chances to drop off used agricultural film plastic in the month of November.  Acceptable materials include bale wrap, bunker silo cover, silage bags, greenhouse covers and wood pellet bags. Material must be sorted by type and as clean and dry as possible. Free, but pre-registration is requested. For information on how to properly prepare the material for recycling or to register, contact OCCA at (607) 282-4087.


Be Informed! Lecture Series

November 15 – 6:30pm Mohican Farm (7207 St. Rte. 80; Corner of Allen Lake Road and Rte. 80 –Cooperstown)

Join us on National Recycling Day for an informative lecture entitled:  The What, Why and How of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Guest speakers include: Karey Foster (Casella); Karen Sullivan (Otsego County Solid Waste and Planning); and Bob Sutherland (Mohican Farm). Each will talk about how you can lower your solid waste footprint by recycling, composting, and other tricks of the trade.  Come find out “what goes where” in the world of household trash disposal. Program is free and open to the public. Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/.


Sleeping Lion Trail Hike

December 5 – 10am – Glimmerglass State Park

Program Director Jeff O’Handley will lead a walk on the Sleeping Lion trail at Glimmerglass State Park for the Susquehanna Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club. This 2.5-mile trail traverses several forest types and offers breathtaking views of Otsego Lake. Free. For information on carpooling from the Oneonta area, contact Julie Smith, outings chair of ADK.  Register at http://occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/


OCCA Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Inaugural Sampling Weekend a Success!

Over 20 volunteers braved the water and sampled nine Otsego County stream sites over the weekend of October 19.  Volunteers collected data on water temperature, specific conductance, oxygen levels, pH, water clarity, and nutrient levels.  This was the first sampling occasion of the program, and volunteers will be monitoring monthly.  Keep an eye out for them in a creek near you!  For more information on the program and to get involved see our website at: http://occainfo.org/citizen-science-stream-monitoring/



OCCA Wins Grant for Citizen Science Stream Monitoring Program

OCCA just got news that we received a $5000 grant from the Change Happens Foundation for the Citizen Science Stream Monitoring program.  Funds from this grant will help purchase additional monitoring kits, defray the cost of staff time, and help pay for additional safety equipment for our volunteers.  We are excited to be carrying out this program for Otsego County, and hope to provide valuable data for our citizens, local and state governments, and the Chesapeake Monitoring Network, so that we can do our part to help protect the Chesapeake Bay.  For more information on the program and to get involved see our website at:http://occainfo.org/citizen-science-stream-monitoring/


As part of our year end appeal, OCCA is launching a new #GivingTuesday campaign.  Giving Tuesday has become the second largest time of charitable giving across the globe, and you can get in on the action by becoming an OCCA donor.  If you already support of OCCA – THANK YOU!!!!  Pass the word on to your friends this giving season that you value the work OCCA does and challenge them to match your donation to our efforts.  Check out our #GivingTuesday page at:  https://occainfo.networkforgood.com/projects/39055-giving-tuesday-2017 to make a donation today!


    Climate Smart Communities Webinar

The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation is holding a webinar series that explores the relationship between climate change, agriculture, and municipal policies in New York State.  It will describe the types of plans and policies that local governments can adopt to protect farmland and support low-emission, sustainable farming in communities. If you are interested, provide your name and community affiliation, either via email or telephone to the DEC Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.govor 518-402-8448. 


To join the webinar on November 9th, follow these steps:

  1. First, click on this link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=efc4353c76cbe0aa931978df0180b20d5
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the meeting password: NYSDEC1
  4. Click “Join“.
  5. Audio by phone: Click “Call Me” in the onscreen “Audio Connection” box and enter your phone number to have the system call you. Alternatively, call 1-844-633-8697 and enter the Event Number: 643 005 988, followed by your Attendee ID (which will be displayed on your screen in the Event Info tab) to join the audio portion. (The Attendee ID is recommended but not required.)
  6. Audio via computer: To listen via your computer’s built-in audio or via VoIP, go to the Audio menu and select “Call Using Computer“. For more details, review this short video: https://help.webex.com/videos/1290


 Glimmerglass Film Days

Glimmerglass Film Days encourages environmental stewardship through encounters and lively collaboration with world-class artists, activists and scholars to bring cultural events–screenings, hikes, talks, bike rides, and exhibits–of world class quality to our region. This year’s festival theme is home, where filmmakers will take us on a global tour of the places people live. We’ll meet people joining together to defend a way of life as well as individuals seeking to transform communities. Films follow people along trajectories that compel them (and us) to assess what is community, what is family, what is home.  The festival runs from November 9-13, tickets are on sale now.  See http://www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/ for more information.  The Otsego Land Trust will also be hosting a hike on November 13 at 11am.  See www.otsegolandtrust.org for more information.


Brookwood Clean-Up Day

The Otsego Land Trust is looking for volunteers for a day of clean-up at Brookwood Point to get everything ready for winter. All are welcome; those who can spend just a few minutes helping to those who can stay the entire duration.  No gardening experience necessary.  OLT will provide tools, expertise and refreshments.  This event will be held rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. Please RSVP to Sara at 607-547-2366 or sara@otsegolandtrust.

Natural Gas Transportation Public Meeting

Otsego County officials will be holding a public meeting regarding the transportation of natural through Otsego County.  The meeting will be an opportunity to hear presentations of facts by local experts and corporate executives. Participants will include representatives from XNG, New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Police, the Otsego County Office of Emergency and others.  The meeting will be held on November 16 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Milford Central School auditorium.


Conference on Food and Farming

Have you ever considered a career in Agriculture? If so, the Farmers’ Museum is hosting its annual Conference on Food and Farming on November 4, 2017 from 9:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M. The conference will show attendees the broad range of careers available in agriculture, and give them the opportunity to connect with local agricultural agencies. Origins Café and the Youth Food Movement will deliver the keynote address. The event is free and open to the public. 

Plastic Bag and Film Collection

There will be a plastic bag and film collection at the New York State Association for Reduce, Reuse & Recycle (NYSAR3) Conference at the Otesaga Hotel. All are invited to bring single-use grocery bags (non-biodegradable), newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags, wood pellet bags, bread bags, frozen food bags, package wrap, produce bags, and more. Bags and film plastic must be clean and dry, and must have all strings, rigid plastic handles, and food residue removed. For more details, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/50042.html . Collection will be on Wednesday, November 8, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Webinars

The Trump administration will hold 10 teleconferences and one in-person meeting to solicit input as it prepares to write a new rule defining which streams and wetlands are subject to federal protection. The schedule for the Waters of the US webinars is as follows:


Did You Know?

Many of you have seen cute and cuddly pictures of Pandas chewing on sprigs of bamboo. In addition to being a favorite food of these loving animals, bamboo has the potential to yield immense savings as a climate mitigation tool. Bamboo has the ability to sequester 2.9 tons of carbon per year, has the tensile strength of steel, and the compressive strength of concrete. If we were to invest $24 billion in planting bamboo worldwide, we could yield a 30-year return of $265 billion! Talk about a bang for your bamboo.

Reference:  http://www.drawdown.org/solutions/land-use/bamboo