ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 15, No. 7 – July 13, 2021

Trail Tuesdays

Want to spend some quality outdoor time in our state forests? Want to improve recreational opportunities for all members of the Otsego County community? Join OCCA for Trail Tuesdays! Each session, we’ll work on a section of trail in either Basswood Pond State Forest or Arnold Lake State Forest. Activities will include cutting brush, removing woody debris, improving drainage, and repairing walkways and other trail structures. Participants should bring their own work gloves. OCCA can provide a limited number of hand tools. All participants will need to fill out a New York State Volunteer application, available at Volunteer Stewardship Individual Application (ny.gov). Current dates and times:
July 20, 6pm-8pm, Arnold Lake State Forest, Hartwick
August 3, 9-11am, Arnold Lake State Forest, Hartwick
August 17, 6-8pm, Basswood Pond State Forest, Burlington
Please register using our online registration form. You will receive instructions on meeting location, equipment, etc., after registration.

Paddle and Pull, Silver Lake

Saturday, July 17, 10am-1pm
Silver Lake in New Berlin is unfortunately home to high priority invasive species, water chestnut and European frog-bit. Join us as we work to rid the lake of these damaging plants. Lunch will be provided! Paddle and Pull–Silver Lake, July 10 – OCCA – Otsego County Conservation Association (occainfo.org).

Chop & Cheese

Wednesday, July 21, 6-8pm, Mohican Farm
It’s back! Japanese knotweed, that is. Join us for a pleasant evening of cutting and digging up Japanese knotweed at Mohican Farm in Springfield, and then enjoy light refreshments in the beautiful gardens. Share your own experiences with removing this hard to control weed. Visit Chop and Cheese – OCCA – Otsego County Conservation Association (occainfo.org) to sign up to join in the fun.

Paddle and Pull, Goodyear Lake

Saturday, July 24, 9am-noon
Water chestnut in the Stump Lot of Goodyear Lake is stubbornly refusing to go away. Meet at the Portlandville Fishing Access Site on NY-28 and help us search for and remove this stubborn invasive. Bring your own watercraft or reserve a space in an OCCA canoe. Visit Paddle and Pull — Goodyear Lake – OCCA – Otsego County Conservation Association (occainfo.org) to sign up.
These activities all serve to fulfill part of the Otsego Octet Summer Challenge! In addition, be sure to check out some of our pre-recorded invasive species video programs on our YouTube channel!

HeatSmart Mohawk Valley: Introduction to Clean Heating & Cooling

Webinars offered
Come join us as we introduce you to HeatSmart Mohawk Valley, and our solutions around clean heating and cooling. We’re here to help you understand the new technologies available to help you save money, reduce your energy costs, and experience a much more comfortable climate in your home. The process may seem intimidating to start, but our HSMV team is here to walk you through every step of the way.
July 23, 10am-11am, ZOOM (please register, following the link below):
Webinar Registration – Zoom
July 30, 11am-12pm, ZOOM (please register, following the link below):
Webinar Registration – Zoom

Summer Sessions: Sip and Learn with Mohawk Valley Economic Development District (MVEDD)

We have our first Clean Energy Informational Summer Session coming up in partnership with MVEDD! Join us at Woodland Farm Brewery to lean about clean energy Solutions and savings for your home, business and community! If you can’t make this date, we will have more sessions throughout the summer at different local beverage venues throughout the Mohawk Valley, so keep an eye out for more dates!
July 14, 5pm-7pm, Woodland Farm Brewery, Utica
July 22, 5pm-7pm, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Milford
More dates to come as the summer continues!

Otsego County Household Hazardous Waste Day is coming!

After one year off due to the pandemic, our friends at Otsego County Solid Waste Department are happy to announce that the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day will return for 2021. The dates are August 20, 8-11am at the Unadilla Town Barn, and August 21 from 8am-1pm at the Meadows Office Complex in Cooperstown. Visit Welcome to Otsego County, NY for more details.

Volunteer needed! OCCA will once again be coordinating volunteers to help out with HHW. Volunteers will help direct traffic, unload cars and recycle paint. Shifts from 7-11am and 10am-2pm (or all day, if you’ve got the stamina!). Email Jeff O’Handley (programdirector@occainfo.org) to sign up.

Otsego Octet Summer Challenge


Otsego Outdoors wants you to hit the trails, waterways, and cycling paths this summer. Complete any eight activities from a list of 16 and you can earn an Otsego Outdoors Summer Octet Challenge patch. The Challenge is open from May 29 to September 6. For information and a registration form, visit Home – Otsego Outdoors.

Be Counted! Join our Little Things Campaign today!

Summer is in full swing here in Otsego County Conservation Association! We hope you are enjoying all that our corner of the world offers. Today we are launching a campaign to get more people involved in protecting our environment.

Our goal is to share a variety of small tools anyone can use to their part! Taking small steps everyday is how we are going to make a difference in this world, and the proceeds of our “Little Things” midyear fundraiser will support our work in community education. Our goal for our midyear campaign is for 100 people to make a donation (even just $5) to stand up and be counted as someone who is worked each day to try to incorporate the little things we can all do to help.
We’ll be spending the next 6 weeks providing you with little acts that can make a big impact in the long-run. Check back daily to our Facebook, Instagram, and website to see what Little Thing is in store each day. Grab a friend, or go solo, and come back to tell us about your experience!

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.
OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSN INC – The Little Things (networkforgood.com)

Heatsmart Mohawk Valley: On Demand!

Want to learn more about Clean heating and cooling technology, but can’t make some of our live webinars? Check out our on Demand programs:
• Introduction to Cleaner and Greener Heating and Cooling – Recording Registration – Zoom
Heat Smart Mohawk Valley: Agricultural Energy Audit Program | Heat Smart Mohawk Valley (heatsmartmv.org)

Visit our website for more information: Heat Smart Mohawk Valley | A clean heating and cooling community campaign (heatsmartmv.org)

Community Resilience

OCCA continues to serve part of the Clean Energy Communities and Climate Smart Communities team for the Mohawk Valley. If you are interested in how to get your community involved in Clean Energy, Climate Resiliency and planning for the future then contact Amy today to see how to get started! director@occainfo.org or call at 607-547-4488

Visit OCCA’s YouTube Channel

OCCA Covid Policy – OCCA – Otsego County Conservation Association (occainfo.org)

How You Can Help Protect Our Local Environment

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