Plastic Free July is a global movement aimed at solving the problem of plastic pollution. By pledging and acting to eliminate the use of single-use plastics, we can have a cleaner, healthier environment. Visit plasticfreejuly.org to take the pledge! The website offers resources and strategies for reducing use of single-use plastics in all areas of our lives.
Chop & Cheese – July 13, 6-8pm
Take down some Japanese knotweed, then enjoy some light refreshments in the garden! Some hand pruners, loppers and digging tools are available, or bring your own. Meet at the OCCA office at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown.
Frog-bit Friday – July 15, 10-noon
Need some exercise? You’ll be sure to get it while searching for and removing invasive European frog-bit from Clarke Pond in Springfield. This is a messy, mucky day, but it’s important for keeping this invasive from spreading. Please pre-register and indicate if you need to borrow a pair of diving booties to protect your feet.
Paddle and Pull – Goodyear Lake, July 16, 9-noon
Water chestnut is making a comeback in the stump lot section of Goodyear Lake. Bring your own watercraft or borrow an OCCA canoe. We’ll teach you what to look for and how to remove this annoying invasive.
Paddle and Pull – Silver Lake, July 30, 10-2pm
This beautiful, 40-acre lake in New Berlin has invasives trouble. Join OCCA and members of the Silver Lake community as we continue our efforts at removing water chestnut and European frog-bit from the waters. Registration required. Lunch provided!
Trail Tuesdays: July 12, 26, August 2, 9; 6-8pm
Are you interested in helping maintain walking trails in Otsego County? Join OCCA for Trail Tuesdays. Cut brush and overhanging branches, move debris off the trails, and perform other light maintenance on trails in Basswood Pond State Forest and Arnold Lake State Forest. Please sign up using the form on our website. Note that all volunteers must fill out and return a special DEC volunteer form. Locations for each session will be determined a few days in advance.