Eco-Bulletin Vol 7, No 2

ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
JANUARY 15, 2014: Vol. 7, No. 2

SEIFER TO SPEAK ON SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL: Bruce Seifer will deliver a lecture titled “Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Local Economy” on Wednesday, January 15 at the Otsego County Courthouse, 193 Main Street, Cooperstown. Seifer is the former assistant director for economic development in Burlington, Vermont’s Community and Economic Development Office. The presentation, beginning at 7 p.m., will examine a framework for local sustainable economic development and is based primarily on Seifer’s recent book of the same name. What is a durable economy? How is it created and what does it take to sustain it over time? This lecture will provide insights and answers to these questions. The framework offers a starting point for exploration of the various influences on a community’s economy. These include locally focused, social, cultural, environmentally sustainable, political and inclusive economy components. Taken together, these elements can lead to the formation of a durable local economy. This event, co-sponsored by Sustainable Otsego, Otsego 2000 and the Otsego County Conservation Association, is free and open to the public.

KENTS TO LEAD OCCA-SPONSORED WINTER/SNOWSHOE HIKE: On Saturday, January 18, Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent will host a Winter/Snowshoe Hike at the Robert V. Riddell State Park. Heading out at noon, the Kents (the donors of the state park land) will lead a leisurely winter excursion to Mud Lake and back. This hike, on moderate grade terrain up South Hill and then back down to the starting point, will take about 3-1/2 hours to complete, with the option to return to the parking lot at any time. Snowshoes are optional if the snow is not too deep and participants are comfortable walking. Highlights of the hike are waterfalls along the way and Mud Lake, a sphagnum bog, at the top of South Hill. Directions: Meet on Gersoni Road, just south of I-88’s Exit 17. If taking Exit 17 traveling east, make a right at the off ramp stop sign onto Gersoni Road. When taking Exit 17 traveling west, make a left and go under the I-88 overpass to access Gersoni Road. Parking is available on the shoulder of Gersoni Road just south of I-88 – watch for small green signs that read “State Park Lands.” For more information about the hike, contact OCCA by calling (607) 282-4087 or e-mail OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at programdirector@occainfo.org.

NEW YORK SHALE GAS POTENTIAL FORUM THIS FRIDAY: The likelihood of marginal shale gas prospects in New York State, which may in turn attract marginal drilling companies, is one of several possible scenarios to be discussed during a forum on New York shale gas potential on Friday, January 17 at The Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market Street, Oneonta. Featured presentations are: “ Geographic Extent of Shale Gas Productivity in New York,” James Northrup; “Shale Geology and Marcellus Potential in New York,” Brian Brock; “Forecasting Marcellus Productivity in New York,” Jerry Acton; and “New York Shale – High Risk, Low Reward,” Lou Allstadt. The event will be moderated by Professor Anthony Ingraffea. Doors open at 6 p.m., featuring music by the Gravelyard Bluegrass Band with special guest Kathy Shimberg. “Prospects for Shale Gas in New York” is co-sponsored by Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego Land Trust, and Cornell University Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail admin@occainfo.org.
For more information on OCCA-organized volunteer opportunities and hikes, visit http://www.occainfo.org/EnviroEventsCal.htm or e-mail admin@occainfo.org.

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