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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 11 – November 2, 2020

Whats included in this months bulletin: Aquatic Invasive Species Webinar Get the Kids Out: A’Tree Part’ Series DOAS: Climate Action Webinar Heat Smart Mohawk Valley DOAS: Costa Rica’s Biodiversity webinar Clothing Donation and Textile Recycling America’s Conservation Enhancement Act Online Garage Sale Donations Needed -Amy and

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 10 – October 1, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS Whats included in this months bulletin: Non-Invasive Species Spotlight HeatSmart Mohawk Valley Launches new website Food Waste Bins Planning for a Changing Climate webinar We’re Hiring: Part-time Assistant Planner Highway Cleanup Leatherstocking Golf Course Nature Walk Trees for Tributaries Civic Engagement as an environmental advocacy

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Otsego County Assistant Planner Job Description

Overview: Founded in 1968, the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the Town of Springfield, New York. OCCA is  dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through research, education, advocacy, planning and resource management and practice.

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OCCA receives major funding for free training and support for local teachers

The Otsego County Conservation Association announced that it has been awarded funding through NOAA’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program for the Chesapeake Bay Headwaters Educational Ecosystem project. This three-year partnership between the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education & Training Program and OCCA builds capacity for environmental literacy and stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay watershed by building support at the district and

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 9 – September 1, 2020

Whats included in this months bulletin: Heat Smart Otsego is expanding! Spotlight on Invasives: Summer Summary Naked Eye Astronomy Butternut Creek Paddle  Household Hazardous Waste: POSTPONED Leatherstocking Golf Course We are Hiring! Civic Engagement as an environmental advocacy tool  For Business Owners: Please lend your voice

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Part Time Curriculum Specialist

OCCA is currently in search of a Curriculum Specialist to join our team for a 3 year grant funded part time position. Job Description  PT Environmental Curriculum Specialist   The Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is currently has two (2) positions open for Part Time K-12 Environmental Curriculum Specialists for our Chesapeake Bay Educational Ecosystem.  This program builds

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol. 14, No. 8 – Aug 1, 2020

Announcements This months Eco-Bulletin is jam packed full of great opportunities to join the OCCA Community out and about in a safe, social distance manner or from the comfort and safety of your own home with one of our many online learning sessions.  We hope you

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 7 – July 1, 2020

Spotlight on Invasives: Not so Wild about Parsnip Wednesday, July 8, 12-1pm Wild parsnip has been taking over our roadsides and fields, where it crowds out native plants and poses a threat to our health and safety. Join OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley, for this look at parsnip: where

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Together we can make a change.

As a part of the environmental community, OCCA and its staff express profound grief at the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Systemic racism remains to be an ongoing blight in our country, and it is incumbent upon all of

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 6 – June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 6 Water Chestnut Pull on Goodyear Lake: Facebook Live Sunday, June 7, around 10:30am. Join the OCCA team for a short trip on the Goodyear Lake “Stump Lot” in search of the invasive plant, water chestnut. In this short, live

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The Power of Planning, During and after the Pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 1-2pm   The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to fundamentally change how our communities are planned for the future. Communities will have to learn to adapt current planning practices such as holding public meetings, amending zoning codes, and developing comprehensive plans to post-pandemic standards.

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 5 – May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 5 Heat Smart Otsego Events  Learn about clean heating and cooling technologies for your home or business through this series of free, 45-minute webinars. Join from your home computer, tablet or smart phone! • “Whole Home Retrofit” presented by Snug Planet. Tuesday, May 5,

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GMU, Morris win recycling competition

(COOPERSTOWN) – Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Elementary and Morris Middle/High Schools were the top recyclers of film plastic in this year’s Otsego County Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. Students from eight schools participated in this year’s challenge, which was sponsored by the Otsego County Solid Waste Department and Otsego

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 4 – April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 4 Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we regret to say that Earth Festival as an in-person event has been cancelled. We’re very disappointed, as Earth Festival is an event we look forward to all year, but the health

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Earth Festival goes digital

 Due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus and COVID-19, Otsego County Conservation Association will be taking the annual Earth Festival online, organizers said. The event, originally scheduled for April 18, will instead be a five-day event taking place online. In its fifteenth year, Earth Festival is an event

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March 20, 2020 Update

As our lives continue to change rapidly in response to COVID-19, we wanted to update you on things here at the Otsego County Conservation Association. As of right now, we have closed the office to visitors and will be working from home until further notice.  We are

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Exhibitors and vendors wanted for Earth Festival

(COOPERSTOWN) – The Fifteenth Annual Earth Festival is fast approaching, and spaces are still available for vendors/exhibitors. Founded in 2006, Earth Festival is a gathering of Otsego County’s environmental community for a day-long celebration that features exhibits, workshops, and products with an environmental theme. The event

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 3 – March 2, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS The ‘Bag Ban’ Is Here! Effective March 1, most stores are no longer be able to provide single use plastic bags at the checkout counter. This law was enacted to help reduce waste and pollution associated with plastic bags. There are a lot of questions

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Watershed Group to hold public engagement meeting in Burlington

Watershed Group to Hold Public Engagement Meeting in the Town of Burlington on the Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan (COOPERSTOWN, NY) — The Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee invites interested residents to attend a stakeholder meeting on Thursday February 13th at 6 p.m. in the

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Earth Festival 2020 Vendor Signup is Open!

The fifteenth annual Earth Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School. Earth Festival was conceived as a an opportunity for the environmental community to work together to provide a showcase event to help keep Otsego County citizens

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OCCA February programs feature woods walk, stargazing

A mid-day walk in the woods and a night of stargazing highlight Otsego County Conservation Association’s activities for the month of February. On Sunday, February 9th OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley leads a walk at the Clark Sports Center as part of Cooperstown Winter Carnival. The

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 2 – February 4, 2020

Get Out and Walk! Sunday, February 9, noon-2pm, Clark Sports Center Take a brisk trail walk with OCCA and the staff of the Clark Sports Center at the Clark Sports Center! We’ll wind our way through hemlocks and hardwoods, along the river’s edge and onto a

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ECO-BULLETIN Vol 14, No 1 – January 3, 2020

Hello! My name is Amy Wyant and I am the new OCCA Executive Director.  I know that I will have some very big shoes to fill after all the wonderful work that Leslie Orzetti accomplished and I am very excited to be part of such a great

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