Our Environment.
Our Home.

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COOPERSTOWN—Otsego County Conservation Association has the following programs coming up:

On Friday, November 10 OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley leads a guided walk at Mohican Farm in Springfield at 2 p.m.Offered in conjunction with Glimmerglass Film Days, the walk will investigate Mohican Farm as a “home.” Meet at the OCCA office at 7207 State Highway 80.

The OCCA/Mohican Farm Be Informed! Lecture Series concludes for 2017 on Wednesday, November 15 at Mohican Farm. “The What, Why and How of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” explores how we can reduce our solid waste output and features Karen Sullivan, director of the Otsego County Solid Waste Department; Karey Foster, Operations Analyst with Casella Resource Solutions; and Bob Sutherland, Manager of Mohican Farm, The Clark Foundation. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

OCCA’s final walk of 2017 will be on the Sleeping Lion trail at Glimmerglass State Park on Tuesday, December 5 at 10 a.m. Offered in conjunction with the Adirondack Mountain Club Susquehanna Chapter, the 2.5-mile hike travels through a variety of forest environments and offers a wonderful view of Otsego Lake.

OCCA is currently accepting entries for their annual essay contest for “camperships” to DEC camps. Open for Otsego County students ages 11-14, contestants must submit an essay (up to 750 words) that addresses the following question: “What could you do personally to help protect the environment and what kind of impact would it make?” Winners will receive a week-long stay at a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation summer camp. The deadline for entries is December 1.

OCCA is also hosting two agricultural plastic collection days in the month of November. Farmers with used film plastic, including bale wrap, silage bags, bunker cover, greenhouse covers and wood pellet bags can bring it to the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta on Saturday, November 11, or to the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown on Thursday, November 16. Collection time for both days is 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The plastic must be sorted according to type.

All programs are free, though pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, visit http://occainfo.org/calendar/ or call(607) 547-4488.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning, and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.