Founded in 1968 by Otsego County residents desirous of maintaining the environmental integrity of Otsego County, OCCA plays a key role in initiating and carrying out a wide range of programs related to education, conservation and planning. Our work is always based in using and supporting sound, unbiased science.
Educating today’s youth is paramount to building an informed citizenry. At OCCA we believe that through our environmental education classroom programs, outdoor education experiences, and lecture series we can help Otsego County residents be well-versed in the preservation of our natural resources. Our outreach efforts on issues such as clean energy, recycling, and land management also give our residents information and activities on important programs around the county.
OCCA was founded by a group of concerned citizens and scientists in 1968 to help residents better manage their land based on sound scientific research. This founding mission is still followed today by employing and engaging local scientists to help promote sound land management practices and research projects regarding Otsego County’s natural resources.
Sound policy development and landuse planning are the cornerstones to natural resource protection. Through a scientific approach, OCCA helps local citizens and municipal officials determine the best course of action to protect Otsego County natural resources and preserve its rural character, while promoting economic development within our borders.