NEW Environmental Collaborative Seeks Members
Representatives of Otsego County Conservation Association, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, and Otsego County Department of Solid Waste and Planning are excited to announce the formation of a new collaborative group. The Susquehanna Headwaters Environmental Collaborative will bring together environmentally-minded organizations, businesses and individuals in order to expand their collective impact through cooperative projects, shared resources and goal setting, and improved inter-organization communication. The Collaborative is seeking members and is currently planning an event for summer, 2022.
The work done in March of 2019 at the Otsego County Environmental Summit at SUNY Oneonta paved the way for the creation of the Susquehanna Headwaters Environmental Collaborative. Organized by Otsego County Conservation Association and the Otsego Land Trust, the summit brought together representatives from 24 organizations for a day long, facilitated discussion which delved into a wide range of issues facing the environmental community and explored opportunities for greater cooperation. Members of these organizations continued to meet informally through the Spring of 2020, however a good deal of momentum was lost with the onset of COVID-19. This new group is an outgrowth of the original concept.
Deirdre Crouse, Project Coordinator for OCCA, said participation in the Susquehanna Headwaters Environmental Collaborative can have many benefits.
“By working together, community members and regional organizations can reach new audiences and expand their impact,” Crouse said. “Communication between groups will provide opportunities to partner, and can allow organizations to play to their strengths and further their individual missions.”
The collaborative’s steering committee currently includes members from Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego County Department of Solid Waste and Planning, and Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Crouse said the group is open to any person, business, or organization in the Susquehanna Headwaters Region with an interest in the environment. Annual membership dues range from $0 for students, $20 for individuals, $50 for non-profits and municipalities, and $70 for businesses. These dues provide expanded capacity for project & event promotion, planning and execution, and access to professional development and learning opportunities. For more information, contact Crouse via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (607) 547-4488.
Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit organization 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.
The mission of Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society is to protect the natural environment and connect people with nature to benefit birds and other wildlife through conservation, education, research and advocacy. DOAS envisions a healthy world where people and wildlife thrive, and natural resources are protected. For more information visit www.doas.us.