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OCCA ECO-BULLETIN

May 18, 2011

ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

May 18, 2011: Vol. 4, No. 9

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

ORCA’S THIRD BIKE TO WORK DAY IS THIS FRIDAY

PRESENTATION WILL FOCUS ON ENHANCEMENT, PROTECTION OF RIPARIAN BUFFERS

FRIENDS OF GLIMMERGLASS TO KICK OFF OCCA NATURE WALK SERIES AT NATIONAL TRAILS DAY® EVENT

PLANTING WORKDAY IS SATURDAY, MAY 21

ORCA’S THIRD BIKE TO WORK DAY IS THIS FRIDAY:Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates, a committee of the Otsego County Conservation Association, is geared up for its third annual Bike to Work Day this Friday, May 20. “We hope everyone chooses an alternative ‘green’ mode of transportation – biking, walking or even skateboarding – to get to work or school, to run errands, or just for fun on May 20 in particular and as a lifestyle choice in general,” said event organizer Martha Clarvoe. Those interested in participating should go to the OCCA website home page, 607) 547-4020 or by e-mail, <a href="mailto:martha.clarvoe.

PRESENTATION WILL FOCUS ON ENHANCEMENT, PROTECTION OF RIPARIAN BUFFERs: Tony Capraro and Bill Gibson will give an overview of programs available for the enhancement and protection of riparian buffers along streams and rivers at the next Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 25. Capraro and Gibson, representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Otsego County Field Office, will discuss opportunities through the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency, respectively. They will provide an introduction to the importance and function of riparian buffers, planting strategies for landowners, and details of the various federal programs available to agricultural landowners. The WQCC meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in Classroom A, will be hosted by the Otsego County Planning Department at 140 County Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required by Friday, May 20. Those interested in attending should e-mail admin or call (607) 547-4488. This event is made possible thanks to the Otsego County WQCC which, in order to better satisfy the educational component of its mission, has restructured its monthly meetings to include public information sessions. The OCWQCC was established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. It is comprised of a diverse group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations. These members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County through the reduction of nonpoint source pollution within its boundaries. For more information on the WQCC, visit www.otsegosoilandwater.com/waterqualitycc.html

FRIENDS OF GLIMMERGLASS TO KICK OFF OCCA NATURE WALK SERIES AT NATIONAL TRAILS DAY® EVENT:On Saturday, June 4, Friends of Glimmerglass State Park will host a number of free activities in celebration of the American Hiking Society’s 19th annual National Trails Day.® This event, co-hosted by the Otsego County Conservation Association, will be held at Glimmerglass State Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program begins at 11 a.m. at the Nature Center with instruction by Ryan Hudyncia on the basic tenets of the national “Leave No Trace” program: plan ahead and prepare, be prepared for surprises, respect the land, dispose of waste properly, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, and be considerate of other visitors. Hudyncia will then lead participants along the park’s Beaver Pond Trail for observations and clean-up. The group will return to the Nature Center for instruction on how to make a safe campfire and to cook lunch (hotdogs). This event is for all ages and will be held rain or shine. Those taking part are asked to dress appropriately for weather conditions – hiking boots and work gloves are recommended – and may bring small work tools. Lunch and water will be provided. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling the park at friendsofglimmerglass. Participants should use the Mill Road entrance to access the Nature Center. The Beaver Pond Trail hike and clean-up mark the beginning of OCCA’s 2011 Nature Walk Series. Since 2001, OCCA has organized and/or co-sponsored nature walks on local trails. Other confirmed dates, venues and hike leaders for 2011 are: June 12, The Robert V. Riddell State Park, Trish and Steve Kent; July 2, Lordsland Preserve, Connie Tedesco and Dick deRosa; July 9, Hooker Mountain, Terry Bliss; August 6, Milford State Forest, Dave Kiehm; September 10, Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park, Joe Ritton; October 23, The Robert V. Riddell State Park, Trish and Steve Kent; and January 15, 2012, The Robert V. Riddell State Park, snowshoe hike with the Kents. The OCCA hike schedule is still taking shape – for more information, e-mail admin.

planting workday is saturday, may 21: Join Gwen Miner, domestic arts supervisor, and Keelin Purcell, manager of school and farm programs, on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Farmers’ Museum as they prepare and plant their field garden during Planting Workday. Minor will talk about historic planting practices, after which participants will get to work planting rows of corn, potatoes, onions, and squash. This is part of The Farmers’ Museum monthly workday program, aimed at those who would like to learn more about farming and gardening. Pre-registration for these programs is not required. For this particular workday, children ages 7 or older are welcome as long as they are supervised. Helpers are asked to come in work clothes and will meet up at the museum’s entrance outside the Main Barn at 10 a.m. Contact Purcell at k.purcell for more information.

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