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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WATER CHESTNUT HAND-HARVESTING

June 6, 2011

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WATER CHESTNUT HAND-HARVESTING: For the past five years, the Otsego County Conservation Association and Goodyear Lake Association have been vigorously battling an invasive plant, the water chestnut, as it spreads throughout the northern part of Goodyear Lake. It has been estimated that without this initiative, the northern portion of the lake (the stump lot) would be completely covered by water chestnut in less than five years. This season, OCCA and GLA are organizing five hand-harvesting efforts: June 17-18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; July 15-16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; August 19-20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and September 16-17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering for this effort should call and leave contact information with Bruce Shultis of the Goodyear Lake Association, 432-8698, or with Tavis Austin at OCCA, 547-4488. Volunteers will meet at the Route 28 pull-off in Portlandville, just south of Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales, at the appointed time each day. Gloves are suggested and canoes and johnboats are available. Those in need of a boat are asked to call to register so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Lake area residents who would prefer to boat over to the stump lot are encouraged to do so.

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