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OCCA ECO-BULLETIN

June 8, 2011

ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

June 8, 2011: Vol. 4, No. 12

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WATER CHESTNUT HAND-HARVESTING

OCCA-SPONSORED NATURE WALK SCHEDULED THIS WEEKEND

HAGER CELEBRATION DINNER INVITATIONS MAILED

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.

OCCA-SPONSORED NATURE WALK SCHEDULED THIS WEEKEND: OCCA’s 2011 Nature Walk Series continues this weekend at The Robert V. Riddell State Park. On Sunday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m., Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent will lead an “Evening Walk” of the 200-acre field and creek portion of the park. This fairly easy walk, on mostly flat terrain, should take about 1-1.5 hours. The Kents, donors of the state park land, will meet participants at the park’s entrance on Robert V. Riddell Road (located off State Hwy. 28, to the right, just after taking I-88 Exit 17 or, if heading south on State Hwy. 28, the park entrance is on the left of State Rte. 28, just past the DOT gravel lot and tourist area at Lifgren Rd., located on the right). Walkers will see the old homestead and beautiful scenic vistas. For more information, contact OCCA at admin or 547-4488.

HAGER CELEBRATION DINNER INVITATIONS MAILED:On Friday, July 8, the Otsego County Conservation Association will host a dinner honoring Susanna and Lou Hager at The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown. This event recognizes the important role played by the Hagers as co-chairs of OCCA’s successful Otsego Lake Challenge Campaign and as long-time stewards of Otsego Lake. Invitations have been mailed. If you would like to receive an invitation – or make sure we have your correct address on file – please e-mail admin. Thanks to the Susanna and Lou Hager Matching Challenge Grant, the Hagers were integral in the success of the Lake Challenge. Since 2008, Lake Challenge funds have supported more than $300,000 in major Otsego Lake and Upper Susquehanna Watershed initiatives, including the septic system management plan, zebra mussel control, boat inspections, interns for lake research, riparian buffers, walleye stocking to control the invasive alewife, barnyard water management projects, lake monitoring, and public education. Dinner proceeds will help ensure the continuation of these efforts, which are essential to water quality protection, in 2012 and beyond.

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