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OCCA Nature Walk Series features two hikes next week

June 23, 2011

OCCA Nature Walk Series features two hikes next week

COOPERSTOWN – A mid-summer’s eve bike or hike of New Island and a woodland and wetlands walk at Lordsland Preserve are next up on the Otsego County Conservation Association 2011 Nature Walk Series schedule.

On Wednesday, June 29 at 6 p.m., OCCA Board member Donna Vogler will lead walkers to the Oneonta dam and the old rail trestle bridge on New Island, while bikers ride with OCCA Board member Mark Davies over many trails in the floodplain woods. Mountain bike and helmet are recommended for bicyclists, while bug spray and protective clothing are advised for all.

According to a virtual tour created by Dr. Tracy H. Allen of SUNY-Oneonta (, New Island is located along the banks of the Susquehanna River within the city limits of Oneonta. It is an 100-acre riparian lowland located in the floodplain of the Susquehanna River. Officially, 82-acres of New Island is designated as a park, although no city park facilities exist.

Hikers and bikers are asked to meet at the Catella Park parking lot off James Georgeson Drive in Neahwa Park, Oneonta. For more information, call (607) 436-9234.

On Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m., botanist Connie Tedesco and former OCCA Board member Richard deRosa will lead a hike at The Nature Conservancy’s Lordsland Preserve, located near Roseboom. This mildly strenuous hike will take 1-2 hours, crossing through some of the preserve’s woodlands. Ferns and unusual wetland plants will be identified along the way. Participants should meet at the parking area on Doc Ahlers Road – for more information, call 547-4488.

Since 2001, OCCA has organized and/or co-sponsored nature walks on local trails. Other confirmed dates, venues and hike leaders for 2011 are: July 9, Hooker Mountain State Forest, Terry Bliss; August 6, Milford State Forest, Dave Kiehm; August 13, Sleeping Lion Trail at Glimmerglass State Park, park staff; 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. For a complete hike schedule, details and directions, visit admin.

Otsego County’s oldest environmental conservation organization, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit

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