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OCCA ECO-BULLETIN

June 24, 2011

ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

June 24, 2011: Vol. 4, No. 13

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

OCCA NATURE WALK SERIES FEATURES TWO HIKES NEXT WEEK

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WATER CHESTNUT HAND-HARVESTING

OCCA NATURE WALK SERIES FEATURES TWO HIKES NEXT WEEK: 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 (admin.

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 needs your help to keep fighting the threats to our natural resources. Got a minute? Visit our website and look at everything else OCCA is doing – and please consider an online donation whenever you can. Click on http://www.occainfo.org and look for the Network for Good logo at the top right of the home page.

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