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OCCA ECO-BULLETIN

July 1, 2011

ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

July 1, 2011: Vol. 4, No. 14

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

LAKE CHALLENGE DINNER HONORING THE HAGERS IS NEXT FRIDAY

TEDESCO, DEROSA LEAD LORDSLAND HIKE TOMORROW

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WATER CHESTNUT HAND-HARVESTING

LAKE CHALLENGE DINNER HONORING THE HAGERS IS NEXT FRIDAY: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. If you are planning to attend and/or donate toward lake programming but have not returned your reply card, please do so as soon as possible. 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.

TEDESCO, DEROSA LEAD LORDSLAND HIKE TOMORROW: 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.

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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