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OCCA Preparing for Susquehanna Invasives Paddle

July 5, 2011

OCCA Preparing for Susquehanna Invasives Paddle

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Conservation Association will be leading a team of canoeists down the Susquehanna River from July 25-29 during the organization’s first ever Susquehanna Invasives Paddle. This multi-day trip is designed to survey and map invasive species found along the 52-mile stretch of the river between Otsego Lake and Sidney.

Each of OCCA’s six-hour day trips, all part of the greater Susquehanna Invasives Paddle, will begin at 9 a.m. sharp at scheduled locations along the route. Participants—up to 12 individuals per day—will look for invasive plant species within the river proper. OCCA staff and assistants will aid participants in gathering GPS points for observed invasives or populations. This data will be used as part of a larger project, funded by Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership, to document the locations via iMap Invasives, an online tool used for the geotracking of invasive exotic species (http://www.imapinvasives.org ).

Early portions of the paddle, particularly at the Goodyear Dam south of Goodyear Lake, are mildly strenuous and will require portaging. Water and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact OCCA Environmental Planner Tavis Austin at planner or by phone, 607-547-4488.

Since 2006, OCCA has organized water chestnut (Trapa natans) eradication efforts focusing on the shallow “stump lot” area at the north end of Goodyear Lake. The Susquehanna Invasives Paddle is an extension of this five-year-long program and has been designed to: 1) map invasives species; 2) investigate areas above and below the stump lot that may have contributed to the increased water chestnut population or are being affected by the stump lot water chestnut population, respectively.

OCCA is a private, non-profit environmental membership organization 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, call (607) 547-4488 or visit http://www.occainfo.org

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