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OCCA ECO-BULLETIN

July 8, 2011

ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

July 7, 2011: Vol. 4, No. 15

Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:

OCCA PREPARING FOR SUSQUEHANNA INVASIVES PADDLE

BLISS TO LEAD OCCA HOOKER MOUNTAIN HIKE

occa preparing for susquehanna invasives paddle: 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 (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

BLISS TO LEAD OCCA HOOKER MOUNTAIN HIKE: Terry Bliss will lead a walk on trails in the Hooker Mountain State Forest on Saturday, July 9 at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at the trailhead near the intersection of Hooker Mountain Road and Dog Hill Road, Westford. Those interested may follow Bliss from the parking lot of Jackie’s Restaurant, Milford as he departs at 8:30 a.m. Call admin.

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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