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August 3, 2011


August 3, 2011: Vol. 4, No. 17

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SUMMER BIRDS AND NEO-TROPICS FOCUS OF HIKE THIS SATURDAY: Dave Kiehm, president of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, will lead a walk in the Milford State Forest this Saturday, August 6 beginning at 9 a.m. Participants will look for the summer birds and neo-tropics that frequent the area. This event is sponsored by the Otsego County Conservation Association as part of its 2011 Nature Walk Series. The Milford State Forest has been carefully managed since enduring a tornado in May 1998. The result is varied habitat for both flora and fauna, with scenes of quiet morning beauty. Led by Kiehm, hikers will meet at 9 a.m. sharp at the DEC warehouse on Kelly Corners Rd. (about 1/2 mile south of its intersection with State Land Road) for a walk of approximately two hours. Binoculars and footwear appropriate for tall, wet grass are suggested. For more information, contact Dave Kiehm at dave. Since 2001, OCCA has organized and/or co-sponsored nature walks on local trails. Other confirmed dates, venues and hike leaders for 2011 are: 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.

OCCA SUMMER 2011 NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE:The current issue of OCCA’s newsletter, “The Lookout,” is now posted on our website at The document, which is just over 1MB, begins with an article about new Board president Vicky Lentz. Headlines: Lentz assumes role of OCCA president, Clarvoe continues as project manager; Moving forward by working together; Riparian buffers an effective tool in water quality protection; Volunteers needed for water chestnut hand-pulling; Nature walk series continues; We’re putting membership dollars to good use: Here’s how; OCCA assists with emerald ash borer awareness efforts; A Look Back at "The Lookout"; OCCA: Working hands-on in your community; Protocol, chain of custody integral in water testing for legal purposes; Third Annual Bike to Work Day enjoys continued success; OCCA preparing for invasives paddle; Program makes lighting upgrades affordable; Lake Appreciation Day is Saturday, August 13; OCCA assists with Zoning Commission.

SEARCH FOR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UNDERWAY:Last month, Erik Miller stepped down from his position with the Otsego County Conservation Association as executive director to shepherd the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board. STERPDB, an economic development and planning agency, partners with eight member counties to identify and address multi-county issues in order to continue to improve the quality of life within the Southern Tier region of New York State. Darla M. Youngs, OCCA administrative director, is currently presiding as acting executive director and Environmental Planner Tavis Austin has assumed water quality programming and planning duties as OCCA begins its search for an executive director. For a full job description, visit The application deadline is September 1.

LAKE APPRECIATION DAY IS NEXT WEEKEND: OCCA, Friends of Glimmerglass State Park and the Otsego Lake Association are among the groups to host a Lake Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glimmerglass State Park. This event is intended to bring members of OCCA and other area environmental and lake organizations, lake residents, families, and friends together for a day of fellowship and recreation on the shores of Otsego Lake. A hike, a picnic lunch, swimming, and kids’ activities will be among the highlights, and lake-focused groups are welcome to exhibit in the closed pavilion. The schedule to date includes:

• a hike of the Sleeping Lion Trail led by Ryan Hudyncia
• “Glimmerglass Marketplace” vendors selling crafts, retail merchandise and flea market items
• flip-flop decorating contest
• “show and tell” session on aquatic life in Otsego Lake and the park’s Beaver Pond with biologist Tom Hughes
• educational exhibits by lake-focused organizations in the Lake View enclosed pavilion

The Glimmerglass Dragons, winners of a silver medal at the recent Finger Lakes Dragon Boat Festival, will be a featured exhibitor. Those interested in learning more about the sport and art of dragon boating are encouraged to attend. There will also be a preview of Silent Auction items to be featured at OCCA’s Annual Dinner this fall (details to be announced). A picnic lunch will be provided from 12:30-2 p.m., including hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers, salads, watermelon, cookies, and assorted beverages.Those planning to attend Lake Appreciation Day, or wishing to exhibit, are asked to call OCCA at (607) 547-4488 by Tuesday, August 9 to pre-register. There is no charge to take part in this event, but regular park admission fees will apply. Boaters are encouraged to paddle in for the day.For more information, visit or

SUMMER HARVEST FESTIVAL SET FOR AUGUST 11: The Butternut Valley Alliance will host its Summer Harvest Festival on Thursday, August 11 from 3-6:30 p.m. at Guy Rathbun Park (behind the firehouse) in Morris. This event is free and open to the public and will feature a farmers’ market, live music and home cooking. OCCA is among the co-sponsors.

GAS LEASE WORKSHOP OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: There will be an Otsego County Gas Lease Workshop on Wednesday, August 10 at 6 p.m. in the Milford Central School auditorium. Gas lease experts Joe Heath, attorney at law, and Mike Bosetti, former gas lease holder, will discuss lease termination, expiration and force majeure. This event is free and open to the public. The goal is to provide leaseholders with the information needed to potentially, legally terminate expiring leases. Links to materials developed by Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County – including a Lease Termination Packet with instructions on how to use the information to put a legal end to an expired lease; excerpts of the appropriate sections of the New York General Obligations Law 15-404, sample notice letter and sample affidavit of service – have been posted to the OCCA website. From the home page, click on the link under Natural Gas Drilling in the “In the News” box at the right. Click then on “Lease Termination” in the section titled “Information for Landowners.”

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 and look for the Network for Good logo at the top right of the home page.

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