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Board of Directors
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
NOTICE TO BIDDERS: In response to the detection of the invasive insect, Emerald Ash Borer, in Onondaga County, the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District (OCSWCD) will be requesting proposals for bids on ash tree removal contracts across Onondaga County. At this time tree removal contracts will be drafted for work along County Road right-of-ways, a pump station, and a waste water treatment plant in the town of Manlius.
Please be aware that all business entities will be reviewed by the New York State Department of Labor and Prevailing Wage will be strictly enforced. Bid packets will be distributed at a cost of $20 per packet. Under special circumstances, bid packets may be mailed for an additional fee of $25 to be paid at the time of order by credit card taken over the phone. Packets will be mailed USPS priority mail. Please contact the District in advance (315) 457-0325 to request a bid packet and notify us of how many packets you will require before picking them up at the District office. Bids will be received until 10:00AM on February 12, 2016.
In Case of Emergency
If you are trying to reach the District office after hours due to a FARM emergency, you can call Mark Burger, Executive Director, on his cell phone (315)415-5057.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MANURE SPILLS & OTHER EMERGENCIES
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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
VOLUNTEERS & STEWARDS INVITED!
LEARN HOW TO MONITOR FOR
HEMLOCK WOOLLY ADELGID
2/16 & 3/19 Skaneateles Lake Watershed
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County (CCE) will be partnering with the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Central New York Land Trust, and Cornell University to offer two hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) awareness and monitoring hikes on February 16, 2016 and March 19, 2016. Citizens who appreciate hemlock trees and forests can help by learning how to identify HWA and report possible infestations during one of two winter hikes. Winter is the ideal time to see the insect.
On February 16, 2016 at 10:00am families are invited to join CCE and the Finger Lakes Land Trust to explore High Vista Nature Preserve and learn how to identify hemlock trees and look for signs of HWA. Snowshoes or cross-country skis may be needed in case of deep snow. Snowshoes may be available to borrow. To register visit: www.cceonondaga.org or contact Jessi Lyons at 315-424-9485 ext. 233 for more information.
On March 19, 2016 at 10:00 am hemlock lovers, property owners, volunteers and stewards, are invited to join the CNY Land Trust, Mark Whitmore of Cornell University, and CCE Onondaga to learn more about HWA, visit the Bahar Nature Preserve to see HWA firsthand, and then monitor hemlock stands at the Elbridge Swamp Preserve. This full-day event will start at the Skaneateles Library to hear more about HWA from Mark Whitmore, and how to monitor and report HWA from Jessi Lyons, environmental educator at CCE. After a break for lunch, the group will carpool to Bahar Nature Preserve and then Elbridge Swamp Preserve. To register visit: http://cnylandtrust.org/march-19-hemlock-woolly-adelgid/
HWA is a very small aphid-like insect that can kill hemlock trees within 4-12 years. Hemlock trees are found in glens and gorges throughout the Finger Lakes, and are a popular landscape tree. Hemlock trees provide shelter for wildlife year-round, stabilize steep slopes, and cool streams and lakes which helps maintain water quality and support local fisheries. HWA was discovered along Skaneateles Lake in 2014, and has been found spreading across the western shoreline and southern portions of Skaneateles Lake. HWA has also been confirmed across the Finger Lakes region in recent years, and poses a threat to all hemlock trees in the region.
FARM OF THE YEAR AWARD
2015: Lawrence Doody & Sons, LLC
2014: Barbland Dairy, LLC
2013: Tre-G Farms, LLC
2012: Burgett Farm
2011: Reeves Farms
2010: Greenfield Farms, LLC
MUNICIPAL PARTNER AWARD
2015: Onondaga County Dept. Transportation