Join us at the Delaware County Fair again this year, Monday August 16th through Saturday the 21st.
Working landscapes in agriculture and forestry provide the best water quality protection.
aerial farm reservoir landscape by Josh Dick
On Monday the 16th at 10 a.m., we're holding the tent-dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Over homemade pies by Barb Hanselmann, meet-and-greet with WAC Board Chair Fred Huneke, WAC Executive Director Craig Cashman, DEP Commissioner Cas Holloway and DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush.
WAC staffers will take your picture with Water Man and share with you their experiences and program participant successes.Catskill Watershed Corporation will be on hand Wednesday the 18th and Friday the 20th to answer your questions about residential septic systems, CWC programs and educational grant opportunities.
You & Your Watershed: Water & LandCheck out our educational display, You & Your Watershed. This year's theme, "Water & Land: Finite Natural Resources", features aerial images by photographer Josh Dick. Can you name all six Catskill/Delaware Watershed reservoirs? Something new awaits YOU -- look for it in the WAC-DEP booth across from the Entertainment Tent -- See You At The Fair!
barn meeting August 25PFMbarnmtgPFM BARN MEETING AUGUST 25
Albano Farm, Stamford
1:00 - 3:00 pm, FREE

Learn about the enhanced cow comfort and performance achieved by implementing a custom tie-stall renovation. Hosted by CCE-Delaware County and Precision Feed Management with funding from WAC and NYC DEP, this barn meeting will look at the Albano Farm project and its impact on dairy herd health.
  This renovation is modeled after work designed by veterinarian
Neil Anderson of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture (Canada).
  Frank and Mark Albano will share their decision-making and
renovation processes.
  John Conway, PRO-DAIRY Cornell Extension Associate, has been working with the Albano's to measure cows and calculate the structural changes that have made the difference.
  Kathy Finnerty, NYSCHAP Coordinator, will discuss and demonstrate cow comfort and lameness scoring.
  Rick Welsh of Lutz Feed, the Albano's herd nutritionist, will discuss his observations and how increased cow comfort has affected the herd's performance.
RSVP by August 23rd by contacting Judy at (607) 865-6531.
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 for the series, includes lunch and handouts
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County and the Council's Forestry Program are hosting Friday Forestry, a three-part school for forest owners at 4-H Camp Shankitunk, Delhi. In the afternoon, participants will walk to nearby Lennox Model Forest for a woods walk and hands-on projects.
On August 20, a panel of regional forestry professionals will discuss their agencies and services available to local forest owners. Chris Tcimpidis of Bevan Forestry will explain access trails, boundary lines, maps and soil surveys.  Watershed foresters will cover forest management planning, tree identification, soil types and forest ecology.
On September 24, Cornell wildlife specialists Gary Groff and Paul Curtis will discuss wildlife habitat. They will also give tips on how to protect your property from wildlife damage.  During the woods walk, participants will construct simple wildlife habitat enhancements at Lennox Model Forest.
On October 22, watershed foresters will talk about the basics of timber stand improvement (TSI) and how it can revitalize the productivity of woodlands.  Participants will also observe an active thinning operation in progress at Lennox Model Forest.
For more information or a program brochure, visit or call (607) 865-6531.
Whether you're raising ruminants now, or considering it in the future, meet with like-minds for a pasture walk at CMP Dorpers with owners Jean and Tim McCumber. Sponsored by WAC and CCE-DC, this Sheep & Goat Producer Group meets through the summer at area farms to learn how others are managing small livestock, ownership responsibilities and business approaches. Contact Lara Shockey (607) 865-7090 to RSVP or read this press release for more details on this watershed sheep & goat producer meeting.
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August 13, 2010
Little World's Fair, Grahamsville
August 13-15
August 15-21
Trained Logger Certification NYS Woodsmen's Field Days, Boonville
August 20, 21, 22
Friday Forestry, Delhi
August 20
September 24
October 22
Sheep & Goat Producers' Meeting, Sidney Center
August 25
PFM Barn Meeting, Stamford
August 26
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September 11
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