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April 1, 2016

Oswego County EMC Announces Plans for Earth Week April 18 - 24

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Environmental Management Council (EMC) is proud to announce Earth Week will be held throughout Oswego County from April 18 - April 24.

"Earth Week is a time for county residents to participate in litter and debris cleanups and other environmentally themed activities in their communities," said Tim Carroll, EMC chairman. "Since the original Earth Day was celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970, that date has become a worldwide day for individuals, groups, schools and organizations to demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship."

The EMC sponsored its first annual proclamation in the County Legislature to designate Earth Week in Oswego County in 2005.

"Our purpose has always been to encourage local residents to participate in Earth Week events and to proudly accept responsibility for their part in securing a safer, healthier environment for future generations," said Carroll.

The theme of this year's Earth Week is "Go Native."

"We are encouraging everyone to consider using native vegetation in their landscapes," noted Carroll. "Native plants add beauty to our landscapes and preserve our natural heritage. And because they are well-adapted to local conditions, they generally require less long-term maintenance, provide food and habitat for local wildlife, need less water, and are more pest resistant than most cultivated varieties."

Residents are encouraged to post their photos on the EMC's Facebook page at facebook.com/OswegoEMC, along with the hash tag #OswegoCountyEarthWeek."

The EMC was established as a volunteer board by the Oswego County Legislature in 1971. Members are appointed by the Chairman of the County Legislature.

Its primary mission is to serve as a review and advisory board to local and state government on matters affecting the protection, conservation, preservation and proper management of Oswego County's natural resources.

"The EMC is dedicated to understanding and promoting the wise use and development of Oswego County's natural resources while conserving the environment for the protection of residents and visitors," said Carroll.

In addition to Carroll, EMC members include Dr. Carl Salvagin, vice chairman, Hannibal; Sandra Bonnano, secretary-treasurer, Fulton; County Legislator James Karasek, District 22, Granby; Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, Oswego; Fran Verdoliva, NYS DEC Salmon River Special Projects Manager, Altmar; Hal Smith, Oswego; Peter Backus, Pulaski; and Kelley Weaver, Fulton. Ex-officio members are Karen Noyes, Senior Planner, Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning; and John DeHollander, District Manager, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District.

For more information on Earth Week, including cleanup suggestions and information on native vegetation and invasive species, visit the EMC website at www.oswegocounty.com/earthweek.html

Common milkweed, a plant native to New York State, makes an attractive addition to local gardens. The Oswego County EMC is encouraging residents to use native plants around their homes and to participate in letter cleanups during Earth Week, April 18 to April 24.

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