PACD is hosting two, free train-the-trainer events on the Manure Management Manual. The purpose of the training is to provide conservation district, PA Department of Environmental Protection and Penn State Cooperative Extension staff with a strong understanding of the Manure Management Manual and with the ability to train others on how to use the manual.
The training will be held:
- February 2, 2016 – Clinton County Conservation District
- February 4, 2016 – Dauphin County Conservation District
Questions can be directed to Terry Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-238-7223.
Financial support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant and the Clean Water Fund.
The Elk County Conservation District partnered with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Elk County Recycling Office/Elk County Cleanways to host a dual phase river cleanup in an effort to clean up the Clarion River.
The event was part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), one of the world’s largest volunteer efforts aimed at improving oceans and waterways. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is the statewide coordinator for the ICC, and Elk County Cleanways – administered through the recycling office – is a Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful affiliate.
Click here to read the entire press release and to see amazing photos from both phases of the cleanup.
Bradford County Conservation District reached 251 people with their “Bradford County Nutrient Management Education and Outreach Strategy” mini-grant project. The project included a soil health conference, two farm best management practices tours, and a grazing walk.
“The farm tours have been quite successful in showing farmers not only what we can do, but also open their eyes to where the problems really exist and why they are problems. Additionally, [with this project] we helped fund one of the most successful conferences we have ever had. Survey responses showed that we really hit it out of the park,” said project leader Kevin Brown.
The district plans to hold another conference next year.
Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Developing an effective working relationship with lawmakers is imperative for legislative success. Legislators need to understand that conservation districts are the local agency responsible for the delivery of many state programs.
The PACD legislative toolbox is an online repository of information designed to encourage a meaningful relationship with elected leaders. The toolbox includes tips on meeting with legislators, hosting a legislative event, a sample invitation and press release, an explanation of the Pennsylvania budget process, information on how a bill becomes a law, advice on building a support base, and working with your local media.
“Using over 30 years of experience, I developed this toolbox for conservation districts to help them foster relationships with legislators. There are simple tips and ideas for building relationships in each section. I hope our members put this resource to use and reach out to me if they need help with these activities,” said PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh.