Over 50 District Employees Attend Erosion and Sedimentation Control Training

DEP Deputy Secretary for Water Management Kelly Heffner welcomes attendees to the Basic/Refresher course which took place in Lebanon County.

DEP Deputy Secretary for Water Management Kelly Heffner welcomes attendees to the Basic/Refresher course which took place in Lebanon County.

During the last week of March and the first week of April, a combined 59 county conservation district employees received training on erosion and sedimentation control during two training sessions: a basic/refresher course on the fundamentals of plan reviews and proper inspections, and an advanced/topic-based course on topics that reach beyond basic E&S.

Attendees had this to say about the training sessions:

  • I really enjoyed this training and thought it was very helpful in learning the things I will need in this field.
  • The topics covered were very good and very helpful. Especially appreciated the “Dealing with Difficult People” and “Safety” presentations.
  • Thank you for putting on this training. We look forward to this continuing as an annual event.
  • PACD has been doing a great job organizing these events.

These trainings were funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and made possible through the cooperation of the PA Association of Conservation Districts and Pennsylvania’s Conservation Districts.

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Conservation Districts Provide Support to PSATS 2014 Conference

Attendees visit booths Sunday, April 13 during PSATS Conference. Photos taken by Brandi Hunter-Davenport.

Attendees visit booths Sunday, April 13 during PSATS Conference. Photos taken by Brandi Hunter-Davenport.

The 92nd Annual PA State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) convened at the Hershey Lodge April 13-16, 2014. Michele Ulmer, Pike County Conservation District’s Administrative Manager, Gail Smith, PACD SC Region Director, Robert Maiden and Brandi Hunter-Davenport staffed the booth throughout the three-day exhibition, which saw a few thousand participants.

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Luzerne Conservation District Holds 50th Anniversary Celebration

Luzerne Conservation District's 2014 Conservationist of the Year Award went to WNEP TV's PA Outdoor Life (POL) Team. (Left to right) Brian Hollingshead, POL Producer; Rick Koval, POL Field Staff; Don Jacobs, POL Host; Dale Butler, POL Field Staff; Josh Longmore LCD District Manager; Jay Wilkes, LCD Board Vice-Chairman; and Tim Ference, LCD Board Chairman. Photo provided by LCD.

Luzerne Conservation District’s 2014 Conservationist of the Year Award went to WNEP TV’s PA Outdoor Life (POL) Team. (Left to right) Brian Hollingshead, POL Producer; Rick Koval, POL Field Staff; Don Jacobs, POL Host; Dale Butler, POL Field Staff; Josh Longmore LCD District Manager; Jay Wilkes, LCD Board Vice-Chairman; and Tim Ference, LCD Board Chairman. Photo provided by LCD.

On March 29, the Luzerne Conservation District (LCD) hosted a celebration for their 50th anniversary in Wilkes-Barre. More than 150 people attended and over $5,000 was raised for the Luzerne Conservation District’s Education & Outreach Fund.

The evening included cocktails, dinner, auctions and presentations. PA Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Jay Howes presented LCD with a proclamation from Secretary of Agriculture George Greig recognizing the 50th anniversary. Senators Yudichak and Baker sent a proclamation from the Senate, and Representative Boback sent a House of Representatives proclamation as well. Click here for a list of award recipients. Click here to watch a video of WNEP (Channel 16 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Team receiving the 2014 Stanley M. Sowa, Jr. Conservationist of the Year award.

 

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Retirement Celebrations for McNutt Begin

Pictured Left: Lancaster County Conservation District Board Chair, Frank Burkhart and Don McNutt during March 20 festivities. Pictured right: PACD Executive Director Robert Maiden and McNutt. Photos used with permission of Grant Heilman Photography, Copyright 2014.

Pictured Left: Lancaster County Conservation District Board Chair, Frank Burkhart and Don McNutt during March 20 festivities. Pictured right: PACD Executive Director Robert Maiden and McNutt. Photos used with permission of Grant Heilman Photography, Copyright 2014.

Don “Mac” McNutt was recently celebrated during a March 20 evening banquet in his honor. The Administrator for the Lancaster County Conservation District will officially retire this summer, but tributes noting his commitment to Lancaster County and conservation are underway.

“Mac has been a joy to work with and a real asset to conservation,” said Ken Meck, PACD Executive Board Secretary and Lancaster County Conservation District Board Member. “Mac is a progressive, forward-thinker. These attributes allowed him to create and see through an outstanding vision for the Lancaster District. While we’ll certainly miss his leadership, it is that foundation he created that will leave us a very strong, a very solid district as we move forward in the future. Our hats are off to Mac for a job well done.”

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