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.
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.”
On Monday, March 31, conservation districts joined representatives from multiple agencies and levels of government to participate in a day-long summit on the campus of Penn State-Harrisburg. “The Lower Susquehanna Land and Water Conservation Summit” was an opportunity for more than 80 individuals to discuss success stories from the Lower Susquehanna Watershed and also identify barriers they may face individually when looking to implement green practices, while exploring partnership opportunities to move forward collectively. The day concluded with discussion about a conservation tracking tool being developed. For more information about the event, visit https://allianceforthebay.org/2014/02/ls-forumplus-event.