Maiden Visits all 66 Conservation Districts

PACD Executive Director Robert Maiden (front) poses with the Crawford County Conservation District board and staff. The visit completed his goal of visiting all 66 conservation districts.

PACD Executive Director Robert Maiden (front) poses with the Crawford County Conservation District board and staff. The visit completed his goal of visiting all 66 conservation districts.

Robert Maiden Executive Director of the PA Association of Conservation Districts has successfully visited all 66 conservation districts with his stop at Crawford County last week.  Maiden has either attended a board meeting, an event, or been on a tour in every district and in many districts completed all three. This does not include the 12 yearly region meetings, or the two annual conferences that PACD hosts.

“Completing the goal of visiting all 66 districts was a team effort,” said Maiden. “I want to thank my staff who supported me when I was on the road and continued working tirelessly to provide the many services to the membership at the same time.”

Visiting all 66 districts was one of the first goals Robert Maiden set for himself once becoming Executive Director. One of the main purposes of this outreach was to build unity within the membership. Secondly, he wanted to ensure that PACD knew and understood each district and for each district to know and understand PACD.

Maiden added, “In order for PACD to continue to succeed, we must stay united. Over the last three years a majority of our success is due to this unity.  We were once perceived as fragmented to the point that we could never agree on anything.  We have proven that perception wrong.  Districts have many core beliefs in common. In fact, many of our recent PACD statewide policies have all 66 districts unanimous support.”

“One round completed, and the next round to begin,” Maiden said of his travels. “I look forward to visiting your districts soon.”

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Save the Dates for Spring Training

writeincalendarPACD staff has been busy securing dates and locations for conservation district staff training for spring 2015. Look for registration information in Front Page in January. Mark your calendars for the following:

 

 

 

Chesapeake Bay Program Conservation District and PA Agency Staff Meeting
March 10, 2015 (snow date March 12)
Elaine Langone Center, 2nd Floor, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Intro to Conservation Planning
March 17-19, 2015
Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey, Grantville, PA

Basic/Refresher Erosion and Sediment Control Technical Training
March 23-26, 2015
Keystone Conference Center, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)

Agricultural Conservation Technical Training – Basic Level
March 30-April 3, 2015
Keystone Conference Center, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)

Advanced/Topic-Based Erosion and Sediment Control Technical Training
April 7-8, 2015
Keystone Conference Center, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)

Agricultural Conservation Technical Training – Level II
April 20-24, 2015
Keystone Conference Center, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)

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Sustainable Practices Throughout Lancaster County Watershed Demonstrate Connection Between Land, People and Water

PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Deputy Secretary of Water Management Kelly Heffner (left) speaks at the Banta Farm during the Healthy Watershed Tour. Photo taken by Lisa Suhr.

PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Deputy Secretary of Water Management Kelly Heffner (left) speaks at the Banta Farm during the Healthy Watershed Tour. Photo taken by Lisa Suhr.

Conservation district staff, state officials and economic development representatives furthered the discussion regarding citizens and their interactions with the environment while touring several sites in Lancaster County as a part of the Healthy Watersheds tour on September 17. Offered by LandStudies, Inc., the tour was an opportunity to view a half dozen projects currently in practice which incorporate low-impact development in the Lititz Run region of the state.

“PACD coordinated with LandStudies to offer this opportunity,” said Brandi Hunter-Davenport, PACD Director of Public Affairs & Education. “Several of the projects visited started off on a smaller scale and then really took off, showing just how much best management practices actually do protect our water resources, thereby protecting the surrounding community and our residents. Any measures we can take to protect and enhance our waterways goes a long way.”

Site stops included: Millport Conservancy, Banta Farm, Lititz Run Riparian Park, Rock Lititz, Warwick Municipal Campus and Butterfly Acres. For more information about the Healthy Watersheds tour and LandStudies, Inc., visit www.landstudies.com.  Click here to view more photos from the event.

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Free Manure Management Manual Train-the-Trainer Workshops in 2014

Register On-Line Now buttonPACD 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 ultimate goal is to provide information that helps agricultural operators meet Manure Management Manual compliance.

These workshops are designed for new staff members and those who want a refresher from when this same training took place in the 2011-12 winter season and the fall of 2013.

The first event will be Oct. 31, 2014 at the Columbia County Conservation District Office,  702 Sawmill Road, Suite 204, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.  The second event will take place Nov. 13 in Bedford County at Salsa’s Mexican Grille,  4407 Business Rt. 220, Bedford, PA 15522. Both sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.

While there is no cost to attend; pre-registration is required. These trainings are free, with a light breakfast and lunch included.  To register, visit www.pacd.org and click on the event tab, selecting the date and event location you’d like to attend.

Questions can be directed to Terry Fisher at terry-fisher@pacd.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.

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