PACD partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the State Conservation Commission (SCC) to deliver a three-day Introduction to Conservation Planning course. This free training will take place at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey in Grantville, PA from March 4-6, 2014.
The event is for entry-level employees of all organizations in Pennsylvania delivering conservation planning technical assistance, including but not limited to, NRCS, conservation districts, SCC, farmland preservation entities, non-profits, and private consultants. Lunch will be provided. Click here for more information and to register. The deadline to register is Feb. 5.
1. Like having enough clean water.
2. Enjoy having food to eat which comes from healthy soil.
3. Want your children to learn about conservation.
4. Prefer fishing and boating on healthy lakes and streams.
5. Care about local resources.
6. Appreciate efforts to prevent floods.
7. Think we should protect nature.
8. Desire wildlife conservation.
9. Love hiking or camping in forests.
10. Agree that working together, we can make a difference.
Click here to connect with your local district. The PACD staff wishes all of you a happy Thanksgiving!
The Centre County Conservation District received the final Growing Greener reimbursement for the Centre County Stream Restoration Project. The District has held this grant for several years, leveraging funds from other programs in order to maximize their financial support. The goal of this project was to reduce non-point source pollution attributed to agricultural operations and severely eroded streambanks in Centre County. The completed grant encompassed 18 different projects, assisting landowners in Halfmoon, Penns, Spring, Bald Eagle and Pine Creek Watersheds.
Click here to read the impressive list of best management practices installed.
Conservation Districts Laud State Transportation Funding Package; $35 Million for State’s Dirt and Gravel Roads Program
After years of discussion, meetings and negotiation, Pennsylvania finally has a comprehensive transportation funding package. Earlier today, Governor Tom Corbett signed the highly anticipated House Bill (HB) 1060, which includes $35 million for the state’s Dirt and Gravel Roads Program, into law.
“This funding is a win for residents in both rural and urban areas of Pennsylvania,” said Robert Maiden, PACD Executive Director. “Including funds for the Dirt and Gravel Roads Program is including money to be well spent on improving the state’s environment and economy, while providing the needed support for agriculture, business and tourism. This is an accomplishment for each of us.”
Currently, there are more than 14,000 identified sites in need of infrastructure improvements in Pennsylvania. Through partnerships with multiple stakeholders, conservation districts will be able to begin to implement on the ground efforts which will result in improved access and efficiency for areas across this commonwealth.
“This was years of dedicated conversation and work to reach an agreement that would mutually benefit any individual accessing any means of transportation in this state. We realize all that went into this effort and sincerely thank Governor Corbett and his administration, as well as the leadership of both chambers and all of the legislators who worked to get this important legislation passed,” added Maiden.
Pennsylvania’s Dirt and Gravel Roads Program became law in April 1997 thanks to the efforts of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Pennsylvania Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The law created a dedicated, non-lapsing fund to provide funding and training to local communities for local dirt and gravel road maintenance. The funds are distributed by the State Conservation Commission to the 65 county conservation districts which participate in the Dirt and Gravel Roads Program.
Under HB 1060, $35 million has been allotted for the state’s Dirt and Gravel Roads Program. Of this, $28 million is allotted to conservation districts, with $8 million earmarked specifically for low-volume roads. The other $7 million is allotted to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Each year, townships/boroughs work with their local conservation district to address identified sites by using environmentally-sound road maintenance practices. Since its inception, the Dirt & Gravel Roads Program has invested $75 million in the commonwealth’s unpaved roads and improved water quality.
For more information about the state’s conservation districts, visit www.pacd.org/CD. For more information about the Dirt & Gravel Roads Program, visit http://www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu/. To access a copy of HB 1060, visit http://www.legis.state.pa.us/.