Scholarships Allow Conservation District Educators to Attend Conference

(left to right) Lorelle Steach, Bedford County (Envirothon Executive Director); Kathy Uglow, Crawford County; Teddi Stark, Juniata County; Celina Seftas, Huntingdon County; and Corey Richmond, Sullivan County attended the 2015 PAEE Conference. Photo by Terry Fisher.

(left to right) Lorelle Steach, Bedford County (Envirothon Executive Director); Kathy Uglow, Crawford County; Teddi Stark, Juniata County; Celina Seftas, Huntingdon County; and Corey Richmond, Sullivan County attended the 2015 PAEE Conference. Photo by Terry Fisher.

Fourteen conservation district environmental educators received scholarships to attend the annual PA Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE) Conference held on March 13 & 14, 2015.  It featured respected speakers and seminars covering a wide range of environmental topics with workshops, lectures, outdoor studies and other learning experiences.  This year’s conference was packed full of useful information and received great reviews from all the scholarship recipients.  Corey Richmond, Sullivan County CD, said, “I quickly realized this was no ordinary conference.  Every session provided me with ideas for future programs”.

This excellent event provides many learning opportunities appropriate for district educators, however it is cost prohibitive for many district employees.  Huntingdon County Conservation District (HCCD) and PACD worked together to provide these scholarships and are pleased that so many districts were able to participate. Educators from Columbia, McKean, Bucks, Sullivan, Crawford, Greene, Venango, Franklin, Cambria, Huntingdon, Juniata, Bedford and Blair Counties were in attendance because of the scholarships.

The scholarships were made possible through an Environmental Education grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP).  PACD and HCCD would like to thank the PA DEP for providing this opportunity for so many district educators.

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Twenty-five Students Complete Conservation Planning Course

Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, a soil conservationist with USDA NRCS, points out features on a local farm visited by the Intro to Conservation Planning class the previous day. Photo by Shannon Wehinger.

Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, a soil conservationist with USDA NRCS, points out features on a local farm visited by the Intro to Conservation Planning class the previous day. Photo by Shannon Wehinger.

Twenty-five participants from conservation districts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and affiliates, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and county farmland preservation offices attended the Intro to Conservation Planning course. The course was held in Dauphin County from March 17-19, 2015.

An objective of the course is to give the entry level conservationist an understanding of the USDA NRCS conservation planning process, related federal and state laws and regulations, and supporting technology used to assist clients in making decisions. The result of an effectively executed planning process is a conservation plan that restores, sustainably uses, protects, and/or enhances natural resources while meeting the client’s economic and social needs and requirements of federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

This year marks the fifth year the course has been offered. It is sponsored by the USDA NRCS, the PA Department of Agriculture’s State Conservation Commission and the PACD.

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Meeting Brings Together 155 Staff Working for a Cleaner Chesapeake Bay

Left to right: “Old Bay Guy” Awards were given to Dave Lewis (Julie Stiles accepted on Dave’s behalf), Mark Stockley, Cambria Conservation District (John Dryzal accepted on Mark’s behalf), Michael Lubinsky (Cumberland Conservation District), Bill Botter (DEP), Pete Tarby (DEP), Barry Spangler (Snyder Conservation District), Scott Metzger (Franklin Conservation District), Elwood Blake (DEP), Nate Dewing (Bradford Conservation District), and Sean Levan, Montour Conservation District. Not pictured: Bill Zavislak (Lackawanna Conservation District). Photo taken by Shane Kleiner.

Left to right: “Old Bay Guy” Awards were given to Dave Lewis (Julie Stiles accepted on Dave’s behalf), Mark Stockley, Cambria Conservation District (John Dryzal accepted on Mark’s behalf), Michael Lubinsky (Cumberland Conservation District), Bill Botter (DEP), Pete Tarby (DEP), Barry Spangler (Snyder Conservation District), Scott Metzger (Franklin Conservation District), Elwood Blake (DEP), Nate Dewing (Bradford Conservation District), and Sean Levan, Montour Conservation District. Not pictured: Bill Zavislak (Lackawanna Conservation District).
Photo taken by Shane Kleiner.

The Chesapeake Bay Program Conservation District and PA Agency Staff Meeting was held on March 10 in Lewisburg. Approximately 155 staff from conservation districts, the Departments of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and other partners attended the meeting.

Topics included the Chesapeake Bay agreement, Chesapeake Bay Model, conservation district initiatives in Berks and Union counties, and financial assistance programs. Several seasoned staff were given “Old Bay Guy” Awards during the meeting. The awards were presented to those with 15 years or more in their position. Click here to view the presentations from the meeting.

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Monroe Conservation District Captures Wildlife on Trail Camera

Wildlife photos captured by trail cameras installed by the Monroe County Conservation District include this shot of a bobcat at the Tannersville Bog Property. Photo from mcconservation.org.

Wildlife photos captured by trail cameras installed by the Monroe County Conservation District include this shot of a bobcat at the Tannersville Bog Property. Photo from mcconservation.org.

The staff of Monroe County Conservation District installed an outdoor web camera at its Meesing site in Marshalls Creek with great results. Click here to view the images of a hawk, eagle and owl.

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