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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Conservation Districts Participate in Lower Susquehanna Panel Discussion

Eric Naguski, Dauphin County Conservation District Manager (left), and Matt Kofroth, Watershed Specialist with the Lancaster County Conservation District, were among panelists who spoke to work at the local level during the afternoon segment. Photos courtesy of Terry Fisher, PENNVEST NPS Application Developer.

Eric Naguski, Dauphin County Conservation District Manager (left), and Matt Kofroth, Watershed Specialist with the Lancaster County Conservation District, were among panelists who spoke to work at the local level during the afternoon segment. Photos courtesy of Terry Fisher, PENNVEST NPS Application Developer.

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.

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Potter County Conservation District Holds Legislative Luncheon

Pictured left to right are Deb Rudy of Senator Joe Scarnati’s office; Earl Brown, conservation district board chairman; Representative Martin T. Causer, Sheila Sterrett of Senator Pat Toomey’s office; Deborah Pontzer of Congressman Glenn Thompson’s office; and Chris Mitterer, conservation district manager.

Pictured left to right are Deb Rudy of Senator Joe Scarnati’s office; Earl Brown, conservation district board chairman; Representative Martin T. Causer, Sheila Sterrett of Senator Pat Toomey’s office; Deborah Pontzer of Congressman Glenn Thompson’s office; and Chris Mitterer, conservation district manager.

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