Blair Conservation District Celebrates 50 Years

Attending the proclamation ceremony were:  Front Row (L to R) Commissioner Terry Tomassetti; District Chairman Harold Bailey; District Manager Donna Fisher; District Clerk Margaret Angle; Resource Conservation Technician Diane Thomas.   Back Row (L to R) Vice Chairman Blaine Smith; Ag Conservation Specialist Rich Huether; Resource Conservation Technician Chris Myers; Watershed Specialist Jim Eckenrode; District Director Gary Long; Secretary/Treasurer Jim Biddle.

Attending the proclamation ceremony were:
Front Row (L to R) Commissioner Terry Tomassetti; District Chairman Harold Bailey; District Manager Donna Fisher; District Clerk Margaret Angle; Resource Conservation Technician Diane Thomas.
Back Row (L to R) Vice Chairman Blaine Smith; Ag Conservation Specialist Rich Huether; Resource Conservation Technician Chris Myers; Watershed Specialist Jim Eckenrode; District Director Gary Long; Secretary/Treasurer Jim Biddle.

On January 5, 1966 the Blair County Commissioners passed a resolution to create the “Blair County Soil and Water Conservation District”. Rooted in agriculture, the district was created in response to a petition circulated by farmers and presented to the county commissioners. The petition represented a majority of the ag operations of that time (528 farmers, or 57% of the 927 farms in county in 1965).

Click here to read the entire press release.

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Annual NACD Meeting Wraps Up in Reno

The attendees from Pennsylvania were welcomed by Vice Chair of the President’s Association Barbara Perlman-Whyman (center) from the host state of Nevada. Pictured left to right are: PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh, Representative to the NACD President’s Association Dr. M. Irvil Kear, PA Envirothon Executive Director Lorelle Steach, Perlman-Whyman, PACD’s NACD Director Patricia Sueck, Westmoreland Conservation District Chairman Ronald Rohall, and Patricia Sueck’s husband Elmer Sueck.

The attendees from Pennsylvania were welcomed by Vice Chair of the President’s Association Barbara Perlman-Whyman (center) from the host state of Nevada. Pictured left to right are: PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh, Representative to the NACD President’s Association Dr. M. Irvil Kear, PA Envirothon Executive Director Lorelle Steach, Perlman-Whyman, PACD’s NACD Director Patricia Sueck, Westmoreland Conservation District Chairman Ronald Rohall, and Patricia Sueck’s husband Elmer Sueck.

PACD was recognized for “Quality in District Official Training” at the annual National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) conference. Pictured are PACD’s NACD Director Patricia Sueck (left), NACD President Lee McDaniel, and PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh. Photo courtesy of NACD.

PACD was recognized for “Quality in District Official Training” at the annual National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) conference. Pictured are PACD’s NACD Director Patricia Sueck (left), NACD President Lee McDaniel, and PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh. Photo courtesy of NACD.

News from Reno:

  • Dr. M. Irvil Kear was elected to the Executive Board of Trustees of the National Conservation Foundation as the representative of the NACD Presidents’ Association.
  • The Amish quilt donated by PACD was auctioned off for $1,000.
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Do You Know an Outstanding Legislator, Director, Associate Director or Staff Person?

buttonNominate them for a PACD award! Nominations for the Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director (or Associate Director) Excellence Award, the Conservation District Employee Excellence Award, the Legislator Recognition Award, and the Maurice K. Goddard Award for Excellence in Environmental Recreation are due April 30. Click here or contact Sandy Austin at saustin@pacd.org with any questions.

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Statewide Clean Water Farm Award Open for Nominations

cwfaThe Clean Water Farm Award Program recognizes Pennsylvania farmers whose exemplary farm management practices result in improved local and downstream water quality. Pennsylvania’s conservation districts may submit a nomination for a farm in their county. One award will be given in each of PACD’s six regions.

Each district that submits a complete nomination will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 pizza party for their office!

Clean Water Farm Award winners will be recognized in July 2016 during the PACD Conservation Awards Program. Clean Water Farm Award Program winners will receive a Certificate of Recognition, signed by the secretaries of the Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Protection. Winners will also receive a Clean Water Farm Award sign (pictured) to post on their property.

Nominations must be received at the PACD office no later than April 30, 2016. Click here for more information. Questions may be directed to Shannon Wehinger at swehinger@pacd.org.

Financial support for this award is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and Accountability Program and the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Education Office (administered by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.).

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