Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) created a Google map of grant projects they funded in the community. The “ACCD Funds at Work” map is accessible on their website at http://tinyurl.com/pqtxhkl. Each point contains a brief synopsis of the project and relevant contact information.
This is a great idea for districts to showcase work they’ve done in the community. Google Maps is free for anyone to use. PACD has been using Google Maps to plot mini-grant projects since 2008. Get started here https://maps.google.com.
Look for future Front Page articles highlighting ACCD’s projects!
This past March, the Monroe County Conservation District (MCCD), with the help of a local graphic artist “wrapped” their new wheelchair accessible bus in eye-catching graphics. The bus displays animals found in Pennsylvania including black bear, belted kingfisher, brown trout, great blue heron, along with information about the district and the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center. The bus has been a successful marketing tool.
“When you sit at a traffic light, you certainly notice that a lot of people are turning to look at the bus,” said Roger Spotts, Environmental Education Coordinator. The bus is used for educational field trips for children and adult education programs. Funds for the bus were raised through private donations and from the Kettle Creek Fund, a volunteer organization that raises money for educational programs through a highly successful annual dinner auction. The bus along with the move to rename the conservation district’s environmental education center to the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, are both part of the district’s efforts to improve branding. Spotts added, “We feel branding is important especially when it comes to fundraising and in connecting to the students from our school programs and their parents.”
For more information about the MCCD Environmental Education Center, visit http://www.mcconservation.org/ and click on the “Environmental Education” tab on the left side of the screen.
On Saturday, August 2, the Wayne Conservation District hosted their 31st Annual Woodsmen Competition at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. This year’s contest included: chain sawing, tree felling, axe throwing, two-person crosscut and log rolling. PACD’s Robert Maiden participated in this year’s axe throwing competition. PACD also sponsored the event trophies.
Check out this video link, http://youtu.be/opN4TxrZSTM, provided by Cathy Yeakel, Bradford County Conservation District Manager, to catch Robert in action.
Franklin County Conservation District (FCCD) hosted a summer workshop and field tour on July 29 in Waynesboro. Attendees learned about simple and inexpensive solutions to manage nutrients and manure more efficiently and to minimize soil erosion.
Following the workshop, attendees took a bus tour to three local farms showcasing best management practices from a newly planted buffer to a buffer and stream crossing that were established nine years ago.
“It’s always a treat to attend a conservation district’s educational program supported by the Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Mini-grant Program,” said Shannon Wehinger, PACD Director of Communications, who attended the event. “Attendees shared their experiences and questions with the group which resulted in valuable farmer-to-farmer networking and information sharing. FCCD staff put a lot of time and thought into this event and it showed.”
Staff from a variety of partners attended the event to lend support to the district and the on-farm projects that were showcased. Along with PACD, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Penn State Extension, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency all participated in the event. Click here to view photos from the event.
Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information about PACD, visit www.pacd.org.