Thirty-four Staff Spend Earth Day Learning about Agricultural Conservation

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The “Boot Camp” students pause for a group photo on the first day of the training at Ft. Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County on April 20, 2015. Photo taken by Shannon Wehinger.

This week, thirty-four staff from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, conservation districts, Pheasants Forever, and a local conservancy are participating in the 2015 Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Level II Training. This week-long intensive course is held annually and includes both classroom and field experiences.

The training is made possible with financial assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the PA Department of Agriculture’s State Conservation Commission. PACD facilitates the logistics for the training.

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Northampton Conservation District “Stops the Mud”

These rainfall simulator model kits were provided to each workshop participant. The model can be used to demonstrate the importance of cover crops, vegetation and best management practices to prevent non-point source pollution.  Photo provided by NCCD.

These rainfall simulator model kits were provided to each workshop participant. The model can be used to demonstrate the importance of cover crops, vegetation and best management practices to prevent non-point source pollution. Photo provided by NCCD.

Northampton County Conservation District (NCCD) held a workshop called “Stop the Mud.” The program introduced local educators to the terminology and best management practices used on a regular basis to control accelerated erosion and sedimentation due to land development. Information, literature, tools and techniques (delivered through hands-on activities and field tours) were provided to the educators.

epa_logo (2) Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. 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.

 

 

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Stoner Recognized for Years of Service

Evan Burkholder, Franklin County Conservation District (FCCD) Chairman (left) presents FCCD Manager David Stoner a certificate and watch for his twenty-five years of service to the district. Stoner was recognized at FCCD’s April 13 board meeting.

Evan Burkholder, Franklin County Conservation District (FCCD) Chairman (left) presents FCCD Manager David Stoner a certificate and watch for his twenty-five years of service to the district. Stoner was recognized at FCCD’s April 13 board meeting.

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Watershed Specialist Receives PA Wilds Team Award

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Each year, the PA Wilds Team gives out a small number of “Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds” awards to recognize outstanding efforts by local partners for their contributions in sustainable tourism development. This year, Todd Deluccia, Cameron County Conservation District Watershed Specialist, is the recipient of the Conservation Stewardship Individual Award. The winners will be recognized with a wooden plaque and citations from state and federal legislators at the PA Wilds Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet April 23 in Elk County.PAwilds

According to the PA Wilds Team, “Ninety percent is not good enough when it comes to the water quality in Cameron County’swaterways. Todd Deluccia, Watershed Specialist for the Cameron County Conservation District, spends many hours, on and off the job, taking steps to clean up the remaining 10 percent of the county’s waterways.”

Congratulations Todd! Click here to read the full press release.

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