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).
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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.
Nominate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The 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.
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.).