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Listening Sessions on Dirt and Gravel Roads Funding Taking Place during Winter Meeting

DGRCoinciding with the upcoming PACD/SCC Winter Meeting in State College, the Center for Dirt and Gravel (D&G) Roads will host several round-table discussion sessions about the Program funding increase and the changes it will bring to the Program with the recent passing of House Bill 1060, the comprehensive Transportation Funding Package.

“Since many Districts will be attending the PACD winter meeting (Jan 28 & 29 in State College), it presents a good opportunity to “piggyback” with some D&G funding discussions,” said Steve Blosser, with the Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads Program.

Three listening sessions are currently planned between January 27 and 29:

  • Monday, January 27, 5-7:30 p.m. (Ramada Ballroom)
    • This is a break-out session which will include a brief program update, a question and answer session and then breakout discussions into topic groups.
  • Tuesday, January 28, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Ramada Nittany Room)
    • This is an informal session with discussion only. Participants can come and go as they please any time between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 29, 1-3 p.m. (Ramada Atrium)
    • This is a structured session (patterned like the Monday evening session) which will include a brief program update, a question and answer session and then breakout into topic groups for discussion.

The purpose in each of these sessions is to:

1) Share information about the funding increase with Conservation Districts;
2) Provide Conservation Districts with the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and provide input in this ongoing process; and
3) Generate discussion and new ideas for moving forward.

Anyone planning to attend the Monday or Wednesday session should contact Kathy at kam16@psu.edu so that plans can be made accordingly.

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Maiden Speaks to Work of Districts on PCN

RMPCNOn Thursday, September 19, PACD Executive Director Robert Maiden taped a segment of PCN’s “On the Issues.” The 30-minute program is conducted as a one-on-one interview style which allows the host and guest to delve into topics of interest. Maiden spoke to the work of conservation districts throughout Pennsylvania as well as the Dirt and Gravel Road Program and the comprehensive transportation funding bill package. This exclusive segment will air on Wednesday, September 25 at 8 p.m. Check your local listings for channel information. For more information about “On the Issues,” visit http://pcntv.com/programming/public-affairs-programming/on-the-issues

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Maiden Addresses House Transportation Committee on Dirt and Gravel Roads Program

Robert MaidenOn Monday, June 17, PACD Executive Director Robert Maiden had an opportunity to speak with House members about the state’s Dirt and Gravel Roads Program. Under Senate Bill 1, the conservation districts would receive $28 million for dirt and gravel roads.

Click here and scroll down to House Transportation Committee Public Hearing – 6/17/2013 to watch the video. Maiden’s testimony runs from 2:09 through 2:15. Click here to read the testimony which was provided for the committee. A 2013 Program Status Map is available here.  For more information about the Dirt and Gravel Roads Program, visit http://www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu/.

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Conservation Districts Thank House Republicans for Full Funding In Budget

Pennsylvania House Republicans gathered yesterday and released their version of the 2013-14 state budget. This version of the budget includes full funding of the line items for Pennsylvania’s conservation districts at 2012-2013 levels.

“We are extremely appreciative of Chairman Adolph, Speaker Smith, and Majority Leader Turzai for their support and their leadership” said Robert Maiden, PACD Executive Director. “Districts work hard every day to conserve natural resources throughout this commonwealth. A win for the districts is a win for the environment and the economy. Thank you to the House Republican membership for believing in the work of the districts and investing in our future.”

The House Republican budget, filed as House Bill (HB) 1437, includes $2,856,000 through the state Department of Environmental Protection and $1,019,000 through the Department of Agriculture for the conservation districts’ efforts. These funding levels were part of the current year’s state general fund budget.

PACD, along with the state’s 66 conservation districts, has been advocating for months for full funding of these line items. The bill will now move on for consideration by the Appropriations Committee and the House. To view HB 1437, visit http://bit.ly/16pDg2v.

For more information about your local conservation district, visit www.pacd.org/CD. Click here to follow PACD on Facebook.

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