In 1945, Pennsylvania state legislators recognized the need to support grass-roots conservation efforts. As a result, the Conservation District Law was passed, and county conservation districts were created. Today there is a conservation district established in every Pennsylvania county except Philadelphia.
Conservation districts implement a variety of programs, and provide assistance for a range of issues unique to their county, such as:
- Abandoned Mines
- Agricultural Land Preservation
- Chesapeake Bay Program
- Dirt & Gravel Roads Program
- Environmental Education
- Erosion & Sedimentation Pollution Control
- Floodplain Management
- Forest Management
- Nutrient Management Program
- Stormwater Management
- Waterway Protection
- West Nile Virus Surveillance Program
- Wildlife Management
Each Conservation District is led by a Board of Directors made up of local people from all walks of life. These volunteers study county natural resource issues and make decisions which enhance and protect the local community.
Contact your local Conservation District for information on programs in your area and ways to become involved in local conservation efforts.
View a slideshow of Pennsylvania’s Conservation Districts. This includes their programs and services and the environmental and economic benefits that districts provide to the local community.