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Tioga County Conservation District Holds Women in Agriculture Event

Photo provided by Tioga County Conservation District.

In December, the Tioga County Conservation District held a Women in Agriculture meeting in Wellsboro. Eighty attendees learned about managing livestock to improve pastures, manure management and agricultural erosion and sedimentation plans, and lawn conversion.

After the workshop, attendees better understood different best management practices and how they can improve their farm and benefit downstream water quality.

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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Perry County Conservation District Celebrates 10,000 Acres of Farmland Preservation

William Lyons, Ag Land Preservation Board Chairman, addresses the audience. Photo provided by Perry County Conservation District.

On December 12, 2022, the Perry County Conservation District Board hosted the Farmland Preservation 10,000 Acre Celebration and Annual Banquet at the Perry Mennonite Reception Center in Elliottsburg, where a delicious dinner was served to 114 attendees.

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2023 Leadership Development Reminders

All district personnel are invited to tune in via Zoom for the 3rd Annual Conservation District Video Awards next Thursday, February 16, from Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Only a handful of spaces are left for the Employment Law for Conservation Districts seminars February 21–23. Director and managers, don’t miss this valuable training opportunity – visit Building for Tomorrow to register.

Registration for the March 9 CliftonStrengths workshop at Keystone State Park is closed, and the rest are filling up quickly – any staff or managers interested in attending can visit Building for Tomorrow to register before February 17.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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Save the Dates for PACD Spring Region Meetings

Mark your calendar and join us for the PACD spring region meetings! All meetings will be in-person with a virtual option.

March 21, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.
PACD South Central Region Meeting  
Cumberland County Conservation District, Carlisle, PA

March 23, 2023| 9:30 a.m.   
PACD South East Region Meeting      
Henning’s Market, Harleysville, PA

March 30, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.
PACD North East Region Meeting   
Schuylkill Conservation District, Pottsville, PA

April 4, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.        
PACD North Central Region Meeting  
Clinton County Conservation District, Mill Hall, PA

April 12, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.   
PACD North West Region Meeting    
Suites on Main at PennWest Clarion University, Clarion, PA

April 19, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.   
PACD South West Region Meeting  
Westmoreland Conservation District, Greensburg, PA

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Leadership Development Reminders

All district personnel and partners are welcome to join us on February 16 for the 3rd Annual Conservation District Video Awards. Tune in via Zoom from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate district-produced video content and find out who will win the coveted CONDIVA trophy for 2022.

Registration is still open for the 2023 Employment Law for Conservation Districts seminar series scheduled for February 21-23. Space is limited and filling up quickly, so directors, associate directors, and managers interested in attending should register as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this valuable training opportunity. Visit Building for Tomorrow to register and for more information.

Staff and managers participating in the CliftonStrengths 2023 Initiative should complete their assessments by February 3, and those planning to attend a team-building workshop should register by February 17. Visit Building for Tomorrow for registration information.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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PACD Hiring Agricultural Conservation Technician in Bloomsburg Office

As the Conservation Technician for the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) in the North East Region, the incumbent will provide technical assistance to the Growing Greener program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

This position will: provide technical assistance to area partnership Growing Greener personnel and the NRCS in the planning, design, and construction of engineering practices; prepare designs of agricultural conservation practices and water quality best management practices (BMPs), which are site-specific and require coordination among various groups and individuals; and provide engineering assistance in conducting preliminary investigations.

Salary Range: $40,000 to $42,000. Benefits include health insurance, a 401k retirement plan, and accrued PTO leave.

Click here for the full job description. Candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to PACD at jobs@pacd.org. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2023.

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PACD Receives $100,000 Grant from DCNR to Offer Lawn Conversion Program to Conservation Districts

PACD was recently awarded a Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to offer Lawn Conversion training and mini-grants to Pennsylvania’s conservation districts. The lawn conversion program will help the Commonwealth achieve a goal of planting 5,000 acres of upland forest and 5,000 acres of meadow by 2025.

More information about trainings and mini-grants will be available in the coming weeks when agreements are finalized.

 

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Leadership Development Reminders

All district personnel and partners are welcome to join us on February 16 for the 3rd Annual Conservation District Video Awards. Tune in via Zoom from Noon – 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate district-produced video content and find out who will win the coveted CONDIVA trophy for 2022.

Attention Eastern PA districts: only a few spaces remain for the February 23 Employment Law Seminar at the Country Inn & Suites Lehighton-Jim Thorpe. Registration closes when the workshop reaches capacity, so any directors, associate directors, and managers interested in attending should register as soon as possible. Registration is also filling up for the Western PA seminar at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Cranberry on February 21 and the Central PA seminar at the Ramada State College on February 22. Visit Building for Tomorrow to register and for more information.

Staff and managers participating in the CliftonStrengths 2023 Initiative should complete their assessments by February 3, and those planning to attend a team-building workshop should register by February 17. The Western PA workshops are filling up quickly, but there’s still space available. Visit Building for Tomorrow for registration information.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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Thank You, Farm Show Volunteers!

Plinko game in action at the 2023 PA Farm Show.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made the conservation district booth at the PA Farm Show a success! The 2023 show premiered the Stormwater Plinko game, which drew visitors to the booth.

Thank you to the following conservation districts who sent volunteers:

Blair
Centre
Clinton
Columbia
Cumberland
Indiana
Lancaster
Lebanon
Lehigh
Northumberland
Schuylkill
Snyder
And the PA Envirothon

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