JUST IN TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL!! The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has announced the 2020 Poster Contest theme: “Where would we BEE without Pollinators.” PACD will be accepting photos of your county’s winners until June 30, 2020. We are very excited to see all the artistic entries for this year’s theme!
County Conservation District recognized staff for years of service at a monthly
board meeting. These individuals have dedicated years to conserving soil and
water health in Washington County and were recognized for their duty,
dedication, and loyalty to Washington County Conservation District.
Congratulations to Matt, Jennifer, Clarice, and Tom!
Representatives from across the Commonwealth
traveled to the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport for the PACD/State Conservation
Commission’s 72nd Joint Annual Conference. Several conservationists
were recognized at an awards luncheon on July 17, 2019.
The 2019 PACD honorees are as follows:
Leadership Award: Representative Donna Oberlander (PA 63rd District)
Denise Coleman, State Conservationist, Pennsylvania USDA Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS)
Ann Rudd Saxman
Conservation District Director Excellence Award: Pownall Jones (Chester County)
District Employee Excellence Award: Carl Goshorn (Cumberland County)
District Employee Service Recognition Program Awards
30 Years of Service
Martie Hetherington, Chesapeake Bay Program
Coordinator, Schuylkill County
Rob Fetter, Resource Conservationist/Network
Administrator, York County
Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) in conjunction
with the award sponsor, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP), presented the operators of five farms with the Clean Water Farm Award
during its annual conference on July 17, 2019 in Williamsport, PA. The honor is
awarded annually to farmers who manage their daily farm operations in an
environmentally conscious manner that helps to protect Pennsylvania’s water
has sponsored this award for the past thirty-three years. Recipients receive a
certificate signed by the DEP Secretary and a large Clean Water Farm Award sign
to erect on their property.
year’s award recipients are:
Homestead Farm (Bedford County)
Earned Acres, Bob and Barb Keefer (Cumberland County)
Farms, Josh & Brandi Martin and Robert & Patsy Martin (Franklin County)
Farm (Washington County)
Valley Farms LLC, Eric Gemmill (York County)
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.).
The National Association of Conservation Districts 2019
Poster Contest theme is “Life in the Soil: DIG DEEPER.” PACD will be
accepting photos of your county’s winners until June 30, 2019. We can’t
wait to see all the artistic entries for this year’s theme! Contact Jann
McNamara at 717-238-7223 x 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
One individual and 17 organizations, businesses, and
local governments in Pennsylvania have been selected by the Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) to receive the prestigious 2019 Governor’s Award
for Environmental Excellence.
Congratulations to Westmoreland Conservation
District for winning with their Stormwater basin retrofitting educational videos.
The videos illustrate the function, design, assessment, retrofitting, and
maintenance of stormwater basins. During the workshop held by the district, 382
individuals watched the video and provided feedback on their understanding of
how retrofitting, inspection, and maintenance impact water quality.
Do you know a staff person or director who has gone above and
beyond the call of duty?
A legislator who champions conservation legislation? Or a
Pennsylvania resident or Pennsylvania-based organization you would like to
recognize for their contributions in support of environmental recreation? If
so, nominate them for a PACD award!
The awards are:
Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director or Associate
Director Excellence Award
Conservation District Employee Excellence Award
Legislator Leadership Award
Maurice K. Goddard Award for Excellence in Environmental
The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2019. Click here for more information and the nomination forms.