PA Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

Know a Pennsylvania farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2020 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award®.

Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 20 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Pennsylvania, the $10,000 award is presented annually with Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Heinz Endowments.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water, and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

Submit a nomination on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application is available at www.sandcountyfoundation.org/ApplyLCA. Email applications to award@sandcountyfoundation.org by August 1, 2020.

The Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award is made possible through the generous support of platinum sponsor, Heinz Endowments, and the assistance and support of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Sand County Foundation, USDA NRCS, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts.

The Leopold Conservation Award is presented at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January.

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Student from Delaware County Wins Second Place in National Poster Contest

National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), in partnership with the NACD Auxiliary, announced the winners of the 2019 Photo Contest during the 74th NACD Annual Meeting. The 2019 Poster Contest theme was “Life in the Soil:  DIG DEEPER.”

Congratulations to Tvisha Jani and the Delaware County Conservation District for winning second place in the grades 2-3 division!

Click here for information on the 2020 poster contest. “Where would we BEE without Pollinators.” PACD will be accepting photos of your county’s winners until June 30, 2020.

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Bradford County Farmers Receive PA Leopold Conservation Award

Rebecca and Dean Jackson of Mt-Glen Farms receive the Leopold Award. Photo used with permission from Liam Migdail, PA Farm Bureau.

On January 10, Dean & Rebecca Jackson Of Mt-Glen Farms in Columbia Cross Roads (Bradford County) were presented with the PA Leopold Conservation Award.  This third-generation dairy farm is a leader in conservation. Click here to read more about the operation. 

PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh attended the awards presentation, which was held during the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Click here to read more about the award presentation.

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2020 Poster Contest Theme “Where would we BEE without Pollinators?”

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!

Click here to read more. 

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Washington County Conservation District Recognizes Staff

(Left to right) Matt Golden (5 year certificate and 10 year pin), Jennifer Dann (5 year certificate), Clarice Munk (15 year pin), and Tom Ulrich (5 year certificate).

Washington 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!

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PACD Announces State Level Winners of NACD Poster Contest

Leah Hartman’s poster (Carbon County) is pictured.

PACD announces the five state-level winners of the National Association of Conservation District’s 2019 “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” poster contest.

The winners in each category are:

K-1 Leah Hartman – Carbon County
2-3 Tvisha Jani – Delaware County
4-6 Karlee Dwyer – Delaware County
7-9 Marializ Jordan – Delaware County
10-12 Makenna Bankes – Carbon County

Best wishes to the state level winners in the upcoming national judging competition. For more information about the NACD poster contest, visit http://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/stewardship-and-education-materials/contests/.

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Conservationists Recognized in Williamsport

Representative Donna Oberlander receives the 2019 Legislator Leadership Award. Left to right are: Dr. Robert Shannon, PACD North Central Region Director; Greg Hostetter, Deputy Secretary of the PA Department of Agriculture; Charles Duritsa, PACD President; Representative Donna Oberlander; Aneca Atkinson, Deputy Secretary of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, and Brenda Shambaugh, PACD Executive Director.

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: 

  • Legislator Leadership Award: Representative Donna Oberlander (PA 63rd District)
  • President’s Award: Denise Coleman, State Conservationist, Pennsylvania USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director Excellence Award: Pownall Jones (Chester County)
  • Conservation District Employee Excellence Award: Carl Goshorn (Cumberland County)
  • Conservation 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

 Click here to read the entire press release.

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Five Pennsylvania Farms Receive Clean Water Farm Award

The Martin Family receives the Pennsylvania Clean Water Farm Award on July 17 at the PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference in Williamsport. Left to right are: Dr. Robert Shannon, PACD North Central Region Director; Greg Hostetter, Deputy Secretary of the PA Department of Agriculture; Josh and Brandi Martin, award recipients; Charles Duritsa, PACD President; Aneca Atkinson, Deputy Secretary of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, and Brenda Shambaugh, PACD Executive Director.

The 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 quality.

DEP 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.

This year’s award recipients are:

  • Snider Homestead Farm (Bedford County)
  • Hard Earned Acres, Bob and Barb Keefer (Cumberland County)
  • Martin Farms, Josh & Brandi Martin and Robert & Patsy Martin (Franklin County)
  • Iams Farm (Washington County)
  • Belview 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.).

Click here for the entire press release.

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2019 Poster Contest Deadline is Approaching

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 jmcnamara@pacd.org with questions.

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PACD Taking Conservation Award Nominations

The April 30 deadline to recognize a fellow conservationist by nominating him or her for a PACD Award is fast approaching.

  • Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director or Associate Director Excellence Award
  • Conservation District Employee Excellence Award
  • Legislator Recognition Award
  • Maurice K. Goddard Award for Excellence in Environmental Recreation

Click here for more information and a nomination form. Contact Jann McNamara at jmcnamara@pacd.org with any questions.

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