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Pike County Conservation Districts Wins 2024 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is honoring 22 projects completed by schools, businesses, and community organizations around the state with the 2024 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.

Applications were evaluated for their degree of environmental protection, innovation, partnership, economic impact, consideration of climate change, sustainability, and environmental justice, as well as outcomes achieved.

Congratulations to Pike County Conservation District on being honored with the 2024 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence! The district was recognized for its Dingman Township Park Pollinator Gardens project.

Click here to read the press release. 

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Lancaster County Conservation District Holds Annual Banquet

Lancaster County Conservation District Manager Chris Thompson speaks during the banquet. Photo taken by Brenda Shambaugh.

Recently, the Lancaster County Conservation District celebrated its 71st Annual Banquet, honoring conservation efforts in Lancaster County. Recipients were recognized for their contributions to conserving natural resources. The event also included an auction that directly supports the district’s Ann Brown Scholarship for high school seniors. PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh attended the event.

Award recipients included:

  • Watershed Project Award Recipients: Donegal Trout Unlimited, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Unique Excavating, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Building Industry Resource Conservation Award Recipients: Kinsley Construction, RETTEW, and High Associates
  • Conservation School Service Award: Frank Wasco

Click here to read a press release on the banquet. 

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Elk County Conservation District Issues Trash Challenge

For the fourth year, the Elk County Conservation District is challenging fellow PA conservation districts to pick up trash throughout April and May.

The district that picks up the most trash in their county is the winner. First, track the number of bags and weight of trash (if possible). Then, share your district’s photos and results on Facebook using the hashtags #ConservationCallout and #DistrictTrashTalking.

The winning district will be recognized during the July PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference and receive the trash talker award (pictured) for the year. Washington County currently holds the trophy, which will be passed on to the 2024 winner.

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New for Conservation District Week 2024: Instagram Photo Contest

Conservation District Week (April 28-May 4) is all about promoting conservation districts’ work across the Commonwealth. New for 2024, PACD is hosting an Instagram Photo Contest

How to participate:

  • Must post and select only one photo of conservation district staff at work each weekday during Conservation District Week: Monday, April 29; Tuesday, April 30; Wednesday, May 1; Thursday, May 2; and Friday, May 3. A different photo must be posted and tagged each day.
  • Must post photos on an official PA Conservation District Instagram account
  • Must use #CDWeek and tag @PAConservation in each post
  • By entering the contest, conservation districts are giving PACD permission to repost and use the photo entries
  • Winner will be the district with the most likes on their tagged photos – a total of all five photos posted for the contest April 29-May 3
  • The winning conservation district will receive a trophy (and bragging rights) at the PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference in July

This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.

Questions should be directed to PACD Director of Communications & Education Shannon Wehinger at


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Reminder: PACD Now Accepting Conservation Award Nominations Using New Simplified Process

Nominations are now being accepted for the PACD Conservation Awards. New for 2024, the award nominations have been simplified and streamlined with an online nomination form. Nominations must be received by April 30, 2024.

The awards are:

Click here for information on the awards program. Contact Roxanne Dohner at or 717-794-6108 with any questions.

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Conservation District and PACD Staff Members Receive Performance Awards from NRCS

Mike Schlauch (left) and Andy Wodehouse (right). Photos provided by awardees.

Two conservation district and PACD staff members were nominated for performance awards from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. They are:

Mike Schlauch – Conservation Specialist, Luzerne Conservation District – PACD’s Conservation District Umbrella Program

During Fiscal Year 2023, Mike wrote 232 acres of EQIP/CTA/CREP conservation plans for seven producers. Mike has been prompt in completing all Highly Erodible Land determinations assigned to him, 40 in total. Throughout the year, Mike has either assisted the engineering staff with, or completed on his own, eight Inventory and Evaluations and five surveys/designs.. Due to staff turnover, Mike has been critical in achieving the agency’s mission within Luzerne County.

Andy Wodehouse – PACD TAG Program

Andy Wodehouse was asked to prepare for a training event and deliver that training to all new Civil Engineering Technicians and Soil Conservation Technicians in the entire North East area. The Training Topic was “Basic Surveying.” He put together an excellent training event. This training was to teach new employees entry-level surveying techniques and how to use survey equipment. The training was hands-on and delivered very effectively. He did a fantastic job putting this training event together. This training will decrease assistance needed by the technical office, increase productivity, get more practices built, assist with construction inspection, and start earning Job Approval for each employee. This task is not normally assigned and is in addition to yearly assigned performance goals.

Congratulations to Mike and Andy for their exceptional work!

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Cliff Lane Wins National Award

Cliff Lane accepts the award in San Diego. Photo provided by Jennifer Ramey.

Cliff Lane, McKean County Conservation District Secretary/Treasurer, PACD North West Region Director & National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) North East Region Representative, was presented with the National Association of Conservation District Employees Outstanding Conservation District Board Member Award. The award was presented during the NACD annual meeting in San Diego earlier this month. Congratulations Cliff!

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Pennsylvania Posters Place in National Contest

Evelyn Warner’s poster (top) and Cora Petrunak’s poster (bottom) placed in the 2023 national poster contest.

Two Pennsylvania posters placed in the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) contest!

  • Evelyn Warner from Cambria County won 2nd place in the 10-12th grade category.
  • Cora Petrunak, from Lehigh County, won 3rd place in the 2-3 grade category.

The winners are posted on the NACD Flickr account

Congratulations to the students and the Cambria and Lehigh County Conservation Districts for the national win!


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Congratulations to 2023 Conservation District Video Award Winners

The 4th Annual Conservation District Video Awards were presented on Thursday, February 15. The 1st place CONDIVA trophy for the highest-scoring video of 2023 was awarded to Monroe County Conservation District for Maple Sugaring. Two runner-up entries tied for 2nd place: Living in Our Waters: The Wonders of Macroinvertebrates, submitted by Beaver County Conservation District, and iMap Invasives Scavenger Hunt, submitted by Pike County Conservation District. Visit Building for Tomorrow for links to the video of the presentation and all the 2023 entries.

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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