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PACD Honors Award Recipients during Annual Meeting

Senator Gene Yaw was awarded the Legislative Leadership Award.

Conservation district staff and partners attended the PACD Executive Council Meeting on July 29. During the meeting, several individuals were recognized.

The 2021 honorees are:

Legislator Leadership Award

  • Senator Gene Yaw (PA 23rd District)

President’s Award

  • Lisa Jo Suhr

Maurice K. Goddard Award for Excellence in Environmental Recreation

  • Cindy Adams Dunn

Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director Excellence Award

  • Bob Robinson (Wyoming County)

Conservation District Employee Excellence Award

  • Matthew Golden (Washington County)

Conservation District Trash Champion

  • Washington County Conservation District

Conservation District Employee Service Recognition Awards

30 Years of Service

  • Brian Sneeringer, Adams County Conservation District
  • James Coslo, Centre County Conservation District
  • Debra Dressler, Juniata County Conservation District
  • Donald Williams, Somerset Conservation District

35 Years of Service

  • Anthony Quadro, Westmoreland Conservation District

Click here to read the entire press release. 

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Winners Announced in State Poster Contest on Healthy Forests

The 10-12th grade winning poster by Kathryn Polstra (Columbia County).

PACD is pleased to announce the five state-level winners of the National Association of Conservation Districts 2021 “Healthy Forests Healthy Communities” poster contest.

The winners in each age category are:

K – 1st Grade: Cora Petrunak, Lehigh County

2nd – 3rd Grade: Riley Thomas, Cambria County

4th – 6th Grade: Brock Wharton, Cambria County

7th – 9th Grade: Evelyn Warner, Cambria County

10th – 12th Grade: Kathryn Polstra, Columbia County

To promote the importance of trees, students from kindergarten through twelfth grades entered posters conveying their thoughts and ideas through original artwork. Submissions were judged based on the entry’s conservation message, visual effectiveness, originality, and universal appeal.

PACD thanks all of the participants in the contest for their interest and dedication to conservation. Best wishes to the state-level winners in the upcoming national judging competition.

For more information about the NACD poster contest, visit

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Elk County Conservation District Issues Trash Challenge

Elk County Conservation District issued a challenge to other conservation districts to pick up trash during Conservation District Week.

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

To sweeten the deal, PACD will recognize the winner at our awards program during the Joint Annual Conference in July. The winner will receive the Conservation District Trash Champion award (pictured). If this becomes an annual event, the trophy can be passed from winning district to winning district like the Stanley Cup of trash!

Click here to view the flyer. 

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Nominations for PACD Conservation Awards Now Being Accepted

The deadline of April 30, 2021, is fast approaching to recognize a fellow conservationist by nominating him or her for a PACD Award. Click here for more information and a nomination form.

  • 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

Contact Diane Young at or 717-238-7223 with any questions.

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Allegheny County Conservation District’s Amy Miller Receives PAEE Award

Photo courtesy of PAEE.

Congratulations to Amy Miller, Watershed Specialist with the Allegheny County Conservation District, for winning the Government Partner Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE)! 

The Government Partner Award recognizes a government official who serves on a local, state, or national level and has demonstrated significant support for environmental education within the Commonwealth of PA.

​Amy Miller has worked at the Allegheny County Conservation District as the Watershed Specialist for over ten years. Community engagement is a big part of her job as a watershed specialist at the district, where she conducts public outreach on various topics related to streams and watershed ecology. Also, she helps with student programming at both the Fern Hollow Nature Center and Creek Connections. These opportunities allow her to show students of all ages the awesomeness of the outside world. They have also taught her a lot about teaching by working with some wonderful educators. She hopes to continue learning and sharing her outdoor experiences with others.

Click here to read more about Amy and the other award recipients.

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Nominations Accepted for PACD Conservation Awards

Do you know a staff person, director, or associate 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 Recreation

The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2021. Click here for more information and the nomination forms. Nominations should be emailed to Diane Young at

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Greene County Student Wins Second Place in National Poster Contest

In partnership with the NACD Auxiliary, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) announced the winners of the 2020 Photo Contest and 2020 Poster Contest during the virtual 75th NACD Annual Meeting.

Congratulations to the second-place winner in the K-1 grade category, Payton Duncan of Greene County, PA!

The winners listed will receive cash prizes courtesy of the NACD Auxiliary, made possible by the Auxiliary’s quilt project proceeds; the Auxiliary Country Store at the NACD Annual Meeting; and the generosity of individual donors. All contest participants will receive a certificate of participation. View the winning photos and the winning posters on NACD’s Flickr page

Click here to read about the 2021 poster contest. 

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Franklin County Farm Wins Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award

Screenshot from the 2020 Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award – Slate Ridge Dairy Farm video.

Slate Ridge Dairy Farm is the 2020 recipient of the Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award®.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the prestigious award recognizes farmers, ranchers and foresters who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat resources in their care.

In Pennsylvania, the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, American Farmland Trust, The Heinz Endowments, and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

Ben and Sharon Peckman, who own and operate Slate Ridge Dairy Farm near St. Thomas receive $10,000 and a crystal award for being selected. The Franklin County dairy farmers were revealed as the recipients during the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s virtual Annual Meeting.

Click here to read more about Slate Ridge Dairy Farm. Click here to view a video on the recipients. 

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