Intro to Conservation Planning Course Scheduled for November

Prerequisite and Application Information Available

PACD partners with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the State Conservation Commission (SCC) to deliver a three-day Introduction to Conservation Planning course. This free training is scheduled for November 4-6, 2020, at the Pennsylvania NRCS State Office, USDA Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA.

The event is for entry-level employees of all organizations in Pennsylvania delivering conservation planning technical assistance including, but not limited to, NRCS, conservation districts, SCC, farmland preservation entities, non-profits, and private consultants. The training is free, and lunch will be provided.

An online prerequisite is required. Click here for instructions on the prerequisite. Email completed prerequisite certificates to Shannon Wehinger at swehinger@pacd.org. Click here to apply for the course. The application deadline is September 18, 2020.

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Save the Dates for 2021 Boot Camp Training

Mark your calendars for the Agricultural Conservation Technical Training (“Boot Camp” Basic Level and Level II). Conservation district staff are encouraged to take advantage of these free, week-long training opportunities, including classroom learning and experience in the field.

  • Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Training – Basic Level
    April 12-16, 2021
    Keystone Conference Center, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)
  • Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Training – Level II
    April 26-30, 2021
    Keystone Conference Center, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County)

Please note these dates are tentative pending funding.

The application period will open on January 22, 2021. Questions? Contact Shannon Wehinger at swehinger@pacd.org.

These training opportunities are made possible by the following sponsors: Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Conservation Commission, and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.

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Intro to Conservation Planning Course Tentatively Scheduled for November

PACD is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the State Conservation Commission (SCC) to deliver a three-day Introduction to Conservation Planning course. This free training is tentatively scheduled to take place on November 4-6, 2020, at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg (Hershey area) in Grantville, PA.

The event is for entry-level employees of all organizations in Pennsylvania delivering conservation planning technical assistance, including but not limited to NRCS, conservation districts, SCC, farmland preservation entities, non-profits, and private consultants. The training is free, and lunch will be provided.

To receive information on this training as it becomes available, including the online prerequisite, email Shannon Wehinger at swehinger@pacd.org.

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DCNR Riparian Forest Webinars Available on Clean Water Academy

Screenshot from Hellbender webinar.

PACD Software Specialist Nick Yeagy is recording and uploading the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Riparian Forest webinar series to the Clean Water Academy. To date, the webinars available are:

  • Ecology of Streams and Riparian Forests: How Streams Work and the Role of Forests
  • Do Hellbenders, Freshwater Mussels, and Native Brook Trout Matter?
  • Selling Buffers WITHOUT Financial Incentives
  • Reforesting Shallowbrook School
  • Pre- and Post-planting Vegetation Management for Establishment

Click here for the Clean Water Academy. 

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New Dates for 102/105 Technical Training

New dates have been announced for the 102/105 Basic and Topic-based Technical Training sessions. Both sessions are open to the conservation district and PA Department of Environmental Protection staff who work with the Chapter 102 and 105 programs. At this time, we anticipate opening Basic registration in April and Topic-based registration in mid-summer. We thank our registrants for their patience and understanding during this process.

The new dates are:

June 16-19, 2020
102/105 Basic Technical Training
Wyndham State College, Boalsburg, PA

September 16-18, 2020
102/105 Topic-based Technical Training
Wyndham State College, Boalsburg, PA

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102/105 Topic-based Technical Training Registration Opens

The 2020 102/105 Topic-based Technical Training will take place March 31-April 2 at the Wyndham Garden State College in Boalsburg, PA. The event is open to conservation district and DEP staff with little or no cost to attend. Registration is through the DEP Clean Water Academy. Click here for registration information and a course outline. A full draft agenda will be posted as soon as it is available.

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Registration for 2020 102/105 Basic Technical Training Opens Today

The 2020 102/105 Basic Technical Training session is open to conservation district and DEP staff. The event will take place March 16-19 at the Wyndham State College in Boalsburg, PA, with little or no cost to attend. (See registration information for details.) Registration and the prerequisite coursework are completed through the DEP Clean Water Academy. Click here for registration information and here to view the training agenda.

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