Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts

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Volunteers Needed: Ag Progress Days 2023

Penn State Ag Progress Days will be held August 8-10, 2023, at the Russell E. Larson Agriculture Research Center, 2710 West Pine Grove Rd., Pennsylvania Furnace.

We are looking for volunteers for the Conservation District Exhibit for this event. If you’d like to schedule a shift, send your name, contact information, and preferred shift(s) to Brenda Shambaugh at bshambaugh@pacd.org.

The remaining open shifts are:

  • Tuesday, August 8: 1:00 pm – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, August 9: 5:00 pm – 7:00 p.m. 

When available, a final volunteer schedule, parking passes, and other show information will be sent to volunteers. For more information on Ag Progress Days, visit their website at http://agsci.psu.edu/apd.

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Register for the PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference Today!

Registration is open for the PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference July 19-20, 2023, at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg (Hershey Area) in Grantville, PA. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with fellow conservation district staff, board members, and agency partners in conservation.

Registration is open to conservation district directors, associate directors, district staff, partner agency staff, and invited guests. Click here to register and for more information. 

PACD committees will meet virtually in June and July prior to the conference. Committee registration is free and each committee requires separate registration. Please email the listed contact to request a registration link.

June 27, 2023 | 10-11 AM
PACD Legislative Committee Videoconference
Contact mburns@pacd.org to request a registration link.

June 29, 2023 | 10-11 AM
PACD Conservation Committee Videoconference
Contact mburns@pacd.org to request a registration link.

July 6, 2023 | 10-11 AM
PACD Education and Outreach Committee Videoconference
Contact swehinger@pacd.org to request a registration link.

July 12, 2023 | 1:30-2:30 PM
PACD District Employees Committee Videoconference
Contact hmiller@pacd.org to request a registration link.

July 13, 2023 | 10-11 AM
PACD Ways and Means Committee Videoconference
Contact abrown@pacd.org to request a registration link.

July 14, 2023 | 1:30-2:30 PM
PACD Operations Committee Videoconference
Contact mburns@pacd.org to request a registration link.

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Save the Dates for PACD Spring Region Meetings

Mark your calendar and join us for the PACD spring region meetings! All meetings will be in-person with a virtual option.

March 21, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.
PACD South Central Region Meeting  
Cumberland County Conservation District, Carlisle, PA

March 23, 2023| 9:30 a.m.   
PACD South East Region Meeting      
Henning’s Market, Harleysville, PA

March 30, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.
PACD North East Region Meeting   
Schuylkill Conservation District, Pottsville, PA

April 4, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.        
PACD North Central Region Meeting  
Clinton County Conservation District, Mill Hall, PA

April 12, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.   
PACD North West Region Meeting    
Suites on Main at PennWest Clarion University, Clarion, PA

April 19, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.   
PACD South West Region Meeting  
Westmoreland Conservation District, Greensburg, PA

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Thank You, Farm Show Volunteers!

Plinko game in action at the 2023 PA Farm Show.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made the conservation district booth at the PA Farm Show a success! The 2023 show premiered the Stormwater Plinko game, which drew visitors to the booth.

Thank you to the following conservation districts who sent volunteers:

Blair
Centre
Clinton
Columbia
Cumberland
Indiana
Lancaster
Lebanon
Lehigh
Northumberland
Schuylkill
Snyder
And the PA Envirothon

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Save the Date: 2023 Virtual Conservation District and PA Agency Ag Meeting: Pennsylvania Partners Making an Impact!

Mark your calendars for the 2023 Virtual Conservation District and PA Agency Ag Meeting!

April 3, 2023, 1:00pm to 4:00pm – Statewide Information

April 6, 2023, 9:00am to Noon – Chesapeake Bay Information

*We’d like your suggestions! Please submit ideas for topics you’d like to hear about to hmiller@pacd.org by COB Wednesday, January 18th

County conservation districts and your partners have a huge impact at the local, state, and federal levels. And all of this PROGRESS is happening because of expanding PARTNERSHIPS and PROJECTS! We invite your district to join these two half-day meetings to hear from local, state, and federal partners about how your work is connecting the dots everywhere and inspiring partners at every level.

Staff from PA state agencies, USDA-NRCS, and conservation districts are encouraged to attend.

More information to come! Registration will open in February. Please contact Holly Miller at hmiller@pacd.org with questions.

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2023 PSATS Conference – Volunteers Needed

Close to 4,000 township officials and guests from all over Pennsylvania will attend the annual Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) Conference and Trade Show, April 23-26, 2023. Once again, there will be a Conservation District Booth at the show from Sunday, April 23, to Tuesday, April 25. 

Trade Show dates and times are:

  • Sunday, April 23
    • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (1st shift)
    • 6:30–8:00 p.m. (2nd shift)
  • Monday, April 24      
    • 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (1st shift)
    • 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (2nd shift) 
  • Tuesday, April 25
    • 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Please consider volunteering for a morning or afternoon shift at the conservation district booth. This is a valuable opportunity to promote the districts and explain the type of work they do, as well as reinforce existing relationships with local township officials.

To volunteer, please get in touch with Brenda Shambaugh at bshambaugh@pacd.org.

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Save the Date for the 2023 PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference

Mark your calendars for the PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference July 19-20, 2023, at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg (Hershey Area) in Grantville, PA. Conservation district directors, associate directors, staff, and agency partners are invited to attend. Catch up with old friends and make some new ones in Harrisburg this July! Registration will open in May.

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Register for the Virtual 2023 PACD Winter Meeting Today!

The Virtual 2023 PACD Winter Meeting will take place as a series of video conferences in January. Committees will meet between January 6 and 20, followed by PACD Executive Council on January 26.

Registration is open to all conservation district directors, associate directors, staff, partner agency staff, and invited guests. Registration for each meeting is free and required. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with information to participate using Zoom or by phone. Meeting materials will be distributed prior to the meeting.

Please email the listed contact to request a registration link:

Registration for PACD Executive Council:

PACD Executive Council Video Conference
January 26, 2023 | 10 a.m.–Noon
Email mburns@pacd.org for a link to register

Registration for PACD Committees:

PACD Conservation Committee Video Conference
January 6, 2023 | 10–11 a.m.
Email mburns@pacd.org for a link to register

PACD District Employees Committee Video Conference
January 11, 2023 | 11 a.m.–Noon
Contact hmiller@pacd.org for a link to register

PACD Education & Outreach Committee Video Conference
January 12, 2023 | 10–11 a.m.
Contact swehinger@pacd.org for a link to register.

PACD Legislative Committee Video Conference
January 17, 2023 | 10–11 a.m.
Email mburns@pacd.org for a link to register

PACD Ways & Means Committee Video Conference
January 19, 2023 | 10–11 a.m.
Contact abrown@pacd.org for a link to register.

PACD Operations Committee Video Conference
January 20, 2023 | 10–11 a.m.
Contact mburns@pacd.org to request a registration link.

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Volunteers Needed for Conservation District Booth at the 2023 PA Farm Show

Staff from Indiana County Conservation District work the conservation district booth at the 2022 PA Farm Show on January 13, 2022. Photo taken by Diane Young.

PACD will again partner with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to host a Conservation District booth at the 2023 PA Farm Show.

Conservation districts are encouraged to set up a display for a day and educate folks from all over the state. It’s an opportunity to highlight your district, your county, and what’s going on in your area. If your district has an exhibit that travels easily and you would like to spend a few hours enjoying the Farm Show, then this opportunity is for you.

The show runs from Saturday, January 7, to Saturday, January 14. We need volunteers to staff the booth (one or two volunteers per shift). The morning shift is 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The afternoon shift is 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please let us know if you would like to fill one or more of these shifts as soon as possible. Contact Brenda Shambaugh at bshambaugh@pacd.org by November 28 with your contact information and the shifts you’d like to fill.

 

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Save the Date for the PACD Winter Meeting

Mark your calendars for the 2023 PACD Winter Meeting! The event will take place as a series of videoconferences throughout January, beginning with the PACD Conservation Committee on January 6 and ending with PACD Executive Council on January 26. Registration will open in November. Questions? Contact Molly Burns with PACD at mburns@pacd.org.

PACD Conservation Committee Video Conference
January 6, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

PACD District Employees Committee Video Conference
January 11, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

PACD Education and Outreach Committee Video Conference
January 12, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

PACD Legislative Committee Video Conference
January 17, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

PACD Operations Committee Video Conference
January 20, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

PACD Ways and Means Committee Video Conference
January 19, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

PACD Executive Council Video Conference
January 26, 2023, 10:00 a.m.–Noon

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