Last Week for the PACD/SCC Winter Meeting Early Bird Discount

If you haven’t done it already, this is the week to register for the Winter Meeting and make your overnight reservation. Take advantage of the Early Bird discount and reduced hotel room rate before they expire this Friday, December 20. Make your arrangements before the holiday and rest easy in the new year! Click here for hotel information and to register.

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Volunteers Needed for Conservation District booth at the 2020 PA Farm Show

PACD will again be partnering with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to host a conservation district booth at the 2020 PA Farm Show. 

We need volunteers to staff the booth for the following days and times:

Saturday, January 4–8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 5–12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, January 6–8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 7–8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 8–8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 9    ALL SLOTS FILLED
Friday, January 10–8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11–8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to fill one of these shifts by contacting Jann McNamara at with your contact information and the shift you’d like to fill.

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PACD/SCC Winter Meeting Registration Opens

Conservation district staff, board members, and partners are invited to attend the 2020 PACD/SCC Winter Meeting January 22-23 at its new location, the Wyndham Garden State College. Take in the Wyndham’s beautiful winter views and enjoy a hot beverage with your counterparts from across the state. Conference learning opportunities include educational opportunities through the Pennsylvania Game Commission and a program on effective conservation messaging. Beat cabin fever and join us in State College! Click here for details and to register.

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Save the Dates: Spring Region Meetings

Mark your calendar and join us for the PACD spring region meetings!

The region meeting dates and locations are as follows:

March 24, 2020
PACD South Central Region Meeting
Cumberland County Conservation District, Carlisle, PA

March 26, 2020
PACD North Central Region Meeting
Clinton County Conservation District, Mill Hall, PA

March 31, 2020
PACD South West Region Meeting
Westmoreland Conservation District, Greensburg, PA

April 3, 2020
PACD North East Region Meeting
DEP Northeast Regional Office, Wilkes-Barre, PA

April 22, 2020
PACD North West Region Meeting
Venango County (location TBA)

April 30, 2020
PACD South East Region Meeting
Henning’s Market, Harleysville, PA

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Chapter 102 Fall Regional Sessions Conclude

Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Group Manager Nathan Crawford, P.E., opens the final Chapter 102 Fall Regional Session in Dauphin on October 31, 2019.

On October 31, 2019, the sixth and final Chapter 102 Fall Regional Session was held in Dauphin, PA. The series of regional training was presented by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with administrative support from PACD.

The training included program updates, the Regional Permit Coordination Office, completeness reviews, and the Clean Water Academy.

The next Chapter 102 trainings will be:

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

March 31-April 2, 2020
Spring 102/105 Topic-based Technical Training
Wyndham Garden State College, Boalsburg, PA

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20,000 acres of Farmland Preserved in Cumberland County

PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding speaks at the Cumberland County farmland preservation celebration.

On September 26, 2019, PACD Software Specialist Nick Yeagy traveled to Cumberland County for the celebration of 20,000 acres of preserved farmland.

He joined Cumberland County officials and farmland preservation staff for a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the county’s participation in Pennsylvania’s state farmland preservation program, held at Paulus Farm Market in Mechanicsburg. The Paulus family has preserved 219 acres of farmland, which grows much of the produce sold at their market, since the establishment of the county program in 1989.

Click here to read the entire press release. 

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Conservation Districts Represented at Ag Progress Days

Ag Progress Days, Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition, was held August 13-15, 2019, at The Pennsylvania State University’s Research Farms in Rock Springs. PACD and conservation districts from Northumberland, Berks, Union, Cambria, Wyoming, Clinton, Venango, Adams, and Bedford Counties met hundreds of landowners and farmers to discuss local conservation during the three-day event.

Thank you so much to all who volunteered for this great outreach opportunity!

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PA Envirothon Team Takes 3rd Place in International Competition

3rd place photo (l to r) – Megan Patton (coach), Ryan Swartz, Joey Kurincak, Christina Adams, Stephen Zacoi, Jacob Hair, and Kevin Willis (coach). Photo provided by PA Envirothon.

On August 2, Pennsylvania’s Envirothon team from Carmichaels Area High School in Greene County took third place out of 53 teams from the United States, Canada and China competing in the 2019 NCF Envirothon at North Carolina State University!

Congratulations to team members Jacob Hair, Ryan Swartz, Christina Adams, Stephen Zacoi, Joey Kurincak and coach Kevin Willis!

This is the second year in a row a team from Carmichaels Area High School won the Pennsylvania Envirothon and then went on to the international competition.

The team was awarded a scholarship of $5,000 ($1,000 each) for this third place finish out of 53 teams. The team had the second highest Forestry score with 87 out of 100 points (high score was an 88), the second highest Soils score with 64.5 (high 69), the fourth highest Wildlife score with an 88 (high, 93.5), and the fifth highest Aquatics score with a 91.5 (high 96.5). Their final presentation score was 547.9 (high, 570.3).

Click here to read more.

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South Central Region Managers Meet

Front row: PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh and Larry Martick (retired manager). Middle row: Fulton County Conservation District Manager Seleen Shives, Schuylkill Conservation District Manager Jenna St. Clair, Northumberland County Conservation District Manager Judy Becker, Perry County Conservation District Manager Sally Tengeres, Mike Hubler (retired manager), Don McNutt (retired manager). Back row: Lancaster County Conservation District Manager Chris Thompson, Adams County Conservation District Manager Adam McClain, Chester County Conservation District Manager Chris Strohmaier, Cumberland County Conservation District Manager Carl Goshorn, Ernie Tarner (retired manager), Franklin County Conservation District Manager Dave Stoner, and Berks County Conservation District Manager Dean Druckenmiller.

Managers from the PACD South Central Region met at Shady Maple in East Earl, PA, for a breakfast meeting on July 25, 2019. PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh and several retired conservation district managers joined them.

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