Thank You Ag Progress Days Volunteers!

Ag Progress Days, Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition was held August 14-16, 2018, at The Pennsylvania State University’s Research Farms in Rock Springs. Despite the rain and mud on Tuesday, PACD and conservation districts from Centre, Union, Dauphin, Bradford, Huntingdon, and Bedford counties met hundreds of landowners and farmers to discuss local conservation during the three day event.

A BIG thank you goes out to all who volunteered for this great networking experience!

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Conservationists from Across the Northeastern United States Convene in Lancaster

Mark Gutshall, Founder and Vice President of LandStudies leads the Stormwater Tour on July 17, 2018.

Representatives from the northeastern United States traveled to the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel in Lancaster for the National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) Northeast Regional Meeting. Conservation leaders from these states met for educational programs, tours, and networking.

“It is exiting to host a meeting that brings our counterparts from other northeastern states together. This week, we were able to showcase some of Pennsylvania’s conservation district projects via tours and educational sessions. Attendees learned about the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Program which helps decrease pollution from unpaved roads and is unique to Pennsylvania. They visited a plain sect farm where they saw how the Lancaster County Conservation District helped the farmer control pollution. They participated in a stormwater tour by LandStudies, Inc. which shows work being done in our communities to reduce flooding. Finally, visitors had the opportunity to visit Stroud Water Research Center and learn about research they are conducting to ensure we have enough clean water for future generations,” said Brenda Shambaugh, PACD Executive Director. “Our conservation districts work hard every day to make a difference in our communities.”

After saying goodbye to our collegues from other states, the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. (PACD) and the State Conservation Commission held their 71th Joint Annual Conference. Several Pennsylvania conservationists were recognized at an awards luncheon on July 18.

The 2018 PACD honorees are as follows: 

  • Legislator Leadership Award – Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (PA 30th District)
  • President’s Award – Pat Sueck
  • Ann Rudd Saxman Conservation District Director Excellence Award – Jay Snyder (Lancaster County)
  • Conservation District Employee Excellence Award – Renee Swineford (Snyder County)
  • Conservation District Employee Service Recognition Program Awards

40 Years of Service

  • Craig Bingman, Manager, Snyder County
  • Years of Service
  • Carl Goshorn, Manager, Cumberland County
  • James Pillsbury, Hydraulic Engineer, Westmoreland County
  • Tammie Robinson, Administrative Assistant, Indiana County
  • Lorelle Steach, PA Envirothon Coordinator, Bedford County

Click here to read the entire press release and here to see photos from the event.

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Final Day to Preregister for NACD Northeast Regional Meeting & PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference is Friday!

Be sure to register this week for the National Association of Conservation District (NACD) Northeast Regional Meeting and PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference. The discounted, early bird registration was extended until the final pre-registration deadline of July 6, 2018! Walk-in registrations will be accepted, however availability of meals and activities cannot be guaranteed.

The meeting location is the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. NACD events will take place July 15-17, 2018, and PACD/SCC events will take place July 17-18, 2018.

Click here for more information and to register. 

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I Scream You Scream…

Turkey Hill Dairy is generously donating ice cream novelties and beverages for the “Welcome to Pennsylvania” Ice Cream Social during the NACD Northeast Regional Meeting & PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference. The event will take place Sunday, July 15, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel in Lancaster, PA.

PACD invites you to join us for a friendly, informal, meet-and-greet over some cool, creamy, ice cream treats. To participate, you must be registered for the NACD portion of the conference. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to network with your counterparts from other states in our region.

There is still time to register! Pre-registration closes on July 6. Click here to register today! 

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Explore Armstrong Conservation District’s Mobile Exhibit at the July Conference

Armstrong Conservation District’s H2Oh! on the GO! mobile exhibit will be parked at the NACD Northeast Regional Meeting & PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference from July 15-18, 2018. The Armstrong Conservation District is generously making this interactive, educational, traveling exhibit available for our attendees to explore during the conference.

The conference is taking place at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel, Lancaster, PA. Click here to register or for more information. 

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Early Bird Rate Ends Friday for the NACD Northeast Regional Meeting and PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference

The early bird discount ends Friday, June 15! Be sure to register this week for the NACD Northeast Regional Meeting and PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference to receive the discounted registration rate.

The meeting location is the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. NACD events will take place July 15-17, 2018, and PACD/SCC events will take place July 17-18, 2018.

Click here for more information and to register. 

 

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Don’t Miss Out on All the Goodies! Register for the NACD Northeast Regional Meeting and PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference Today!

Conservation districts and their partners are invited to register for the Combined 2018 National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) Northeast Regional Meeting and 71st PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference. The combined conference will take place at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. NACD events will take place July 15-17, 2018, and PACD/SCC events will take place July 17-18, 2018.

PACD is still collecting items for goodie bags that all attendees will receive. Pictured are the messenger bags sponsored by WorldView Solutions, a rain gauge from Berks County Conservation District, and maple syrup from McKean, Potter, and Tioga County Conservation Districts. Not pictured are pens from Snyder County Conservation District. Thanks to Sandy Thompson for taking the lead on coordinating the giveaways! She can be reached at sdthompson@mckeancountypa.org if you would like to contribute.

Be sure to register by Friday, June 15, to take advantage of the early-bird discount! Click here for more information or to register for the meeting. 

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Conservation Districts Host Booth at PSATS Convention

PACD North East Region Director and Pike County Conservation District Director Kelly Stagen staffs the conservation district booth.

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) held their 96th Educational Conference and Trade Show April 22-25, 2018, in Hershey, PA. PACD sponsored a booth at the show.

Thank you to Jefferson County Conservation District Manager Deb Wilson, and Bedford County Conservation District staff Mike Felix and Rylan Schnably, for meeting with attendees and promoting the good work of conservation districts across the state!

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Training for DEP and Conservation District Staff Supports Water Quality

Nathan Crawford, P.E., reviews PCSM on April 11, 2018. Mr. Crawford is Environmental Group Manager for the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Clean Water, NPDES Permitting Division, Stormwater Construction Section.

This year’s 102/105 Topic-based Technical Training took place April 10-12, 2018, at the Ramada Conference Center in State College, PA. A record 125 participants from 47 conservation districts and the PA Department of Environmental Protection received in-depth training on Post Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM), Chapter 105, and other topics that support clean, accessible, water for Pennsylvania’s citizens.

This annual training is funded through a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection and made possible through the cooperation of the PA Association of Conservation Districts and Pennsylvania’s conservation districts.

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