PACD Co-Hosts CPESC Training

The CPESC Exam held at the Lebanon County Conservation District on September 4, 2019. Photo taken by Amy Brown.

The Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) review course and exam were held on September 3 and 4, 2019. Nine people attended the course, which was held at the Lebanon County Conservation District Office.

PACD co-hosted the review course in order for conservation district employees to attend at a discounted price.

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New Slate of Officers Elected at PACD Executive Council Meeting

(Left to right): The new PACD officers include Sonia Wasco, Charles Duritsa, Mike Price, Kelly Stagen, and Dennis Beck.

These individuals will serve on the PACD Executive Board in the following positions:

President: Mike Price, Beaver County

1st Vice President: Kelly Stagen, Pike County

2nd Vice President: Dennis Beck, Cambria County

Secretary: Charles Duritsa, Westmoreland County

Treasurer: Sonia Wasco, Lancaster County

Congratulations to the officers and thank you for volunteering your time in these leadership positions!

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PACD Hiring Agricultural Conservation Technician in Lebanon Office

As the Conservation Technician for the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD) in the South Central Region, the incumbent will provide technical assistance to the Growing Greener program and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

This position will: Provide technical assistance to area partnership Growing Greener personnel and the NRCS in the planning, design and construction of engineering practices; Prepare designs of agricultural conservation practices and water quality best management practices (BMPs), which are site specific and require coordination among various groups and individuals; and Provide engineering assistance in conducting preliminary investigations.

Click here for the full job description. Candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to the PACD at All application materials must be received by 4:30pm EDT on June 26, 2019. 

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Welcome New PACD Software Specialist Nick Yeagy

By Nick Yeagy, Software Specialist, PACD

I recently graduated from Penn State Harrisburg with a B.S. in General Science. Last summer I interned with PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). As an intern, I worked on creating content for the Clean Water Academy, a web-based program dedicated to providing conservation district and DEP staff with training on Chapters 102 and 105. As the PACD software specialist, I will continue to work on the Clean Water Academy.

In my spare time I enjoy fishing, cooking, and following Penn State and Philadelphia Eagles football. I am excited to join PACD and work with the conservation districts. If you have any questions or suggestions for the Clean Water Academy, please feel free to contact me at

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Shambaugh Attends Cumberland County Conservation District Board Meeting

Pictured with PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh are (left to right): Cumberland County Conservation District Board of Directors Glenn Kimmel, Denny Garman, Mike Berkheimer, Jim Hertzler (County Commissioner), and Wilbur Wolf.

On December 11, 2018, PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh traveled to Carlisle to attend the Cumberland County Conservation District board meeting. Brenda spoke to the board about the toolkit PACD is developing for project promotion, the new PACD office location, and how to get to know new legislators.


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PACD/SCC Winter Meeting Registration Opens Today

Conservation district staff, board members, and partners are invited to attend the 2019 PACD/SCC Winter Meeting January 30-31 at Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, PA. Take in the beautiful winter views at Toftrees while enjoying a hot beverage with your counterparts from across the state. Conference learning opportunities will include an update on Chapter 102 ePermitting and a program on parliamentary procedure. Beat cabin fever and join us in State College! Click here for details and to register.

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PACD Office Moves!

PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh at the front door of PACD’s new office.

The seven staff at the PACD office in Harrisburg moved to a commercial condominium seven miles east of downtown. The new office location opened November 13. Please update your records with our new address:

5925 Stevenson Ave., Suite A
Harrisburg, PA 17112

The main phone number remains the same. However, all staff have new extensions. They are as follows:

Main phone: 717-238-7223

  • Brenda Shambaugh ext. 103
  • Lisa Suhr ext. 112
  • Shannon Wehinger ext. 105
  • Amy Brown ext. 104 (please note Amy Brown was formerly Amy Salansky and she has a new email address:
  • Molly Burns ext. 110
  • Jann McNamara ext. 106
  • Matt Miller ext. 107

The PACD website and email address remain unchanged.

“This new office is better suited to our needs. Staff are excited to reap the benefits of this more logical layout,” said PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh. The old office at 25 N. Front Street is currently for sale. We hope to sell the building in the coming months.”

PACD members and partners are welcome to visit our new location. Our new larger conference room will host meetings up to 25 attendees. Thank you to our board and members for supporting this move.


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