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Conservation Districts Grateful for Level Funding in Governor Shapiro’s Budget

Pennsylvania’s county conservation districts thank Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro for supporting conservation districts in his proposed state budget. 

Pennsylvania’s conservation districts assist landowners through technical assistance, permit reviews, site inspections, and education in a safe, efficient, and effective manner. Conservation districts aim to protect our natural resources, keep food on tables, and ensure public safety.

The Governor’s budget was released last week. The “Transfer to the Conservation District” lines in the 2024-2025 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture budgets were kept at the same funding level as last year. 

Click here to read the entire press release. 

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Cambria County Conservation District Holds Legislative Boat Tour

(Left to right) Cambria County Conservation District Manager John Dryzal, Cambria County Conservation District Associate Director Ray Gorman, and PACD 1st Vice President Emil Bove on the boat tour. Photo provided by Emil Bove.

On Friday, August 25, 2023, the Cambria County Conservation District held a legislative boat tour of Glendale Lake. The lake is located at Prince Gallitzin State Park.

PACD 1st Vice President Emil Bove represented PACD at the event, which highlighted improvements made to the lake over the last thirteen years.

Click here to read a news article on the event. 

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Indiana County Conservation District Holds Legislative Bus Tour

Photo provided by Indiana County Conservation District.

On August 11, 2023, Indiana County Conservation District held a Legislative Bus Tour. District Manager Doug Beri, Jr. said, “The bus tour was another great success. We toured six project sites, including four DGLVR projects that featured practices including stream crossings, road fill, and cross pipes; a future rotational grazing system that will be funded through ACAP; and an oxic limestone drain that is part of nine phases of abandoned mine drainage restoration in the Bear Run Watershed which drains to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Thirty attendees representing local, state, and federal legislative offices as well as several partners participated in the tour.”

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Lebanon County Conservation District Holds Legislative Roundtable

Group picture of attendees at the Lebanon County Conservation District Legislative Roundtable provided by the district.

On June 2, 2023, Lebanon County Conservation District held a Legislative Roundtable. During the event, the district highlighted its conservation efforts and discussed the importance of farmland preservation, environmental education, and how the Countywide Action Plan (CAP) is being implemented in Lebanon County.

Representatives Russ Diamond, Tom Jones, and John Schlegel attended the event. Also present was JoEllen Litz, Lebanon County Commissioner. PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh, State Conservation Commission Executive Secretary Doug Wolfgang, and PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Restoration Division Director Kristen Wolf attended as well.

Click here to read an article on the event.

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Berks County Conservation District Holds Legislative Breakfast

Berks County Conservation District board of director’s county commissioner member Christian Leinbach kicks off the event.

On April 27, 2023, the Berks County Conservation District held a Legislative Breakfast with the Berks Farm Bureau. Approximately 60 folks attended the breakfast at the Berks County Agricultural Center in Leesport, PA. PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh was in attendance.

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McKean County Conservation District Holds Legislative Luncheon

(Left to right): Front row – Riley Thompson, PA Maple Ambassador; Amanda Murdock, District Conservationist, USDA NRCS; Carol Duffy, McKean County Commissioner; Sandy Thompson, MCCD District Manager; Selena King, US Senator Fetterman’s Office; Tamara Bleggi, PA Senator Dush’s Office. Back row – Elizabeth Casertano, US Senator Fetterman’s Office; Jeff Larson, MCCD Chairman; Rep. Martin Causer; Cliff Lane, MCCD Commissioner Director; Adam Causer, MCCD Watershed Specialist; Ken Kane, MCCD Director; Kerry Fetter, MCCD Director; and Tom Kreiner, McKean County Commissioner. Photo provided by McKean County Conservation District.

The McKean County Conservation District (MCCD) held its annual legislative luncheon on April 27, 2023, to celebrate Conservation District Week and to provide an update on its projects in 2022, including the Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program (ACAP) program.

Discussion was also held on the 2023-24 State Budget, invasive species, and the 2023 Farm Bill. “Partnership” seemed to be the running theme of the meeting. Examples were shown of having good partners, proof that we are stronger when working together.

PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh participated via Zoom.


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Brenda Shambaugh Participates in Senate Committee Information Session

Brenda Shambaugh at the Senate Committee Information Session.

PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh participated in the Senate Environmental Affairs and Resource Committee information session on Chesapeake Bay issues. The session was held at the Farm Show Complex on January 12, 2023.  

Click here to watch the session. Brenda’s comments begin at 1:03:08.


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Cambria County Conservation District Holds Legislative Breakfast

Cambria County Conservation District manager John Dryzal speaks at the legislative breakfast.

On October 28, 2022, the Cambria County Conservation District held a legislative breakfast in Ebensburg, PA. District Chairman Dennis Beck and District Manager John Dryzal spoke at the event.

PACD 2nd Vice President Emil Bove represented PACD at the event.

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Susquehanna County Conservation District Legislative Tour

Harford Farm & Flower Market Owner and Operator Geoff Smeltzer (left) with PA Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding during the tour. Photo courtesy of the PA Department of Agriculture.

Forty-eight individuals attended a legislative tour hosted by Susquehanna County Conservation District on September 8, 2022. Participating dignitaries included: Agricultural Secretary Russell Redding, Tom Williams with Senator Lisa Baker’s office, Susquehanna County Commissioner Elizabeth Arnold, Susquehanna County Commissioner Judith Herschel, and Representative Jonathan Fritz. PACD North East Region Director Chuck Gould (Monroe County Conservation District) represented PACD at the event.

Tour stops included Aldrich Homestead, a seventh-generation innovative dairy farm; Harford Farm and Flower Market, a Certified organic vegetable farm with 49 acres of farmland specializing in organic produce and flowers; and a dirt and gravel road project site.

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Somerset Conservation District Holds Oven Run Ceremony

U.S. Senator Robert Casey spoke at the event. Photo taken by Emil Bove.

State Senator Patrick Stefano spoke at the event. Photo taken by Emil Bove.










The Oven Run Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Project Re-Dedication Ceremony was held on September 1, 2022. The tour highlighted the complete reconstruction of five AMD passive treatment systems on the Stonycreek River that will continue to be responsible for the historic improvement in water quality in the watershed. PACD 2nd Vice President Emil Bove (Westmoreland) represented PACD at Somerset Conservation District’s recent ceremony.

U.S. Senator Robert Casey, State Senator Patrick Stefano, PA Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Tim Schaeffer, former Congressman John Murtha’s Chief of Staff John Hugya, representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection, and local conservation groups spoke during the event.

Click here and here to read articles about the event.

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