Last Chance to Pre-register for the Joint Annual Conference

Register On-Line Now button This Wednesday, July 20, is the last day to pre-register for the PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference. Register now and take advantage of sessions about:
  • how the new overtime regulations may impact your district;
  • why the odor management and manure hauler/broker programs are important to districts with nutrient management delegation;
  • how NACD works for Pennsylvania’s conservation districts on the national level;
  • and how other districts are working with nominating organizations and using associate director positions to build their boards.
In addition, Wednesday’s banquet will offer a special musical program by educator and entertainer Van Wagner, and a surprise opening act featuring some of our own PACD members! If you miss Wednesday’s deadline, on-site registration will be available at the conference on a space-available basis, but why wait? Click here for more information or to register.  

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Greene County Holds Rain Barrel Workshop

Conservation District Watershed Specialist, Jared Zinn, assists workshop participants determine an ideal location for the overflow of their rain barrel. Photo provided by Greene County Conservation District.

Conservation District Watershed Specialist, Jared Zinn, assists workshop participants determine an ideal location for the overflow of their rain barrel. Photo provided by Greene County Conservation District.

The Greene County Conservation District, in cooperation with Waynesburg Borough, recently held three workshops on the importance of reducing storm water and best practices for home owners. Thirty rain barrels were constructed during the workshops.
epa_logo (2) Financial and other support for this project was provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Pike County Conservation District Celebrates 60 Years

Pictured are Army Corp of Engineers Senior Staff Biologist Mike Leggiero, PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh, Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) Director Bob Engvaldsen, PCCD Executive Director Sally Corrigan, PCCD Vice Chairman John Milliken, PA Department of Environmental Protection Conservation District Field Representative Shane Kleiner, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Jen Matthews, and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Assistant District Forester Mike Roche. Photo provided by PCCD.

Pictured are Army Corp of Engineers Senior Staff Biologist Mike Leggiero, PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh, Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) Director Bob Engvaldsen, PCCD Executive Director Sally Corrigan, PCCD Vice Chairman John Milliken, PA Department of Environmental Protection Conservation District Field Representative Shane Kleiner, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist Jen Matthews, and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Assistant District Forester Mike Roche. Photo provided by PCCD.

PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh joined the Pike County Conservation District Board of Directors to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the District. State legislators, county commissioners, and cooperating agency partners, joined district board members and staff at a picnic hosted by the District on June 24, 2016 at Delaware State Forest at Lily Pond in Milford, PA. Click here for more on the celebration.

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Register Today for Reboot Inspection Training

DEP left-rgbConservation district staff in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed who will perform agricultural inspections, and their managers, are invited to attend a training session on Agricultural Inspection Standard Operating Procedures. Registration will open at 9:30am. The session will start at 10:00am and conclude by 3:00pm. There is no cost to attend. Lunch will be provided.
  • July 13, 2016, Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg, PA
  • July 19, 2016, The Woodlands Inn, Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • July 26, 2016, The Inn at Leola Village, Lancaster, PA
  • July 29, 2016, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA
Click here to register. Contact PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Veronica Kasi with questions at 717-772-4053 or vbkasi@pa.gov.

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Susquehanna County Conservation District Hosts Trip to Stroud Water Research Center

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Students from Susquehanna County test water quality at the Stroud Water Research Center. Photos provided by Susquehanna County Conservation District.

Students from Susquehanna County test water quality at the Stroud Water Research Center. Photos provided by Susquehanna County Conservation District.

The Susquehanna County Conservation District hosted a trip to Stroud Water Research Center in Avondale, PA, for the Susquehanna County Envirothon’s first, second, and third place students. Students from Blue Ridge and Susquehanna Community High Schools were given a tour of the research center and hands-on interaction in the outdoor classroom. Students used LaMotte kits to measure nitrogen, pH, water temperature, and velocity in the White Clay Creek where they put their knowledge to work. Students got to see one of the longest monitored streams in the United States, the White Clay Creek. Thank you to everyone who came out and made it a great day for the students. We look forward to next year’s trip!

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Lawrence County Conservation District Featured in NACD Publication

ForestryCoverIn 2015, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) released the findings of its comprehensive survey of conservation district forestry activity. “Friends of the Forest” is a 32-page booklet that highlights the findings and includes a collection of forestry success stories from around the country. Page 23 features a success story from Lawrence County, PA. The district revitalized city lots by planting trees. Click here to download the booklet. LawrenceForestry

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Fish Stocking Sale Held in Susquehanna County

Photo provided by Susquehanna County Conservation District.

Photo provided by Susquehanna County Conservation District.

Susquehanna County Conservation District held its annual Fish Stocking Sale, a youth education fundraiser, last Sunday. This fundraiser has been held for many years. Thirty-four customers purchased over 1,000 fish. They sold over 200 bluegill sunfish, 65 pounds of fathead minnows, 10 koi fish, over 300 largemouth bass, and almost 250 rainbow trout.

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Last Chance for Joint Annual Conference Early-birds

earlybirdThe early-bird discount for the PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference expires this Wednesday, June 29. That’s only three more days to take advantage of the $10 daily, early-bird discount! The conference takes place July 27-28 at the Ramada Conference Center in State College, PA. Click here to register and find out more.                                          

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Beaver, Indiana, and Westmoreland Districts Head to Clinton County to Learn About Soil Health

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Dan Griffith, Jeff Leindecker, Lisa Blazure, and Jim Harbach examine the soil characteristics in corn planted into rolled rye. Photo taken by Leya Ramer.

On June 9, 2016, Jeff Leindecker, Leya Ramer, and Dan Griffith from Beaver County, Indiana County, and Westmoreland Conservation Districts (respectively) met with Lisa Blazure of Clinton County Conservation District at Schrack Farms in Loganton, Clinton County, to exchange ideas and information, and observe soil health in action. The operation is a 1,000 head dairy with 2,200 crop acres, many of which have been no-tilled for forty years with the addition of cover crops in the last five years. Click here to read more.

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Ag Progress Days 2016 Volunteers Needed

APDPlease consider volunteering to help at the conservation district exhibit at the 2016 Pennsylvania State University Agricultural Progress Days. Ag Progress Days is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College, PA, and features the latest technology and research exhibits, educational programs, and guided tours. About 60% of the 45,000 expected to attend are actively engaged in agriculture or related activities. With so many farming families from across Pennsylvania at this event, it’s a great opportunity to call attention to the work and programs done at the districts. This year’s event will be held August 16-18, 2016. Volunteers are needed for the shifts listed below. Send your name and contact information to tfisher@pacd.org or call 717-238-7223 with questions or to schedule your shift. Tuesday Aug. 16: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (1 volunteer needed) Tuesday Aug. 16: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (2 volunteer needed) Wednesday Aug. 17: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (2 volunteer needed) Wednesday Aug. 17: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (2 volunteer needed) Wednesday Aug. 17: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (2 volunteer needed) Thursday Aug. 18: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (2 volunteer needed) Thursday Aug. 18: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (filled) A final volunteer schedule, parking passes and other show information will be sent to volunteers when available. For more information on Ag Progress Days go to their website at http://agsci.psu.edu/apd.

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