There’s Still Time to Register for Employment Law Webinar Series

Managers and Directors – there’s still time to register for the Summer Employment Law for Conservation Districts session. Adam Long of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC will present a webinar series on Employment Law for Conservation Districts, scheduled for Wednesdays June 3, July 8, and August 5 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., with a follow-up session on September 23.

The first session on June 3 will feature topics that are crucial to effectively and lawfully managing the conservation district workforce during times of disruption: furloughs, layoffs, and work-from-home policies. This presentation will also cover key hiring considerations for employers as well as leave and other important workplace and employment policies. Topics for the July and August webinars will include harassment training and policy, managing employee absences, wage and employee classification, and best management practices for employee communication, confidentiality, conduct, and performance concerns.

All conservation district managers and directors are encouraged to participate in these sessions. Click here for more information and to register. 

Adam Long practices in the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC. He represents employers in single-plaintiff and class-based employment litigation matters and provides advice and counseling to employers on a wide range of labor and employment law issues. Adam has worked with Building for Tomorrow to present on employment law and management topics for conservation districts for over ten years.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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Management Summit Moves Online for 2020

The Building for Tomorrow 2020 Management Summit scheduled for September has moved to an online format for this year in light of COVID-19 restrictions. The Management Summit webinar series will be scheduled for Wednesdays in September, with sessions starting at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes topics that address challenges during times of disruption, including managing effective remote teams, negotiation skills for dealing with difficult people, volunteer engagement in the age of social distancing, and more. Stay tuned for more information and a registration announcement in June.

Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership’s Leadership Development Committee.

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McKean County Conservation District Holds Series of Workshops

Beginning in April 2019, the McKean County Conservation District held a series of workshops for their 2019-20 Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Mini-grant project, “Promoting Healthy Watersheds.” The district held ten workshops, reaching 206 people. The workshops included a best management practices conservation tour, erosion control in our forests, a winter farmers meeting, a backyard conservation series, and an invasive plant workshop and field day.

The district achieved its goal of educating attendees on pollution prevention. The district demonstrated erosion and sedimentation control, rain gardens and infiltration areas, using native plants in riparian areas, and rain barrels.

Financial and other support for this project is 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 US Environmental Protection Agency.

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Regenerative Farming Video Features Clinton County Conservation District Director and Staff

Screenshot from the video.

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay created a video featuring Jim Harbach, a Clinton County Conservation District Director, and former district staff person Lisa Blazure.

Jim Harbach operates Schrack Farms Resources with his brother-in-law Kevin Schrack in Clinton County, PA. Having practiced no-till farming for 30 years, and adopting the use of cover crops in recent decades, Harbach sees the benefits of these conservation practices to his harvest yields as well as the soil.

Click here to watch the 3 ½ minute video. 

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PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference Business to be Held Virtually

In the interest of keeping our members safe, the PACD Executive Board voted to cancel the in-person PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference scheduled for July 22-23, 2020, in Boalsburg. Instead, the Executive Council session will be held virtually on July 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. and committees will meet individually via conference call or video call prior to the Executive Council session. The State Conservation Commission will announce plans for their July meeting separately.

Need to update your district’s slate of voting delegates? Contact Molly with PACD at mburns@pacd.org.

More information on the web conference will be shared as it is available.

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Montgomery County Conservation District Holds Workshop Via Webinar

On April 23, 2020, Montgomery County Conservation District held an event that was funded through the 2020-21 round of the PACD Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Mini-grant Program. The “Hay & Pasture Nutrition & Management” webinar was initially planned as an in-person event but was moved online because of COVID-19. The webinar was hosted jointly by Penn State Extension and Montgomery County Conservation District.

Fifty-six people participated in the online event! The webinar had an equine focus but was open to all operations. Topics included manure management, rotational grazing, and soil testing.

Financial and other support for this project is 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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Allegheny County Conservation District Creates Unique Video

Screenshot from “Allegheny’s Before & After: Improvement Project Transforms Allegheny County Road” video.

Allegheny County Conservation District has a short, unique video showing the impact the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Program has on controlling stormwater and preventing pollution. The video is shot from the perspective of driving on the road before and after the project.

Click here to view the video. 

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Columbia County Conservation District Hosts Lunch ‘n Learn Series

Screenshot from the No Mow Zone webinar

Columbia County Conservation District (CCCD) is hosting lunch ‘n learn webinars to continue to engage and educate the public.

So far, the topics include:

CCCD Watershed Specialist Brittney Hartzell said, “I’ve found that the public has really enjoyed them, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the turnout! I also get a lot of landowner follow-ups that want me to come to look at their property and give them suggestions for improvement.”

Congratulations to the CCCD for taking advantage of a captive audience at home and engaging them in timely topics for this time of year!

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Cameron County Conservation District Promotes At-Home Activities

Video screenshot of Jenn Dixon building a terrarium

Check out the great outreach by Cameron County Conservation District on their Facebook page. Administrative Assistant Jenn Dixon posted a video on how to build a terrarium (with help from her kids) and one where she reads a children’s book on recycling.

Other posts include make your own recycled bird feeder, a do it yourself rain gauge, and salt dough earth necklaces.

Click here to view the district’s Facebook page. 

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