Juniata County Conservation District Completes Buffer-in-a-Basket Project

Patti Irwin (left) and Pam Masters (right) load up the young trees they each received after attending Juniata County Conservation District’s (JCCD) Buffer-In-A-Basket workshop, detailing the importance of riparian buffers in non-point source pollution reduction. Photo provided by JCCD.

Through PACD’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-grant Program, the Juniata County Conservation District (JCCD) planted 170 trees. The “Lost Creek Landowners Buffer-in-a-Basket” project worked with landowners in the Lost Creek Watershed to plant trees in streamside locations.

 A workshop was held in October and trees were distributed to plant as buffers on the landowners property.

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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Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Training Application Period Opens

Applications are now being accepted for Agricultural Conservation Technical Training.

Basic Level – March 20-24, 2017
Level II – April 10-14, 2017

If you do not receive confirmation from PACD, you will not be admitted. No walk-ins will be accepted. Both courses are held at the Keystone Conference Center, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA (Lebanon County). Questions? Contact Shannon Wehinger.

 

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Registration is Now Open for the Chesapeake Bay Program Meeting

Photo credit: NASA/USGS/Landsat 5

The 2017 Chesapeake Bay Program Conservation District and PA Agency Staff Meeting will be held on March 13, 2017 at the Elaine Langone Center, 2nd Floor, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (snow date March 16). To view the day’s schedule, agenda, and to register click here or go to the “Events” tab at www.pacd.org.

Staff from PA state agencies, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, conservation districts, and other organizations working within the Chesapeake Bay are invited to attend. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Breakfast, break, and lunch are included and will provide ample time to network with other Bay professionals. See the agenda for a complete listing of sessions and topics to be covered.

Contact Terry Fisher at tfisher@pacd.org with any questions.

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Perry County Conservation District Creates Field Test Kits

The Perry County Conservation District (PCCD) recently wrapped up their Nonpoint Source Pollution Educational Mini-grant project. The Scientific Citizens Observing Pollution (in the) Environment or SCOPE for short, allows volunteers to test stream sites. As part of the grant, field test kits were assembled.

This field test kit was created as part of the Perry County Conservation District’s “SCOPE” mini-grant project. It is used by volunteers to monitor local streams. Photo taken by Kristie Smith, PCCD Watershed Specialist.

Each test kit includes:

  • 1 bucket and lid
  • 1 garbage bag
  • 1 small first aid kit
  • 1 low-cost water monitoring water chemistry kit complete with test tubes, directions, result charts, and chemical tablet refills
  • 2 large pipettes
  • 1 Fahrenheit thermometer
  • 1 ‘Key to Macroinvertebrates’ identification sheet
  • 3 paintbrushes
  • 2 pencils
  • 1 compass
  • 12 (1 dram) glass vials and data tags – for preserving and labeling macro specimens
  • 1 field scope with a plastic concave slide and battery powered light
  • 1 small closing magnifying box
  • 1 ice cube tray
  • 2 tweezers
  • 1 ‘Rite in the Rain’ notebook for recording data

Through the project, five field days/workshops were held to train the volunteers. PCCD plans to continue the program in the coming year.

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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Applications Period is Open for Free Intro to Conservation Planning Course

PACD is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the State Conservation Commission (SCC) to deliver a three day Introduction to Conservation Planning course. This free training will take place March 14-16, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg (Hershey area) in Grantville, PA.

The event is for entry-level employees of all organizations in Pennsylvania delivering conservation planning technical assistance, including but not limited to, NRCS, conservation districts, SCC, farmland preservation entities, non-profits, and private consultants. Lunch will be provided.

The application link will be emailed to those who are interested in taking the course after they have submitted their pre-requisite certificate of completion to swehinger@pacd.org. Click here for information on the pre-requisite. The deadline to apply is February 3, 2017.

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$60,000 Available for 2017-18 Educational Mini-grant Program for Conservation Districts

Grants up to $2,000 are awarded to conservation districts for adult educational projects that offer strategies for reducing and preventing Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution. Projects should stimulate a local awareness of water quality issues, promote the theme “We All Live Downstream,” and encourage citizen participation in activities to improve water quality in local watersheds.

The deadline for NPS mini-grant applications is March 10, 2017. Click here for the online application and more information.  Questions should be directed to Shannon Wehinger. swehinger@pacd.org

Financial and other support for the NPS Mini-grant Program 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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Reminder: Register Now for Manure Management Manual Train-the-Trainer Workshops

Conservation District, PA Department of Environmental Protection, and Penn State Extension staff are encouraged to attend this one day workshop to gain a good understanding of the Manure Management Manual and learn techniques for training others on how to use the manual. Tips and techniques on conducting manure manual workshops for producers will also be presented.

This year’s workshops will be held at the following locations:

  • January 17, 2017 – Huntingdon County Extension Office, 10722 Fairground Road, Suite 6, Huntingdon, PA 16652. Registration will close on January 9, 2016. Click here to register.
  • January 31, 2017 – Lysock View Complex, 542 Country Farm Road, Montoursville, PA Registration will close on January 23, 2016. Click here to register. 

Registration for both events will open at 8:30 am. Instruction will begin at 9:00 am, ending at 3:30 pm. The workshop is free. Lunch and morning break are provided. Please direct any questions to tfisher@pacd.org.

Financial support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant and the Clean Water Fund.

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