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Branding materials, correction, director training, news from Armstrong County, and Leopold Award.
Did You Know PACD has Branding Materials Available for Districts?

Is your district looking to update its branding? PACD has materials available for free for each conservation district featuring the same water drop logo as PACD. Items include business cards, letterhead, PowerPoint templates, website templates, and more! Click here to view and download materials for your district.  

Questions? Contact Shannon Wehinger at swehinger@pacd.org .
Correction: Thank You Farm Show Volunteers!

In the January 13, 2020 edition of Front Page, PACD 1st Vice President & Alternate NACD Director Kelly Stagen (Pike County) was missing from the list of Farm Show Volunteers. PACD staff extends a warm thank you to Kelly, her husband John, and Pike County Conservation District for volunteering their time, energy, and enthusiasm at the Farm Show! We apologize for the error.
Building for Tomorrow Director Programming Focuses on Basics for 2020

Leadership Development programming for conservation district directors in 2020 will feature a renewed focus on the basics: educating directors on effective leadership in their districts and on their primary governance and fiduciary responsibilities as public officials.
 
Newly-appointed directors, as well as those who need a refresher, are encouraged to visit the Roadmap for New Directors page at the Building for Tomorrow website. This page houses reference documents and other orientation resources for self-guided learning, including Act 217 and other applicable laws, a director handbook, and links to online learning modules that can be completed at your own pace. Directors can earn a certificate for completing the training modules and will be recognized at the 2020 PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference in July. Stay tuned for more information on discounted event registration for new directors.
 
"Back to Basics" Regional Director Training Workshops are scheduled for February and March and offer newly-appointed directors an excellent opportunity to learn about effective leadership and their primary governance and fiduciary responsibilities as public officials. Workshop sessions are 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and will include lunch for all attendees. All conservation district directors and associate directors are encouraged to attend, and district managers are welcome to participate with their board members at these sessions.

Click on the links below to register:
 
Wednesday, March 4, at Erie County Conservation District 
Wednesday, March 11, at Cumberland County Conservation District

Registration info and workshop agenda can also be found at the Building for Tomorrow website . The deadline for registrations is one week before the workshop date.
 
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.
Armstrong Conservation District Holds Stormwater Management Workshop

On October 28, 2019, the Armstrong Conservation District held a stormwater workshop. Thirty-five attendees attended the workshop. As part of the project, the district distributed thirty-two rain barrels, produced a stormwater sign, and created a rain barrel demonstration area at the conservation district office.

This project was funded by a PA Department of Environmental Protection environmental education grant and a Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Mini-grant through PACD.

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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.
 
Photo caption: A stormwater workshop was held in October at the Armstrong Conservation District. Photo provided by Armstrong Conservation District.
Bradford County Farmers Receive PA Leopold Conservation Award

On January 10, Dean & Rebecca Jackson Of Mt-Glen Farms in Columbia Cross Roads (Bradford County) were presented with the PA Leopold Conservation Award.  This third-generation dairy farm is a leader in conservation. Click here to read more about the operation.
 
PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh attended the awards presentation, which was held during the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg.
 
Click here to read more about the award presentation.
 
Photo caption: Rebecca and Dean Jackson of Mt-Glen Farms receive the Leopold Award. Photo used with permission from Liam Migdail, PA Farm Bureau.
Registration is Open for 2020 Riparian Forest Buffer Summit

The Pennsylvania Riparian Forest Buffer Summit, hosted by DCNR and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, will be held:
 
Wednesday, March 11 - Thursday, March 12, 2020
Blair County Convention Center
1 Convention Center Dr
Altoona, PA 16602
 
The Buffer Summit provides conservation professionals and decision-makers with the latest science, policy, and implementation strategies to get trees planted along the Commonwealth's streams.
 
Attendees have substantial opportunities to network with each other and with exhibiting sponsors throughout the two-day event.
 
Conservation professionals working with riparian forest buffers from all sectors -- beginners to seasoned decision-makers alike -- are encouraged to attend.
 
Click here for registration.
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Upcoming Events

January 22-23, 2020
Wyndham Garden State College, Boalsburg, PA

February 12-13, 2020
Wyndham Garden State College, Boalsburg, PA

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