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PACD/SCC Winter Meeting wrap-up and Agricultural Conservation Technical "Boot Camp" Training Application Period Opens. 
PACD/SCC Winter Meeting Wraps Up

The PACD/SCC Winter Meeting was held in Boalsburg, PA, from January 22-23, 2020. In addition to the business meetings of PACD and the State Conservation Commission, sessions were held on educational opportunities through the PA Game Commission and effective conservation messaging from the National Wildlife Federation.
 
A 50/50 raffle was held during the meeting. A total of $134.50 was raised for the PA Envirothon!
 
Click here to view photos from the event. 
 
Photo caption: Jessica Espenshade of National Wildlife Federation leads a "Grow More" session during the Director's Breakfast on January 23, 2020.
Agricultural Conservation Technical "Boot Camp" Training Application Period Opens

Applications are now being accepted for the Agricultural Conservation Technical Training ("Boot Camp" Basic level and Level II). Conservation district agricultural staff are encouraged to take advantage of these free, week-long training opportunities, which include both classroom learning and experience in the field.
 
This training is appropriate for agricultural conservation technicians, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service field staff, nutrient management technicians, Chesapeake Bay technicians, and others in agricultural positions with less than one year of professional experience, or less than three years' experience if the employee did not attend a previously held Level I ACT training.

There is limited space, and conservation district watershed specialists will be cut. Brand new hires will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Existing NRCS and conservation district staff with agriculture-focused positions will get priority for the 30 seats available. Others will be considered as space is available.

April 6-10, 2020
 
April 27-May 1, 2020
 
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 at swehinger@pacd.org.
 

These training opportunities are made possible by the following sponsors: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Conservation Commission, and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.
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Upcoming Events

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

Clinton County Conservation District, Mill Hall, PA

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