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Spring events postponed, NPS mini-grants awarded, Bay meeting held, news from Potter, Jefferson, Clarion, and Armstrong Counties, PA Envirothon call for volunteers, and equine survey.
Several Spring Events Postponed

The following trainings will be rescheduled due to the coronavirus.
  • Spring 102/105 Basic Technical Training
  • Spring 102/105 Topic-based Technical Training
  • Fluvial Geomorphology Training
Additionally, all six of the PACD region meetings will be held via webinar. 

Check PACD's events page at https://pacd.org/?page_id=65 for the latest information including the Agricultural Conservation Technical "Boot Camp" Training.
Over $67,000 Awarded to Conservation Districts through Nonpoint Source Mini-grant Program

Pennsylvania's county conservation districts were awarded over $67,000 for forty-one pollution reduction projects in twenty-nine counties. These projects educate adults on water pollution prevention. Projects are funded through the Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-Grant Program and will take place over the next year.
 
Click here  to read the entire press release and here for a summary of funded projects.
 
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: The Northampton County Conservation District held an Act 48 workshop, Agriculture and You, to educate teachers as part of their 2019-20 NPS mini-grant project.
All Bay Meeting Held at Susquehanna University

The Chesapeake Bay Program Conservation District and PA Agency Staff Meeting was held on March 9, 2020, at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. Over 150 staff from conservation districts and partner agencies attended. Topics included program updates, innovative projects, and a question and answer session.

PACD facilitates this event with financial support from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
 
Photo caption: Jill Whitcomb, Director, PA Department of Environmental Protection's Chesapeake Bay Office, welcomes over 150 attendees to the All Bay Meeting.

Potter County Conservation District Holds Legislative Luncheon

PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh traveled to Potter County on March 6, 2020, for the district's legislative luncheon.
 
The luncheon was held at the beautiful Susquehannock Lodge and Trail Center. It was a productive afternoon with district and legislative updates and a question and answer session. The event is a way to showcase efforts and discuss conservation issues and policies throughout the Commonwealth. The district staff and board have been busy planning and constructing numerous projects to conserve our natural resources in Potter County. Also, the district has been actively assisting and educating farmers and the general public on local resource concerns.
 
Photo caption: Potter County Conservation District Manager Jason Childs presents during the legislative luncheon.
Jefferson, Clarion and Armstrong Conservation Districts Hold Workshop for Foresters

On January 9, 2020, Jefferson Conservation District hosted an "Erosion and Sedimentation Control in our Forests" Workshop for foresters, loggers and contractors at the Cobblestone Inn in Punxsutawney.
 
Presenters from Bureau of Forestry, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Armstrong Conservation District, Clarion Conservation District and Jefferson Conservation District provided attendees with a wide variety of information about topics including erosion and sedimentation control, Chapter 105 regulations, invasive plant species and ticks, fish and boat regulations, and insects and forest health.
 
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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:Alicia Ramsey, E&S/DGLVR Technician for the Clarion Conservation District presents during the workshop.
PA Envirothon
PA Envirothon Seeking Volunteers 

Volunteers are needed to assist with the 2020 PA Envirothon State Competition scheduled for May 19 and 20, 2020, at Susquehanna University and Camp Mount Luther. Volunteer clearances are required.
 
Volunteer registration is open until April 10.
 
Click here for the volunteer information packet and here to register as a volunteer. Contact Lorelle Steach lsteach@envirothonpa.org with questions.
Pennsylvania Equine Management Survey

Calling all Pennsylvania horse owners and caretakers! Penn State Extension needs your help. Extension is conducting a survey on the management of Pennsylvania horses. They want to know more about the feeding and exercise routines of horses, as well as the prevalence of gastrointestinal issues in Pennsylvania horses and how they are commonly managed.
 
Click here to read more and take the survey. Ple ase share this link with horse owners in your county.
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Upcoming Events

March 24, 2020 at 10am
PACD South Central Regional Meeting
 
March 26, 2020 at 10am
PACD North Central Regional Meeting

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