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Register Today for New Managers Bootcamp

Registration is now open for Building for Tomorrow 2019 New Manager Bootcamp training, June 18-20 at Toftrees Resort in State College. The program will include sessions on conservation district history and law, applicable laws and policies, program partners, fiscal management, integrated planning, board relations, and personnel and office management.
 
This event is designed to deliver information crucial to new conservation district managers and registration is limited to managers that have been in the role for less than five years.
 
Click here for more information and to register Please make your room reservations at Toftrees by May 17 (direct 814-234-8000).
Pike & Wayne County Conservation Districts Hold Legislative Event

The Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership  annual Legislative Breakfast was held on Friday, April 12, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Wayne County Historical Society in Honesdale, PA. The Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership is an alliance of over twenty government, non-government, non-profit, and grass roots organizations that work toward common goals for natural resource conservation, sustainable communities, and citizen involvement in community planning in Pike and Wayne Counties.
 
Pike and Wayne County Conservation Districts take turns planning the annual legislative breakfast. This year, Wayne County Conservation District took the lead with District Manager Jamie Knecht and Watershed Specialist Colleen Campion handling event details.
 
Legislators from the federal, state, county, and local levels participate. This year, topics related to conservation districts included the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Roads program, funding for the Watershed Specialist position through the Growing Greener grant program through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the Individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting process.
 
Photo caption (left to right): Andrew Seder, District Communications, Eastern District Field Representative for Senator Lisa Baker (R-20); Kelly Stagen, PACD Secretary and Northeast Region Director; Joseph Adams, Wayne County Commissioner; Linda O'Hara, Legislative Aide to Representative Jonathan Fritz (R-111); Brian Smith, Wayne County Conservation District Chairman and Wayne County Commissioner. Photo provided by Kelly Stagen and the Pike County Conservation District.
Lackawanna County Conservation District Holds Rain Barrel Workshops

Through their 2018-19 Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-grant (administered by PACD), the Lackawanna County Conservation District conducted two workshops on non-point source pollution. Twenty county residents registered and attended the workshops, including local municipal employees and one county commissioner. The workshops were held in August 2018 and April 2019.

The district educated attendees on the causes of stormwater and ways to use rain barrels to mitigate some of its negative impacts. The project successfully engaged residents of Lackawanna County in managing stormwater in their backyards.
 
Photo caption: Photo of rain barrel workshop provided by Lackawanna County Conservation District.

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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.
Schuylkill Conservation District's Porcupine Pat Featured on PA Live

Pat McKinney, aka Porcupine Pat from the Schuylkill Conservation District, visited PA Live on Earth Day. Click here to watch the video. 
 
Follow Porcupine Pat on Facebook @PorcupinePatFanPage.
 
Photo caption: Screenshot from PA Live.
EarthEcho Promoted on Late Night TV

EarthEcho International founder Philippe Cousteau was recently on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon talking about his non-profit organization. The Lancaster County Youth Conservation School, a conservation district program celebrating 41 years in 2019, was featured in a video by EarthEcho in 2013.
 
Click here to watch the interview and here  to view the piece that features Lancaster County Conservation District's Youth Conservation School.
 
Photo caption: Screenshot from the Youth Conservation School video at https://youtu.be/91kWGWGuPHs.
May webinar series, "Understanding Horse Farms"

Penn State Extension, in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) and the PA Nutrient Management Program, is offering a webinar training series called "Understanding Horse Farms" for conservation staff and nutrient management certification trainees. These webinars will familiarize you with horse farm priorities and common management practices, giving you more confidence to work with these farm owners. They will also cover basic information on various topics relating to horse farm management and how they apply to horse farms, such as forage biology and grazing management, forage species selection, pasture evaluation, and more.
 
The webinars will be held Thursdays in May from Noon - 1:00pm. Click here to register.
 
Dates and Topics:
*      May 2: Introduction to Horses and the Horse Industry
*      May 9: Grazing and Horse Health / Forage Biology / Grazing Management
*      May 16: Forage Species / Pasture Evaluation & Renovation / Soil Fertility
*      May 23: Weed Management / Toxic Plants / Manure on Horse Farms
*      May 30: NRCS Technical Training
 
Contact Laura Kenny with any questions at lbk8@psu.edu .
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Upcoming Events

June 18-20, 2019
Toftrees Golf Resort, State College, PA

July 17-18, 2019
PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference
Genetti Hotel, Williamsport, PA

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