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Happy Conservation District Week!

The Pennsylvania General Assembly declared May 3-9, 2020, as "Conservation District Week."  Please take advantage of the resources PACD created for conservation districts to use to promote conservation districts this week. Click here to access the materials.
County Commissioners Publish Article on Conservation Districts

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) published an article by PACD President Mike Price in the spring 2020 issue of the Pennsylvania  County News. The title of the article is "Conservation Districts Make a Difference in Our Communities." The publication is only available to CCAP members here . The magazine reaches over 1,500 readers. Thanks to CCAP for sharing the excellent work of conservation districts!
Pike County Conservation District Hosts Facebook Live Events
Pike County Conservation District's Communications Coordinator/Open Records Officer Devan George hosted Facebook Live education events in April. She aimed to offer a replacement for activities that were scheduled around Earth Day that had to be canceled.
 
Her videos  focus on activities kids can do along with her for hands-on learning. Activities include making an at-home watershed model, a groundwater model, and learning about erosion. During the live sessions, Devan was able to answer questions that come up in the comments and interact with her audience.
 
The videos are recorded and posted at the district's Facebook page  so they can be viewed at any time. Click here to check out all the videos and consider sharing them on your social media channels or creating your own! Follow the district's social media to be notified when new videos are posted.
 
Photo caption: Screenshot from Pike County Conservation District video.
Potter County Conservation District Creates YouTube Channel
To continue providing environmental education and outreach, the Potter County Conservation District is working on a YouTube channel. Click here to view the channel.
 
The third and most recent video is "Trout Habitat and Parts of a Stream." In the video, Watershed Specialist Jared Dickerson fly-fishes up Dingman Run in Coudersport, PA. Along the way, he shows parts of a stream, vital trout habitat, and proper fish handling. Click here to view the video. 
 
Photo caption: Screenshot from Potter County Conservation District video.
Wildlife on Wi-Fi

The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is pleased to launch Wildlife on WiFi,  a hub of conservation and wildlife-themed educational resources, activities, and content to support educators, students, and parents with home-based learning through the remainder of Pennsylvania's academic school year.

The Wildlife on WiFi hub is grouped under three themes with lessons, activities, videos, and live animal webcams accompanying each:
  • Wildlife Science
    You see wildlife on state game lands, in parks, and even your backyard. But have you ever wondered how biologists ensure our state's wildlife populations thrive? Find out with this collection of lessons and videos.
  • Discover Backyard Wildlife
    You do not have to visit one of Pennsylvania's state game lands or parks to view wildlife. It can be discovered at your doorstep! Check out this group of lessons for ways to explore wildlife right in your backyard.
  • Celebrate Pennsylvania Birds
    They flock, roost, fly, wade, and waddle! They are also some of our favorite members of the Pennsylvania wildlife family. Celebrate Pennsylvania birds with this collection of lessons and activities.
Be sure to check the Wildlife on WiFi hub  or visit PGC's social medial channels for regular updates through the end of Pennsylvania's academic school year!
Stormwater Management Webinar 

The next National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Urban and Community Conservation webinar, scheduled for Noon-1:00 p.m. on May 21, 2020, will feature stormwater management.
 
The Tahoe Resource Conservation District will share how they and local government agencies around the lake have committed to returning clarity to a depth of 100 feet by the year 2076 through a variety of effective stormwater treatment and management strategies.
 
Three years ago, the Snohomish Conservation District in the State of Washington entered a partnership with Veterans Affairs to create an implementation crew composed entirely of military veterans. This presentation will cover the type of work they are doing and the keys to the success of the partnership with Veterans Affairs.
 
NACD Summer Meeting Canceled

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) executive board decided to cancel the 2020 Summer Meeting in Bismarck, ND, due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, public gatherings, and travel.
 
The executive board also discussed tentative plans to hold a virtual meeting of the NACD board this summer.
USDA Announces Availability of $15 Million for National Conservation Innovation Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a $15 million investment to help support the adoption of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural lands. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting proposals through June 29, 2020, for national Conservation Innovation Grants. CIG projects inspire creative problem-solving solutions that boost production on farms, ranches, and private forests and improve natural resources.
This year's priorities are water reuse, water quality, air quality, energy, and wildlife habitat.
 
Click here to read more.
Upcoming Agricultural Conservation Webinars

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network invite you to join an extended virtual program of learning and engagement in 2020. The program will focus on emerging efforts to advance soil health and regenerative agriculture in the context of the region's water quality, resilience, and sustainable agriculture goals.
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Upcoming Events

July 22-23, 2020
PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference
Wyndham Garden State College, Boalsburg, PA


August 31-September 4, 2020
Agricultural Conservation Technical Training - Level II

Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center,
D auphin, PA

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