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Happy Conservation District Week! 

The Pennsylvania State Senate and the House of Representatives declared May 5-11, 2019, as "Conservation District Week." During Conservation District Week, offices across the state will hold events and meet with legislators in their home county and in the state's Capitol. These events will show the projects conservation districts work on every day that control pollution.


Click here to read the entire press release and here for the conservation district week fact sheet. 
Shambaugh and McCollum Testify before House Committee 

On May 1, 2019, PACD Executive Director Brenda Shambaugh and Cumberland County Conservation District Assistant District Manager Vince McCollum testified on the permit review process for erosion and sediment control (E&S) permits. The meeting was called by the PA House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. Many conservation districts review permits on behalf of the state and are seeking additional funding since they haven't had an increase for permit reviews in 15 years.
 
Click here to read the entire press release and here for the testimony. 
 
Photo caption: Vince McCollum and Brenda Shambaugh testify before the PA House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on May 1, 2019.
2019 PSATS Conference

District volunteers helped at the conservation district table at this year's PA State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) Conference from Sunday, April 14, through Tuesday, April 17. About 4,000 township officials from across the Commonwealth attended the three-day event.
 
The primary focus of the district exhibit was to share information about conservation district programs and initiatives that affect local townships. The district volunteers helped build new relationships and reinforce existing relationships with township officials.
 
In addition, Cliff Lane, PACD North West Region Director; Chris Strohmaier, Chester County Conservation District Manager; Dave Rupert, Armstrong Conservation District Manager; and Lori Glace Cumberland County Conservation District Watershed Specialist/Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Roads; conducted a workshop entitled, "The Dirt on Conservation Districts."
 
Many thanks to Lance Bowes, Sharon Pletchan, Evan Corondi, and Kelsey Schwenk for their help at the conference!
Register Today for New Manager Boot Camp

Registration is now open for Building for Tomorrow 2019 New Manager Bootcamp training, June 18 - 20 at Toftrees Resort in State College. The program 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.
 
Lodging and meals for this event are provided by the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program, but attendees are responsible for their own transportation costs.
The program agenda has been updated - please click here for more information and to register. To reserve your hotel room, contact Toftrees directly at 814-234-8000 and request the PACD room block. Please make your room reservations by May 17.
Agricultural Conservation Technical "Boot Camp" Training Wraps Up for 2019

Thirty individuals attended Agricultural Conservation Technical Boot Camp Training - Level II, April 29-May 3, 2019, at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. Attendees included staff from conservation districts, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and affiliates, and the PA Departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Level II annual training consists of two learning tracks: agronomy and engineering. The two tracks allow participants to focus more deeply on their area of study. The event features a balance of classroom work and field work to give participants hands-on experience.
The training is sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the State Conservation Commission. PACD works with these partners to coordinate the training.

Photo caption: Participants pose for a group photo on their first day of training.
Berks County Holds Riparian Forested Buffer Showcase
by Christine Griesemer, Agricultural Resource Conservationist, Berks County Conservation District 

Berks County Conservation District recently held a Forested Riparian Buffer Showcase on April 26, 2019, at the Berks County 4H Center in Leesport, PA. This project was made possible by a $3,000 mini-grant provided through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Outreach Program Office (administered by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts).
 
Thanks to funding from this grant, a 0.5 acre demonstration Forested Riparian Buffer was established near the Berks County 4-H Center.
 
Click here to read the entire article. 
 
Financial and other support for the CREP Outreach Program Office Mini-grant Program is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a Growing Greener Watershed Protection grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and with additional support from USDA-NRCS.
 
Photo caption: Photo provided by Berks County Conservation District.
Please Take the Environmental Education in PA Survey

You are invited to respond to the 2019 Status and Needs of Environmental Education in PA Survey using the link below. The survey will be open from May 1-24. Five randomly selected respondents will receive $50 Amazon Gift Cards to purchase education supplies.
 
This survey is an initiative of the NOAA funded PA Environmental Literacy Capacity Building Project. Survey questions are based on job responsibility, with specific sections for classroom teachers, school administrators, and non-formal environmental education organizations. The results will help guide support for environmental education through deliberate actions across the state.
 
Your response is much appreciated! A high response rate from the 300+ environmental education provider organizations and the 500 PA school districts is needed to inform decision-making, professional development, and programming to successfully build the capacity of environmental education across PA.
 
To participate in this statewide survey, please click the link here: https://millersville.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_di0Nnn2uEObvtMV
 
Thank you for your time and commitment to improving environmental education in Pennsylvania.
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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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