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Joint Annual Conference, CCAP article, news from Montgomery, Allegheny, Columbia, Indiana, Cameron, Bradford County Conservation Districts, PA Fish & Boat resources, PENNVEST webinars, news from NRCS, and PSATS canceled. 
PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference Business to be Held Virtually 

In the interest of keeping our members safe, the PACD Executive Board voted to cancel the in-person PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference scheduled for July 22-23, 2020, in Boalsburg. Instead, the Executive Council session will be held virtually on July 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. and committees will meet individually via conference call or video call prior to the Executive Council session. The State Conservation Commission will announce plans for their July meeting separately.
 
Need to update your district's slate of voting delegates? Contact Molly with PACD at mburns@pacd.org .
 
More information on the web conference will be shared as it is available.
Update: County Commissioners Article Available 

In the last issue of Front Page, it was reported that 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. PACD is excited to announce that CCAP permitted us to link the article! Click here to read the entire piece. Thank you CCAP!
Montgomery County Conservation District Holds Workshop Via Webinar

On April 23, 2020, Montgomery County Conservation District held an event that was funded through the 2020-21 round of the PACD Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Mini-grant Program. The "Hay & Pasture Nutrition & Management" webinar was initially planned as an in-person event but was moved online because of COVID-19. The webinar was hosted jointly by Penn State Extension and Montgomery County Conservation District.
 
Fifty-six people participated in the online event! The webinar had an equine focus but was open to all operations. Topics included manure management, rotational grazing, and soil testing.
 
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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.
Allegheny County Conservation District Creates Unique Video
Allegheny County Conservation District has a short, unique video showing the impact the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Program has on controlling stormwater and preventing pollution. The video is shot from the perspective of driving on the road before and after the project.
 
Click here to view the video. 
 
Photo caption: Screenshot from "Allegheny's Before & After: Improvement Project Transforms Allegheny County Road" video.
Columbia County Conservation District Hosts Lunch 'n Learn Series
Columbia County Conservation District (CCCD) is hosting lunch 'n learn webinars to continue to engage and educate the public.
 
So far, the topics include:
CCCD Watershed Specialist Brittney Hartzell said, "I've found that the public has really enjoyed them, and I've been pleasantly surprised with the turnout! I also get a lot of landowner follow-ups that want me to come to look at their property and give them suggestions for improvement."
 
Congratulations to the CCCD for taking advantage of a captive audience at home and engaging them in timely topics for this time of year!

Photo caption: Screenshot from the No Mow Zone webinar
Indiana County Conservation District Posts Video Promoting Conservation District Week
On May 4, 2020, Indiana County Conservation District Manager Douglas Beri, Jr., posted a video introducing followers to the district's activities and Conservation District Week in their county.
 
Click here to view the video. 
Cameron County Conservation District Promotes At-Home Activities

Check out the great outreach by Cameron County Conservation District on their Facebook page.  Administrative Assistant Jenn Dixon posted a video on how to build a terrarium (with help from her kids) and one where she reads a children's book on recycling.
 
Other posts include make your own recycled bird feeder, a do it yourself rain gauge, and salt dough earth necklaces.
 
Click here to view the district's Facebook page.
 
Photo caption: Video screenshot of Jenn Dixon building a terrarium.
Bradford County Conservation District Introduces Adventure Trail Series
Bradford County Conservation District (BCCD) posted a series of videos on its Facebook page They are calling it the Adventure Trail Series. BCCD Education Coordinator Dan Rhodes hosts the videos, which offer nature-based activities that can be done in your backyard. The goal is to get people outside and having fun.
 
Click here to view the videos.
 
Photo caption: Screenshot from the BCCD video, "Shelter in Place." The video shows how wildlife and people can utilize natural resources to find and/or build shelters that protect them from the elements and predators.
PA Fish and Boat Commission Introduces New Video Series


 

Starting May 12, 2020, the PA Fish and Boat Commission will provide lessons on how to draw a fish on their Facebook page. The series will continue every second Tuesday of the month with a different fish. The lesson is taught by one of the Commission's fishing skills instructors, Tiffany London. A bonus video on drawing a brook trout was already posted. Viewers will also learn the parts of a fish and other facts.

Click here to view the videos on the PA Fish and Boat Commission's Facebook page.
 
Photo caption: Screenshot of brook trout from the PA Fish and Boat Commission's drawing lesson series.
PENNVEST 2020 Webinar Series: Innovative Clean Water Funding for a Sustainable Future

PENNVEST is holding a webinar series for municipal officials, conservation districts, private landowners, authority board members and staff, regulators, engineers, and others. The webinars will focus on learning how PENNVEST funding can help improve water quality in your community.
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Click here for the event flyer, which lists the topics to be covered. 

Registration is limited to 100 people for each session. Please register here
USDA Announces $5 Million in Wetland Mitigation Banking Program Funds

Applications are being accepted for Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, which helps conservation partners develop or establish mitigation banks to help agricultural producers maintain eligibility for USDA programs.
Producers seeking benefits through most USDA programs must meet conservation compliance by affirming they will not impact wetlands on their lands. In situations where avoidance or on-site mitigation is challenging, the Farm Bill allows for off-site mitigation through the purchase of mitigation banking credits.
 
Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. on July 6, 2020.

Click here to read the entire press release.
PSATS Cancels Statewide Conference

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) originally was going to postpone its annual conference to the fall. However, they have now decided to cancel the event. They will instead concentrate on next year's Centennial Celebration and PSATS' 100th Anniversary.

PACD hosts a conservation district booth at the event annually. PACD looks forward to celebrating PSATS' 100th Anniversary with them next year.
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Upcoming Events

July 23, 2020, 10 am
PACD Executive Council Meeting Web Conference 


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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