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PSA on native plants, updates on 102/105 and watershed specialist training, news from Beaver County, Chesapeake Bay story map, soil health webinars, and PAEE resources.
PACD Creates PSA on Native Plants - Please Share!

PACD created a public service announcement (PSA) to encourage citizens to plant native plants.
 
Materials include:
Click here to view the webpage of materials . Please share the PSA scripts with your local radio stations. Conservation districts and partners are encouraged to share the animated version on their social media channels.
 
Thank you to Jarred Stagen for the radio PSA voiceover.
 
Photo caption: Screenshot from "PACD Native Plants Public Service Announcement" at https://youtu.be/Cy7NPFghxLo.
102/105 Technical Training Goes Virtual

With the safety of our attendees in mind, the 102/105 Technical Training Planning Workgroup will design a virtual 102/105 Technical Training. Stay tuned for dates in a future edition of Front Page!
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Conservation District Watershed Specialist Meeting Moves to Virtual Format

With the safety of attendees in mind, the Conservation District Watershed Specialist Meeting will be moving to a virtual format for 2020. Sessions will take place October 6-8, 2020, as planned, but as a combination of webinars and online meetings.
Beaver County Conservation District Holds Manure Management Workshops

As part of their Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-grant Project, the Beaver County Conservation District held two workshops in early March.The goal was to train local farmers in the development of manure management and agricultural erosion and sedimentation plans. Four manure management plans were completed as a result of the project.

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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: Photo of Beaver County Conservation District agricultural workshop.
DEP Launches Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities Story Map for Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The Pennsylvania DEP Communications Office has launched a multimedia story map called "Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities" in celebration of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Awareness Week. The story map educates Pennsylvanians on the watershed, the many ways it benefits them, and steps they can take--including joining their Countywide Action Plan--to help reduce nutrient and sediment runoff pollution in our local waters.

Check it out for tips, printable handouts, and "deep dives" on trees, water quality monitoring, recreation and agriculture economies, and other topics. There are also great stories about Pennsylvanians who are making a difference. There is a York County homeowner who turned his one-acre suburban yard into a bioswale and rain garden, eleven Blair County municipalities partnering on stormwater management, and a Lycoming County farmer whose livestock benefited from stream bank buffers. Please share the website with your partner organizations and local communities and on social media: dep.pa.gov/chesapeakebaywatershed.

Click here to read the press release.
Soil Health Webinar Targets Non-Operating Agricultural Landowners

The way farmland is managed can create benefits for water quality, climate change, and human health. Join Steve Groff, the Cover Crop Coach, and Sarah Everhart, with the University of Maryland's Agriculture Law Education Initiative, to learn how landowners and tenant farmers can work together to improve the soil health on the farm.
This free, three-part webinar series will teach landowners about soil health and its importance for the value of their farmland. They'll also walk away with tips and tools for communicating with their farmer and setting common goals for their land.
  • July 14 - Protect Your Investment with Soil Health - Steve Groff will talk about soil health for landowners: what it is, why it's important, and how to increase it.
  • July 21 - Win-Win Strategies and Tools - Sarah Everhart will discuss how to communicate with tenant farmers and how to develop a simple lease that will help ensure you achieve common goals.
  • July 28 - Bringing It All Together - Steve and Sarah will answer common questions about soil health and communication between farmers and landowners, and how to overcome barriers to better land management.
Tune in each week from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Registration includes access to the live webinars, leasing templates, and other resources, as well as the webinar recordings. Learn more and register at www.tinyurl.com/foryourland .
PAEE Virtual Programming Resources

Are you looking for virtual programs for your conservation district or environmental education center? Many Pennsylvania organizations have done wonderful things. The PA Association of Environmental Educators is collecting these resources in one place. Check out the Virtual Programming page.
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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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