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 SCCD Updates

A Penns Creek Ecology Day, sponsored by the Lower Penns Creek Watershed Association (LPCWA), will be held on August 9, 2014. A morning and afternoon session is planned. A light lunch will be provided.

This will be a “hands on” approach where the opportunity to collect and handle bugs, fish, and other critters will be offered to all those interested in a small group setting. Representatives from Susquehanna University and Snyder and Union County Conservation District will guide participants.

Bring boots or shorts and sneakers and plan to get wet and muddy.

Please contact Jason Winey, Watershed Specialist, at the Snyder County Conservation District office in Middleburg at 570-837-3000, extension 112, if you plan to attend. Space will be limited. Click here for more details.

The Snyder County Conservation District is offering a service to help famers determine whether their corn needs additional sidedress nitrogen. The fee is $10.00 for Snyder County farmers.

Click here for more information or contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician at 570-837-3000, x118.

Forty-nine teams involving nearly 220 students from sixteen schools in five central Pennsylvania counties (Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union) arrived at the Shikellamy State Park Overlook for the annual Susquehanna Valley High School Envirothon held on April 29, 2014. Topics that the students were tested in were wildlife, forestry, aquatics, soils and a specific current issues topic. This year's current issue topic is sustainable agriculture.

Each conservation district awards medals to the highest scoring team from its county.  This year, the Snyder County winners are from River Valley Homeschoolers headquartered in Port Trevorton.  Team members are (shown below, left to right) Tyler Lauver, Garrett Wolf, Paul Carr and Joshua Kuke.  Karen Carr is the group’s advisor. (A team from the Lewisburg Area High School in Union County won the overall title this year.) Click here for more details and photos.

Winning teams from each participating county advance to the PA Envirothon. It was held at the campus of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove and PPL Montour Preserve near Washingtonville on May 20 and 21, 2014.

For more information about the local, state and international Envirothons, contact the Snyder County Conservation District at 570-837-3000.

Note: The Susquehanna Valley Middle School Envirothon was held on Tuesday, May 13, at the PPL Montour Preserve near Washingtonville.

The SCCD was invited to speak at two different educational events, all with fifth graders. We were also invited to have displays at an event held in May.

 

One event had two SCCD technicians give fourteen presentations during the Midd-West School District's Outdoor Education activities at Camp Mt. Luther near west of Middleburg on April 16 and 23, 2014. One hundred sixty-eight (168) students from Middleburg and West Snyder Elementary Schools learned about water pollution prevention and soils.

West Snyder Elementary School invited a SCCD technician to teach their fifth graders about water quality, water availability, the water cycle and land availability for food, feed and fiber production. This occurred on April 24, 2014.

 

 

The Conservation District was invited to participate in the AG Dairy Days held near Selinsgrove in May 2014. One display had kids paint with fly maggots while the other display had newts and tadpoles.

For details on these events, download the info about Outdoor Education, WSES Water Talk and SCCD at 2014 AG Dairy Days. You can also check our Education & Youth webpage or contact us at 570-837-3000 for information regarding other educational events for youth and students.

PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has produced a Manure Management Plan (MMP) workbook required for farmers to complete who produce, handle or spread manure and are not required to have a nutrient management plan such as concentrated animal operations (CAOs) and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) has held workshops and met with farmers explaining what is required. (Future meetings are planed.) These MMPs are now required by any person who raised animals, produces or receives animal manure. Individuals who even raise one steer, one goat, one sheep, etc., are required to have a MMP.

Questions about environmental regulations or manure management planning can be forwarded to Barry Spangler, Agricultural Conservation Technician, 570-837-3000, x118. You can also go to our Agricultural Erosion Prevention, Agricultural Nutrient Management and Agricultural Conservation Assistance web pages for more information.

The SCCD encourages any person who raises livestock and/or crops (no matter the number or type) to contact us. We will schedule to meet with you to explain what is required. It is better to meet with us now instead of meeting someone else later (e.g.: DEP, US Environmental Protection Agency) during a random inspection or responding to a complaint.

 

The Snyder County Conservation District now has a Facebook page.

Go ahead and check it out while you travel the web and other social media. It's another way to see what we are doing. Hey, maybe you will even "like" us. 

 

The Snyder County Agricultural Land Preservation Board (SCALPB) is proud to announce that they are in the process of preserving two farms in the county: one farm in Spring Township and a farm in Jackson Township. SCALPB accepted applications from interested landowners in July 2013.

Details about the two selected farms, as well as the easement program can be found by downloading the January update and going to the Conservation District's Agricultural Land Preservation web page.

Questions regarding this program may be forwarded to the program administrator, Jason Winey, at 570-837-3000, x112.

Recent Happenings: Go to "Conservation News" section of this web page for additional details.

What's New:

News Release:

Effective Now:

  • Notice! Farmers and anyone else who manage, produce, receive or use manure must have a Manure Management Plan!
  • Corn Nitrogen Testing Service with chlorophyll meter is being offered. Click here for information.
Upcoming Events:

 General Information

A conservation district is a subdivision of state government that follows county lines as boundaries. Funding for the conservation district's programs is obtained from the Snyder County Commissioners, PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and other agencies. The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) was founded in 1956.

A partial list of what we are involved with includes:
  • Worksite Erosion Prevention (Erosion and Sedimentation)
  • Agricultural Nutrient Management (e.g.: Act 38)
  • Agricultural Conservation Assistance
  • Improving Dirt & Gravel Roads
  • Watershed Protection & Organizations
  • Agricultural Land Preservation
  • Conservation Education & Promotion
  • Other Services (e.g.: tree seedling sales, topographic map sales)
The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) is governed by a seven member board of volunteer directors. The Board of Directors meet monthly to plan and direct local conservation issues. To accomplish their goals and objectives, the board relies on their staff, paid employs of the Conservation District, and cooperating agencies such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), PA State Conservation Commission (SCC) PA Game Commission, PA Fish & Boat Commission, PA Bureau of Forestry, Farm Service Agency, Penn State Cooperative Extension, among others. 
 

 Contact Information

 
Snyder County Conservation District
sccd@ptd.net
 
10541 Route 522
Middleburg, PA 17842
Phone: (570) 837-3000
Fax: (570) 837-7300
 
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

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A message brought to you by Renee Swineford, SCCD Administrative Assistant 
 

 Special Message for Farmers

 

 Farmers, Livestock & Horse Owners ...

Do You Have the Following?



Nutrient or Manure Management Plan?

Ag. E&S or Conservation Plan?

If yes, are they up to date? If not, meet with the Snyder County Conservation District as soon as possible. We will explain what is required of you and point you to the right direction. PA DEP has been conducting inspections throughout Snyder County to determine if farmers are following the new regulations.

Contact us and go to our Agricultural Nutrient Management and Agricultural Erosion Prevention web pages for more details.

 

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