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 SCCD Updates



The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) is assessing the extent of defoliation that may have occurred in Snyder County by gypsy moth caterpillars this spring to determine landowner interest for participation in the PA (Department of Conservation & Natural Resources) DCNR Cooperative Gypsy Moth Suppression Program in 2016.

Preliminary observations indicate that Snyder County was spared the severe forestland damage that some neighboring counties experienced this year. However, owners of forested residential (permanent or seasonal) properties that experienced significant defoliation in 2015 and/or might have the potential for defoliation next year due to the presence of new gypsy moth egg masses (as shown in the photo at right) are urged to contact Craig Bingman, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x114. The deadline for sign-ups is Monday, August 31, 2015.



Gypsy Moth Meeting Notice


There will be public meeting to review the current status of the gypsy moth infestation in Snyder County on Thursday, August 6 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Weber Rinck Medical Center located at 412 West Market Street, Middleburg, PA. This meeting will be held to educate and discuss a possible spray program in 2016. No reservations are required and there is no fee to attend.

Do you have a commercial operation?

A backyard flock?

Wondering how HPAI could affect you?

Avian Influenza Meeting Planned

An one-hour free meeting for the public is held on Wednesday, August 26, at the Freeburg Fire Hall, 10-14 East Market Street (PA Route 35), Freeburg, starting at 10:00 a.m. It is being sponsored by the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) and the Snyder County Department of Emergency Services. Dr. Amy J. Nesselrodt, DVM, PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) Regional Veterinarian, will speak.

Light refreshments will be served. No reservations are required. For more information about the meeting, please contact Renee Swineford, SCCD Administrative Assistant, at 570-837-3000, x110.

A sanitizing foot bath will be provided at the door. But please remember to practice personal biosecurity before attending the workshop.


The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) was invited on June 1, 2015, to speak about water to 5th graders at the West Snyder Elementary School and about birds to one 1st grade class at the Middleburg Elementary School.

Click here for more information about each event.

SCCD also gave conservation awards to two graduating high school seniors. Click here for details.

Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) worked with Capital RC&D (Capital Resource Conservation & Development) to conduct a tillage survey in the county in June 2015. SCCD was one of 14 conservation districts participating this year.

Data collected from this survey will be given to PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in modeling and tracking of water quality improvements.

For more information, please download this information sheet about the survey.


Corn growers! Have you wondered if you applied enough nitrogen fertilizer on your corn?  Maybe you applied too much and wasted your money.  How would you ever know?  Now there is a test that can see how well you did when it comes to nitrogen management.

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) is offering a late season cornstalk nitrate testing service to Snyder County corn farmers. A SCCD technician comes and collects cornstalk samples. The farmer supplies crop history and manure application information. Collected samples are mailed to Penn State’s Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory for analysis.

Samples should be taken when the corn kernel is between “one-quarter milk line” to three weeks after it produces a “black layer.” Corn growers pay $12.00 per test kit plus postage. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Sign-up now!

Contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118 for more information or to ask for our services.


The Conservation District (SCCD) is gathering a list of farmers, agricultural operators, livestock and equine owners and farm landowners interested in best management practices (BMPs). Potential BMPs to be funded may include riparian and vegetative buffers, streambank fencing, improved barnyards, manure storages and pasture watering systems.

Although the SCCD currently does not have any funds, we may find possible financial assistance in the near future for agricultural and streamside BMPs. If interested, either contact Jason Winey, Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x112, or Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118.

Note: Interested persons may also check with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at 401 West Market Street, Middleburg, (570-837-0007, x3) for possible financial assistance.

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). 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.

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

Effective Now:

  • Notice! Farmers and anyone else who manage, produce, receive or use manure must have a Manure Management Plan!
Upcoming Events:
  • Gypsy Moth Meeting to be held on August 6.(see above)
  • SCCD Plans Avian Influenza Meeting for August 26. (see above)
  • Suspect Gypsy Moth? Call SCCD by August 31. (see above)

 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:
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
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.

 Our Sign Says ...

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

 SCCD Conservation News

 SCCD Upcoming Events

 A Message for Farmers, Livestock & Equine Onwers


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.



 Others in the SCCD Building


The Snyder County Conservation District now has three tenants in our office building. They are:

Snyder County 4-H, with Kathy Weller as Coordinator.

On Wednesdays, a staff person from PA Rep. Fred Keller's office will be available to answer questions in our lower level conference room from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Almond Tree Senior Solutions, a senior health care business, has moved in our lower level office suite.


 SCCD Publications & Links

 General Downloads

 Cooperating Agencies: External Links

 Other Groups & Contacts: (External Links)