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 SCCD Updates

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) and others were invited to the Middleburg Middle School to teach kindergarteners about several environmental subjects on May 15, 2015. Students were able to learn about the importance of trees and soils, see actual aquatic invertebrates, look inside owl pellets and make their own bird calls.

Jason Winey, Watershed Specialist, help work with the school and various groups to organize the activities. More information and photos can be viewed here.

Above right photo: Tom Kerstetter, Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologist, holds a stuffed owl during his presentation about birds of prey.

Later in the day, two SCCD staff members participated in this year's AG Dairy Days held near Selinsgrove. Click here for a brief synopsis.

      

Conservation Districts from Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties, hosted the annual Susquehanna Valley High School Envirothon at Shikellamy State Park's Overlook on April 28. Teams from all five counties' high schools competed against each other and tested their knowledge in five topics: soils, forestry, urban forestry (current issue for 2015), wildlife and aquatics.

The top Snyder County team came from Midd-West High School and placed 5th overall. A team from Selinsgrove Area High School earned the highest in aquatics among all teams and placed 6th overall.

More details about the event can be found here. Top county teams were eligible to compete at the PA Envirothon at the Johnstown and Windbar areas on May 19 & 20. A wrap-up of what happened at the PA Envirothon can be found here.

Update: A similar event was held for middle school students at Montour Preserve near Danville & Washingtonville. A team from Selinsgrove Middle School placed second overall. Visit us later for some details.

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) has concluded its annual tree, seed, and plant sale for this year. Items sold included evergreens, dogwood, arborvitae, drift roses, fruit trees, kiwi vines, strawberries, asparagus crowns, potted perennials, seed mixes, ginseng seed, tree tubes, bluebird boxes, bat boxes and completed rain barrels. A wrap-up can be found here.

For more information, contact District Manager Craig Bingman at 570-837-3000, x114.

 

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) held its 8th annual Women in Ag Forum from on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Shade Mountain Winery north of Middleburg along PA Route 104.  Guest speakers include:

  • Rose Weir, Snyder County Children & Youth Services
  • Melisa Erdman, NRCS District Conservationist, on Soil Health  
  • Karen Hackman, Local Attorney at Law, RHP Law Group LLC
  • Debbie Trimble, SUN Orthopedics of Evangelical
  • Also, two former members of the All-American Girl’s Professional Baseball League from the 1940s—1950s also spoke at the event. 

Each attendee received a free soil test kit and was offered a free blood pressure reading. Additional information about the event can be found here.

 

The SCCD was invited to give several presentations to Midd-West School District fifth graders in March and April 2015.

In late-March, Jason Winey, Watershed Specialist, gave an educational presentation regarding water quality and aquatics to one fifth grade class in the Middleburg Elementary School. Afterwards, they played a bingo game to reinforce what they learned. (Click here for details.)

On April 1 and 9, several SCCD staff members were invited to give water and soil presentations during Midd-West School District's annual Outdoor Education program for fifth graders at Camp Mt. Luther west of Mifflinburg. Check out the wrap-up for details.

 

Snyder County farmers thinking of hiring a private consultant to write a manure management plan (MMP) or a nutrient management plan (NMP) can apply for funding assistance through the Snyder County Conservation District.

Interested farmers must complete an application with the Conservation District by Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Applications are available at the office at 10541 Route 522, Middleburg. Contact Barry Spangler, Agricultural Conservation Technician at 570-837-3000, x118, for details. Click here for more details.

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.

Two workshops to aid farmers and livestock/equine owners/boarders in writing their own manure management plans (MMPs) and agricultural erosion & sedimentation plans (Ag. E&S plans) and maps through Pinetop were/are planned by the Conservation District. Click here for a promo sheet.

MMP Workshop: Tuesday, March 10, 2015: Thirteen participants left the workshop will knowledge and information to complete a manure management plan workbook that meets current environmental regulations enforced by PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). (Click here for a meeting wrap-up.) MMPs are now required by any person who raises or boards animals, produces or receives animal manure, regardless of animal type (equine, poultry, livestock, exotic) or number.

PAOneStop Mapping Workshop: Thursday, April 23, 2015: Participants left the workshop will knowledge and information to create maps for MMPs, NMPs and Ag. E&S plans on PAOneStop, a web based mapping program developed by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Ag E&S plans are required for those who raise any crop (grain, forage, vegetable, fruit, etc.) or pasture their animals. The workshop showed participants how PAOneStop will allow them to write their own Ag. E&S plans that meet DEP regulations and limit soil erosion at the same time. (Click here for a meeting wrap-up.)

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:
  • None at this time. Stay tuned for Updates.

 

 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
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 
 

 SCCD Conservation News

 SCCD Upcoming Events

 2014 Annual Report Available

The Conservation District now has recently published its annual report for 2014. You can stop by and:

  • Pick up a copy at our office
  • Request a copy mailed to you, or
  • Download a copy here.

 

 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

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 Cooperating Agencies: External Links

 Other Groups & Contacts: (External Links)