Conservation District
Skip navigation links
Skip navigation links
CommissionersExpand Commissioners
Children & Youth
Conservation DistrictExpand Conservation District
District Attorney & Victim Services
Elections & Voter Registration
Emergency Management & 911 Center
Snyder County GIS
Historical Society
Planning Commission
Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts
Register & Recorder
Tax Assessment
Tax Claim Bureau
County Treasurer
Veteran's Affairs
State Police
Snyder County Directory
Conservation District
Snyder County > Departments > Conservation District

 SCCD Updates

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. (Copy of recent news release)

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.


For the second year in a row, the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) led a team building activity during Selinsgrove Middle School’s annual Peer Leadership program for 7th graders at Camp Mt. Luther west of Mifflinburg.  The activity emphasized conservation stewardship and required involvement by all students. 

Jason Whiney, SCCD Watershed Specialist, brought projects such as bat, bee, and barred owl boxes out to camp.  After an hour of measuring, assembling, caulking, and fastening; the students displayed, and presented the purpose of, their projects to the entire group.

Check out this write-up for more information regarding this early November 2015 event. You can also call us at 570-837-3000.


On September 28, 2015, Cub Scout Pack 3400 of Kreamer, PA, borrowed stencils from the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD). Pack members painted messages at stormwater drains in Kreamer such as the ones pictured throughout this publication.

To view pictures and read more information about what the Cub Scouts did, check out this write-up. Also, click here for more details about organizations willing to borrow SCCD's stencils for similar activities. You can also contact SCCD's Watershed Specialist, Jason Winey, at 570-837-3000, x112.

Members from the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) were invited to Camp Mt. Luther (west of Mifflinburg, PA) to teach fifth graders about soil, watersheds and the importance of water quality its annual Midd-West School District’s Outdoor Education program. SCCD’s presentations took place on October 8 and 15, 2015.

Jason Winey (Watershed Specialist), Renee Swineford (Administrative Assistant), Kyle Nicholas (Agricultural Outreach Associate) and Barry Spangler (Agricultural Conservation Technician) gave twenty minute presentations to fifth graders from West Snyder and Middleburg Elementary Schools. Fourteen presentations were given during the two days to 153 fifth graders.

Additional pictures and details can be found by viewing this write-up. For additional SCCD educational activities and events, go to our Education & Youth web page or contact us at 570-837-3000 or

From September 21 through 26, 2015, the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) had a display at the Beaver Community Fair at Beaver Springs, PA. Displays and materials explaining basic agricultural compliance and SCCD activities and events were present. Other educational items from SCCD and cooperating agencies were available for the public to pick up and take home.

This year, a "Conservation District technician" wearing an orange SCCD hat was stationed all day and night with the display while standing inside a blue plastic rain barrel. (See picture above.) The "technician" wore a sign around his neck that said, "Compliance is a big 'dill.' Most of the time I'm in a pickle." An easel held a poster with the words, "So my co-workers put me in a barrel to let you know we can help you with... Ag. Compliance, Excavation Regs., Watershed Protection, Conservation Education."

If you would like a close-up of the picture above of our display with our "technician," please click here.

The Snyder County Conservation District offered a service for farmers that sampled corn fields in 2015 determining whether they had too little, too much or enough nitrogen for corn growth. Three hundred five (305) acres were tested this year.

The farmer supplied crop history and manure application information. Collected samples were mailed to Penn State’s Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory for analysis.

Contact Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118 for more information or to ask for our services. You can also click here for a more detailed explanation and pictures.

Now available until supplies last:

Sunflower Seed for Bird Seed

A bag weighs 50 lb. and is being sold for $20.00 each. Contact the Conservation District at 570-837-3000 ( for 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.

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:
  • CREP & Stream Buffer Workshop, Wednesday, January 20, 2016, SCCD Office, 7:00 p.m.
  • Farmers Winter Meeting, Friday, February 12, 2016, Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park RD, Selinsgrove.
  • Agriculture BMP Tour, Date (Spring 2016?), Time & Place(s) to be determined.
  • Manure Management Planning Workshop, Date, Time & Place to be determined.
  • Agriculture Erosion & Sedimentation (E&S) Workshop, Date, Time & Place to be determined.
  • Soil Health Informational Meetings, Date(s), Time(s) & Place(s) to be determined.


 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)