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Snyder County > Departments > Conservation District
 
 

 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 employees 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. 
 
Note: We also have other items on our website about programs we do not cover (e.g.: Streambank PermittingWoodland Management), that may be informative to you (Gypsy Moth & Other Pests) or are distantly linked to us (Selinsgrove Grounds).
 
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The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) has just changed their email addresses. They are as follows:

Position

Name

New Email

Phone Ext.

District Manager

Jason Winey

manager@snydercd.org

112

Agricultural Conservation Technician

Barry Spangler

agtech@snydercd.org

118

Nutrient Management Technician

Chip Spatz

nm@snydercd.org

119

Resource Conservation Technician

Tim Hornberger

erosion@snydercd.org

113

Watershed Specialist

Lauren Maguire

watershed@snydercd.org

114

Administrative Assistant

Renee Swineford

admin@snydercd.org

110

Our new general email address is sccd@snydercd.org.  Our phone number remains 570-837-3000 and our fax number is still 570-837-7300. 

 A Message to Farmers, Farm Operators, Equine Owners, etc.

 

DO YOU HAVE YOUR PLANS?

Manure Management or Nutrient Management Plan?

Conservation or Ag. Erosion & Sedimentation Plans?

If yes, are they up to date? If not, meet with the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) as soon as possible. We will explain what is required of you and point you to the right direction. PA DEP (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) staff has been conducting inspections throughout the state to determine if farmers are following the new regulations. Many conservation districts, including SCCD, has been tasked by DEP and its Board of Directors, to assist with these inspections on a year-to-year basis.

During an inspection, the farmer, operator or landowner will be visited to see if they are meeting the basic regulatory requirements such as:

  • Properly handle, store and land apply animal manure and agricultural process wastewater on the farm consistent with the nutrient needs of growing crops [i.e., a manure management plan (MMP) or a nutrient management plan (NMP)]; and
  • Properly manage risks of erosion and runoff from agricultural plowing or tilling operations and animal heavy use areas [i.e., an “agricultural erosion and sediment control plan” (Ag E&S Plan) or a conservation plan].

Contact us and go to our Agricultural Nutrient Management and Agricultural Erosion Prevention web pages for more details. We can be reached at 570-837-3000 or sccd@snydercd.org. (A letter detailing the SCCD's role in inspections can be found on this web page's right column.)

 

UPDATE: The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) held a manure management plan (MMP) writing workshop so that farmers, farm owners, livestock and equine owners can write their own MMPs. The meeting was held at the SCCD office on March 21, 2019. Five (5) people, four (4) of them farmers, attended the workshop.

Barry Spangler, SCCD Agricultural Conservation Technician, gave an overview of the new Manure Management Manual and other agricultural environmental regulations. He, along with Chip Spatz (SCCD Nutrient Management Technician) and Jason Winey (SCCD District Manager), gave a step by step process of how farmers can write their manure management plans (MMPs) that meet these new regulations. (Click here for a download to read more about this meeting.)

Financial support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant, the Clean Water Fund and the Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and Accountability Program (CBRAP).

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The PA SCC (Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission) increased its average weights in 2017 for many agricultural animal species. This may redefine some farms from non-CAOs to CAOs (concentrated animal operations) or from non-CAFOs to CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).

New CAOs are required to have an approved nutrient management plan (NMP) instead of a regular manure management plan (MMP). New CAFOs are required to have an approved NMP and an approved permit from DEP.

The Conservation District staff is asking farmers and animal operations to meet with us to determine whether you will be a CAO and/or CAFO in the near future. If so, we will point you in the right direction towards compliance. Questions? Contact Chip Spatz, SCCD Nutrient Management Technician, at 570-837-3000, x119.

 SCCD Updates

Do you own stream front property or enjoy picking your own fruit, berries and nuts? Then we have exciting news for you!

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) and Snyder County Commissioners are seeking landowners interested in planting forested or multifunctional riparian buffers funded through a DCNR (PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources) Riparian Buffer Grant Program. Not only will landowners reap the benefits of fruit and nut production, but will experience less stream bank erosion, and ultimately improve overall stream health.

Not interested in a multifunctional buffer? No problem, the DCNR grant also includes the establishment of native forested riparian buffers. Funding is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested landowners are encouraged to contact Lauren Maguire, SCCD Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x114 for additional information.

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A message from our District Manager:

As we look towards the future with continued push to meet the goals of the Chesapeake Bay, and with an idea that another round of grants will soon be offered, we need projects.

For many years, in conjunction with the NRCS (USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service) supported programs and several other funding avenues, the DEP (PA Department of Environmental Protection) Growing Greener Grant program has been the major source of funds for projects through the Conservation District. We are potentially coming up on another round of Growing Greener Grants, and we desperately need to hear from landowners in the county that need some assistance. In a nutshell, Growing Greener is a potential funding source for any project that will make a positive impact to water quality. For example; streambank fencing, buffers, streambank stabilization, barnyard improvements, improved stream crossings, manure storage buildings, roof gutters, pasture fencing for improved grazing management. Quite simply, if you can draw a line to an improvement in water quality it potentially will fit in a Growing Greener Grant.

Now is the time. We need to meet with you and find out your needs, and do some preliminary planning to make a successful grant application. I want to have our office submit as many of these as we can to bring the money to Snyder County.

Jason Winey, District Manager

Note #1: Contact Information: Jason Winey, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x112, Lauren Maguire, Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x114, Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118, Chip Spatz, Nutrient Management Technician, at 570-837-3000, x119, or Tim Hornberger, Resource Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x113.

Note #2: 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.

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The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) has just finished taking orders for its annual tree, seed, and plant sale in 2019.

For those who placed orders, we thank you. You can pick up their orders at our office, 10541 Route 522, Middleburg, ONLY on Wednesday, April 17 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. OR Thursday, April 18 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Questions?: Please contact us at 570-837-3000, x110 or sccd@snydercd.org.

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The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) held its annual banquet on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road near Selinsgrove. 

One hundred thirty (130) attended the event.  Individuals, organizations and FFA members were honored for their efforts toward conservation by SCCD board directors, SCCD and PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resource (DCNR) staff.

For additional information and photos, check out this link. You can also contact us at 570-837-3000 or sccd@snydercd.org.

 

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) held its annual Farmer’s Winter Meeting on Friday, February 15, 2019, at the Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road near Selinsgrove. Major sponsors were AgChoice Farm Credit, Perdue AgriBusiness Grain, Mifflinburg Bank & Trust, Hoover Tractor, Sunbury Motors, Seed Consultants, Inc. and Kantz & Steininger Committee.

Guest speakers came from USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA), Centre County Conservation District (CCCD), PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Penn State Department of Entomology and Penn State Extension (PSE).

One hundred five (105) people attended the meeting. Topics presented during the meeting include the following: Attracting pollinators to help your farm, cover crops and no-till for improving soil biology, DEP”s perspective on agricultural compliance, the how’s and why’s of soil testing, and Conservation District & U.S. Department of Agriculture updates. There was also information about pesticide safety, adjuvants & surfactants, integrated pest management (IPM) for slug control and managing corn ear rots & mycotoxins.

Participants were able to receive pesticide, nutrient management and manure hauler/broker credits through the PA Department of Agriculture (PDA). Vendors representing various businesses and organizations were also present at various rooms before and during the meeting.

For more information about this meeting, download the web release or contact Barry Spangler, Agricultural Conservation Technician, at 570-837-3000, x118.

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Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, with help from the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) and cooperation from the PA State Conservation Commission (SCC) and the PA Department of Agriculture (PDA_, hosted two winter meetings for manure haulers and manure brokers. Both meetings were held on February 28 at the SCCD Office’s basement conference room. These meetings were part of a series of meetings held at various locations throughout the state. 

Sixty-two (62) manure haulers, manure brokers and staff participated in the morning session and ten (10) manure brokers and staff sat in the afternoon session. PDA certified manure haulers and brokers at each session received 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) to maintain their certification.

For more information, either email Robb Meinen, Senior Extension Associate, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, at rjm134@psu.edu or call him and leave a message at 814-865-5986. As a service to local manure haulers, manure brokers and farmers, the SCCD has helped secure a space to hold these meetings.

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   Other SCCD Updates & News

 
Standard Animal Weights Changing:
You May Be a CAO or CAFO
 
for details.

 Spring Construction Projects May Require Plans or Permits
 
Go to our "Worksite Erosion Prevention" Webpage
for details.

Funding is Available Now for Road Projects
 
for details.

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

 
Snyder County Conservation District
sccd@snydercd.org
 
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 the Staff and Board Members of the Snyder County Conservation District
 

 Upcoming SCCD Events

 SCCD Releases 2018 Annual Report

The Snyder County Conservation District have just completed the 2018 Annual Report. You can either stop by at our office and receive a copy or download a copy here.

 SCCD Conservation News

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 SCCD Publications & Links

 Others in the SCCD Building

 
The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) currently has two tenants in our office building. They are:
 
Snyder County 4-H; Kathy Weller as Coordinator.
 
Edwards Moving & Rigging.
 

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