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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).

 Messages for Farmers, Farm Operators, Equine Owners, etc.


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.



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 (A letter detailing the SCCD's role in inspections can be found on this web page's right column.)

 SCCD Updates

The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD), along with several staff members from cooperating agencies, was invited to Middleburg and West Snyder Elementary Schools to coordinate and teach kindergarten classes about several aspects of nature. The events were held on April 26 in Middleburg, while the West Snyder event was on May 6.

In both schools, the topics the students learned about were as follows: soils, trees, song & game birds and birds of prey. Middleburg Elementary students also listened to information about aquatic life.

Each student took home a tree, a mini-greenhouse with vegetable seeds planted into soil balls, a bag of bones from an owl pellet, a bird call, and other activity books inside a draw string backpack.

For photos, details and a list of who helped, check out this write up. For more information, contact SCCD Watershed Specialist, Lauren Maguire at 570-837-3000, x114.


The Conservation District was also invited to Middleburg Elementary School (MES) to coordinate an environmental education competition for their 5th graders. The event, called the “Fifth Grade Envirothon,” was held on May 9, 2019, at the school grounds.  Students were assigned into teams of three to five. Approximately one hundred (100) fifth graders participated.

Weeks before the event, the students and teachers were given materials to read, discuss and study regarding aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils & agricultural conservation practices, and vernal pools.

Prizes from various organizations were awarded to team members who scored the highest in each station during a school picnic at the end of the academic year.

Click here for a brief write-up. Contact our Watershed Specialist, Lauren Maguire at 570-837-3000, x114, if you would like additional information.


West Snyder Elementary School 5th grade teachers asked Barry Spangler, SCCD Ag. Conservation Technician, to give a presentation regarding water quantity and quality on May 22. Additional information can be found here.


The Snyder County Conservation District traditionally gives at least one Conservation Award to a graduating high school senior in each public school in the county. In 2019, We are pleased to announce that Dylan Hassinger of Midd-West High School and Kyle Martin of Selinsgrove Area High School are 2019’s recipients. Each received a check for $100.00. Selections were made by each of the high school faculties. Congratulations to you both.


Thirty-four (34) teams involving nearly 170 students from various schools in five central Pennsylvania counties arrived at the Shikellamy State Park Marina for the annual Susquehanna Valley High School Envirothon held on April 30, 2019.

Topics that the students were tested in were wildlife, forestry, aquatics, soils and a specific current issues topic that changes yearly.  The current issue topic for this year is agricultural technologies.

Each conservation district awarded medals to the highest scoring team from its county. This year, the Snyder County winners were from Selinsgrove Area High School located in Selinsgrove. Team members were (above photo, starting from second to left to right) Grayden Catherman, Ashlynn Peachey, Melanie Fouts, Luke Kantz and Maura Hensel. (Thera Brubaker, pictured above at the far left, was the team’s advisor and Selinsgrove Area High School math teacher.) They placed seventh (7th) overall out of 34 teams that competed.  (Note: A team from Central Columbia High School won the overall contest.) Click here for more information.

Winning teams from each participating county advance to the PA Envirothon. (Details can be found below in this website.) For more information, contact Jason Winey, District Manager, Snyder County Conservation District (5770-837-3000, x112), or the conservation district office in your county.


The Susquehanna Valley Middle School Envirothon was held on May 14 at Montour Preserve near Washingtonville, PA. Students from 7th and 8th grade from various schools in central Pennsylvania competed in the event while learning about our natural resources. Check out this brief write-up for information.


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.


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.


   Other SCCD Updates & News

 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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 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.

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 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

 SCCD on Facebook

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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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