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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).
 

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.

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.)

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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.

 SCCD Updates

 

The Snyder County Conservation District (along with major sponsors to be identified soon) will host an agricultural winter meeting on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road near Selinsgrove. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The Conservation District has successfully secured Pesticide credits and Nutrient Management credits from the PA Department of Agriculture.

Scheduled presenters will come from Penn State, agricultural and conservation agencies. Topics include: Compliance from DEP's standpoint, attracting native pollinators, cover crops and soil health, benefits and reasons for soil testing, program updates, seed treatments, and other information eligible for pesticide credits. Click here for a copy of the flyer and agenda.

Lunch is $5.00 per person. Pay at the door. Call 570-837-3000, x110, for reservations at the Snyder County Conservation District Office (or Email: sccd@snydercd.org) by Friday, February 1, 2019.

Note #1: If assistance to participate is required, contact the Conservation District by February 1, 2019, for coordination.

Note #2: If you are a business interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor and/or having a placemat advertisement, 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), will host two winter meetings manure haulers and manure brokers.  Both meetings will be on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the SCCD Office’s basement conference room, located at 10541 Route 522, Middleburg, PA. (They were originally planned for February 12 but were rescheduled due to the weather.) 

The morning workshop, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, is for all manure haulers and brokers. Topics include manure hauler/broker program updates, industry survey results, manure gas safety, reviewing manure application setbacks, winter and early spring application concerns, and spotted lanternfly permitting.

The afternoon workshop, running from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., is targeted for those who hold “Manure Broker Level 2” certification and are trained to write Act 49 nutrient balance sheets (NBS). Items of discussion are record keeping updates, NBS submission requirements, how to sample “co-mingled” manures, and using the most recent NBS spreadsheets.

Attendees who stay for the end of each workshop will receive PA Department of Agriculture sponsored 3.0 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for their certification.

Registration is required.  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. There is no cost to attend either workshop.  For those who attend both workshops, lunch is on your own.

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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. 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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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, District Manager, at 570-837-3000, x112, Lauren Maguire, Watershed Specialist, at 570-837-3000, x114, 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.

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  The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) is holding its annual tree, seed, and plant sale in 2019. You can download this year's catalog, as well as download a fill-in form or a regular form.

The SCCD will be accepting orders, with payment, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019. People 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’s Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road, Selinsgrove on Friday, March 29, 2019, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now available for $15.00 for adults, $8.00 for children 6-12, and under 5 is free.

Conservation awards will be presented to conservation minded individuals for environmental projects and accomplishments.

 

The guest speaker will be Van Wagner, Lewisburg Area High School environmental science and agriculture education teacher, historian and entertainer. He will be entertaining attendees about Snyder County’s natural heritage.

Call 570-837-3000, x110, or email sccd@snydercd.org for tickets or contact any Conservation District director or associate director. Please purchase your tickets by Friday, March 15, 2019. (Download this information with Director and Associate Director names here.)

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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: 
  • SCCD using new email addresses (See above)
News Updates:
Effective or Happening Now:
Upcoming Events:

Other Items:

 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
 

 SCCD Staff Updates

On October 1, 2018, the Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) welcomed Lauren Maguire as the new Watershed Specialist. A familiar face to the Conservation District, Lauren completed her summer internship in 2016 working alongside SCCD and NRCS staff. After graduating from Shippensburg University, she worked for Juniata County Conservation District administering the Chapter 102 Erosion and Sediment Control Program, as well as the Act 38 Nutrient Management Program. 

When she’s not at the Conservation District, you’ll find her coaching the East Juniata Girls’ Softball team, helping at her fiancé’s family farm located in Richfield, PA, or spending time with family.

Taking on a larger role at the SCCD, Jason Winey became the District Manager in August, 2018. As the former Watershed Specialist and Agricultural Land Preservation technician, he holds a wealth of knowledge and valuable programmatic experience. 

In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, being outdoors running beagles, maintaining his family’s property or hunting.

Chip Spatz started at the SCCD in March 2017 as the Act 38 Nutrient Management Technician. As a former Chesapeake Bay and Nutrient Management Technician with a neighboring conservation district, Chip’s experience working with the ag community is invaluable.

A large part of Chip’s background in agriculture stems from being raised and eventually owning his  family’s farm. When he’s not tending animals or crop farming, you can find him perfecting his bologna recipe or in his custom-built hunting shack.

 Upcoming SCCD Events

 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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