The Huntingdon County Conservation District was organized to provide for the conservation of soil and water resources, assist in watershed protection and flood prevention, preserve woodland and wildlife, protect public lands, preserve the tax base, and to protect and promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the people. We have proudly served Huntingdon County since July 28, 1955.
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3024
Celina Seftas started as the Watershed Specialist for the
Conservation District in 2008 and as the District Manager in 2015.
She is responsible for overseeing all staff and programs and administering
the Agricultural Land Preservation Program. She is also on the Board of
Directors for the Pennsylvania Envirothon. Celina grew up in
Huntingdon County and has always wanted to work in the outdoors. She
enjoys the collaborative and project-oriented nature of working at the
Conservation District and helping others learn more about the local
environment. Celina attended Huntingdon Area High School and earned
a B.S. in Environmental Science from Juniata College. In 2012, she
earned Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful's Presidents Award for her work
in the county. Celina and her family enjoy kayaking, camping, gardening,
Dirt & Gravel Roads & Low-Volume Roads Technician
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3015
Sherri started as the Dirt and Gravel Roads Technician for the
Huntingdon County Conservation District in October 2017. She
administers the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road program, which
provides funding for Townships to increase the quality of their
dirt, gravel, and low volume roads while reducing erosion to streams.
She is originally from south eastern Pennsylvania and moved to
Huntingdon County in 2012 as a student at Juniata College. In 2016,
she graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science. She continues
to live in Huntingdon and is happy to be working to improve the roads
and streams in the area. Her hobbies include hiking with her
Australian cattle dog Samantha, biking, and crocheting.
Erosion & Sedimentation Resource Technician
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3019
Since August 2017, Taylor has been operating the District’s DEP-
delegated Chapter 102 programs. These include review of Erosion
and Sedimentation Control (E&S) plans and National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit applications. Taylor
conducts routine inspections, investigates public complaints, and
provides technical support for earthmoving projects. Industrial
development, home building, road construction, utility lines, logging,
stream restoration, and more are covered by this program. Taylor plans
to use these experiences to expand her skills in communication
between environmental stakeholders. Taylor grew up on a farm in
southeastern York County and graduated with a B.S. in environmental
science from Juniata College. Currently she lives in James Creek and
tries to ride horses as much as she can without having her own, which proves to be challenging. Taylor enjoys gardening,experimental cooking, and spending time with her family.
Chesapeake Bay/ Nutrient Management Technician
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3022
Abbe joined the Conservation District in October 2016. Originally
from Massachusetts, she has been immersed in Central
Pennsylvania agriculture for four years and resides in Huntingdon.
She has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from SUNY College of
Environmental Science and Forestry and a M.S. in Agronomy from
Penn State. While at Penn State she worked with the Weed Ecology Lab
and the Cover Crop Cocktails project and ultimately developed a
rapid-assessment system to measure the ecosystem service contributions
of cover crops. Abbe is a certified public Nutrient Management Plan
reviewer for Huntingdon County and also works to provide educational,
technical and financial assistance for farmers seeking to upgrade their
on-farm conservation practices.
Watershed Specialist/ Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful Coordinator
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3021
Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3013
Karie joined the District as Administrative Assistant in June 2015.
Karie handles all of the District’s administrative functions, payroll, and
financials. In addition to her administrative duties, she manages the
topographic map and animal guard sales, as well as assists with the
Agricultural Land Preservation program. Karie attended DuBois Business
College where she received an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and
Business Administration. Currently, Karie resides in Mifflin County with her
husband, Sam, and enjoys photography, gardening, hiking, and kayaking.
Clockwise from bottom right: Andrew Harpster, Russell Kyper (Vice Chairperson), Tyler Snider, Dennis Johnson, Michael Mowrer, Jeff Thomas (Chairperson), James Weikert (Treasurer)
The Huntingdon County Conservation District has seven directors who serve on our board. Their duties include:
- Identifying local conservation needs
- Developing, implementing, evaluating strategic plan to meet those needs
- Developing vision and mission
- Setting goals & priorities
- Hiring staff to carry out programs/plans
- Voting on approving/objecting to agreements such as grants, delegation agreements from the state, and other contracts
District directors serve four year terms. Our board represents our county, and is always composed of farmer members, public members, and a member of County Governing Body. Board meetings are typically held on the first Thursday of every month at 8AM and are open to the public.