Little Juniata River Association (LJRA)
The LJRA's mission is to “Monitor, Preserve and Improve the Little Juniata River and its tributaries as cold water resources”.
The "Little J" once faced intense industrial pollution and other hazards, but has since become a nationally recognized trout fishery. The river owes its environmental comeback to the LJRA, which has completed many projects and restoration efforts to improve this local treasure. Please click here to view their website. HCCD publicizes their spring annual river cleanup and assists with joint efforts to monitor the Little J's tributaries.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works in partnership with the Conservation District to solve resource concerns on private lands. Working one-on-one with landowners, NRCS field office employees provide the technical expertise for conservation planning and design that enables land managers to balance their economic goals with the needs of the natural environment, creating sustainable systems that not only produce abundant crops and livestock, but also a quality environment. NRCS has its offices in the same building as HCCD.
Southern Alleghenies Conservancy Charitable Trust
The Southern Alleghenies Conservancy Charitable Trust is a non-profit, financial, and administrative support entity for the Southern Alleghenies Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D). The Conservancy functions as a regional partnership to implement environmental and community initiatives to improve the quality of life for residents of the Southern Alleghenies region. Such initiatives have included local food network development and support, abandoned mine drainage abatement, and recreational development. The Conservancy also serves as a land trust for particular properties with conservation or recreational assets. Most notably, SAC is the owner of The Old Pennsylvania Pike (TOPP trail), formerly known as Pike-2-Bike. The trail is an 11-mile section of abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike that contains two tunnels, and plans are underway for a local authority to convert it into a multi-use trail and recreational destination. Membership in the Southern Alleghenies Conservancy is made of conservation district staff and directors, county planning directors, and community members from Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties. The Chair of the RC&D Council is also on the SAC board. HCCD District Manager, Celina Seftas, currently serves as the Chair of the Southern Alleghenies Conservancy.
US Army Corps Of Engineers
Raystown Lake is the largest lake located entirely in Pennsylvania and offers 8,300 surface acres of clear water surrounded by 21,000 acres of forested mountain slopes. Raystown is a multi-purpose lake constructed and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood damage reduction, recreation and natural resource opportunities, and hydropower. HCCD partners with Army Corps by reviewing & approving their Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plans, assisting with farm leases, and assisting with their annual clean up events.