News & Events:

Upcoming Meetings, Conferences, Workshops & Volunteer Opportunities:


In Huntingdon County:

  • Monthly District Board Meeting
    • Date: 8 am Thursday, March 7, 2019.
    • Location: Huntingdon County Conservation District, 10605 Raystown Road, Huntingdon, PA
    • Public welcome

 

State-wide:

  • Snyder County 2019 Farmers Winter Meeting
      • Date: February 15, 2019 9am-3:15pm
      • Location: Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Rd. Selinsgrove, PA
      • Topics include: Pollinators and native insects, DEP agriculture compliance updates, Integrated Pest Management for slug and insect problems in no-till systems, corn ear rot and mycotoxins, pesticide adjuvants and exposure. CEC's offered for pesticide, manure management, and manure hauler/broker credits. Register with Snyder County Conservation District at 570-837-3000 or sccd@snydercd.org by February 1, 2019 or pay $5 at the door for lunch.

     

    • 2019 Appalachian Grazing Conference
      • Date: March 7-9, 2019
      • Location: Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, WV
      • Informative presentations about livestock and forage management strategies to increase profits, of interest to those with cattle, goats, and sheep
      • Keynote Speakers:
        • Sarah Flack, author of The Art and Science of Grazing and Organic Dairy Production
        • Dr. Allen Williams, adaptive grazing specialist
      • Visit www.wvagc.com for more information.

     

    •  22nd Annual Western PA Spring Grazing Conference: "Nutritional Wisdom"
      • Date: Wednesday, March 13th and Thursday, March 14th 2019
      • Location: Trinity Point Church of God: 180 W. Trinity Drive, Clarion, PA 16214
      • Keynote speaker Dr. Fred Provenza is a speaker, author, and professor at Utah State University.
      • Other speakers include Ed Rayburn, Laura Kenny, Ron Gargasz, David Hunsberger, Russ Wilson, Junia Isiminger and more.
      • Registration is $85 for both days and evening session, $45 for one day only. Registration deadline is 3/6/19.
      • To register, contact Brittany Dittemore at 814-503-8653, bdittemore@headwatersrcd.net or find out more at  www.headwaterspa.org

     

    • Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) training in Franklin/Adams Counties
      • Date:  May 21 & 22 - Tues/Wed 
      • LocationPenn State Mont Alto Multi-Purpose Activities Center, 1 Campus Drive, Mont Alto, PA 17237   Directions Campus Map
      • Suggested Hotel: Comfort Inn, 3648 Olde Scotland Road, Chambersburg, PA  17202, Phone: 480-676-5344   Directions
      • This is the training being held closest to Huntingdon County in 2019. A full list of 2019 ESM training dates is available here.

    Your District at Work:


    Ag BMPs in Impaired Watersheds – Phase II

    Growing Greener Project #4100070417

    Sponsor: Huntingdon County Conservation District

     

    Project Description:  Warrior’s Mark Run is an impaired stream in Huntingdon County due to grazing related agriculture.  It is also classified as a High-Quality Cold Water Fishery.  For this project, two farms were identified where cattle had unrestricted access to Warrior’s Mark Run and where the streambanks were eroding.  This project fits within the larger goal of restoring this stream.

    Goals:  to reduce nutrient and nutrient inputs into Warrior’s Mark Run by eliminating unrestricted cattle access to the stream on two farms and to improve streambanks on one farm by building restoration structures.

    Results:  5423 feet of streambank fence was installed in two pastures, 5 stabilized crossings were installed to provide water access for cattle, and streambank restoration structures were installed (2 log cross vanes, 1 rock cross vane, 286 feet of toe wood, and 978 feet of mudsill).

    Photos:

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    Costs:  $54,635 in Growing Greener funds, with an additional $56,743.96 in documented in-kind from project sponsor and partners.

    Lessons Learned: Large pastures need an increased number of cattle access areas to provide adequate water for the cattle

    Partners: The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Foundation for California University of PA