News & Events:

Upcoming Meetings, Conferences, Workshops & Volunteer Opportunities:

In Huntingdon County:

  • Monthly District Board Meeting
    • Date: Thursday, July 5, 8AM Location: 10605 Raystown Road, Huntingdon County Conservation District, Huntingdon, PA
    • Public welcome


    • Pasture Walk - Air Hill Acres Farm-Franklin County
      • Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:00 AM-12:30 PM    Location: Air Hills Acres Farm, 8445 Nyesville Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201
      • Air Hill Acres Farm is a grass-based farm in Franklin County raising milking cows, beef, pork, and chickens. Justin Geisinger has an innovative philosophy on managing his pastures and stream area. Justin and family also won the Conservation District’s Farmer of the Year Award in 2017. Please join us for a day of lively discussion and networking. Two free registration types - if you plan to stay for lunch please indicate "pasture walk + lunch" so that we can order enough food. To register, click here.
    • Tractor Operation, Safety, & Basic Maintenance for Women
      • Date:  Sun., Aug 5, 2018 & Monday, Aug 6, 2018 9AM-5:00 PM Location: Yeehaw Farm. 51 Rohrer Rd., Duncannon, PA 17020 Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
      • Free two-day class designed to educate and empower current or future female users of agricultural tractors and farm equipment. It appeals to new and beginning women farmers, and has proven valuable to many seasoned professionals. To register, click here
    • Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance Training for the Dirt, Gravel, and Low-Volume Road Program
      • Date: October 2 & 3, 2018 - (Tue/Wed) Location: Bedford/Fulton County -Forbes Road Conference Center, 16503 Lincoln Highway, Breezewood, PA 15537
      • Please call 814-735-7287. Room Block: Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads/Group code DGR, $93/night - valid until Sept. 17, 2018


    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 fit 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).




    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