News & Events:

Upcoming Meetings, Conferences, Workshops & Volunteer Opportunities:


In Huntingdon County:

  • Monthly District Board Meeting
    • Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018, 8 AM Location: 10605 Raystown Road, Huntingdon County Conservation District, Huntingdon, PA
    • Public welcome
  • Farm2Fork- A local foods celebration!
    • Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 6PM- 9PM Location: B & D Acres, 3121 Huntingdon Furnace Rd, Tyrone, PA 16686 Tickets: Adults $40, Children 6-12 $20, 5-under free Registration Deadline: August 31st.
    • Registration and payment is required and tickets can be purchased at Huntingdon or Blair County Conservation District or online here
    • For more details click here or contact Beth Futrick 814-696-0877 x 3329 or bfutrick@blairconservationdistrict.org
  • Pasture Walk at Cramer Family Farm
    • Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9AM-4PM Location: 12727 Mountain Shadows Ln
      Shade Gap, PA 17255 Registration Deadline:  September 15, 2018
    • Please join us to share grazing knowledge and experiences, see the demonstration plots of summer annual mixes, and network with producers and vendors.
    • To register click here and return registration form and payment to Blair County Conservation District
      1407 Blair Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
    • Please contact Beth Futrick 814-696-0877 x 3329 or bfutrick@blairconservationdistrict.org for more information. 

    State-wide:

    • Ag Progress Days
      • Date: August 14-16, 2018 Location: Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, Pennsylvania Furnace, PA
      • Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition featuring the latest technology and research exhibits, educational programs, and guided tours. 
      • For more information, please click here
    • Municipality Day for the Dirt, Gravel, and Low-Volume Road Program- One Day ESM Re-certification!
      • Date: September 18, 2018 Location: Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, 711 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705
      • Please call 814-863-5355 or click here to register for this event.
      • Room Block: Hilton Garden Inn Indiana at IUP, 714 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705 Group Code: "PSUDGS" for $109/night rate- call 724-349-2222 or click here to reserve your room by August 18, 2018.
      • For more information on this event, please 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
      • To register please click here
      • Please call to reserve your hotel room 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 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