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.

Our Staff:    

celina    Celina Seftas
    District Manager
    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 and serves as the Chairperson for the Southern Alleghenies Charitable Trust. . 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,
  and hiking.   



Jonathan    Jonathan Yoder 
    Chesapeake Bay/ Nutrient Management Technician
    Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3022

 Jonathan started working for   the  district as the Nutrient   Management and Chesapeake   Bay Specialist in November   2018.  He will be working with   agricultural producers   administering Chesapeake Bay   projects, writing manure   management plans, reviewing   Act 38 plans, and working with compliance issues through the county.  In December 2016 he graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Wildlife Biology.  Jonathan and his wife Echo reside in Bedford County where they live and operate a beef and specialty crop farm growing pumpkins and berries.  Jonathan grew up working on his family dairy farm.  He enjoys hunting, farming and working on his classic truck with his dog Mack.


logan     Logan Stenger
     Watershed Specialist/ Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful Coordinator 
     Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3021

  Logan joined the Huntingdon County Conservation District
  as the Watershed Specialist in October 2018. He is responsible for
  monitoring and improving the health of Huntingdon County’s waterways
  through strean/riparian restoration efforts and regular water quality monitoring. He also coordinates the District's annual tree sale, provides educational programs and acts as the Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful Coordinator and Envirothon Coordinator. Originally from Mifflinburg, PA, Logan graduated from Juniata College in May 2018 with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus in fisheries and aquatic ecology. Logan’s passions include hunting, trapping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends at their cabin in Clinton County.




     Staci Spertzel Black
     Erosion & Sedimentation Resource Technician
      Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3019

Staci started as the Erosion & Sedimentation (E&S) Technician for the Conservation District in 2019. She is responsible for administering the E & S Program and NPDES permitting for construction-related projects that plan for earth disturbance. In addition, Staci provides technical assistance, education, and outreach related to Chapter 102 of the Clean Streams Law and ways to reduce sediment to streams. She graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with an M.S. in Environmental Studies. She has previously worked in private consulting and for both state and federal agencies as an archaeologist. She brings to the District experience working with soils, compliance reviews, fieldwork, and GIS mapping. Staci has lived in Huntingdon County for more than a decade and regularly enjoys adventures outside with her husband and dog. She is very happy to be living and working in such a beautiful place.


Carey Lightner

  Carey Lightner
     Dirt and Gravel Technician
      Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3015

Carey started working for the district as the Dirt and Gravel Roads Technician in November of 2021. He is responsible for administering The Dirt, Gravel, and Low-Volume Road (DGLVR) Program which provides funds for townships in Huntingdon county to help improve road quality on public paved and unpaved roads that impact water quality. He graduated from Penn State in 2018 with a degree in Plant Science and Soils. Originally from Huntingdon County, he is excited to be working in a field that allows him to implement new road designs that help reduce the amount of pollution entering our ecosystem. Carey enjoys Mountain Biking, Skiing, Kayaking, Golfing, and many other outdoor activities.


Joy Merritts
     Administrative Assistant
     Phone: (814)-627-1626 ext. 3013

Joy joined the District as an Administrative Assistant in December 2018.

Joy 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 and NRCS.

Born and raised in Huntingdon County, her fields of study were accounting/computer sciences.  She previously worked at JC Blair Hospital for 20 years as the Assistant Director of the IT department, previously as a Payroll Coordinator and a construction cost accountant/office manager.

She currently resides in Huntingdon County with her husband and enjoys camping, gardening, and riding motorcycles.


 2023 Huntingdon County Conservation Board of Directors


2023 Conservation District Board


Board Members:  Front Row Glenn Werner, Mike Mowrer, Jama Hampson     

Back Row:  Russell Kyper (Co-Chair), Dennis Johnson, Jeff Thomas (Chair), Andrew Harpster