April 4th, 2018:
The meeting for the last chance for pesticide credits was held on April 4th at the Ag Resources Center in Dushore. The event drew in about 25 members of the community and surrounding areas. Dwane Miller from Penn State Extension, Schuylkill presented. He talked to participants about pesticide drift management and shared a personal story of his own experience with pesticide drift. What's new in weed control was also discussed at this meeting. Some new problematic weeds may make their way into our county, Palmer and Waterhemp. Be on the look out for these weeds and contact Penn State Extension immediately if you think you have found them on your property. Corey Richmond also spoke at the meeting and mentioned that the high boy interseeder is available to the local farmers.
March 15th, 2018:
District staff were out and about at workshops on March 14th. Staff member Tori Welliver, attended the Northeast Contractors Workshop that was held at Keystone College. Sessions included speakers from PPL on Electrical Safety, Construction Site Safety from Allan Myers, Proper pipe installation by The Center for Dirt & Gravel Roads technician Wade Brown and the closing session included NTHA Manager Sarah Hall Bagdonas and President Paul Reining that covered topics of the Spotted Lanternfly and Chainsaw Safety.
Manager, Holly and Technician Corey attended the 4th Annual Connect Soils to Profits workshop at the Wysox Fire Hall on March 14th. Speakers, Ray Archuleta and Steve Groff, covered topics such as no-till, cover crops, soil health, grazing, and healthy streams. The Bradford County Conservation District introduced the air seeder program that will be offered across 6 counties and a local farmer gave insight on the practices he uses on his farm. Attendees learned alternative approaches to farming and shared ideas, tips, and suggestions. FFA students were in attendance and did a great job assisting the presenters with demonstrations. Both events provided a great opportunity for the staff to talk with different people about programs provided here at the district.
March 9th, 2018:
LAST CALL, last Chance for Pesticide Credits
Penn State Extension will be offering a pesticide credit meeting for applicators on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Sullivan County Agricultural Resources Center in Dushore. This meeting will take place from 1:00PM through 3:30PM in the upper conference room. The meeting will provide 2 +2 credits for licensed applicators.
The same session will also be offered in the evening of April 4th at the Wysox Fire Hall in Wysox. For any additional information or questions please call us at 570-928-7057.
February 6th, 2018:
NTHA is holding a "Spotted Lanternfly Informational Meeting" on Tuesday, February 27th in Mayfield, PA from 6:30-8:30 PM.
There is currently a quarantine in place for 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania to try to stop the movement of the invasive pest, Spotted Lanternfly. This pest is a native of China, and could possibly work its way into our region. This destructive insect feeds on a variety of over 70 species of plants including hardwood trees, grapes, apples, peaches, ailanthus, hops and certain ornamental plants.
To educate those possibly affected by the Spotted Lanternfly and to combat the spread of this insect, the Northern Tier Hardwood Association will be holding this informational meeting for the general public and members of the forest product industry.
This meeting is free, but please RSVP online at nthardwoods.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This meeting will cover general information about the Spotted Lanternfly including: initial detection, biology and life cycle, current distribution, impacts of pest feeding, recorded damage, pathways for spread, and control methods.
We will also cover what to do: if you find a SL, quarantine expansion, compliance agreements, etc.
February 2nd, 2018:
2018 ESM Training Dates Announced
2018 Environmentally Sensitive Management (ESM) training dates have been announced! This is an awesome opportunity for any public entity to join Sullivan County's Dirt & Gravel/Low Volume road program. There is grant money still available!!
To be eligible for funding participants must have a current ESM certification (valid for 5 years) - so if one of these date's work (there are others, but these are the closest to Sullivan), please add it to your calendar!!
The District will reimburse for travel/hotel costs!
Pre-registration is required and lunch is supplied both days!
Please contact Tori at 570-928-0108 or at email@example.com with any questions!
April 3 & 4: Centre County (To be eligible for 2018 Funding)
Ramada State College Hotel & Conference Center
1450 S. Atherton Street, State College, PA
Room Block: Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads, $73/night || valid until March 15, 2018
May 1 & 2: Luzerne County (To be eligible for 2018 Funding)
Woodlands Inn & Resort
1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Room Block: Dirt & Gravel Roads Training, $83/night || valid until Apr. 15, 2018
June 13 & 14: Schuylkill County (To be eligible for 2019 Funding)
The Lodge at Sharp Mountain
201 S. 26th Street, Pottsville, PA 17901
Suggested Hotel: Ramada Pottsville
101 S Progress Ave, Pottsville, PA 17901
Room Block: Penn State Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads, valid until May 29, 2018 @$77.00/ night
October 17 & 18: Lycoming County (To be eligible for 2019 Funding)
Holiday Inn Williamsport
100 Pine Street, Williamsport, PA 17701
Room Block: Dirt & Gravel Training, valid until Sept. 16, 2018 @ $104/night
Dates In Blue: to receive funding for summer 2018 projects, you MUST attend one of these training's!
January 8th, 2018:
Loyalsock Creek named PA River of the Year!
Home to outdoors enthusiasts in north central Pennsylvania, the Loyalsock Creek has been voted the 2018 Pennsylvania River of the Year.
“This annual honor highlights our state’s wealth of rivers and streams, and recognizes the core of dedicated folks who fight to protect them,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn noted.“Public awareness of the Loyalsock’s value will be increased and initiatives along the waterway river will be underscored. Both serve economic revitalization by enhancing access to the stream; increasing tourism; and providing additional land and water-based recreational opportunities for area residents and visitors alike."
As applicant for the honor, Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper, will receive a $10,000 Leadership Grant to help fund year-long River of the Year activities.
“The Pennsylvania 2018 River of the Year competition truly showed the depth of the region’s ‘Loyalsock Love,’” said Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper Association Executive Director Carol Parenzan. “We are grateful to those who voted and encouraged others to vote as well, and we thank our lead partner -- Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association -- for its unending commitment and unlimited loyalty to this precious waterway, flowing from the Endless Mountain region of Pennsylvania to the West Branch Susquehanna River."
January 1st, 2018:
Looking around this beautiful county, it's not hard to see that agriculture is an important industry here. Almost 30,000 acres of the county are farmland. Not only is agriculture essential for production of food, shelter, and clothing, but it is also very important to the environment and provides wildlife habitat as well. With farming being such important part of our lifestyle, it is very important to protect it.
The Sullivan County Ag Land Preservation Program, also called the Farmland Preservation Program, allows for the purchase of Ag easements on farms encouraging land owners to continue farming. Whena landowner sells an easement, the land must remain in farming in perpetuity and the owner gives up development rights of non-agricultural buidlings on the property. In Pennsylvania, the program has had great success. Nearly 550,000 acres of farmland across the state have preserved with 58 counties participating. This is great news for the the Ag community and environment. In Sullivan County, over 700 acres of farmland have been preserved.
If you are interested in participating in the program and would like more information, contact the conservation district at 570-928-7057. Applications will be accepted January through March each year.
December 8th, 2017:
PEST ALERT! The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species that has been discovered in Southern PA. This insect attacks and kills many hosts, up to 70 different species. Grapes, apples, hops, sugar maple and other important agricultural products, early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania businesses and agriculture.
The Spotted Lanternfly adult is around 1 inch long with grey and black spots. The hind wings have patches of red and black with a white band. The legs and head are black, with the abdomen being yellow with black bands. Immature stages are black with white spots and evelp red as they grow.
Winter is the time to scrape and destroy egg masses. The Spotted Lanternfly lays egg masses, 30 to 50 eggs each, and covers them in a brown, mud-like substance (As Pictured Below). They can be found on tree trunks or any outdoor, flat surface (such as lawn furniture, stone, brick or vehicles). We encourage those in and around quarantined areas to be on the look-out for egg masses to scrape and destroy the viable eggs, to decrease the new population for the coming spring. Video: https://youtu.be/WoFp_MbDiE8. If you think you have found a Spotted Lanternfly collect the insect and place in a container. Then report it to 1-866-253-7189 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact us at 570-928-7057 or visit http://www.agriculture.pa.gov/…/spotted_…/Pages/default.aspx
March 13th, 2018:
Looking for something to do this spring? Volunteer to help with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in their trout stocking this year. For 2018 trout stocking locations and times CLICK HERE.
March 6th, 2018:
There was a great turnout for our third “Spotted Lanternfly Informational Meeting” presented by Northern Tier Hardwoods Association (NTHA) program manager, Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, in Wysox. The NTHA is currently in the process of scheduling more training opportunities throughout the region, please check their website at nthardwoods.org for all of their upcoming events. Thanks again to all of the concerned forest product industry members and citizens who have attended these important meetings! More to come...
March 2nd, 2018:
March 14: Connect Soils to Profits
The Natural Resource Conservation Service(NRCS) is partnering in a conference in March on how farmers can increase their profits by increasing soil health. The Bradford County Conservation District will unveil their innovative Air Seeder Program and explain how they can help “keep you covered”.
->Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
->Location: Wysox Fire Hall, 111 Lake Road, Towanda, PA
->Cost: $20/person (includes lunch)
->Registration: Kevin.L.Brown@pa.nacdnet.net, 570-265-5539 x3105
->Featured Speakers: Ray Archuleta, Soil Health Consulting, LLC; Steve Groff, Cover Crop Coaching
February 20th, 2018:
February 14th, 2018:
Our E&S Technician, Tori Welliver, attended the Rotary Club of Towanda meeting. She spoke with the members about the Loyalsock Creek winning the 2018 PA River of Year and the threats of the Spotted Lanternfly. The club presented Tori with a Towanda Rotary banner, pictured is Towanda Rotary Club President, John Secor and E&S Technician Tori Welliver.
February 8th, 2018:
District Receives Grant funds to support Envirothon
The First Community Foundation Partnership (FCFP) has recently provided its annual grants and through the generosity of the original Loyalsock Creek Watershed both Sullivan and Lycoming County Conservation Districts were each awarded $762 for expenses with their county Envirothon programs and competition.
The original Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association had continued funding natural resource education through interest in their financial accounts. As the members got older, the choice was made to put the money into a foundation and establish where funds were to be dispersed on an annual basis. Through the foundation, the amount of the grants awarded has grown and we are appreciative of receiving these funds that allow us to provide a better Envirothon experience to high school students.
The Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association fund is in memory of Timothy Leach, Phil Kretchman, and Gordon and Georgene Wurster.
January 23rd, 2018:
Coming To A Field Near You!
Do you want to plant cover crops but can't due to the late season harvest of soy beans or corn silage? Then the Highboy inter-seeder could be the solution for you, this machine will be available in the County for planting cover crops in late harvested fields. If you are interested or would like more information please check out our Agriculture page or visit www.bccdpa.com/interseeder
January 10th, 2018:
The district is now accepting Dirt & Gravel Applications (only Dirt & Gravel applications will be accepted). To be eligible for funding the applicant must be ESM certified, the proposed project must affect stream quality and be open to the public. The deadline for applications is April 20th, 2018. For more information contact Tori at 570-928-0108 or visit the Dirt & Gravel page.
January 31st, 2018:
On January 9th, 2018 at the Sullivan County Conservation District board meeting, three directors were sworn in to serve on the board. Wylie Norton, Commissioner Director; Joanne Day, Public Director; and Richard Ryan, Farmer Director are shown taking the oath of office, read by Francis Moll, Chairman. Wylie has served on the board since 2012, Joanne since 2016, and Richard since 2006. All three were also elected as officers. Wylie is Vice-Chair, Joanne is Treasurer, and Richard is Secretary. We are proud to have them on the board and greatly appreciate their dedicated service. Directors are appointed by the county commissioners from nominations submitted by approved nominating organizations. Conservation district boards consist of farmer members, public members, and a member of the county governing body. Duties of the board include establishing and implementing programs to protect and conserve soil, water, and other renewable natural resources on local, non-federal land.
January 30th, 2018:
DEP Releases New Resource for Stream Maintenance
DEP releases new resource "Guidelines for Maintaining Streams in Your Community booklet". The new guide is intended to proactively share information with the public so that stream work is done in an environmentally-sensitive manner, and in a way that reduces the likelihood of future problems. Performing stream work that is not properly designed can cause serious damages to you and your neighbors down stream. To view the booklet click the HERE or find it on the Chapter 105 Page.