A weekly blog for all things conservation
By: Nathan Dewing, Agricultural Team Leader
For seven decades, Pennsylvania’s county conservation districts have actively engaged residents to understand management of our natural resources. What is a conservation district anyway?
Let’s start by asking “why?” PA county conservation districts were birthed with the 1945 passage of the PA Conservation District Law. What was the issue requiring leadership? Soil conservation. Farming practices were degrading the soil resource, risking future productivity and affecting other resources like air and water. The law provided for a “grass-roots” conservation effort to build awareness and capability of local landowners to voluntarily manage the resources well. Potter County established PA’s first conservation district in 1945. 2019 marks 63 years for the Bradford County Conservation District. Strong leadership has developed significant capacity to resource Bradford County residents in the task.
Various staff at the Bradford County Conservation District