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June 6, 2019by ncdea

PENNSYLVANIA, Clearfield County CD – Clearfield County Conservation District’s Manager Susan Reed is set to embark on a major life milestone.

When she closed her office door Friday, Reed wrapped up nearly 20 years of service as the overseer of the county’s environmental protection programs. Her official retirement date was Friday, May 31.

“I see so much of what has been done in almost 20 years but when you think in terms of the environment, 20 years is not that much, but we have seen amazing results,” Reed said noting passive treatment for abandoned mine drainage and clean waterways and improved highways through the Dirt and Gravel Roads program. “You can see the effects and that’s what makes the programs so worthwhile,” she added.

Source: Reed looks back on a nearly 20-year career as conservation district manager | News |

May 11, 2019by ncdea

PENNSYLVANIA, Cambria County CD, Somerset CD – Dodging raindrops, fifth- and sixth-grade students from Divine Mercy Catholic Academy released roughly 50 brook trout into Bens Creek at Ferndale Sportsmen’s Club as part of the Trout in the Classroom program, which teaches students how to care for the fish from the egg phase to fingerlings.

The program was being held in partnership with Brandywine Conservancy with support from the Cambria County Conservation District, Stonycreek Conemaugh River Improvement Project, Somerset Conservation District, Mountain Laurel Trout Unlimited and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Marian Cyburt, fifth- and sixth-grade science teacher at DMCA’s East campus, said the program provides students with an experience where they learn by doing.

“The fish tanks are integrated into our classrooms so that students can watch the fish grow, observe changes to their habitats, monitor the water quality and see how water quality can affect aquatic life for better or worse,” she said. “The point of the program is to learn about the life cycle of the trout, conservation and water quality.”

Source: ‘Bringing science to life’: Divine Mercy students hold trout release | News |

May 11, 2019by ncdea

PENNSYLVANIA, Perry County CD – Braving rain and a swampy field, about 30 volunteers including West Perry students, residents and representatives of conservation groups began planting roughly 200 trees at the site of the future Lynn Sheaffer Dum Memorial Park in Elliottsburg on April 26.

“This will be a forest 10 years from now,” said Kristie Smith, water specialist with the Perry County Conservation District. “These trees will be over our head, and it’ll be awesome.”

Source: Volunteers plant new forest at Elliottsburg park –

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