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PCCD Board Receives State Conservation Commission's Conservation Excellence Award

The Pike County Conservation District Board was awarded the Conservation Excellence Award by the State Conservation Commission at the 2015 PACD/SCC Annual Awards Luncheon held on July 8, 2015 in Monroeville, PA. In the photo from the left is State Conservation Commission Executive Secretary Karl Brown, PA Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, PCCD Administrative Manager Michele Ulmer accepting the award on behalf of the Board, and PA Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Secretary Kelly Heffner.

2016 Pike County Gypsy Moth Suppression Program Public Meeting

A public informational meeting will be held on August 12, 2015 at 10:00am at the Pike County Fire Training Center located at 135 Pike County Blvd. Lords Valley, PA 18428.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on a POTENTIAL Gypsy Moth Suppression Program in Pike County for 2016.  Representatives from DCNR and Pike County will be on hand to explain the steps Pike County residents and Community Associations need to take in order to be considered for inclusion in a
2016 gypsy moth program should there be one.

This is a state program, run by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) with cooperation from Pike County.  STATE and FEDERAL funding for a 2016 gypsy moth spray program has not yet been announced. Pike County’s program IS CONTINGENT on receiving this funding for the program.

 The public meeting will provide information on the application process in order to be considered for gypsy moth spraying in 2016.  Application deadline is SEPTEMBER 1, 2015.  Application forms and more information can be obtained on the County website www.pikepa.org or www.pikeconservation.org   or by calling 570-226-8220 or at the following locations:  PIKE COUNTY GYPSY MOTH PROGRAM, 556 Route 402, Blooming Grove, PA 18428 or County Administration Building, 506 Broad Street, Milford.

Please note: Submitting an application and fee only allows your property to be evaluated for the program.  It does not guarantee that the property will be included in the program.  Properties will be evaluated in Fall 2015 and landowners will then be billed for a portion of the costs for spraying. Costs have not yet been determined. Costs will be based on the total acres included in the spray program AND the STATE and FEDERAL funds allocated for the 2016 program.

Individual Application

Community Association Application

 PCCD Environmental Education Project Grants:
Providing Assistance to Pike County Schools

Wallenpaupack Middle School students along with their teacher Mrs. Lori Christopher and volunteer Master Gardener Bob Morgan provided the Conservation District Board with a presentation on how their school project utilized a $500 Environmental Education Project grant provided to them by the Conservation District in 2014. The funds were used to purchase of supplies for the Middle school garden and Junior Master Gardener Resources to assist students better understand gardening principles and techniques.

The garden was planted and is being maintained by the students in the sixth grade science classes. It will be maintained over the summer by student volunteers along with their families. When the students return to school in the fall for 7th grade, they will continue to reap the harvest of their efforts from the previous year’s growing season.

Left to right: Mrs. Christopher, Tim Stopyra (red team), Janelle Ortiz (purple team), Abigael McCue (blue team), Liam Smith (white team), and volunteer Master Gardener Bob Morgan.

2015 Conservation District Environmental Education Grants

The Conservation District Board at their June meeting awarded grants for two Environmental Education Projects for the 2015-2016 school year.  

Jennifer Peruso submitted an application on behalf of the Bushkill Elementary in the East Stroudsburg School District to build a vegetable garden in the school courtyard. Food grown in the garden will be donated to the local food pantry. Jennifer is pictured above with PCCD Board Chairman Scott Savini.

Ryan Delong submitted an application on behalf of the East Stroudsburg North High School to purchase and run a small greenhouse.  Native plants and  garden vegetables will be raised by students from the  Biology II and Environmental Science classes. Ryan is pictured above with PCCD Board Chairman Scott Savini.

2014 Water Quality DATA for Pike County Now Available

The District's Watershed Conservation efforts include a county-wide water quality monitoring program, watershed education, outreach and stewardship activities. The monitoring program was initiated in 1987 to assess and track surface water quality in rapidly developing Pike County. One of the first of Its kind among PA's 66 conservation districts, the program has evolved into a watershed-based tool for focusing attention on Pike County's High Quality and Exceptional Value waterways. Eighteen watersheds are monitored at baseline, non-point source and sewage treatment locations.

2014 Report Environmental Quality of Pike County Streams Using Bioassesment Techniques

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