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District Updates Fees for Services

The Pike County Conservation District Board approved an updated Fee Schedule for Services at their February 23, 2015 meeting. The new fees will be effective April 24, 2015. The purpose of the Fee Schedule For Services is to help defray costs incurred by the District in its delegated administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Department) Chapter 102 Erosion and Sediment (E&S) Control and Chapter 105 Dam Safety and Waterway Management Programs and to promote complete and accurate E&S Control plan submissions and efficient reviews.  Click here or contact the District office at 570-226-8220.

CURRENT Fee Schedule for Services



PCCD Environmental Education Project Grants Now Available!

The Pike County Conservation District Board of Directors are proud to announce funding is available through the PCCD Environmental Education Project Grant! Since 2005, this District sponsored program has awarded over $5500 for a variety of projects completed by students and teachers throughout Pike County. These projects included the The Overuse of Plastic Bags, three habitat rehabilitation projects, a nature trail sign installation, a Trout in the Classroom Project, the Seven Wonders of Pike County Project, and Lehman Intermediate Outdoor Learning Station. This project grant is available for Pike County teacher/classrooms or youth organizations to fund projects that complement the mission of the District. The deadline to apply is May 8, 2015.  If you have additional questions please contact District Administrative Manager Michele Ulmer at the District office or email mulmer@pikepa.org

PCCD Environmental Education Project Grant Application


 

Conservation District Hosts Informational Session for
Local Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Program Applicants

The Pike County Conservation District Quality Assurance Board and the Conservation District Staff provided program updates to potential Pike County Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road applicants at an informational session held on January 29, 2015. Representatives from seven townships and the PA Game Commission were on hand for the presentation. Pike County Conservation District Senior Resource Conservationist Ellen Enslin and Administrative Manager Michele Ulmer provided an overview of the changes to the program, reviewed what funding is available for Pike County applicants, and discussed new tools available to assist applicants. The simple application process and project evaluation and prioritization process were also covered at the session. Application deadlines for the Pike County 2015 Dirt and Gravel or Low Volume Road Projects are March 17, 2015 and August 17, 2015.

The focus of the Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program remains on “Environmentally Sensitive Road Maintenance Practices” that reduce the impact of road runoff and sediment to local streams, while reducing long term road maintenance costs. Additional questions about this program can be directed to the District office at 570-226-8220 or email mulmer@pikepa.org.


Streamwatcher Program

Interested individuals are invited to join the March 19, 2015  Streamwatch program and become stewards of your local stream. Learn to record simple stream chemistry and habitat data using equipment and supplies granted to you for FREE just for being a part of this great program!  

Jackie Speicher, Streamwatch trainer, will guide you through the program and testing protocols and will supply your group with your own testing kit. All materials belong to you upon completion of the training program. Some of the data collected with the testing kit include; water color and turbidity, pH, nitrate concentrations, and orthophosphates.       

There is a lot of enthusiasm about the excellent quality of our streams in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania. Local volunteers in the area have been silently monitoring streams and keeping watch for potential problems for over 20 years. Streamwatchers spend about one hour each month walking along their streams and collecting water samples.        

The Streamwatch Training will take place at the Pike County Conservation District Education Building on Thursday March 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Join us if you are interested in starting to streamwatch or if you currently monitor streams and simply want a refresher. Jackie Speicher, our Trainer, will be available to answer  questions or help with data issues.  If you are interested in attending, call 570-226-8220 or email vcordova@pikepa.org to register for this free training session and testing equipment. Allow 1 hour for the program. All ages welcome!            

* This program is provided free of charge through a grant from the William Penn Foundation with support from The Nature Conservancy and the Brodhead Watershed Association. 


Conservation and Leadership Academy for Pike/Wayne Students

The Pike/Wayne Conservation and Leadership Academy is now taking applications for an exciting summer learning experience for 20 students from Pike and Wayne Counties.  Conservation and Leadership Academy is a week-long residential summer camp housed at Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel and supported by the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership. Conservation and Leadership Academy engages youth in Wayne and Pike Counties through direct learning and hands on experiences of ecosystems and watersheds. The goal of the academy is to inspire youth to consider careers and volunteer opportunities in conservation, ecology and science while learning to be leaders in conservation and stewardship.

The week-long academy will be held from Sunday, July 12, 2015 through Saturday, July 18, 2015. Space is limited, so if you are a highly motivated 13-15 year old student with an interest in wildlife conservation, environmental science, ecology and the outdoors apply today!  The tuition for this week long experience is $250 but there are scholarship opportunities available. Visit www.PikeWayneCLA.weebly.com for more information or contact Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station at 570-689-9494.

 


SECOND ANNUAL HAWLEY EARTH FEST – APRIL 25-27, 2014

The Downtown Hawley Partnership in cooperation with the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership and the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau Visitors Center, are pleased to announce that planning is underway for the second annual Hawley Earth Fest. The planning committee is working with local businesses, organizations and neighbors to put together a host of family friendly activities throughout the weekend.   Mark your calendars for the weekend of April 24-26, 2015.

There are a number of opportunities for businesses and organizations to join us for this fun celebration. We will continue to add activities, events, happenings and special offers between now and April 24th. Be sure to visit www.HawleyEarthfest.com for the latest information.  Or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HawleyEarthfest.   



 

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