District Welcomes New Farmer District Director
Mike Mancino was sworn in as the new Pike County
Conservation District Farmer Director by District Board
Chairman Scott Savini at the February 24, 2014 Board
meeting. Mike is filling the unexpired term of Farmer
Director Ray Banach who resigned as a Director but will
remain on the District Board as an Associate Director. Mike
is a Lackawaxen Township Supervisor and owns the Vanderbeek
Farm and Equestrian Center in Lackawaxen. The Wayne/Pike
County Farm Bureau nominated Mr. Mancino for consideration
and appointment to the Conservation District Board by the
Pike County Commissioners and was approved by the State
Conservation Commission. Pictured above from the left is
District Board Chairman Scott Savini, Farmer Director Mike
Mancino and Karl Eisenhauer of the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau.
We are excited to welcome Mike to the District Board!
Less than 1% of the water
available in the world is available for
And being that the average household in the US uses
about 250 gallons per day
Every Drop Counts!
Rain barrels are one way to
Canaan Christian Academy, Delaware Valley, Honesdale, and
Wallenpaupack Schools Districts designed and painted rain
will be auctioned as part of the Every
Drop Counts! project!
These rain barrels are being displayed at businesses
throughout Pike and Wayne Counties until the
Earth Day on
April 26, 2014 at 2:00pm.
from the sale of the rain barrels will go back to the
schools that participated to be used for environmental
of where the rain barrels are located
April 25 – 27, 2014, Hawley, PA.
event kicks off Friday at 2pm with the return of the Hawley
Farmer’s Market in Bingham Park. Children’s activities will
be presented in the Gazebo. A photo exhibit, comedy and
music fill the evening.
Saturday is a big
day for Earthfest. Beginning with the Species Parade! Gather
your friends and come as your favorite “species”, groups and
organizations are encouraged to participate. Face painting
and other activities are available. Meet at Bingham Park.
Check out the HawleyEarthfest.com website for costume
The PPL Wallenpaupack
Environmental Learning Center opens its doors at 10am
through 3pm. Experts in gardening, composting, stewardship,
eagles and so much more are on hand with information and
demonstrations. Costume awards from the parade will be
presented at 12noon. Rain Barrel Silent Auction will be on
display 10-1:45. Winners will be announced at 2pm – you must
be present to win. Also happening is The Delaware Highlands
Conservancy Silent Auction – winners will be notified. The
Hawley Library will be presenting a variety of activities
throughout the day. Join the merriment at the Hotel
Belvedere Block Party from 2-6. The fun continues into
great evening entertainment and dining throughout Hawley
including Harmony Presents, The Boathouse Restaurant,
Ehrhardt’s, Woodloch and more.
Sunday hosts the
springtime Tour d’Towpath bike ride. Registration begins at
9am at NEWE on Rt 6 next to Wayne Bank. Enjoy a yoga warm-up
with Roots Yoga. Once the bike-ride starts and you are not
bike riding, then head on over to Roots Yoga on Main Street
for a full complimentary yoga class. Visit the Eagle
Conservancy Winter Field Office in Lackawaxen. The Lake
Wallenpaupack Visitor Center is open, scopes are available
for wildlife viewing, and you are invited to enjoy the
beautiful nature trails along the lake.
events, happenings and special offers will continue to be
added between now and April 25th.
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6 Regional Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance
(ESM) Trainings - Spring 2014
The Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads has
announced six regional Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance
(ESM) Trainings throughout Pennsylvania for spring 2014.
Because of the Dirt and Gravel and Low Volume Road Program
funding increase, the Center is coordinating additional
trainings to accommodate municipalities who may not have the
certification needed to submit applications for funding for
their Dirt and Gravel road maintenance projects. The ESM
course is an intense two-day classroom session focused on
providing the knowledge and tools necessary for road owners
to maintain roads in a more cost-efficient and
environmentally sensitive manner. The course runs from 8am
to 4pm for two days and includes lunch. The course is free
to municipal, county, and state agencies involved with PA's
Dirt and Gravel Road Program. The course provides 1.3
Continuing Education Units from the PSU College of
Engineering. The course is free, but registration is
required, no walk-ins allowed if training is at capacity.
Please contact the Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads to
register for the program or have additional questions
regarding the trainings at 814-865-5355, email
or visit www.dirtandgravelroads.org.
LWWMD Cost- Share Program
The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD)
is accepting applications through February 28, 2014 for
their 2014 Cost-Share Program. The program is designed to
provide financial assistance to landowners and assist with
keeping water quality of Lake Wallenpaupack clean. Grant
funding is awarded for projects in the Lake Wallenpaupack
watershed that will help protect water quality. These
projects may include shoreline erosion stabilization, stream
bank erosion stabilization, storm water improvements, and
agricultural improvements. Contact LWWMD if you have
questions about your project/location eligibility.
2014 marks the fourth year of this successful program.
Residential, commercial and community properties are
eligible. Grants may provide up to a 50% match of project
cost; up to a maximum of $10,000. (For example – if your
project cost is $20,000 the LWWMD may provide a $10,000
match.) Priority will be given to projects that reduce or
eliminate the flow of pollutants into Lake Wallenpaupack and
those that provide greater than 50% landowner match.
Landowner match may be in-kind (materials/labor/etc.) or
cash. Applications may be obtained by visiting the LWWMD
office, contacting Nick Spinelli, Executive Director at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting
District Director Honored at Annual Dinner
The Pike County Conservation
District held their Annual Dinner on November 8, 2013
celebrating forest landowner initiatives and recognizing a
long time District Director who will be retiring at years
end. Chairman Savini, the District Board and the Pike County
Commissioners recognized District Director Roy Borgfeld for
his 16 years of volunteer service to the Pike County
Conservation District at the evening’s festivities. Prior to
joining the District in 1997 as an Associate Director, Roy
Borgfeld, a resident of Lehman Township, was instrumental in
a county-wide visioning process supported by the
Conservation District and also served on land use planning
and environmental task forces in the community. As an
Associate Director, Roy spearheaded efforts to develop and
track a detailed Long-Range Plan for District operations and
supported District programs focused on educating county
residents and municipal officials on issues such as open
space conservation and conservation design for commercial
development. Roy served as District Chairman, Vice-Chairman,
and Treasurer and played a key role on a number of
committees during his tenure with the District. At the
dinner, Roy also received citations for his dedication and
volunteer service from State legislators and Governor
Corbett’s office. Roy is pictured in the photo above with
Board Chairman Scott Savini.
Scott Savini began the evening thanking the many partners
who work closely with the District to provide forest
conservation education and implementation of forest
practices on the land. District Executive Director Sally
Corrigan and Delaware Highlands Conservancy Stewardship and
Education Coordinator Amanda Subjin provided an overview of
some of the forest initiatives and the benefits they provide
to private forest landowners. The initiatives discussed at
the dinner included the development of the Pike/Monroe
Woodland Owners Group, the Common Waters Partnership and
Fund, the Shop Local Save Land Forest Products guide and the
Women and Their Woods program. Several of the landowners
currently participating in the Common Waters Fund program
were acknowledged at the dinner.
Common Waters Fund
Healthy forests give us cleaner water and
sustainable communities. If you own land in the Upper
Delaware Watershed, the Common Waters Fund wants to help
you. Read more about the Fund, review the eligibility
requirements and program guidelines to see if you are
qualified to receive a grant.
For more information visit the website at