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March 25, 2024

Elk County Conservation District Issues Trash Challenge

For the fourth year, the Elk County Conservation District is challenging fellow PA conservation districts to pick up trash throughout April and May.


The district that picks up the most trash in their county is the winner. First, track the number of bags and weight of trash (if possible). Then, share your district’s photos and results on Facebook using the hashtags #ConservationCallout and #DistrictTrashTalking.


The winning district will be recognized during the July PACD/SCC Joint Annual Conference and receive the trash talker award (pictured) for the year. Washington County currently holds the trophy, which will be passed on to the 2024 winner.

Indiana Completes Multifunctional Riparian Forest Buffers

Indiana County Conservation District planted seven multifunctional riparian forest buffers in Indiana County last year. The projects covered almost 13 acres and were paid for through PACD's Multifunctional Riparian Buffer Sub-grant Program.


1.4 acres along Cheese Run = $2,555.97

0.91 acres along McCarthy Run = $1,972.48

0.74 acres along Cherry Run = $1,407.21

0.72 acres along Weirs Run = $927.30

3.5 acres along Leasure Run = $3,842.59

3.3 acres along Reeds Run = $6,109.69

2.25 acres along Reeds Run = $4,505.87


Click here to see more photos from the projects.


Photo caption: Pictured is the project along Cherry Run. Photo provided by Indiana County Conservation District. 

Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

USDA Accepting Applications for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

USDA is accepting applications for grants to support urban agriculture and innovative production. The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories: Planning Projects and Implementation Projects.


Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production competitive grants initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. Projects may target areas of food access, education, business, and start-up costs for new farmers, as well as the development of policies related to zoning and other needs of urban production.


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