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380 Conservation District Week


Conservation District Week 2020



Whereas, conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs.


Whereas, conservation districts work with landowners and local governments to help them manage and protect land and water resources on private and public lands.


Whereas, Conservation districts were created in PA in 1945 in response to the dust bowl of the 1930’s to improve soil and water conservation.


Whereas, each county in PA has a conservation district except for Philadelphia.


Whereas, local municipalities rely on conservation district staff to plan development in a way that conserves and protects the local environment.


Whereas, districts also work with many partners including government agencies, private organizations, businesses, and others – to accomplish their mission of supporting and helping landowners to conserve natural resources.


Whereas, the districts are each led by a volunteer board of directors with farmers, public members, and a member of county government.   The board identifies local conservation needs, decides which programs and services to offer, and develops a strategic plan.


Now Therefore, the Commissioners do hereby proclaim, May 3-9, 2020 as Conservation District Week commemorating the great work accomplished by PA’s 66 Conservation Districts.


ADOPTED, this 22nd day of April, 2020.




Benjamin Kafferlin


Tricia D. Durbin

Attest:                                                                                         Vice Chair


Pamela J. Matve                                                                      Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                                                Commissioner