Protecting the County’s Natural Resources

The Bucks County Conservation District works to educate and help people and the community take care of the natural resources in Bucks County including soil, water, wildlife, trees and other plants. Using natural resources wisely helps to ensure their availability well into the future.

Highlights

PA DEP Launches a new 102 Website

The 102 website has finally been moved to its new home in the correct bureau and split off from the MS4/Act 167 programs. DEP will be “reconstructing” the new pages with relevant program materials going forward.

Congratulations to our Award Winning Farms

Barefoot Gardens was presented with the Conservation Farmers of the Year award at the Middletown Grange Fair in August of 2014. This small farm located in Doylestown Township grows vegetables which are sold at the Doylestown Farmers Market every Saturday. They also grow culinary and medicinal herbs for the trade.

Tussock Sedge Farm in Hilltown was presented a PA Clean Water Farm Award in September at the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture eastern regional meeting. Tussock Sedge has been raising grass fed beef for many years.

Cooperator Farmer Fee Exemption Policy Update

The BCCD has updated their policy for erosion control plan review fee exemptions to Cooperator Farms. To find out more, or to learn how to become a Cooperator Farmer visit out Agricultural Conservation Page and about Conservation Planning.

Dirt and Gravel Roads Regional ESM Training Date Announcement

Please see attached list of Dirt & Gravel Roads, 2-Day Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance Training (ESM) registrations for the last 2 trainings for 2014. There is a mandatory 5-year re-certification to be eligible for grant funding. Please review the list to make sure your district and municipalities are current for ESM certification.

We have 2 trainings remaining for 2014:

October 14 & 15, 2014 - Lakeview Lodge – Treasure Lake, 3871 Bay Road, DuBois, PA 15801

October 28 & 29, 2014 - Hotel Carlisle & Embers Convention Center, 1700 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, PA 17015

For registration information: http://www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu/edu_training/esm_course.html or download the registration form from the Dirt and Gravel Roads page under Programs and Services.

Additionally, the Annual Maintenance Workshop can count as a re-certification. You must have attended and completed certification for a 2-Day ESM Training prior to being re-certified. NOTE: Unlike the regular ESM Trainings throughout the year, the Workshop has a registration fee.

Dirt & Gravel Annual Maintenance Workshop 2014 September 29 – Oct. 1, 2014 Ramada Inn and Conference Center, 1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801

Details available NOWhttp://www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu/edu_training/workshop.html!