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Conservation District

  1. In 1945, Pennsylvania state legislators recognized the need to support grass-roots conservation efforts. As a result, the Conservation District Law was passed, and county conservation districts were created. Today there is a conservation district established in every Pennsylvania county except Philadelphia. Conservation districts implement a variety of programs, and provide assistance for a range of issues unique to their county, such as: abandoned mines, agricultural land preservation, Chesapeake Bay Program, Dirt & Gravel Roads Program, Environmental Education, Erosion and Sedimentation Pollution Control, Floodplain Management, Forest Management, Nutrient Management Program, Stormwater Management, Waterway Protection, West Nile Virus Surveillance Program and Wildlife Management. Each Conservation District is led by a Board of Directors made up of local people from all walks of life. These volunteers study county natural resource issues and make decisions which enhance and protect the local community. [source: http://pacd.org]